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Typically, I try to stretch the Christmas holiday out for as long as possible. I’ve been know to keep our tree up until February {feel free to laugh, I’m like the cat lady of Christmas decorations}. But this year, I took down all our decorations by January 1st. It felt good to shed off the holiday, clean up the house and get the new year started.

With a little push from my friend Adriane, I decided to put out a few Valentine decorations. This is all new to me, since we’ve been known to not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Jonathan helped me cut out a big felt heart, and I made a cute banner to hang over our fire place.

It’s a sweet little ode to my type of Valentine’s. Not all about coupling up and exclusion, but about spreading love and opening up arms.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorations? 

Today’s guest post is from a fellow Texan/Iowan, who currently lives in Scotland. Emily is a funny gal that you will just love to follow!

For most, fall is officially here, though in Scotland we call it autumn and it has been here for a while!  Regardless of where you are or come from, though, Halloween is fast-approaching.  Instead of panicking about all the logistics of the holiday, why not enjoy some simple treat as a family.  I’d love to share two of our new favorites: homemade hot chocolate and candy corn popcorn balls.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

  • ¼ of a Hershey’s chocolate bar (feel free to use more!)
  • 2T sugar
  • 2T cold water
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • Hot milk

Combine chocolate squares (3) and water over low heat on stove top.  Stir chocolate until it melts.  Add sugar and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Cool completely. When it’s time to serve, whip heavy cream and then fold it into chocolate mixture.  Ladle 3-4 T of chocolate mixture into each cup and fill with hot milk.  Makes 6-8 servings.

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

  • 8 c (light) popped microwave popcorn (about 1 bag)
  • 1 c candy corn
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 (10-oz) bag marshmallows
  • cooking spray

Combine popcorn and candy corn in a large bowl.  Melt 1/4 c butter in a large saucepan over med heat.  Stir in 1/4 t salt and all the marshmallows.  Reduce heat to low; cook for 7 minutes or until the marshmallows melt and the mixture is smooth.  Make sure to stir frequently.

Pour marshmallow mixture over marshmallow mixture, stirring to coat well.  Lightly coat hands with cooking spray; shape popcorn mixture into 20 (2-in) balls.

{Plus, check out this site for fun candy corn crafts!}

Emily {aka Miss Mommy} has been blogging from the States and even across the pond for over 4 years.  She is a stay at home/work from home blogger and copy editor.  Neither of her children is in school yet, yet her husband is working on his 4th degree….Emily prides herself on keeping them all alive and their family afloat without going crazy.


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