Eggnog Glazed Donuts @themerrythoughtApparently I’m really into fancying up store bought treats this season. But I think that’s a good thing. Because easy always = good. Don’t worry, still lots of baking happening in this house too (like these cookies, and these, these cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning, planning on making these for my dad, this for Christmas day and Caitlin’s secret prayer is that I can find time to make these again). So with all the other baking and merry-making happening, sometimes ya just gotta throw in some easy, half homemade-half store bought treats.
And what better way than with eggnog glazed donuts?! Buy plain donuts, add some homemade eggnog glaze (recipe below), and to make them extra festive add some fresh rosemary sprigs sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can even throw some sugared cranberries on the platter if you’re feeling really ambitious. 😉 Perfect for an easy Christmas morning treat or to take to one of the 534 Christmas gatherings you have coming up.Eggnog Glazed Donuts @themerrythoughtEggnog Glazed Donuts @themerrythoughtEggnog Glazed Donuts @themerrythoughtEggnog Glazed Donuts @themerrythoughtEggnog Glazed Donuts

plain donuts
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons eggnog
dash of nutmeg
fresh rosemary – optional (for garnish only)
additional powdered sugar – optional
ground cinnamon – optional

In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of eggnog and a dash of nutmeg. Add in additional eggnog if the glaze is too thick, you want it thick but spreadable. Dip the top half of the donuts into the glaze, set on a piece of wax paper to set. If desired, add a little sprig of fresh rosemary, sift a little bit of powdered sugar over the rosemary and add a light sprinkle of cinnamon to the glaze.
*I used the rosemary as a garnish only. Obviously it’s completely edible, but I only wanted it for looks…
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  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7:50 pm

    Ivory - These looks mouthwatering. Yum!ReplyCancel


DIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtSharing a few last minute gift ideas this week for all the diy-ing procrastinators out there! I’m the worst of them all – I think I’m only giving one handmade gift this year. 🙁 Next year I’ll do better! I had some leftover brass tubing from the circle barrettes that I shared last year and thought these little ring stands would be a fun gift to give to your favorite ring-stacking friend! I’m always looking for new way to display my rings and I’ve shared a couple already like the wooden ring display (that is now in the shop!) and the ring cones – but one more can’t hurt!DIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Pieces of 1″ square dowel (cut to desired height of ring holder, painted if desired)
Brass Tube
Tube Cutter

Watch the video below for the tutorial!

DIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtDIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtDIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtDIY Brass Ring Holder @themerrythoughtHappy gifting!


  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:42 pm

    Cat - Someone on my list next year is just going to get every jewelry organizer DIY you guys have posted- they’re just too good not to make!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 2:09 am

    Kristin - I really love these! I’ll have to give makkng them a try! Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:39 am

    Alicia - Easy and nice DIY, have an idea when to use it. Thanks!ReplyCancel


Monochrome Gift Wrapping + DIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtI can’t believe that Christmas will be here in a week! I’m so looking forward to it and at the same time do not feel ready at all. I’ve still got a little bit of shopping left to do (mostly stocking stuffers, feeling stuck on those this year), lots of cleaning (I’m hosting this year – yikes!) and baking to do, and of course, wrapping. I always have good intentions of getting my gifts bought early and all the wrapping done ahead, but come Christmas Eve, I’m always sitting on my bedroom floor, in a wrapping frenzy!
For wrapping, I like to use a mix of papers, usually kraft paper and some cute Christmas-print wrapping paper. This year, I decided to go a little monochromatic with the kraft paper and use black, white and brown. To keep the monochromatic look, I made my own paper gift bows to match the paper. I’d never made my own gift bows, and it was pretty easy to do. I kept it as simple as possible by just using paper & tape. And of course, you can use any paper you’d like if the monochromatic look isn’t your thing. This is one of those projects that’s a little easier to explain via video, rather than written out – so we have both below. Happy wrapping!Monochrome Gift Wrapping + DIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtDIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtMonochrome Gift Wrapping + DIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtDIY Paper Gift Bows

– paper
– paper cutter
– tape

Directions: Cut paper into four 1”x6” strips, four 1”x5” strips and one 1”x4” strip. Fold the strip to form a loop and tape the back to hold together. Repeat with all but the smallest strip. Take two of the folded 1”x4” strips and tape them together. Repeat with the other two small strips. Set one of the taped together loops inside the other, taping together. Add the larger folded loops to the back of the sets of small loops, taping each one. Fold the last remaining strip into a small circle and tape into the center.

DIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtMonochrome Gift Wrapping + DIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtDIY Paper Gift Bows @themerrythoughtAnd if you’re looking for gift tags for your freshly wrapped gifts, we’ve got a couple printable ones you can use: Hand Illustrated Christmas Gift Tags | Printable Holiday Stickers. And for some fun tags that can also double as a guessing game, check out these tags Caitlin shared last week: DIY Quote Gift Tags.



DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtEach Christmas morning I go over to my dad and Manda’s house and we eat breakfast together and then open gifts. The little brothers have a Christmas morning ritual of making little piles of gifts next to each person’s seat – they grab a present from under the tree, read who it’s for and then run them over to that person’s seat. Now that they’ve all got a firm grasp of reading, it goes a lot quicker than when they would have to ask whose name was on each gift. So last year while watching them pass out gifts I decided to start a note in my phone of quotes from family members throughout the year and use their quotes as their Christmas tags rather than writing their name. That way when the boys read out the quotes they get to guess who said it! And from all the quotes I’ve collected from them this year, I think they’ll find it quite amusing! You can definitely tell they’re all from boys under the age of 12 – ha! This project definitely takes a bit of planning if you don’t already save quotes from your kids or family members. Haha! But it’s never too early to start planning for next year. 😉DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Blank tags
-A year’s worth of quotes from family & friends 🙂DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythought-Caitlin


DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtIt’s hard to believe that Christmas is just over a week away! Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy some slower moments during all the busyness of the season. We’re looking forward to a few more Christmas gatherings with family and friends in the upcoming week and put together this rosemary garland to add a simple, festive touch to our party table. We love that it’s easy and quick to make — definitely a must during this busy time of year — and that it adds a bit of natural greenery to the table. We’re sharing the tutorial below.DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtBesides keeping it simple with decor, one of our go-tos for effortless entertaining are simple appetizers and desserts. For the last few years, our Christmas day celebration is just appetizers & desserts – no big dinner. It leaves everyone happy & full, and no one is too stressed trying to prep a dinner for our big family (there’s close to 30 of us!). We love putting together simple charcuterie platters for gatherings, not only does it include some of our favorite foods (cheese, meats, crackers!), they’re easy to do. We partnered with 34 Degrees for this gathering and love the flavor and variety of crackers they have, from savory to sweet. We chose 34 Degrees Natural crackers and 34 Degrees Toasted Onion crackers which paired perfectly with the cheese, dip and meats we were serving. 34 Degrees crackers are the key to effortless entertaining – eat them straight from the box or top them with cheese, dips, charcuterie and more!DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtMaterials:
-fresh rosemary
-wired jute twine
-floral wire
-pliers/wire cutters

Attach sprigs of rosemary to the wired jute twine by wrapping with floral wire. Continue until garland is desired length.DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythought

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:09 am

    Sharon Warren - Lovely!ReplyCancel