Monday, December 5, 2011

9 Months Later...


Christmastime is here!

And I couldn't be more excited to enjoy all that December brings. Our family of five is busier than ever, and this month, just looking at the calendar is enough to wear me out! But the holiday season is well under way at our house and I can't resist the urge to share it all with you.

Nine months have passed since the last time I sat down to write a post...

(9 months!! Sheesh!)

And while I don't feel that I have to explain why I took a break from blogging, I do feel like I want to explain. There have been a lot of changes for my family, and even some changes just for me!

That post will have to wait though. There's so much holiday cheer to focus on right now, and the business of it all (so very busy!) means that it will, no doubt, fly by. 2012 will be here before we know it and there will be plenty of time to chat about my new ventures and what's been happening with us when the New Year rolls around.

That being said, I have a new post to share! It's just...not all here...on this blog.

It's over at Girl Power Hour.

Because I have been asked to be their new Home blogger!

My first post went live this morning and I would love it if you would check it out. I'm sharing my three favorite "go-to" gifts to make for family and friends for Christmas.

Here's a little peek to entice you:

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You know how the saying goes…'tis better to give, than to receive. I grew up hearing this, and it’s now what I strive to instill in my children as they grow up. The beauty of it is that, it’s true! I have three, favorite “go-to” gifts that I make during the holidays to give to family, friends, neighbors, my children’s teachers…anyone that holds a special place in our hearts. Simply put, they are Hot Chocolate, Pecans, and Candles. But, like almost everything at Christmastime, these are all dressed up!

The first, and most loved by my little ones: Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

It couldn’t be easier to make and it looks so pretty in a glass jar.

Mix together the hot cocoa powder of your choice, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. Decorate the jar with pretty ribbon and the heating instructions, and you have a very sweet gift that will warm up your loved ones on a cold, wintry day!

To see the complete Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

To continue reading and see my two other favorite gifts to make, click here and head over to GirlPowerHour.com.

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And one last thing...

to those of you who have been here from the start, those of you who showed up while I was gone, and everyone in between...

thanks for sticking around and waiting!

It means the world to me.

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Thank you *




22 comments:

Holly said...

I'm so glad you're back!!! I just couldn't delete you from my blog list...love your posts too much!!! thanks for sharing some of your favorite gifts!

Jessica said...

Yay!! We have missed you...So happy to see that you are blogging again!

m e g a n said...

I was hoping we'd see you again! Welcome back!!!

Meg

Brandi said...

I am sooo happy to see your blog show up in my dashboard this morning! Welcome back Karla! I missed you and your posts. I hope you and your family are well. Take care!!

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

You just don't know how many times I have clicked on your link thinking there was something wrong with my blog listing and have read Green with Envy many times now..lol. So glad to see you back!! and I will have to go over and follow you on the Girl Power blog. Sounds like you have been very busy!

Kristine

Anjanette said...

i'm glad you are in my google reader so I didn't miss that you were back.

Leslie said...

Welcome back!

Carli said...

Very glad to see your back-Everyone needs a break sometime! I look forward to your future posts!

Carolyn said...

Yay, you're back!! You have one of my favorite homes (I still look back at your beautiful photos for inspiration) and I am so glad we get to hear more from you!

too Blessed to Stress said...

welcome back! I just recently started back too. Always good to take a break when life is crazy... always good to come back :) looking forward to your upcoming posts.

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Barbara Rocha said...

Great to have you back.
Barb

AlpineFleur said...

Welcome back from another new face. Your blog has been a go-to source for me the past few months and I look forward to reading more.

Antonia said...

So glad you are back! I kept watching and waiting patiently. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

blondiensc said...

Karla!! Welcome back Sweet girl!! We missed you! xo

Jen Gilday said...

So glad you're back! I check back periodically, hoping for a new post from you. So am happy to see you are back online!!

Jen
athomeinthenorthwest.blogspot.com

Lizzy said...

Welcome back. It is great to see you posting again. Merry Christmas.

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Like Holly said, I couldn't delete you from my reader because 1. I still reference your blog all the time for ideas & such and 2. I just knew you would come back at some point! Can't wait for lots of updates from you coming soon I hope!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Like Holly said, I couldn't delete you from my reader because 1. I still reference your blog all the time for ideas & such and 2. I just knew you would come back at some point! Can't wait for lots of updates from you coming soon I hope!

Mrs.CFH2 said...

If anyone knows about taking blog breaks it's me! It's so refreshing when you come back and your readers are still there for you! :)

B said...

Yay, you're back! I'm so glad. x

Becca said...

Glad you're back. We've missed you!

Becca

Rocio @ Casa Haus said...

So glad you're back! Happy New Year!