Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Salt Dough Ornaments

This classic recipe is so easy to do and I just love how they turned out.  I used this recipe which I found on pinterest.  I did not add the cinnamon to mine this time cause I already have these awesome cinnamon ornaments made. 

When the dough was rolled out I used biscuit cutters to cut out the round shapes.  Then using my scrapbooking stamps I stamped some of them with just the plain stamps and then I used ink to stamp some of the other ones. 

To bake them I put them onto parchment paper and cooked them for the afternoon.  I would recommend if you put a design on the ornaments then put that face side down instead of face side up like I have in the picture.  I think they might turn out clearer if they are faced down.   And don't forget to use a straw to poke a hole in the top for string to go through so you can hang them. 

The inked ones stayed vibrant which I was happy about.  

We will use these as gift tags on treat bags this year along with tree ornaments. 

This morning we are doing another batch using Christmas cookie cutters and I will let the kids paint them once they are dry to give away as gifts! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Snowman hand print ornaments

So last year we decided to make some ornaments with the kids and I really liked this idea from pinterest. 

For these ornaments I purchased a container of plastic red ornaments from Super Store (on clearance the year before).   

To make the hand print I held the ornament by the top and practiced placing it into the kids hands (I only did Eben and Jaelyn's hand print.  Abraham was too little last year) and told them to close their hands (wait 2-3) and then open them.  I wanted them to know what they were doing before we ended up getting paint everywhere!!!

When they got the idea I painted their little hands and placed the ornament down on their palm.  I said close (wait 2-3) and open slowly.  To dry the ornaments we placed them onto an empty toilet paper roll.   When they were dry we decorated them with sharpie markers. 

I really love how they turned out and can't wait to see them up on the tree again this year!!!  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Coaster Christmas Ornaments

I am so excited to be sharing these DIY Christmas ornaments with all of you.  They turned out terrific and I can't wait to see them on my Christmas tree in just a couple of short weeks. 

Materials needed:
1.  Coasters
2.  Pictures
3.  Mod Podge
4. Christmas card stock
5. Drill
6. Ribbon

I started with these pretty patterned coaster that I got on a clearance rack from Micheal's.  They are circle coasters with a pattern on one side and cork on the other side.   I went through our family pictures that we had taken last year (by my very talented friend Mason Photography) and picked out some great black and white photos that I just LOVE and 1 coloured photo of each of the kids. 

Spread the Mod Podge onto the coaster then position your picture where you want it.  Make sure the heads are not too close to the top cause you will still need to drill a hole up there to be able to hang these ornaments.  When the picture side is dry, cut off the extra paper with a pair of scissors.  On the back side of the coster I chose some pretty Christmas paper.  Spread the Mod Podge on that side and place your paper onto the coaster.  Let dry and cut around the coaster. 

The fun part comes next...drilling!!!   Choose a bit size big enough to put string through but not too big that the coaster will break.

Finally choose some pretty ribbon so your ornaments can hang up on the tree.   Thats it your done!  Can you believe it was that easy.  These took less then half a morning to make.  Hope you enjoy creating your own family ornaments this year. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Meal Plan

Happy Movember!!! 

Here we are another November has come and I got a delicious meal plan for you readers!  The colder weather is here so there are lots of soups, stews and biscuits. 

Hope you all enjoy.

1. Away
2. Left overs
3. Pulled pork sandwiches with home fries
4. Lasagne soup and bread sticks

5. Waffles and fruit
6. Veggie Tetrazzini

8. Out for supper
12. Roast beef supper
13. Beef and barley soup
14. Butter chicken with rice
15. Baked ham and scallop potatoes
16.  Around the Globe Potluck

20. Skillet chili mac and cheese
22. Pork Fajitas
23. Baked Beans with mac and cheese
24. Garlic fingers
25. Turkey Soup with homemade buns

29. Tidy Joes with fries

30. Beef stew with biscuits

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