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… 25 DIY Holiday Ornaments!

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Wooden Spool Christmas Tree Ornament @ Shaken Together 

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Wood Slice Noel Ornament @ Cherished Bliss 

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DIY Mitten Ornament @ Confessions of a Serial DIYer 

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes @ Making Home Base 

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Geometric Clay Ornament @ Anything & Everything

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Wood Burned Snowflake Ornament @ Cherished Bliss 

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Yarn Wrapped Monogram Ornament @ One Krieger Chick 

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Wood Cut Folk Art Village Ornaments @ Flamingo Toes 

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Easy Kids’ Craft Ornaments @ Meatloaf and Melodrama 

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Epsom Salt Snowflakes @ A Pumpkin & A Princess 

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Red & White Ribbon Wrapped Ornaments @ It All Started with Paint 

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Pom Pom Wreath Ornament @ Remodelando la Casa 

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Star Cookie Cutters Ornament @ All Things G&D 

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Wood & Vinyl Ornaments @ Poofy Cheeks 

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Sculpted Clay Poinsettia Ornaments @ Sparkle Living 

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Snow Globe Ornaments @ It All Started with Paint 

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 Rustic Baking Soda Ornaments @ Beth’s Lemonade

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1-Minute DIY Ribbon-Stuffed Ornaments @ The Happy Housie

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DIY Chalkboard Ornaments @ Domestically Speaking 

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Painted Pinecones Ornaments @ All Things G&D 

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 Star Christmas Ornaments @ Summer Scraps

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 Stuffed Candy Cane Ornament @ It All Started with Paint

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Mini Mason Jar Ornament @ Lovely Etc. 

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 Spirit Fingers Snowmen Ornaments @ The Heathered Nest

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DIY Peppermint Star Christmas Ornament @ Momma DJane 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway for a $25 Target gift card!

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There are so many possibilities when crafting ornaments! What’s your favorite you’ve ever made?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

xoxo

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Great Ideas — 21 DIY Holiday Ideas! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/great-ideas-21-diy-holiday-ideas.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/great-ideas-21-diy-holiday-ideas.html#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:53:08 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=66029 21.diy.holiday.ideas]]> I’m excited for Thanksgiving this week … and it’s late enough in the year that the holidays are approaching fast! So I was so excited to see these great ideas in this week’s party …

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check out these 21 DIY Holiday Ideas and get inspired!

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 Twig Star Wreath @ Upcycled Treasures

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Vintage Marquee Lights @ Maison de Pax 

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DIY Twine Art Christmas Tree @ Poofy Cheeks 

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Kids’ Hand Print Wreath @ My Name is Snickerdoodle 

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 Free Printable Christmas Movie Quote Tags @ The Happy Tulip

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 Deer Mount Advent Calendar @ Primitive + Proper

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Kids Craft: Christmas Tree Bar @ Balancing Home 

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Santa Advent Calendar @ Gluesticks 

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 DIY Sweater Stocking @ Confessions of a Serial DIYer

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DIY Christmas Mantel @ Domestically Speaking 

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 Drop Cloth Stockings Tutorial @ Cherished Bliss

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 Paper Stockings Advent Calendar @ The Cute Little Cake

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Christmas Wreath @ Place of My Taste 

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Scrappy Book Page Christmas Trees @ View from the Fridge

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DIY Silhouette Wood Nativity @ My Daylights

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 DIY Rustic Christmas Pillow @ A Prudent Life

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Flittering Forest Shadow Box @ Success Along The Weigh 

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DIY Christmas Canvas Art @ Blooming Homestead 

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Santa Mason Jar Craft @ Summer Scraps 

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 Simple Advent Calendar @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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 DIY Bow Christmas Tree Garland @ R & R Workshop

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And don’t forget about this week’s giveaway for a $25 Target gift card!

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I love the holidays! What’s your favorite part of the season?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

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Link Party Palooza — and $25 Target Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/link-party-palooza-and-25-target-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/link-party-palooza-and-25-target-giveaway.html#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:56 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=66020 target.25.giveaway.ttaj]]> It’s Friday!!

Welcome back to the …
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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil’ Luna, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts — just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is for $25 to Target!

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But before we get to that, check out some of the exciting projects from TT&J this week:

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 My big reveal this week is the Merry & Bright Holiday Kitchen at the #1905 Cottage!

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I had so much fun getting the cottage ready for the holidays — click here to see more!

 Enter to win a $25 gift card to Target, learn about this week’s HAPPY Holidays projects, and link up your projects after the break:

This week there’ve been all kinds of exciting HAPPY Holidays projects as we get closer to the season:

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First: on the left are some seriously delicious looking Pecan Caramel Truffles from Cooking with Ruthie,

and on the right is a super chic Modern Printable Gift Tag Set from Yellow Bliss Road!

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 Second: on the left here is a simple Popcorn Christmas Tree from NY Melrose Family,

and on the right Simply Kierste shared a tutorial on How To Turn Your Kids’ Art into Gift Tags!

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And last: on the left is super yummy Cowgirl Cookie Bark from Your Homebased Mom,

  and on the right are Creations by Kara’s Candy Cane Peppermint Cookies!

So many exciting projects — be sure to check them all out!

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Here’s how to enter to win:

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Now it’s time to link up your projects! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU!

Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend!
We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas!
(When you add a link, please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).

Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.

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Double Chocolate Bisquick Cookies! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/double-chocolate-bisquick-cookies.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/double-chocolate-bisquick-cookies.html#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:53:52 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65800 double chocolate bisquick cookie recipe at tatertots and jello]]> One of my favorite things about the holidays are cookies! And when Bisquick invited me to participate in their Make-Ahead Holiday, my awesome neighbor and I coordinated to bring you this yummy double-chocolate Bisquick cookie recipe!

 

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They’re amazingly decadent and perfect for neighbor gifts, parties and just for your family!

 

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Here’s the easy recipe:

 

Amy Dott’s Simple Double Chocolate Bisquick Cookies

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg

2 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix

3 Tablespoons Hershey’s Unsweeted Cocoa Powder

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, egg and cocoa Powder.  Fold in Bisquick baking mix.  Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes.

 

Chocolate Frosting:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)

3 cups of powdered sugar

4 Tablespoon Hersey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-6 Tablespoon of milk (add until you get desired consistency).

 

Mix and frost.

 

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Thanks to Bisquick for the inspiration … and to my awesome neighbor Amy for sharing her amazing recipe!

 

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Check out @Bisquick here:

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Pinterest: pinterest.com/bisquick/

 

 

And … ready to #GetYourBettyOn?

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Website: www.bettycrocker.com

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HAPPY Holidays: Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-candy-cane-peppermint-kiss-cookies.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-candy-cane-peppermint-kiss-cookies.html#respond Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:00:26 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65835 Peppermint-Kiss-Cookies-005-1]]> Hello fellow TT& J fans! I’m Kara from Creations by Kara, and I’m happy to be here again this year for Jen’s Happy Holiday series!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a pretty and delicious Christmas cookie. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for all the seasonal mint chocolate candy to hit store shelves! I always stock up on these candy cane kisses, as well as the mint truffle variety. They are both so yummy! I love eating them straight out of the bag, but I also like finding ways to use them in baking. Last year my mom and I experimented and came up with these Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies. They were a huge success!

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies

They have crushed peppermint candies in the dough, and a Hershey Candy Cane Kiss on the top. If you are a fan of mint, you will love these cookies! They are rolled in sugar, so they have a sparkle to them that is so pretty. They are perfect for Christmas cookie trays, or for gift giving. Just make sure that you let them sit for a couple hours before stacking them. That will give the kisses a chance to harden up again.

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Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies ~ a perfect Christmas cookie!

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp peppermint extract
10 peppermint candies, very finely crushed
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar for rolling
1 pkg. Candy Cane Hershey kisses

Cream together the butter and peppermint extract. Beat in the crushed peppermint candies. Add the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt; stir well. Chill for 30-60 minutes. Roll in 1” balls, then roll in sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for about 12 minutes. Immediately press a kiss in the middle of each cookie. Cool for several minutes on the pan before removing to cooling racks.

-Makes 3 dozen

Christmas Cookies

Do you have a favorite Christmas candy that you like to use in baking? Or you a strictly unwrap and eat it kinda gal?

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Thanks Kara! Those look so delicious. I’m adding this to my list of cookie recipes to try this year. Kara has amazing ideas on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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If you’re looking for a yummy side for Thanksgiving, why not try her Creamy Cranberry Salad. Looks so good!

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And her Rustic Fall Centerpiece with Acorns is so darling! It would be perfect on the Thanksgiving table.

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And if you’re giving gifts for the holidays, make sure to pick up her Printable Christmas Bread Wrapper!

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HAPPY Holidays: Cowgirl Cookie Bark http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-cowgirl-cookie-bark.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-cowgirl-cookie-bark.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65863 Cowgirl]]> Hi! I’m Leigh Anne and I blog over at Your Homebased Mom. I am on a continual quest to discover the pretty and delicious in life which I love sharing with you my blog. I am excited to be here today at Tatertots & Jello and to share with you a yummy treat that would make the perfect holiday gift. Cowgirl Cookie Bark is a fun combination lots of flavors, colors and textures.

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I am a fan of cookie and candy bark for holiday gifts. I love cookies too but cookies are best eaten fresh, not five days later. The best part of cookie/candy bark is it tastes great 5 or more days later too! It is perfect for making ahead for holiday gift giving.

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I have shared a lot of different versions of cookie/candy bark over the years. Reindeer Corn Cookie bark is one of my favorites! You can find lots of other ideas over in the Candy section of my Recipe Index.

I am a big Trader Joes fan and recently found some Cowgirl Bark on one of my frequent trips. I bought a bag and brought it home. I loved the idea of it – white chocolate, dried cranberries, krispy rice cereal, almonds, peanuts, pretzels and ginger cookies. Such a fun combination of flavors and textures. I was only semi impressed when I opened the bag and it didn’t look like the picture on the package and didn’t taste nearly as good as I thought it would.

I decided though that it was a good idea so I was going to make my own homemade version. So today I give you my copycat version of Trader Joes Cowgirl Bark.

Cowgirl Candy Bark

The bag says they call it Cowgirl Bark because cowgirls are adventuresome and individualistic just like this bark. The bark is full of unexpected and adventerous flavors and textures. Not tough but ruggedly delicious and interesting. I admit it is not a combination that I have tried before.

I melted my white chocolate and stired in the rice krispies and then spread it on a baking sheet.

Cowgirl Candy Bark

I then sprinkled all the yummy other ingredients on top of the white chocolate mixture. I decided to leave the peanuts out though and just use almonds. Wasn’t feeling the peanuts at the moment.

Cowgirl Candy BarkWith your fingertips, gently press the cookies, pretzels, etc. into the soft chocolate so that they stick better as it sets up. After it is set up just break it into pieces and munch away.

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My homemade version was SO MUCH BETTER than the store bought version. Sorry Trader Joes. You know I am a big fan but this time I did it better!

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I love the crunchiness of the krispy rice cereal in the chocolate and then all the fun flavors, colors and textures sprinkled on top. Just bag up a pile of Cowgirl Bark and your friends and neighbors are going to say YeeHa!

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Cowgirl Cookie Bark

Ingredients

  • Recipe for Cowgirl Cookie Bark
  • 1 lb. of white chocolate or vanilla melts
  • 2 C krispy rice cereal
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  • 1 C broken pretzels
  • 1 C toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 C broken up ginger cookies
  • 1 C peanuts

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate and mix rice cereal in.
  2. Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top and press into chocolate so it sticks as it dries.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet
  4. Allow to set up and then break into pieces
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Thanks Leigh Anne! Oh my, that looks so amazing! I love the idea of mixing in the rice krispie treats too. YUM!

Leigh Anne always has the most amazing, mouth watering recipes on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

Candy Corn Blessings

This is such a fun idea, and could be a new Thanksgiving tradition in your family. Check out her post on Candy Corn Blessings, or a way to share what you are thankful for in a fun, creative way.

Gluten Free Wild Rice and Sausage Stuffing

And, if you’re looking for a unique stuffing idea, why not check out her Wild Rice, Dried Cherry & Jones Sausage Dressing.

Orange Cranberry Pretzel Gelatin Salad

And her Orange Cranberry Pretzel Gelatin Salad looks like the perfect treat to bring to dinner too.

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HAPPY Holidays: Popcorn Christmas Trees http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-popcorn-christmas-trees.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-popcorn-christmas-trees.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:45 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65819 Popcorn-Christmas-Tree]]> One of our absolute favorite snacks over at The NY Melrose Family is popcorn. Both of my girls love it and I love how easy it is to turn regular popcorn into a gourmet snack that baffles my girls. I recently created a perfect Thanksgiving treat of Turkey Popcorn Mix that had my in-laws eating it by the handful. It went over so well that I created a Turkey Mason Jar Gift to package it for my preschooler’s teachers. Since we’ve been on a bit of a popcorn craze I decided that Popcorn Christmas Trees would be the perfect treat to create with my girls as a fun snack idea.

Popcorn Christmas Trees

Popcorn Christmas Tree

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I have a tendency of using white chocolate most of the time on my popcorn recipes, but I wasn’t sure how well the chocolate would work to mold the Christmas trees. I decided to go with a recipe similar to a rice krispie treat, just minus the rice krispies and popcorn in it’s place. I learned the hard way that you definitely need to make these in batches because the marshmallow will harden or you’ll end up burning yourself if you try to work with it too soon. Yep, I’m speaking from experience.

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In order to give the trees a little bit more color, I added yellow and blue food coloring to make green to my marshmallow butter mixture. I also used red sugar to sprinkle over the tree once it was molded. The finishing touch was a yellow peanut M & M as the star. These came together rather quickly once I realized that I should make half of the marshmallow mixture at a time to pour it over half of the popcorn.

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Riley loved being able to sprinkle the trees with the red sugar. Both of my girls seem to be ultra sensitive to heat. They think that something is hot while I think it is lukewarm so I was hesitant to let Riley help me form the trees. I would definitely recommend that you test the temperature of the marshmallow before letting your kids dive right in to mold the trees.

Christmas Tree Christmas Desserts

Popcorn Christmas Trees

Ingredients:

2 tbs butter

1 bag of marshmallows {any size will work}

1 bag of microwave popcorn

green food coloring {yellow & blue mixed}

2 – 3 Graham crackers or cookies to place the trees on top of.

sprinkles and M & M’s as decorations

Directions:

In a medium saucepan heat 1 TBS of butter and add in half of the bag of marshmallows.

Meanwhile, pop the popcorn according to the package instructions.

Consistently stir the marshmallow mixture until the marshmallows lose their form and there are no lumps. Add in the food coloring to change the color of the mixture.

Pour half of the popped popcorn onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and be sure to remove any unpopped kernels.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn.

Once the mixture has cooled enough that you can hold it begin to mold it into the shape of a tree. Depending upon the size of your trees you should be able to make 2 – 3 trees. Set the trees on top of half of a Graham Cracker or cookie that it can adhere to.

Sprinkle the trees with sprinkles and add candy as decorations.

Repeat the marshmallow mixture with the remaining half of the popcorn.

This should yield about 4 – 6 trees, but will depend upon the size of your trees.

profile-pic150ABOUT JENNY: Jenny is a wife, mother and reading specialist in a low income city school district. She is also the the founder of thenymelrosefamily.com – a lifestyle website sharing crafts, recipes, diy and party planning projects perfect for those looking for something quick and easy. With two girls under the age of five, Jenny’s projects are toddler friendly and the perfect opportunity to create a special moment with your family.

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Thanks Jenny! What a darling idea! I know this would be a huge hit with kids this year too! Jenny has so many awesome ideas on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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Her Mason Jar Peppermint Cupcakes look like the perfect treat to indulge in or share with friends and neighbors!

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And, I love a good peppermint dessert for the holidays. These Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes look so yummy!

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And, if you’re looking for a craft for the kids, this Turkey Mason Jar Gift Idea is so cute for Thanksgiving.

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HAPPY Holidays: Christmas Gift Tags from Your Child’s Artwork! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/christmas-gift-tags-from-your-childs-artwork.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/christmas-gift-tags-from-your-childs-artwork.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:00:31 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65999 art-collage-title-and-logo-616x1000]]> Hello, friends! I’m Kierste, the girl behind the blog Simply Kierste, and I’m delighted to be here today!

I love doing projects with my kids, and this not only includes them, but highlights their creations. Yesterday afternoon I asked my kids to draw me some Christmas pictures–anything they wanted. We brought out the markers and the white paper, and they went to town. I took their artwork, and made them into absolutely adorable Christmas gift tags.

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How adorable, right??!! There is something so special about immortalizing such sweet artwork, and being able to share it. They’re perfect for adding to presents you give to friends and family, or even for the ones you give to that specific child. They would also be darling on a teacher gift, or a child’s music teacher, ballet teacher, sports coach, etc.

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I made my tags in photoshop, but if you don’t have it, don’t worry! You can still make them–I’ll show you how!

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ITEMS YOU NEED:

  • your children’s artwork! (on white paper, with marker, any size will work!)
  • scanner
  • cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • distress ink
  • ribbon

DIRECTIONS:

1. Once the art is ready, scan it with your scanner, and save it as a file. My son had quite a few drawings on one paper, so I cropped each picture and saved it as it’s own jpg file. When you crop it, make sure it goes as close to the edges of the artwork as possible. If you don’t, it leaves a lot of extra space that will still be there later when you don’t want it! You can do that for free Picasa or PicMonkey, or you can use Photoshop, or similar.

Photoshop/Gimp: I created a file that was 5 inches wide, and 3 inches high. I inserted the picture I wanted, then added text and saved it as a jpg file. I opened a new Word document, inserted the jpg file, and adjusted the size. I was able to fit 6 tags on one page. You can also insert your file into a mailing label document, then print onto labels.

Without Photoshop: You have a couple of different options!

** Create mailing labels–I suggest the 2×4 inch size, or larger. Open a new label document, then insert your picture and add your text.

** Use Picmonkey.com to create your tag! It’s a free program that allows you to edit photos, and create printables. It’s user-friendly, and gives you the freedom create things that you would normally need Photoshop for. I’m going to show you a step-by-step, so you can see how easy it is! You will have already needed to scan in the artwork as a jpg., cropped to the very edges of the art, and saved as individual images. If you’re not sure how to do this, the first few steps of the following tutorial will show you how to use the crop feature in pic monkey, so you can refer to that. Just upload your scanned picture, and crop each image (if there’s more than one), or crop the image so it’s right to the very edges of the image.

STEP 1.

Upload a high-res white image into Picmonkey. Click on the overlays icon on the left, which is the butterfly. Click on “your own”, which allows you to choose any image file you have on your computer. This is where you would browse for the artwork you saved.

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STEP 2:

Once your images are uploaded, move them to the top of your white background.

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STEP 3:

Select the “basic edits” icon in the left sidebar, and then “crop”. Crop your image to be a rectangle or square–whatever you want it to be!

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STEP 4:

Add text to your tag! Click the “Tt” icon, which is for the text. You can change the size, color, and type of font. You will have access to their fonts, and your fonts–whatever are on your computer! One of my favorite features!

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When your text is finished, SAVE the tag to your computer. Do this right away, because if you close out the browser, it’s gone–and you’ll have to do it all over again.

STEP 5:

Insert your picture/tag into Word, and re-size it as necessary. Copy and paste the image and fill the whole page if you like! Or, you can insert all the tags (if you have more than one) onto one page–whatever works for our purposes.

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Now you have your tags, and you’re ready to PRINT!

If you print on cardstock, cut them to size, distress the edges, and then mat onto coordinating cardstock. You can either punch a hole in the corner to add ribbon, or tape the label flat onto a package. If you print onto label, you can just stick your label on as is, or mat the label as indicated above.

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They are just so fun! LOVE them!
Thank you so much for having me! I hope you’ll stop by Simply Kierste and say hello…I’d love to have you! I love sharing simple ideas that can make a huge difference, including projects and ideas for the holidays, family, organization, recipes, DIY, home decor, and more! Here are a few of of the holiday projects you can find there…
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Mason Jar Gift Set // Peppermint Striped Candlesticks // Snowman Soup // Paper Sack Advent // Chalkboard Christmas Gift Tags

About the Author: Kierste is the girl behind the blog Simply Kierste, where she shares her love for all things creative and DIY. When she’s not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she’s working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it. Please add her to your Google circles. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Thanks Kierste! What an amazing idea. I love how personalized it makes each gift too! And, who doesn’t love kids artwork? So cute! Kierste has such adorable ideas on her blog as you can see from her post above.I’m so glad she could participate in my Happy Holidays series. You really are missing out if you don’t follow her over at Simply Kierste and

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HAPPY Holidays: Pecan Caramel Turtles http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-pecan-caramel-turtles.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-pecan-caramel-turtles.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:00:59 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=66007 Pecan-Caramel-Turtlescol]]> I’m Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie.com and I just LOVE Jen so much~ she’s such an amazing person, as you all know! I’m so thrilled to be here at TT&J for the Happy Holidays Event.

I’ve brought a simple to make holiday classic with me… Pecan Caramel Turtles. Oh my goodness. They’re wonderful and will please everyone on your ‘nice’ list this year.

Pecan Caramel Turtles are a simple to make holiday classic! by www.cookingwithruthie.com

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Pecan Caramel Turtles
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
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Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 27 pecan halves
  • 9 squares of caramel
  • 1 C white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate
  • sheet parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Line half sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Evenly spread pecans on baking sheet.
  4. Bake in oven 5-6 minutes or until lightly toasted and aromatic; stirring gently once.
  5. Remove from oven and arrange pecans in clusters of three, with tips facing each other.
  6. Place 1 caramel square on the center of each cluster.
  7. Bake just until melted, approx 2-3 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Melt white chocolate chips- I use the microwave.
  10. In a small microwave safe bowl place chocolate chips and oil, microwave 30 seconds; stir.
  11. Microwave 15 seconds more; stirring until smooth.
  12. Repeat one more time if needed.
  13. Place a teaspoon on melted chocolate on top of each cluster, swirling the top off to finish.
  14. Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in the same manor above; using a fork- drizzle in a back and forth motion across clusters.
  15. Allow to cool to set.
  16. Enjoy!

Pecan Caramel Turtles are a simple to make holiday classic! by www.cookingwithruthie.com

Enjoy even MORE holiday deliciousness with some of our other family favorites…

Holiday Baking Giveaway and Cinnamon Roll Kabobs by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Cinnamon Roll Kabobs

Egg Nog Bundt Cake with Egg Nog Frosting by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Frosting

Candy Cane White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Candy Cane White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

I hope all your Holidays are Merry and Bright!

I’d love for you to follow along with all my kitchen creations at www.cookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Much Love and Peace~ Ruthie

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Thanks Ruthie! I just love her too! She’s a dear friend, and as you can see, an amazing cook too! Make sure you visit

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HAPPY Holidays: Modern Printable Gift Tag Set http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-modern-printable-gift-tag-set.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/11/happy-holidays-modern-printable-gift-tag-set.html#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:00:24 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65905 Christmas-Printables-Glittery]]> Hello TT & J readers! It’s Kristin here from Yellow Bliss Road, where you’ll find holiday preparations are in full swing! There are tons of inspiring ideas for Christmas in my Hello Holidays series. Today I’m sharing a sneak peek of my Christmas mantel and an adorable printable set, and guess what?? I’ve got some free printables for you, too!

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I have been obsessed with metallics lately – shiny, glittery golds and silvers really can make my heart go pitter-patter! In fact my Christmas tree is covered in golds, and whites. Isn’t it funny how our tastes evolve as we grow older? I used to really dislike gold, copper and really any warmer tones. Now I’m completely the opposite. I’ve been attracted to a more modern look as well (another style evolution), so I decided to marry the two and create this beautiful modern/glam printable gift tag set.

Black & White Modern Glam Gift Tag

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Modern & Glam Free Printable GiftTagsThe black, white & gold tags are just for you, and the gold & silver printable gift tags and the coordinating sign is available on my blog today (there also happens to be a party going on where you can snag 22 more free printables!)

Black & White Gift Tags for TT&J

 

I used a couple of the tags along with the sign to dress up my Christmas wreath on my mantel. See? Tags aren’t just for gifts! I’m calling my my brown paper packages Christmas wreath. (Just try not to get that song stuck in your head now – I’ve been singing it all day!).

Moder Glam Free Printable Gift Tags

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Thanks again for letting me stop by Jen, it’s been fun – can’t wait to see you all again next month with another fun printable…I’m thinking New Years!

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Thanks Kristin! Those tags are so adorable. I love the metallic look too! So pretty. Kristin always has the best ideas on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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I love her Holiday Tradition idea of watching Christmas movies as a family. She even has some fun FREE Christmas Movie Night Printables like this one to get you started!

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Her recipe always look amazing too. These Snowball Cookies would be so fun to give to friends and neighbors!

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She also has a fun post on How to Host the Holidays like a Pro with tons of planning printables like these. So cute!

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