Monthly Archives: December 2014

NEW YEAR’S DAY APPETIZERS

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Our family Christmas celebration wasn’t until Saturday, December 27, so this year Dan the Man and I celebrated December 25 at home alone.  I decided that we needed to start a new tradition that I named “Apps and Naps.”  I fixed a bunch of appetizers (apps) and just by accident (!), we took naps on the couch.   You may want to co-opt this idea for your January-1st-I’m-on-the-couch-with-a-hangover New Year’s Day.  Our naps were successful, as were most of the appetizers, though I did have a few app failures (CRAP ALERT!). Read the rest of this entry

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CRAP ALERT: EDIBLE PINECONES

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Pine Cones

When I saw these beautiful edible pinecones on Pinterest, I just knew I had to try them.  They use a pretzel for the spine, a mixture of peanut butter and Nutella for the ‘glue,’ and chocolate cereal for the outside of the cone.  A sprinkling of powdered sugar makes a gorgeous snow scene.  You can find the tutorial here:

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CHRISTMAS “JOY” SIGN

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This “JOY” sign was SO easy to make, and it will look great by my side door once I get a few more decorations in place.  The process was a breeze and the materials were cheap.  I bought white J and Y letters and a half-priced wreath for the O.  My son Robert found a scrap piece of siding — about 1 foot by 4 feet — at a building site.  I painted it a light shade of green, using house paint I had on hand. Read the rest of this entry

CRAP ALERT: DRIED ORANGE SLICES

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       Oranges

Nothing says holidays like the smell of Christmas — pine, cinnamon, orange, cranberry.  So when I read another blog on how to make dried orange slices, I was all in.  They were supposed to end up with a beautiful translucence — perfect to hang on the tree for their beauty and aroma. Read the rest of this entry