Our Chic Dining Room: Chinoiserie Christmas Tree

Our Chic Dining Room: Chinoiserie Christmas Tree

I love the Chinoiserie design, and decorating my home that way has become a tradition of mine. But since I’m a minimalist in decorating, I decided to spread the chinoiserie love during Christmas and integrated the theme into my Chinoiserie Christmas tree this year. This post will show you how I’ve decorated my tree in an elegant Chinese style using the most gorgeous shade of blue ribbons, gold ornaments, dried hydrangeas, and fake candlesticks.

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I’m a big believer in the power of color, and blue is my favorite. I’ve used this color throughout my home as it’s such an elegant and soothing shade that can create a relaxing atmosphere for you to unwind after a long day.

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I decided to use a light shade of blue ribbon for my Christmas tree. The color complements the gold ornaments and dried hydrangeas well and makes them stand out even more. As for other decorations, I used ornate gold ornaments. They were perfect for this type of Christmas tree. I also added a few fake candlesticks to the mix, and they helped me create an elegant grandmillennial style.

The gold and blue combination are not only elegant, but it’s also very chic. I love how this Christmas tree turned out. It looks festive and stylish, which is exactly what I was going for!

There is no right way or wrong way to decorate your Christmas tree; the most important thing is to decorate with items you love and can enjoy for many Christmas to come. Be creative, be thoughtful, and enjoy the season! Omniley

See the below step-by-step video on how to recreate this look!

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Peppermint Christmas Crack Recipe

Peppermint Christmas Crack Recipe

Everyone loves this Christmas Crack! Christmas Crack has a salty caramel base, is filled with chocolate, and is topped off with crunchy pecans. It’s like a saltine cracker meets a candy bar. It may sound complicated, but it’s pretty simple to put together, and the result is delicious!

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I have always loved the combination of salty and sweet, so this recipe is right up my alley. I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think!

The base for Christmas Crack is a saltine cracker. We’ve all had these before, but don’t underestimate them! They have a great flavor and texture, making them perfect for this recipe.

Whether you are looking for a sweet treat or something easy to munch on while getting ready for Christmas, this crack is the perfect solution! It is the epitome of sweet and salty. If you can keep this homemade Peppermint Christmas Crack around after Christmas, it is a great gift you can easily make yourself. Happy Holidays-Omniley

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Peppermint Christmas Crack Recipe


Description

This Christmas Crack is crunchy, salty, and sweet! Saltine crackers are layered with a 2 ingredient caramel, melted chocolate, and pecans.


Ingredients

Scale

40 Saltine crackers

1 c butter

1 c brown sugar

1 bag of white chocolate chips

1 ½ c pecans, chopped (optional)


Instructions

In a small pot, melt 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar. Bring this just to the boiling point.

While this is melting, Spray a large shallow pan with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper. Line the bottom of the pan with regular saltine crackers, single layer.

Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the crackers.

Bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.

Immediately top with chocolate chips and pecans; let melt and spread. 

Put the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Break off uneven pieces and enjoy.

Store in a covered air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert

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How To Make the Best Christmas Potpourri

How To Make the Best Christmas Potpourri

I love using potpourri at Christmas time. Christmas Potpourri has become a holiday staple for me, making my home smell so good! I used to buy potpourris from the store, and then I discovered that you could make your own! I make several batches during the holiday season.

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I wanted to share my recipe with you because it is so easy and inexpensive. You can use any combination of fruits and spices that you like.

I want to reiterate that this potpourri smells AMAZING. Also, you can use different combinations of these scents if you’d like. Happy Holidays!

 

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Christmas Potpourri Recipe


Description

Make Christmas Potpourri on your stovetop or crockpot with this easy-to-follow recipe!


Ingredients

Scale

1 orange, chopped

1 apple, chopped

1 lemon, chopped

1 ginger, knuckle, chopped

68 whole cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

1 star anise, whole

fresh pine, pieces

23 c of water, depending on the size of your pot


Instructions

Bring water to a slight boil.

Add in all ingredients.

Reduce to a simmer for 4-6 hours; add water occasionally.

Notes

You can add all the ingredients to a crockpot on low for 4-6 hours. Stir occasionally.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 4

Keywords: simmer pot, christmas potpourri, christmas, stovetop potpourri

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Christmas Donut Tree for Brunch? Sure!

Christmas Donut Tree for Brunch? Sure!

Easy Hosting for the Holidays with a Christmas Donut Tree

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Christmas Donut Tree


  • Author: Belle Omniley
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x

Description

Christmas Donut Tree Recipe will become a yearly tradition! All you need is a styrofoam cone, toothpicks, bakery donut holes, and garnishes of your choice.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 80 donut holes, plain or powdered
  • sugared cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary springs
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 8090 toothpicks
  • aluminum foil
  • buttercream frosting


Instructions

  • Wrap the styrofoam cone in aluminum foil.
  • Cover the aluminum foil with buttercream icing.
  • With the cone in an upright position, push in a toothpick in about half way in starting at the bottom of the cone.
  • Push a donut hole into the toothpick.
  • Push another toothpick close to, but not right next to, the donut hole. You want to allow space for the next donut hole.
  • Place another donut hole on the toothpick.
  • Continue working your way around and up the cone
  • Once you’ve covered the cone completely, cover any gaps with trimmed rosemary sprigs.
  • Embellish with sugared cranberries throughout and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Category: Appetizer

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 18.5 g
  • Sodium: 140.4 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.2 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.9 mg

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How To Make The Perfect Homemade Eggnog

How To Make The Perfect Homemade Eggnog

The Perfect Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for eggnog. You know, the creamy holiday drink that is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter night? Why not forego that store-bought version and try homemade eggnog? 

homemade eggnog

Eggnog is a drink that has been around for centuries. It was first made in England, where it was called “egg-flip.” The English settlers brought it to America, where they changed the name from egg-flip to eggnog.

There are many different ways to make this delicious beverage. The recipe below is a classic, traditional recipe for eggnog. It calls for cream and milk to make the drink extra creamy and smooth. You can also add alcohol to give it an extra kick.

Eggnog is great served hot or cold, depending on your tastes. It can be served as a dessert drink at parties or enjoyed by itself as an after-dinner drink.

For those of you who’d like to give homemade eggnog a try, this recipe is a terrific place to start. It’s very easy to prepare, and in addition to the steps illustrated here, you probably have many of its ingredients on hand. Then all that’s necessary is to pour and enjoy!

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Homemade Eggnog


  • Author: Belle Omniley
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Homemade eggnog is a fun holiday treat with our easy eggnog recipe. None of the fillers of the store-bought stuff — just cream, sugar, eggs, and spices. Enjoy it spiked or without alcohol for a kid-friendly version.


Ingredients

Scale

8 egg yolks

1 C white sugar

1 1/2 C whole milk

1/2 c evaporated milk

1 c heavy cream

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 C bourbon or rum (optional)


Instructions

In a large bowl, use a whisk or stand mixer to beat egg yolks and sugar until they become pale and fluffy.

Combine the milks, cream, spices, and vanilla in a heavy bottom pot. Stir well. Move to the stovetop and slowly heat on low heat for about 9 minutes. Until the milk mixture is hot but not boiling.

Add the milk mixture slowly to the egg mixture. Whisking as you go. Once the mixtures have been completely incorporated. Place on stove and heat on low. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees.

Pour in a freeze-safe pitcher and let cool for 2 hours.

Remove from the freezer and add your alcohol; shake or stir well. Serve immediately.

Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

 

Notes

Omit alcohol for a kid-friendly version.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 146
  • Sugar: 4.4 g
  • Sodium: 192.7 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 202.3 mg

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Sweet Potato Filling

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Perfect for the Holidays | Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Sweet Potato Filling

 

The perfect breakfast or brunch treat for the holidays, using store-bought cinnamon rolls ready-to-bake!

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Sweet Potato Filling


Description

Easy cinnamon rolls filled with sweet potato and topped with brown butter glaze. This recipe is made with store-bought ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls.


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (12.4 ounce) cans cinnamon rolls
  • sweet potato filling
  • 1/2 cup pecans, optional, finely chopped

For the Brown Butter Glaze

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp milk


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Generously coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with melted butter.

Roll out cinnamon rolls and cut into strips.

Add sweet potato filling and roll, and place in greased baking dish.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Pour egg mixture over the contents of the dish to make sure you dampen any dry pieces.

Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the dish.

Bake until light golden brown, about 18-25 minutes. The type of cinnamon rolls you use might vary cook time so watch carefully! You will also want to check a middle piece to ensure the dough is fully cooked.

Remove the baking dish from the oven.

Pour the warm glaze evenly over cinnamon roll pieces.

Serve immediately.

 

For Glaze

Heat butter in a small saucepan on medium-low until it turns a nutty brown, about 6- 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

Place cream cheese in a medium bowl. Using a whisk, mix in powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

Whisk in browned butter slowly. Add milk until smooth.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls filled with sweet potato

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Gift Guide: Home Cook and Foodies

Gift Guide: Home Cook and Foodies

Hey, Y’all! Here’s a gift guide I really can relate to…GIFT GUIDE: HOME COOK AND FOODIE!

gift guide: home cooks

 

Cutting Board| Citrus Plant|Vitamix Blender|Nespresso Pods| Garlic Roaster| Olive OilSpicewalla SpicesSea Salt Flakes| Smoothie BlenderCharger PlatesSalt & Pepper Mill SetFood Saver

SHOP ALL THE PERFECT GIFTS FOR THE HOMEBODY | INTROVERT

If you have any other creative ideas, I’d love to hear them! Be Well-Omniley

 

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Using a Fishbowl or Planter as Christmas Tree Base

Using a Fishbowl or Planter as Christmas Tree Base

Wondering how to display a Christmas tree in a fishbowl or decorative planter? This holiday look is easy with this simple DIY.

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Hanging Christmas Wreaths on Exterior Windows

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How To: Hanging Christmas Wreaths on Exterior Windows

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Gift Guide: Parents & In-Laws

Gift Guide: Parents & In-Laws

Hey, Y’all! I’m sharing my first gift guide of the holiday season, and you can guess it’s for the hardest person(s) on your list. YOUR PARENTS.

What do you get for the people who have everything? It’s a question as old as time and one that plagues us each holiday season. 

Below, you’ll find my picks for the best gifts for parents and in-laws of all ages. Whether you’re shopping for your mom and dad or in-laws, these gifts will make their holidays a little brighter. I’ve got something for everyone here, including options that range from practical to fun — so you can be sure they’ll love what they get.

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Amazon Firestick| Personalized Calendar|Picnic Tote|Personalized Cutting Board| Nest Thermostat| Tea Gift SetPersonalized BlanketCeramic Pitcher| Digital Photo FrameCoffee & Espresso MakerPersonalized DoormatBluetooth Speaker| Customizable Family Cookbook|Monogrammed Men SlippersMonogrammed Women Slippers

 

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Some of my favorites for sure are the customizable family cookbook. It’s such an easy way to keep up with family recipes and the tweaks that you make to those cherished recipes. A runner-up is the personalized cutting board it’s perfect. 

Keep in mind that the most important thing is to spend time with your parents and your in-laws over the holidays. You don’t have to splash a lot of cash on them, just be there and cherish the time you have together. At the same time, don’t feel like you have to avoid buying them a gift for fear of overspending or being inappropriate in some way. If you go the extra mile and get them something nice but not overly extravagant, chances are they’ll say “thank you” and mean it. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? 

If you have any other creative ideas, I’d love to hear them! Be Well-Omniley

 

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