I wanted to share a quick and easy way to enjoy a holiday activity that is family friendly and affordable! Instead of making actual gingerbread houses, which is hard to do and time consuming. I thought of an alternative way to create a family friendly and cost effective holiday activity!
Each year around Christmas I decorate gingerbread houses with my nephews, who are now 5 and 7! Normally I just buy a couple of the pre-made kits. But not this year! For the last couple years the boys figured out that the candy wasn’t as good as regular candy...and as you know those darn kits aren’t really all that great anyway. So I told them that this year would be different and I would get us our own supplies!
I made 4 different style houses out of graham crackers for everyone who wanted to decorate! So essentially we had a little village and we all had fun decorating our own little house. We even had a decorating competition!
I start with a box of graham crackers and my trusty $3.00 glue gun from Hobby Lobby! Cut the graham crackers into the shapes you want for your little houses. Glue them as you go and let them dry. Do this the day before or at least an hour before the actual decorating, otherwise they won’t be dry.
I did four different house styles.
I also made some frosting but I don't like how it turned out. I would recommend using a frosting that holds it shape better, like a butercream frosting. That way you can use cake decorating tips which is a bit more fun!
I would also suggest, if you are going to use Ziploc bags as frosting bags, to get the good kind so the frosting doesn't ooze out from the top when someone is using it. Yes, that did happen to us!
So enjoy this very easy holiday activity with your family and friends!
Tom and Jerry is a traditional Wisconsin beverage served during Christmas time. I just had it yesterday for the first time and is SO delicious I just had to share the recipe!
Merry Christmas everyone!
1 cup milk
pinch of ground nutmeg
5 tsp brandy
2.5 tsp confectioners sugar
1/2 of an egg white from an egg
1/2 of an egg yolk
OR just go buy the pre-made batter!!!
Boil water and once it’s boiling pour 3/4 of your cup full.
3/4 of a shot of spiced rum.
3/4 of a shot of brandy.
Add a heaping spoonful of Tom & Jerry batter into your cup.
Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Allow it to sit for minute or two and then stir the batter into the water/brandy/rum mix and enjoy!
How to make pie for dummies...
What you'll need:
1: A mom who is a great baker (Teresa) and will can stuff for you 👍
2: Homemade canned pie filling
3: Store bought pie crust
4: A pie pan
5: Any type of cookie cutter or just a knife if you're feeling super lazy
Time to make: 5 mins
Time to cook: 45-50 mins
**Don't forget to hug your mom**
Step 1: Start with some good 'ol store bought pie crust and pie filling your momma made
Step 2: Open up the box of pie crust and get your pie pan ready
Step 3: Unroll the top pie crust
Step 4: Put in that yummy pie filling that you enjoyed watching being made but didn't actually lift a finger making
Step 5: Pour in the pie filling and give it a good 'ol shake shake shake
Step 6: Spread the filling around a little bit don't strain yourself
Step 7: Roll out the top pie crust
Step 8: Squish the top crust with the bottom so you have some smushy edges
Step 9: Use what you have to cut out a little design for your crust...if you do this out of order, like I did, just kinda wing it and pray it turns out
Step 10: Gently place it in the oven at 425 degrees for 45-50 minutes
Wait until it's not piping hot to eat and enjoy with some yummy vanilla ice cream or with cheese on top if you're from Wisconsin!
Coconut brownie energy bites! A healthy option this time of year...just snazz it up, like I did, with Christmas cup liners and you are ready for any holiday party!
1 cup dates - pitted
1/2 cup walnuts - raw
1/2 cup almonds - raw
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tblsp water
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup coconut flakes
Combine ingredients together, except for coconut flakes, in food processor. Use a small cookie scoop, if you have one, and form into bell shape. Dip top in coconut flakes and place in Christmas paper cup liner.
Makes about 16
We cut down our Christmas tree on Saturday and got this awesome tree that had a ton of boughs we wouldn’t be needing. So I decided to make a wreath for our front door.
I started by cutting the boughs down to size and aligning them into a circular shape so I could start wiring them together.
I wired each bough to another one to help stabilize the wreath into the shape I wanted.
Then I added more boughs until I had the basic circular shape I was looking for.
I continued adding more boughs, but smaller now to cover the middle areas that didn’t look great. I made sure to attach the wire to more than one bough to help provide additional stability since the wreath would be heavy with all those boughs.
Next I trimmed the excess off of the boughs so it would look like a nice circle.
Now I have this super full wreath just waiting to be decorated!
Next I added wiring to make a hook for the wreath to hang from when it’s on our front door.
Now for my favorite part, the decorating! Either just grab what extra holiday supplies you have laying around or make a pit stop to your favorite craft store and pick out a variety of decor to add to your wreath. Being a lover of Christmas, I had left over stuff to use up!
Make a few bows!
Drape some ribbon!
Add some colorful Christmas decor and you are good to go! Hang up and enjoy!
I just love being creative and trying to make things that are fun, different and beautiful! I don’t like just buying something at the store, I would rather customize it to the style of my fiancé and I!
I created this blog to share the ideas and projects I have completed and show you some super simple ways to make something beautiful for your home without spending an arm and a leg!
I also will share recipes on here that are my favorite and anything else that happens to come up that I think may be of interest to people...like how to make your own picture frame or jewelry...stuff like that!
Welcome to a little bit of creative heaven!
My boyfriend and I went to Deadwood, SD for the annual Deadweird event! There is some big money to be made with the costume contests so of course we wanted to dress up! Below is the transformation! I even included a time lapse video on how I did my boyfriend's makeup!
Start by adding a good amount of styling gel to your hair, and the curlers and let them set your hair while you do your makeup.
Start by outlining the look you want. I of course used Pinterest and came up with a good option!
Fill in the black makeup of the outline you created. Then start adding the lighter colors and blend accordingly.
Add some concealer or base to even out your skin color. Then blend in the other areas you want to create darker areas.
Now it's time to take out the curlers!
Now time for the best part of doing the makeup!
Bing, bang, boom...and the end result...
I also did my boyfriend's! Check out the time lapse video here!
Well, I have started going to this great networking group in Rapid City. I have been so impressed with all the women in the group and am looking forward to becoming more involved. I wrote an article for their November newsletter so I thought I would share!
Here's a little bit more about the group! Check them out!
WE ARE BUFFALO GALS
Gals with ~ Grit, Guts and Glimmering Grace
We draw on the pioneering spirit of the Gals whose shoulders we stand upon to move opportunities for a better way forward! We have vision, persistence and tenacity. We are committed to taking care of one another, standing up for one another, supporting our dreams hopes and goals!
We are your mothers, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, wives, daughters and your friends. We began as a group of gritty gals gathering after a few too many pots of coffee - and not nearly enough herbal tea, scotch or wine. We had a vision to make the world a better place, and we started a stampede.
Our thundering herd of Buffalo Gals pushes one another onward, tirelessly pressing forward together to make a sustained difference.
We touch the lives of men, women, elders and future generations. We are inspiring hope and cultivating a pipeline for success.
Together we’ll make this world the place we dream for our daughters and sons. A place where they can dream their dreams, envision solutions and be proud of the legacy we have left.
Do you still dream? Do you dream big? As you look back on your life, are you where you thought you would be? Did you hope for something better; dream for something bigger?
As women, do we hold ourselves back from our true hopes and dreams because we are afraid of failure? Are we afraid of the success? Do we hold ourselves up to this unrealistic standard that society has created for us? We are pushed to be all things to all people; to be the best in our career, the best wife, the best mother and all the while being wrapped up as this pretty little package. This huge amount of pressure we are under is just so overwhelming; this expectation of perfection.
I find that is where my fear of failure comes into play. What happens when I actually reach my goals, my dreams? Then what? And oh no! What if I fail? What if, during that process of planning, organizing, researching, and working the hardest I ever have, that I do not make it? I did not get that small business loan I needed. I did not get those investors to invest in me, in my ideas, or my dreams. I did not get that promotion that I worked so hard for. I was passed over for someone else. It is so devastating, crushing, disappointing and embarrassing.
Think of the last time you failed though; the journey that brought you to where you are today. Think about the process .Think about how hard you worked and the pride you felt knowing you did your best. Sometimes though, our best is not good enough. That does not mean WE are not good enough. That just means, at that time, for that project or job or whatever, our best was not enough.
Failure always brings so many lessons with it that we need to reflect on so we can be better for next time. We must stop, process, and allow ourselves to feel those emotions. And then we must move past them; to get over it and to move on. We must not hold on to those insecurities but to be free from all the negativity we put on ourselves.
We must learn from these failures so you can be better for next time. So we can get farther next time. My mother always says, “You are not a failure until you stop trying.” That has always rang so true to my heart. It has allowed me to overcome my disappointments and pick myself up, wipe off my tears and push forward to the next thing.
But what if you never tried? What if you accepted a life of mediocrity and allowed yourself to just be content with the bare minimum? It hurts me to even write that. To just accept the status quo; I can’t imagine. I have always, always dreamed big. But I have not pushed myself to my fullest potential. I am afraid to fail, I am afraid of the embarrassment. But I am more afraid to look back on my life wishing I had done more. That I tried harder, that I loved more, gave more of myself, more of my time and opened my heart more to others.
It is said that a leopard cannot change its spots. Well, that is true but luckily we are humans and can change! We can do something different! We can go down the path less traveled and though we may walk hesitantly or need someone to walk with us at times, there is no shame in that. There is no shame in asking for help or admitting our fears. How can we overcome our fears if we don’t face them?
Failure is that thing that nobody likes to talk about or dwell on, but that is life. It cannot be avoided. So, why not embrace the risk of failure and learn how to overcome it? Why not stand up to failure and punch it in the face and push right past it so you can be your best? So you can get that promotion, that business loan or that investment. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back; because it will happen. The odds are you will fail, but that is ok. That failure allows you to be better for next time! And are not the wins that much more satisfying when you worked extremely hard to get there? The sweet smell of victory, oh yeah, now doesn’t that feel good?