Poofy Cheeks: December 2010

December 21, 2010

Christmas Gifts in a Jar - Cupcakes and Sugar Scrub

Every year I make my dad a homemade German Chocolate cake for his birthday. It is his favorite! Since we don’t ever eat the whole cake, I decided to use jars and give cake as gifts to my husband’s side of the family. Buy German chocolate baker’s chocolate and the recipe for the cake and coconut icing is on a card in the box!

Gifts in a Jar - Cupcakes and Sugar Scrub
Gifts in a Jar - Cupcakes and Sugar Scrub

I made yellow cake from a box with butter cream icing too. I iced enough cupcakes to take to my parent’s house tomorrow and then layered the rest in jars. I put fabric over the lid and tied on tags with the flavor and a spoon. They are ready to eat!

I had a few jars left, so I decided to jar my homemade melon sugar scrub too. You can even use recycled glass jars for this! All you need for sugar scrub is sugar and olive oil. Start out with the desired amount of sugar and slowly add oil – stirring – until sugar is damp. You can add coloring and fragrance if you have it on hand. This scrub has a pretty good shelf life. It is great for dry skin, but should only be used once a week! :) My skin is begging for some it right now!

Gifts in a Jar - Cupcakes and Sugar Scrub
In the jelly jar
 
Gifts in a Jar - Cupcakes and Sugar Scrub
In a recycled baby food jar.

These are easy, inexpensive, last minute gift ideas!
Enjoy,

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Magical Key for Santa - A Printable Poem for those without a Chimney

We live in Florida, and like many homes in Florida, we do not have a chimney. The boys haven’t started asking yet, but I know one day they will ask ‘how will Santa come in since we don’t have a chimney?’ I already have an answer to that question…
The magical key for Santa!

Santa's Magical Key Poem Printable

I went to our local antique store in search for a skeleton key. They had one, but it was $5 and they only took cash. Of course – I didn’t have any cash on me. I searched through our junk drawer and found this bad boy (pictured above). Since it is so close to Christmas – it will do the job!
If you don’t have chimney then this would be a great idea for your family!

HERE is the free tag printable.

The poem is below-

We have no chimney for Santa this
Christmas Eve.
It makes us all wonder how Santa
will enter and leave.
The elves told of a magical key.
Hang it outside the front door for
Santa to see.
He’ll use it to come in the house;
Leave presents and then leave as quiet
as a mouse.
These kids have been as good as they
can be.
Please leave what you can and they’ll
be thankful for what is under the tree.

 
Just print out the tag on cardstock, cut it out and the gather the other supplies you need.

Santa's Magical Key Poem Printable

I used black chalk ink around the edges of the tag to make it look worn. Then I punched a hole at the top and used ribbon to string through the tag and key. Now it is ready to hang on the front door Christmas Eve.
Enjoy,

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December 14, 2010

Christmas Rag Wreath

The sugar cookies are made! We made peanut butter blossoms and sugar cookies today. Tonight we are having my brother and sister over to finish decorating them. Ever since I moved out of my parents they have come over to decorate/make cookies. I’ll share pictures tomorrow!

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Now – you may (or may not) remember the rag wreath I made for Halloween. I have made many more since then and what better time to make a wreath than Christmas? If you missed the how-to then go HERE.

Christmas Rag Wreath made with scraps of fabric

Christmas Rag Wreath made with scraps of fabric

Christmas Rag Wreath made with scraps of fabric

Christmas Rag Wreath made with scraps of fabric

Christmas Rag Wreath made with scraps of fabric

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December 12, 2010

Vinyl Decorated Flameless Dollar Store Candle

I was in the dollar store the other day and saw that they had Thomas the Train wrapping paper. One family tradition we had growing up is that each child had their own wrapping paper design from Santa. So, this is something that I am doing with my kids – but I’m adding tags too because as I got older I always wondered how my parents knew which child had which paper.

Anyways – since Wyatt was with me the other day I couldn’t buy it. So, I went back today while he was asleep in the car with Mike. As I was heading for the checkout – I spotted the flameless candles – for $1! I picked one up and now I wish I would have got more!

Dollar Store Flameless Candle decorated with vinyl
Dollar Store Flameless Candle decorated with vinyl
Dollar Store Flameless Candle decorated with vinyl

I added red rub-on letters. You could add vinyl too – I just didn’t feel like pulling out my cricut tonight.

Dollar Store Flameless Candle decorated with vinyl

This took about 2 minutes!
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DIY Painted Ornament

Only 13 days until Christmas! Wyatt’s birthday is also on Christmas, so every day when we move the candy cane on our advent calendar I remind him that it is Christmas and his birthday once we get to the pocket with a #1. Wyatt will be three, but he is super smart… he went and got a chair so he could reach to put the candy cane in the #1 pocket and then said ‘Okay mommy, where are my presents?’
I know it is getting close to Christmas, so this ornament idea is really easy and one that the kids will enjoy!
 
WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Clear glass ornament
  • acrylic paint
  • something to let the paint drip into (I used an old baby food jar)
DIY Painted Ornament
-Gather all of your materials and remove the top from the ornament.
DIY Painted Ornament
-Squeeze the paint into the ornament. Gently tap the ornament on the palm of your hand to cover the inside of the ornament. You will have to do this several times if you want to cover the inside completely.
DIY Painted Ornament
-Leave the ornament upside down in the jar to let the excess paint drain out and for the paint to dry.
-When it dries it will have streaks where the paint drained. To finish off my ornament I added a ribbon and a rhinestone sticker that I got at Michael’s in their dollar section!

DIY Painted Ornament
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December 10, 2010

Covered in Chocolate! Chocolate Covered Pretzels

On Wednesday night we had a real Christmasy night with our boys. When Mike got home from work I had dinner ready and after that we made chocolate covered pretzels. The boys were in sprinkle heaven! (including Mike!) After that we bundled up. Yes I said ‘bundled’ because it has been getting into the 20s and 30s during the evening hours here in the Sunshine State! We loaded the boys in the wagon and took a stroll down our street looking at Christmas lights.

On Thursday Mike took our Christmas cards and the pretzel rods to work to give out to his co-workers. None – not one single – pretzel rod made it’s way back home. I literally only had 1 1/2! So, tonight we made more! They are so easy, quick, and yummy. The boys were already asleep – so I did the dipping and Mike did the sprinkling. He is a pretty good sprinkler if you ask me!
If you have never done pretzel rods before – who hasn’t? They are really easy!
Here is what you need -
  • Chocolate chips (we used white chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet too!)
  • Pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles and any other topping you like
  • A double boiler (or a saucepan filled with 1 inch of water and a microwave safe bowl that fits on it)
  • Wax paper
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
 
The toppings we used on Wednesday – sprinkles, pecans, chopped semi-sweet chocolate, chopped peppermint Hershey kisses, and crushed candy cane!
 
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
 
My make-shift double boiler! Stir stir stir the chocolate and once it is done I poured it into another container that wasn’t blazing hot and then dip and sprinkle! I use wax paper to cool them on so they don’t stick!
 
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
 
Wyatt’s pretzels! He had SO much fun!
 
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

The four pictures above are the ones we did tonight. I didn’t feel like getting fancy so we just used an assortment of sprinkles. I like the plain sprinkle ones the best anyways! Now we have so many that I might package some up and take them into my co-workers!

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