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Christmas Cookie & Cocoa Party

              Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I can't believe we are now 1 week away from Christmas! I am so excited!! I wanted to share a fun and festive party I hosted last week that was full of friendship, fun, and festive treats. I had my girlfriends over from our community group last week for a cookie & cocoa party at our house. We had such a good time (even though we were on a sugar high) haha! It was a lot of fun to have them over and spend time with them while enjoying some holiday treats. 

              I made hot chocolate in a crock pot including a dairy free hot chocolate as well since of my friends doesn't eat/drink dairy. The cookies that I made included a sugar cookie, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip, chocolate ritz crackers, and I purchased gingerbread men and peppermint pretzels from Trader Joe's to add to the cookie tray. I added in some mini candy canes as well. For a salty treat, I made a big batch of holiday party mix (which is always a crowd pleaser) and bought some whipped feta and roasted pepper dip from kroger as a nice salty treat. The girls brought some more cheese & crackers and a few other salty treats as well to balance out the sugar. We had a great time catching up, sharing stories, and enjoying a Christmas night together. I already can't wait to host another one next year :) I hope you enjoy this post and hope this inspires you to create your own Christmas party or cocoa bar. Have a great week and enjoy all the fun moments before and during Christmas! xoxo Tesla 


Home Decor: Holiday Home Decor 2018

                     Happy Monday!! Our Holiday Home Decor is on the blog today! Give me all the red & plaid :) I like to re-use a lot of the same items from year to year because I always enjoy a lot of red, green, and plaid for the Holiday season. I love this table runner I found last year at Homegoods. I wanted to re-use it this year in the same spot with the same linen napkins because I enjoyed it so much last year! I like to switch up the tree and odds and ends around the house from the year before but overall, my Holiday decor taste hasn't changed much over the last couple of years. I know it might be different next year with a little one running around but this year I will enjoy all the red and plaid details :) 

                I love this time of year so much, as you already know! I love the gathering of family, cooking & baking for others, decorating, and the reason for the season, celebrating the birth of Jesus. I can't believe we are only a couple weeks away from Christmas. Time has definitely flown by and my pregnancy has gone very quick! We are anxiously awaiting our best gift of all in January and we can't wait to meet him. We are always thankful for all that God has done for us and all that we can do for him but this year brings a whole new meaning for us. This is also, the very first time I am hosting Christmas at our house. Due to not being able to travel far in December because of the baby, my family is making their way here to our house to celebrate and I am actually very excited! I say that because you all know I always want to be home in Indiana for any Holiday especially Christmas and this year will be totally different, but I am adjusting to the idea and excited to have all of my loved ones here with us. 

               I hope you are all enjoying this time of year and taking time to slow down, count your blessings, and enjoy the holiday season. I hope you enjoy the pictures below of our home decor this year! Have a great week and Merry Christmas :) xoxo Tesla


Recipe: Cherry Cheesecake Dip

                   Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week! I wanted to share a yummy recipe with you today that I tried about two weeks ago for the first time and loved it! I co-hosted a Beautycounter & Doterra party with my friend Holly, and I made this dip for a dessert. This is a great dip for the Holidays and thought you might want the recipe as well. This is such an easy dip to make and it looks very festive as well. This is a crowd pleaser :) I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.

-1 8oz package of cream cheese 
-1 7oz jar of marshmallow cream
-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1 8oz tub of cool whip
-1 21 oz can of cherry pie filling 
-1 dark chocolate bar (used to shave pieces for the topping)
-graham crackers or vanilla wafers to serve with and used for dipping

-In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, marshmallow cream, and vanilla extract on medium speed until mixed 
-Then, add in your cool whip and stir until combined
-Pour the cheesecake mixture into a pie dish and spread evenly. 
-Then top it off with the cherry pie filling and chocolate shavings
-Serve immediately or you can also cover and refrigerate before serving
-Serve with vanilla wafers or graham crackers & enjoy :)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy! xoxo Tesla