Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snickerdoodle Sunday

Hi Everybody!

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We've been busy cooking, crafting, watching some awesome ASU football, and as I showed you on Instagram, painting the bedroom! There's nothing like tackling some home improvement projects right before the holiday season starts, but this one was way overdue!

And, speaking of the holidays, I want to wish all of you who celebrate it a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day and the time spent with friends and family.

And, since we'll be seeing a lot of Christmas posts from now on, I want to put the spotlight on two lovely ladies who, in addition to their main blogs, have blogs devoted solely to the spirit of Christmas! They truly love this time of year, and it shows! So, if you're looking for some holiday inspiration, you've got to visit them and see what they've been up to.  

I have always wanted to make orange pomanders and dried oranges, so I was thrilled to find these pretty Orange Pomanders from Natasha's Christmas Blog. I can't wait to try these with my kids! 

Christmas Cookies, Orange Pomanders and the Scents of Christmas.

And, I also loved this adorable Sled Re-Do from Debbie Dabble's Christmas Blog. Debbie really gets into holiday decorating, and her Christmas decor is just amazing!

A special thanks to both of you ladies for inspiring us with your ideas and sharing them at our party!

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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    DIY Christmas Plates

    Hi Friends!

    The kiddos are home for Thanksgiving break, so we've been having fun with a few easy projects. They're happy to be on vacation, but the contentment only lasts a short time, and then they start getting on each other's nerves, and we all know what happens then -- no peace for mom! But this time, I stocked up on crafting and baking supplies to keep them occupied, at least for a little while.  

    Before Halloween, we made some spider web plates, using window clings -- the easiest DIY decorative plate craft ever! Well, I recently picked up some Christmassy window clings from the Dollar Tree, and we used these to make our own Christmas plates.

    white plates decorated with gingerbread man and reindeer window clings from Dollar Tree

    I like to decorate the inside of the china cabinet with a few plates for each season or holiday. I have a reindeer plate that one of the girls made a few years ago, and I always put this up for Christmas. But, I could never find anything else that matched it in terms of style and colors -- in my budget, anyway. 

    handprint reindeer on a plate

    So, when I saw these cute window clings, I thought they would be perfect for decorating plates -- and windows too! I used the same white plates as I did for the spider plate. And, since the clings are removable, I can just wash the plate and use it if I need to.

    white plate and christmas window clings from dollar tree

    I let the kids play around with the designs for a little bit, until they were happy with the results.

    boy putting reindeer window cling on plate

    One of the plates now has a cute reindeer with a pretty present.

    reindeer with present on a white plate for christmas

    The other plate has a little gingerbread man and some peppermint candies.

    christmas plate made with gingerbread and peppermint window clings

    Remember the story of the gingerbread man? That's one of the stories we read during the holiday season, and it always cracks the kids up -- and me too!

    gingerbread man peppermints and reindeer on white plates

    I might have the kids decorate some smaller plates with more of the clings, but I have another idea for those. Most of the other clings will find a new home on the mirrors and sliding glass door. 

    They look nice in the china cabinet too, but I couldn't really take a picture because I still have my fall plates up, and that would be awkward, even for me. One more week, and the Christmas decorations go up!

    So if you want to make your own decorative Christmas plates, grab some window clings, and you're good to go! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a super day!

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pie


    I have another easy frozen pie to share with you today, and this one is perfect for holiday desserts. Now, I know ice cream pies are popular in the summer months, but we desert dwellers eat them year round. And, as long as your home is warm and cozy, you can still enjoy ice cream! So last month, I made a frozen pumpkin pecan pie that would make a great Thanksgiving dessert, and this time, I made a no bake chocolate peppermint pie, which will definitely be on our Christmas dessert menu!

    peppermint ice cream pie made with bluebell peppermint bark and peppermint with chocolate

    I love ice cream pies because they are so easy to make, and this means the kiddos can do most of the work without me supervising every detail. And, I just really love ice cream! For this particular frozen confection, I used:

    • 1 chocolate graham cracker crust
    • Peppermint-flavored ice cream ( I used both Bluebell Peppermint Bark and Peppermint, but any kind of peppermint flavor would work.)
    • Chocolate syrup
    • Whipped topping
    • Peppermint bell candy
    Whenever we make ice cream pies, we always start by covering the bottom of the pie crust with a layer of chocolate syrup. Then, we freeze the crust, just to let the chocolate layer firm up. You don't want the ice cream to melt into soup, although it would probably still taste good!

    For this pie, we started by adding some Peppermint Bark ice cream first, and then we added a layer of regular peppermint ice cream on top of the first layer. The flavors are different colors, and it looks extra special when you cut the pie open.  

    peppermint ice cream in a chocolate graham cracker pie crust

    We topped it with some whipped topping and added some peppermint bells on top. I didn't want too many different colors going here. But, we did add a little extra chocolate syrup on top!

    chocolate peppermint ice cream pie with whipped topping and chocolate syrup

    This chocolate peppermint ice cream pie is the only Christmas food item I've made so far, and because it's so simple to make, I don't mind that it was gone in a flash -- really. Cookies and other baked goods are more labor intensive, and I like to make them closer to the big day. Otherwise, it would be hard to keep them from being eaten, and we'd have to start all over again. The kids do have time off next week, so we may end up making at least one small batch of treats.

    Have you started your holiday baking yet? If so, what did you make?

    Thanks for taking the time to visit. See you later!

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    Candy Cane Jar

    Hey there!

    How are you today? I'm spending the morning over at PinkWhen, where I've got another cute mason jar craft to show you. On Monday, I shared an easy gift idea that you can make with your kids, and as you can probably tell, I really love all things relating to mason jars! Why? Well, there are so many different things you can do with them, especially around the holidays, and they're pretty inexpensive too. 

    red and white mason jar with candy canes

    So, I hope you'll take a minute to visit me over at Jennifer's lovely blog and get all of the details on this craft. I'll be back later with a yummy treat that's perfect for the holidays. 

    Oh, if you have any of your own treats to share, I hope you will take a minute to visit our fun Virtual Cookies and Goodies Party and link them up. There's also a giveaway, so be sure to enter for a chance at some awesome prizes, including a nice chunk of change!

    Have a great day!

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Retro Repin Party #19

    Hi Pinning Friends!

    Welcome to the 19th Retro Repin party, where it's all about getting your pins pinned again! I hope you are enjoying the last few days of the fall season, before it's time to move on over to Christmas. I've been doing some Christmas crafting, but I just finished some last-minute Thanksgiving decorating yesterday. Better late, than never, right?! On that note, I want to let you all know that there will not be a party next week, due to the holiday. The party will return the following week, and I can't wait to see some great Christmas ideas!

    Okay, since there's no party next week, I have two favorite pins from last week. One is this awesome idea for DIY Swiffer Dusters from Our Secondhand HouseWe go through a ton of these things, and I think this is a great way to save money. Now, guess who needs to learn to sew?! 

     Make Your Own DIY Swiffer Dusters

    My other favorite is this adorable Rescued Chair from Gustave et Voltaire. I have a soft spot for the fleur de lis, and really, anything French, and this is tres chic!

    Chaise cannée sauvée Rescued canned chair

    Please take a minute to pin these wonderful pins to your own boards. And, thanks to both of you ladies for sharing your talents with us! Now, on to the party!

    As always, link up your pins and not your actual blog posts. Both old and new pins are welcome, and as long as they are family friendly, we will pin them all! 

    retro repin party at meatloaf and melodrama
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    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

    Hi There!

    We've only got a few days left before Thanksgiving, and I just finished tweaking the fall decorations. It's a little late, but now that it finally feels like fall here, I was inspired to get the job done. I finished the mantel a couple of weeks ago, and now, the various tables we have around the house are complete, as well. So, in case any of you are still looking for some inspiration, I've put together easy some last-minute Thanksgiving centerpiece and tabletop decorating ideas.

    collage of easy thanksgiving centerpiece ideas

    This rustic box centerpiece is on the dining room table this year, and I love it! Just fill it with your favorite fall flowers, pumpkins and pine cones, and you're good to go. If you can't find a box like this or you can't make one, you could use an old toolbox or a wood crate.

    DIY wood box with dried faux hydrangeas pumpkins and pinecones

    I made this easy Thanksgiving centerpiece last year by adding a candle, seashells, pumpkins and other small items to a distressed wood tray. Easy peasy! 

    wood tray with white pumpkins candle pine cones and seashells

    I used this star-shaped basket as a thrifty Christmas centerpiece last year, but the colors are also perfect for fall. And really, you could use it for Thanksgiving and leave it up until the new year.

    gold star basket with gold ornaments and vase filler

    I made this chalkboard tray last year, but I change the lettering for every holiday. I love the way it sparkles in the afternoon sunlight. I just scattered a few faux leaves around the table and filled two vases with natural elements to complete the look. 

    thanksgiving chalkboard tray and vases on a side table

    If you have any cheap plastic dishes or serving trays, you can give them a quick makeover with spray paint, and they'll look completely different. I added some vase filler, and now, this side table is ready for Thanksgiving!

    dollar store tray with spray paint and vase filler on table with owl lantern and leaves

    If you're a last-minute decorator, I hope these suggestions helped a little bit. I try to make decorating as easy as possible, and I don't think you have to spend a lot of money to make your home ready for holiday guests.

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    Candy Filled Mason Jar Gift

    Hi Friends!

    We had a cold and blustery day in the desert, so the kids and I stayed inside and got a head start on making Christmas gifts. It's no secret that I love crafting with jars, so I thought it would be cute to paint some mason jars and fill them with candy to give as gifts. The kids and I love painting, and since just about everyone I know loves getting candy, we thought these candy filled mason jars would make great presents. And after the candy's gone, they can be used as containers for other items. 

    red and white mason jar painted with americana chalky finish and filled with peppermint kisses and merry christmas label

    Mason jars are cute by themselves, and you can simply fill them up with candy and add a pretty bow. But I love using bright colors around the holidays, and I thought it would be fun to paint the jars red. Plus, I just bought some Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, and I wanted to try it out. 

    I also thought it would be nice for the recipients to see what was inside the jars, so I decided to make little cutouts in the paint so that the candy would be visible. For for this project, I used:

    • A mason jar
    • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Romance
    • White paint pen
    • Round Stickers
    • Red and white twine
    • Chalkboard sticker label
    I washed the jar first, and then we placed the stickers on the jars at random spots. 

    put round stickers on the outside of a mason jar

    Then, we painted the jar with two coats of the paint. I love the chalky look, and I wasn't worried about a perfect paint job since this is supposed to look a little rustic.

    paint mason jar red over stickers

    When the paint was mostly dry, I removed the stickers. Some of the stickers were a little loose, and there was a little red paint underneath, but I was able to just scratch it off. Then, to give the circles some added definition, we outlined them with a white paint pen.

    outline circles on mason jar with white paint pen

    We added a red and white twine bow around the neck, and I put a chalkboard sticker on the lid and used the paint pen to write Merry Christmas on the top. I've seen some cute holiday labels in stores, but this is what I had on hand. 

    add chalkboard label and write merry christmas on top of lid of mason jar

    We filled the jar with peppermint candy, sampled a few pieces, and it was done! We'll be making more of these little mason jar gifts in the coming weeks for teachers and friends. Now, I just have to hide the extra candy!

    red and white mason jar gift idea made with americana chalky finish paint, white paint pen and twine

    I love the color, and the paint was really easy to work with. We have more jars to paint, and I have plans to use this on other holiday projects too. It's funny but when Christmas comes around, I get the urge to decorate with as much red as possible!

    Have you started making any gifts yet?

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!