Okay, so maybe this is just me wishing to indulge my secret desire to be a Food Network star, or guest blogger for Martha Stuart’s empire. So be it. The fact is, right now I’m kind of embracing my inner domestic goddess because I’m lucky enough to be home on maternity leave. Obviously I’m usually pretty focused on weddings since that’s what we do, but I thought it might be kind of fun to have a little series from time-to-time about things that work in married life too! Nothing too mushy or advice-laden. Just fun stuff around the house that works for me. I always have the a fantasy around the holidays that I can conquer all things in the area of crafting and cooking…NOT TRUE! Year after year, inspired by my favorite magazines and all those pinterest overachievers, I set about the task of proving my wifely fabulousness. I usually just end up with a mess of yarn, embossing stamps, paint, glitter, and no finished products that anyone would believe weren’t created by my three year old. But two things I’ve tried lately have actually had a decent outcome. So, I thought I’d share!
First: What to do with the Thanksgiving left-overs that just won’t quit?! Wrap ‘em all in pie dough, pour yourself a nice glass of wine, and enjoy! You get credit for “cooking” when it was really just assembly! Here I trimmed all the left over meat off of the turkey and layered it inside of the piecrust with butternut squash, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy.
ALL were left over from our Thanksgiving feast! Food scientists- no worries. I did this last week, I’m just now getting around to writing about it. Anyway, it’s useful for next year and if you have more holiday grub that uses similar flavor profiles, give it a try!
Second Stroke of Brilliance- (Wow, two in one week! If someone hadn’t just won Powerball I’d run out and buy a lotto ticket for myself!) What to do with your new hubby’s (ugly) childhood stocking?!? So you don’t want to hang it on the mantle in your new love nest. Completely understandable. I’d describe my Christmas Decorating Style as: everything-must-coordinate-thus-if-its-not-monogrammed-from-potterybarn-get-it-out-of-my-house. So I have to admit my horror when my father-in-law presented me with my husband’s childhood stocking. It’s not the stocking itself that is the problem. It was handmade and well loved- I really do appreciate that (don’t judge! I’m not a TOTAL b*tch). It just doesn’t match anything else and I can’t recreate one for the other 4 members of our family to co-ordinate with it. That’s enough to make me break out in hives!
So, two candy-type thingys from the $1 bin at Michaels, one live wreath, and some floral wire later…ta da! It’s a stocking wreath we can all be proud of! And my mantle still might look like the Southern Living photo I have in my head…if you believe in miracles…and if I ever get around to putting the garland up and actually decorating the mantle…whatever.
You catch my drift. The wreath is cool. End of story. Happy Decorating!