I love cranberries.  I love apples.  I love oatmeal cookies {which happen to be exactly what the top of this conglomerate of yum tastes like}

What is that?  You do too??

You know what else I love?

Trivial thoughts.  Fortuitous facts.  Purportless pondering.

{…and apparently alliteration.}

For example:  Did you know that the name “cranberry” was derived from the original spelling “craneberry”,  dubbed so by some of the first settlers to America who thought the flowering part of this plant resembled the neck and bill of a crane?

Seriously.  I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

Did you also know that a riot broke out over those $2 waffle makers I told you about on Black Friday?  I’m so glad someone was able to get this on video.  Definitely a memory I want to hold on to.  Look for me, I’m the one in the hot pink windsuit.

{maybe I could make this up if I tried…}

Here’s to a wonderfully homey recipe and cuddling with my waffle maker.  #enjoy

Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Crisp

- 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
- 3 Granny Smith apples, diced
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- juice & zest of 1 orange

for the topping
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, apples, and orange juice, and set aside. In another small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and orange zest. Stir the sugar mixture into the fruit, coating well, then pour into a deep baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

For the crisp topping, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Spread the topping mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. After baking, allow the crisp to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

{serves 8}

Source: Food Family Finds

Festive decorating, to me, is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season.  I love to see personalities come out through the decorating styles of my friends and family: rustic, whimsical, nostalgic, chic… I seem to learn a little something about my loved ones each year through these uniquely personal touches.

Rather than sticking to one distinct holiday “style”, I like to mix a variety of pieces in coordinating tones, creating a look that is both put-together and inviting.  Metallics instantly add specialness to room without over-powering your year-round decor, making them the perfect {not so} neutrals for decorating your home.

Here are my favorite ways to get the look:

    • {1} Metallic glassware adds an instant touch of cheer to December dinners- no matter how low-key the menu.
    • {2} A simple mercury glass bowl filled with sparkly ornaments lends effortless charm to more formally decorated spaces, such as your living or dining rooms.
    • {3} A grouping of antique candle glasses brings warmth and dimension to small spaces without the stiffness of tall taper candles.
    • {4} Mixing unexpected textures- such as canvas and sequins- lends versatility to holiday entertaining without seeming stuffy.
    • {5} For those with limited space or time, a simple tree with white lights and glittery monochromatic ornaments can make a big impact with minimal effort.
    • {6} Make spontaneous holiday entertaining easy by serving store-bought hor dourves on pretty metallic cocktail napkins.
    • {7} Porcelain plates in whimsical patterns make dinner party decor as simple as setting the table.

1. Gold Chisel Glassware by Z Gallerie; $35

2. Mercury Glass Equinox Bowl by Z Gallerie; $36

3. Antique Glass Candle Holder by Crate&Barrel; $6

4. Sequined Pillow Cover by West Elm; $44

5. Glittered Silver Ornament by Pier 1; $6

6. Gold Cocktail Napkins by Plum Party; $5

7. Tinsel and Confetti Plates by Crate&Barrel; $8


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