Christmas Count Down: Bring on the Festivities

imageHappy Monday!!

Well, it’s Christmas week!

And there are only 4 days to go until Christmas!!

And the festivities are in full swing ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that may be why December is just flying by! I can’t believe how quickly this season has gone!

Of course my Elf on the Shelf has been sneaking in the last few dates and treats before Christmas!!

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My husband and I have been powering through Christmas Cards… I think next year we are going to start this process earlier!!

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… And of course there has been baking…

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… and more baking… and even some cookie decorating…YUM!

Look at those cute little fingers, getting ready to cookie decorate!! My nephew loved this, especially the taste testing part!!

I even started packing for our trip out to Saskatchewan for Christmas. I am the slowest packer there is, so getting the packing process started this past weekend is a much better idea than staying up past midnight on the 23rd! image

With all the glitter, fun, excitement, and busyness, I love quiet evenings with my husband where we can rest, watch the tree lights, and be reminded that this advent season is about the wonder, excitement, and celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Merry Christmas!!

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A Sweet Treat for Your Tuesday: Eggnog Dessert Loaf

imageWhen I think of Christmas favors I think of gingerbread, cinnamon, cranberry, nutmeg… and eggnog.

Now, I am not the hugest eggnog fan, the whole ‘egg’ part of eggnog is a bit gross to me. But I like the way it tastes, so I try not to think about it! Aaaaaand, my husband loves eggnog ๐Ÿ™‚ So of course that means my holiday baking includes some eggnog recipes.

This Eggnog Dessert Loaf is SUPER good …and that is coming from a tentative eggnog drinker.

You can find the recipe I used here.

This Dessert Loaf is just like any other ‘quick bread’, so think banana bread, pumpkin bread, etc. Which makes it a simple and easy recipe to bake!

Start by mixing your ‘wet’ ingredients together (except the eggnog). In a separate bowl mix your ‘dry’ ingredients. Then add your ‘dry mixture’ and eggnog into the ‘wet’ mixture, taking turns adding in portions of dry ingredients and eggnog.

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Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour. You will start to smell the amazing aroma as your loaf starts to bake!!

While you are waiting, mix up the eggnog glaze.

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Once the dessert loaf has mostly cooled add the eggnog glaze and a sprinkle of nutmeg ontop. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to harden before cutting pieces.

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Mmmmmmm!! So yummy!! Tastes like Christmas!!

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This Eggnog Dessert Loaf is perfect for any eggnog lovers out there ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, all I need is a cup of coffee and another slice of this loaf!!

Happy Baking!

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Elf on the Shelf: Spouse Edition (Week 1)

imageHappy Monday!!

Do the weekends ever fly by in December or what?!

I can’t believe we are already on our second week of December! Baking has commenced, decorations are basically up and Christmas music is playing 24/7!

Last week I introduced my version of Elf on the Shelf… Spouse Edition!! And promised to share a bit of what my elf has been up to over the past week each Monday. So here is the first update!

Once again, here was the introduction to my Elf, and the surprises to come this next month!

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I love ‘pun’ ideas for leaving little treats and notes around for my husband, there are SO many idea’s out there ๐Ÿ™‚ All I’ve had to is add a Christmas twist! Or include some sort of treat that my husband likes!

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I’ve had to be sneaky and try to set things up either when I get home from work before my husband or when he’s not looking!!!

imageCount down is at 19 Days!!!

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Elf of the Shelf: Spouse Edition

25Continuing the Christmas count down, we’re at 25 days!!!

And tomorrow is the first day of December, which means my blog is officially becoming Christmas central!

Now, Mondays have usually been ‘Simple Meal Mondays’ but because of the Christmas season, Mondays are taking a Holiday twist.

You’ve probably heard about Elf on the Shelf… well here is my version!

Elf on the shelf: Spouse Edition.

Why should kids have all the fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Meet my elf!

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This elf will be making its first appearance December 1, but here is a sneak peak ๐Ÿ™‚

I found this elfย  ‘ornament’ at a craft store and the best part is that you can insert a picture of your face! This ornament makes the perfect elf for my elf on the shelf, and its bound to get a few laughs from my husband!!

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I’ve prepped some date night ideas and other surprises for my husband as a Christmas count down throughout December and each Monday I’ll share a post with an update on what my elf on the shelf has been up to!!

Here’s a preview of my Elf on the Shelf: Spouse Edition introduction letter!!

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Get ready for more festive fun to come!

Happy Monday!

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