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Caramel Gingersnap Icecream

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Get ready to blow the minds of everyone at your Christmas gathering.  Not only does ice cream (in December) sound extremely impressive, but the tastes going on in this caramel gingersnap creation are seriously going to win you lots of respect from the family who is devouring it.

It really couldn’t be more simple, so this delish dessert keeps things easy for your holiday cooking because it’s more about assembly than actual cooking.  My secret is to use store-bought vanilla bean (it’s gotta be the kind with the flecks of vanilla) ice cream to give a great foundational flavor, then I add a really wonderful combination of textures and tastes with crumbled gingersnap cookies and caramel.

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 ONE empty out your quart of vanilla bean ice cream into your mixer with the paddle attachment. TWO with the mixer on low speed, add in the crumbled gingersnap cookies. THREE spread one third of the ice cream into the bottom of a freezer-safe dish. FOUR drizzle caramel ice cream topping onto the first layer and repeat with two more layers of ice cream, separated by drizzled caramel sauce.

Wrap or cover the ice cream and place in the freezer until you plan on serving, but at least for two hours to reharden.

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You and yours will literally fall of your chairs, it’s so good.  I cannot say enough good things about this ice cream, so you’re going to have to make it to believe it.  The great part is that it takes few ingredients and can be prepared ahead of time.  I’m making a few batches this week for next week’s festivities!

I hope you’ll give this a try – and let me know if you do!

Have a DELICIOUS Tuesday!


p.s.  I lied to you yesterday.  Although I did do two posts for today, I had a slight technological issue and was only able to get one up!  I hope you can forgive me!

p.p.s. If you entered the 24 Merry Days giveaway on House of Earnest yesterday, Thank you!  Today’s giveaway is over at Lolalina and is for a set of really cute Rifle Paper Co. notebooks!  Check it out!



Day 17: Ferm Living + Son of a Sailor – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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It’s day 17 of the 24 Merry Days and it’s my turn to host a couple of awesome shops which have some goodies to giveaway to TWO lucky readers.

First up, the iconic string candle holder from Ferm Living has gotten so much press and it’s easy to see why.  It’s quirky, colorful, and can be arranged in a myriad of different ways.  Talk about flexible! Ferm Living is a go-to shop for Scandinavian style decor and furnishing and always one of my first stops when I’m looking for something unique.

Second, funky jewelry always catches eyes and dresses up your basics, and this necklace from Son of a Sailor is no exception.  I think it would look amazing layered up with some of your regular gold pieces.  There are so many different awesome things in the shop, though, so you’ve got to check it out!

You have a chance to enter two, but you’ve got to leave a separate comment for each entry (because that’s how we count the random winning number!)


HERE’S HOW TO ENTER – GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED and the winners have been contacted.


p.s. I tweeted about it this weekend, but I seriously don’t have enough days to post about all of my holiday tips, tricks, and projects, so I’m going to bump up to two posts a day this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!  Get ready!  Tomorrow I’ve got both a project and my front door decor to share!


Friday Faves 12.14

ONE Sycamore Platter on sale for just $15 from Crate and Barrel, TWO Wooden lanterns in two sizes, small is $59 and large is $129 from West Elm, THREE Instant collection of winter white $24 from Elizabeth Rosen Art, FOUR Mercury glass hurricane $13 from Target, FIVE Letterpress coasters $10 for a set of 8 from Type A Press, SIX heart mug $8 from West Elm, SEVEN White Fur Pillow $20 from Target.

Whew… it’s been a week! I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the Christmas spirit that has been going on around these parts because it’s not going away anytime soon.  The holidays are my favorite time of year and I’m going to pack as much in as possible.

This weekend we’re headed to a few holiday parties and I’m going to do a little decor work for a friend.  I am hoping to get enough time on Sunday to make a few batches of Christmas cookies as well.  What is on your agenda?

Have a FESTIVE Friday and weekend guys!


Hand Made: Lacquered Pattern Trays

It’s been a while since I posted about these DIY lacquered trays while I was in India this past July.  I got so many emails requesting a tutorial, I decided now is the best time because these make really cute handmade Christmas gifts.

The reason I stalled on posting this tutorial for so long was because the plain trays are pretty unique. Usually, I prefer to only post with materials that anyone can get a hold of, so I felt it was unfair to post a tutorial using trays from a more obscure source.  Mine are from Muji, but you can use any plain wooden tray that you find which doesn’t have any other type of adornment on it already.

Anyway, on to the trays!

A few coats of decoupage followed by a few coats of clear spray glaze are what give these trays their shiny surface.  I love the contrast of high shine with the texture provided by the linens used for pattern. Wrap them up to show them off because they deserve to been seen.

If you’d like the step by step, continue reading for the full tutorial! If you just like to gaze at pretty pictures, stay right here!

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A Happy Little Hostess

Everyone wants to share something meaningful and fun with their party hostess and a bottle of wine (although surely useful around the holidays) won’t help you to stick out from the other party guests.

Here are a couple of fun, unique gifts that you’ll be happy to give and any hostess would be more than happy to receive.

ONE chic Kate Spade ornament will be a yearly reminder why they love you. TWO mulling spices for a warm winter night in later this season THREE not just your normal calendar for the new year FOUR good olive oil FIVE quirky fun diary SIX a little pizzaz for their Christmas sweater or ‘do

With simple gifts, presentation is key.  Get some pretty ribbons, glittery tissue or whatever it takes to show that what’s inside is special!


24 Merry Days!

Love advent Calendars?  We do too.  We are halfway through the 24 Merry Days giveaway and I’ve been talking and tweeting about it for a couple of weeks now.  The entire event was put together by Audrey of This Little Street and is 24 back to back days of giveaways done by 24 different bloggers with 24 really wonderful prizes.

I know I just completed a full week of giveaways, so I’d been a little on the down low about this, but it’s really an amazing opportunity to get to know some fabulous brands and bloggers. Each giveaway lasts one week and today at 5pm we’re unveiling the prize over on Mint, but the fun doesn’t stop there.  Eight other giveaways are still going on and you can enter to win prizes like a queen Duvet set from Crane & Canopy on Happiness Is, a teapot from Gretel Home on Hank and Hunt and more!  Snoop around the interactive calendar HERE to check out all the prizes, and don’t forget that I’m day number 17!! coming up!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

p.s.  my site was down for a few hours yesterday, so you might have missed my second installment of Simple, Seasonal – my holiday tips and tricks which are so simple you won’t have to take a trip to the store.



Simple, Seasonal: Salt Votives

As promised a couple of weeks ago when I told you guys I’d have some seriously simple, but wonderful decor ideas, here is one that may not even require a visit to the store.  A little rock salt, some tealights, and assorted drinking glasses can make you look like a holiday rockstar in no time flat.  Arrange the candles among small side tables in your house or down the center of a table grouped together for big impact.

It doesn’t get any simpler, but isn’t the outcome so pretty?  If you’re interested in previous ‘Simple, Seasonal’ posts here was the first!

I hope you have a FABULOUS Tuesday!

P.S. the eleventh merry day of the 24 Merry Days is going on today over at Design Crush!  Head over for a magical giveaway!



Home for the Holidays!

I’m back home!  Did you have a great week of giveaways while I was taking a little R&R? I sprung into Christmas action as soon as we landed trying to get caught up with my holiday decor.  We spent Saturday morning picking out the perfect tree, and just like last year went with the root ball tree to replant in our yard after the holiday.

True to my predetermined Christmas decor theme, I stuck with winter whites, gold, silver, and browns/copper for this year.  Although I don’t feel like a ‘theme’ is always necessary, it definitely helps me to keep focus as I roam aisles of christmas cheer and reel in my thoughts to remain cohesive throughout the season.

The main change I made this year was to remove red from my palette and include levels of brown, bronze, and copper.  It meant that I didn’t have to splurge on new decorations, but just swapped out one color for another.  Adding some luxe texture like fur adds another level to this snowy theme that isn’t just represented on the tree.

How do you think the theme executed from concept to reality?

I have a ton of fun decor DIYs and tips to layer onto this foundation which I’ll be sharing over the next two weeks – Get ready for some fun and exciting new ways to amp up the holiday in your home (some you won’t even have to make a trip to the store!).

Have a LOVELY Monday!


P.S. We have giveaway winner!  I’ve contacted each winner by mail if you’ve won, so check your inbox!

P.P.S. Can’t get enough giveaways?  I’m participating in 24 Merry Days - a big event of 24 days, 24 bloggers, and 24 amazing giveaways.  Today head over to Oh the lovely things to check out the prize!


giveaway week: $200 at Minted! – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

We’ve reached the grand finale of our House of Earnest Holiday Giveaway Week!  It’s been an amazing week with so many wonderful brands who all came together to work with House of Earnest on these giveaways and donate prizes for you all to win.

…but there is still one more. One amazingly lucky reader will win complimentary holiday cards from Minted – up to $200!  Have you seen their collections this year? They’re holiday cards are designed by indie graphic designers and printed on heavyweight luxe paper. I have been having so much trouble narrowing down my options, but I think I’ve finally decided the design I’m getting.  Before I divulge that information, however, I want to hear which design is your favorite! This is such a big giveaway, that we’re only running it today – it ends tonight, so hurry up and enter!






p.s. really love giveaways?  I’m also participating in the 24 Merry Days.  Today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway is over at Hank and Hunt.


giveaway week: Illume candles – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Just a few weeks ago, I showcased the Monogram Collection from Illume as party favors and as namecards for my harvest dinner party.  I have just been smitten with their products lately and am beyond eager to share the joy with you!

The Naughty & Nice candles aren’t only witty, they’re actually made to go together.  Nice smells like sugared vanilla cream and naughty smells of woodsy musk.  Burnt together, the scents layer and mix so nicely, you’ll know that you certainly can’t have nice in your life without the naughty!

So, are you ready for this?  Not only do you get to enter to win both all three of these nuggets of joy, but ALL readers get 15% off and Free Shipping on the entire site!  That’s pretty nice, right?  Stock up on gifts for all those loved ones and holiday parties – just enter HERNEST at checkout!



Have a NICE Thursday!


p.s. really love giveaways?  I’m also participating in the 24 Merry Days.  Today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway is over at This Little Street.