Christmas at the farm

Today is the first day of December, and traditionally I start all my decorating today. I started a little earlier this year in the house with the tree, but I did my outside decor today. I went out and foraged all kinds of greens on our farm today, my spruce trees needed some trimming on the bottom and the junipers (cedar) shrubs as well so it worked out well.

This large wreath I made for the barn was SO easy. I simply created a “frame” with the heavier spruce cuts and zip tied them together and then added on top of that, there is no hard technique, I just kept adding until it looked as full as I wanted. I use alot of burlap and jute with my decor simply because it’s my style, simple and rustic.

And who isn’t in love with Command Hooks these days, they hold basically everything – even outside in the cold weather, that is how I attached it to the barn.

If you are looking to make or have your own real greenery for decoration and don’t live in the country, you can always check in your local hardware store to see if they have any greens that they are disposing of from the sales of their Christmas trees, as well they do sell the greens and they are pretty affordable. If you are in Alberta, my go to is Lowes – they are about $7 a bunch.

OK! and now to share my recipe for my FAVORITE recipe of the season. By rights I should not be making it this early because it is so dangerous. Having this stuff around makes it SO hard not to just grab a handful all the time as you pass by the bowl – yikes! Enjoy my friends, hopefully it will become one of your family fav’s too.

LITTLE COUNTRY MAMAS CHRISTMAS MIX

  • Peanuts – 1 cup
  • Almonds – 1 cup
  • Pretzel Sticks – 3 cups
  • Crispix cereal – 3 cups
  • Cheese Bits – 1 box
  • Cheese Nips – 1 box
  • Ranch mix 1 package ( I prefer Hidden Valley)
  • Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Worcestershire Sauce 1 TBSP
  • Sugar 1/2 TBSP

Melt the butter and add the Ranch Seasoning, Sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Put all ingredients into a slow cooker, pour butter mixture over top – make sure all pieces are coated. Turn on low and cook for a couple hours, make sure you mix it from time to time, it will burn even on low – YUMMMMM!

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