Posted by: Bethany Davis | December 4, 2010

Christmas Decorating & Cooking

Brian trimming the tree


Last year we celebrated our first Christmas a married couple. To our delight, we were able to spend time with both of our families AND have Christmas morning in our own apartment. With a low budget, we posted about our simple Christmas decorating.

This year, it’s the same theme, but with a big bonus… A Christmas tree! Driving past our apartment dumpster (where we also acquired our tandem) we noticed something odd in front. I hopped out of the car to take a look, and low and behold, it was an artificial, white Christmas tree! (Doesn’t “artificial” sound better than “fake” tree?) 🙂

We brought it up to our apartment and with a few minutes of attention, ta da! We had our first, lovely Christmas tree.


Hot Beef Dip

It seems each holiday season I find one Hors d’œuvre recipe I love. Last year it was Brie En Croute, this year its my mom’s Hot Beef Dip. We brought it to a Christmas party last night, and have been enjoying munching on the leftovers all today!


3 to 4 oz dried beef, minced (found in pouches by the pepperoni or in  jars by tuna)
2 8-oz pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 pint sour cream
1 med. onion, chopped & sautéed (about 1/3 cup)
Crackers (I like Ritz!)


Mix ingredients (minus the crackers), pour into a greased one qt sized baking dish. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. Serve warm with crackers. Enjoy!



  1. Oh, that is so fun! You guys are going to have to visit that dumpster even after you move on:) Great finds!

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