Spread Holiday Cheer with a DIY Frosted Christmas Shadow Box

I’m so bummed! It’s December, and there is no snow here in Minnesota. I know! It’s quite a shock to us as well. Although it is nice that the roads have been lovely, and I haven’t had to shovel. But it does not feel like Christmas without snow covered landscapes and frosted window panes. With the possibility of not getting a white Christmas, it’s even more important to make the inside my home festive and bright. I filled my faux tree with ornaments, but the rest of my home needs a bit more Christmas cheer. Inspired by the frost that should be on my windows, I created a frosted Christmas shadow box.

It reminds me of making “baby feet” with my hands on the car window. Glitter and glue makes the frosted effect: so melting isn’t a problem. Adding a string of lights inside the shadow box, gives off a warm holiday glow. You can make it completely your own with any word or simple clip art. The background can be whatever you want too.

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Gift Ideas for Your Christmas List

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day with family and friends. While you enjoy delicious food, you might already be planning your Christmas shopping. I try to avoid the crazy crowds on Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving is not an option. That’s why I enjoy online shopping so much. No near crashes or parking lot mayhem. Heartland America is a great place to start your online shopping. While I was planning my list, I put together some gift ideas for your Christmas list.

First of all, I’m sure you have some kids of all age who have electronics on their wishlist.
Playtek Quadcopter Drone with WiFi and Camera, Dell Duo-Core 14″ Laptop Computer, iLive DVD Player/Boombox, Bell+Howell Cinema HD Digital Camcorder, Fisher 37″ Surround Sound Bar

Remote control drones are still a hot gadget, and they keep getting better and better. This quadcopter from Playtek comes with a control to plug a smartphone into. So you can experience the flight right from your iPhone® or Android®.

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Thanksgiving Favors: Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Every year our family has a lot to be thankful for, and this year is no different. While some of our family can’t make it for Thanksgiving, we will have a time of fun and fellowship with all the family and friends that are near. But I’m never quite sure who is going to make it. So I decided to come up with an alternatives for place cards. This DIY for mason jar place holders is the adorable and functional result.

Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix. The chalkboard painted lids are great to write guest's names.

The lids are covered in chalkboard paint. So guests can be added or subtracted very easily. Filling the jars with yummy trail mix is perfect treat for your guests to take with them. It’s especially handy for people with a long way home or hoping to brave the Black Friday rush.

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Rustic Homemade White Bread Recipe

Hello everyone! How was your halloween? It was very drippy and wet here in Minnesota, but at least it wasn’t snowing. It’s actually warmer than it should be here, but I’m not complaining. With Halloween gone, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. So I’ve started planning my Thanksgiving Day feast and festivities. The plans are going well so far, but I wasn’t sure what kind of bread we should have. I could just buy some rolls from the store, but I decided to check my great grandmother’s recipe box for good bread recipes. Thankfully, I found a great recipe for homemade white bread.

Delicious Homemade White Bread Recipe

This from scratch recipe is delicious, and you can leave it in the fridge overnight to rise. So you can make the dough the day before and then bake the bread on Thanksgiving day. There’s nothing like fresh baked bread especially if it is homemade. This recipe has quite a few steps, but it is not difficult to make. The results are so deliciously worth it.

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Warm and Cozy Products for the Coming Winter Chill

October just flew past, and it’s nearly November. It has officially turned chilly out. Perhaps more than chilly as the weather heads toward the frigid cold of Minnesota winter. Frankly it’s more frightening that winter is nearly here than the fact that Halloween is just a few days away. While I’m prepared for Halloween, I’m not as prepared for winter. Here in Minnesota you do have to actually prepare for winter. Blizzards are not uncommon on Halloween, so I checked out Heartland America to put together a great assortment of products to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

A winter coat is an essential in style and warmth when the cold weather hits.

Coats and Jackets to Keep You Nice and Warm
Womens Leather Coat, Men’s Remington Peacoat, Hawke & CO Black Down Puffer Jacket, Hawke & CO Navy Blue Down Puffer Jacket, Hawke & CO Loden Green Down Puffer Jacket, Womens Genuine Tan Suede Leather Coat, Men’s Sherpa Lined Denim Jacket

There is nothing more classic than leather coat. This Black Leather Coat by Vintage Leather is tailored from fine napa leather. It also has diamond quilted lining for warmth and comfort. You should have at least one leather coat, and this one is stylish and cozy.

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Monster Trick or Treat Bag DIY for a Kid Friendly Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. I hope your family’s costumes are ready for trick or treating. I was thinking of a cute way for kids to collect candy. Many people use those plastic pumpkins, but those are just asking to be spilled all over the road. I want to avoid the tears and candy carnage; so I decided to make a better treat bag. Your kids will love feeding candy to this friendly monster treat bag, and it is perfect for keeping candy safely inside.

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This treat bag is cheap, easy, and quick to make. You can even involve the kids in making this little cutie. But I recommend you apply the hot glue for obvious reasons. 🙂 This also makes a great kids project for a Halloween party.

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Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The season of desserts and sweets has officially begun. Between pumpkin spice fever and stocking piling Halloween candy, there is no escaping the sugar rush. With Halloween parties coming up, everyone is bringing out their sweetest concoctions. But I don’t have any candy recipes of my own. So I turned to my great grandmother’s recipe box and found an awesome recipe for chocolate fudge. She called it “Million Dollar Fudge”. I call it wickedly delicious.

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The fudge disappeared so fast, I suspect there are sugar gremlins lurking about. 😉 This is a really simple one pot recipe. So whipping up more for Halloween won’t be a problem. And it’s perfect to bring to your next Halloween bash.

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Make Halloween Classy with this Mini Top Hat DIY

Happy October everyone! I am thoroughly enjoying sipping some hot tea while looking at the beautiful fall leaves outside my window. It may seem early in October, but I’m starting to get ready for Halloween. I really want to get a head start this year; so I can enjoy time with my family. Costumes may be the most time consuming of my Halloween preparations. I’m not into scary or creepy stuff, but I do love my tea as much as any Victorian. So I decided to embrace my inner Mad Hatter and create an adorable mini top hat as part of my costume this year.

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One of the many things that I love about this mini top hat is that it doesn’t take much fabric or trim to make. It turned out so well. So I just had to share it with you. Because who doesn’t need a mini top hat this Halloween? 😀

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Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe with Fudgy Frosting

Finally it’s starting to feel like fall and it’s perfect weather for a nice hot beverage. So it’s perfect that today is national coffee day and national mocha day. While pumpkin spice has invading coffee shops across the country, I still prefer traditional chocolate mochas and dessert. So I decided to make a chocolate cake from my great grandmother’s recipe box with a coffee twist.

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The fudging frosting is rich and delicious. It might be too rich, but the coffee in the chocolate mocha cake helps the cake from becoming too sweet. It goes great with coffee too!

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