Friday, December 19, 2014

Dare to Share #142

It's the Friday before Christmas, and the bloggers were busy all through the house, 
there were recipes to make, cookies to bake, and decorations galore...
they were were so happy, and full of cheer, 
because the Dare to Share party was now here! 

Seriously... how did this month disappear?!  Can Christmas really  be only a few days away?   I have most of my presents, but nothing is wrapped yet.  This weekend we will be making our cookies and treats.  We are  really looking forward to being on holiday break for the next two weeks.   During this time we do not have any outside activities, and can really enjoy the the season. 

I had several projects planned for this week, but due to our hectic schedule I just did not have the time.  I will be sharing several of them in  these next few days leading up to Christmas.  One project I did share are these Reeses Cup Reindeer.  I bought the Reeses Cups on sale  after Halloween, and hid them from the kids so I could use them for the holidays.      They still managed to find them and eat about half the bag.  I know these reindeer will not last very long with my kids. 

One tradition in our house is to make a gingerbread house every year.  While we normally use a kit,  this DIY Gingerbread House recipe from over at Little House Living looks like a good one to try if you like to bake from scratch. 

Joy from Yesterfood had a special Christmas tradition in her house.. Every Christmas her mom made special fruit bread. She shared a recipe, and tips on how to make that gorgeous braided bread.  

My co host Kim from Kandy Kreations has a lot of great holiday posts this week over at her blog.  My favorite is this Elf on the Shelf personalized candy bar letter.  Be sure to stop over and check it out.  

Now it is time for this week's party..  You can link up anything that you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the day, your post will be featured on the blog and my social media. Kim also has shares features from the party on her social media as well. 

 Now link up and HAVE FUN! 


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Reeses Cup Reindeer

Are you heading out to a Christmas party this weekend?  Here is a quick and easy reindeer 
treat that would be great to take along with you. 

You will need two sizes of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups..  I used the snack size for the head, and the mini for the nose.  I bought them after Halloween, and then hid them from the kids.   You will also need candy eyes, red M & Ms, pretzels, and either a few chocolate chips or Hershey Kisses. 

The first thing you do is melt the chocolate in small cup.  I put four kisses in the microwave for 20 seconds. The chocolate  was not quite melted enough, so I did it for 20 seconds more.  This will be used as the chocolate glue. 

Using the chocolate glue, I attached a mini Reeses Cup for the snout, a red M & M for the nose, and candy eyes.  I left the wrapper on the candy until a later step.  

The reason why I left the wrapper on is it keeps your fingers clean while handling the Reeses Cup.  I pulled the wrapper down on the top of the reindeer, and made two holes with a toothpick. That is where the  pretzel antler will go. 

Break the pretzels into pieces, until you get an antler shape you like.  I went with a more simple shape, that kind of looks like a candy cane. 

I dipped the pretzel piece into the chocolate glue, and then attached them in the pre-made antler holes.  If you decide not to make the holes, that is okay too, but the Reeses cup will change shape if pushed too hard.  If you find that they are starting to melt a little bit with handling, put them in the fridge and chill them for a bit.  Once I had the reindeer finished, I removed the wrapper, and put them on a serving plate.   I know these are going to disappear fast in my house. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Fruit Bread - Feature of the Day

Do you have any holiday traditions that are about food?  One tradition in our house is we make frosted sugar cookies for Santa every Christmas Eve.  We still do, even though they kids are a big older now.  Joy from Yesterfood shared the tradition of how her mom would make fruit bread every Christmas Eve. She also shared tips on how to make beautiful braid bread.  Be sure to stop over to Yesterfood, to find out more about this holiday recipe.  Than you so much Joy for linking up to Dare to Share
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Make Your Own Gingerbread - Feature of the Day

Gluten Free Gingerbread, Homemade Gingerbread

Do you like to make gingerbread houses?  I make one with my kids every year, but we usually use a kit.   Little House Living shared a recipe this week for a simple and gluten free version of the Christmas tradition. If you would like to try this homemade version be sure to stop over to Little House Living for the full recipe and tutorial.  Thank you so much Elise and Merrisa for linking up this great recipe to Dare to Share!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dare to Share #141

This month is flying by. Are you ready for Christmas? 
Even if you are not quite ready for the holiday, it is time to Dare to Share!  

Since I was not able to share at the last party due to the craft show, this week I am doing a double feature.  Earlier in the month I participated in  Blogger Christmas Series with several of my blogging friends.  We all shared a Christmas post, where you can find many great ideas for Christmas. 

After the craft show I shared the many new items that have been added to our blog shop. You can read more about our Elsa Tutu, the craft show, and other items here.

Yesterday I added even more shop items such as these hair bows my daughter made.  

There were also some great features of the day you might have missed.  

These Reindeer Cookies by Mommy in Sports would be a great treat to make with your kids.  

Do you still have some decorating to do?  The Crafty Lumberjacks shared how they made this pretty DIY Christmas Garland. 

Another great treat to add to your Christmas cookie list are these Peanut Butter Cookie Balls by My Organized Chaos.

Be sure to stop over to Kim's blog Kandy Kreations. This week she has some great printables, and advent ideas.  

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to link up anything that you would like to share.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the day, your post will be promoted on the blog and my social media.  You could also be featured by my co-host Kim and shared on her social media.   

Now link up and HAVE FUN! 


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

More New Blog Shop Items

I don't know about you, but I am finding it difficult to keep up this holiday season. I still so not have all of my decorations up.  This week we had ballet auditions, dance class, a Christmas concert, a Christmas brunch, Robotics.  That is  just in the last few days. This weekend  there is a middle school dance, more Robotics, Christmas shopping and baking to do.  

I finally had the chance to update the Blog Shop with the rest of our craft show items.  Kara has made several Christmas hair bows in various sizes.  They are between $2 and $2.50. 

This gingerbread birdhouse is also in the shop for $4

Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments on glass balls $5 

Snowflake Glitter Ornaments $3

Elf on the Shelf inspired ornaments $3.50 

The Elsa Ice Crystal Crowns are now in the shop for $12 each.  

I hope to be adding a few more items this week! 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookie Balls -Feature of the Day

Christmas cookies, Peanut Butter treats

Now that the craft show is over, I can finally start to preparing for Christmas.  I am still in the process of planning my Christmas cookies and treats.  I think with how busy this year is, they are all going to be quick and easy.   One treat that I will be adding to my list are these Peanut Butter Cookie Balls shared by Tammi of My Organized Chaos.  We love the taste of peanut butter and chocolate together, and they are super easy to make.  Be sure to stop over to My Organized Chaos to get the recipe.  Thank you so much Tammi for linking your yummy treats to Dare to Share!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Craft Show and New Items in Blog Shop

Yesterday we participated in a craft show at a school in a neighboring town.  We found out about it kind of late, so we were crafting for the last few weeks.  We literally were crafting until the very last minute.  The night before the show I did not get to bed until 3:00 a.m.  I don't really recommend that, but we had some last minute projects that we wanted to finish. It was then a very early morning, because we had to finish packing everything up and pack the car, and check in started at 7:00 a.m.  By the them we loaded up and hit the McDonalds drive thru, we made it to the show about 7:20. We were excited to see we had a table close to the door, so we did some strategic set up.   We divided our table into two sections. The Frozen crafts were on the side that could easily been seen from the door, and Christmas crafts were on the right.   There was a nice, steady crowd throughout the day, but we heard from a few of the attendees that there was a competing craft show at a nearby school that was very crowded.   While a bit frustrating that we did not get the huge crowds due to the other show, a smaller show was good for getting back into the swing of doing shows again. The last time I participated in a craft show was 18 years ago, before my kids were born.   Now my youngest child is making crafts with me, and we have come full circle.   

I did find out the morning of the show that my business cards were totally outdated, so I could not put out them out.  Deciding to do this show with less than a month to go, it was one of those details that I did not think about.  This was a good lesson to learn at a smaller show. I did give out my information to a few people who asked, but it would be have been much easier to have updated cards.  Will I will be doing soon! 

Also during the show, I had a woman ask me if I would like to be part of a special function she is putting on in another neighboring town on Dec 18.  She thought our Frozen items would be a big hit with  the parents attending.  I told her I had to check my schedule, and think about it.   There are a few reasons why it is not ideal to participate.  It is on a school night until 10 p.m.  Since the function  is going to be located in a bar, I could not bring any of my kids along to help me. Another reason why I am leaning against not doing it is, I am spent.  I would have to put many more hours into making more Frozen items to have enough for that night. Because of this weekend's show we still have a lot of things to do that we have postponed.  We still need to put up our Christmas tree, and decorate for the holiday. I still have some Christmas shopping to do.  I have not had a chance spend the time I want to on my blog, and enjoy the Christmas season with my family. To me that is more important than earning a few more dollars.  I have a lot of fun things planned to share with you in the next few weeks. 

 A fun fact about the show.. Almost every single thing we sold was from Frozen!  The movie is still huge, and does not look like it is slowing down.  It also helped that I was one of only two tables that had Frozen inspired items. :)   

Now that the show is over, we are adding our new items to the Blog Shop.  I have noticed  that my shop link  is loading very slowly.  I am not sure if this is my computer or if there is something that  needs to be fixed.  If it takes a minute for you, please be patient.   If you have trouble going through the shop, feel free to contact me directly if you see an item you would like to order. 

Here are the items that were added today.  

 I am sorry that I did not get a better picture of this tutu. This was one of the items that I was finishing last minute. This was the only picture I got of it before it sold.  This Elsa themed tutu was 18 inches in length, and on a ribbon so it could be tied on. (better when you do not know what size will want to buy it)  It sells for $20.  (I used several rolls of tulle, so it was very full)    This particular one was sold very early in the show.  A very cute 6 yr old who hung around our table most of the day will be getting it for Christmas.  I can also make mini tutus for $12, and they can be customized in waist size and length.  Email me directly for more information. 

This Anna Tutu is also 18 inches in length. I can also make mini Anna Tutus for $12. Email me for more information. 

Kara made this Anna Flower headband.  They are $8.  

Kara also designed these Anna Ice Crystal Crowns.  They are $12.  I am going to be taking a better picture before they are added to the shop, so if you would like one now you can email me directly. 

While we sold quite a few Frozen wands,  but we still have a few in stock.  The wands are $3. 

My hand painted Olaf ornaments were also a big hit at the show.  I have sold most of my current stock, but I would be happy to make some more.  They are $5.   

These paper mache Gingerbread gift boxes are $4.  

Santa birdhouse ornament $4 

Santa Mason Jar $4

Mrs Claus Mason Jar $4

Elf Mason Jar $4

After I get a few more pictures of some other items, I will be adding those our blog shop as well.  I have Snowman Mason Jars, Painted ball ornaments, Glitter Snowflake Ornaments, Olaf gift bags, and several designs of Girl's Hair bows.  If you have any questions about any of the items, just let me know.. 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Dare to Share #140

Welcome to the craft show version of Dare to Share!  By that I mean I am in a craft show bright and early tomorrow morning.   It is now 11:26 p.m. and I am still finishing up a few last minute projects and packing up my crafts.  We have to get up in 6 1/2 hours and I will be lucky if I get in bed in the next two hours.   So that being said... I will be sharing about the week and the features this weekend, after I finish with the show.  My daughter and I will also have a lot of fun new crafts (many with a Frozen theme) to add to the Blog Shop this weekend. 

Link up and HAVE FUN!  


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Christmas Garland

You don't need to be a lumberjack like the Crafty Lumberjacks to enjoy this pretty plaid ribbon DIY Garland that they shared.   Add pretty embellishments link yarn, snowflakes, and pinecones to craft store garland that you can buy pretty inexpensively right now.  Stop on over to the Craft Lumberjacks blog to see a lot more of this festive garland.   Thanks Andrew and Dennis for linking up you great idea to Dare to Share!
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