This week, I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to make for my friends and neighbors for the Holidays.  Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t be farther from Martha Stewart, so around my house we try to keep our projects simple and family friendly.  Here are some ideas I came up with (along with my trusty “google”).

If you’re in the mood to make candy, you can check out our Holiday candy recipes here.

MELTED SNOWMAN COOKIES


from Stacey’s Sweet Shop

For step by step directions, visit

Stacey’s sweet shop
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but I’m going to make these painlessly with my kids by using Pillsbury cookie dough with coupon :

$1.00/2 – Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough – (coupons.com)

CHOCLATE DIPPED SPOONS & HOT COCOA
thanks FamilyEducation.com

Coupon for milk chocolate chips:
$1.00/1 – Nestle Tollhouse – (verybestbaking.com)

Coupon for Chinet spoons:

$1.00/1 – (IE) Chinet Product – (bricks.coupons.com)
$1.00/1 – (FF) Chinet Product – (bricks.coupons.com)

Get Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa to accompany your spoons for Free at Target; read How.

· Plastic spoons
· dipping chocolate
· Cookie sheet
· Waxed paper
· glass bowls or measuring cups
· Colored plastic wrap
· Colored ribbon

What to do:

Step One: Line the cookie sheet with a layer of waxed paper.

Step Two: Put the white and dark chocolate in separate bowls and melt each type of chocolate in the microwave. Microwave until the chocolate is smooth (about one or two minutes), stopping every 20 seconds to stir the mixture.

Step Three: When the chocolate is melted, dip a spoon into the bowl, covering both sides completely. Make some spoons using white chocolate and others using dark chocolate.

Step Four: Decorate your spoons if you with, then place the spoons face down on the wax paper and let them dry completely. This should take 30 minutes to an hour.

Step Six: Cut a piece of plastic wrap (at least 8 x 6 inches) and a strand of ribbon for each chocolate spoon.

Step Seven: Wrap a sheet of plastic over each spoon, then secure it with a ribbon tied around the spoon’s base.

CANDY CANE REINDEER

How many of you are underwhelmed?  Are you getting a sense of my skill level yet?
thanks SkiptomyLou!

Candy Cane Coupon:

$1.00/2 – WONKA Candy Canes – (coupons.com)

Low temp hot glue gun
Ribbons or yarn for hanging
1 wrapped candy cane (this has to be wrapped around the candy, not a ‘bagged’ candy cane)
1 tiny pom-pom for the nose

2 little wiggle eyes (or paper eyes drawn and cut out)
Brown pipe cleaners for the antlers

PIN-UP WREATH
by Martha Stewart

Coupon for embroidery hoop
40% off JoAnns purchase printable coupon

thanks freesnatcher!

Coupon for Ribbon
$5.00 any purchase at Hallmark printable coupon

Decorate a wall or an interior door by hanging a holiday-card wreath. Using wood glue, affix miniature wooden clothespins to a large (about 14-inch-diameter) embroidery hoop. Alternate clothespins to point outward and inward, spaced 1 1/2 inches apart. Suspend from a ribbon, and clip your cards in place as you receive them.