Merry Christmas 2018

December 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Have a Wonderful Day and I’ll be back with lots of fun ideas and wonderful decorating schemes very soon. Have a great day and ENJOY!!!!

Happy Christmas Eve

December 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve today and you’re able to get everything checked off of your list and can relax later today. Below I’ve shared a cartoon version of The Night Before Christmas that I remember as a child. “A Merry Christmas To All, And To All….”

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout

December 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, they are seriously one of my favorite cookies and they are SO versatile they can be dressed up with nuts, flavorings, and fruits or kept simple and timeless just as shortbread. I had recently seen a recipe for Orange Cranberry Shortbread on the Mom On Timeout website and I loved how they looked and wanted to see if they taste half as good as they look and they do!!!! We made them last Friday when I went to Mom and Dad’s for the day, the recipe is fairly simple and if you bake a lot you may have most everything needed except for Craisins. I’ll attach a link to the recipe for the cookies at the end of the photos and I’ll go into more detail on the cookies with the photos. If you like orange and tart cranberries then give these a try, they also have almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors. They’re slightly crunchy from the sugar on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle with little bites of berry and orange zest. SO GOOD!!!! Enjoy!!!

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you I was going to Mom and Dad’s for the day to see them, have lunch and help mom with some baking and today I wanted to share the results. If we’re friends on Facebook here or here you’ve already seen them but I’ll share recipes and more photos in today’s post. We used to make lots of cut out cookies and decorate them, at one time we even did them for all the holidays and sold cookie bouquets and at one time we also did custom cakes for people for people so luckily we have a little experience with baking, icing, and decorating. We used a new recipe we found this year on the 12 tomatoes website for Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and they are so so good. They were a little sticky when we first started rolling out so we kneaded in a little more flour and let them get really cold in the refrigerator and floured our board really well when we attempted rolling and cutting the dough again and it worked great. For the icing, we used good old buttercream icing that we used to use on 90% of the cakes we did. It’s easy to work with, takes color well and you can pipe and decorated the cookies using any of the cake decorating tips we already had. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos. If you’re up for baking this is a great recipe and I’m sharing a link to it at the end of the post. Share your photos if you bake and decorate cookies, have a great week as we count down to a big weekend coming up. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Cookie Ideas

December 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Happy Friday!!!! I’m off to Hydro to see mom and dad today, Dad has been feeling under the weather so I’m going to see them, have lunch and help mom with some holiday baking. It’s been years since we’ve tried our hand at decorated Christmas cookies but we’re going to give it a whirl today. There are so many amazing ideas for decorated cookies, whether it’s using Royal Icing, Buttercream, Colored Sugars, the possibilities are endless. We are going to be using buttercream on cookies cut out in holiday shapes. I’ll share pics if they turn out good. I also have a couple of recipes I want to try for some others that I’ll share. I hope everyone has a great weekend, we had a business party last night and a client’s Christmas party tomorrow night and I plan on doing some cooking during the day on Saturday and Sunday. I leave you now with images and visions of gorgeous Christmas cookies and links to the recipes for more information, hopefully, to inspire you to try your hand at baking and decorating your own. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Hallmark Peanuts Christmas Wrapping 2018

December 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’ve followed the blog for long or know me then you probably are aware of my love for anything and everything Peanuts, some people like Spiderman, Marvel Superheroes and I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang. Every year there are new and wonderful items put out for Christmas featuring Peanuts and this year is no different. Hallmark has become the go-to brand to pick up awesome Peanuts merchandise, especially for the holidays. Today we are going to look at all the fun gift wrap and gift bags you can get from Hallmark to have a Very Peanuts Christmas. This year there are several different Peanuts versions from different decades going all the way back to the beginning. I hope you enjoy this look at Peanuts from Hallmark for Christmas as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Enjoy!!!

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Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Sources, Day 2

December 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue our look at great ways to wrap those Christmas gifts. Yesterday we checked out beautiful papers from some of the less well known and more boutique websites and today we are looking at gift wrap from some of the big stores which you can find in the town where you live or can get to one if need be and online. There’s so much to choose from in colors, style, designs from the traditional Red/Green to bright Pinks, Purples, and Blues. There’s also any style you can think of from Vintage looks to Contemporary and lots of Sparkles. Check out today’s selection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Paper Sources, Day 1

December 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

For me, the wrapping of gifts is an art unto itself. Back when I worked in retail I LOVED wrapping gifts and I also loved picking what wrapping papers we were going to use in the store for gift wrap as well as choosing the ones we were going to sell to the public. I’m always amazed every year to see what artists and companies come out with every year that’s new and different. Whether you like traditional, contemporary, dogs, penguins or plain paper with fancy ribbons, there’s something out there for you. Today and tomorrow we are going to take a look at paper selections from 10 different sources, I’m sharing some of the ones that really jumped out at me or made me say, “Ahhhhhh”. I guarantee you can find something that matches your Christmas decor and makes you smile. Today we are looking at papers from some websites that are more “boutique” and tomorrow we are looking at some more well-known sources. Check them all out and Enjoy!!!

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A Few Favorite Christmas Decorations

December 7, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This year my crew and I decorated 14 houses and 2 businesses for Christmas, I try to share as much as I can along the way but sometimes I get busy and forget so I want to share them here today. This is just a small sample of what we’ve done and some of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember, it’s now how big the house is or about having all new decorations, you can do SO much with what you have by adding a few new things here and there, like ribbon and floral picks. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos, I hope you like them as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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