It’s been quite a while since we have had a Talk of the Weekend around here. This weekend is always one of my favorites because it marks the official start of the Christmas season to me, and I love seeing all the Christmas displays and creative ideas for the season everywhere. So let’s get right to it!
Every year, a few people ask me how I make our gingerbread houses.
It is really easy to do because I just use pre-made kits from Walmart or Target, and merely decorate them with the white frosting that is included in the kit. Then I “glue” on some sprigs of artificial greenery with a bit more icing for garlands and plants around them. Now if you want to know how to make them from scratch, just read this post from Marina, the brains behind the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog.
You could also make an entire city of gingerbread buildings!
The video tutorial for it is good. I love how they prebake the cookies for a few minutes to firm them up, then remove the excess dough and finish baking them.
Or perhaps you just want a little gingerbread man to tie on to your Christmas packages.
Here is a precious one with directions for you at A Homemade Living.
There are more great ideas for creative gift wrapping here.
When you purchase your Christmas tree this year, be sure to ask for some extra greenery that they often cut off at the tree lot (or just save a bit of your own.) These door hangers made from a few branches are easy to create, and they add a nice holiday touch to your rooms. (Of course I love the red ribbon on them. 🙂 )
And here are a few table setting ideas for your holiday table.
If you are looking for a clever and delicious idea for a dish to take to a Christmas party this year, this cheese wreath just might be your answer. 🙂
Besides all the Christmas related ideas in this week’s Talk of the Weekend, I wanted to share just a little of our Thanksgiving with you before that holiday is a too distant memory. Originally, our oldest son was to fly home from Seattle, spend Thanksgiving with us, and then we were all going to spend next week at Disney World with our daughter. Unfortunately, our son has had quite a few migraines recently and did not have the leave left to take off such an extended period of time. So we cancelled our Disney trip, and my husband, our other son, and I flew to Seattle for Thanksgiving at our son’s small apartment.
Our table was simply set for the four of us with a cookie from a local bakery topping off the setting.
And we were able to pull together an entire Thanksgiving dinner with groceries from Whole Foods and Safeway, and a cheesecake and baby pumpkin cake from Hoffman’s Bakery. My husband made a pecan pie, while I cooked up a sweet potato souffle, and a few other dishes. Preparing a turkey was a joint effort. 🙂
While we are looking at our son’s kitchen, let me just give you a quick tour of the rest of his place. I did a little decorating for it a few months ago… starting from an idea to use a National Parks poster (since one of the main reasons he moved to the West Coast was because of all the wonderful hiking opportunities in the National Parks out there.)
I framed it in a mat and frame combination from Target, and my husband found a National Parks calendar at Whole Foods that I used in other frames around the apartment.
The apartment has this cute little desk corner.
I framed a National Park postcard that we had for the art there.
And a couple more calendar prints went up in the bedroom.
It’s not a fancy place, but it works just fine for a twenty-something year old guy. 🙂 While we were there we spent a little time outside on a cold and rainy day.
REI closes all of its stores on Black Friday to encourage everyone to spend some time outdoors. So we took one of their posters with us on Friday as we went up to the Northern Cascades area.
Couldn’t resist taking this photo with everyone! 🙂
During our time in the Seattle area we also saw the new Disney movie, Moana. It was beautifully done, and we all enjoyed it at a theater with reclining seats where you are served dinner. (The best way to see a movie to me!) We also dined out a few times and did a little shopping at Bellevue Square. I was totally enchanted with their Christmas display!
I kid you not. Rudolph’s nose even glowed. 🙂
And now it is officially time to think of Christmas. You see, because our daughter had scheduled off next week for our visit there (the trip we cancelled) she has decided to drive home for a visit beginning tomorrow…a visit that will be her Christmas since she has to work during the actual Christmas Day. So I have to get going on all things Christmas here!
I’m leaving you with one sweet idea for the start of the holiday season.
Hope you enjoy it!
Let the shopping, baking, decorating, merry making, wrapping season begin! 🙂
Until next time…