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Christmas dining room & favorite treat

Fresh greens
mixed garlands & wreaths
simple whites and a little bit of bling
 All are some of my favorites for Christmas touches in a room.

Simple but elegant is perfect for me- it feels warm and inviting 
and brings a special holiday magic & ambiance to a room 

The dining room in our home is dressed quietly with just a few touches
 of fresh greens mixed with whites 

The oversized chalkboard is draped in a mixed pine garland.
I love the greens against the black board.

Fresh clippings of cedar are placed in the chandeliers

while white tureens filled with narcissus march down the center of the table.

A stack of simple but elegant white dishes

These are Mikasa and are some of my favorites for special table settings
 and simple everyday elegance.

You might notice a little treat set on the table too

I don't make a ton of cookies and treats for the Holidays
but there are a couple that I do make every year.
This one is a favorite 

 I found the recipe years ago in a Pillsbury cookbook or magazine or something like that
and we have been making them every year since.

I like to place them in something pretty like little silver cupcake liners
to give as part of a treat for friends and family or to set out for a party.

We always use Hersheys Hugs- with white and milk chocolate 
but I have made them with regular chocolate as well and they are

I promised to share the recipe a couple weeks ago on FB
 so here you go!!

This is the original recipe courtesy of Pillsbury 
(you can also find it on their website)

Fudgy Bon Bons

(12-oz.) pkg. (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
cup margarine or butter
(14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
cup finely chopped nuts, if desired
teaspoon vanilla
milk chocolate candy drops or pieces, unwrapped
oz. white chocolate baking bar or vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
teaspoon shortening or oil
1Heat oven to 350°F. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate chips and margarine; cook and stir over very low heat until chips are melted and smooth. (Mixture will be stiff.) Add condensed milk; mix well.
2Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, nuts, chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix well. Shape 1 tablespoon dough (use measuring spoon) around each milk chocolate candy, covering completely. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3Bake at 350°F. for 6 to 8 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cookies will be soft and appear shiny but will become firm as they cool. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
4Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine baking bar and shortening; cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until set. Store in tightly covered container.

They are one of those cookies that it is hard to eat just one...or even just 5 of.
So enjoy responsibly- your workout routine will thank you 

I also shared 5 easy last minute gifts over on the HomeGoods blog 
if you are looking for something quick just a couple days before Christmas 

Happy Sunday everyone

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  1. Thank you for a tasty recipe, Courtney. Everything looks so elegant and beautiful at your home. I wish you a Merry Christmas!

    Satu from Finland

  2. Everything looks so beautiful. Thanks tons for the fabulous recipe, these cookies look delicious. I hope you have a Very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  3. What a nice and elegant looking!
    Merry Christmas with your dear family!
    Rengin, in Istanbul

  4. Simply beautiful as with all you share, Courtney. The bon bons look so pretty and sound delicious.
    Merry Christmas ~ Sarah

  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and yummy recipe! I love all the fresh greenery in your home, and the green and white touches are perfect!

    Have added you to my blog roll and looking forward to the inspiration you will, no doubt, continue to share.

    Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!

  6. Courtney, Your home looks beautiful decorated for the holiday and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. The bonbons look delicious! I love your fresh greenery. Your home is so elegant during the holidays!


  8. How beautiful and serene. Merry Christmas Courtney!

  9. Hi Courtney!!!

    I love the simplicity of your dining room!!! I love how the green pops out at you and the whites seem brighter(sounds like a commercial I once heard LOL!!).

    The set of dishes are really elegant and perfect for any occasion and not just ones you use just once a year!!

    Here's hoping this time of year finds you and your family happy, healthy, and safe!! Enjoy!!!


  10. Beautiful, beautiful photos Courtney. Everything looks so simple and yet elegant. Merry Christmas.

  11. Buon Natale Courtney from Umbria, Italy. I hope the following days will be filled with joy and that you "riposa un po'".

    Best Wishes and thanks for your beautiful blog.