Raspberry Hug, Pretzel and an M

Doing a twist on this recipe for Valentine’s Day.

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Hershey’s released a raspberry hug for the holiday and I happen to love raspberry. This is such a simple recipe, and it lasts a while.

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Ingredients: raspberry hugs, Valentine’s Day M&Ms and the Snaps Pretzels in the waffle pattern (or pretzel Os if you can find those)

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Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. On a baking sheet, layout a bunch of pretzels.

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Unwrap the hugs and place them on top of the pretzels. I think I had six hugs left from the bag and used the rest.

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Stick the baking sheet into the oven. These seem to have a lower melting point than the peppermint and regular Kisses. So at 3 minutes, look at them. These were at 4 minutes and it’s almost too melted.

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Quickly, put an M on each of the hugs/pretzels. Stick them in the fridge for a bit, so make sure they cool stay in their right form. Then enjoy!



Versatile Valentine’s Wreath

Remember that yarn and ruffle wreath I made a couple months back? Well, I made it so the decoration was removable. I decided to change the decorations to a Valentine’s Day theme. I got a pile of felt and rather than just make one set of decorations, I wanted to show how versatile this wreath could be.

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Foam circles can be expensive. If you want to change up your wreaths depending on the holiday and the season, you don’t want to have to buy and store a dozen wreaths. I’m advising: Don’t glue your decorations on. Use pins! You can try and match the pins to your wreath theme or hide them strategically.

I also saw this pin and just had to try making these woven Danish hearts.

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It’s pretty simple one you get the hang of making these. Take two sheets of felt. Out of each sheet, you can get four felt strips (you can make four hearts). Take two strips and then round the edges. Fold them in half and cut three parallel lines. Then weave the strips together to make a heart! You can use these as little heart baskets or use them for what I did.

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So, I stuck the two woven hearts onto the wreath and then cut out two other hearts out of the same colors.

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Then I tried six hearts.

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Then two large hearts with three smaller layered hearts.

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Finally a pattern of hearts. I could have kept going. I just love that I can change up the decorations all I want. Right now I’ve left it with the two woven hearts.

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Hand painted ornaments

I know it’s the day after Christmas, but I didn’t want to ruin the surprise by posting these on the blog beforehand. I handed out these cute ornaments to my family during our Christmas celebration.

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I’m really happy with these.

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So I found these porcelain stocking ornaments at Michael’s. I hated the red string they came with so I cut that off.


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I wanted to keep the trim at the top. So I used a small piece of masking tape to block it off.

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I did a quick coat of my different paints. I used the Martha Stewart craft paints I have that are perfect for porcelain. The Satin ones coated the best. I used one kind of Metallic, but it got gummy and bubbly. Take the masking tape off while the paint is still wet. Otherwise, you’ll end up pulling off some of the paint.

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I did the one side, let it dry for about an hour and then flipped it over and did the same on the other side. You can do a second coat if needed.

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After letting them dry on both sides, I used my holiday stencils (also Martha Stewart) and put one symbol on top of each stocking.

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Let them dry overnight. I wanted to make sure they were permanent and I didn’t have 21 days to let them cure. So I did bake them. Stick them in a cool oven on a baking sheet. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Once it hits 350 degrees, bake for half an hour and turn the oven off. I baked for 40 minutes total. Leave them in the oven as it cools down.

I then used my favorite fabric ribbon to restring them. Yay!

Something to pin and save for next year’s gifts!

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So, I really have no idea what these cookies are called. Snowballs. Russian tea cakes. Mexican Wedding Cakes. They’re super simple and tasty though.

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If you need to bring a treat to a holiday party, these won’t take too much time!

– 1 cup (2 stick) of butter
– 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, plus a bunch of powdered sugar to coat the cookies
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– 2 and 1/4 cups flour
– A pinch of salt
– 1 cup pecan chips


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Bring your butter to room temperature and then cream it.

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Add in the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and the vanilla.

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Mix together the flour, salt and pecan chips before slowly adding it to the butter/sugar.

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Mix it all together. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Take a scooper to measure out equal rounds. So they don’t have a flat bottom, roll them in your palms. I used a larger scoop and got just over 24 cookies. You can use a smaller scoop to get more. Bake them for about 15 minutes.

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Let the cookies settle on the pan for about 5 minutes. While they are still hot, roll them in powdered sugar. I fill the bottom of a larger tuperware and used my hands to roll the cookie around and cover the cookies with the sugar. Set them aside to cool and then coat them again. Yum!

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Chocolate covered Oreos

Chocolate covered Oreos? Yes please! A few festive sprinkles? Why sure! So here’s the deal, I tried to make chocolate covered Oreo pops, but I ended up with half pops and half regular chocolate covered Oreos. Doesn’t really matter, still super cute and tasty!

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Let’s get to the Oreos.

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Ingredients: double stuf Oreos, candy melts, lollipop sticks and sprinkles

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Start by sticking the lollipop sticks into your Oreos. There are a couple ways to do this. I just stuck them in. But in the process, I cracked the cookies a bit, which I think led to some instability when I was dipping them. You can also separate one side of the cookie from the stuf, put the lollipop stick in and then use a little bit of the candy melt to reattach the cookie.

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Melt your candy melts. 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat. Until the melts are smooth. Then dip the Oreos. I used the spoon to cover the Oreo entirely. If the Oreo fell into the candy melts, I just scooped it out and put it onto the pan to dry.

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I used a baking sheet with aluminum foil to let the candy melts set up. Before they dried, I sprinkled on some sprinkles. A tasty treat and, I think, a great gift idea. Takes no time at all though. Just don’t get frustrated if your Oreo pops end up being just chocolate covered Oreos.

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Handmade Christmas cards

I’m participating in my first Christmas card/craft exchange this year. It’s the first time I’m making a bunch of Christmas cards. I decided to go minimalist and simple.

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I’m happy with how they turned out.

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Supplies: card stock cut into card length, glue dots, three different types of Christmas scrapbook paper, a paper punch (I used a star)

Start by punching out a lot of shapes from the scrapbook paper.

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Then come up with a pattern. I used three stars cut from each piece of scrapbook paper for a total of 9 stars.

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Helpful tip: Prep your whole project by cutting out the cards and folding them. Then pull off the amount of glue dots you need for each card with the paper backing intact. Then stick your 9 star shapes onto the glue dots. Saves time from doing it one by one.

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Then just apply the stars to your card in a pattern that makes you happy! Very simple and it’s a little something extra for your Christmas cards.

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Pretzel, M&M and Candy Cane Kisses

Updated, see the note below

I’ve seen these little treats before, but made with the Hershey’s Hugs, the kisses that have white and milk chocolate. But I just picked up a bag of Candy Cane Kisses at the store on sale. If you’ve never had these ones before, omg they are so good! I love peppermint flavored anything and peppermint chocolate? Yes please! There’s also chips of candy cane in there I think.

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So I made a Christmas version of these snacks using the Candy Cane Kisses and Christmas colored M&Ms.

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Ingredients: bag of M&Ms, pretzels and the Candy Cane Kisses.

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Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Lay your square pretzels out on a baking sheet with parchment paper underneath. You can stuff the pan more than I did.

Make sure if you get the square pretzels, you get the plain snaps and not the butter snaps. Those won’t taste as good. You could also get circle pretzels that’ll fit the bottom of your chocolate. I’d avoid the regular pretzel shape though.

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Stick the Candy Cane Kisses on top of the pretzels. This is probably the most laborious part of the task! As is the problem with anything involving individually wrapped candies. I suggest getting a helper (little kids are definitely up to the task) and have a garbage bowl a la Rachael Ray nearby.

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Stick the pan into the oven for about 4 minutes. If you compare the kisses in the two photos above, you can see the second photo (with the messy pretzel placement) the Kisses are sorta saggy, a bit more shiny. This means they’re melty in the middle. To avoid the pretzels moving around on the pan, I would definitely add more pretzels.

Note: If you use milk chocolate kisses, you may need to bake them a minute longer. They don’t melt as quickly as the candy cane versions. I don’t know how Hugs melt, so I’d put them in at 4 minutes, and then see if they need a little longer.

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Then, work quickly and place one M&M on top of the Kiss and push down. Once you’re done, stick the pan into the fridge for at least 15 minutes to help the chocolate set up. I’d say leave it in there longer just to be sure the chocolate isn’t still melty and gooey.

Now, if you want to give it an extra minty kick, you could use mint M&Ms. But I used the milk chocolate ones. These treats were seriously yummy and it’s a great little thing to bring to a party.

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