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!
- 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