Dutch speculaas {101 Days of Christmas}

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Dutch speculaas are thin, crisp cookies flavored much like German pfeffernüsse. They're typically baked for St. Nicholas' Day on December 5th or 6th and are, traditionally, stamped with images from the life of St. Nicholas on the front.  It turns out that I really like traditional Christmas cookies from this part of Europe, with their strong spices and unique textures! I…

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We “whisk” you a Merry Christmas tags {101 Days of Christmas}

When I discovered that I could make tiny marshmallows for my hot cocoa, I knew I had to make each of my Essentials kids (in the homeschool class I tutor each week) a jar as part of my end-of-the-year-slash-Christmas gift to them. And when I came across these tiny whisks, I knew they'd be the perfect addition. So…

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ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas {101 Days of Christmas}

With early sunsets and cold evenings, we enjoy family movie night a little more often in December, and I’m already making lists of which movies we’ll be watching from this year’s 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. I absolutely love Polar Express, and watching it together is one of our annual Christmas traditions, but we also…

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The stockings were hung artwork {101 Days of Christmas}

I first "met" Melissa Beaver through Instagram. I love the way she captures the every day moments of motherhood and her commitment to intentional community. She is also an incredible artist and owner of The Lovely Words, an Etsy shop featuring her prints and Scripture memory cards. I asked Melissa if she'd be interested in creating a…

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Printable candy bar wrappers {101 Days of Christmas}

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: Here's a gift idea that's cute, easy, and fun! These printable Christmas candy bar wrappers are also inexpensive, so you could make a whole basket full to share with friends, family, teachers, neighbors, etc. or use them as Christmas party favors. As…

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Pine cone and holly berry wreath {101 Days of Christmas}

My mom is the queen of wreaths. Three years ago she made these beautiful hanging pinecones for her front door, but two years ago she was preparing to move and last year she was living in Florida (where pinecones just don't quite fit...), so she hasn't made a Christmas wreath since. But this year...this year…

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