Saturday, December 7, 2013
So I'm really good at lists - obsessed, as Hubby would say - so I do really well in the holiday season with keeping track of what we got for which kid (and who it's from). That said, in the past I've often struggled remembering the smaller gifts - for neighbors, friends, co-workers, church family - until the last minute. Ya, shame on me, I know! This year, though, I'm planning ahead and have LOTS of different ideas for some fun little-gift-giving! This is just a simple Cocoa Gift Hat gift that we're giving my daughter's classmates. Super easy, super cute, and super cost-effective!
Gray-patterned (or desired) color paper - for hat
Red (or desired color) paper - for strap across hat
Stamp and ink of choice (I did Merry Christmas in silver ink)
Snowflake sticker, or other cute accent
Clear baggie - I got mine at Walmart
Cocoa - loose powder or a packet
Peppermints, Andies Candies, etc.
Tape or glue
First, print these shapes out. Then use them as stencils to trace your hat and strap shapes.
Glue or tape the strap shape across the hat.
Use the stamp on the left side, accent (sticker) on the right.
Attach the baggie behind the hat with tape or glue. Fill with cocoa (powder or packet), marshmallows and mints.
Have fun with it!!!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Cookies - ah, you wonderful, variety of flavors and options! I could seriously make a dozen kinds of cookies a week, since there's more than I could ever try....but my budget (and waistline) wouldn't exactly agree with that. When I DO get to try some new cookies, though, it's fantastic...especially when they turn out as tasty as these ones! These are full of Cranberry flavor, mixed with some vanilla chips and a hint of orange. Heaven!!!
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. Grated Orange Zest
4 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 cup Dried Cranberries (or craisens...close enough)
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F. Spray or line two large cookie sheets.
With a fork (or mixer) 'smoosh' the Butter and Sugars (Granulated and Brown) together. Add the Egg, Orange Zest, Orange Juice and Vanilla and mix well.
Add the remaining ingredients until well-combined. Scoop onto the cookie sheets.
Bake for 9-14 minutes or until edges start to get slightly browned. Remove, cool a bit, and ENJOY!!!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
For those who don't know, we just moved to Texas last January, from Utah. So this is our first winter here. Now, there's a lot of talk about an ice storm coming this weekend.....Hubbies work Christmas party was rescheduled, our church party was rescheduled....I'm sitting here thinking 'so what, we use to get feet of snow and still had school'. Then I get told 'No, it's not the same. First of all, nobody here knows how to drive in ice or snow, so even if you do there's everyone else that's going to slide into you. Second, it's an ICE storm. We're talking raining ice pellets.' So ya, I'm a bit nervous, and planning to just stay indoors at all costs for the weekend!
If you're stuck inside, for whatever reason, you should definitely make some darling ornaments for your tree! These fun Santa and Elf ones turned out so cute, and were so simple and quick!
Supplies Needed - Each
1 12x12 sheet of colored paper (Elf = green, Santa = red)
Scissors & Tape
Clear/plain glass ornaments
Scraps of black paper
Ribbon (for legs/stockings)
Feet - I printed boots and cut them out
Belt buckle - I printed it and cut it out
Glitter, if desired - I added glitter inside mine for a bit of extra
First, cut the 12x12 paper into strips, about 1" wide, then cut in half.
Roll each piece of paper, then slide it into the ornament through the top opening. Add a bit of glitter and shake around, if desired.
Add strips until desired fullness.
Wrap a strip of black paper around the width of the ornament for the belt. Cut out and add a belt buckle shape.
Tape two pieces of ribbon to the bottom of the ornament, to be the legs/stockings. Glue the boot shapes to each leg.
See, so fun yet so easy - not to mention budget-friendly! Best of all worlds, right?
Stay tuned - next week I have some ADORABLE themed ornaments to share. Trust me, your little Minions will love them ;)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Although I have no idea how we got from July to December, it now seems like this month is FLYING by! There's so much I need/want to do, and such little time to do it in. Yikes! One of the things I've wanted to do better this year was show Hubby some Christmas lovin', and not just focus on making it fun and special for our little superheros. So we have The 12 Days of Christmas!!! I'm having so much fun picking out little (budget-friendly) yet useful/fun gifts to include with each tag.
Here's the printable:
It prints nicely onto a normal sized cardstock page.
I then just taped a bit of ribbon behind each, to tie the tag onto the gift with. And VIOLA - you're done!
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