Tuesday, December 13, 2011


So...I have been a busy bee and been in the wreath making mood. I got a Women's day magazine that had several super cute wreath ideas that caught my eye...I couldn't decide which one to make so I made 3! lol

First though...from another magazine ;) (I have been inspired lol) a columnist wrote about how her and her husband cut the bottom of their Christmas tree every year as a memento for every year they had been married. I thought this was a really sweet idea so we cut a sliver off our tree...and I bought a wood burner for $12 at Joann's and figure I will engrave the date and a saying each year!

Here is a peppermint wreath I made a pain in the butt (they kept falling off...and after this picture was taken I bought a acrylic clear coat spray to seal it), but I think it's pretty.

I love, love, love this one and it was the cheapest and easiest one.

Cut three sizes of the paper straws 48 that are 6 1/2, 48 that are 5 1/2, and cut 25 in half.

Long ones first, hot glue touching inside circle.

Then middle size glue between two long ones.

For the last row glue small ones in between two middle sized straws.

Last one is called forget-me-knot!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Praline Pecan Crunch

Whew! What a whirlwind of a couple of weeks. We had a fabulous and relaxing week at the cabin for Thanksgiving...and then back to my lil love bugs at work! I am still getting used to having this pretty lil thing on my finger and it has been really exciting seeing people's reaction! Only 3 more weeks until Christmas, I know it's going to be here before we know it!

So let me catch up to Thanksgiving before falling too far behind...

I made a yummy Praline Pecan Crunch trail mix to bring up to the cabin, it's super easy and a yummo snack-my principal made it for a staff meeting and I knew I had to try it.

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Combine 1 (16 0z.) pkg Quaker oat Squares Cereal and 2 Cups pecan pieces. I used the cinnamon quaker cereal, but you can use whatever flavor you want, I think they have a maple and brown sugar one too. I always use throw away pans for these types of recipes that deal with Karo syrup...easy cleanup.

Combine 1/2 cup light corn syrup.

1/4 cup butter

and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar in a sauce pan. Heat to boil over medium heat. Once boiling remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp baking soda.

The mixture will puff up and pour over cereal mixture. Stir to coat. Bake 1 hour stirring every 20 minutes.

Spread on wax paper to cool. Break into pieces.

Turkey dinner

At the beginning of the week it didn't look like we were going to be able to cut down our Christmas tree, but luckily the weather changed in our favor and we got to!

Look how cool this moss looks hanging on the trees.

lol and on Greg's chin.

Okay that's enough with the moss.

much better!

Here she is... ;)