Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes




Candy cane candy tubes

Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes

Every year for Christmas my son gets a ton of these candy tubes! Last year, after throwing some away, I decided to play around with them and see if I could turn them into something worth keeping. I ended up doing just that! Not only will I be keeping some of these for myself but I will also be giving some out as gifts! They are both adorable and inexpensive to make! And they make a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!

Materials:

How To: 

Step one:  Cut Coffee Dyed Filters into strips.

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Step 2:  Paint strips with mod podge and begin to wrap them around the candy cane. I normally start with the ends. You can get a better idea of how I do the ends by watching my youtube tutorial that will be posted later this week. Do this until none of the candy cane tube is showing through the coffee filters. Sometimes you may need to add a few more after they dry.

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Step 3: Once the candy cane is completely covered in coffee filters and has dried add the material. To measure the size of the material needed, cut the material to the desired thickness then wrap it up the candy cane and cut. After doing this you can then secure the material on the candy cane using mod podge.

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  Step 4: Give the entire candy cane a nice coat of mod podge. While the candy cane is still wet add a small amount of glitter. I like to use the fine white glitter for this. After adding the glitter, give one more thin coat of mod podge to seal the glitter.

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Once my candy cane was finished I decided to dress it up some! I had some leftover (mistletoe?) sprigs I bought at Walmart for $.98 cents last year. I tied one of the sprigs behind the candy cane using twine. I also tied on a little Christmas tag I made.

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Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY  SCARECROW 




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

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Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

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Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

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Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

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Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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13 Yummy Cake Box Cookie Recipes

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Check out these 13 fabulous cake box cookie recipes from some pretty fabulous bloggers! With all the hustle and bustle with the holidays, this is exactly the kind of recipe that I enjoy. I am so in love with cake box cookie, they are quick, easy, and delicious! I hope you will give a few of these a try! and if you do I would love to know which ones you tried and what you thought of them. I hope you have a very merry Christmas filled with lots of love and cookies, of course 😉

p.s. Santa loves cake box cookies, too 😉

1.) Orange Cake Box Cookies – Burlap Kitchen

2.) Double Chocolate Coffee Cookies – Burlap Kitchen

3.) Chocolate Christmas Cake Box Cookies – Ann’s Entitled Life

4.) Birthday Cake Oreo Cake Box Cookies –  Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

5.) Death by Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies – Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

6.) Frozen inspired Cake Box Cookies – Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

7.) Egg Free Cake Box Cookies –  Three Different Directions

8.) Chocolate cake Box cookies in a Jar –  Freebie Finding Mom

9.) Reese’s Pieces Cake Box Cookies in a Jar – Freebie Finding Mom

10.) Mint Crinkle Cookies – Sarah’s Bake Studio

11.) Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Sarah’s Bake Studio

12.) Gooey Strawberry Cookies – Baking with Mom

13.) Easy 4 ingredient Cookie Recipe – Become a Coupon Queen

Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Cookies

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Ingredients:

1- Cup butter

1/4- Cup shortening ( I use crisco)

3/4- Cup Peanut Butter

1/2- Cup Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

3/4- Cup Brown Sugar

2- eggs

1- teaspoon vanilla

1- Cup sugar

1- teaspoon baking soda

1- teaspoon salt

3- Cups Flour

1- Cup of sugar for rolling

For the Icing :

1- bag of semi sweet chocolate chips ( 2 cups)

4- Tablespoons Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

1/2- Cup hazelnuts ( Crushed)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl add the first 10 ingredients ( everything except the flour).  Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add in all 3 cups of flour and mix till it looks like cookie dough. ( I am not one to separate the wet and dry ingredients so, when making cookies, I always add the flour last.) Chill cookie dough for about 20 minutes. Roll cookie dough into balls using half tablespoons. Roll into sugar and place cookies on a GREASED cookie sheet. Make the cute little crisscross on the cookies with a fork. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are cooked all the way (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes). Let cookies cool completely.

Icing Directions:

Pour chocolate chips and 1 cap full of vegetable oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate chips after every 30 seconds. When the chocolate chips are almost completely melted add 4 tablespoons of hazelnut spread ( Nutella) and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir well. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate onto each cookie and smooth with a spoon, top with crushed hazelnuts. Cool in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Store in a cool place.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Au Gratin potatoes

Bacon Ranch Au gratin

 

Recently I had the pleasure of making these thick and creamy potatoes Au Gratin from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. They were a huge hit, and I will be making them again in the very near future. If you have yet to check out A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, then you’d better get hopping. She has so many delicious recipes that will leave you drooling. Trust me..

Catch her on facebook, also! – A Kitchen Hoor 

My Bacon Ranch Potatoes Au Gratin was adapted from A Kitchen Hoor’s recipe, thick and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin. I had no garlic or gruyere cheese in the house. But, what I did have, was bacon, ranch packets, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with those three ingredients. Add some potatoes and a few more ingredients to the mix and you have yourself a delicious pan of bacon ranch au gratin potatoes. YUM!

Bacon Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes 

Ingredients:

4-6 medium to large potatoes ( about 6 cups sliced)

1/2-pound bacon

1 Ranch seasoning packet

3 C. milk

1/2 stick butter

1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese ( mild)

2 Tbsp. flour

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and wash potatoes; slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add potatoes to the bowl of melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Use hands to toss potatoes in the melted butter, salt and pepper, so each potato gets coated well. Place half the potatoes, evenly, in the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 cake pan, sprinkle, evenly, with 1/2 cup of the cheese; Repeat once. Using kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, cut or slice bacon into small bite sized pieces. Cook bacon in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the bacon has finished cooking, drain grease, and reserve 1 Tbsp. of cooked bacon for the top. Add milk, ranch packet, and flour to the saucepan of cooked bacon. Still on medium-high heat, wait for the milk mixture to come to a boil, use a whisk to scrape the brown bits up from the bottom of the pan, whisking often. As soon as milk mixture comes to a boil, turn off the burner, and carefully remove it from the heat, pour evenly over top the cheese and potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Take foil off, and evenly sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the reserved bacon and the last 1/2 C. of cheese. Bake and additional 10 minutes or until cheese is brown and crispy.

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

Peant Butter Lovers Crispy treats

 

I am so in love with this recipe. If you are a peanut butter fan, like me, then you will love this recipe too.  These treats are crunchy, ooey gooey, and loaded with peanut butter goodness. I ate an entire row of these babies by myself yesterday… that’s when I decided I needed to get them out of the house before one row became two, then three, then the entire pan. I decided the best thing to do was to take them over to my neighbor’s house. They were having a small pool party, perfect way to get this pan of ooey, gooey, goodness out of the house.

I ate an entire row of these babies by myself yesterday… that’s when I decided I needed to get them out of the house before one row became two, then three, then the entire pan. I decided the best thing to do was to take them over to my neighbors house. They were having a small pool party; a perfect way to get this pan of ooey gooey goodness out of my house. They were a hit! My neighbors loved them and told me they didn’t last long. SCORE! =)

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

Ingredients:

4 Cups mini marshmallows

1/2 stick of butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 & 1/2  cups peanut butter puff cereal ( I used Reese peanut butter puffs)

1 –  (4 oz) box of chocolate peanut butter candies ( I used Reese pieces. I bought one of the $1 boxes)

1/2 Cup peanut butter

1/2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Take a stick of butter and peel the paper back. Rub the butter all over the bottom and sides of a 13 X 9 cake pan and the end of a second wooden spoon. Set both aside
  • Get another wooden spoon; in a large saucepan, over medium/low heat,  melt 1/2 stick of butter.
  • Once the butter has melted add 4 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until butter and marshmallow melt together.
  • stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  •  Add 6 & 1/2 cups of peanut butter puff cereal to the melted butter and marshmallow, mix with a wooden spoon until all the cereal is coated in the melted butter/marshmallow sauce.
  • wait 5 -7 minutes, until slightly cool.
  • Add the entire box of peanut butter candies to the crispy treats, RESERVING 1/4 cup for the top. Gently mix the candies into the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • Switch to your buttered wooden spoon and scrape the crispy treats out of the saucepan and into a cake pan. Use your buttered wooden spoon to press them evenly in the pan.
  • Once crispy treats have been pressed into the cake pan,  put 1/2 Cup of peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the peanut butter has melted ( do this in 15 second intervals)
  • pour the melted peanut butter in a zig-zag shape over the top of crispy treats.
  • Now do the same thing with the chocolate. Put 1/2 cup chocolate in a microwavable- safe bowl and microwave 15 seconds at a time, until chocolate is melted.
  • Pour the melted chocolate in a zig-zag shape over the top of the crispy treats.
  • sprinkle with 1/4 cup of reserved chocolate peanut butter candies
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the melted peanut butter and chocolate are set.
  • store in fridge or in a cool room

Peanut Butter Lovers Crispy Treats

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Orange Creamsicle Float

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Orange Creamsicle Float

This post was originally meant for Friday, but my excitement has me posting today. I also had a little extra time on my hands since my mom picked up my son for the day.

This is a recipe that I made for my husband, he is a big fan of anything orange. I wanted to make him a drink that resembled an orange creamsicle popsicle (wow, say that 3 times fast!). This drink has a silky texture and is flavored with Oranges, vanilla ice cream, and cream soda…. can you say YUM??

Orange Creamsicle Float

Ingredients for 2 (16oz)  Floats :

1 orange

1/4 Cup orange soda (chilled)

1 Cup vanilla Ice cream

Cream soda (chilled )

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Directions:

In a blender add juice from half the orange (about 5 oz), 1/4 cup orange soda, and 1 cup vanilla ice cream. Blend till smooth. Pour half the blended mixture into one(16 oz)  glass and the other half into another (16 oz)  glass. Fill the glasses with cream soda and top each glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, garnish with an orange wedge.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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