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That’s how many years it’s been since I’ve been home for Christmas. And this year that changes!! I cannot contain my excitement. When John and I got together back in 2003 we started doing Christmas with his family. It was perfectly fine with me. Christmas is a huge deal in his family. He definitely changed the meaning of Christmas for me. My parents had also stopped hosting since they moved. So everything just kind fell into place.

In 2008 we moved to Florida. So from then on we did Christmas by ourselves. Last year John’s mom and step dad came. It was great to have family around for the holidays. This year John really wanted to go home so we could spend Christmas with our families before the boys get too old. We made plans and it’s all happening!

It will be so great to see all of my extended family. The last time I saw everyone was under very sad circumstances. This time it will happy. I love when the boys get to spend time with their cousins. I grew up with my cousins and they were more like siblings. We always have such a great time. I’ve done this before but I’ll share pictures from Christmas past.

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It’s so much fun to look back through the years. The only year I can’t find is 2004. Do you have any big plans this year?

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We have been thoroughly enjoying the holiday season. It has been a great month so far. I cannot believe Christmas is in 9 days. Where has the time gone? I wanted to play catch up and let everyone know what we’ve been doing.

Friday was Logan’s Christmas program at school. It was so cute. All the kids did a great job. Then Friday night we headed out to Meadow Event Park with our friends for a drive through light display. It was cool. Very interesting and a little surprising. They played a few non Christmas songs and I’m sure were trying to keep it PC.

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Saturday we went to a Christmas party. It was great to hang out with adults. I was able to introduce to John to the Mom’s group I’m in. Everyone dressed up and looked great. Sunday we headed out to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town. We all had a blast. We all got chocolate drunk on endless hot chocolate.

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Last night John and I attended a Tacky Sweater party hosted by Yelp. It was in a swanky little part of town at Travinia. The food was great and the wine was even better. John took third place in the sweater contest. We had a great time hanging with our fellow Yelpers on the patio. I will definitely be back to have more of that delicious food.

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We have been going nonstop around here. And things aren’t going to slow down. But we love it! What’s been up with you this month?

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We love Christmas here in the K House. I mean really love it. Anytime I find special edition holiday goodies I buy them up. When I learned about EDY’S®/DREYER’S SLOW CHURNED® Light Ice Cream, Limited Edition Peppermint Wonderland® I just knew the wilds would go crazy for it. Peppermint light ice cream and peppermint candy pieces blend together to create a refreshing flavor in every spoonful. This is perfect to have in the freezer on hand for easy desserts for holiday guests.

I found the ice cream and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Limited Edition Holiday Morsels at Walmart. Like I’ve mentioned before I can always find what I’m looking for at Walmart. They have everything. These red, green and the classic Semi-Sweet morsels all wrapped up in a festive seasonal package are only available for a limited time. Go grab them now before they are gone.

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As soon as the wilds saw the treats they wanted to dig in. I decided to make Peppermint Ice Cream Shakes. They are simple and I had all the ingredients on hand. You can whip these up on a whim when you need something quick. They turned out very festive and fun. The boys gulped them down in record time.

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Peppermint Ice Cream Shake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops EDY'S®/DREYER'S SLOW CHURNED® Light Ice Cream, Limited Edition Peppermint Wonderland®
  2. 1/4 milk
  3. 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  4. whipped cream
  5. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Limited Edition Holiday Morsels for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup to a blender. Blend on low for 30 seconds. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and holiday morsels. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. You can add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your shake.
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I thought the moose glasses looked so cute and festive for this recipe. They are the perfect size for the boys. Of course I couldn’t leave John and myself out. I served ours in larger glasses. The small glass just wasn’t enough tastiness for me.

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Christmas always puts me in a party mood. John and I love hosting our friends at our house. What better way to spend the holidays then eating great food with your loved ones. Walmart is my one stop shop when I need to get my party supplies. They have very reasonable prices and I can always find exactly what I need. Kraft puts out such great products that help my menu come together.

I’ve asked several people and they always tell me their favorite holiday side is stuffing. If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time you know how much I love Stove Top Stuffing. I have loved since I can remember. I wanted to make a dish that incorporates everyone’s favorite side. I found the inspiration for this recipe several years ago. I present to you Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

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They are super easy to make! What makes it even better is that you make everything in one pan. I love recipes that have easy cleanup! You can serve these zucchini boats as an appetizer or a side dish. I promise that your guests will be asking you for the recipe as soon as they finish the first bite. They are definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats
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Ingredients
  1. 4 - 5 Large Zucchini halved lengthwise
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. salt & pepper to taste
  4. 1 1/2 cups Stove Topped Stuffing any flavor
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the flesh side of the zucchini with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them flesh side down on a covered cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the zucchini from the oven and allow to cool. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Melt the butter. Scoop the pulp from the zucchini right into the pan. Add Stove Top Stuffing, sour cream, and cheese. Reserve a bit of the shredded cheese to sprinkle on top later. Mix all the ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stuff the boats with the skillet mixture. Once your zucchini is nice and stuffed sprinkle on the cheese. Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out! I also like to walk up and down the aisles for inspiration. Things will jump out at me and recipes are born.

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The best party planning tip I can offer is make lists. Write down everything. This will ensure that you do not forget anything. You especially need a list before you head to the store to shop. There is nothing worse then returning home to discover you have forgotten an important component. It is very inconvenient to have to make another trip.

Also, do not forget to enjoy the party. Planning and hosting can become stressful. Don’t let it. Remember that your guests want to enjoy you too. Small things that you are stressing over, your guests will not even notice. Take time to sit down and visit with your guests. Proper planning will ensure you aren’t scrambling at the last minute.

And because I love you all I have created a printable for you! Use this printable to display the name of the dishes you are serving. Party on friends!

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Sunday the weather was absolutely gorgeous here in Virginia. We drove out to the Nucklos Christmas Tree Plantation. It is a family owned and operated cut your own tree farm. We had so much fun. The farm is huge! Much better place than where we went last year. The wilds loved running around looking for the perfect tree.

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We took our time checking out all the trees. There were several different types. We finally decided on a beautiful white pine. John and the boys sawed it down. John lugged it back up to the shed. They shook it and bagged it. We couldn’t wait to get home and decorate it.

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We may have underestimated it’s size a bit. The tree is huge! It’s 9.5 feet tall by 25.5 feet around! Crazy! Thankfully with a little trimming, tucking, and tugging we got it to work in our living room. It’s beautiful and we all love it.

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Do you do a real tree or an artificial tree?

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