December 2018 - Rachel Teodoro

Easy 4 Ingredient Microwave Chocolate Fudge

I don't think that it really feels like Christmas until I've eaten my first piece of fudge. I don't do a lot of holiday baking, but the baking I do is fairly simple. Every year I try to find an easy holiday fudge recipe that's microwaveable {because who has time for a double boiler!}, and some years I win and other times I lose, but I think I finally found the recipe for the perfect holiday fudge and I'm sharing it with you. This easy four-ingredient microwave chocolate fudge is sure to become a family favorite.

holiday and Christmas baking

holiday and Christmas baking recipes

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How to Simplify the Holidays

Now that I'm 40, I'm happy to pull out the old "with age, comes wisdom card." I've been around the block a few times and I'm learning a thing or two about the things that are really important. I think some of that knowledge has come with time and some of it has come with experience, either way, there is one word that I'm embracing as I age and it's the word simplify. This time of year we can get overwhelmed with our schedules and our long list of to-do's, but it's so important to simplify as much as we can so that we can have more joy and less stress this time of year. I'm sharing 5 tips on how you can simplify the holidays. 

lands end flannel and simple christmas tree


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DIY Faux Hand-Lettered Holiday Scroll Wall Hanging

I know this isn't a new confession if you are a long-time blog reader, but Christmas music is not my favorite. There are few songs that make the short list of allowable holiday songs, but O Holy Night is one of them. Every year it seems a different line of that song sticks out to me as one to focus on and this year, the line "and the soul felt its worth" is that line I can't shake. What a powerful line! So much so, that I wanted to hang it in my home somewhere. I was shopping at a holiday market and saw some beautiful kraft paper scrolls and knew that I could replicate it quite easily for a fraction of the price using a line that was meaningful to me. So with packaging paper from the dollar store and a few supplies I had on hand, I made a DIY hand-lettered sign minus the hand lettering. 

As much as I try, I can't seem to make my writing produce the beautiful script, and I revisited a chalkboard hack I shared with you years ago to create this faux hand-lettered scroll wall hanging. See how I created this large holiday wall hanging for around $1!

kraft paper scroll Christmas craft

Christmas dollar store craft

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

There are a few smells that truly spark the holiday spirit. Is it even Christmas if you don't smell that cinnamon spice on pine cones while walking into the grocery store or the local craft store?  Peppermint is the other solid holiday smell that gets me every single time. These homemade peppermint patties will surely become one of your holiday favorites. Make them for your upcoming cookie exchange or for your next holiday gathering. 

holiday cookie exchange recipe

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