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22 December, 2013

Just in Time...Last Minute Christmas Tips

Christmas is almost here…just a few more days…and if you are like me, there’s still a lot to do! But I’ve got some last minute tips that will see you through all the way to Christmas morning!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy and Inexpensive Handmade Gift IdeasEven if you only have a little bit of time, it’s still possible to create easy and inexpensive handmade gifts! Try a set of super-easy chalkboard wine glasses or some napkins embellished with a pretty iron-on transfer! See these ideas and more here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage Paper Trees Need to add some last-minute decorations? How about these vintage paper trees? Add them to your table or to some seasonal greenery for the perfect Christmas-y touch! You will find a link to all of the directions here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Homemade Simmering PotpourriOr how about some homemade simmering potpourri to give your home that wonderful Christmas smell…cinnamon, oranges and cloves! It’s so simple that you probably already have all of the ingredients!

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From Confessions of a Plate Addict
  • First bring a quart of water to a boil. 
  • Next add half of an orange cut into smaller sections (I usually squeeze the juice into the water and then add the peel).
  • Finally, add two cinnamon sticks, two bay leaves and 10-15 whole cloves. A few sprigs of pine can be added as well.
Let it boil for a few minutes, then turn it down to a simmer and leave it on the stove. In about 30 minutes, your whole house will smell wonderful! You can put it in the fridge and reuse it for several days. I have even frozen it and pulled it back out on a really cold night to make the house feel cozy. Be sure to keep an eye on the water level when the potpourri is simmering. Please note that this is a recipe for potpourri and is not intended as a beverage.
From Confessions of a Plate Addict
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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ornament Place Cards Add a festive last-minute touch to your tablescape with Christmas ornaments as place cards! Not only are they pretty, but they can be taken home as little gifts, too! And they are on sale just about everywhere right now! Just add a little stamped name tag and that’s it!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Santa's Favorite Homemade Sugar CookiesYou know Santa will be expecting some cookies when he comes to visit Christmas Eve and here’s a guaranteed Santa-approved recipe for homemade sugar cookies that we have been using for 30 years. My grandson did an extra fabulous job of decorating them, too…for your blog, he told me! :-)

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from Confessions of a Plate Addict
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream Crisco and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Gradually stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
Cover and chill at least one hour…preferably overnight.
Roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick on floured wax paper.
Cut with cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper.) Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool and remove.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.
from Confessions of a Plate Addict
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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Best Omelet Ever!And finally, here’s the perfect addition to your Christmas morning brunch…my brother-in-law’s secret to making the best omelet you will ever eat…hands down! See how he does it by clicking here.

Baby Kitty So you see…we’ve got you need to hide or stress! Just enjoy these last few days of Christmas…after all, it won’t come around again for another year!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will find my last minute Christmas tips helpful! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Debbie, these are some wonderful tips. You are always so generous in your sharing with us. Thank you, and thank you to Baby Kitty, too, for being such a wonderful co-host.

    Sending you much love at Christmas and always. Hope your holiday is filled with all the you, love, and laughter you so richly deserve!



  2. Debbie, all your holiday ideas are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I've really enjoyed your Christmas posts. So many great ideas.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family……Sarah

  3. Merry Christmas Debbie!
    You always have so many wonderful, creative and beautiful ideas!
    And I bet you've been out buying lot's of little boy toys!
    Just the opposite of me.
    Hugs friend,

  4. Great round up Deb, love the expertly decorated cookies this year, great job A!
    Merry Christmas my dear sweet friend,
    xoxo Kathysue

  5. You always have such great tips, projects and recipes Debbie…Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Debbie,
    Merry Christmas to you and The Staff, dear friend!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie