Today from my kitchen I am posting about last minute gifts you can Cook up in your kitchen – so here some family favorites. First up perfect for anyone- hot chocolate in a jar with Homemade marshmallows perfect combo-
Tag on Jar Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add ½ cup of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely combined. Top with marshmallows, if desired, and enjoy!
Homemade Marshmallows :
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel or knife dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary.
You can package together in a large jar or you can place Marshmallows in a plastic bag or jar and give separate, Lisa
It’s a cold and rainy Saturday in Louisiana – and perfect time to make some fun crafts with the kids. So gather the craft supplies and the kidos and lets have fun!
Christmas Tree Ornaments :
First is some cute and Easy Christmas tree ornaments – cut from felt & Christmas stickers package. Need a craft for a glass party try this : Lisa
If you want too you can cut the basic shapes before hand – and then let the kids assemble them. Keep the shapes easy to make and not to fussy,
Christmas Paper Clips :
This is a great Christmas gift for your teacher or planner fan. You can find large clips of all kinds at your local office supply store. These simple shapes are made from Craft foam which comes in great colors and shapes. Lisa
$1 Store Christmas Headband :
The dollar store has tons of inexpensive Christmas craft kits – Buy a bunch and let the kids have fun! Lisa
As my earlier post said (you did read it?) the Flu is being passed around at work . My special treat – From My Kitchen is a Vaporizing Bath Melt.
So Gather up these Supplies:
1/2 C baking soda
1 C Corn starch
5 T Vicks ( i used generic kind)
1 tsp water (as need to the mixture)
Ice Cub trays ( mine are small from the Dollar store)
In a bowl add Corn starch and the Vapr -mix together. Add Baking soda to mixture and Mix. Add water to mixture as needed -a little at a time -until it will hold together. Place in ice cub trays and place in freezer until set. When you take them out you can place in a container to give as a gift or use yourself.
Use these in the shower by placing next to the drain and letting them melt. Lisa
My Saturday Kids craft is one from a great place to find inexpensive crafts and decorations. My local Dollar Store. Planning a class party or need small things for a gift bag it’s the perfect place yo shop. These are simple Paint your own ornaments (2) for a $1. Have fun and go exploring for things to do this weekend with the kids. Lisa
Now if you are into Clay artist you could make your own. But this is a quick alternative. Lisa
Christmas Stocking Block 17 in our quilt along This is our last quilt block for this quilt. Hope you had fun and I had fun sharing family Christmas with you. Next Friday – It’s Christmas Cookies !!
Family Memories :
Do you have a family custom about stockings? I remember as a child Mom buying a fake (cardboard) Fireplace so we could have a mantle for our homemade stockings. Even when I married – we never lived in a house with a fireplace so we made do with book shelves or walls to hang our stockings.
Here’s a few Stocking facts”
A Christmas stocking is typically a sock or sock shaped bag. Christmas stockings are traditionally hung on Christmas Eve, ready to be filled secretly with presents during the night, which are usually opened the next morning.
Santa is said to put gifts in Christmas stockings, for good boys and girls.
There is no written history of the Christmas stocking, although there are many legends of how the stockings came about.
Happy Saturday ! Today I am visiting Nature for my holiday gifts . Gift paper recycled from grocery bags , my spice cabinet used for decoration and a gift made from dried fruit from my hydra tor. Enjoy – Lisa
Back to Nature gift wrap : Book
Paper bag cut for wrapping paper
Eucalyptus leaves /Cinnamon sticks
Dried lemon, apple,cranberries
Sprig of rosemary
Cloves & Star anise
Cinnamon & Eucalyptus
all ingredients in medium saucepan.
Simmer on low heat.
Add more water as needed.
HINT * I buy bulk spices at the local Chinese market or ethnic section in the grocery store. Lisa
Gift Bag :
Flower,Tag leaves & burlap with a brown paper bag ,
The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s Scout Elves each holiday season. The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.
You can tell Santa’s Official Scout Elves apart from other elves at the North Pole because they arrive in their official solid red jumpsuit with their very own storybook called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. Ready to adopt your own Scout Elf?
My son is Now grown but my Cousin does for her daughter :
If you read yesterday post ( I know you did) – I mentioned Wine charm rings in my Thanksgiving Table post. These nifty little things are perfect for any get together at home or make a set for a hostess gift ( box together a set with a bottle of wine ). Lisa
Wine glass charms, also called wine glass markers, are often used at parties because help keep track of which glass is whose. Charms, beads, or a combination of both are attached to a wire ring that fits around the wine glassstem. Crafters can make elegant or whimsical additions that dress up plain wine glasses.
So what do you need to make a set for a Christmas Eve party ?
Supply List :
Pliers ( optional but you may want them if you are making your own rings)
Wire Wine Charm Rings
You can use wire earring finds from Walmart bedding section. (buy the largest & strongest )
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