From my Kitchen * Holiday gifts

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-

Hot Chocolate in a Jar :

  • 3 tablespoons powdered creamer
    3 tablespoons powdered milk
    3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1½ tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 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
  • Nonstick spray
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Saturday Christmas Kids Crafts

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 

From my kitchen Vicks Shower bombs

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)  
You can add some green food coloring if you would like. But I don’t .

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 

This is with a touch of color.

Paint your own Ornaments *

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 

Stocking Love * Quilt along and fun facts

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. 

This is a Vintage one that can be purchased from Amazon.

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.

Need a template to make your own

Holiday Gifts from Nature*

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
  • Colored twin
  • flower
  • Burlap fabric
  • Eucalyptus  leaves /Cinnamon sticks

Christmas potpourri

  • Dried Orange
  • Dried lemon, apple,cranberries
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Cloves & Star anise
  • Candid ginger
  • Cinnamon & Eucalyptus
  1. all ingredients in medium saucepan.
  2. Simmer on low heat.
  3. 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 ,





Holiday Tradition * Elf on the Shelf

It’s Friday ! And the Holiday Inspiration  Quilt blog is Elf on the Shelf: 

From the Movie : Elf and the Book ! Read more about the family fun and start your own family tradition. Lisa



Quilt Block pattern



What is The Elf on the Shelf®?Elf on Shelf information

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 :


DIY Wine Class Charms

Happy Friday ! 

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. Charmsbeads, 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 )
  • You can purchase them with Beads on line Oriental Trading Co

Make Your Own : 

  • Wrap your wire around a larger, round object to make it about an inch in diameter.( I use a large thread spool).
  • Make a loop on one ends -thread on beads and place the other side into the loop to fasten.

Beads and charms – pick your own choice at any craft store /Walmart in the area. My holiday charms came from Hobby Lobby. 


 I made a set for a retirement/going away party .

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DIY Kids Crafts for the Table

We always have a kids table – and this fun and easy craft is a winner at any age : 



So don’t throw away those toilet paper and paper towel rolls we are going to get Crafty ! 

  • Using some basic craft supplies
  • toilet paper holders become Indians  for your table.
  • And Slice up for the kids -2 inch rings to decorate as napkin rings ,
  • Using paper,feathers,leaves and an assortment of accessories and paper. If you have little kids you can pre cut out strips to size,

I put all the supplies together  in a basket on the table and let the kids make there own designs.  Lisa

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Need more ideas Thanksgiving kids craft



Free Printable : 











Thursday * Fall Table Decorations

Today is the first day of November ! And it’s Thursday – 

I am cleaning up from Halloween and Putting up harvest decorations And planning  my holiday meal.  Today I am going to start up with  some easy decoration to make for your home.   Lisa  !


Front Door : 



  • Wire wreath
  • Roll of Burlap Ribbon (Walmart)
  • Woven through wire frame – leave loose. Add fluff out ,
  • Fall Flowers from Walmart /Dollar store .


Table Decorations : 

Place card holders using basic scrapbook supplies and pine cones as the holders. 




Napkin Holders -made with ribbon and fall flowers.




  •   Cut square card out (name)
  • Punch whole in each side and  tie ribbon for holder.
  • On the ribbon -Wine Charms to save your glass . (direction coming soon)






Thanksgiving Family Dessert table *   also a birthday table to celebrate all of us November birthday kids. Lisa


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