day 3: {Christmas ornaments}

growing up each year at Christmas my mom and brothers and i would make a Christmas ornament.  my mom is one of those crafty people and she always found fun things for us kids to make around the holidays.  the Christmas crafts were always my favorite.  so, today, i don’t have a yummy treat to share with you, but a fun little Christmas craft that you could do with the ones you love, for memories that just may last a lifetime.

these are just a few of my favorite ornaments from my childhood.

now to make your own!

supplies:

mod podge

white or clear glass ball ornaments

sponge brush

pages from an old book or a newspaper

wax paper

directions:

1. place a piece of wax paper down on your work surface.

2. remove the hanger from the glass ball.

3. pour a little mod podge into a small glass bowl or plastic container you don’t mind throwing away.

4. tear paper into small pieces.

5. using your sponge brush paint some mod podge onto a section of the ornament.

6. paint a small amount of mod podge onto a couple of the pieces of paper while they’re laying on the wax paper.

7. place the paper pieces on the ornament and paint over them with mod podge.

at first the mod podge will look white and cloudy, but don’t worry, once it dries it’s clear and shiney.

8. place the ornament on the lip where the hanger goes to dry.

9. let dry for several hours or overnight.

there you have it. your very own Christmas ornament!

just for fun, i thought i’d include an ornament my parents painted together when they were engaged.  this is just one of the whole collection of Charlie Brown Christmas ornaments we have on the tree.

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day 2: {shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate}

 i have this new, terrible addiction to Pinterest.  i could spend all day, everyday, just looking.  however, today i decided to quit looking and start trying!  so, on day 2 of {25 days of Christmas} i’m bringing Pinterest to life in my kitchen.  i really like shortbread cookies and someone had pinned this little tutorial/recipe from joyofbaking.com.  so, i tried it, and it was delicious!  it’s very similar to a recipe my mom made when i was a kid.

so, since i’m trying to stick to recipes from my childhood or Christmas traditions we’ve done growing up, i figured they passed!

Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Cream butter in electric mixer.

Add powdered sugar to butter and mix until smooth.

Add vanilla and mix until blended.

Add flour and mix until smooth.

Refrigerate dough for about 20 minutes, so dough will be firm enough to roll out.

Roll out chilled dough onto lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with lightly floured cookie cutter.

{now, at this point i strayed from the directions}

i don’t own any cute, little Christmas cookie cutters. so, i just rolled the dough into 1 inch balls and used the back of an ice cream scoop to “flatten” them a little.

it does help to have a little flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick and a little flour on the ice cream scoop.

Place cookies on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

For the chocolate:

1 cup chocolate chips- semi-sweet, dark or milk

1 tablespoon oil

Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between.

Dip cooled cookies in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper lined pan.

Place in refrigerator to allow chocolate to set up.

i prefer to keep cookies stored in the fridge {i think they taste even better cold},

 but you don’t have to.

i sprinkled some crushed up peppermints on some of mine.

or you can leave them plain with a few sprinkles to dress them up.

{i just didn’t have any Christmas sprinkles}

they’re scrumptious either way!

enjoy!