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Candy Heart Wreath

If you love candy hearts but maybe you’re trying to to eat so many sweets right now, this candy heart wreath is a perfect Valentine’s Decor piece. This is actually a pretty easy craft that took only about an hour and a half. This craft is actually perfect if you have some leftover hearts too!

Candy Heart Wreath

Candy Heart Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Candy Hearts (a very large bag, I bought one at CVS)
  • Flat Paper Mache Wreath ( I bought this one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue

Start at the bottom and work your way around in layers. Glue dots to the backs of each heart until the wreath is full.

candy hearts

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 Pfeffernusse Cookie recipe perfect for the holidays.


Pfeffernusse Cookie Recipe

Do you have a favorite cookie that reminds you of growing up? For me the biggest one is sugar cookies. I always loved the way my family would decorate them and now it’s one of my favorite traditions each year during Christmas. Another favorite holiday cookie of mine is the Pfeffernusse cookie. A German traditional cookie that has a ginger an anise flavor it in. The anise flavor may be somewhat of an acquired taste as it mimics a black licorice. I am not a fan of that flavor but in this cookie, it tastes great with the flavors combined.

These Pfeffernusse cookies can be enjoyed year round but I wanted to make sure I shared them with you before New Years.

Pfeffernusse Cookie Recipe

Easy Pfeffernusse Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup molasses
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ tsp. anise extract
  • 4 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. black or white pepper
    ~ 1 cup of powdered sugar (coating)

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and dry ingredients. In a saucepan, warm honey and molasses on medium-low heat until it’s a smooth liquid. Stir in the butter until it’s all melted and combined with the honey & molasses.
  • Pour into a bowl with egg and anise until well combined.
  • Take the molasses mixture and pour it into the dry mix until well combined.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Scoop the dough by the tablespoon, form into round balls.
  • Space the cookie dough balls out about 2 inches apart, they will spread a little.
  • Bake for approximately 16 minutes.
  • Cool for a few minutes then coat in powdered sugar.

Tips for Pfeffernusse cookies:

  • You can refrigerate for as quick as 30 minutes but you may want to refrigerate overnight to allow mixture to become compact.
  • Do not over bake these, they will seem they are too soft but they will harden.
  • If you do not like the flavor of anise, you can reduce it or omit it all together though you wouldn’t have a traditional pfeffernuse.

Pfeffernusse Cookie Recipe

 

Spray Painted Deer Candle

While thrifting recently, we came across this deer candle. It was so cute I knew I had to have it! However, I wanted a gold deer to match our décor. A friend recently asked me if you could spray paint a candle. I thought about it and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t spray painted a candle yet! So I got out my favorite gold spray paint and painted it. I was worried about needing a primer but most specialty paints have a durable base that works as a primer.

Spray Painted Deer Candle
BEFORE

Spray Painted Candle:

Supplies:

Tutorial:

Simply wipe the candle clean of any dirt or fingerprints. Hold the spray paint approx 8 inches away and and coat the candle. Allow to dry then display!

Spray Painted Deer Candle

 

Don’t throw away your Christmas tree! You can recycle your tree into gifts and decor such as wood slice ornaments & coasters to last many years to come.

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

One of our favorite traditions for Christmas is going and cutting our Christmas tree down in the forest. Everything from the hunting of it to the smell of it as we load it on the truck, it’s a favorite memory of mine year after year. This year though I threw everyone off by saying I was looking for a crafting tree. I tried to esplain that I am looking for a large enough tree that has a big base but it’s tall enough for me to cut a large part of the trunk off and still have a tree to display in our house. I wanted to use the trunk to cut into slices to make into gifts! Little did they know, I was going to cut this tree in pieces so I could give them something to remember our trip by for Christmas.

Wood Slice Crafts

We ended up finding one that was perfect and I was blown away by how many wood slices we got out of the trunk. My brother cut a big portion of the trunk off with his chainsaw them took the chainsaw to remove the branches.  This made it easy-peasy to load into the truck. Then I took the branches to make a wreath out of (waste not my friends).

Once we got the trunk out, Clever Dad cut it into slices using a Miter saw. This was an easy process that only took a couple of minutes and produced a lot of wood slices. I then took those and turned them into some fun gifts.

Before I started this adventure, I bought this wood burner Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner from Amazon. This tool is amazing and I am so glad I bought it. The possibilities with this thing are endless! I created some ornaments and wood slice coasters to give out as gifts.

What to do with wood slices from a Christmas tree

Before you start your wood crafting adventures first you’ll need to cut the wood into wood slices. This would be best with a circular or miter saw. Once your wood is cut, you’ll want to dry them out so they don’t seal with moisture inside. I baked mine on the rack directly (the cookie sheet did not work well) for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. By doing this you’re house will also smell divine!

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

Here’s what you’ll need to make the wood ornaments and coasters:

How to:

Wood slice coasters

Wood Slice Coasters: Simply find the largest ones that are comparable in size, sand them smooth and then finish with a sealant.

To burn the wood slices: 

  • Practice makes perfect, take one of your not so pretty pieces of wood and practice with each of the tips. The kit above has 4 tips and they are each great for their own task.
  • Before burning, write with a pencil what you would like to burn, then trace it with one of the tips.
  • Did you know you could use your Cricut to make a stencil? This is very easy and is how I made my deer stencil. I simply cut the deer onto vinyl then I made a square cut around it so I could adhere it to the wood slice. After removing the actual deer cut, I then used the pointed tip to outline the inside of the stencil. I changed the tips and then used the more rounded tip to fill in the deer.


Monogram wood slice ornament

Wood Slice Ornaments: After burning them, drill a hole about 1/2 inch from the top. Run ribbon or twine through the whole then tie together for the ornament.\

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Easy 5 Minute Tiger Butter Candy

Here we are, the day before Christmas Eve and I haven’t gotten much accomplished. I did manage to whip up some quick treats including this easy Tiger Butter Candy! It’s sort of like a fudge meets chocolate bar full of chocolate and peanut butter flavors! I really love giving out candy as a gift, you can easily wrap it in a cellophane bag or put it in a mason jar. Wrap with twine or ribbon and you have a really easy inexpensive gift.

This recipe is so easy, it’s ready in about 5 minutes!

Easy 5 Minute Tiger Butter Candy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • Foil lined 9×9 inch pan

How to:

  • In a microwave or double broiler, melt the white chocolate. Be sure to continuously stir the chocolate to avoid scorching or hardening.
  • Once melted, blend in the peanut butter until fully blended.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture into a foil lined pan.
  • Melt the milk chocolate chips
  • Take a spoon and dab spoonfuls of the melted chocolate onto the peanut butter mixture. Take a knife and “swirl” it in to make a striped effect.
  • There you go, it’s that easy! Allow to harden then cut into small squares to give out as gifts or serve on Christmas.

5 Minute Nutella Fudge

Looking for another easy treat? Check out this recipe of mine for 5 Minute Nutella Fudge on SugarBeeCrafts.com!

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