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December 19, 2014

DIY: Holiday Horse Wreath


Last year I shared with you all how to make a holiday chicken wreath. It was a huge hit!
This year, HGTV Gardens asked if I would make a wreath in the shape of a horse. 
Once again, it started with chicken wire.


I gathered beautiful greenery, seed pods, birch bark, and gorgeous ribbon and bells. 
First I worked on the head. Gorgeous greenery took the shape of a horse's head.


Then, seed pods and birch bark served as eyes, ears, and nostrils.


Even some jingle bells were added for a little bit of that sleigh ride feeling.


To learn how to make this horse and see all the step-by-step directions, take a peek at my tutorial on HGTV Gardens.


Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

December 17, 2014

Edible Holiday Terrariums + Holiday Hop


A couple of years ago, the kids and I made edible Easter terrariums and they were a huge hit. We had so much fun that we decided to make ones for Christmas this year. We couldn't decide on the theme so we made three- a woodland gingerbread cottage scene, a candy cane tree with presents and Scottie dog, and a snowman on a graham cracker and candy cane sled.


The house was made from scratch. Sliced almonds formed the shingles on the rooftop.


Pretzels turned into logs aside the cabin.


Candy transformed into evergreen trees, white chocolate pretzels formed the picket fence and peppermints made a foot path. For all the step-by-step directions how you can make one or all three for your home this year, head on over to my post on HGTV Gardens.


This special edition of the Down Home Blog Hop invites you to share holiday happening from your blog. From recipes, crafting, decorating, wintertime gardening, homesteading, and holiday fun, all are welcome to join in the festivities. Feel free to share up to three posts if you have a few favorites. Sometimes it's so hard to chose!
An InLinkz Link-up
Photo Credit: Melissa Caughey

December 15, 2014

Easy Holiday Fudge



Fudge is a holiday classic around here and we love to make during this time of year as gifts for friends and family treats. This recipe is easy and you can certainly substitute any type of chocolate chips. Try your own combinations including mint chips, butterscotch, semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate. Our favorite is peanut butter!

Ingredients:
10 oz peanut butter chips
10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
Cooking spray

Preparation:
Line a 12" x 12" baking pan with tin foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.

Prepare a double boiler on the stove.

Add 20 oz of chips to the double boiler. Once they begin to melt, stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Stir until all the chips are melted and combined. The fudge will begin to turn into a "ball".

Remove from heat and spread into the baking pan. Set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Once set, remove from the pan and slice into bite sized squares.

Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be sharing a holiday countdown! From delicious goodies to holiday crafting, there is so much to share just in time for the holidays! The Down Home Blog Hop will even return for the next two weeks to feature all of your holiday creativity. Tis the season to spread cheer!

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

December 13, 2014

Giveaway: New England Holiday Package


Welcome and happy holidays to you my friends! Tis the season to get a little festive and I've got a wonderful gift package for you this week. It's filled with beautiful wintry notecards and peppermint spa goodies!

My dear friend Deb from Dandelion House has the most darling coop! This is one of my favorite images she has captured over the years, her red cranberry colored hen house with freshly fallen snow. She has made this beautiful New England image into lovely notecards on barn red cardstock. I think they are just perfect for the holidays. She has generously included a set of 10 in today's giveaway.



But that is not all,  Lisa from Flint Creek Soap Company is giving away an amazing Peppermint Care Package for those who could use a little pampering during and after the holidays. Peppermint is everywhere with this one! It includes: 16 oz Peppermint Foot Soak, 4 oz Peppermint Foot Cream made with shea and cocoa butter, 4 oz Peppermint Foot Spray, 4 oz All Natural Deodorant Powder, Peppermint Foot Scrub Soap, and two Spa Soaps for the shower or facial routine.

~Happy holidays from my nest to yours~
Good Luck!


Retail prize value: $70

December 8, 2014

Let Me Peck That!



From the perspective of a chicken: 

Did you just scatter scratch on the ground?

Let me peck that!

Did you happen to see that bit of poo stuck on the back of your feathers?

Let me peck that!

Did you see that gorgeous head of lettuce growing in the garden?

Let me peck that!

Do you have new feathers coming in?

Let me peck that!

Did you just paint your toenails and you came in the run wearing flip flops?

Let me peck that!

Did you happen to see that bug on the tree trunk?

Let me peck that!

Did you see that hopping green thing? What is it?

Let me peck that!

Did I lay that?

Let me peck that!

Did you just fill up the feeder?

Let me peck that!

Did you see that slug and slime trail across the walkway?

Let me peck that!

Did you see that weird cord running into the coop plugged into the house?

Let me peck that!

Did you happen to make this compost pile just for me?

Let me peck that!

Ooooooo! Bales of hay!

Let me peck that!

What is this white stuff falling from the sky piling up in the run?

Let me peck that!

Is that a new piece of jewelry you are wearing? It is so sparkly and shiny!

Let me peck that!

Chickens always peck first and ask questions later. It is part of their curiosity and the way they inquire about new things and changes in their surrounding. Pecking is one of their natural behaviors.

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

December 6, 2014

Giveaway: Chicken Christmas Ornaments


Today I am so excited to launch this holiday giveaway from the amazing and ever so talented Sarah Hudock of chickenart.com. Deck out your tree this year with these three gorgeous tin ornaments. Each ornament comes with a felt backing and matching plaid ribbon. This first ornament is one of Sarah's very first holiday designs featuring a jolly rooster dressed for the holiday with festive candy canes.


Santa Rooster is also included in this giveaway. How darling is he ready to deliver gifts under your tree. I'm thinking the flock would love him to bring them mealworms, sunflower seeds and other chicken treats!


The last ornament included in this giveaway is a snowy cottage. Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well this ornament will certainly put you in the mood!

Each year, I tie ornaments on my Christmas packages to friends and family. Wouldn't these be darling for that too? The other neat thing about these ornaments is that they can go outside and are weatherproof. I bet some folks are thinking of getting a small tree for their flock. These ornaments would be a lovely addition. To enter, click on the link below.

Happy Holidays!