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:
We are just so excited to have our first guest post today! Maria from Tinselbox is going to show us how to make Easy Vanilla Salted Caramels (which sound AMAZING, btw!!)
And yes, you read that right. Tinselbox. It’s like one of those monthly subscription boxes for makeup or Fair Trade Friday except it’s for HOLIDAYS! Valentines, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, and of course, Christmas! Maria is the CEO of Tinselbox and gets to spend her days mailing awesome holiday stuff to people. How great is that? Anyway, here’s Maria!
Easy Salted Caramel Handmade Gifts
When it comes to the holidays, we are a bit obsessed. Decorating, candy making and celebrating are our thing. You wouldn’t want us to withhold our easiest, yummiest handmade gift idea would you? We won’t hold back any more. Try our handmade Vanilla Salted Caramel recipe and adorable gift package DIY.
I still have a lot of that hackberry tree I cut down the other day, ya’ll. Like a bunch. Making those candle holders didn’t hardly use any of it. And honestly the more of it I can use in the shop, the less I have to haul off elsewhere. So today I’m dragging you along with me on another Project To Make Out Of A Cut Down Hackberry Tree So Matt Doesn’t Have To Carry It Further Than The Workshop ™.
Cutting thin slices of these would make great coasters, which make a great gift for any OCD person in your life.
As with most of the things we’ve made so far, these are super easy to make with the right tools.
Frozen jokes. Frozen jokes everywhere.
Hold on, we need to, because that’s what this post is about –
SHUT UP BOROMIR YES YOU CAN SIMPLY BUILD A SNOWMAN. SIMPLY AND EASILY WITH ONLY SOME 2X4 AND DECORATIONS NOW SHUT YOUR FOOL MOUTH.
Hey, let’s build a snowman! This is another quick and easy winter/Christmas decoration that’s easy enough you can do it with your kids!