Friday, December 31, 2010

NYE Ball drop cupcakes


I had a few margarita cupcakes left over so I thought I would use them to make a few ball drop cupcakes. I started with small wooden sticks. (I found them at Hobby  Lobby).  Attach a purple gumball to the end. I did this by poking a hole in the gumball with a toothpick. Next you need plain donut holes. Using a tooth pick, dip the donut hole in melted white chocolate and let the excess drip off. Immediately sprinkle with purple sprinkles, covering the entire surface. Place coated donut holes in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Then take them out and place some melted candy on the stick where you want the ball to go. Slide the ball into place. Now pipe on your lights with yellow frosting, stick it in a cupcake, and you're done!

I hope your New Year's is full of fun and sparkles!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Margarita cupcakes

If your looking for a last minute, fun dessert to bring to your New Years eve party try making these margarita cupcakes. Of course these would be nice to bring to any party. :) 

This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes
Cupcakes:
12 ounces Margarita mix (I used the mix with tequila in it)

3 ounces tequila ( I used patron)
1 box white cake mix
3 large egg whites
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp lime zest


BUTTER CREAM ICING:
1/2 cup butter

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 shot of Grand Marnier

green food coloring
small lime slices or candy limes for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two dozen cupcake tins with paper liners. Whisk together margarita mix and tequila in a small bowl. Measure out 1 1/2 cups for the recipe. Pour the rest in a glass on ice.
In a large bowl, blend cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, lime zest and 1 1/2 cups of the margarita mix. Blend on medium speed for two minutes. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 20, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely.

5. While the cupcakes are baking in the oven, prepare the icing. Place butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy. Add grand marnier. Mix until thick and creamy.  Mix in a tiny amount of green food coloring for a green tint. Ice cupcakes, garnish with a lime, and add an umbrella if you'd like. ;)



I'm thinking these cupcakes up with:




Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 25 of Christmas crafts- felt ornament flower


I hope you all had a nice Christmas! Well this is my 25th craft for Christmas. I'm not sure if it will be my last yet though. I got really busy these last two weeks at work so I didn't get time to finish some crafts I wanted to post. I may just save them for next year.

Materials:
felt
scissors
hot glue
ribbon
mason jar circle or jar lid
white glitter

I used the edge of my felt to make 11 large half circles. I just guessed how big I wanted my petals to be. Hot glue the petals around the outer edge of the lid. I then cut 15 smaller half circles to lay inside the flower. Again I just free handed them a little smaller than the large petal.  Continue hot gluing overlapping the first layer of petals.When you get to the center you will have to fold the last two petals to fit. I placed a dab of hot glue and sprinkled white glitter on top. Finish off by hot gluing ribbon to the back of the lid.
Pipe cleaner Christmas trees

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 24 of Christmas crafts- pop can flower

I saw this idea on Alexandra and Julia's blog. Since I like to do little present toppers I thought this would be perfect for a few of my presents. I'm really happy with how they turned out too! My boyfriend couldn't believe they were made from a pop can.




Materials:
pop can
hot glue
spray paint
glitter
scissors

Start by dissecting your soda can, removing the top and bottom of the can and cut the can so you can lay it flat. Then your going to want to cut your can vertical 4 times, equal size. Then cut 3 times horizontally. You should have 12 rectangle pieces after doing this. Then create your petals, pinch each petal in the middle of one end.
 
Using the top of your can as a base attach your petals using hot glue. With one can you can make two flowers with the top and bottom for the base but I like to use the top because then you have the pop tops you can use to hang string from for hanging/ attaching to packages.
 
I then spray painted the front of the flowers. After the paint dried I put a stripe of glue in the center of the petal and sprinkled with purple glitter. Shake the excess back into the container.

Day 23 of Christmas crafts- yarn snowman

This year I'm really into snowmen and candy canes! I saw this little guy out in blog land and wanted to try it out for myself. :) I'm really sorry for my late post again. I've been working a lot and tonight when I got home had to do some wrapping and little present topper gifts for my boyfriend's family since he's leaving after work to go home.

Materials:
white yarn
3 foam balls
2 brown pipe cleaners
ribbon
black felt
small candy cane
candy corn
hot glue
tooth picks
small black top hat

I first started with wrapping the foam balls with the white yarn covering the balls completely. I then made the small black top hat. I stacked the balls together using toothpicks and hot glue. I then hot glued the black hat to the top of the head. I then cut out 2 black circles of felt for the eyes and attached them with hot glue. Then I cut 3 more black felt circles for the buttons and attached them. I used the small candy candy for his pipe and secured it in place with hot glue. I then attached the ribbon for his scarf and shaped the pipe cleaners for his arms and pushed them into the foam balls.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 22 of Christmas crafts - pinecone cardinal

I first saw these pinecone cardinals on martha stewart.com. I thought they were really cute and would make a perfect gift for my Grandparents since they love birds!!

Materials:
wire
black and red acrylic paint
3 large pinecone scales
wooden ball 
pinecone
hot glue
brown pipe cleaner

Paint large scales, wooden ball, and pinecone red. Cut off rounded ends of 2 large scales at an angle for wings. Cut remaining large scale to form 2 points for tail. Bend wire into a narrow U shape. Paint wire black. Brush curved end of legs with glue. Attach to pinecone body, tucking behind scales. Bend feet. Brush wide end of body with glue. (For one of my pinecone cardinals I used brown pipe cleaner instead of the plain wire.) Attach wooden ball. Brush top edges of wings and tail with glue. Attach to body, tucking behind scales. Paint on black eyes. For the nose I used a small piece of brown pipe cleaner and put a little glue on the end and attached to the wooden ball.

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 21 of Christmas crafts- initial ornament


I first saw this idea at Weathered Vane, which is a small boutique in Rapid City, SD. They carry a lot of unique items. I wanted to buy it but when I turned it around and saw the price $20, I was like are you kidding me I could make that for a fraction of the cost. I was right too! This project cost $3.  

Materials:
I found this porcelain flat ornament at Michael's on sale!
Scrap book paper
Jeweled initial
Mod podge



I started with tracing the ornament shape on the scrap book paper, cutting out a small hole for the ribbon. I then cut it out and applied some mod podge to the ornament and attached the paper. I centered the initial and placed it on the paper. (My initial was sticky, if the one you choose isn't just apply a little bit of mod podge to the back.) To finish off the ornament I applied a coat of mod podge.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 20 of Christmas crafts- bottle snowman

Sorry for my late post tonight. I received my shutterfly cards tonight so I wanted to get those made out so I could get them in the mail tomorrow and hopefully my family and friends will receive them by Christmas.

Materials:
3 round pop bottles (found at Walmart)
2 brown pipe cleaners
2 red pipe cleaners
white spray paint
red ribbon
black felt
red felt
black spray paint cap
hot glue

I filled a bottle with sand so I could anchor the snowman. Then cut off the neck of one bottles. Make the hole big enough so you can put the bottom bottle inside it. Then I hot glued the cut bottle on top of the bottom bottle and another bottle neck up to the middle bottle.

I then spray painted the bottles white. I left it to dry outside over night. Then I hot glued the black spray paint cap to the top of the snowman. I hot glued a stripe of red pipe cleaner around the bottom of the cap. Then I made a flower out of red pipe cleaner by making an accordion like pattern and then circling the ends together. I hot glued the flower then to the black cap. For the arms I shaped two brown pipe cleaners and then poked a little hole in the sides of the snowman and inserting them. I also secured the arms with a little bit of hot glue. I then cut 5 round circles with the black felt and a red circle for the nose and attached 2 of the black circles for the eyes and placing the other 3 down the snowman for buttons. I then cut 6 small black felt circles for the mouth. Attach your ribbon for the scarf. I set my snowman outside the front door.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 19 of Christmas crafts- cork christmas tree


Materials:
13 corks
ribbon
hot glue
painted brown small clay flower pot (optional)

I started by stacking my corks how I wanted them to look so I had an idea before I started with the hot glue. Basically you just want to make a pyramid with one cork to four and for the base do three corks. I then hot glued my base to the top of a small flower pot I painted brown. I like how it looks on top of the flower pot. But you can also attach the ribbon under the first cork to hang it from the tree without the clay pot. Instead of a clay pot if you could add cardboard as the trunk, I was thinking a wrapping paper tube. Just cut off a inch circle and cover the hole with a circle piece of cardboard. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 18 Christmas crafts- Candy cane cookies


I love how these cookies turned out!! Of course they didn't last very long in my house either! I saw the idea in a family fun magazine in a waiting room so I couldn't take the recipe with me. So I used Andy's mom's sugar cookie recipe again for these cookies.

Start by making your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then seperate the dough into thirds and cover in wax paper and place in the fridge for atleast 30 minutes. Then take the dough out add the red food coloring to one third and the green food coloring to another, then knead the coloring into the dough. Heat the oven to 350 or whatever your cookie recipe calls for.  Roll a pair of contrasting colored dough into about 8-inch-long ropes. Twist them together, pinch the ends, then bend the cookies into a candy cane shape. Repeat with the remaining dough.

carmel monkey bread



I know this is not a Christmas craft but I love monkey bread and I wanted to share a family recipe.
Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 cans Pillsbury biscuits
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
  
Directions:
Spray bundt pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon in large bowl. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Put each quarter in bowl and mix with cinnamon sugar, then put in bundt pan. Mix butter and brown sugar in sauce pan then pour over biscuit pieces. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Turn upside down. Serve warm.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 17 of Christmas crafts- Christmas candy jar


I thought of this after making my Santa hurricane candle holder I wanted to try and make another one but this time with a lid and make it into a candy jar.
Materials:
Small flower pot and a small base
wooden ball
Round glass vase
Red paint
Black paint
Yellow paint
Hot glue
I started with painting my flower pot, base, and wooden ball red. Once the paint is dry, hot glue the glass vase onto the bottom of the pot. I then hand painted a black stripe around the flower pot and once that drys use the yellow paint to make a square shape on top of the black stripe for a buckle.  Hot glue the wooden ball to the center of the bottom of the base. Add your favorite candy and put the base on top of the glass vase.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 16 of Christmas Crafts- Scottie dog ornament

I initially wanted to make this guy for my sisters Christmas present, since she loves Scottie dogs. (I like to attach little ornaments to my packages to give them a little personal touch.) But I think I might just keep this one for myself and make her another one. Maybe in white.

Materials:
ribbon
red thread
needle
black felt
cotton stuffing
silver fabric paint
scissors

I started with attaching this scottie dog template from Allsorts, to my felt with pins. I then cut out the Scottie dog. With the red needle and thread I went around the Scottie dog. When their was like an inch left to sew I added the cotton stuffing and finished sewing up the little guy. I then added a silver dot with the fabric paint for the eye. Finish off with some ribbon to hang the Scottie with and for a pretty collar. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 15 of Christmas crafts- tangled Rudolph ornament

 
I love this idea. I saw it on Under the Table and Dreaming-6 days of homemade crafts. Kristen from Write it Down was being featured for her cute idea. I hope to make the snowman too before Christmas!! :)

Materials:
Brown Yarn
foam ball
2 twigs similiar in size
Scrap pieces of red and black felt
Small decorative lights (I found mine at hobby lobby in the miniture/doll house isle)
Glue Gun
Wrap a styrofoam ball with brown yarn. Cut a circle from your red felt and hot glue to the yarn ball for Rudolph's nose. Cut two similar twigs from a tree or bush outside and hot glue to the ball to create the antlers. Cut two circles from the black felt to create the eyes. Hot glue the eyes to the ball.Wrap the light strand around the antlers and face. I used a little bit of hot glue to keep the lights in place. Then hang hang on your tree and enjoy!! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 14 of Christmas crafts- Rudolph bell


This is a fun craft for your kids and friends to do since it doesn't cost a lot and it's really easy to make. Depending on your kids ages you may need to help them with the hot glue and cutting out the felt pieces. :)

Materials:
Jingle bell
small clay pot 3"
black and red felt
ribbon
brown pipe cleaner
hot glue
brown paint (optional)

If you want to paint your clay pot brown to take on more of the reindeer look do that first. Then take your bell and your ribbon, and cut it to 12 inches in length. Use that length to string the bell on. Make sure the bell is right in the middle of the ribbon. You are then going to tie a knot at the bell, and another half way down the ribbon. Create your ribbon loop.You are going to want to string the loop through the clay pot, and tie another knot at the top of the ribbon. This will make your reindeer jingle when it is moved. Or, you can use it to create a loop to hang the reindeer on a tree like an ornament.You will want to put glue on the top of the pot to ensure the ribbon with the bell on it will stay put. With the red felt cut out a circle for Rudolph's nose and with the black felt cut out two circles for the eyes. Take the brown pipe cleaner and shape the antlers. Glue the eyes, nose, and antlers on. Then write the year on the inside so that in the future you know what year you made this.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 13 of Christmas crafts- starfish santa

I love this guy! A friend of mine sent me a link to Young House's blog for their Starfish Snowman.  Which I think are also adorable. I just didn't have anymore starfish so when I go to the store tomorrow I'll pick more up and make a few :)!

Materials:
Star fish
red paint
black paint/ black ribbon
yellow paint
white pipe cleaners
paint brushes
hot glue
ribbon/fish string
First figure out how you want your Santa Claus to look. Then paint on the black boots. Then paint the body red. Decide how far you want to go up for the top of the starfish and for the hands. I left my hands the color of the starfish but you can color them black or whatever color you like for gloves. I went about a half inch on the top of the starfish with the red, then left some of the starfish for the face and then painted the tip of the starfish red for his hat. I didn't like how my face turned out so I think I may just paint the whole top of the starfish red. (below is my starfish with the face). Then cut your pipe cleaner to go around each of the starfish arms. I secured the pipe cleaners then with a little bit of hot glue. Then I painted on a thin black stripe for his belt.  After that dried I added the yellow for his belt buckle. Then I used a little bit of hot glue on the back of the starfish and looped some fish string to hang on the tree. :)


Best sugar cookies

My boyfriends Mom spends a lot of time making these amazing sugar cookies for everyone in the family. Their are a lot of recipes out there to make sugar cookies and I've tried alot of them, lol! But I think hers are the best, if you like the thick decorating kind :).

Ingredients:
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup sifted flour

Place butter and sugar in large bowl, mix until light in color. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking powder and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least a hour. Once your dough had set in the fridge and you're ready to use it pre-heat your oven to 350. Flour your surface and roll out your dough. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Place cookies of sprayed baking pan and cook for 10 minutes. Then let the cookies cool on a wire rack. Once cooled decorate with frosting. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 12 of Christmas crafts- roasted almonds


Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cups, plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup, plus ⅓ cup sugar (seperated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Use a heavy saucepan and a wooden spoon. First add the water, 1 cup of sugar and the cinnamon and stir. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Add the almonds to the mix, raise the temperature to high heat and stir until the water is boiled away.The sugar will dry out a little but start to stick to the almonds. Keep stirring them around, so that the almonds don’t burn on the bottom of the pan.Turn the heat to medium-low, to keep the sugar from browning too fast. Keep stirring until the almonds start having an even shiny coat.

Now add in the rest of your sugar. Keep stirring, and add your vanilla. Stir until the almonds are fairly shiny, but still a bit lumpy. You don’t want them completely smooth. Then take them off the heat and transfer the almonds to a sheet of wax paper. Once they cool, if they last that long :) you can add them to pretty plastic bags and tie off with fancy ribbon. They make great gifts for the neighbors.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 11 of Christmas crafts- ice skate brownies

I found these super cute ice skates on the taste of home website. We went to my boyfriend's holiday party  and we needed to bring a dish so I thought these would be fun, especially for the kids.



Ingredients

  • brownie box mix (the taste of home website has a good brownie recipe, I just didn't have time to make it)
  • miniature candy canes
  • 1/2 cup Andes candy cane chocolate (optional)
  • ice skate template

Start by pre-heating your oven. Then make the brownies according the back of the box. Fold in 1/2 cup of candy cane Andes candies or you can crush some miniture candy canes. Spoon batter into a greased baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Trace ice skate pattern onto cardboard and cut out for template. Using the template and a sharp knife, cut out skates from brownies. For skate blades, use knife to trim the curved end of each candy cane. I added carmel to a few of the brownies, but then I didn't like how that looked.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 10 of Christmas crafts- Christmas light bulb cookies



Ingredients:
  • flour
  • homemade sugar cookie dough  (you can also buy a roll of sugar cookie dough, if you prefer)
  • 1½ cups prepared vanilla frosting
  • 3 cups M&M mini chocolate candies
  • 4 strands red licorice laces
  • drinking straw
  • Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (small)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle your counter top with flour. Roll out your cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness. By hand, or using a Christmas light cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Gently transfer the cookies to a baking sheet. Using a drinking straw, press a hole at the top of each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Separate different colors of M&M minis, and set aside. Spread vanilla frosting on top of each cookie. Arrange a solid color of M&M minis on top of each cookie. Let the cookies dry for 30 minutes. Run licorice laces through each hole, connecting the cookies into one continuous strand.

Day 9 of Christmas crafts- Cinnamon tree bread


This is a recipe I found in my Davis family cookbook. I think someone found it from taste of home magazine. The finished product is golden and fluffy, then topped with powdered sugar icing it's amazing! I wasn't feeling good last night after I finished baking so I'm sorry I don't have a finished picture. Then, my boyfriend got a hold of it this morning for breakfast so it wasn't as pretty as I remembered before going to bed :(.
Ingredients:
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  • ICING:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, eggs, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

 Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Divide into two portions. Roll each portion into an off-shaped square. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread over the dough. Sprinkle with pecans. Fold one corner to the opposite side so your folded dough looks like a triangle. Cut slits in the bottom to make your trunk. Cut off part of one side strip so your trunk won’t be too thick. Fold the short side under the middle, and wrap the long side under and around the short side. Trim off the extra on the bottom.  
Transfer the tree to a wax paper cookie sheet. Using a sharp knife, make indentations where the branches would be.
Slice through the tree from near the center out, cutting slits along the indentations for the branches.
Twist each branch upward about two times. Shape each branch so that it has a nice tree shape. Allow to rise a bit before baking so that the tree will be nice and full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the top.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 8 of Christmas crafts- Flower pot Christmas hurricane candle



Materials:
Small flower pot
Round glass vase
Red paint
Black paint
Yellow paint
Cotton balls
Hot glue
candle

 
I started with painting my flower pot red. Once the paint is dry, hot glue the glass vase onto the bottom of the pot. I then hand painted a black stripe around the flower pot and once that drys use the yellow paint to make a square shape on top of the black stripe for a buckle. Then fill you vase with cotton balls, leaving a hole in the middle to add you favorite candle. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 7 of Christmas crafts- Gum drop wreath

Sorry about the late post! I just love how this wreath turned out!

Materials:
Styrofoam wreath

2 bags of gum drops (I found mine at Walmart)
Hot glue
Wide ribbon

First, I hot glued the wreath and placed the gumdrops in a row alternating colors. (This is where I wish I could find the red and green gum drops. I think they'd make a really fun Christmas wreath!) Stagger the gum drops so you don’t get any big holes.  Keep going around until you’re done (don’t cover the back). Then tie on a ribbon and hang! :D



I had some of those peppermint round candies so I thought I would make a few ornaments for the tree with them. I just hot glued the pieces together since I didn't plan on eating them.

I picked up them little holiday gummies at walmart and I was trying to think how I could display them without being tempted to eat them all :). So I decided to make a box out of paper and I used silver glitter paint to outline the lines on the paper. I then placed my gummies inside the box, ( I left the wrappers on) and I taped them box to the candy cane. Their really light so I might try to hot glue a few to the candy cane wrapper and see if that works out better. :)


Here are just a few more decorations  I did tonight.

Candies I added to a vase filled with cotton balls

My new favorite candy peppermint hershey kisses!!!

Green wine bottles with berry twigs I got at Hobby Lobby

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 6 of Christmas crafts- Pipe cleaner snowflake




I love how easy these are to make! I made them last year for my grandparents and they loved them.

Materials:
pair of scissors
white pipe cleaners

I used 3 pipe cleaners and twisted them in the center like below.
I then cut 6 pipe cleaners in half and placed them on the base snow flake. I put 2 halves on each spoke. But you can mix it and add 3 to each spoke, etc. Then just make sure each twist is tightened. You may want to use a needle nose pliers to help tighten. I usually just use my hands to tighten.


Then glue a loop of cord to the back of a spoke so you can hang it on the wall or on your fire mantel.