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
Todayâ€™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
Todayâ€™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?
Todayâ€™s link round-up has a turkey bow headband, raisin pretzels, burlap homemade ornaments, a Thanksgiving turkey pizza, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make Glazin Raisin Pretzels.
Happy Hour Projects showed us how to make a turkey bow headband.
DIY Network shared some favorite mustache crafts for Movember.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make a Pillsbury Thanksgiving turkey pizza.
A Pair & a Spare showed us how to make a DIY leather clutch.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie, Crafts Unleashed, and Lil’ Luna
Todayâ€™s link round-up has a few DIY projects and some delicious treats to enjoy during the holiday season.
Delineate Your Dwelling created cute kitchen art with string.
The 36th Avenue shared a simple furniture makeover that can make a huge impact.
Mom Spark showed us how to make faux leather placemats.
Sum of Their Stories turned an old bracelet into a new statement necklace, proving that if one piece of jewelry breaks, you can always reuse the pieces.
Lamberts Lately showed us how to make no-bake cake batter cookie bars.
Enjoy the View shared a delicious sugar-free peanut butter pie recipe.
Todayâ€™s link round-up has a couple of delicious meals, inspiration for cake decorating, and some DIYs.
The Casual Craftlete shared a recipe for cream cheese chicken enchiladas.
Kiddie Foodies made a pumpkin-shaped eggplant grilled cheese sandwich the kids will be happy to gobble up.
The 36th Avenue shared a delicious Pumpkin Cinnachips Blondies recipe.
I Love to Create Blog showed us how to make a feather stamped tee and bag.
Crafty Journal made a gorgeous butterfly angel and shared the how-to.
The Pin Junkie showed off a cute fall painted picture craft that you can do with materials from a dollar store.
If you’ve been teaching your child how to cook, don’t forget that it’s important to go over food safety as well.
The CDC reports that harmful germs in food cause serious illness for one in six Americans each year. Half of those affected are children under the age of 15. When we talk about kitchen safety, most of us train kids to look for obvious dangers like sharp knives or open flames. But, contaminated meat or food that has been left out overnight can be harmful as well.
Fight BAC! is a kid-friendly website from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that helps parents make sure their kids know the basics of handling food safely. Much of what the site has to offer focuses on four essential tips for proper food handling.
There are special resources split into three age age groups: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Featured materials include a mini poster identifying the top pathogens that can cause food poisoning, an activity sheet students can use to identify common picnic food safety mistakes, and a quiz for parents and children to take together to master fundamental home food safety practices.
There is also a fun iPhone game you can download if you’re looking for a way to keep your kids busy when you’re on the go.
My son occasionally helps out in the kitchen, but safe food handling is still something we’re working on. My goal is to get him in the habit of washing his hands before packing his lunch and remembering to include an ice pack in his lunch bag so everything stays cool.
Photo credit: Fight BAC!