Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Handmade Christmas

Here is a little photo collage of my handmade Christmas gifts. I chose to make Irish Cream (yummy!), pecan balls, and "Joy" ornaments. I found the free garland template on another blog (I'm trying to desperately to remember which one), and used it for my ornaments and the labeling on my packages.I purchased wooden crates for the containers, attached decorative branches, and pine cones, layered the inside with shredded Christmas wrapping (thanks paper shredder you did a great job!), and added a Merry Christmas photo for the final touch. All in all I'm very pleased with the results. Did you make your gifts this year? Now I'm off to finish my mom's gift, which I will post pics of next week!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Food Friday...Peppermint!

So, let me just tell you that I love peppermint in the months of December and possibly January, but that's it, no other months of the year- is that strange? Because I have such a love for peppermint in said months, I have been anticipating the return of the Candy Cane blizzard at DQ for some time now. In November, I look forward to the pumpkin frappuccino at Starbucks, and December it's the blizzard. But guess what???? DQ isn't offering it this year. Instead it has been replaced with Reindeer Bites (toasted coconut, choco chunks, caramel and pie pieces blended with creamy vanilla soft serve)- bleck! I was soooo disappointed that I've decided to make my own peppermint dessert. Here are a few that I'm sure will satisfy my craving!

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Happy Eating!
all images via Bon Appetite