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Cedar Wreath

The other day a reporter from USA Today called me to talk about some easy holiday tips and recipes.

I’m still in shock that she wanted me to share some ideas. After all, my postings are somewhat random, I tend to ramble and throw things together willy-nilly.

But I shared some recipes and tips that anyone could use to simplify their holiday entertaining. Hopefully, the article will come out in a special publication this fall.

So that interview got me thinking that it would be kind of fun to publish a book with holiday tips, recipes, photos and how-to videos.

Stay tuned! The plan is to have it ready to roll in October.

While I’m working in the book, I thought I’d see if any of you have suggestions on holiday tips you would find helpful or the types of recipes or how-tos that could assist in your holiday plans. If you have any thoughts to share, please post a comment below! I look forward to hearing from you!

She Who Is Dragging Her Feet at Getting in the Holiday Mode!

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Happy December!

Starting today running right through to Christmas, I will be posting a daily holiday tip, idea, how-to or recipe. You don’t want to miss out on any of the fun!

So today, in honor of Day 1 of our Holiday Hoopla, here is our first holiday tip.

Start your welcome to holiday guests at the front door. There is nothing quite like a cheery welcome mat to say “thank you for coming to our home” as your guest walks up to your door.

I like to buy a new one every year because let’s face it, no matter how much you scrub on these after a season out in the weather they just never look very spiffy when you unpack them the next year. I cheat and buy a couple on the after Christmas clearance sales.

If you live in an area where you are going to get a lot of snow, slush and gunk tracked in your house, I highly recommend having a sturdier rubber-type mat outside your front door with a fabric mat inside the door. This will help cut down on the mess.

What type of mat you put outside should reflect your personality or the feeling you want to convey. It can be traditional, elegant, whimsical. Find what speaks to you and run with it!

Here are a few ideas:

Traditional

 

Elegant

Fun and whimsical (I am digging the word whimsical today. See how many times you can work it into a conversation!).

 

Scenic

 

Contemporary

Check back tomorrow for ideas on wreaths!

Happy Entertaining and Happy Holidays!

Shanna

 

 

 

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