Christmas Nesting on the Porch and Pecan Bourbon Balls


It was downright frosty here this weekend and feeling a little more like Christmas! While it’s nice to have mild temperatures and comfortable porch-sitting weather in December, it doesn’t feel like Christmas to me unless I need to curl up with a blanket or two and have something to sip on to keep warm!


I did a little Christmas nesting on the porch before the mercury did a nose dive to make things Merry and Bright!


Bird ornaments flew in to nest on the porch. . .


And this cardinal is bundled in a scarf and hat and ready for wintry weather!


December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. The poinsettia first came into the United States by way of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist and the first United States Minister to Mexico. In 1825, he sent cuttings home to Charleston, South Carolina. Enjoy a little tour of Christmas in the Holy City, Charleston, SC, here.


 I lined a basket with plastic and used some paper to elevate pots of poinsettias, then used some red mesh to tuck in around the pots along with some pine cones. A cardinal ornament is perched on a glittery nest among the poinsettias. My basket is back inside this morning so they don’t get frost nipped from the cold weather!


Lanterns are filled with a mixture of botanicals for Christmas. . .


And cardinal-lidded teapot is ready to pour a Christmas blend.


Help yourself to an easy no-bake Southern treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or for Christmas gift giving, Pecan Bourbon Balls!


Pecan Bourbon Balls, recipe courtesy Southern Living

Makes about 3 dozen



1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed

1 cup powdered sugar (plus more to coat)

1 cup finely chopped *toasted pecans (plus more to coat)

1/2 cup bourbon

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 tablespoons light corn syrup



Stir together all 6 ingredients (or pulse everything together in the food processor for easy mixing). Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or chopped pecans. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.


*To toast pecans: Place chopped pecans in a dry skillet on your cooktop on medium heat or on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown and fragrant, about 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool. Place pecan bourbon balls in mini cupcake liners for easy gifting and serving! I found plaid cupcake liners at World Market at the end of the season last year.

Pecan Bourbon Balls

An easy no-bake Southern treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or for Christmas gift giving!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, easy, food gift, no bake, pecans
Servings: 36


  • 1 12-oz. package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar plus more to coat balls
  • 1 cup finely chopped *toasted pecans plus more to coat balls
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup


  • Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or chopped pecans.
  • Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
  • *To toast pecans: Place chopped pecans in a dry skillet on your cooktop on medium heat or on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown and fragrant, about 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.



I always pick up an amaryllis bulb to enjoy for Christmas, but never time it right and it blooms in January.

Note to self: Plant amaryllis bulb November 1st ;)


I added a clip-on Cardinal ornament for a little Christmas nesting!


Christmas Nesting  Details:

Tartan Dinner Plates / HomeGoods

Plaid Mug / Lauren Skylar Floral, HomeGoods, several years ago

Cardinal Teapot / Christopher Radko Old Saint Nicholas Collection, HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkins / HomeGoods & Pottery Barn

Red Tartan Napkin Rings / Williams-Sonoma, last year

Tray / Fitz and Floyd

Bird Pillow / HomeGoods, last year

Merry Pillow / HomeGoods, last year

Plaid Throw / Kohl’s, several years ago

Lanterns / Pottery Barn, several years ago



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  37 comments for “Christmas Nesting on the Porch and Pecan Bourbon Balls

  1. Ellen Stillabower
    December 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

    WOW!!! Beautiful, just gorgeous!!! A person could get REAL comfortable on that porch! As you know, I just love the plaid and all the red!!! Thank you for the recipe and snuggling on the porch!! ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄

  2. Mary Michelle
    December 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

    So cheery and festive. I would love to spend time on your porch enjoying time with your feathered friends and a cup of tea.

  3. December 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Really gets me in the Christmas mode………..and the desire to make those bourbon balls and sit with a cup of tea on your porch…..hmmmmmmmmmm…, where do you live again???………….:)

  4. Carol
    December 12, 2016 at 7:05 am

    So pretty and festive! Hope Dave got to sample the goodies!

  5. December 12, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Lovin’ all the plaid Mary! Have a great week:@)

  6. December 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Mary, what a festive spot to eat…love the reds and of course, the tartan! The bourbon pecan balls look delicious! Have a joy-filled Monday!

  7. December 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

    i so look forward to seeing the porch every year!….Beautiful as always! Loved making your Bourbon Balls (without the bourbon) for my Sweetie’s Little Girls’ Luncheon last year. In addition to looking forward to seeing how you so beautifully deck the porch each year, I love seeing that amazing bench!!! One thing missing though…the Girls! Have a very Merry week!

  8. Linda
    December 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is so inviting on a cold, snowy morning (we have about a foot of snow or more). My daughter would love the cardinal tea pot. Thank you for adding a smile to my morning cup of coffee.

  9. donna zoltanski
    December 12, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I love all the plaid and cardinals! It is so pretty and festive – rum balls – delish!

  10. December 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    What a wonderful cozy Merry Mary spot! Who wouldn’t want to curl up here with a cup of cocoa and a pecan bourbon ball, a stack of eye candy filled Christmas books surrounded by poinsettias and bright red cardinals! The perfect way to put the Merry in the season!

  11. Kathi Layfield
    December 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I have such a love/weakness for porches and this porch is so charming. I love how you have decorated it for the season. Happy Holidays!

  12. Sue
    December 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I love that there is a National Poinsettia Day! I didn’t know that! Oh… your inviting, restful porch Mary, so perfect for this time of year. Whenever you work with birds, my heart is a flutter, so sweet, as I am sure your pecan balls are too! Whatever the season, you have such a gift for making it special, merry and bright! Thank you Mary!

  13. December 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Ooh I’m loving your Merry porch, dear Mary!! The bench is gorgeous. Did someone make that for you? You’ve decorated your porch so perfectly with your poinsettias and your Cardinal decor. Thanks for the yummy holiday recipe!

  14. Michelle
    December 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I am making these! Yum! They will transport easily! Thanks for sharing!🎄😎🌴

  15. Just Jean
    December 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I’m cardinal crazy and the touches of mistletoe and plaid are perfect. Check out your local tele florist and see the adorable cardinal muds they are sending with flowers. Really great for brewing and serving my morning tea.

  16. December 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Loving the bird ornaments and those gorgeous pillows. Definitely a place I could curl up and read a book. Looks beautiful Mary!

  17. December 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Such adorable decor…love those birdies, esp. the cardinals!!!! Ohio’s state bird, ya’ know. I’d love to find a big beautiful red bird to go on top of my new kitchen Christmas tree. You didn’t mention where you found the birds. ???
    I am inspired to fill some lanterns with baubbles & bits…they look so festive!

    Now I’m off to check out that link…thanks!

    • December 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Rett, It’s NC’s state bird too! I don’t remember where I got those, I have a lot of bird ornaments :) Hobby Lobby always has a great selection when they put their ornaments out.

  18. Susie
    December 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, Mary…I did not need another Christmas Cookie to fall in love with! My turn to host this year, and bourbon balls might just help me to get to that festive happy place!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  19. Marilyn
    December 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Mary everything is so beautiful. Thank You for sharing.

  20. Joan
    December 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I love plaid and enjoy seeing all your plaid items.

  21. Marion
    December 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Thank You for sharing all your beautiful items. Your posts are always so enjoyable. They bring a cozy feeling.

  22. December 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    You have a never-ending supply of beautiful things to assemble, Mary! Love the cardinals. I have passed over the poinsettias for the past couple of years, but they are so gorgeous, and so is an amaryllis. I seriously wanna come live with you. I could stay in the potting shed and be a happy girl.

  23. December 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I just love your porch and you always decorate it perfectly. I LOVE the cardinal pillow, wish I could find one. Also am in love with plaid so all those plaid touches are fabulous! Merry Christmas, Mary and thank you for all your wonderful inspiration all year.

  24. Paula
    December 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm


    Love your porch, and what a cozy spot for tea out of that lovely mug !!
    Paula – IN
    p.s.our state bird too !!

  25. Ellen Martin
    December 12, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Perfectly charming porch!! Love the plaid and cardinals! Made bourbon balls years ago, so looking forward to trying again. Thanks for all the inspiration and beauty.

  26. December 13, 2016 at 7:34 am

    The cardinal is also Illinois’ state bird! Who can blame so many states for wanting to claim such a beautiful bird? I love the bird ornaments and the glittery nests, and all the tartan! There’s so much I like here that I would be perfectly comfortable moving right into that porch! Oh, it IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

  27. December 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This would be a wonderful spot to curl up with a hot cup of tea! Your photography, as always, is exquisite.

  28. Eddi Reid
    December 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I always enjoy your posts, Mary, and today’s is perfect because our tree is up and the snow outside is falling in huge soft flakes. I am sure that there are still areas to decorate inside with the inspiration of your beautiful photos. Thank you so much.

  29. Vel
    December 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Simply gorgeous! Love the cozy feel of it all! Thank you for joining the 12 days of Holiday Homes tour! Hope you have time to visit my home tour too! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  30. December 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Such pretty pretty images from a cozy porch! I love that bench! Don’t get cold! Stay warm and dry like that bundled up little bird! Merry, Merry!

  31. December 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Your porch is so festive and cozy for the holidays You would need the throws and blankets were in Kentucky today. The temp is 23 but at least it is sunny. Merry Christmas.

  32. bobbi duncan
    December 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Such an inviting and beautiful porch, Mary! It’s too cold up here in PA ( have our first dusting of snow today) to put together a lovely winter/Xmas porch that we can really enjoy (need a sunroom for that which, unfortunately, we don’t have. So, instead, I put together a tartan red and green indoor room and will do a tartan and floral combo Xmas breakfast table setting to get my fix of plaid. Thank you so much for all your creative ideas and great recipes throughout the years–you always inspire me to add those little extra touches that bring it all together so beautifully. Wishing you every good thing in the coming year.

  33. Cyndi Raines
    December 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Love it all Mary. I’m a little behind in reading your blog, busy taking hubby to speech therapy since his stroke, but LOVE the porch and the pretty bird ornaments. I have a mid size tree that stays up all year in the corner of my dining room that is decorated in just white lights and bird ornaments – mostly cardinals and some dried hydrangea in between branches. (The dining room looks out on to my flower garden and bird feeders.) I purchased most of the bird ornaments at Target a few years back. I get so many compliments on this tree. Each season, I place a few seasonal items on the branches as well – turns out really cut, i. e. I place dollar store American flags in between the branches from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Actually, from where I sit in the living room I can see this tree, so it’s the only tree I’m putting up this year – keeping it simple. Love all your efforts. Thanks Mary!

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