Winner of the Balsam Hill Giveaway

I’m so excited to announce the winner of the Balsam Hill $150 gift card!  However, before we get to that I want to take some time to thank YOU… READERS, for being here, you are a tremendous blessing to me!  This holiday season is about love, joy, giving, and family and friends.  Hoping everyone is surrounded with those they love this Thanksgiving!
A big thanks to Balsam Hill for sponsoring this giveaway and allowing me to share our Scandinavian red and white Christmas tree!


A Scandinavian Red and White Christmas Tree

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday, I have a delicious recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sauce that is so simple to make!

Spiced Holiday cranberry sauce


Spiced Cranberry Sauce


2 Cups fresh or frozen cranberries

2 Tablespoons Sugar in The Raw

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon ground clove

1/3 Cup pomegranate juice

Place all the ingredients in a heavy, medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer until the cranberries pop and soften, this takes about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Cranberry sauce keeps for up to 3 days, tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Note: When doubling this recipe, do not double the cinnamon and liquid. Increase the cinnamon to 1 1/2 teaspoons and the juice to 1/2 cup.


Hope everyone surrounds themselves with those you love and be thankful for all of lives blessings this Thanksgiving day!

A Scandinavian Red and White Christmas Tree

I’m so excited to share my Scandinavian red and white Christmas tree as part of the Tastemakers 10 blog hop with Balsam Hill! We are celebrating
10 years of amazing Christmas.  This whole week you will find bloggers sharing a favorite set of Balsam Hill ornaments and how they have decorated their tree with them.

The past few years I have been decorating with lots of green and silver.  Last year, I added little pops of red into the Christmas décor and I loved it.   So when I saw Balsam Hill’s Nordic Frost Ornament Set, I knew that was the one!

 Be sure to read all the way to the end, one lucky reader is in for a big surprise!

A Scandinavian Red and White Christmas Tree

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Knock out those walls and create an open concept great room

I know, I know it’s not Christmas yet but this is one of the few pictures I have that shows most of the downstairs in one shot. One of our first projects (before my blogging days) we turned three small rooms (living, dining, family) into one large great room by knocking down a wall and creating a open concept great room. We now have a space that is 100% usable.

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