Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday cookies

We made our holiday trays for neighbors a couple of weeks ago and included a lot of our usual elements--the chocolate covered pretzel sticks, brownies, and these cupcakes. My favorite addition to the trays were Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies.  I'm not a big fan of the flavored Hershey's kisses, but I tried the candy cane flavor on these cookies and the amount of peppermint was perfect...not to mention that they were much less messy than my usual attempts to crumble up candy canes to use in this type of recipe.


I found the recipe here; basically they are just sugar cookie chunks topped with chocolate and peppermint...a great flavor combination for the holidays.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday glass beads

It was finally time to take the little glass Halloween characters off of Ben's backpack...but we had so much fun with those that I wanted to do something similar with holiday characters.

Here's what we ended up with--a snowman, an elf, a penguin and Santa.

I really loved the little snowman, so I made a few more to mail out to my youngest nieces. Hopefully they will love them as much as I do!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday bottle necklaces

The last few weeks have been packed with activity.  Coordinating the Bizarre Bazaar event took more work than I could have ever imagined, but it was successful and I'm glad I had the opportunity to be involved at that level of things.  We had 147 artists at the show this year--the most we've ever had--and now that we are a week out from it, it seems that most of the loose ends are taken care of and it's time to go back to everyday life. 

So...remember these?  Even though I think they are definitely what I would pick to hang around a wine bottle or my favorite soda, I decided to make a few others with holiday messages on them.