Did you make Corn Flake Wreaths when you were a kid? I did and to this day I still LOVE them. My family teases me about my wreaths being ‘Grinch’ green. But everytime I make them darker, I can taste the food coloring and I don’t like that. So mine are light. But if you like yours darker, go for it! Here’s what you need:
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1-10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
5 cups of Corn Flakes cereal
Green food coloring
Red Hots candy
In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. When butter is melted, add marshmallows, stirring frequently.
When marshmallows have melted, stir in the food coloring. (I used about 7 drops to make the light green color).
Once the green is blended well, remove from heat and stir in Corn Flakes.
Form into wreaths and add Red Hots. (Makes about 10-12).
Let the wreaths cool on wax paper and then serve!
That’s it! For more holiday recipe ideas, check out the Recipes page.
My neighbors are the best. And since everyone is crazy busy this time of year, I like to give them a home-cooked meal as an early Christmas gift. They love it!
But who has time to cook for their own family let alone someone else’s? That’s what I thought too until one of my MOPS mentor moms showed me how to make this one-dish Italian Chicken and Vegetables (thanks Connie!). Everything goes into one baking dish and gets cooked together. How easy is that? Here’s what you need:
3 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
2 cans green beans, drained
3 red potatoes, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces.
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 packet of Zesty Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place chicken breasts in the middle of an 9×13 baking dish. Then add green beans on one side and potatoes on the other.
2. Sprinkle the entire packet of Zesty Italian Seasoning over the chicken, potatoes and green beans. (If you are using Parmesan cheese, sprinkle it over the chicken). Then pour the melted butter on top.
Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour (or until chicken is cooked all the way through) at 325 degrees.
That’s it! Dinner is served and your neighbors will love it!
Rag wreaths are so easy and fun to make. This is a perfect project for a beginner–if you can use scissors, you can make one! This Christmas rag wreath was really easy to make because it was a partial upcycle of my St. Patrick’s Day wreath! I took out the white fabric, replaced it with red fabric, and now I get to use it twice this year! Ready to make your own? Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 yd. broad cloth in green, red and green/white chevron
18″ wire wreath
Cut out strips of fabric in each color, measuring about 1 1/2″ wide and 10″ long.
Tie fabric strips to 3 rings of the wreath until the wreath is full.
Fluff the wreath and hang!
For more holiday craft ideas, check out the Holiday & Seasonal page!
This is my mom’s oatmeal cookie recipe and to this day, it is still my favorite way to make oatmeal cookies. It’s full of all of my favorite holiday flavors–cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, and I haven’t made a batch yet that didn’t turn out just right. Here’s what you need:
1 1/4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
Mix flour with baking soda and set aside. In another bowl, combine butter, sugars, pudding and spices and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture, then stir in oats and raisins.
Drop by rounded teaspoon on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
What’s your favorite holiday cookie recipe? For more holiday treat ideas, check out the Recipes page!
My mom has been teaching for 25 years and if there’s one thing I know about teachers, it’s that homemade gifts mean the world to them. Looking to make something special for your teacher this year? Check out these 10 ideas! (Links below the pictures).
My amazing friend Susan shared this recipe with our MOPS group a while back and let me tell you. After using a bunch of other cookie in a jar recipes, this one is my favorite. It’s easy to put together, bakes up well, and it tastes great, and makes a teacher or neighbor gift!
The original recipe is from Domino Sugar and their website has a bunch of recipes for mixes in a jar. So check them out! Anyway, to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar, here’s what you need:
Wide-mouth quart canning jar and lid
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c. mini chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Spoon into canning jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order given, making sure to pack down each layer firmly. Clean inside of jar with a dry paper towel after each layer.
Secure lid tightly and decorate.
Attach these instructions to the jar:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla until combined.
Slowly add contents of jar and mix well. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, flatten cookies slightly.
Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
For more great gift ideas, check out the Homemade Gifts page!
I love Christmas wreaths, how about you? There are so many gorgeous wreaths out there in just about every style you can imagine. So if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these 10 unique wreaths that caught my eye! (Links below the pictures.)
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If your kiddo is as crazy about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as mine is, then you’ve got to try this ornament craft! It’s easy, it’s fun and looks so cute on the tree. Here’s what you need:
Green ball ornaments
3/8 in. ribbon in blue, red, purple and orange
10 mm googly eyes
1. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the ornament and glue it to the ornament using Tacky Glue.
2. Glue the eyes to the ribbon.
That’s it! Your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is done!
Wasn’t that easy? For more Holiday ideas, check out the Holiday and Seasonal page!