My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Share Your Cup Thursday #130

Hello my friends and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).  The party where you share the things that make you happy.

My oh my is this month ever flying by.  Hard to believe that Christmas is just a week away.

I want to thank all of you who linked up to both SYC and our 'Creating Christmas' party. I had so much fun!

I know it's a busy time of year and I appreciate you taking the time to share!

Speaking of being busy. . .I have not found the time to visit as much as I want to.  So instead of doing features today I am going to feature a few posts starting Monday and right up until the new year.  I am amazed at what I have seen so far!

I wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!

Because of Christmas and New Years falling on a Thursday I've decided that I will take a short break from SYC.  It will return Jan. 8th.

Now let’s get this party started!

1.  I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
2.  Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three and please do not link up the same thing you linked up last week.
3.  Please have a link back to this post. That way others will know where the party is. Feel free to grab my button on the sidebar if you’d like. Only those with a link back will be featured.
4.  Please find time to visit at least two other participants. It’s a great way to find new friends!

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  

They help to fill my cup!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Home Tour

Hello my friends, the holidays are passing by so quickly.  I can’t believe that Christmas is only 10 days away.

Although I shared quite a bit of my Christmas home last week with our Creating Christmas link party I wanted to take you on a holiday tour.  I absolutely love this time of year and Christmas d├ęcor just makes our homes magical!

I’ve decided that I will share the upstairs today and save the basement for another post.  Way too many photos!

I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking.  If you want to see more,  just click on any of the red fonts.

We start with our Rustic Front Porch

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Now let’s step into
the entry



Please come back later this week to see more of my village and find out what the chalkboard banner is spelling.




The Living Room
and Mantle





The family room













frosty table


Christmas Kitchen



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I hope you enjoyed the tour and will want to come back for more!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

White Fudge

Hello my friends,
I’m sure that many of you are like me when it comes to Christmas baking. . .we all have our favorites.
For our family it would be English Toffee, Chocolate Melt Aways, Caramels, and Turtles.  There are lots more that we make on our annual ‘Christmas Baking Day’, but these top the list.
Every now and then I like to try something new.
So was the case a couple years ago when one of my friends, Beth shared this recipe for White Fudge.
Some of you know that I am not a huge chocolate lover.  In fact, I can not even eat a piece of regular fudge unless it has lots of nuts to counter act the sweetness.
This fudge is super rich and so I add extra nuts for that same reason.  I usually like pecans, but the walnuts just seem to make this White Fudge.
Now before I give the recipe I’m going to share a little tip from my friend, Peggy.  So simple that you’ll be asking yourself, ‘why didn’t I ever think of that?”.
If you ever give fudge as a gift to neighbors or friends, do NOT cut it up into little serving pieces
Have you ever received fudge on a plate as a gift?  You eat one piece and then before you know it is all dried out.
Instead, cut your fudge into large chunks; wrap it up and gift it that way.  You can put it in a pretty box or whatever, but keep it large my friends!
They can cut it when they are ready to serve it.  If they are like me, they cut a little nibble at a time. lol!
White Fudge
Melt 1/4 c. butter in large pan.  Add 4 cups sugar and 1 pint of Sour Cream.
Bring to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from hear and add 7 oz. Marshmallow Cream, 1 Tbsp. Vanilla, 2 packages of white chocolate chips, and 2 cups chopped walnuts.
Pour into greased 9x12 pan.  Cool and enjoy!

This may become a favorite for you white chocolate lovers.  It may just not cut it for you chocolate lovers.
But then, you’ll never know if you don’t try.

 It’s gradually becoming a favorite of mine.

In fact, both hubby and I love Maple Nut fudge.  Thinking of trying a batch and adding maple. Might be YUM-O!
Off for another nibble, hee-hee!
Merry Christmas,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simple and Sweet Christmas

Hello my friends, today is the final day of our 'Creating Christmas' link party.

Carol from Art and Sand
 will be sharing her 'Sweet and Simple' decor.  If you know Carol, then you know how fabulous her style is!

Now, when it comes to decorating I'm pretty sure my motto is, "The more the merrier'.  lol!  But I think I managed to keep a few things a little bit simpler this year.

I thought that a truckload of tinsel being delivered to decorate the three trees was a sweet idea.  Super simple to throw this vignette together!

This simple vignette is on our basement kitchen table.  We love playing games during the holidays with family and friends so I didn't want to have to move a lot of stuff.

To me it is ever so sweet. . .because the black cookbook belonged to my mother.  Notice the torn binding?  I was going to repair it, but haven't gotten to it yet.  Love seeing her hand written recipes here and there inside!

The basement family room mantle is pretty simple.  Can't believe how quickly things come together when you just throw on a few items.

What's sweet about this is that after Christmas all I have to do is remove the stocking holders and it can be left there for Winter decor.

Sweet snowmen and simple candlelight.

My upstairs mantle is quite simple this year as well.  Came together in about a half an hour.

I love the simple reflection of sweet mercury glass in the tri-fold mirror.

How simple is this olive bucket filled with dried Hydrangeas and topped with a glittery Noel?

And this sweet little Wintry vignette?

The other day I received a package in the mail from sweet
  She sent me A letter 'J' stamp that I had inquired about and guess what came with it?
One of her precious chenille stem Santas.  Love it!

She also included this sweet tag that I added to my nest house.

And last of all I have to show you this sweet thing. . .My friend, Ann's 16 year old daughter, Elise.

She has such a talent for chalkboard art! Her mother sent me a picture of one she created for her.  Teasingly I texted back, "Red Rover, Red Rover, send her right over".

Well a few days later here they came.  

She did all the hard stuff and I just added the greenery.

Simply Sweet!

Remember that all of the links stay open until the 19th.  So please share your fabulous Christmas with each host!  Remember, "The More the Merrier"