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Santa Claus…Only in Southern California!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By now I’m sure you’ve seen Santa Claus all over the place, but have you seen him this way? Only in Southern California! (I wonder if he’s delivering the car to someone?)

Southern California Santa Claus


Santa’s Footprints Christmas Morning

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Santa's Footprints

How fun for children to wake up to Santa’s footprints!  Trace a large pair of men’s boots onto paper or newspaper then cut out. Use as a stencil to sprinkle secret non-melting snow and magic dust (baking soda and glitter) to create Santa’s footprints in front of your fireplace or by your Christmas tree.


Fun Upside Down Snowman

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Upside Down Snowman

If it’s snowing where you are, gather family and friends and make this fun upside down snowman! While we don’t usually have to think about snow in Southern California, I remember making my share of snowmen when I lived in the midwest.

Creme Brulee Fudge Recipe

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Creme Brulee Fudge

This amazing Creme Brulee Fudge will be a favorite to serve to guests or wrap up for treats to give away. Incredibly tasty and wonderfully different.


Blooming Paperwhites Fragrant Holiday Decor

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Paperwhites Bloom for the Holidays
Paperwhites are beautiful bulbs that are often forced to bloom around the holidays.  As  Paperwhites begin to grow as soon as they are planted, you will have amazing, fragrant flowers in 3-4 weeks. Paperwhite bulbs are easy to force as they do not require chilling to promote flowering. 

Paperwhites need only 3” of root room so shallow containers will work well like shown in the photo above. Pretty glass or ceramic bowls are ideal. For one-of-a-kind presentations, scout antique stores and estate sales for unusual containers. You can plant Paperwhites in soil, glass marbles, pebbles or even tumbled beach glass.  Because these flowers are usually discarded or transplanted after they have flowered, the planting medium doesn’t need to supply any nutrients for the plant.

Alpine Martini for the Holidays

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

I love the picture of this martini and admit, I had to find the recipe to see what the snowball looking thing was in the cocktail.  Turns out it’s Douglas Fir Sorbet. Who knew there was such a thing? Turns out you have to make it yourself and that’s a little more work than I think I will ever do for a cocktail. I’m not sure where I’d find Douglas Fir fronds in Southern California, but it does look interesting.

Alpine Martini


Holiday Penguin and Snowman Bird Feeders

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Holiday Bird Feeders

How cute are these holiday bird feeders in the shape of a snowman or a penguin? Available for a limited time, these are a great addition to your yard or give as a fun holiday gift idea. Order from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Hot Chocolate and Baileys Holiday Gift

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Hot Chocolate and Baileys Holiday Gift

Looking for a fun holiday gift everyone will love? A mason jar with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows is sure to delight and for adult gifts, tie on a small bottle of Baileys Irish Cream.

Stunning Christmas Candy Floral Centerpieces

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Christmas Candy Vases

Red and white floral arrangements are stunning to begin with, but adding red and white Christmas candy to these arrangements elevates them to amazing!


Nutcracker Holiday Party Invitations

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Nutcrackers have been popular themes for holiday invitations for years. We love our two new Nutcracker Invitations for the holidays.

Golden Nutcracker Holiday Party Invitations

Red Nutcracker Holiday Party Invitations

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