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Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Making Cinnamon Stick Santa's and more



Such cute little Santa's made from cinnamon sticks and other bark that you and the kids can easily make for your tree or to give away as gifts to family or friends. I found this craft idea via Herbology. along with several other cute ideas using cinnamon. 
How to Make Cinnamon Stick Santa's
Equipment: What you will need
Red craft paint
White craft paint
White puffy paint or fake snow paint
Black craft paint (I used a black Sharpie instead)
ribbon
craft glue
The process is easy enough.  Paint I wide band of red for the hat, followed by a smaller band of pink for the face.  I did not run the pink right around, preferring my face to just be in the front.  Once these two are COMPLETELY dry, you can add the eyes (and mouth if you like), and a long bushy beard.
You could try running the beard all the way down the quill, or you could paint a red ‘coat’ on as well.
I gave Santa a smile on the bigger cassia bark pieces, but left it out on the smaller quills.  No coats for my guys as I wanted the natural bark look.

To finish them off, add a blob of glue on the back or inside the top and attach a ribbon for hanging.  The colours stand out beautifully on the fresh evergreens.
I have been looking for this recipe for Cinnamon ornaments for a while and I found this great one on the Herbology site too. Love the smell of these! 



Recipe I used:
  • 1 c. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. allspice
  • 1 t. ground cloves
  • 1 c. applesauce
Combine dry ingredients. Add applesauce a little at a time, mixing thoroughly. Roll out and cut shapes. Allow to dry 4-5 days. Or dry in a slow oven for 2 hours. Paint after completely dry.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blogger Day of Silence and Support for #SandyHook


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My heart aches for all those families who lost their beloved children in Friday's shooting. It is just plain awful that we live in a world where a person could deliberately cut the life short of poor innocent children. It sickens me to no end and I just can't imagine what their parent's are feeling, but it breaks my heart to even think about it, so with that being said this blog will be participating in the blogger silence on December 18. Dedicate that day to being silent in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and show our support to those families who lost a loved one on that horrific day.
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To the Blog World and Anyone Else who Wants to Help,

Yesterday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help and we came up with this:




On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services.

Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic
and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their
highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support
groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.


ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."

Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way.

Thank you in advance for participating.

Love,

The Blog World

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Malted Hot Cocoa with Toasted Marshmallows


                                                                           Source: realsimple.com via Real on Pinterest



Credit to Real Simple




My family loves some warm and yummy hot cocoa, especially on these cold nights here lately in North Carolina, last night was down in the 20's. We attempted to go out and watch the Geminid meteor showers and about froze to death, coming back inside all I heard was "I want hot cocoa". Me too!! 
So today I saw this recipe and had to pin it and try it too. Hope you enjoy also.


Ingredients

  • serving hot cocoa mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)
  • marshmallows
  • 3  tablespoons  malted milk powder

Directions

  1. Heat broiler (of oven or toaster oven).
  2. Place the marshmallows on a foil-lined broiler-proof baking sheet and broil until just golden, about 30 seconds.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the hot cocoa mix according to the package directions.
  4. Mix with the malted milk powder.
  5. Top with the toasted marshmallows.
By Sara Quessenberry , January, 2011

Find more winter drinks here ( 9 Hot Drinks For Winter/Real Simple)

Friday, December 14, 2012

What Christmas Is All About...


Very Simple~ such a wonderful gift that we have been given Christ the Lord! Cherish your gift and share it with others always and everyday, in every way you can!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Healthy Breakfast Cookies


                                                        Source: madincrafts.com via Jamie on Pinterest


We are all so busy this time of year with the holidays coming up, I wanted a fast,healthy and yummy alternative to breakfast. This cookie is packed with delicious healthy and nutritious ingredients. Make them for the kids or yourself! Enjoy! Credit to Mad in Crafts for the recipe and photo!


HEALTHY BREAKFAST COOKIES
(adapted from Wise Bread)
3 mashed bananas 
1/3 cup apple sauce
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup craisins 
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1 T cinnamon 
1 T sugar
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon the dough by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.  Leftovers can be frozen.


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