Cinnamon Bread Gift


Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday but with that being said, I think it is probably the most stressful too. What usually starts as a Christmas list of 10 to buy for somehow doubles and even triples some years.

I am always looking for small gifts to give those in the office, neighbors, and others who I want to give a little something without breaking the bank. I saw Christina’s post on this Cinnamon Bread a while back and have been waiting for an opportunity to make it myself.

I have to admit, I went the easy route due to also baking 90 muffins for our work Christmas breakfast on the same night. I can’t wait to try the homemade recipe that she links to.

With the boxed cake mix, I got 4 small cakes. I covered in saran wrap, tied each one with a bow and called it a day. Easy peasy and let’s be real.. Who doesn’t like a homemade treat?!


Show & Tell Tuesday: Christmas Decor

Christmas Decorations

Today I am linking with Andrea to share our Christmas Decor. I love getting a glimpse into other peoples homes and seeing how they decorate!

Let me be honest here, not much has changed from our 2014 decorations. Next year should be different though since Baby S will be here to celebrate!




Mimi picked up this little stocking for our tree to represent our little buck-a-roo on the way 🙂


This nativity scene was passed down to me from my mom. Its so old but fits perfectly with the rustic Christmas vibe that we have going on.


Mimi also picked up little man’s first Christmas tree with a cute little baseball ornament. Next year, I plan to put this in his room but for now it fits great on our Christmas card table.


Christmas is my very favorite holiday and I am always so sad to pack up the decorations. I have to admit though that I am so looking forward to Christmas next year with a 9month old although I may have to move all of my ornaments up a little higher on the tree ha!


Pumpkin Pie


Nothing says Fall like a good pumpkin recipe! As long as I can remember, this is the recipe that my mom has always used for her pumpkin pie. This recipe comes just in time for your Thanksgiving get-together.


  • 2 – 9inch pie shells (I used the traditional size. If using the deep crust this will only yield one pie)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 12oz of evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425. Mix together spices and sugar and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin and eggs with electric mixer. Slowly add in sugar/spice mixture. Once combined stir in evaporate milk until incorporated.

Once combined, pour evenly into two pie shells. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 and continue to bake an additional 45 minutes or so. A knife should be inserted into the middle and come out clean once pies are done.