Gingerbread Rice Crispy Treats

I planned on posting today with pictures of Thanksgiving.  I pictured Kate’s home and mine filled with smiling faces and amazing food and picture perfect Pottery Barn styled tables, place cards and all.   Let us be the first to say that things don’t always go as planned!  Kate’s poor family was quarantined with strep throat, and I found myself with husband and kids in tow at the grocery store at 9pm the night before Thanksgiving looking for something to serve the next day.  We had beef.  Long story.  The beef turned out amazing though, thanks to a Thanksgiving morning phone call to my Dad.  A Dad who is the master of amazing roasts and who only agreed to divulge his secrets with the promise that I, his eldest daughter- food blog writer and cook book author, would publicly announce that she called her Daddy for cooking advice.  What can I say?  I learn from the best.

Needless to say, I was over Thanksgiving about 5 minutes after I forced my kids to eat at least 3 bites of the meal I slaved all day over.  So instead of Thanksgiving pictures, I’ll be showing you what I did today.  (Or possibly 2 weeks ago, but finally feel it’s socially acceptable to admit).

That’s the easiest wreath in the world by the way.  I bought a grapevine wreath for $3 at Hobby Lobby and made some rolled fabric flowers out of Christmas fabric scraps I had.  You don’t even need a sewing machine.  Great tv project.  I just glued them on with some little white berries and ta-dah.

Christmas makes me happy.   I don’t just love the baking and the lights and the shopping and the presents.  I love everything it represents.  Even if you don’t share the Christian beliefs that Kate and I do, Christmas is a time for celebrating peace, and hope, and light in the world.  For lending a hand and going the extra mile.  For serving people with no expectations of anything in return and remembering how blessed we all really are.  Basically, it’s a good time to remember things we should be doing and thinking about all year anyway! The lights, the decorations, the tree, the pretty things- they all remind me of that.

So I couldn’t wait another second to deck our halls

and hang our stockings (and notice that we’re now a family of 5 and only have 3 stockings…)

And pull out pretty sparkly things

Love these straw flowers my little sis brought me from Ikea (Dear Ikea, I miss you.  Come to Boise?  Love, Sara)

I light my most favorite Christmas time scent (seriously, I buy tons in November because it always sells out!)

And put my nativity higher each year so my kids don’t bust it.

My boys call these “The 3 Wise Guys”

We also started the tradition this year of taking the kids to pick out their own special ornament to hang on the tree.  Again, a scenario I imagined going way better in my head.  After several almost-destroyed snow  globes in the Hallmark store, 8.2 tantrums over wanting $30 ornaments and thinking the candy was free, one of them left with one of these.

It’s a good choice.  I’m glad to know someone’s watching in case the little drummer boy gets out of hand.

One thing I love to do is pack away all of our Christmas-themed books with the decorations.  My kids get so excited when they pull them out of the boxes and remember them from the year before (or don’t remember, and then it’s a bonus because it’s like getting brand new ones!)

That one on top is one of my favorites.  My aunt Barb gave it to me when I had my first baby and it makes me smile every time.

I know you guys will all appreciate this.  It’s one of my favorite decorations to get out each year, my kitchen tree!

Hello little tiny mesh strainer- could you be any cuter??  My Mom and sister got those for me one year and and I’ve always loved them.


Hopefully none of you got serious Black-Friday related injuries today.  Did any of you go shopping?  Did you find good deals?  What was the best thing you ate yesterday?  Enjoy your weekend and come back on Monday for new recipes!


  1. I love your decorations…I'm sad your book won't be out in time for me to ask for it for Christmas. 🙁 Guess I'll have to tuck a little money away. 🙂 Can't wait!!

  2. I am so glad I have your blog to inspire me. I passed by those gingerbread marshmallows in the store and thought, "Those sound good, but what do you do with them?" Duh! Thanks again!

  3. Your decorations look beautiful! I absolutely love your kitchen tree. I put a little one in my kitchen and decorate it with little gingerbread cookies and old cookie cutters. I'd love to know where your sister and mom found those adorable little vintage kitchen utensils! My kitchen is decorated with vintage kitchenwares so I really NEED some of those. 😉
    Thanks for the inspiration to help me get my decorating started for CHRISTmas! 🙂

  4. I love your decorations. We are so much more simple at my house, but I love seeing people who go all out for the holiday season. Those rice crispy treats sound wonderful. I think I will be trying them soon!!

  5. I love your Christmas Decorations, and such artsy pictures of them! I am curious what kind of camera you have.(I don't want to sound like the "Your camera takes really good pictures" person,I know it is not the camera that takes good pictures it is the photographer, but I am asking for a new camera for Christmas so I am asking everybody what they have)

  6. I love your decorations! Your house looks very festive! Congrats on the new cookbook, that's awesome! I too love your kitchen tree 🙂 I did go shopping, but the lines were huge, at least I didn't have the kids with me :)….happy to report, no injuries.

  7. Your home looks beautiful. I know what you mean about things never going as planned, especially with kids. I have two boys, ages 6 and 8, and I don't think I've ever had a "Hallmark" moment with them. I've started my Christmas baking for what I hope will be Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies. But, the best laid plans of mice and men…

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