Thursday, December 16, 2010

Six Pack Gift Baskets

I was searching around earlier this week for something to use as a container for the goodie baskets we put together for the neighbors.  I didn't want to buy some cheap plastic thing that they'd really probably see as clutter, but the gift budget just isn't large enough for a nice $10 basket X 4 neighbors either.

Then I saw my solution!  Ben had a empty six pack holder on the cupboard and I saw how nicely that would work to hold a collection of different treats.

I painted them up, designed some new labels, an ta-daa!  Recycled gift baskets with a cute sort of look, and no extra clutter that was made in China. 

I'm feeling very accomplished today, now that I have them all put together.  Now for the fun of delivering them!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chocolate Spoons

There's been lots of food crafting going on around here for the neighbors' gift baskets.  There's actually been a lot of crafting in general going on, but much of that is Christmas surprises, so I had to really think about what photos are "blog safe" right now.

These spoons were fun and super easy to make.  It took a 11.5oz bag of milk chocolate chips to dip all 48 spoons that came in the pack.  I love it when things work out so well like that!

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Days

My goodness, it's cold here!  The chickens are protesting vigorously.  I've explained to them that they have a heat lamp, which is more than I have, but then they offered to trade the heat lamp for the cozy comforter and hot chocolate they know I'm holding back from them.

I don't mind the cold as much when I remember that Christmas is coming around the corner.  It helps put the temperatures in perspective when one of the best things about winter is going on.

St. Charles, MO Nov. 2010
Don't you want to just move in there!

It's so easy for all the fun and joy of Christmas to slip right past this time of year.  It seems like time goes so quickly!

To combat this, I've challenged myself to be in the moment more, and to do at least one Christmas thing every day.  Even if I just put on a Christmas cd while I make dinner, or eat a candy cane.

I've been keeping track of my "Christmas things" by posting them everyday on my personal Facebook page.  Which I'm sure is really getting my friends and family into the holiday mood as well, lol.

St. Charles, MO Nov. 2010
I'd live right down the street in this one.  We could be neighbors!

Today, I'm going to the Christmas Luncheon for the county extension club.  We're going to the same place we went last year, the one that serves "chicken".  Misplaced quotation mark make me uneasy, but it was really good fried chicken!

I'm really hoping for Christmas Carol trivia again this year.  I dominated last year.  But in a very loving, spirit of the season, sort of way.

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I hope your winter holiday prep is going well too!  Take some time, eat a candy cane.  Nothing can beat that bright cool rush of peppermint.  I would never bite a candy cane when I was growing up, but recently, I've discovered that I love splintering them into shards and sticking my teeth together with the candy.  Good thing for my teeth they're a once a year treat!  So, what's your favorite way to eat a candy cane?

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A Big Christmas Surprise

While we were completing construction on the new chicken coop, we bought a sawzall for some certan tasks that made it so much easier.  Ben decided that that would be his Christmas present budget, and no amount of arguing would change his mind on the matter. (I like to give presents!)

So, I set to brainstorming gifts that I could give that would fit the criteria of $free$.

This is the first one I came up with.  We haven't been able to park in the garage since... well, I don't remember ever parking in the garage since we moved here.

I've been sorting and cleaning it a bit at a time, here and there, but since he had to be away last night, I decided to do a big push yesterday and today to get it all cleared and ready for the car.

I won't be able to save this surprise for Christmas, but I think he'll like all the more for being early!

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