Saturday, December 20, 2014

Went Junkin'-Christmas Fun!

I had another fun trip to Goodwill and came home with a few items-I like it when that happens:@) These S&P's weren't together as a set and I first picked up the one with the candy cane, I found the second one a couple isles over, both were marked 97¢ and still have the Japan stickers on them.

These candles caught my eye right away, I love the the snowman! Debated about the Santa but decided to get it since they seemed like a set. I don't know anything about them and there isn't a sticker on the bottom, so I may have spent too much but they were $1.97 each. Just felt like I should get them:@)

And I saw some tapers on a vintage blog this morning and thought I'd like to find some... Wa-La! The thing I love the most is the 62¢ original price tag still on the box. I spent 97¢. They need to be cleaned up a bit but I think they're cute.

I hope your Christmas is full of fun finds too!
Have a happy day:@)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crochet Infinity Scarf for Barbie

We all know girls like to accessorize and Barbie is no different! Actually, isn't she the ultimate diva??? This Infinity Scarf for Barbie literally takes minutes to crochet and I think a few in different colors would make a great little gift or stocking stuffer. This is even easy enough that older girls could make their own. And of course this idea would be fun for American Girl dolls too.
 It was a bright morning for pics... But I think you get the idea:@) 
Thinner yarns work better but don't hesitate to use what you have. And if you happened to make a scarf for your daughter or granddaughter, how fun to make a matching one for her doll! If the yarn is 3 or 4 ply, and if you have the patience, you might want to separate it into two strands to better match the scale of the doll. The good news is, you only need a couple yards:@)

Infinity Scarf for Barbie
  1. Chain as many as needed to make it at least 10" long.
  2. Use any crochet stitch you'd like, chaining two and turning at the ends. Repeat until it reaches a width you like (approx 1/2"). 
  3. Sew or single crochet the ends together to make a circle and weave in your strings.
Other last minute crochet/knit Barbie clothes ideas:

Have a happy day:@)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread... Just the name reminds me of Christmas and as soon as I saw bloggy buddy Sarah's recipe I knew I'd have to whip up some Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I'm glad I did, this is a very nice recipe folks! And the sweet little toppers Rachel gave me were the perfect finishing touch-too fun:@) These cupcakes are nicely spiced and the cake is fluffy and moist.
The recipe is easily cut in half and half makes 8-10 cupcakes. This is one of those recipes I'm glad I found, it will become a special yearly Christmas treat.
So, run, run as fast as you can... Into the kitchen to do a little holiday baking:@)

Old Fashioned Gingerbread-from Hyacinths for the Soul
1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 C A/P flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 C dark molasses
1 tsp baking soda
1 C boiling water
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and molasses, mix well.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water (it will sputter) and add to batter, mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 9x11 pan and bake as 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (My cupcakes took 18-20 minutes.)
  5. When cool dust with powdered sugar (or add cream cheese frosting, the recipe I used is HERE.)
Pour yourself a hot cuppa and have a sticky sweet happy day:@)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ferrero Rocher Reindeer

I've been having fun decorating this candy for holidays and these Ferrero Rocher Reindeer are the latest in the series. They whip up in no time and would be adorable at place settings, on the buffet table or as gift embellishments.
The antlers can be made with any pipe cleaners you have on-hand. I used tinsel ones because ~say it with me now... 
a little holiday bling never hurt anything! 
 With their different sized eyes and red nose, they kinda look like they've been hitting the egg nog:@)
  1. Cut a pipe cleaner into three pieces. Then bend one making a U. Cut one of the pieces in half and wrap one smaller piece on each side of the U. Bend them to look like antlers.
  2. Glue on googly eyes, a pom-pom nose (mine were 1/2") and the antlers. I used a hot glue gun.
  3. Sit back and smile.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mindless Ridged Dish Cloth Crochet Pattern

Here's a great Mindless Ridged Dish Cloth Pattern for those of us that tend to get a little... distracted... **Oh look, a Christmas cookie:@) Plan A was to follow a pattern called The Magic Cloth HERE but as these things tend to go, I veered off on my own. I love that after you chain 30 there are only two stitches to remember and one of them is a double crochet on each end.  
 You could add any kind of pretty border you'd like for a nice finishing touch too.
The author of The Wonder Cloth Pattern used a 'double stitch', I used a variation of that but only going into the top loop. DS=insert hook into top loop of next chain, yarn over and draw loop through (two on hook), insert hook into top loop of next chain, yarn over and draw loop through (three on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops. Start your next stitch in the same hole as the last one.
One last pic trying to show you that there are raised ridges in this dish cloth...

Mindless Ridged Dish Cloth Pattern
I used cotton yarn and an H hook, mine turned out about 8" square.
Chain 30
*DS to end, DC in last hole to keep the cloth square.
CH 2, turn and repeat from * until desired length.

They work up fairly quickly and would be a welcome gift I'm sure!
Have a happy day:@)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cherry Magic Cookie Bars

As soon as I saw the pretty color of these Cherry Magic Cookie Bars I had to make them! They are super simple and very tasty, especially if you like maraschino cherries:@) The recipe calls for pouring the sweetened condensed milk over the crust but I chose to pour it over everything, it's just a little extra insurance for me that everything will stick together. Poking a few green M&M's into the top once they're out of the oven would make them even more festive...
  These cookies were a big hit at dinner on Sunday, I think you'll like them if you try them folks!

Cherry Magic Cookie Bars-from
1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C butter, melted
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips-I use Ghirardelli
10 oz jar maraschino cherries, drained well, chopped and patted dry
1 1/3 C coconut
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter, pat into bottom of a 9x13 dish (I lined mine with Reynolds Release).
  2. I mixed the chocolate chips, cherries and coconut in a bowl and sprinkled it evenly over the crust.
  3. Then I covered everything with the milk making sure some went to the edges of the baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees (325 if using a glass dish) for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool well before slicing. Store covered at room temperature.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chocolate Drizzled Pizzelles

I saw this simple idea at a craft fair recently and loved it! Pizzelles are elevated to an even more festive level with a pretty drizzle of melted chocolate. I think the key is to keep the hole in the icing bag as small as possible, it's the fine drizzle that compliments the delicate cookies. If you have a steady hand (and a lot more patience than me:@) you can trace around the designs in the cookies. I also think colored candy melts might be a fun idea too.
I would run the chocolate off the edges of the cookies with each pass the next time. Placing them on wax paper makes for easy clean-up.

Another thing I do is add nonparallels to the batter, they add little bursts of red and green.
Stir them in right before you start baking the cookies.
And the tip I always share for Pizzelles is, sub 2-3 Tblsp cornstarch for some of the flour, it makes lighter, crisper cookies.
There's a Chocolate Pizzelle recipe here and Vanilla one here.

Remember, Christmas calories don't count and have a happy day:@)