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
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:
At our craft party a week or so ago, I brought this versatile craft for all to try. Using watercolor paper, craft paints, and toothpicks, we made necklaces, earrings, and ornaments. Below is one of the ornaments we made.
A week ago or so, several friends got together to craft. Each of us brought something to teach the others. Shonnee was showing us a cute card holder made with burlap, ribbon, and clothespins. I was inspired to turn this idea into an Advent calendar.
My five-year-old granddaughter, Meghan, and I did a few Christmas crafts as gifts for her parents. Meghan added the thumbprints and I added the string. Read the rest of this entry
Yep, you read it right — a necklace made from Cheetos. Cheetos packaging, that is. My best friend and I have a Cheetos tradition. Whenever we travel together, we pack Cheetos and red licorice. I don’t know how it started, but we can’t travel without either. Read the rest of this entry
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
I could eat pumpkin-flavored treats all day long, and when I read a recipe that called for only two ingredients, I was ready to bake — with a revision to the original recipe, of course. Read the rest of this entry
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