Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf | Holiday Baking | Christmas Breakfast Inspiration | Gingerbread Recipe | Holiday Baking Idea | Christmas Party Dessert Inspiration | Holiday Brunch Idea

Evenings look a little bit different around our apartment this time of year. Twinkle lights shimmer on our Christmas tree while a Michael Bublé albums play in the background. When we take breaks from belting out the lyrics to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Ian and I like to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. Ian has been on a real bread kick lately, so I wanted to join in on the fun and make a holiday inspired loaf.

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf | Holiday Baking | Christmas Breakfast Inspiration | Gingerbread Recipe | Holiday Baking Idea | Christmas Party Dessert Inspiration | Holiday Brunch Idea

I dug up a recipe for a festive gingerbread loaf and decided to give it a go. It may be that I’ve not very adventures when I bake, but breaking out a new bottle of molasses made me feel like I was making something special. I was nervous to try a recipe outside of my comfort zone, but while the loaf baked in the oven, the warm aroma of gingerbread filled our kitchen and put me at ease. By the smell of it, this loaf was going to be a new favorite!

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf | Holiday Baking | Christmas Breakfast Inspiration | Gingerbread Recipe | Holiday Baking Idea | Christmas Party Dessert Inspiration | Holiday Brunch Idea

Drizzled with frosting, this loaf couldn’t look anymore festive. Paired with a cup of tea, this gingerbread loaf makes for a cheeky breakfast option or afternoon snack. It can also be tied up with a ribbon and gifted to a friend during the holiday season.

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. flour
  • 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C. molasses
  • 3/4 C. hot water
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 1/3 C. applesauce
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbs. milk
  • Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease a loaf pan.

Directions:

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Slowly stir in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pout batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • While the loaf cools, mix together the icing ingredients.
  • Once the loaf is at room temp, drizzle icing over the top of the loaf.
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DIY Yarn Tabletop Trees

DIY Christmas Trees

The holidays can be an expensive time of year. Between purchasing gifts, hosting parties, and decorating your home, your wallet can take a hit. One way to keep expenses down is DIY holiday decor. For example, while out shopping I saw a set of these tabletop Christmas trees listed for $30 and knew I could make them at home for far less.

DIY Christmas Trees

I quickly ran to Walmart to pick up my supplies which rang up to $10. Quite a steal if you ask me! Especially since I plan on using the leftover yarn in lieu of ribbon this year to tie gift tags on our Christmas presents. Another pleasant surprise was discovering these trees only take a few minutes to make. Needless to say, you have to try this DIY out for yourself! I think the mini trees are cute on their own, but you could play around with varying tree heights to make a statement piece for your home as well.

DIY Christmas Trees

DIY Yarn Tabletop Trees

Materials:

Directions:

  • Add a thin layer of glue around the Styrofoam cone
  • Wrap the cone tightly in yarn, adding a few overlapping layers for texture
  • Stick two of the large glitter stars together and glue to the top of the tree
  • Decorate the tree with varying sizes of the glitter star stickers
  • Enjoy!

Anthropologie Inspired: DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Years have come and gone without a white Christmas, but the holiday always feels more festive with a blanket of snow covering the ground outside. We definitely are not lacking in snow up in Wisconsin this year, but it felt like it took a while to arrive. Therefore, when I looked up at the calendar and realized Christmas was less than a week away it took me by surprise!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

We’ve barely made a dent on our holiday to-do list and I feel like I’m running out of time! Christmas cookies have yet to be baked, presents need to be wrapped and last minute DIY’s need to be made!  Normally I would set aside time on the weekend to check off all these items, but that ship has sailed and I have to make the most of my evenings. Therefore, I’m forced to be efficient and Pinterest fails are not an option!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

If you are in the same boat as me, this easy Anthropologie inspired holiday bauble is just what you are looking for. All you need to do is run to the store, pick up a few white Christmas baubles and sharpies – then you are ready to decorate! You can personalize the baubles our draw your favorite design. These are sweet stocking stuffers and look beautiful tied on top of presents.