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10 years, a whole decade. Wow it really seems to fly by. I was only 19 and kinda scared. Now I am 29, you are 10 and still kinda scared but for different reasons. 10 years from now I will be 39 you will be 20 and I will hopefully be over the fear......
Exatly 10 years ago I had been a brand new first time mom for about an hour. I was in the recovery room waiting to really get to hold my brand new daughter for the first time. She was getting weighed and cleaned and checked out. 7 lbs 2 oz and just perfect.
That super cute smile and little giggle that warms my heart to hear it.
Mmmm who doesn't love a nice cup of hot chocolate? Stir in some chocolate chips and marshmallows and you have a wonderful treat! You can make your own hot chocolate mix and layer it in a jar to give as a quick gift.
You will need:
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Cocoa
Pinch of Salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an air tight container.
To give as a gift:
Layer the mix with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Add a mini whisk and a cute mug and you are good to go!
Add two tablespoons of mix per mug of hot milk or water.
This Cinderella stocking was made as a gift for one of my cousins girls.
This was the first stocking I made and it was for the 12 Days of Christmas mini swap in 2008. I think this is actually my favorite of all the stockings.
I love how they don't look perfect and will be great keepsakes. As suggested on Full of Great Ideas I wrote each childs name and the date on the bottom where their palm prints are. You can also use a spray sealer if you choose.
The kids also make these foam houses. The kits were at Walmart for only $5 each! I had to help Landon get his roof on but after that they used the included foam stickers to decorate however they wanted. Reusable and a lot less messy than traditional gingerbread houses.
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup powdered sugar
In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar
Wisk in eggs and vanilla
In another bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
use a large spoon to slowly add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture
Stir in the chips
refrigerate the the dough for 2 hours
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Form the dough into 1 inch balls and roll them in powdered sugar
bake the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes
Remove from oven and leave on baking sheet for 5 minutes
them remove to wire rack to cook completely
Last but not least are my personal favorite. My aunt has been making these for years and I started doing them a few years ago to share with friends. My co-workers love these cookies. These are really easy to make also! The dough is very crumbly.
1 c butter
1 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp cherry juice
red food colorin
2 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped & drained maraschino cherries
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter, sugar, cherry juice, almond extract and food coloring, blend well
Mix in flour and salt
Fold in Cherries
Firm dough into 1 inch balls
Place 1-2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 8-10 minutes
remove from oven and immediately top with a kiss
refriderage to set
I also cheated and made peanut butter blossoms using premade peanut butter cookie dough then just placed either a kiss or peanut butter cup on top after baking. Tasty and super easy!
I hope you enjoy baking and if you try any of these recipes let me know how you like them.
This is a Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub. It softens and exfoliates all at the same time. It helps that it smells great and is super quick and easy to make! I will be making these as teachers gifts this year.
I have seen a lot of different receipes for this online. I pretty much made up my own and I didn't measure!
You will need:
1 Container. This can be any glass or plastic container of your choosing
White Cane Sugar
Tea Tree Oil
Pour in the olive oil and start stirring until blended.
Stir in your lemon juice and tea tree oil (if you are using it) Add enough to get the scent you want.
The oil will push down the sugar so you will have to add more sugar and oil until the container is full. Just add both and stir until the container is full.
Add a ribbon and a pretty tag!
Beware that if used in the shower it can be very slippery!
A variation on the recipe
White Cane Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Vanilla
Use equal amounts of the sugar and follow the same directions as above.
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