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Thursday, December 8, 2016

[YUM] Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas tree is decorated, the fire is going, carols are playing on repeat....and the Kitchen is bursting with the smells of all our favorite treats! If you've been following this blog for a bit, then you know I'm more of a 'preparer' than a 'cooker.' Basically, I'm always looking for shortcuts in the Kitchen!

Sweet treats are my favorite...remember these ridiculously-good yummies? And of course the Christmas Crack that made so many worship, and yet curse, me!? ;) (Seriously, it comes with a disclaimer!)

Another treat that's been in our family for years is a ridiculously delicious, and super simple to prepare, coffee cake! In fact, it's our Christmas morning tradition, and so yummy that the kids actually put down their gifts to gobble it up!

{What You Need}

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
3 oz. Vanilla Instant Pudding
1/2 c. Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
1 c. Sour Cream
1 c. Chopped Pecans
3/4 c. Sugar
3 tbs. Cinnamon

{What You Do}

* Preheat oven to 350-degrees & spray a bundt pan with oil

* Mix cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs & sour cream in large bowl on low for 8 minutes. 
It will be the consistency of frosting, but don't panic. Or eat it all.

* In a small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients

* Pour half the batter in the pan (it's really more of a dollop since the batter is so thick)
& sprinkle half the sugar mixture on top.
Draw a knife through the layers to create marbled effect.

* Pour remaining batter, then sugar mixture, and marble again.

* Bake 45 minutes - 1 hour, then cool in pan for 10 minutes before flipping on serving platter
(I accidentally set my oven to confection & overcooked this one)

* Stand back & bask in the love of your adoring family

Git in mah belly, you sweet thang!

Not only is it simple, but you can assemble it the day before, and just pop it in the oven Christmas morning. Your house will smell like heaven, and you won't miss any of the morning fun slaving away in the Kitchen! Does your family insist on being fed Christmas morning, too? What are you serving? Find more easy treats here.

*I emailed my mom this recipe in 2001, and have no idea where I found it. If you know the source, please let me know!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sugarplum Style Tip | How-To Tie a Blanket Scarf

Thanks so much for all the love on our Christmas tree (and cozy pajamas!) yesterday! I'm thrilled you like how the holiday decor fit with the new Dining Room, and I'm excited to share more of the house with you in the coming weeks.

Today's post is answering one of my most-asked did you tie your scarf?!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree!

Hi friends...and welcome to those of you coming over from the lovely Julie Blanner's blog, as part of The White Buffalo Styling Co's annual Christmas Home Tour! How was your first weekend of the holiday season? We packed ours with quite a bit of festive...starting with our town's Dickens on the Square, the Mix & Mingle Event I hosted at J.Crew Mercantile (thank you, thank you to those of you who came out!!), our son's Winter orchestra concert, and finally, a holiday art walk featuring local artists and musicians! I need a weekend from our weekend!

But while it may have been jam-packed, it did the job of whipping us into a Christmas frenzy, and we're all super excited for the season ahead. Not that we weren't already, considering our tree has been up for almost two weeks already! #gasp #thehorror

It's the first time we've ever put it up before Thanksgiving, but it just felt right this year for some reason. And I'm so glad we did...starting early has slowed the pace of Christmas, and (so far) there's been less madness. Plus, who doesn't want an extra week of evenings staring at a lit Christmas tree?!

With this being only our second Christmas in this house (see last year's Home Tour here), we had every intention of trying the tree in a new spot this year, but the draw of the new Dining Room was too strong. Plus, I was dying to see how Christmas decor would fit with the new space! #challengeaccepted

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