It’s officially Christmas Season, and you know what that means…
Work parties, family get-togethers, Church celebrations. So many opportunities to enjoy time with people you love eating delicious food.
I was recently invited by a dear friend of mine to attend a Christmas Card and Cookie Exchange party, and it was wonderful! I just couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!
Pizza is always a favorite around our house, as it should be.
But you know what’s even better than pizza?
I know that probably wasn’t going to be your answer. The obvious answer would be two pizzas, some breadsticks, and a big cold Dr. Pepper (any other drink is UNACCEPTABLE, y’all).
But no, it’s not those things. It’s Christmas Pizza. Look, I know what you’re thinking. Christmas Pizza? Really? Like pine tree pizza or sugar cookie pizza? No. Though sugar cookie pizza is totally acceptable and awesome in its own right but that’s another post. It’s just pizza, but made in awesome Christmas shapes. You might not be impressed with this, but trust me – your kids are gonna love it.
Peppermint Bark is synonymous with Christmastime. Almost every holiday party I attend has a plateful of Peppermint Bark, and it’s always gone by the end of the shindig.
The combination of milk chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint is just perfect, and it’s something that anyone can make!
Down here in Texas, we know how to do two things really well.
1.) Sweet Tea
2.) Pecan Pie
In case you don’t know, Pecan Pie (pronounced puh-kahn, y’all, and don’t try to tell us otherwise) is a sweet, delectable southern treat that is to die for.
And it is so easy to put together, you can be ready in less than one hour to give your mini pecan pie to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, kids’ teachers…well, you get the picture.
Note: This is not a lantern made out of candy cane pallets. Unfortunately, they do not make pallets out of candy canes. But that’s probably a good thing, since you can’t really ship freight on a giant candy cane. What if it gets wet? Everything would stick to it, and don’t even get me started about the ants. Wait, where was I going with this?
Oh, right. This is actually a lantern made from pallet wood that has lights that make it look like a candy cane. Or a barber pole. But seriously guys, this is Christmastime, not Barbermastime, okay? Get it straight.
…or is it both?
(Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)
I’m so excited to present to you guys my Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide! I have had mucho fun putting this list together, and I have definitely found things to add to my wish list as well!
Although almost everything on this list is fun and colorful, most things are available in many colors, including neutrals. So there’s something suited for everyone’s taste!
Gadgets and Utensils
I know we can’t all afford to get our fave baker a new KitchenAid, but if you can you definitely should! They come with three attachments (paddle, whisk, and dough hook) and this one comes with a glass bowl, so it’s even cooler!
So all this month I’ve been doling out the pallet and woodworking projects, with the usual caveats of what tools you need. Some most folks have, and some are more for the enthusiast – but I know all this time you’ve been wondering, “Matt! Where can we get all these awesome tools you’re using to make these awesome things?!”
If you haven’t, I’m going to tell you anyway. Some of this stuff can save you so much work it’s insane. So, without further ado, I present to you…
This gift is simple and quick to put together, and is guaranteed to be a favorite! It’s a Mini Skillet with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and we haven’t met a soul who doesn’t like it!
I mean, who doesn’t love a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven? The only thing that could make it better is if it was topped with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. And we can attest to how good this one is, because that picture you see up there? Yeah, it’s gone now. Like it took less than an evening.
Most of what we do here, as you can probably tell if you’ve read through, are projects that really require an adult to do. Some of Leslie’s baking can be done with your kiddos, but definitely all of my woodworking projects require cutty and stabby tools that aren’t for the little ones and honestly they shouldn’t be around at all until they’re a little older.
That being said, we do have 3 young children and we love doing crafts with them. So I wanted to take some time during our 31 Days journey to take a look at some great classic craft ideas that your kids can do for Christmas.
We. Love. Christmas.
As if you couldn’t tell yet since we’re making 31 posts in a row about it.
We’ve spent a good amount of time this month making and baking things for Handmade Christmas, and we want to take a break for a bit from that to look at other things we love about Christmas. For us, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and today we wanted to share with you our own family traditions at Christmastime: