Who doesn’t like to take a walk through their neighborhood, during the holiday season, and see cozy adorned doors and porches, with all types of greenery?!!
We’ll start with our front porch in Massachusetts…
This is a pot filled with fresh greens cut from our bushes around the yard, pines, rhododendrons, and holly and accented with a red plaid bow, which I reuse every year!!
I have lots of great memories, from years ago, using this sled and ice skates…not even thinking I’d be using them to decorate my porch one day!! I decorated them with the same greens from our yard, and rusty bells tucked under the bow.
Every year, we get the biggest wreath that will fit on our front door. The weather is usually cold in the northeast and these fresh wreaths will last until Valentine’s Day, however, it has been unusually warm this year, fingers crossed that it will last!!
A house in our MA neighborhood…I really like that they used bells instead of a wreath, even though they used fake greens around the door, I think it looks perfectly natural with the weathered pots and plantings!!
The Train House front door is more understated, since we’re not there a great deal of the time.
Also, it is warmer in Virginia, so I try to use real looking fake greens, then they won’t dry out. This wreath is a lambs ear wreath, which looks and feels like real lambs ear leaves. Between the leaves I tucked real sprigs of pine from our yard in MA and also tucked in dollar store red berry sprigs, and again the bow is from Christmas past!!
We pass this building on our Virginia neighborhood walks, they always do a wonderful job decorating at Christmastime!! I love the natural greens they use to line the railings and windows!!
A close up look at the window garden, isn’t it inviting with the pineapples, pomegranates, apples and lemons?…A very southern style of holiday decorating!!
Continuing on our walking route, another pretty holiday entryway!!
One of many churches that we pass…what beautifully simple wreaths that adorn these impressive doors and stained glass archway!!
Both the following recipes are so very easy and would impress the fussiest sweet tooth!!
This is a Christmas Cake!! A very old recipe I pulled out, to use with my mother’s old Christmas tree cake pan, that I have fond memories of when I was a little girl!! This recipe is meant for a bundt pan, but since this pan is much smaller, I was able to make mini cupcakes to bring to a party!!
1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix
2 pkg. Instant pistachio pudding
1 cup of club soda
2 cups of cranberries – halved
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup walnuts – chopped
Mix cake, eggs, pudding, oil, soda, beat 2 minutes. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Pour into well greased and floured bundt pan. Bake 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool and frost.
Note: When you remove your cake from the oven, don’t flip it out of the pan right away! Instead, let the cake cool for ten minutes in the pan. Then, placing a wire rack over the base of the cake, invert the pan. It should come out!!
I used store bought frosting and red and green sprinkles.
I usually like to drip frosting down a bundt cake…Just heat icing in micro wave for 20 seconds, spoon it on top of the bundt cake and it will drip down nicely!!
These are the mini cupcakes, already to go to a party!!
The next recipe is so easy, it doesn’t require a recipe!!
It’s chocolate covered Oreos!! I used regular Oreos, you could use double stuffed or even Holiday Oreos!! Also, any type of chocolate will do, I chose white because they matched my sugar snowflake cookies.
Simple heat the chocolate in the microwave until it all melts. Then dip the Oreos in the chocolate with a fork, and cool them on wax paper. They cool fast so put sprinkles on them right away. I used sparkly clear sugar!!
I boxed them up with my snowflake cookies, for gifts.
I remember, when our kids made faces during a formal family photo, we would get so made at them…but now-a-days, being grandparents, we embrace the silliness and fun with our grandchildren!! After all, they’ve been through a lot the past two years, and we have too!! If a little silliness can bring a smile to all of us, then let’s make a card out of it…and so we did…
❤️Love and best wishes to you all for Happy and Healthy Holidays❤️