Happy Friday Friends!
We still have a bit of a world of white and I'm doing final shopping, wrapping of gifts, and my Mom and I did a lot of our baking...so I am full force feeling the Christmas spirit! Hope you are able to enjoy wherever you are with things as well!! I am hoping to be back for Happy Homemaker Monday's the next couple weeks, but other than that I am taking a break from blogging through Christmas and the first part of the New Year to enjoy quality family time while my kiddos will be home on school break. So today I'm sharing some fun and easy holiday recipes and crafts. Since I won't have many posts over the next 2 weeks, I've got lots of pictures so grab some cocoa & get ready to sit a spell...
Recipe: Sugared Pecans
These are one of my favorite things to make for the holidays! They are so popular with others that I also give a lot of these out as gifts. Just package them up in a pretty and festive tin, and you literally have a sweet gift to share. You can find the recipe for them in this post from the past.
Also, I thought I'd share this fun decorating idea:
I found these old neat metal letters in an antique store several years ago. With the letters I found I knew I wanted to spell out a holiday word - as they were already painted a nice red. So I thought of the word "noel" as I could find most of the letters...however alas there was no "o". So I bought them anyway and thought I'd figure out something. Well, I had this little red berry wreath that was the same size as the letters and voila - there was my "o"! I think neat vintage letters like these can be a neat way to make a fun decorating statement. Be creative!
Recipe: Reindeer Cookies
These are such a fun and easy way to have decorated sugar cookies. Simply take a log of sugar cookie dough. Squeeze one end - all the way through the tube - to make a kind of triangle shape. Cut out slices and bake. Use the pointier bottom as the reindeer nose an place an m&m candy. Use chocolate chips for eyes and pretzels for antlers.
The other day I was caregiving for my MIL and we often color in adult coloring books. Well I decided to be creative and used my water color pencils to create some of my own "art work".
They are really fun to doodle with - as once you make some "doodle's", you can soften them with water and make more of a water color picture. I had fun creating a winter sunset scene. But there are creative things that can be done with this kind of art work - maybe making homemade ornaments, or something to frame, or even use in some scrapbooking. So fun!
Recipe: faux turtles
These are so tasty - all the flavors of a turtle candy - but so much easier to make. Simply take mini pretzels and place a rolo candy on top. Bake in a 350* oven for about 3 minutes. When you take them out of the oven place a pecan halve into the chocolate while it's still hot. Let them cool and set. So yummy! Another one to package and give away too.
Here's another fun thing I did while doodling with my water color pencils.
After doodling and playing with color on some white card stock, I used some soft Christmas pins that I had and pinned them to the front to make some festive cards. Such a fun way to decorate a card to send someone - and then they can take off the pin and keep it as a gift!
Recipe: Christmas Almond Bark
Another festive - but easy recipe that is great for gift giving. Simply take white chocolate almond bark. Melt it in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals on 50% power, stirring in between each time. Once bark is fully melted stir in about 1/2 cup or so of shelled pistachios and dried cranberry or cherries. Pour into the size pan of your choice on some parchment paper. Red and green and so yummy! Place in fridge for about 30 minutes and then break into pieces and place in pretty cellophane bags for gift giving.
I love this frame my daughter made for me.
This is a great way to recycle old frames that don't have their glass anymore. Take frame and paint in your choice of color. Then glue on embellishments of your choice. I think several of these would be pretty in a grouping on the wall. Or in this case I used this one as a back drop for my snowman decoration.