The Weekly Dozen vol. 7

It’s been a while since the last installment of The Weekly Dozen, so it seems rather appropriate today. Following Thanksgiving, this weekend was all about starting to get ready for Christmas! (Insert cartwheels, excessive holiday music and exuberant jingle bells here.) We made gingerbread ornaments, baked Christmas cookies, tackled a bit of shopping and watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Yesterday we went on a little Christmas adventure, meeting up with B’s family at the Christmas tree farm to cut down our respective trees. All I can say is that two trees, a flurry of snowballs and a bunch of hot cocoa and cookies later and we were one happy gaggle. Plus, I’ve decided that a Christmas tree farm is essentially heaven earth – I’m convinced it gets no better!

Christmas Tree Farm

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Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm

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Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm

[Photos by Cyd Converse.]

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Nice Stems: DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

by Chelsea Costa

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

In case you can’t already tell, I’m into tiny things right now. I’ve also been trying to think of projects that are simple and cost-effective for the holidays. Sometimes with all of the excess of shopping and sales and the holiday madness, I enjoy keeping things small but beautiful on the DIY front. These little mini holiday wreaths are almost free and can be used to dress up your holiday table, mantle, or just a lonely doorknob. With a little creativity and an eye for useful pieces that you can probably find right in your backyard, you can whip these up in no time.

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

  • greenery, berries, twigs, etc. (All of mine were found on a neighborhood scavenging expedition with my 3-year-old niece!)
  • scissors
  • binder clips
  • baker’s twine

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

Start by gathering various types of greenery, twigs, and berries. The branches or twigs that work best should be somewhat thin and flexible. If your branches are dirty or a little stiff, soak them in warm water for a few minutes. Then wind them into a wreath shape and secure the ends together with a binder clip while they dry and take shape. My mini wreaths were 3-4″ in diameter.

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

Once the greenery is dry, tie a short length of baker’s twine right at the spot where the binder clip is holding the wreath together. Remove the binder clip, being sure that the twine is tight enough to hold the greenery in place. Tie a small bow.

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

If your wreath needs a little something extra, insert some berries into the top of the wreath by sliding the stem through the knot in the baker’s twine. Adjust until the berries are situated to your preference. Finally, if your branches are a little wild, feel free to give your wreath a little haircut!

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths

That’s all! I think these would be so sweet at a holiday place setting, or hung in a row all together. You could even string them onto a longer piece of twine and have a whole garland of mini wreaths! Tiny is good — happy holidays! xoxo

[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Sources -
Gold baker’s twine - Kawaii Goodies

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Are you doing any Black Friday shopping today? I’m definitely the type who skips all that madness in favor of a lazy day of Christmas movies on the couch. But, being Friday, I couldn’t resist sharing the next edition of The Gift Guide with you! Today we’re talking gifts for guys. My good friend Carolynn actually shot me a text this week asking when my gift guide for gents would be up so she could scope it out for ideas for husband. That said, not everyone has a blogger friend on speed dial so I’m here to suggest the next best thing - Keep! You have heard me rave about Keep all year long because I really just love how easy Keep makes it to collect and scavenge for everything from home decor essentials to, you guessed it, holiday gifts! It’s how I’ve been sourcing and stashing gift ideas for literally everyone on my list this year, streamlining the process and making holiday shopping a whole lot of fun.

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You can find all of these gift ideas (and all the other little bits and baubles catching my eye) by following me on Keep. You’ll love how easy it is to create your own wish lists and gift collections, making holiday shopping a breeze over the next few weeks. If you’re specifically looking for the perfect gifts for the dudes in your life my Gifts for Gents collection is where it’s at. I’ll be adding more ideas there almost daily so stay tuned!

1: Woolrich tartan blanket, $135 | 2: Radio, $150 | 3: Mechanical pencil, $8.95 | 4: Brass compass, $30 | 5: Leather key fob, $39 | 6: Wood grain iPhone case, $25 | 7: Concrete desk set, $60 | 8: Vintage airplane cufflinks, $45 | 9: Small batch tonic, $9 | 10: Wireless bamboo keyboard, $69 | 11: Shaving set, $70 | 12: Leather watch box, $99 | 13: Leather index wallet, $95 | 14: Cubebot toy, $24 | 15: How to Be a Man book, $28 | 16: Headphones, $99

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24 Merry Days

24 Merry Days 2013

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember 24 Merry Days from last year. It’s like the ultimate Christmas countdown calendar over 24 days, featuring 24 bloggers and 24 seriously incredible giveaways. (Like last year’s prize package worth $250 from Cloud9 Living!) Well, guess what? I’m thrilled to once again be a part of the 24 Merry Days fun, which all kicks off on December 1! From there on out, you can visit the 24 Merry Days site each day to see which awesome blogger is giving away which amazing prize now through Christmas. While I can’t yet tell you what I’m giving away or who is giving away what on which day, I can tell you the prizes this year are out of control. We’re talking beautiful wares and giant gift certificates from likes of Lowe’s, AnthropologieWest ElmLeif, Max Wanger and Public Bikes.

24 Merry Days 2013

Seriously, guys. The prizes this year are off the chain. And you know I can’t resist a little sneak peek, so here’s just a tiny preview of all the awesome about to come your way! Don’t miss out on this one, ok? Bright and early on December 1, pop on over to 24 Merry Days and let the giveaway games begin!

[24 Merry Days site design + logo by Gloria Chen.]

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Minty OREO Cookie Balls

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Minty Oreo Cookie Balls | The Sweetest Occasion

It’s no secret that I love spending time in the kitchen this time of year. I know for a lot of people baking feels like a chore, but for me it’s completely therapeutic. Something about all that measuring and sifting is just really joyous for me. That said, sometimes we all need a quick, easy and amazing recipe to bust out for a party and today I’m excited to be partnering with Oreo to bring you just that! I’ve dubbed these little chocolate-drenched gems Minty Oreo Cookie Balls and not only are they a cinch to make, they come together with just four ingredients and are completely no-bake. I promise you they’ll fly off the tray at your upcoming holiday parties!

Minty Oreo Cookie Balls

To get the cookie ball party started, you’ll need just a few ingredients -

  • 36 OREO cookies
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz Andes baking chips
  • 16 oz dark chocolate chips

Minty Oreo Cookie Balls | The Sweetest Occasion

Begin by placing the cookies in a blender or food processor, then pulse until you have a fine crumble. Transfer to a bowl, add half of the Andes baking chips and mix with the cream cheese until it forms a stiff, sticky dough. Form and roll into approximately 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place the tray in the freezer and allow them to set for 15 – 30 minutes or until firm.

Minty Oreo Cookie Balls | The Sweetest Occasion

While the the cookie balls are chilling, melt the remaining Andes chips and the dark chocolate chips over a double boiler. Remove the cookie balls from the freezer, dunk them each in the molten chocolate mixture and then place them back on the wax paper lined baking sheet. Return to the freezer and allow them to sit for an hour.

Minty Oreo Cookie Balls | The Sweetest Occasion

Remove the cookie balls from the freezer and decorate them as you see fit! A few little dollops of red icing does the trick, but you could get a lot fancier if you have mad decorating skills, which I absolutely do not. (I always say – I can make the most delicious baked goods you’ve ever tasted, but I don’t promise they’ll look pretty!) If you can’t find the Andes baking chips (I scooped mine up at the local grocery store in the baking aisle) feel free to sub in whatever chocolate mint chips you can find. I just so happen to love Andes chocolates and they taste amazing paired with the Oreos. Yummy! And that’s it, friends. The easiest no-bake cookie balls you ever did make. Enjoy!

Minty Oreo Cookie Balls | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Photos + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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