Goodbye 2012!

It's hard to believe that 2012 is almost over already! I'll be doing a lot of reflecting the next few days and I'm sure you will too. So I wanted to take a look at some of the big moments of this year with some Instagram photos.

Seeing Wicked

Perfecting our homemade pizza - never again frozen pizza!

Finally becoming a two car family

Visiting my Nana

Second shooting 6 weddings this year

Merry Christmas

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again. 

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb.

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven's perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you're holding is the great I Am.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sweet Tooth ~ Brownie Covered Oreos

One of my favorite activities every Christmas is making Christmas cookies. It's a great activity for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. Dana Made It has an excellent rolled sugar cookie recipe that I use each year.

But for this year's cookie exchange, I needed something a little easier than cutting out and frosting 36 beautiful shaped cookies. So we chose a yummy recipe that had been a hit a few years ago at a New Year's Eve party: the Brownie Covered Oreo.

We wanted to use the Christmas Oreos this year, but they were sold out so we ended up with our personal favorite, the mint flavor.

Now, prepare to be amazed at the intricacy of this recipe...

Step one: Whip up a brownie mix.

Step two: Drop the Oreos in one by one.

Step three: Put the coated Oreos in a greased muffin tin (use a spoon!)

Step four: Bake!

They certainly don't come out as pretty as they do on Picky Palate, but I've given up on making beautiful food. As long as it tastes good, I'm satisfied.

If you don't make any other recipe that I feature on Sweet Tooth, seriously give this one a try. I promise, you'll be hooked.

Christmas Traditions ~ Yearly Ornaments

When Ryan and I got married, we decided that we wanted to commemorate each year of our lives together with a Christmas ornament. In ten years we'll be reliving a lot of memories as we decorate the tree!

After trying unsuccessfully to find a bride and groom ornament that we actually liked, we decided to make our own ornament with a brooch and some ribbon from our wedding day.

But then we found another ornament that would remind us of our honeymoon in Charleston (a pineapple). It was an after-Christmas sale and we just had to pick it up. So we'll probably be buying an ornament for every trip or big event in our lives.

This year a couple more ornaments joined our brooch and pineapple. I filled two clear ornaments with rose petals. One has petals from corsages and bouquets from our wedding.

The other is petals from flowers Ryan gave me while we were dating. (Thanks, Pinterest!) We also bought an ornament while we were in Jamaica.

I can't wait until we have enough of these ornaments to put on their own tree! At this rate, it shouldn't take too long!

Wedding Weekly ~ Winter Weddings

Winter weddings are beautiful and magical and unique. And they couldn't be any easier to decorate for. Look at all the great Christmasy decor you have at your disposal:

-garland and wreaths

-ornaments in any color imaginable

-gorgeous table linens and serving dishes

-wintery candlesticks and figurines

-Christmas lights

-Lots of extra ribbon and bows

-poinsettias

And there are so many great things you can incorporate into the wedding!

-Christmas cookies and milk at the reception

-ornaments as favors

-Christmasy thank you cards

-Christmas music

-hot chocolate or cider bar

-holiday dinner style meal

And even if you didn't want a traditional green and red Christmas theme, there are still plenty of color options. Silver and gold with lots of glitter and sparkle. Blue and white with a snowflake motif. Deep jewel tones with touches of fur or velvet. Even shimmery pastel shades would work for a beautiful winter wedding.

Want to see more wedding tips and ideas? Check out the rest of the wedding weekly posts!

Favorite Christmas Songs

Today I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Christmas songs. It's so hard to choose, but here are my top 10 (not in order).

1. Mary Did You Know

I love this song. It's so powerful to think about Mary holding her baby, the God-Man.

2. The Christmas Waltz

You know the one. "It's that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song you hear seems to say, Merry Christmas. May your New Year dreams come true." Yeah, I forget the title all the time too.

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You

This is the song I usually end up singing to Ryan in the car.

4. Silent Night

5. Merry Christmas Darling

6. Cold December Night

I loved this song on Michael Buble's Christmas CD from last year and listened to it over and over.

7. Angels We Have Heard on High

8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

9. Linus and Lucy

The last time this song played on Pandora, I literally got up and danced around the room.

10. Love Has Come

This song was part of our church's Christmas program two years ago and I thought it was amazing. And the tune is really catchy so it gets stuck in your head.