Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.
This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.
Happy holiday greetings everyone! Wasn’t Thanksgiving delicious? I think I’ve finally recovered from a delightful food haze. But there’s barely time to catch my breathe. Christmas will be here before we know it. With each passing day kids are getting more excited for Christmas. I love the enthusiasm, but it can add even more crazy to the holiday season. Santa’s has his helpers and every parent needs their kids to help out around Christmas time. So I decided to take a page from Santa’s playbook and create two kinds of Naughty and Nice Ornaments with some reward and consequence ideas to go with them.
These ornaments look great on the tree and encourage kids to make the right choices this holiday season. The inspiration for these DIYs is to reward kids for acts of kindness as well as helping out around the house. But they also recognize when attitudes and actions need some improvement. They are a cute and fun way to have teaching moments even during Christmas time.
Happy Thursday everyone! I had to recheck my calendar but it’s true: Thanksgiving is in one week. It seems like November just started. Soon it will be Christmas. Can you believe it? But lets not forget Thanksgiving. This year my family and I will be heading over grandma’s. I’m expecting anywhere from twenty to thirty relatives at Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, it’s a big group when the relatives get together. The dish I’ll be bringing this year is a cheesy artichoke dip.
It’s so hearty and yummy that it makes a perfect appetizer for the chilling holiday season. Making it in a sourdough loaf not only adds flavor, but also is a great serving dish. You can also make the center into croutons for plenty of bread for dipping. This cheesy, rich, gooey dip is fantastic for any party especially Thanksgiving.
Hello everyone! I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween. Now that it’s November, I’m already beginning plans for Christmas. I love Thanksgiving, and it is fast approaching. But Christmas is my favorite holiday and needs much more planning. Although I don’t start putting up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, it’s never to early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. This year promises to be busy. So getting a head start on shopping will help the rest of the holiday season proceed as smoothly as possible.
Over at Heartland America, there is a great selection of Christmas gifts from electronics, to men’s apparel and treats for special ladies in your life. This selection of great gifts will give you a head start, but there’s even more at Heartland America.
Christmas gifts to keep your techies happy.
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Happy autumn everyone! I hope your fall is going wonderfully. The weather and colors could not be nicer here in Minnesota. We’ve been enjoying the cool weather and glorious sunshine. It makes me want to either go out for a walk or curl up at home with a good book and a cup of tea. But Halloween is approaching, and my home is lacking in cute holiday decor. Since Halloween is less than two weeks away, I need something fun and quick to decorate with. A couple years ago I made adorable 4th of July mini shades, so this Halloween I decided to make three different mini shades for sting lights.
Paint, hot glue, and a bit of spooky inspiration transform simple plastic cups into darling Halloween decor. Simple to make, these mini shades bring a delightful treat to normal string lights. This is a great project to do with your kids. You can fill the string lights with one kind or all three shades for a wickedly cute addition to your Halloween decor.
Hi everyone! Finally the leaves are turning, the weather is getting cozy, and autumn is here at last. I can’t get enough of this beautiful time of year: leaf piles, rich colors, and beverages, especially hot tea. I know kids and adults are looking forward to the holidays fast approaching us. There are some great autumn parties on the horizon. So I wanted to come up with a truly fall treat for the entire family. Hoping to be essentially fall-ish, I made spiced pumpkin cereal treats filled with candy. They are not only shaped like adorable little pumpkins but are flavored with pumpkin spice. Let’s face it, pumpkin spice is unavoidable this time of year.
These tasty treats are easy to make packed with flavor…and candy. Combining pumpkin spice, cereal, and candy into adorable pumpkins is fantastic for harvest and Halloween parties alike. This autumn twist on the classic treat that your entire family will love.
Hi all! I swear it says September 21 on the calendar, but the nearly ninety degrees here in Minnesota is not the chilly, cozy fall atmosphere it should be. While the temperatures have been disappointing for my favorite season, it’s not going to stop me from getting in the fall spirit. With kids in school, I know they are looking forward to their favorite autumn holiday: Halloween! While costumes are still in the planning stages, I wanted to get a head start on treat bags. It has to be sturdy to hold all that candy and last year I made a super cute monster treat bag. But this year I wanted to make a bag that would be great for everyday not just Halloween. So this DIY uses a technique called needle felting to make a comic bubble bag which is adorable and durable.
This tote is not only good for kids, but for chic geek adults too. Needle felting merges the fabric together giving you a strong bond without iron on adhesive or other glues. Customize the colors to fit with your style or stay true to the bright and bold pop art style. Create your own and show everyone your fun, geeky side.
Happy fall everyone! I hope you are settling into your school routine. Now that it is finally cooling off, my family and I love getting outside and enjoying the changing seasons. Soon it will be time to play in leaf piles and sip hot apple cider. Until then I have put together ideas to get you in a cozy state of mind. I also have some great products to help you stay on top of your backyard cleanup.
First bundle up your man in these great fall fashions.
Get him a lightweight puffer jacket that will keep him nice and warm. These jackets from Hawke & Co. are exceptionally resistant to the wind and cold. They come in three classic colors and even packs into it’s own pocket making it a fantastic jacket for all kinds of adventures.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.
Hello everyone! How has your summer been so far? Are you ready for school to start? Yeah, me neither. We are trying to get every last ounce of fun out of summer while we still can. And making s’mores is one of the best ways to savor summer. But between thunderstorms, bugs, and no place for a fire pit, I created a portable s’mores maker (or a mini fire pit) that can go indoors and out.
Using lava rock and canned heat, you can make this tabletop s’mores maker. The lava rock keeps the container from heating up and is lightweight. So you can take it anywhere. The canned heat is easy to use and replace. And there’s no sparks or ash to worry about. The s’mores maker is perfect for indoors, tiny decks, or even taking on a picnic.