How to Make Peanut Brittle

It’s not the holidays until I make (and eat!) some homemade candy. And to me, the most classic homemade candy is peanut brittle.

Something about peanut brittle also reminds me of my grandparents’ house at Christmastime. I love a recipe that also gives you all those nostalgic feels.

Related: And if you’re making Christmas treats, be sure try our recipe for my favorite puppy chow mix.

Peanut Brittle Ingredients:

How to Make Peanut Brittle:

  • Combine the peanuts and any spices (like cinnamon) you may be using.
  • Combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar. Whisk to dissolve over high heat. Then, monitor the mixture until it reaches between 290°F to 300°F.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the peanuts and vanilla extract.
  • Then, add the baking soda. Be careful as this will cause the mixture to foam.
  • Pour onto a baking sheet linked with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat
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Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

This classic gingerbread cookie recipe is soft and delicious. While I love crisp gingerbread for a gingerbread house, my preference for cookies is soft and chewy.

This recipe delivers perfect dough for cutout shapes (similar to sugar cookies) with all the cinnamon and spice flavor you love from gingerbread.

Gingerbread cookies are my husband’s favorite cookie, and I make this recipe multiple times each holiday season. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Related recipes: Our Best Cookie Recipes, Pinwheel Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

How to Make Gingerbread Cookies:

  1. Mix the
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DIY Hanging Clothes Rail – A Beautiful Mess

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has has happened in that time.

The biggest news of all has got to be the conversion of our man cave into a nursery for my 1-year-old son!

Much to my husband’s dismay, of course … he did love that man cave, but sacrifices have to be made when you have kids! You can see my nursery reveal here.

Related: Find more DIY home decor projects here.

As you can see, the room is quite small (in the UK, the third bedroom is usually quite small and we often jokingly refer to it as a “box room”), which meant there wasn’t much space for the bigger essentials like a wardrobe.

Not that I minded—I find wardrobes to be like bulky oversized boxes. So, I decided to create a DIY hanging rail from the ceiling!

It looks so

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Antipasto Wreath – Christmas Appetizer

If you are looking for a festive way to serve a meat and cheese plate this holiday season, you should make this antipasto wreath! It’s the perfect Christmas appetizer for a party or family meal.

Antipasto is the traditional first course of a fancy Italian meal. It usually consists of meats, cheese, and other stackable sides like olives. It’s similar to charcuterie, but usually includes cheese and meat.

That being said, you could easily customize this holiday appetizer’s looks in different ways based on what you love.

Related: Caprese Salad Candy Cane Appetizer



  • Cured meats such as salami or pepperoni
  • Cheese cubes such as cheddar and pepper jack
  • Olives and vegetables such as carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs for styling: rosemary, sage, and thyme work well

How to Make a Wreath Snack Board:

It’s best to serve this appetizer on a round cutting board or large

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10 Things I Love Sunday

Happy Sunday, friends! Here in the U.S. we’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving. I’m actually having Thanksgiving with my in-laws today. It’s also shopping season, lol.

So, I thought I’d share some items I’m buying for family, friends (and myself, along with a few small businesses I wanted to highlight. Let’s do this!

1. The Burlap Bag – Love their candles, room sprays, and mugs. I love them all year, but their seasonal items are awesome!

2. Since everyone is having sales, I decided to stock up on one of my all-time favorite face serums. Happy holidays to me 🙂

3. Need ideas for everyone on your list? Check out our Holiday Gift Guides.

4. I love this red sweatshirt (and it’s 50% off!).

5. I bought this tea advent calendar already and can’t wait to start! I love their tea and buy their sets as gifts, too.

6. If you

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