3 EASY Festive (Non) Baking Ideas + Our Christmas Decor

It’s that time of year where all I want to do is eat all of the sweet treats and go to all the potlucks.  One day I would love the idea of being one of those mom’s that adores baking and cooking up a storm…buuuttt I already know that I am DEFINITELY one of those women who eats EVERYTHING on the dessert table so I really have to keep my sweet treat making in check!  Aaaannnd I am always nervous I’ll mess up the recipe so I love the idea of #Bakinghacks :)

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Stockings | Evergreen Garland | Floral Clip Ornaments

I do have some lunch and dinners planned with friends and family before Christmas, so I figured it would be a great option for me to flex my creative (non) baking muscle without worrying that I’ll eat everything on my own.  I found some awesome options for faux-baking/pre-made cookie decorating LOL.

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Fairy Lights | Garland | Frame

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Pom Pom Garland

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Elf on the Shelf

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Floating Shelf | Mini Wicker Baskets (Similar) | Frames | Mason Jar

Ok so on to the no-bake-treats and cookie decorating ideas.  I saw these and thought I would love to add a Christmas touch to our beloved peanut butter cookies.  We literally make these cookies all year round.  They are more or less guilt free and have no white sugar or flour. Just dip them in some melted dark chocolate and sprinkle some red, white and green sprinkles and they are a perfect holiday treat.

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The Hubz loves turtles so these would be for him (I am not a fan of caramel) these are super easy and take literally 10 minutes.  I can’t believe I’ve never made them before.  I am just not sure if I should used salted or unsalted pretzels?

Lastly I have to at least attempt to make these DIY thin mints.  I love girl guide cookies and being able to make these at Christmas (or even all year round would be brilliant).

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Check out our christmas decorations from last year!

Christmas around here…

We officially have THREE trees up in our house.  One in the family room, one on the landing going upstairs (not pictured) and one in Miss S’s room.  But now I am thinking we need a little something in our master bedroom.  Maybe some greenery and stringged lights (hope the Hubz reads this).

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Hoping for another toddler crafted decoration to add to our tree this year :)

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We made our visit to Santa already.  Everyone always asks if she cried – she didn’t. I think she was just in awe by this person who looks so different than anyone she’s ever seen.  She was as friendly as he could be with a stranger.  We asked her to smile for the picture and she did the funniest pursed lip smile – so grown up my little girl is.

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A little sneak peak of Miss S’s toddler room…(yes I tidied up a bit :P)

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…doing my best to enjoy this time of year because before we know it …it will have past by in a blur of get-togethers, yummy food and lots of fun.  Things I am looking forward to: the Christmas Market, working on my paper snowflake game, ginger bread house making and see the lights around the neighbourhood.