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Happy Holidays!

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed good company and good food! We had a quiet holiday at home – relaxing by the fire, sipping eggnog, watching A Christmas Story for 24 hours and indulging in Christmas cookies. And we finally had a white Christmas! I was so excited to see snow falling on Christmas Eve. Those white flakes really do make the holiday feel more magical!

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Our tree Christmas morning

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Dana dog is wondering where her presents are

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Wrapping Paper, Pt. 2

Saturday, I printed another roll of wrapping paper (check out my first two designs here) with the tree stamps I used on my first batch of Christmas cards. I used red, green and gold ink and created a geometric pattern. I really love the way this one turned out!

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Tomorrow is the big day! Does everyone have their gifts wrapped and under the tree? Mine are finally all done so today, I am going to lounge around, watch my favorite Christmas movies (Elf, Love Actually, Christmas Vacation…), maybe do some more baking, and wait impatiently until A Christmas Story comes on TBS at 8pm. Yes, I am one of those people who watch it 24 hours straight. It is my absolute favorite Christmas movie!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas Eve and enjoys time spent with family and friends!

Stay Chic! …xo Alane

Christmas Gingersnaps

Every Christmas I look forward to making – and eating – Gingersnaps. They are my family’s favorite cookie and make great gifts! I just baked a batch this morning (I made the dough last night) and wanted to share the recipe with you!

I don’t know where the recipe came from. I think my mom found it in a magazine a long time ago. It is a very simple recipe to follow and I’m sure most of you will already have all of the ingredients. (They’re very similar to the ingredients in my Spiced Pumpkin Bread recipe)

Ginger Cookies
Makes 7 dozen

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups softened butter (3 sticks)
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I like to give an extra dash)
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Sugar

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Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl beat sugar, butter, molasses and eggs until light and fluffy.

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Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Mix well.

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Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 1 hour. (The dough can be made ahead of time. Just keep refrigerated until you are ready to make the cookies)

Shape dough into 1- inch balls and roll in sugar.

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Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes or until set. (I baked mine for 8 min this morning and they came out perfectly) Cookies will puff up and then flatten. Cool 1 minute, remove from cookie sheets.

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And enjoy!

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Are any of you doing any last minute baking? Do you have any recipes you look forward to every year? I hope you will share them with me! 🙂

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Hand Printed Wrapping Paper

Today was my first day of Christmas vacation (yay!) and I have been super busy finishing up my shopping and getting some presents wrapped. I decided this morning (last minute, of course) that I wanted to hand print my own wrapping paper this year. So I took a quick run to Walmart, bought 4 rolls of brown Kraft paper, and got straight to work!

At first, I was going to just roll out a length of the Kraft paper, but I didn’t know how long it would take the ink to dry, so I took my presents, measured out individual pieces and cut them down to the correct size. Once I had each piece of paper ready, I started printing! I used stamps that I previously made so that saved me quite a bit of time.

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When I finished printing, I made little gift tags and colored my own twine, and then wrapped up the presents!

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I’m so happy with the way they turned out and I love the homemade feel to them! I hope the person who receives these will be just as pleased!

I hope this post has given you some creative ideas for how to wrap your gifts this year!

P.S. I can’t believe Christmas is 4 days away!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

DIY Holiday Nails

With Christmas right around the corner, I have been painting and re-painting my nails almost every other day, trying out new holiday looks! I’m loving all the metallic and glittery colors for this time of year. They’re so festive! This weekend, I wore Sally Hansen’s Gilty Pleasure, which is a really pretty metallic gold color.

After I got dressed for work this morning, I decided to switch to red because I’m wearing a green blouse and I just felt very Christmasy! So I painted my nails Right Said Red (also by Sally Hansen) and glammed them up a bit with an accent nail using Essie’s Luxeffects Set in Stones top coat. I love the chunky glitter in this top coat and I think the silver and red are so pretty together!

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Stay Chic! xo…Alane