Sunday, December 21, 2014

Best of Elf on the Shelf 2

I'm in deep with Elf on the Shelf. I look at photos online for at least 30 minutes a day. Is there a helpline for this? Well, I am enjoying it and my child's reaction each day, which is why I do anything anymore. Check out these ideas.

Holding onto an empty toilet paper roll.

Rice Krispie cereal snow angel.

Candy sprinkles snow angel.

Crafted snowflakes from Q-tips.

Baking up a storm in the kitchen.

Hanging out of the ice dispenser.

Happy hiding!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick Teacher Gift

With just one day to go, I went to Dollar Tree and picked up four different chocolate truffle candles and a decorative box. It is a great Christmas gift. And what teacher do you know who doesn't love the smell of chocolate?

Remove candles from packaging.
Place candles in cupcake liners.
Place all in box and top with a sweet note:

"Enjoy these sweet smelling candles. Happy Holidays!"
"I found candles as sweet as you!"
"We all need chocolate to get us ready for second semester."
"You're the sweetest teacher!"

Last Minute Wreath

If you're entertaining like I am, you have to decorate beautifully for Christmas. My go-to color scheme is white and gold with small hints of red.

This last-minute decoration will be perfect for greeting guests.


It could not be easier! Using a round piece of foam, place mini marshmallows on toothpicks and press toothpick ends into form.

Finish it off with a ribbon and bow to hang.

I love this idea for hosting children. This can be done with a mix of mini and regular marshmallows. 

Think of other ways to decorate with these sweet white clouds:
  • Jumbo marshmallows become small snowmen when put on toothpicks or skewers. 
  • Mini marshmallows can line the bottom of a clear glass candle holder and topped with a flame less candle. 
  • Fill a bowl with jumbo marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey chocolate bars for a s'mores station. 
  • Dip the bottom of marshmallows in melted white or dark chocolate and crushed candy canes. 
The list goes on and on!

Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fast & Easy Asian BBQ Sauce

This is my fast and easy go-to for BBQ sauce! In a desperate need to make chicken, I searched for a sauce recipe with ingredients I already have. Ketchup is the best base for the sauce, and I like the flavor from soy sauce. So, try this recipe for your next cookout.

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, optional
2 tablespoons mustard, optional
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon canola oil

Mix all ingredients. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or more.

For less tang, omit mustard and Worcestershire sauce. The sweeter the better!


Easy Gifts to DIY

Things can get pricey around the holidays, everything from decorations to gifts. I want to give gifts to the people I really appreciate. Since I know a lot of coffee and tea drinkers, here are a few gifts you can DIY or purchase to make them happy.

The Mr. And The Mrs. Mugs

Sweater Koozie

Donut Mug - hard to diy, worth buying

Large marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate, rolled in crushed mint candy, and topped with small candy cane. Perfect for dipping in hot chocolate.

Chocoate Mint Brownies to go along with the mug - melt down Andes chocolates and add to batter

Happy gifting!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best of Elf on the Shelf - Hiding Places & Mischief

Are you a part of the Elf on the Shelf community? I bet you are. We are all just loving parents who keep hope and Christmas magic alive in our children. After searching the web for the best hiding places and mischievous positions, I share them with you here. Which one is your favorite?

Spa day

Pooping Hershey kisses on cookies.

Candy poop in toliet.

Mini marshmallow bath in sink.

Cold/flu elf on tissue box bed.

Elf turned toilet paper rolls into snowman with marker.

Sugar snow angel.

Popping out of cereal box.

In kissing booth surrounded by Hershey kisses.

Hanging off top cabinet wearing a cape made from a coffee filter.