• Elegant And Festive Christmas Table

    I know I say this a lot, but this is my favorite Christmas table I have ever done! I knew I wanted the table to be a little more elegant than the rest of the house, but I wanted it to be festive at the same time. One of my favorite things about Christmas is bright and cheerful Christmas decor; however, sometimes I like for my decor to have an elegant touch as well. Here is my version of an elegant and festive Christmas table!

    white table with cream table runner

    Here is my naked table except for the new table runner I found at Walmart. It is a creamy neutral, so it can be used year round, but I love the texture that it adds. Plus, it keeps the table from feeling too formal.

    white table with runner and black ribbon

    This black ribbon is also from Walmart. I am a big fan of using small amounts of black even when decorating for Christmas. I put a strip right down the center of the runner and love the mix of casual texture with a dressier ribbon.

    Christmas stems and florals

    These floral stems are from Hobby Lobby and when I saw them I knew I wanted to incorporate them into my table centerpiece. In the past, I have used a lot of what I already had, but this year I decided to change up the florals a bit. I am so glad I did!

    table with runner and centerpiece

    The wood piece with the bottles came from Kirklands several years ago and I have used it every Christmas. This part is so much fun and it’s nice to let the creative juices flow. There is no perfect or right way to arrange the floral stems. It is all about what looks good to your eye, so just have fun!

    peace Christmas ornament

    One unexpected thing I added to the centerpiece were ornaments that I found at Walmart. They are so pretty and add a little something extra. There are three ornaments, so I tied them to three of the bottles.

    Christmas table centerpiece

    And here you have it! I think it came together so nicely. I love the mix of gold and red and the pretty script on the ornaments.

    Christmas table decor

    I used gold, silver, and white ornaments as a filler in the wood piece. I have never been one who likes to use things that go perfectly together. I like mixing old and new with casual and elegant.

    Christmas table decor

    Christmas trees are my favorite Christmas decor, so I had to incorporate them into my table decor. These came from Walmart and they are the perfect height for the table. I also placed each one on a mirror to help reflect light and add to the elegance of the table.

    christmas decor

    On Christmas Eve my family is going to gather around this table to eat dinner, laugh, and play games. I hope they look at this centerpiece and it brings them joy! I also hope that it inspires you and brings you joy!

     

  • Red And White Christmas Tree

    This is the first time I have ever written a blog post about our Christmas tree, so it is long overdue. Our tree has pretty much looked the same for the past few years and I am changing it up next year, so I thought this would be a good time to give you an up close and personal look at it.  We have a red and white Christmas tree because I like traditional Christmas colors. Plus, I think the red and white are so festive!

    red and white Christmas tree

    Most of the Christmas decor in our home is red and white, so the tree fits right in! We also use some black, silver, and gold to mix it up a bit. We’ve had our tree for several years and I really like it, but I would like something a little taller in our great room and I am even considering do a flocked tree next year.

    red and white Christmas tree decor

    I absolutely love this ornament! It is by far my favorite because this is what Christmas is all about. It hangs front and center on our tree as a constant reminder. This is such a busy time of year and when I lose sight of what matters, I just look at this ornament and it gets me in the right frame of mind for the season!

    red and white Christmas tree

    A lot of my ornaments are from Walmart and the Christmas tree skit is from Walmart as well. It is soft and has a great texture and adds another pop of red and white. As you can see, I even wrap the gifts in red and white paper!

    red and white Christmas tree

    It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. This is another favorite ornament of mine. I believe it also came from Walmart. It is so pretty and is another great reminder to slow down and enjoy the little moments during the holiday season.

    red and white Christmas tree

    Red, white, silver, and gold look so pretty against the lights as well. I love the tree most at night when it is lit up and the fireplace is going. It creates such a warm and cozy environment.

    red and white Christmas tree

    How about that bow Christmas tree topper? It is a black, white, and red plaid and I like how it makes the tree look not so formal. I really enjoy decorating our tree every year and I hope you have enjoyed looking at it. I said this might be the last time I do a red and white Christmas tree, but who knows, maybe I will do it again next year!

     

     

     

  • Brussel Sprouts With Bacon

    There are a lot of people out there who do not like brussel sprouts, but I promise you will LOVE these! It took me a while to get these just right and now that I have, I want to share them with you. Now, who’s ready for some brussel sprouts with bacon?

    Here is what you will need:

    • Brussel Sprouts (I use the bag from Costco)
    • Bacon (I use the real bacon pieces)
    • Onion
    • Olive Oil
    • Salt
    • Pepper

     

    brussel sprouts and bacon

    This is one of those recipes where you don’t do exact measurements. It is all about getting the brussel sprouts to the taste and consistency that you want.

    onion on a cutting board

    The first thing I do is finely chop the onion. I love the flavor, but I don’t want large chunks mixed in with the brussel sprouts. Also, I typically don’t use the entire onion. Usually about three quarters of it is good enough for my taste buds.

    brussel sprouts

    Next, cut the brussel sprouts into quarters. If I use the bag of brussel sprouts from Costco, I use about half of the bag. If I use brussel sprouts from Walmart, I use the entire bag since it is smaller.

    onion and bacon in pan

    You will then take the olive oil and cover the bottom of a pan with it and turn it to medium heat. Add the onion and about half of the bag of bacon to the olive oil and sauté until the onion is tender.

    brussel sprouts in pan

    And now, it’s time to add the brussel sprouts! I always add plenty of salt and pepper and stir often. I cook them until they are nice and tender.

    brussel sprouts and bacon

    These are so good and make a great side dish to go with chicken, fish, or beef. They are also perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! Let me know if you try them. I would love to know what you think!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Easy Cheesecake Dessert

    There are so many delicious flavors when it comes to cheesecake. You can get plain, chocolate, turtle, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate and peanut butter, and so many more. One of the only downfalls of cheesecake is that it can be time consuming to make, but that is about to change right now! Check out how you can make this easy cheesecake dessert that will be a hit at your next party!

    cheesecake and toppings

    When I discovered the Philadelphia Cheesecake No Bake Filling everything changed for me. I absolutely love cheesecake, but it isn’t something that you can quickly and easily whip up, until now. There are so many different things you can do with this filling. You can use a regular size pie crust to make a cheesecake, you can crush Oreos and mix it in the filling and then put it in an Oreo pie crust, or you can just eat it plain! My new favorite thing to do is to get the small individual pie crusts, so each person can top it with whatever they like.

    easy cheesecake dessert

    It’s like a make your own cheesecake bar. You can fill the individual pie crusts with the filling and then your guests can top it with whatever they like. You can use chocolate chips, Oreos, raspberries, strawberries, peanut butter chips, whipped cream, nuts, and so much more. This is just a nice way for your guests to personalize their cheesecake and make it what they like!

    easy cheesecake dessert

    This is a perfect dessert for parties, showers, potlucks, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. You gotta love how quick and easy it is and there is no cooking or baking involved. You literally buy the ingredients and then sit them out in pretty dishes and they are ready to serve! My family has even done this for a weekend dessert because we have a hard time agreeing on one cheesecake flavor.

    easy cheesecake dessert

    And there you have it! An easy cheesecake dessert that will be a crowd pleaser at your next get together. If you try this, please let me know what you think. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Heather Loves Home email list!

     

     

  • Classic Christmas Sitting Room

    I am a big fan of classic Christmas decor. I love the reds and the whites and the greenery. When you put those three things together it feels so cozy. It reminds me of exactly what Christmas should be. When I decorate our sitting room, it is important to me for it to feel cozy and inviting. It is the room right off the kitchen where friends and family gather; a classic Christmas sitting room.

    christmas greenery

    The greenery with the red berries came from Hobby Lobby and I placed them in a vase I already had. This is the same vase I used with my fall decor, so it was easy to switch out the stems. I also used the pinecones with my fall decor and decided to keep them out through Christmas.

    classic Christmas sitting room

    One of my favorite things in our sitting area are the small windows. Every year I hang a wreath on them and this year I added the banner that says merry and bright.

    classic Christmas sitting area

    Last year, we put our tree in this area, but this year we opted to put it in the great room. I miss having a tree over here and will probably get a small one for next year.

    classic Christmas sitting room

    I even added some Christmas cheer to our desk using a vase I already had, some berry stems, and vase filler. Small, simple touches like this can make a big impact.

    classic Christmas sitting room

    And of course, I couldn’t forget my favorite Santa Llama pillow. I found it at Marshall’s last year and thought it was adorable. All of these traditional items look nice together and really add to the classic Christmas feel.

    classic Christmas sitting room

    This room is always a favorite of mine to decorate; especially, during the holidays. It is a bright and cheerful spot to sit and relax with a cup of coffee, or to sit at the desk and work. It definitely looks like a classic Christmas sitting room. And, I’ve already decided, I definitely putting a tree up in here next year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Foyer Winter Wonderland

    I have always decorated for Christmas using a lot of color. I especially like to decorate with traditional colors like red. Last year, I made the foyer look bright and cheerful. This year, I decided to change it up and go a different route. I made our foyer into a winter wonderland.

    foyer winter wonderland

    Everything I used I already had. Normally, the white decor would be mixed in with the red decor throughout the house. But this year, I put all of the pretty white together to make a winter wonderland.

    foyer winter wonderland

    Collecting Christmas trees that are different shapes, sizes, and colors is something I have been doing for a few years now. I’m really glad I tried using them all together this year. I even mixed a couple of green snow covered trees in. It is different than anything I have done before and I love it!

    foyer winter wonderland

    When I see something like this come together it is a reminder to always try new things around the home and when decorating. It’s easy to want to do the same thing every year, but sometimes you’ve gotta mix it up and see how different decor pieces work together.

    winter wonderland foyer

    Now I’m ready for a good snow so the outside will match the inside! While I really don’t think I will ever do an all white winter wonderland through our entire home, it was fun turning our foyer into one. The three flocked trees on the log are my favorite. They remind me of being out in the woods on a beautiful snowy day!

    winter wonderland foyer

    Have you turned your home into a white winter wonderland? If you have, I would love to hear about it. You can follow me over on Facebook and Instagram and share photos of your white Christmas decor. In the meantime, stay warm and cozy!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

    One of my favorite things about fall is apples. And one of my favorite things about apples is making a delicious apple crisp. It’s delicious served warm with some vanilla ice cream. Yum! Recently, I discovered salted caramel icing and that has been a game changer when it comes to how I make my apple crisp. In fact, it is so good I want to share it with you! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cans of apples or enough fresh apples to cover the bottom of a 13×9 pan
    • 1 box of Concord Foods apple crisp prepared according to package directions
    • 1 can of Pillsbury salted caramel frosting
    • your favorite vanilla ice cream

    First, you will cover the bottom of the 13×9 pan with the apples. I must say the Great Value apple pie filling is delicious! Of course, if you prefer to use fresh those are best.

    can of apple pie filling

    canned apples in pan

    Next, you will make the apple crisp according to package directions (mixing it with melted butter) and then spoon it over the apples.

     

    concord foods apple crisp

    caramel apple crisp

    Once you have spread the apple crisp mixture over the apples, it is time to bake according to package directions. Be ready for your kitchen to smell heavenly! When the apple crisp is finished baking take it out of the oven and enjoy the aroma.

    apple crisp

    Now for the best part! Spoon some of the baked apple crisp into a bowl and don’t let it cool too much because you want it to be warm for when you add the salted caramel icing.

    salted caramel icing

    I like to take small dollops of the icing and put it on the baked apple crisp while it is hot. That way the icing will melt into the apples and the crisp. That is the best part! And then of course, you add the ice cream and it is perfection!

    apple crisp with ice cream

    This dessert is perfect for a family dinner, potluck, or even Thanksgiving dinner! You and your guests will love the mix of apples, crisp, caramel, and ice cream. Perfection!

     

     

     

     

  • Christmas Mantle Decor

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year to decorate! Decorating for Christmas brings so much joy with the bright colors and the lights. Do you have a favorite spot in your home you love to decorate for Christmas. For me, it is the mantle and the builtins that surround our fireplace. This year I decked them out in red, white, and black Christmas decor and I think it looks just perfect!

    mantle decorated for Christmas

    I decorated the mantle with several items I already had like the flocked greenery, the stocking holders, the red stockings, the beaded garland, and the buffalo check garland. The only new item I added was the cream colored garland and it works so well with everything else.

    Christmas mantle decor

    Here is a first look at the builtins. They are always so much fun to decorate and it is fun to be creative with them as well. Again, most of what I used I already had, but I did sprinkle in a couple of new items to change things up a bit. Also, I always move items around from year to year, so it doesn’t look the same.

    builtin decor for Christmas

    Mixing patterns, colors, and textures is what makes the mantle and builtins look so festive. Most of the items you see here came from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Home Goods. I love the reindeer with the scarf around his neck!

    Christmas decor

    Any year round neutral pieces were left on the shelves and then I added in the Christmas decor around them. I also put Christmas scrapbook paper in the frames that sit on the shelves. I love the mix of buffalo check, plaid, and polka dots. And the red Christmas tree is so bright and pretty!

    Christmas mantle decor

    If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will! Now it is time to sit back and enjoy the season and wait for Santa to come down the chimney!

     

     

     

  • Yummy Salad With Homemade Dressing

    Everyone loves a good salad and trust me, this one will not disappoint! If you only choose to try one recipe that I post here at Heather Loves Home, make sure it is this yummy salad with homemade dressing. It is so good and goes well with chicken, steak, fish, or by itself! I make it every year as a side with our Christmas dinner and it would also make a great side for Thanksgiving.

    yummy salad

    Here is the list of ingredients for the salad mix:

    • 1 large container of spring mix (I like to use organic spring mix from Walmart)
    • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
    • 2 cups of parmesan cheese
    • 1 small bag of real bacon pieces
    • 1 5oz package of Craisins
    • Sliced almonds for garnish (optional)

    Here is the list of ingredients for the dressing:

    • 1 cup of vegetable oil
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

    Now for the fun part! Mix all of the salad ingredients together and toss. Next, mix the vegetable oil, sugar, and red wine vinegar in the blender until well blended. The only step left is to pour the dressing over the salad. I usually wait until we are ready to eat until I pour the dressing over the salad. However, this salad is also delicious leftover.

    yummy salad with dressing

    Actually, here is one more step and that is to ENJOY IT! I promise you will not be disappointed and if you are looking to make lifetime friends, then take this yummy salad with homemade dressing to your next potluck! Also, here is a quick tip. When I take this to a potluck, I mix the salad ingredients ahead of time and I also blend the dressing, but I don’t pour the dressing over the salad until we are ready to eat. This will keep the salad from getting too soggy. If you make this, please let me know how you like it. Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

  • How To Decorate A Stove Hood For Halloween

    It’s that time of year to decorate your home with all things spooky for Halloween! It is such a fun season to be creative and have fun with decorating. One of my favorite things to decorate for any holiday is the hood above our stove. This year, I had a great idea on how to decorate a stove hood for Halloween and I cannot wait to share it with you!

    hood above stove

    Here is the hood before I decorated it. It’s always fun to start with a blank slate. Usually, I will hang a festive wreath for the holidays, but this year I decided to get a little more creative.

    fake spiders for halloween

    I already had an idea of how I wanted to decorate the hood, so I went on a hunt for exactly what I needed. I found these spiders at Walmart for less than two dollars and new the black and gray would be perfect against the white hood.

    spider web halloween decoration

    Next, I found this spider web at Dollar Tree and for less than three dollars I had everything I needed! Y’all know I love to decorate on a budget.

    Loctite buddy

    This mounting putty is my go to for hanging stuff on walls and cabinets when I do not want them to be damaged. I knew it was perfect for this project because you can tear it to whatever size is needed.

    fake spider for halloween

    I tore off small pieces of the putty and put them on the spider legs, so they would stick to the hood. There was already a command hook on the hood for me to hang the spider web on.

    hood over stove decorated with spiders

    What do you think? I love how it turned out! It is festive and adds a little bit of spooky to our kitchen. This is a simple project you can do anywhere. It would even be fun to do on a mirror, or front door. This is such a fun time of year to be creative and go all out. I hope this inspired you!