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Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Happy day after Christmas! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on our Christmas house tour. My Christmas dreams came true and we ended up with a white Christmas Eve and Christmas day! Can you believe it? That’s such a rare gift in Seattle. It’s amazing what a fresh blanket of white snow can do to set a magical Christmas mood. It made staying home all the more special.

The snow started falling late afternoon, so our little family and pack of pups all nestled in safe and sound for a cozy Christmas Eve together. The dogs were mesmerized by the snow! They had a blast running around, tasting it and just enjoying the sensation of it all.

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

We all put on our jammies and comfy slippers (these are our family favorite slippers), played games, listened to Christmas songs, watched movies, and read the Christmas story.

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Christmas morning we gathered in the kitchen to make our traditional family breakfast of “puffs” (puff pancakes, aka Dutch Babies) as well as bagels (for the vegan members of our family), French press coffee, mimosas and coconut milk holiday nog. We also had yummy apple sage “sausages” from Field Roast. Mmmm, it was all so good.

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

We’ve been making Dutch Babies since my girls were little. We add lemon and powdered sugar, but you can add fruit or syrup or whatever you like. Our Dutch Baby “Puffs” recipe is below:

Dutch Baby Recipe

Butter: 1/3 cup
Eggs: 4
Milk & Flour: 1 cup each
Vanilla: 1 tsp

Put butter in 3-4 qt. pan and set in 425 degree oven.
Mix batter as quickly as butter melts.
Put eggs in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute.
While motor is running, gradually pour in milk, the slowly add the flour; continue blending for about 30 seconds. Add a teaspoon or more (I love more!) of vanilla.

Remove pan from oven and pour batter into hot melted butter.

Bake until puffed, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar.

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

Never a dull moment with all these pups in the house.

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

For the next couple days we’ll be continuing on the Christmas festivities with family in town! We’ll be watching Father of the Bride (my fave) and hanging out in our cozy pants. :)

What are some of your family’s favorite after-Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear!

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

The Inspired Room Christmas Shops

Merry Merry Snow Day & Dutch Babies

The Inspired Room Gift Guides

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Welcome to our home, sweet friends! I’m absolutely honored that you would take the time to visit us in this busy season. Come on in!

We put together a fun little Christmas video of our home for you, so you’re invited to take a peek at it now or before you go! Click to open YouTube to watch full screen!

If you are new or haven’t stopped by in awhile, I’m so glad you’re here! In case you’re wondering where in the world we live, we moved to this little brick house in Seattle just a little over two years ago. It feels like home to us, we really love it here. Our backyard overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. I feel like we have the best of two worlds, city life and a very quiet retreat with views of sunsets, snowcapped mountains, and the water.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Kitchen Remodel Details / Small Tree – Balsam Hill / Wreath & Dish Towel – Birch Lane

We remodeled our kitchen and worked a few other projects this past year, so this is actually our first holiday season where we don’t feel like our house is torn apart. :)

We have plenty more projects we hope to work on in this house, but for now we’re just settled in and feeling snug as bug for the winter!

Christmas House Tour 2017Mug

I definitely try to make our home to feel a little more magical and memorable at Christmas. We mostly focus on savoring those meaningful intangibles that matter to us the most. Our faith, family, pups, old and new traditions and memories. But to create the mood, I love to sprinkle in a bit of Christmas sparkle through the house with a bit of greenery, a few little trees, cozy textures, twinkling lights, special seasonal items and even a few whimsical mementos here and there.

Christmas House Tour 2017
Repurposed Log Holder

Thanks to the hustle and bustle of modern life, I feel like it’s tempting to start to skipping traditions or not even put out Christmas decor in an attempt to slow down the pace. But even though we don’t hold onto a lot, it’s still important to our family to bring out a few special things that spark family stories and memories from years gone by. There is something comforting and nourishing about those familiar Christmas traditions!

Christmas House Tour 2017

All of my non-Christmas kitchen remodel sources are here.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Yes, if you are new here, we do have two Dutch doors in our home! They are my favorite so I couldn’t stop at adding just one. You can find the details on both of them here. The boxwood wreath and cute tree doormat are from Birch Lane.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Lights – Barn Light Electric (more details in this post)

This is our little front entry hall! The boxwood garland is from Birch Lane (I can’t remember where I got the boxwood stars, I’ve had them for a few years now. They keep beautifully!).

Christmas House Tour 2017

Galvanized Wall Hooks

Christmas House Tour 2017

The botanicals were from Ballard Designs, but they are unfortunately no longer available. Here is a post with lots of other botanical sources, though! The little bench was from Target a few years ago (I just threw a winter scarf over it for coziness).

Christmas House Tour 2017Framed Chalkboard / Zinc Card Holder

Christmas House Tour 2017

AWWW!

Christmas House Tour 2017

I’ve literally wrapped two gifts. Only two. Plus I have one gift bag, which I don’t know if I can technically count as gift wrap. I still have time, right?

Christmas House Tour 2017

Our tree is informal and just like our home, it is never too serious!

Even though our dogs STILL dismantle the tree and eat our ornaments (Jack is 6 1/2 now, so I’m really not sure when he will get over his puppyhood), we still try to salvage a few animals for the tree. This little guy is a new one and I put him WAY up high for safety.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Woven Shades (discount code!)  / Rattan Day Bed  / Knit Blanket

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

 Christmas House Tour 2017
Sectional: Interior Define 110″ Caitlin Chaise Sectional in Narwhal Mod Velvet

Christmas House Tour 2017

I don’t know about you, but pups in red flannel scarves bring me joy.

Christmas House Tour 2017

Galvanized metal houses Birch Lane / Shop more Christmas houses here / Lamps

Christmas House Tour 2017

 Christmas House Tour 2017

We always have our diffuser going with winter blends. Our house smells like Christmas right now (Christmas Spirit blend and Peppermint oil)–it’s heavenly! (Info on the diffuser can be found here).

Christmas House Tour 2017

White Velvet Stockings / Houses – Target / Footstool – Birch Lane

Christmas House Tour 2017
Tree and tree collar – Balsam Hill

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Snowmen Marshmallows

Christmas House Tour 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017

Guest Bedroom Makeover / Chandelier  / Curtains  / Let it Snow Pillow is from Birch Lane

Christmas House Tour 2017

Luke’s Bedroom

My son’s room is looking pretty festive with his tree, but I didn’t manage to take any Christmas photos of our little master bedroom for this post.

If I get inspired to take some photos I’ll share them in a future post. I did put up a couple of table top trees in our room so it feels very cozy! I’ll probably want the little trees to stay up through the winter, I love the white lights at night (honest confession, we left a white birch tree up ALL YEAR in our bedroom this last year!).

Christmas House Tour 2017Tin Luminaries, Doormat & Wreath – Birch Lane

Before I let you go, I couldn’t resist sharing one more photo of Jack.

It just makes me laugh every time I see it. I feel like he’s got the whole “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear” thing down. Don’t you think?

Christmas House Tour 2017

If you didn’t watch our video Christmas tour, don’t forget to scroll up to watch it or click here!

I’m joining in with a small group of friends who are offering virtual Christmas tours this week, so go pay them a visit! Their homes are so pretty and welcoming.

Just a Girl
Home Stories A to Z
Honey We’re Home
Tatertots and Jello
Hi Sugarplum
A Thoughtful Place
Not Just a Housewife
Pretty Handy Girl
Centsational Style
The Inspired Room
320 Sycamore
Thrifty Decor Chick

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Christmas House Tour 2017

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