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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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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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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 …

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Sara Lee & The Cranberry Cheesecake Shake

  If you’re anything like me, then you take pride in throwing an amazing party. But as joyous as the holiday season can be, it is often paired with a smidgen of stress.  From surviving the mall crowds to hours of wrapping gifts, it’s not all fun and games.  So how do you avoid being overwhelmed and transform the holiday from good to great?  My secret?  Creative shortcuts!  That’s right, I like to cut corners and cheat a bit when it comes to hosting. Today with the help of Walmart and Sara Lee, we’re going to offer you one inventive …