Christmas

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The 2015 Olio in Iowa Holiday Gift Guide

With snowy weather and cold turkey sandwiches leftover from Thanksgiving comes one of my favorite holiday traditions—the gift guide. Whether the items are realistic gift ideas or simply extravagantly curated lists, I can’t help how much I love browsing guides from all corners of the Internet…

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Exploring the Tannenbaum Forest

One of the best parts of exploring the Amana Colonies during the holiday season was our visit to the Tannenbaum Forest. Located inside the Festhalle Barn across from the Amana Visitors’ Bureau, it’s pretty hard not to feel jolly when you step inside the forest lit with hundreds of warmly growing Christmas lights…

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DIY Eats: Peppermint Marshmallows

I’ve been dying to try these peppermint marshmallows forever. Since I got a candy thermometer for Christmas (dream big, you guys), I decided our recent polar vortex was the perfect time to do a little marshmallow making…

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Happy Holidays!

For the next few days I plan on unplugging, wearing only pajama pants and spending some much deserved time lounging around with my family. Oh, and eating half my weight in holiday treats and sweets—self control can wait until the new year…

Holiday Latte

Larsen’s Christmas Lights Show

I’m a big fan of elaborate holiday lights displays. Though some friends and I drove through Jolly Holiday Lights a few weeks ago, now that I’m home for the holidays I thought it might be fun to find something festive a little closer to suburban Chicago. Thankfully over the weekend a friend asked if I’d like to tag along with her and her family to the Larsen Christmas Lights Show in Elburn, IL…