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Almost exactly 5 years ago, I was in Antwerp, Belgium, and was searching for a cup of hot cocoa. While walking through the outside markets, I found a delicate stand to get my warm cup of joy. Upon paying, they asked if I would like it spicy. I had never heard of spicy hot chocolate before […]

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Homemade Christmas Tree Decor

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mini-cookie-snowglobes1Welcome to the Crazy Christmas event! If you’re new here, join us on Facebook and Pinterest. Now let’s give Ashleigh from Bee In Our Bonnet a big welcome! We’re so happy to have you guest posting! This fun little treat combines some of my favorite things:  Decorated cookies, snow globes at Christmas, and mini-anything! These mini cookie snowglobes can be used […]

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DIY and Tips: So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin — Discover

“[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

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DIYs & Crafts: Spirited Snowflake Coasters

Spirited Snowflake Coasters

From the December 2015 issue
by Red Heart
1spirited-snowflake-coastersModern colors update the usual snowflake motif for a new take on an old favorite. Crochet a set to give as a hostess gift, to brighten up a dinner table or, of course, to use as protection for your furniture during the holidays. Designed by Nancy Anderson.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Snowflake Motif = 3½” (9 cm) in diameter
Gauge: Gauge not important

MATERIALS

Yarn:
 Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yards [333 meters]/198 grams): #505 Aruba Sea (A, 1 skein), #316 Soft White (B, 1 skein), #319 Cherry Red (C, 1 skein)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook
Notions: Tapestry needle, spray starch (optional)

PATTERN

Snowflake Motif
With desired color, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around; join with a slip st in first sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, ch 3, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, ch 3; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, skip next st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 space, *skip st, sc in each of next 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each of next 2 sts, (slip st, [ch 4, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch, slip st in ch-3 space] twice in next ch-3 space, *skip next st, sc in each of next next 3 sts, (slip st, [ch 4, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch, slip st in ch-3 space] twice in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat using colors A, B and C for desired number of Snowflake Motifs.
Snowflake Motif Finishing
Wet finished motif, flatten & straighten snowflake spokes, allow to dry.
For extra flattening, cover damp motif with waxed paper and place heavy book on top until motif is dry.
Optional: Spray with laundry starch to stiffen as desired.
Tags: Easy, Medium Weight, once upon a holiday
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Decorative Cookies!

Decorative Cookies!

Yes these are Cookies and Yes they would be just too pretty to eat!
If I had this level of decorating skill I would challenge the Cake Boss!

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Decorative Cookies!

Decorative Cookies!

Yes these are Cookies and Yes they would be just too pretty to eat!
If I had this level of decorating skill I would challenge the Cake Boss!

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A Partridge in a Chocolate Truffle Tree!

A Partridge in a Chocolate Truffle Tree!

A Partridge in a Chocolate Truffle Tree

Makes a great gift for that someone special!

Makes a great gift for that someone special!  This is such a wonderful way of serving your chocolate truffles at Christmas or New Year – or indeed any special winter festival! I do make my own truffles for this, but you can buy ready-made truffles for ease and speed of course!  The joyful look on their faces, when they see it?  A Festive Gift, Indeed!

PREP 4 HRS
COOK 1 HR
Servings 12-18 (1 Chocolate Truffle Tree)

INGREDIENTS

1 kg good quality chocolate truffles or 1 kg marshmallows

For the Tree

1 (15 inch) foam balls

1 (10 -12 inch) length wood branches
15 -20 small white foam balls
1 plant pot
florist’s foam
aluminum foil
length ribbon
cocktail stick

DIRECTIONS

Spray the “trunk” of the tree with a colour of your choice such as gold or silver.
Spray the plant pot the same colour, allow them to dry for at least 4 hours.
Cover the foam ball with aluminium foil and wrap securely around, taping if necessary.
Place some pebbles in the bottom of the plant pot and then push the florist’s foam in, on top of the pebbles – wedging it in so that it is firm.
Stick the “trunk” into the foil-covered ball – firmly – then push the other end of the “trunk” into the florist’s foam in the prepared plant pot. Make sure it is firm and does not rock, add some more pebbles.
Tie a ribbon around the top of the “trunk” at the base of the foil-covered ball – then tie a large bow.
Take a cocktail stick and push it into your truffle, (or other sweets/candy) then push the other end into the foam ball making sure it is securely positioned.
Do this for all the chocolate truffles until the “tree” is full.
Add some white foam packing balls around the top of the plant pot to resemble snow – brush off any loose cocoa and serve with coffee!
Don’t forget to pin your Partridge nearby! My Partridge is a glass bird, that was a gift from Joyful Cook!
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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Great for the kids to make for the Tree or for gifts!  They will enjoy making them as much as giving them!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 24 hours
Yield  10 ornaments

INGREDIENTS

3⁄4 cup cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄2 cup warm applesauce
2 tablespoons of white glue

DIRECTIONS

Cinnamon Applesauce OrnamentsMix all in a bowl. Knead to stiff dough.(You may need to add more applesauce, but a little at a time.).

Roll out between sheets of foil to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out with cookie cutters.
Use straw to make a hole near the top for hanging.
Let dry.
You may also want to turn over so both sides dry thoroughly
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