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Matching Christmas Jammies

Merry Christmas!!! I’m so grateful for the blessings of this year, and today to celebrate the birth of our Savior. I’m grateful for the blessing of His life and Atonement that was not only to cover my mistakes, but also to take away my sadness when I am low. I am so excited to share that I sewed for the first time some matching Christmas jammies for my entire family!

Handmade Matching Christmas Pajamas

Now don’t look to closely at the stitches, but I’m pretty pleased with myself! I was looking all over for something fun this year, and just couldn’t find it. On a whim last week, I went to Joann Fabric and bought all of the fabric and t-shirts. I don’t have a step by step on how I did it–just pictures. I looked on Pinterest and Google for tips, but I used a pattern (though there are lots of tutorials on just using an existing pair of pants).  My kids really wanted to match, and who am I to deny them the joy? Really, it’s my joy to have them match, too–it’s all about the pictures.

We had fun taking lots of pictures on Christmas Eve–my family is a great sport! I set the camera up on a tripod, and with my timer I ran on all of these.

Christmas Pajamas

 

Matching PJ's

Here are some of just the kids. I did some with a SUPER high ISO which were grainy (and kinda fun artsy) and then popped on the flash.

Christmas Eve Pictures

kids in pyramid

 

Then we said goodbye to the Elf on a Shelf, and on the last night, we got a letter saying we could finally touch him…as we say our farewells. Someone was a bit sad to say goodbye to Mr. J.J. Jingles.

elf on a shelf goodbye

As we all got dressed in our matching christmas jammies, my husband pulled up this video he saw on USA Today with a family that made a hilarious home video about their matching Christmas Jammies! Watch it HERE.

Then everyone went to bed, and mama and Santa got to work (taken with my phone at 2 am)

Duke Christmas tree

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Christmas Tree Farm

Merry Christmas Eve!!! I’ve been wanting to share pictures of our fam cutting down our Christmas tree this year. We actually have a TALL pre lit tree that holds all of my pretty ornaments, but we like to get a REAL smaller tree for the joy of the hunt as well as having one for our mish mash of ornaments gathered throughout the years. Last year when we cut our tree down, it was quite warm, we had shorts on. This year it was SO cold, that we were in and out in about 20 minutes!

family at the tree farm

 

Christmas Tree Farm cutting down Christmas tree
heading home

It’s such a fun tradition in our family, do you cut down a tree???

Christmas Banana Bread

This Christmas Banana Bread recipe can really be made all year, but I call it by this name because my friend Emily would make it and deliver it to us each year at Christmas time. The red maraschino cherries make it festive looking, and the secret ingredient: butterscotch chips, gives this bread a unique and unexpected twist. If you’re not allergic, don’t forget the pecans, because MMMmmm, Mmm, do they make it extra delicious. I’ll often double the batch, which bakes 3 medium bread pans or 6 small pans.

Christmas Banana Bread

This year, I found the cutest polka dot Christmas themed disposable bread loaf pans at Target, and baked the bread for my kids teachers. (Insert the genius idea behind cute disposable bread loaf pans). I wrapped the bread in cellophane and placed it in this mini chrome shopping cart from World Market.

butterscotch banana bread

My kids teachers LOVED their carts, and so did a bunch of their classmates–asking where I found it. Only $8, great deal! I’ve had my own cart for a year or two. In my day-before-scramble to think up teacher gifts, I ran to World Market and I thought, “Who wouldn’t love a mini cart?”

world market mini shopping cart

So here is the recipe for the Christmas Banana Bread

Christmas Banana Bread
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Cuisine: bread
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed rip bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cherries (cut in half)
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips (when I double I use the entire bag)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9x5 bread pans.
  2. Cream sugar with butter.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Add in bananas.
  5. Mix in baking soda and flour.
  6. Stir in pecans, cherries, and butterscotch chips.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.
  8. Double the recipe and bake in 3 medium pans or 6 mini pans.

Go ahead and whip up a batch and serve it this Christmas!

Another great Christmas day food idea is the Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

 

Handmade Christmas Pillows

It may be a tad late to order these handmade Christmas pillow covers for this year, but I thought they were so adorable I just wanted to share. Grab ‘em for next year, and at the very least, take a look at these adorable handmade shops. I love highlighting small businesses, because there is so much unique-ness and originality out there.

I did a little etsy search a few weeks ago for Christmas pillow covers, and thought these three needed a new home on my couch!

handmade christmas pillows

This little trio makes my couch happy, and me too!

These are from 3 different shops.

The first red/white striped pillow cover with green bow is from Sugga Lemons. Her shop is closed for the holiday, but she promises some adorable Valentine’s pillows once we hit the new year!

The second burlap rain deer pillow cover is from Elisabeth Michael directly HERE. She’s got a year end half off sale going on now!  Lots of other non holiday pillow covers, shower curtains, bobby covers, wallpaper, and placemats in gorgeous designs.

The third vintage truck pillow cover is from Shabby by Melissa found HERE. So many other adorable pillow covers, banners, blankets, and baby burp clothes as well.

Which do you love best?