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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Pepparkakor Cookies

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Fresh-Holiday-Pepperkakor by Alexandra Hedin

Only 7 more days until Christmas? Can that really be? I suppose I should shift my frame of thinking to “seven more days to bake and eat delicious cookies, like these Pepparkakors!” It’s a more cheerful (and tasty), yeah?

Today, Ali is finishing up our Fresh Holiday Traditions series with a treasured family recipe. She’s made some improvements to the classic cookie, making them easier to make. She also added a sinfully delicious spin. I love that woman!

Click here to get the recipe. It’s destined to become a family holiday classic.

Check out the other posts in this series…
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
Pumpkin Pancakes for Thanksgiving Morning
Gratitude Star Garland
Hand Stamped Thank You Cards
December Party
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Christmas Tree Party Hats

About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Alexandra to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Party Hat Christmas Trees

Friday, December 13th, 2013

christmas tree party hats by Pars Caeli

This week’s Fresh Holiday Tradition may just be the cutest thing ever. That’s right, ever. MJ and her kids made Christmas Tree Party Hats. They’re fun, silly, adorable and easy to make. Wouldn’t they be hilarious at a family party this Christmas? And if you don’t do a big family party, then wear them for dinner one day next week. Just place one on each family member’s dinner plate. Instagram-worthy ;) The kids would l-o-v-e it!

Check out the other posts in this series…
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
Pumpkin Pancakes for Thanksgiving Morning
Gratitude Star Garland
Hand Stamped Thank You Cards
December Party
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Alexandra to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Painted Wrapping Paper

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Painted Gift Wrap - a craftivity for the whole family

Last year, Dave and I did something special with our wrapping paper—we decorated it ourselves. We used brown paper and drew on it with white paint pens. It was a great creative exercise and so much fun. Have you drawn lately? I swear, it makes you feel young again.

This year, we turned it into a family affair with getting the kids involved. This project is easy and adaptable for a variety of ages. Our kids are older and can handle paint on their own.

If you have young kids, say preschool-age, you can modify this craft by using stamps, dot paint, washi tape or round stickers.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Par-tay! December 1st Style

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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It’s Wednesday! Translation: time for another Fresh Holiday Tradition.

Today Melissa is sharing a super sweet tradition her mother passed down to her—a party to kick off the Christmas season. She carries on the tradition of eating Pepperidge Farms Ginger Men, putting up the advent calendar, making a paper chain, etc. Sounds like such a nice way to celebrate with the kids, yeah?

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Check out the other posts in this series…
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
Pumpkin Pancakes for Thanksgiving Morning
Gratitude Star Garland
Hand Stamped Thank You Cards

About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Alexandra to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Hand Stamped Thank You Cards

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Alexandra-Hedin-Thank-you-Stamped-Cards

I got so swept up in things yesterday that I completely forgot to share this amazing and heartwarming project from Alexandra Hedin. Since this is a month of giving thanks, she created hand-stamped thank you cards. My absolute favorite thing about this is she used her son’s handwriting to create the stamp. Didn’t they turn out awesome?

Click here for instructions.

Check out the other posts in this series…
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
Pumpkin Pancakes for Thanksgiving Morning
Gratitude Star Garland

About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Alexandra to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Gratitude Star Garland

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Are you ready for another fresh holiday tradition? I am! Today, MJ is sharing her family’s sweet and thoroughly charming tradition. Each year before Thanksgiving, MJ mails out stars to her guests. Guests are instructed to write down something for which they’re grateful and bring the stars with them to dinner. Then they hang them together on their Christmas tree. How sweet is that?!

Click on over to Pars Caeli for the full story—which is totally lovely—and a way to turn the stars into a pretty garland.

Before you go though, tell me: do you have a treasured Thanksgiving family tradition?

Check out the other posts in this series…
5 Minute Gratitude Journal
Pumpkin Pancakes for Thanksgiving Morning

About Fresh Holiday Traditions…
I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa, MJ and Alexandra to bring you eight fresh holiday DIYs. Visit our blogs each Wednesday for a jolt of warm fuzzy goodness.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | Pumpkin Pancakes

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Pumpkin Pancake recipe for Thanksgiving morning

Thanksgiving morning may be my favorite morning of the year. Don’t get me wrong, there are many other noteworthy mornings (Christmas, Mother’s Day, my birthday), but there’s one thing Thanksgiving morning has over all those others, a big parade.

That’s right, I am a fan of the Macy’s Day Parade. Actually, the whole family is. Jonah watches for the new Hess vehicle he’ll want for Christmas. Ellie sings along with her favorite pop stars. Dave rolls his eyes when I start dancing along with Broadway, even though we both know he secretly loves it. Don’t fight it Dave. Give in to the Jazz hands.

I don’t always cook a Thanksgiving meal, so having a special breakfast while we watch the parade is my culinary contribution to the holiday. One of items always on the festive breakfast menu? Pumpkin Pancakes. We eat them right at the coffee table.

I adapted the recipe from an old Better Homes & Garden Cookbook my mom bought me years ago. They’re not super fancy, but they have that quality of home-cooked goodness from Mom’s kitchen. They’re memory makers.

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Fresh Holiday Traditions | 5 Minute Gratitude Journals

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

5 minute gratitude journals

Remember this summer when Melissa, MJ, Alexandra and I teamed up to present Endless Summer Projects? If I may be so bold as to say, there were some serious rockin’ ideas in there. Well friends, we’re teaming up again! For the next eight weeks, we’re bringing you Fresh Holiday Traditions.

Today, hop on over to Melissa who is kicking us off with a lovely tradition of journaling our gratitude. It doesn’t hurt that the journals are supah stylish too.

Do you journal? I’ve never been terribly good at it. Lately though, I’ve been writing down some things that have been running through my mind (trying to wade through all the muck in there). It’s been wholly therapeutic, but what I write down aren’t always things for which I’m grateful. Maybe I could use a shift in perspective to become grateful for them? Or at least, focus on the things I am grateful for, because the list is long.

So, I’m going to take Melissa up on her gratitude challenge. It’ll be a great exercise for me during this holiday season.

Oh and if you’re up for making one of these beauties, tag it #freshholidays. Melissa, MJ, Alexandra and I would loooove to see!

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