The holiday season has just flown by! The shop has been crazy busy, and we’ve been doing a ton of private events and workshops. Luckily hubby has been doing a lot of the Christmas shopping, because I haven’t had much time to sneak away. We are starting to get a little snow too. It’s always pretty to have a light dusting when everyone has their Christmas lights out. I wanted to take a moment to share my friends home with you. I’ve known Ellen for a really long time! In fact, we initially met because our husbands have been friends for over 20 years! She has such a lovely eye, and has made a traditional and beautiful holiday home, that I knew you would love taking peek around!
I love how Ellen has pretty touches of Christmas and winter sprinkled through her home. I love those large botanical prints! I am such a sucker for those! What I love most about here home is that it feels so warm and cozy, but is also so pretty. I also know it’s going to transitionally well into winter decor when the Christmas decor gets packed away.
I always love a deer and a pine tree with berries! I love the touches of red, and the frosty winter trees she has sprinkled around! I love a good,frosty tree!!
I’ll let you look around a little more at this traditional and beautiful holiday home and catch up with you at the end.
I want to thank Ellen so much for sharing her home!! I always love taking a look into how other people decorate. It gives me fresh ideas, for things I would love to incorporate into my own decor.You can visit her blog and see more of her home at Ellenbliss.com . If you would like a chance to be on next years house walk, you can link up your home here, or just visit the bloggers homes that are linked up!
The girls and I spent the day together this last Sunday. It was nice to spend time just hanging around the house,doing small, puttery things. We spent the day doing a little shopping, and some baking. Oldest made everyone breakfast sandwiches, and Middle, Little and I baked a Spiced Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Drizzle. We turned the holiday music up and had a nice time. It was also really nice that they could take a break from beating the snot out of each other, and actually get along for once.
We used a spiced gingerbread cake recipe we had filed away, and ended up tweaking it a bit. We found in the past, it didn’t have enough spiced gingerbread flavor to it,so we upped the spice factor.
I love gingerbread, and this is the kind of cake I like to have for breakfast.If you love chewy gingersnaps, this is a great recipe!
I made it in an 8 x 8 pan, and added a chocolate drizzle and some powdered sugar, once it cooled for a touch of sweetness. This cake is not super sweet, which I like. A simple glaze would be nice too.The only thing I have found about making this cake, is that at about 40 minutes, you have to start checking it for done-ness, and pull it out the minute the toothpick is clean, otherwise it can very easily end up slightly dry.
For the spiced gingerbread cake, you’ll need:
Grease and flour an 8 x 8 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, cream together:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup robust molasses
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
Then mix together:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
Add to creamed ingredients, then carefully mix in:
1 cup very warm water
Pour into prepared pan, bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, checking after about 40 minutes until a butter knife or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before frosting, or adding a chocolate drizzle, or powdered sugar.