Monthly Archive: December, 2011

Time to Turn the Page…

Another New Year is upon us… what will we do with it? Firelight will not let you read fine stories, but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.  –Irish… Continue reading

A Homemade New Year’s Eve

When I entertain, I like to use homemade touches to create a unique party atmosphere. Plus, making holiday accessories at home can be much cheaper than buying them at the store! Here are… Continue reading

Resolutions at Home

The end of the year is just days away, and everyone is thinking about making resolutions. All I can think about are the projects and goals I let slip as this year wore… Continue reading

Cardinals Come to Dinner

I received this set of cardinal salt and pepper shakers as a gift this Christmas, and I’m thrilled to add them to my ever-growing collection. I can’t wait to plan a woodland-themed dinner… Continue reading

Quick Tip: How to Crack an Egg

A few months ago, I heard a wonderful tip that made me realize that I have been cracking eggs incorrectly my whole life. I wish I could remember where I heard the tip… Continue reading

Handmade Cork Coasters

Earlier this month, I learned about decoupage and collage from my good friend Megan.  Ever since then, I have been stocking up on supplies and brainstorming ideas to create handmade coasters. I gave… Continue reading

Another Holiday Over

‘Twas the evening of Christmas, and all through La Maison, every creature was stirring: talking, eating, drinking, and having fun. A slew of jolly relatives were there, joking and bantering without a care.… Continue reading

White Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Whew!  That title seems a little redundant, but these cookies are my very favorite Christmas sweets!  The soft, chocolatey cookies are dipped in smooth, melted white chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint pieces.… Continue reading

White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows

To me, the flavor combination of white chocolate and peppermint is quintessentially Christmas.  If the white chocolate and peppermint happen to top a gooey marshmallow or a soft, moist chocolate cookie…even better! Tonight… Continue reading

A Cup of … Spanish Mocha

Today I tried a new drink — Spanish mocha.  As far as I can tell, it is a blend of coffee or coffee liqueur, chocolate, cinnamon and spices (possibly a hint of cayenne… Continue reading

A Few Words About Texture Paint…

I was looking at my blog, and I realized that it has been a long time since I posted anything about home improvement, so I decided to write a post on one of… Continue reading

Get Stamping Mad This Christmas!

Aren’t these large foam stamps cute?  I picked up a few sets at the local dollar store earlier this month. Instead of an ink pad, I used acrylic craft paint in a variety… Continue reading

Re-purposing Recyclables: Cardboard

Ah, cardboard…there are so many wonderful uses for this material besides the obvious and seasonal Christmas gift box. Here are a few ways I like to recycle thin and thick cardboard at home… Continue reading

Why Am I Feeling Grinchy?

Usually, the Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year, but not in 2011. For some reason, I’m running frightfully behind in everything holiday this year, and I can’t seem to… Continue reading

Sushi Party a La Maison

I love to entertain and throw parties, so we usually host several during the year. I especially like parties where there is a game being played or when a host provides something to… Continue reading

A Different Sort of Cookie “Swap”

I am sure that many of you have heard of or even attended a “cookie swap” where friends bring several dozen cookies and the recipes to exchange with one another.  Well, I had… Continue reading