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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

December 23, 2013 duchessoffork 1

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. 6 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of hi …

Momma’s Christmas List

December 20, 2013 duchessoffork 4

The holidays are much more joyful and exciting with children in the mix. Julia’s face lights up when she sees the Christmas tree or we mention Santa. She loves playing with the nativity set and rearranging Jesus and Mary and “Barry.” Buying presents for the …

Mac is 9 Months

December 18, 2013 duchessoffork 1

Mac was nine months on December 14th, but with the holidays and a major sinus infection, I’m just getting around to writing his update. Sweet Mac Man, It’s impossible for me to believe that you are 3/4 of a year old! In fact, I just ordered your birthday gift and …

Ella Madison Infinity Scarf Giveaway!

December 13, 2013 duchessoffork 4

One of my dear friends, Heather, owns Ella Madison Boutique. She opened it as an online store a year ago, and it was such a huge success that she opened a boutique storefront just a few weeks ago. I am so proud of Heather! The boutique is just fabulous. It’s overflowing …

Gift Ideas for Toddler Girls

December 9, 2013 duchessoffork 2

This will be Julia’s third Christmas and I think she finally “gets it” this year. She’s still a little foggy on the details of the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus, but she understands that it’s a magical time and results in presents. I’m sti …

Daybreak Crochet {Comfy Cozy Giveaway!}

December 4, 2013 duchessoffork 35

Tis the season to be cozy! Well, if you live in Florida like me, you’re still wearing flip flops and sweating as you walk to the mail box. But for the rest of the nation, I imagine you’re curled up by the fire while snow slowly falls outside. Must be nice. Even th …

Thanksgiving 2013

December 2, 2013 duchessoffork 0

Well, we did it. We successfully hosted 14 members of our family for a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I was too busy in the kitchen to fully document the day, but here are some highlights. Lots of loving from my very own butterball turkey. I didn’t get a single p …

Festive {and easy!} Spiral Mesh Wreaths

November 25, 2013 duchessoffork 0

Yesterday I made the most fun and festive mesh wreaths and they were easy as pie! I made two for our front doors during one afternoon nap session. Not too shabby, eh? And let me tell you…Martha Stewart I am not. If I can make these, you can, too. I followed this video t …

Hosting My First Thanksgiving

November 20, 2013 duchessoffork 8

Thanksgiving is easily one of my favorite holidays. It’s no secret that our family loves to eat, and we love to be together. I have many fond memories of Thanksgivings past. My mom would often host up to 40 of our family members from Tallahassee to New York to Colorado. …

Slow Cooker Spicy Pepper Beef

November 18, 2013 duchessoffork 0

This recipe is a fool-proof, tried and true favorite. And three ingredients? You can’t beat that! I got the recipe from my mother-in-law who got the recipe from her sister-in-law. When I posted it on Instagram, a lot of you chimed in with your own variations. Some peopl …