Happy Friday! I can’t believe that Christmas is only 11 days away! I am horribly unprepared this year. I have just begun shopping, nothing is wrapped yet, & we have holiday parties almost every night. I only managed to get the inside of the house decorated, the outside decorations & lights are still in boxes in the living room. Does anyone else have years where nothing seems to come together? This is my favorite time of year & I’ve decided to just embrace the chaos & enjoy the time with friends, family, & co-workers.
We had our annual Rotary Holiday Potluck this week & I made my mother’s pumpkin bread for it. Pumpkin bread was a holiday staple around my house when I was growing up & I still love it when my mom makes a few extra loaves for me. This recipe easy to make (if I can make it, anyone can), travels well, & is always a hit at parties. You can’t beat that for a holiday recipe!
I am so pleased and excited to announce that my little adventure into custom and personalized stationery is now open for business! I have always doodled and sketched, but have rarely shared my work. As a child I dreaded sending thank-you notes, which were mandatory after every birthday and Christmas. Now, in a world where I text more than I speak on the phone, there is something truly traditional and thoughtful about a hand-written note. My note cards feature original, digital artwork and many can be personalized with your name or monogram. I’m starting off slowly with a few designs, but plan to continue adding more over the coming weeks!
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The Haute Hydrangea will be launching on March 9!