From North of the Boulevard~ Do you make resolutions for the New Year? I think it's a better idea for me to simply be mindful of changes that I need and want to make rather than saying "I resolve to..." The new year is a great time to do some self evaluation, some reflection and some goal . . .
Archives for December 2014
"Peace on Earth, Joy to the World" "And so this is Christmas..." Those are phrases we hear so often around this time of year. What a wondrous time that would be if we truly had peace, if the world was indeed full of joy! We need not only to strive for an end of wars, but for an end to the . . .
I've seen lots of variations of wood slice ornaments this season. Many of them are beautiful, but they involve free handing a drawing or some words on them. Drawing and beautiful penmanship are not my strong suits. Not even a little bit! I also saw lovely ones done using printed transfers. While . . .
Few treats say Christmas to me quite like delicious, rich fudge does! It's been a family favorite for years and it's always the first thing I'm nibbling on around the holidays. Fudge is not something I make at any other time of year. That's a very good thing considering how much I love it. If . . .
When I moved out of my parents' house and into my own apartment I wondered what Christmas would be like. How would I decorate, how would my tree look and most importantly, what was I going to do without a fireplace mantel for my stockings! . . .
From North of the Boulevard I've been using a combination of red and gold for my mantel for several years. This year, I decided I wanted to change things up. I wanted to switch from gold to silver and make the entire mantle more lush and full. I also decided to move all of the stockings away from . . .
Not that many years ago, I was insistent upon having a real tree. It had to be tall and very round and full. I love the aroma of a natural tree. What I didn't love was the hassle of going through countless trees, finally finding one that I loved and then bringing it home, trimming the bottom . . .
There are so many ideas out there for making your own Christmas ornaments. There's something special about hand crafted ornaments on any tree. I've happily made a number of different kind of ornaments for Gloria's tree over the last couple of years. I love seeing them nestled into her tree when I . . .
The table in my entryway is a spot in my home that I love to decorate seasonally. It's a piece that my mother once had in her antique store. I love it. For Christmas, it's done using deep reds, gold and glass. It's a mixture of items that I pull together to give it an overall cohesive look. I . . .
If there is one dessert that has always been the absolute must have at Christmas for my family, it's Red Velvet Cake. I was happy that there was always someone to make it. My oldest sister was the designated red velvet cake maker for years. Each year she would be the one to bring it to our mother's . . .