December 24, 2015

life lately

On the 12th day of blogmas!
Thanks so much for reading this year and happy holidays to all! 
Here's what I've been up to lately!






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December 20, 2015

christmas poop

On the 10th day of blogmas!
Yep, Christmas poop. This is really fun if you have kids around or just want some decorations that will make people laugh. I first saw these when I was in elementary school and someone brought them home from a school party. We thought it was so funny. Now you can print out pre-made tags and they have a variety of rhymes to go with different characters. They have snowman poop, elf poop, reindeer poop, etc.

Use these in stockings, as party favors, bathroom decoration, work party white elephant gift, whatever!

Supplies:
Card stock paper
Plastic treat bags
Marshmallows
Chocolate covered raisins
I made my own tags using some clipart images and the rhymes I liked best. Mine are about 3 inches wide and I left room at the top to make a fold over tag. Put a border on it, and I was good to go.
I decided to make two different types of tags. The reindeer tag is a fold over tag, so I left paper above the rectangle to fold in half. The snowman tag is a hole punch tag that will be looped with the tie.
Fill one bag with marshmallows and use a twist tie to wrap the tag around the top of the bag.
Fill the second bag with chocolate covered raisins (could also use raisins, chocolate chips, etc) and fold the tag over the top of the bag. Secure with two staples.
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December 18, 2015

gift card envelope

On the 9th day of blogmas!
It's that time of the season. The stores are all out of gift boxes, tissue paper, and any complimentary wrapping to help during the holidays. I recently purchased a gift card and they didn't have anything to put in it or card to write the amount on. So I made my own! I found this template and scaled it down to fit a gift card. I made it so that the dashed line rectangle was 3.45 inches wide.
 Use the template to cut out the envelope on festive scrapbook paper.
Starting with the bottom, fold the flaps in to create the shape.
To secure the flaps without showing any tape, place tape on the inside of the bottom flap with half of the sticky side on the white.
Lay the bottom flap flat and the fold in the two sides over the tape. 
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December 16, 2015

tinsel nail art

On the 8th day of blogmas!
If you have tinsel, you can do this.

Supplies:
Clear base & top coat polish (I used Sally Hansen Double Duty)
Color nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Ruby Do)
Tinsel

For the tinsel, just cut 2 small pieces from a garland or silver tree branch. And because I'm using a dark colored polish, I started with a clear base coat to prevent staining.
Make sure the color polish is completely dry before starting with the tinsel. If it's not totally set, sometimes the final coat of clear polish can drag the color over the tinsel and ruin it.
Try the small piece of tinsel on a nail to see how it fits and trim if needed. Use the clear polish brush and tweezers to get a tiny bit of clear polish on the back of the tinsel. 
 Lay the tinsel in the middle and use the tweezers to push down the ends in to place.
If there is too much clear polish on the back of the tinsel it might ooze out the sides. The final coat of clear polish will take care of this. Finish with a clear top coat nail polish to seal in the tinsel and smooth out any imperfections.
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December 14, 2015

life lately

On the 7th day of blogmas!
What I've been up to lately!
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December 12, 2015

caramel crispy tree

On the 6th day of blogmas!
Today I'm sharing a favorite recipe from my childhood. This came from my grandma, and I remember my mom making it at Christmas time when I was little. She once made them for a Christmas party, and I nearly ate all of them. These little caramel treats are so good! And as a bonus, these treats can double has a festive display or centerpiece. I have never seen the recipe anywhere other than my grandma's super old cookbook, so I wanted to share it here. Some helpful display tips are listed at the bottom of this post!

Caramel Cripsy Tree
Yield: 40, Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 (14 oz) bag or 49 caramels
• 2 tbsp water
• 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
• 2 cups Corn Flakes cereal
• 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
• Styrofoam cone, 9 inches high

1. Melt caramels with water in double boiler or in sauce pan over low heat. Stir occasionally until sauce is smooth.
2. Pour over combined cereals and nuts. Toss until well coated.
3. With hands slightly moistened with cold water, form into 1-inch balls. Let stand until firm (on parchment paper).
4. Insert wooden pick in each ball and attach to cone.

While the tree display looks great, I find that everything else about it is a hassle. Cover the cone with aluminum foil so that the styrofoam flakes don't stick to the food and the tree looks bright and festive. Because of this, the toothpick can just barely go in the cone because if the actual caramel ball touches the aluminum foil, it will stick to the food. Then there's the cone itself. Because it's styrofoam, it is extremely lightweight and cannot remain stable when a guest is taking a ball off of the tree. Therefore, they have to then grab the whole tree to keep from taking down the display.  Also, it's easy to space them poorly and then run out of balls before the tree is covered.

Save yourself from the frustration and think up a different arrangement. Try stacking them in a creative way!
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