diy: framed wild garland art

Happy New Year! For those of you who have decided to log on today (or this week), I wanted to share a cute and simple way to get creative with your leftover Christmas decorations!

Supplies:

Faux Christmas wreath OR garland/tinsel
Extra deep photo frame
Scissors
White glue
Glitter
Sheet of paper
Pencil

Steps:

1. Using a pencil, write a few words of your choice on a sheet of paper. As these words will ultimately become the template for the frame, play around with them until they are neat and centred and are able to fit onto the frame’s plate of glass.

2. Place the glass over the paper. Take the white glue and slowly begin to trace what is written on the page. Once the tracing is complete, sprinkle glitter onto the white glue. Ensure that the words are sufficiently covered with glitter.

3. Let that dry for approximately 12 hours, or until the glue is hardened.

4. Take the glass and wipe away the excess glitter. Put it back in the frame. Then fill the extra deep photo frame with either cut up pieces of Christmas wreath, or garland. Whatever you prefer!

5. Finish by adding the backing board, and hanging up on a wall. Or, you can display it on a shelf. Go wild! Either way, you can’t lose.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas! We should all feel blessed and hopeful going into this new year. Feel free to share your resolutions and plans for 2019 below!

Emory

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recipe: 1952 hot cocoa

This recipe comes from my Baba’s Watkins cookbook, which was published in 1952. It is the perfect warm drink to devour this month, for yourself or for guests!

1952 Hot Cocoa

Serves 4

Ingredients:

¼ cup cocoa
4 tbsp sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup water
3 cups milk
½ tsp Watkins vanilla

Steps:

1. Blend cocoa with sugar and salt, then add water and stir into a smooth paste. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, boiling 1 minute.

2. Add milk and heat over low heat to serving temperature. Add vanilla and beat with a rotary beater until frothy, then serve at once.

Emory

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recipe: vegan blueberry lemon loaf

Each time I make a new loaf, I swear that it’s the best one yet. This, you guys, IS the best one yet! It didn’t rise as high as regular loaves (I think due to it being vegan), but it was so incredibly sweet and satisfying. No one would ever guess that it was a healthy treat!

I’ll be making this loaf again and again, with no complaints from anyone. Try it out this Christmas season!

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Ingredients:

(For the loaf)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup almond milk, unsweetened
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbsp applesauce
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries
dairy-free butter, to grease

(For the vanilla frosting)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp dairy-free butter
2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil. Stir in applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

4. Fold dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix until just combined. Gently stir in blueberries.

5. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Put in oven for approximately 1 hour. Remove and let cool for 1 hour.

6. Put all four ingredients for frosting into a bowl. Mix with electric mixture on low, gradually increasing the speed until it thickens.

7. Spread onto loaf. Gently slice, and it’s ready to be eaten!

Emory

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recipe: holiday fried rice

Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post.

I will be sharing a few recipes this month in preparation for Christmas as I ease back into blogging. This one in particular is a great option for those of you who are cooking for a large group of family and friends. It’s hearty, savory, and oh so delicious. Here it is!

Holiday Fried Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups long grain white rice
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp ginger root, diced
½ white onion, diced
4 mushrooms, diced
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 can of water chestnuts
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
1 can baby corn on the cob
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil

Steps:

1. Make rice ahead of time according to directions. Put in fridge for a few hours before moving onto next steps.

2. Once rice is chilled, heat oil in a large skillet. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces and fry until nearly cooked through. Add ginger, white onion, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook all the way through then remove from skillet.

3. In a medium pot bring corn, peas, water chestnuts, and can of baby corn to a boil. Continue over medium-high heat until vegetables have softened. Drain and set aside.

4. Using the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Begin adding rice in small portions. Add the green onion. Finally, add the remaining cooked ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and with the option of soy sauce. Enjoy!

Emory

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christmas minis

It’s almost Christmas! This year I had advertised for mini (mini) photography sessions. My ad was aimed at those who specifically had their cards in mind. The shoots were very short and very styled. For this family in particular, I came to their house, asked them what they had in mind, and we set about pulling it off!

Here is just one of those sessions. To book your own, please visit Prudence + Me Photography.

Emory

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