Mr. Grumpy finally caved in and let me decorate the apartment for Christmas. I had wanted to decorate before Thanksgiving, but despite my pleas, Mr. Grumpy asked me to “press pause on my Christmas cheer.” Yes, that’s a direct quote. Mr. Grumpy thinks I have too many Christmas decorations and he gets very grumptastic when I ask him to help me unload the three Tupperware containers I have full of red and green everything.
Last Sunday, he promised we could decorate the tree. But as I started unpacking my box of ornaments, I began discovering way more decorations than I had remembered we had. So, needless to say things got a little out of hand. I was hanging up decorations on the mantle, in our entry way, the bathrooms and our bedrooms, and all the while Mr. Grumpy was standing at the tree wondering when the madness would be over. Needless to say, we had to take a 24-hour break from Christmas-ing until Mr. Grumpy could muster up the rest of the strength he needed to get through trimming the tree. So, by Tuesday, it was finally done. Here are some pics!
This is a fun DIY paper banner I got at Target. The package was supposed to include a ribbon, but when Ashley and I opened up the package, there was no ribbon, so we improvised and used yarn. That did not work that well – so about an hour later this was finally done. Phew!
(This was also a super fun DIY project – and way easier than the ornament wreaths that you have to glue. All you do is take a wire hanger, pull it into a circle, unscrew the hook so you have two open ends, string the ornaments on the wire, twist the hanger closed and tie a ribbon at the top! I made this for a friend as her Xmas present… so shhhh!)
Have you made any holiday decor from things you’ve seen on Pinterest? Share in the comments below!
Now, I wanted to make sure I had something sweet to feed Mr. Grumpy for his service. So, I made him this pie recipe that I found on Kitchen Meets Girl and sent to Suzie Q to try out. She loved it … a lot. So I decided I’d give it a try. The thing was that I was feeling a bit lazy and didn’t want to go through all the steps in the recipe I found. So, I simplified it completely – making it a truly no-bake pumpkin marshmallow pie. Let’s just say that pie was gone by Wednesday. So, if you’re looking for a pie to make for the holidays, trust me – this may be the one.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 pre-made graham cracker crust (I get the Keebler brand)
- 1 egg
- 1 can pumpkin purée
- 1 cup low-fat Cool Whip
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 bag of mini marshmallows
- Chocolate sauce (like you’d put on top of an ice cream sundae)
- Other topping ideas: candied pecans, more Cool Whip (obvi), mini chocolate chips…
First, whisk the egg and brush it on the pre-made crust. Pop that in a 350 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes, until the crust is slightly browned. You can completely skip this process, but I do this because it seals the crumbs in nicely so your crust doesn’t crumble apart. Make sure your crust cools completely before you put your pie filling in.
While that’s cookin’ in the oven, in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine pumpkin purée, cinnamon and marshmallows. Stir constantly until it’s all mixed together and smooth. Let that cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from the fridge and using a handheld mixer, whip for about 1-2 minutes until it’s smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip.
Pour the pumpkin mixture into your crust and smooth the top so it’s even. Put the lid on it (most pre-made crusts come with a nice, plastic lid). Let that cool in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight before you eat it. Drizzle your favorite toppings – we used chocolate sauce – on top, and enjoy!
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