Christmas Music – You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli

Nativity Scene Listen to Franceso

Beautiful Rendition of You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli I love all types of Christmas music, and am always looking for pieces that I feel are worthy of sharing with my readers.  This beautiful song by Francesca Battistelli is called “You’re Here” and gives us a reminder of the reason for the season. Francesca Battistelli is…

Pentatonix Sings Carol of the Bells

Pentatonix Carol of the Bells

Beautiful Version of the Classic “Carol of the Bells.” I was a music major in college and voice was my specialty.  I cringe, most of the time, today when I hear the way most groups destroy my favorite Christmas music songs.  But that is definitely not the case for this stunning version of Carol of…

20+ Fudge Recipes for the Holidays

20+ holiday fudge recipes at thegardeningcook.com

Are you ready for the holidays and all the sweet treats that it entails?  How about making up a few of these fudge recipes to have on hand for Christmas? Fudge is the one sweet treat that I make each year without fail.  I can’t trust myself to have it sitting around during the year,…

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Cornucopia Centerpiece

DIY Baked Thanksgiving Cornucopia

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia. Time to decorate your table in style. Sure, you can purchase a cornucopia, but why not try making one in the oven.  It’s easy to do if you use frozen bread dough. To Make the centerpiece, you will need the following supplies: Disposable 12-14″ aluminum pizza pan Nonstick cooking spray Baking Sheet…

Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Round up of Pumpkin Recipes from Soup to Drinks!

It is that time of the year. October 26 is National Pumpkin day. The pumpkins are everywhere and it’s time to think of new and tasty ways to use them after the carving is done and it’s time to think ahead to Halloween and Thanksgiving. These pumpkin recipes are the perfect way to use up…

Best Christmas Wreath Ideas

Round up of 11 great Holiday wreath ideas

From Halloween through Christmas, it seems that many doors have a wreath of some sort decorating the entry.  These Christmas wreath ideas are the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. Decorate your Door with A Festive Christmas Wreath. Some of these wreaths are simple, and some are very ornate. Some are store bought…

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Festive Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

These festive gumdrop cookies are easy to make and very tasty. They would make a lovely addition to your annual cookie exchange. One of my favorite candy choices during the holiday season are gumdrops. Let’s use this sweet treat to flavor some Christmas cookies in style. Do you enjoy making cookies for the holidays? Why…

Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge

Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge - Just plain delicious!

Are you looking for an idea for a great handmade Christmas present?  This recipe for Bailey’s Irish cream fudge is sure to please your friends. Bailey’s Irish cream is a traditional favorite liqueur.  The flavor is rich and creamy and it can be used in all sorts of holiday desserts to add a special touch…

DIY Cinnamon and Nut Wreath

DIY Cinnamon Nut Wreath.

This is the time of the year when most homes have wreaths on their front doors. But before you add your Christmas themed wreath, how about this Cinnamon nut wreath? October 22 is national nut day.  Since we’ll be using nuts as a decoration on the wreath, it’s a good day to get it started.…

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

November 20 is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. This recipe for vegan peanut butter fudge is easy to do and makes delicious fudge very quickly. It has a lovely melt in your mouth texture that anyone will love. It is perfect for your holiday celebrations. Fudge is one of the most popular forms of homemade…

DIY Indian Corn Cakes

DIY Indian Corn Cakes

This do it yourself project for Indian Corn cakes will really brighten up your Thanksgiving table.   The cakes are authentic looking and are easy to make. Indian corn is a traditional fall decorating material. It is rustic and can be used in many ways.  For this project we’ll be duplicating the look in a cake…

DIY Pine Cone Christmas Trees

DIY Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Fast and Easy Pine Cone Christmas Trees These do it yourself Christmas Trees are my favorite kind of project.  They make use of things in the house and garden and require very little in the way of anything that needs to be bought at retail.  The grand total for these three trees cost me $2…

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

These delicious Christmas stocking cookies will be the highlight of your Christmas dessert table. The meringue cookies are brimming with the flavors of cream cheese and cranberries and are so pretty and festive. I love the texture of meringue cookies. They have a melt in your mouth thing going on that is very appealing, but…

DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

DIY Clay Pot Candle Holders

Gardeners will love these Christmas candle holders. The main part of the design is made by recycling old terracotta pots. Candles have become a part of the Christmas holiday decor so it’s always fun to do another DIY project involving them. (See my easy DIY peppermint candle project here.) Make Your Own Terracotta Pot Candle…

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

These DIY Christmas cookie ornaments do double duty. They can be made as Christmas cookies and also used to decorate your tree with a few extra steps. Making Christmas themed cookies is one of the joys of baking for the holidays.  Turn those cookies into actual tree ornaments by letting them dry and then adding a…

Christmas Ornament Rescue

7 DIY ornament rescues. Turn trash into treasures

Renew Worn out Decorations with an Ornament Rescue We’ve all been there.  You open up your boxes of Christmas ornaments, only to find that many of them look ready for the trash. Perhaps they have rubbed together and the surface has scratched, or the ornament is just too plain and needs an extra something.  Maybe…

The Traditions of Christmas Greenery

The History of Christmas Greenery - the Christmas tree, wreath, holly, mistletoe and more

Each year during the festive season, our homes get decorated with all manner of holiday greenery.  Whether it be holly and ivy, Christmas trees of fir or spruce, Mistletoe balls and sprigs, or other forms of holiday greenery, our homes seem to always get the extra decor. What is the Story behind Christmas Greenery? Did…

Pine Cone & Ever Green Candle Bowl

DIY Wooden Candle bowl with holiday greenery

This lovely candle bowl is simple to do and very elegant when displayed.  It will make a lovely addition to any holiday table and is low enough for conversation too. Candles have become a part of the Christmas holiday decor so it’s always fun to do another DIY project involving them. (See my easy DIY…