Christmas in July, Final Day

Today is the last day of our Christmas in July extravaganza! Grab your family together and create a new tradition, all while enjoying some festive holiday tunes.

A Book A Day

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Place 24 wrapped books under the Christmas tree. These books can relate to the meaning of the holiday, favorites of your children, or any type of book you would like. Starting December 1 and going through the 24th, unwrap one of the books each night. Have fun and be creative with this exciting tradition!

Favorite Holiday Songs

Add some Christmas music to your holiday with some of my favorites.

1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

2. “O Holy Night”

3. “The Christmas Song”

4. “White Christmas”

5. “Christmas in Dixie”

Until next time, have a fantastic Christmas in July! Seems the perfect time to say “Mele Kalikimaka!”

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Going to Carolina In My Mind

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North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with all things about the Tarheel state and here’s why:

1. We have the best of both worlds-beautiful mountains and beaches.

2. UNC v. Duke basketball rivalry is a can’t miss.

3. The Wright Brothers and the gift of aviation.

4. We have all four seasons.

5. BBQ–need I say more?

6. There is a city for all types of people.

7. There are TONS of places to have fun for a day-trip, such as Carowinds, The Biltmore Estate, and the Outer Banks.

8. We all know the wonderful taste of Cheerwine.

9. North Carolina is known as “The Hollywood of the East Coast.”

10. You can’t beat the music and musicians from the state. James Taylor, Scotty McCreery, Ben Folds….(the list goes on and on 🙂 )

Messy Twister

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Take the fun outdoors with a fun game of messy twister!

Supplies:

Twister mat and spinner

Paint in the colors of: green, yellow, red, and blue

Directions:

1. Lay the twister mat in an area, able to get painted.

2. Pour the various colors onto the coordinating dots.

(Make sure to wear clothes that can get messy!)

Enjoy!

My Summer Bucket List

Ah, summer-the time to break out the swimsuit, flip flops, and the traditions. Every year, there are certain things I have to do, otherwise it wouldn’t be the season. Below are the ten things on my summer bucket list:

1. Take a walk on the beach.

2. Spend a day on the lake.

3. Have a backyard camping trip.

4. Play messy twister with paint (tomorrow’s post will tell you how).

5. Go star gazing and watch fireworks on the 4th of July.

6. Make homemade ice cream and can vegetables for next year.

7. Spend a day volunteering.

8. Build a sandcastle.

9. Make s’mores in a bonfire.

10. Spend a day at an amusement park.

Mason Jar Gifts

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Who doesn’t love a gift in a mason jar?

This past Easter, my mama gave me a cute little Southern present. She filled a purple jar full of candy. On top, the lid was decorated in scrapbook paper, monogrammed, and covered with lace.

These mason jar gifts are quick and easy to do! You can really add anything into the glass and decorate as you desire.

Picture Source: Country Belle Chic

 

Southern Style Green Beans

Make sure to get your ‘greens’ in today with this quick and easy Southern recipe. Trust me, they are just like Nana makes them.

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans

4 slices bacon

2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped.

Directions:

1. Cook the green beans until tender.

2. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towels.

3. Crumble bacon into small pieces and pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

4. Cook onions in pan for 3 minutes. Add green beans and bacon.

5. Heat through and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

A Country Singer or a Hockey Player?

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Over the weekend, country superstar Carrie Underwood shared with fans the first real photo of her son, Isaiah.

The “Something in the Water” singer posted the picture above on her instagram account, with the caption “The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach.”

Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher welcomed their newborn son this past February. Fisher plays for the Nashville Predators.
Will baby Isaiah follow in his mother’s musical footsteps or his father’s athletic shoes? Time will tell.

Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole

Recipes are gold in the South. To share a recipe with someone other than family means you are pretty special. Enjoy this quick and easy chicken casserole, that has been in my family for years.

Ingredients:

4 Chickens breasts

1 Package Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing Mix

1 Stick butter

1 Can cream of chicken soup

1 Can cream of celery or mushroom soup

1 Can milk (Measure with the soup can)

2 Cups chicken broth

Directions:

1. Cook and debone the chicken breasts and spread evenly into casserole dish.

2. Mix soups and milk together. Pour over chicken.

3. Combine stuffing, butter, and broth. Place mixture over casserole.

4. Bake at 375 F degrees until brown.

Enjoy!

 

 

Growing Up Southern

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You can’t imagine living anywhere but the South.

I recently came across the article “37 Thing Growing Up in the South Taught You” from The Odyssey. The article lists 37 unique things about this region of the United States. There are some items I agree with and others I think could have been written better.

So, instead of rewriting the list (that will be another post in a few days), I picked out a few of my favorites to share with y’all:

1. The importance of calling your momma.

2. The beauty of sweet tea.

3. Fried chicken is the best kind of chicken.

4. If a man doesn’t open the door for you on the first date, dump him.

5. You are never too old to go home for just a weekend… or just a meal.

To view the complete list, visit: http://theodysseyonline.com/baylor/37-things-growing-south-taught/92062 .