Free Christmas Coloring Pages

 

The kids will be out of school soon for the holiday break. Today we are going to share some cute crafts that the kids can make for friends and relatives to keep them busy.

Great Kids Birthday Parties has several to choose from. Just click on the picture, or right click and save to your computer.

 

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Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Christmas Table Centerpiece

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all expecting company for dinner. How do we decorate quickly and easily with company coming?

What is easier that 2 or 3 cake plates with beautiful vintage Christmas glass ornaments? I absolutely love this idea!

Yes, we have tiered cake plates & many beautiful vintage Christmas ornaments!

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here is another variation! WOW is all I can say!

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Happy Decorating!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Wintson

Today’s Inspiration

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Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Spot the Elf

 

There are only a few days left to Spot the Elf, get your book signed, and turn in the form for prizes.

If you haven’t picked up your book, we have a couple left, but hurry before their gone for another year!

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Have a great weekend!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I love shopping for stocking stuffers, and I LOVE to check out my stocking on Christmas morning. Here are a few ideas that I love!

This list is to get your creative thought process going. Your kids, or spouse might not enjoy something on this list, but it will trigger something they do!

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For the Kids:

  • books
  • crayons
  • color book
  • small chocolates
  • gloves, stocking hat
  • socks
  • doll
  • money
  • favorite team shirt / pants
  • hair ties
  • hair brush
  • pens / journal
  • soap crayons
  • bath toys
  • bubble bath

For the Tween:

  • nail polish
  • finger nail polish remover
  • books
  • gloves
  • stocking hat
  • scarf
  • gum
  • football / basketball / soccer ball
  • hair ties / barrettes
  • hair brush
  • puzzles
  • games
  • pens / journal
  • candies
  • bubble bath
  • I tunes gift card
  • shower gel

Teen:

  • gift card
  • money
  • scarf
  • favorite team shirts /jersey
  • hoodie
  • gum
  • football / basketball / soccer ball
  • razor / blades
  • games
  • pens / journal
  • hand cream
  • perfume
  • make up
  • I Tunes gift card
  • bubble bath
  • shower gel

Ladies:

  • chocolates
  • coffee shop gift card
  • razor blades
  • nail polish
  • perfume
  • hand cream
  • favorite coffee creamers
  • lottery tickets
  • local rec center membership (make sure she likes to exercise!!)
  • bottle of wine
  • favorite cooking gadget
  • bubble bath
  • shower gel
  • make up
  • bath oil
  • gum

Men:

  • chocolates
  • coffee gift card
  • razor blades
  • shaving cream
  • lottery tickets
  • local rec center membership
  • gloves
  • stocking hat
  • bottle of wine
  • Leatherman
  • golf balls / tees
  • movie tickets
  • fishing lures
  • tools
  • stocking hat
  • ball cap

Have fun shopping for stocking stuffers!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Free Printable Christmas Tags

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I though that you all might like to get a few free printable tags. Stop back soon as we’re going to add some free printable coloring pages

The Idea Room has several to choose from. Just click on the link.

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Have an awesome day and please be sure to abide her terms of conditions.

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Slow-Cooker Beefy Vegetable-Barley Soup

You can’t beat coming home from a long day at work to this awesome soup in the crock pot and ready to serve. Soooo easy to throw together before you leave for work.

Add a salad and French bread and yummy! Can you imagine the leftovers and how tasty they are!

 

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Prep Time:  20 minutes

Total time: 8 hr 50 min

Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb beef stew meat

1/2 cup frozen chopped onion (from 12-oz bag), thawed

1/2 cup uncooked medium barley

3 1/2 cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)

1 cup water

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

 

Directions

1 Cut beef into bite-size pieces if desired. In 3- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except mixed vegetables.

2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours.

3 Stir in mixed vegetables. Increase heat setting to High.

Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

 Enjoy!

Nancie, Haley d ‘Pug & Winston

Today’s Inspiration


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make it a GREAT Day!

Nancie, haley d’Pug & winston

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

I don’t know what your weather is like where you are, but in Colorado it is super cold, and snowing. This is an absolute must during this type of weather. Make a big pot, and warm it up with a little cheese on top. yummy!

 

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

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Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 to 3 1/2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch pieces (about 7 medium potatoes, 8 – 9 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 9 oz bacon, cooked and diced or crumbled
  • 4 green onions, diced

Directions

  • To a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker, add potatoes, onion, chicken broth, evaporated milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours or LOW heat for 8 hours (poke potatoes with a fork to check make sure they’re soft).
  • Ladle out 2 cups liquid from soup mixture in crock pot into a liquid measuring cup, set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour 2 cups liquid in measuring cup into butter mixture (it will thicken quickly). Pour butter mixture into slow cooker and stir to blend. If desired, mash potatoes with a potato masher to break down into smaller pieces or use an emulsion blender to puree. Cover and cook on HIGH heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Turn heat off (or to warm), stir in sour cream. Serve warm topped with cheddar, bacon and green onions (you can just mix in those three remaining ingredients into slow cooker or top individual servings).
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I love getting and giving pictures for Christmas. What grandma, grandpa, Aunt or Sister wouldn’t love getting this package? There is nothing more special than saying “I Love you” more than pictures!

 

Christmas wrapping idea: Photocopy a photo of you with the person the gift is for a the "tag".

 

And here are some ideas for the kids. I don’t know a kid that wouldn’t love opening Santa, Rudolph or even Frosty on Christmas morning.

 

Cute candy bar wrappers (snowman, Santa, and Rudolph)

 

I would love to have you share some of your creative gift wrapping ideas!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear