My Southern Christmas-15712

My Southern Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Tis the season for yuletide and cheer! Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. But 2016 is a turning point for the holiday in my household because I am now a parent. Growing up, my mom and dad made sure the season was filled with whimsy, warmth, and love. And seeing my 1-year-old daughter wave cheerily to Christmas trees and blow kisses at animatronic Santas, I know that it is now my turn to turn up …

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Plum Harvest Jam

Aaahh, fall!  The leaves, the cool breeze, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes in the air.  It truly is a magical time of the year and what better way to celebrate it than with a wedding?!  I myself was an autumn bride, opting to ditch the normally warm weathered nuptials for a chilly shindig.  There’s something irresistibly romantic about the season and it’s clearly on display in today’s wedding of Katie and Daniel.  These east coast lovebirds decided to celebrate their love in their favorite month, October… and it couldn’t have been more dreamy!  We were so inspired by these …

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Holiday Spice Cake

When you’re getting hitched in the winter of Utah, you know it’s going to be cold.  So that’s why Elli and Conrad went with the flow and brilliantly married in winter wonderland style.  Playing up the inevitable snow and chilly temperatures, they fashioned their day with snowflakes and ornaments.  And with an awe-inspiring dessert table to match, you might find yourself pining after your own cold-weathered nuptials.  So cozy up to your sweetie and enjoy this sweetly chilly affair… and while you’re at it, bake up our Holiday Spice Cake recipe to match. HOLIDAY SPICE CAKE INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup of …

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Pomegranate Rosemary Bread Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner, so you know what that means? It is baking season, my friends! Sure, receiving gifts and celebrating with loved ones is nice and all, but the true joy of the season for me is baking. Yes, I am very specific and fickle with my standards for happiness. During the holiday season, I am a baking machine. Every chance (or far-fetched excuse) to bake something and I am on it. Need me to bring something to the office party? Boom, Bavarian chocolate cake! Oh, you want to go meet Santa Claus at the mall? Kazaam, stained glass …

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Buttered Sugar Cookies

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, you might find yourself in need for creative photo card ideas.  Well today we have two photographer’s fun takes on this end of the year tradition.  The first features a retro-y styled couple baking classic sugar cookies.  The second is a modernly fun take on the ugly christmas sweater.  So take a gander at these two vastly different photo shoots and start scheming the theme of your holiday card… and while you’re at it, bake up our Buttered Sugar Cookie recipe inspired by today’s events. BUTTERED SUGAR COOKIES INGREDIENTS 1 cup of butter …

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Winter White Chocolate Macarons

Oh the weather outside is frightful… so let’s embrace it!  If you’re looking for some cold-weather party inspiration then you’ve come to the right spot.  Onida Cruz of Petite Seats worked collaboratively with a team of vendors to produce today’s Winter Wonderland, petite-sized styled shoot.  And my, oh, my is it a gorgeous one!  Complete with angel wings, a grand table setting, and a dessert table to rival even the sweetest dreams, this is one children’s party your little munchkin wouldn’t want to miss.  Inspired by the heavenly desserts, we’ve added our own Winter White Chocolate Macarons recipe to the mix. …

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Blackout Cake with Vanilla Custard

THROWBACK REPOST FROM 2015: A long time ago, in a (suburb) far away… a pre-pubescent little girl dreamed of fighting evil alongside her obvious soulmate, Luke Skywalker.  They would conquer Darth Vader with their incomparable light saber skills and be home in time for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Yes, I was (and still am) a Star Wars fanatic.  So, you can imagine my uncontainable delight with the release of the newest installment of the franchise today.  It’s the stuff that galactic dreams are made of!  To celebrate this historic occasion, I have a special treat for my fellow Star …

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Peppermint Marshmallows

December largely ruled by one all-encompassing drink… hot cocoa!  And the perfect accessory to this cold weather drink is marshmallows.  Inspired by today’s Nutcracker Christmas winter wedding, we’ve devised a peppermint marshmallows recipe that’s sure to get your toes a-twinkling.  Try your hand at this scrumptious treat and follow along as photographer Julie Neill walks us through the details of this stunning affair: Our Nutcracker inspired photo shoot stems from the modern Bride’s desire to evoke a sense of whimsy, warmth, and vivid imagery from a favorite childhood story into her wedding day! Being a winter Bride can be a challenge …