Today’s link round-up is all about Christmas, from decorating to potpourri on the stove, Grinch drinks to candy cane play dough.
I Heart Nap Time showed us how to make stovetop potpourri.
Fleece Fun offered five tips for outdoor Christmas decorating.
In Katrina’s Kitchen made mini gingerbread houses to perch on mugs of hot chocolate and showed us how, too.
A Mouse in My Kitchen inspired us with a simple, inexpensive upcycled Christmas wreath.
Girl Loves Glam showed us how to make cute Grinch drinks for the kids.
Homespun with Love showed us how to make candy cane play dough.
Photo credit: I Heart Nap Time and Yellow Bliss Road
Today’s link round-up has cookie recipes, Christmas crafts, and more.
I Heart Naptime shared a recipe for eggnog cookies that sounds delicious!
View Along the Way showed us how to make a beautiful Christmas decoration with gold leaf on black canvas.
Fleece Fun showed us how to make a cute no-sew stocking with the kids.
Crazy Little Projects taught us how to make cute character ornaments for the tree.
In Katrina’s Kitchen taught us how to make Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies.
Wesens Art showed us another cute craft to do with the kids. This one involves making Christmas bells from clay pots.
Photo credit: I Heart Nap Time and Practically Functional
Today’s link round-up is full of holiday desserts and other treats, ways to make your guests feel comfortable, tips for escaping the flu without relying on a flu shot, and more.
Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make mason jar luminaries.
Paper, Plate, and Plane showed us how to make beautiful “crystal” Christmas trees from clear push-pins.
DIY Network provided tips for making guest bedrooms as inviting as possible.
Mind Body Green shared seven tips for avoiding the flu without the flu shot.
Pink Recipe Box has a recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate that looks to-die-for!
This Silly Girl’s Life has an easy holiday treat to share—Nutella Mint Stuffed Crescent Rolls.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Hungry Happenings
If you love using your slow cooker, the Wonderbag looks like a new kitchen must-have.
The Wonderbag is a portable slow cooker that continues to cook food that has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours. It can be used without the additional use of fuel or plugs.
To use the Wonderbag:
I like the idea of the Wonderbag because it would be handy for parties and potlucks when you don’t have enough electrical outlets to use multiple slow cookers. Since the Wonderbag doesn’t use direct heat, you can’t overcook or burn whatever you’re making.
The Wonderbag can be used with with 2 to 9 quart pots with short handles and a lid, although metal and cast iron pots work best.
In addition to being a handy kitchen gadget for the busy mother, the Wonderbag is also a socially responsible product. For every Wonderbag that is purchased in the United States, one is donated to a family in need in Africa.
Using a Wonderbag instead of traditional wood fire cooking lets a family in Africa save up to 30% of their annual income while reducing the risk of smoke inhalation diseases and deaths from accidental fires.
You can purchase the Wonderbag on Amazon for $50. Shipping is free and the Wonderbag comes with a Knorr recipe book
Photo credit: Amazon
Today’s link round-up has holiday decorations, recipes, and more.
Oh So Pretty shared the ultimate DIY candle guide you can use to make gifts or your own home décor items.
Lia Griffith showed us how to make beautiful little gold ombre trees.
DIY Network shared their 10 most popular Christmas pins of 2013.
Mind Body Green shared a recipe for a kale salad to enjoy all year.
Choosing Raw has a recipe for an iced pumpkin spice latte that looks delicious.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a recipe for a Christmas Rudolph chocolate-caramel pie.
Photo credit: Oh So Pretty and Crafts Unleashed
Sugar cookies are traditional and beautiful but they can end up tough and tasteless if the kids are helping and they overwork the dough. This recipe from my cookbook never gets overworked and the cookies are perfect every time. Just don’t over bake them. It’s definitely a favorite recipe around here.
It’s important that you do not substitute margarine for butter. The butter adds more flavor than you may think and it keeps the texture delicate and just right. You can substitute brown sugar for half of the sugar and feel free to play around with different flavorings.
I realize vanilla is expensive and this recipe calls for a lot of it. Cut back if you feel you need to to keep the budget happy but the flavor will be less intense as well.
Amount varies with size of cookie cutters.
image: marye audet
Today’s link round-up offers nativity set ornaments you can make, brownie snowballs, holiday punch bowls, and more.
Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make nativity set ornaments.
Back for Seconds made brownie snowballs that look delicious.
The Decorated Cookie searched the archives for 31 winter and Christmas cookies to make.
Mod Podge Rocks made watercolor geometric wall art that could brighten up any room.
The Graphics Fairy shared printable candy jar labels that are great for gift-giving.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed, A Beautiful Mess, and Land of Nod
Today’s link round-up has photo pendant bookmarks, a polka dot burlap table cover, healthy bread pudding, and more.
Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make photo pendant bookmarks.
Enjoy the View created a polka dot burlap table cover and showed us how.
Back for Seconds came up with an interesting sweet potato side dish combo that involves peaches.
Studio DIY made a take-out box advent calendar.
The Graphics Fairy shared a retro Santa coloring sheet printable.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed, Chocolate Covered Katie, and A Beautiful Mess
My daughter has Breakfast Aversion Syndrome. In a nutshell this means that if there is no leftover pizza she does not eat breakfast unless coerced in the most manipulative way. Even then, she may pop a red Trix cereal piece into her mouth and groan, “I’m full.”
This is the girl who can put away a venti Frappuccino with no problem, visit the counter four or five times at a pizza buffet, and put down an entire bag of hot friesÂ â€” all on the same day as long as it isn’t breakfast.
On a typical morning she’ll wander downstairs and slump in a chair, her face in her hands. If I happen to ask her if she wants breakfast I will get a groan if I am lucky, complete silence if I’m not.
Having once been a teenage girl I do understand. I don’t like it, but I understand.
A great tool to get around Breakfast Aversion Syndrome is the blender. Let’s face it, anything that resembles a milkshake appeals to a teenager and smoothies fit that bill. The biggest problem I have had is keeping enough fruit and yogurt on hand.
Here’s the solution. You can cut up the fruit, add the yogurt, and put it in a freezer bag. When you are ready to make the smoothie take the bag out of the freezer and toss everything in the blender. A few pulses later you’ll have a nutritious, delicious, teenage girl approved breakfast ready to go.
I love things that make my life easier, don’t you?