aby it's cold outside and when the temps dip this low, comfort food is the one thing that can really warm you up.
That's where this recipe comes in. It's my all-time favorite chili recipe and it's filled with the perfect blend of spices and other flavorful ingredients that will definitely warm you up in a hurry.
nother year has come and gone and last year was filled with a ton of projects, recipes and inspiration. I always enjoy putting these retrospectives together because it's not only fun for me to look back on my creative offerings but I think it's a great chance for you to catch up on any of my projects and ideas you may have missed throughout 2014.
I've included a series of mosaics featuring all my posts from last year along with corresponding links for your convenience. Enjoy the look back.
The Year in Review 2013|Nana Banana's Cinnamon Rolls|Thanks Mom-Favorite Ad|From Fabric Scraps to Fabric Envelopes|Vintage-Inspired Handcrafted Fabric Note Cards|Eiffel Tower Sugar Cookies|Sweetheart Cookies|How to Miter Fabric Corners|Flatware-Inspired Embroidered Napkins|Linen Organization|The Embroidered Attic- Jacobean Embroidered Pillow|Spring-Inspired Cookie Gift Sack|Mason Jar-Inspired-Animal Cookie Gift Jar|Blueberry & White Chocolate Muffins
absolutely love old books, don't you? This particular collection of vintage books had been sitting on a shelf at my parent's home for several decades just waiting to picked up again.
During a recent visit, my mom (many of you have already met Nana Banana), said that I could take the books, to add to my personal library. My twin sister, Paula was standing next to me at the time and she quickly snapped her fingers in good-natured frustration for not having asked mom for the collection first.
When it comes to having an affinity for vintage books, it runs in the family.
an you believe that my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is almost over? Welcome to Day 21.
I thought before I wrap up this year's series, I'd give you a look back at a few of my favorite projects and recipes from last year's 25-day special.
Here are a dozen of my favorites from that 25-day, 2013 series starting with this STUFFED STAR ORNAMENT.
ho isn't looking for reindeer dashing this time of year? I think we all are keeping our eyes peeled for that. No need to look any further thanks to these treats that feature majestic reindeer sprinting across these tasty cookies.
Welcome to Day 20 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES which features cookies you're definitely going to want to make.
egular readers of this blog know how much I love to make throw pillows. I've made so many of them over the years because they are so easy to create
Handcrafted pillows also make great holiday gifts.
Welcome to Day 18 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES which features a holiday pillow fit for Santa's sleigh.
ne of the things that I love about the holiday wreath is that there is no one way it should be displayed. It can be as varied as you like during this season and look on any door and it usually is just that.
Welcome to Day 16 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL which takes a look at two easy wreaths you can make in about 15 minutes each.
ho knew that melted snowmen could also melt your heart. That's how I feel about these adorable cookies who have clearly succumb to warmer temperatures.
Welcome to Day 15 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES where the misfortune of these melted snowmen are actually our good luck and good taste.
ow many of you plan to take a bottle of wine to the host/hostess of an upcoming holiday party? Here's one way you can dress up that beverage bottle with a little handcrafted flair.
Welcome to Day 14 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL which features an easy look at how to make a wine bottle holder.
elcome to Day 12 of my COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES. I can't believe we're already halfway through this 22-day extravaganza but there we are and there's so much more planned in my series so stay tuned.
Today, I'm sharing another simple-to-make project with an old-fashioned twist to spruce up your indoor holiday decor.
hen I started making my jumbo gingerbread man cookies, I certainly thought they would be the star of this post.
Little did I know that the gift packaging I made to go along with the gingerbread treat would actually steal the show.
Welcome to Day 11 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES.
here is a universal appeal in vintage-looking handicraft these days and that affinity is at the heart of this holiday project.
In Day 10 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES, I'll show you how to transform plain gift tags into old-fashioned looking tags that look like they've been around for ages.
o you like Biscotti? I hope your answer is YES because this is one dessert that would make a perfect holiday dessert offering.
Welcome to Day 9 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES. Today, I'm serving up Biscotti in a most delicious way which combines the sweet taste of cranberries with the salty crunch of pistachios.
he winter snowflakes are already falling in many parts of the country and it's with snowflakes in mind that I share my latest holiday project.
Welcome to Day 8 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES which features these adorable snowflake pillows that may look chilly but they will definitely warm your heart.
elcome to Day 7 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES.
Open my front door and you'll be greeted in the foyer with a Christmas tree filled with delightful and enchanted creatures including colorful elves, wooden Santas and assorted birds, nests and long-tailed pheasants just to name a few tiny inhabitants.
ven though the original, animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been airing every year on television for decades it never gets old. I never miss it either.
Welcome to Day 6 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES that today, offers a festive nod to one of my favorite holiday movies with these Grinch Hat Cake Bites.
t may be getting quite chilly outdoors but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some gardening. In fact, Winter gardening is a cinch when you're growing Paperwhites.
As you'll see throughout Day 5 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES, Paperwhites not only satisfy those Winter gardening urges, a collection of them also make for a thoughtful and most unexpected holiday gift.
appy Thanksgiving and welcome to Day 4 of mY 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES.
You know, when it comes to gifting, I'm a sucker for lovely packaging. I think presentation is almost as important as the gift itself and introducing texture into the presentation can go a long way to spruce up the offering.
This handcrafted cookie gift sack is one of my favorite examples of textured packaging using just a handful of lovely embellishments and fabric.
rnaments certainly make a Christmas tree. I have a ton on my tree which includes a little bit of everything like elves, wooden Santas, assorted birds and nests, eucalyptus branches and so much more.
Every year (probably for the last 17 years or so), I've added a new, original ornament to my tree. which becomes a permanent addition each subsequent year (that's why my tree is so full).
In this, Day 3 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES, I'll show you how to make a simple glitter ornament that you'll want to use year after year.
an you believe how close we are to Christmas?. That came up fast, didn't it?
I'm already thinking about how to make your holiday crafting and cooking a little easier with a fun and colorful collection of projects, recipes and seasonal ideas to get you into the spirit of the season.
Don't miss my Countdown to Christmas special blog series which kicks off next Monday (11/24) and runs every day after that... all the way up until the week before Christmas.
You're going to love what I have up my sleeve.
The photos above are just a sneak peek at some of the beautiful new crafts, recipes, festive packaging ideas and inspiring holiday tips that I'll be featuring throughout my
2014 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES.
See you next Monday (11/24) for the kickoff. ♥