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November 30, 2012

Send the Holidays - Wayward Girls' Crafts

Away for the Holidays? Why not send the holidays to your loved ones?

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Hi everyone! I'm Jaime, with Wayward Girls' Crafts! Thank you to Mandy, for having me! I blog with my mom and three sisters and we are a Wayward group! 



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Wayward Crafting means flying by the seat of our pants and biting off more than we can chew but making it work. I love home decor, baking, jewelry making, and trying new things.


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November marks 6 years of marriage for me and my hubby! In 6 years, we’ve spent a few Christmases at home. Those years are always tougher for me. I miss my family a lot, especially during the holidays. That’s where I came up with my holidays in a box idea!

This package is meant to make your loved one feel more connected to the holiday traditions you have at home.



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Inside my box:
  • Ornament from my family’s Christmas tree. We always trimmed the tree together and a major tradition was getting a new ornament every year in our stocking. As we grew, our ornament changed from Cookie Monster, to the Little Mermaid, to Kissing Boys =) The one in this box is Justin Beiber.
  • Sugar cookie mix and cookie cutters. It's just not Christmas without sugar cookies and icing at our house. We have a tradition of making them...ugly. Check it out.
  • Letter to Santa. We wrote letters to Santa way longer than we should have. So I thought it'd be fun to have a Mad Libs type letter to set out with the cookies. Here's an idea
  • Christmas Eve pajamas. We got to open one present each year on Christmas Eve. Inevitably it would be matching pajamas. Then we take a million pictures. 
  • Biblical passages of Christ’s birth and quotes about Christmas. Christmas isn't complete without reading the nativity story. Great way to remember the reason we celebrate.
  • Two Christmas Movies. I love Christmas movies! Elf and the Polar Express are the ones I've included. Both faves at my house.
  • Christmas socks. I love festive socks, so I had to include a pair.


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There you have it! How to send a little Christmas tradition anywhere!
Thanks so much for having me, Mandy! I would love to have you visit my blog at www.waywardgirlscrafts.com where you can find things like:


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Merry Christmas!


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Button Christmas Trees - Kristina Grapes

Button Christmas Trees
Howdy! I’m Tina, I blog over at Kristina Grapes. I’m a newly engaged, soon to be college grad, and love to be creative to help cope with all the anxiety life throws my way! In the words of my finance, my blog is a mix of decorations I sew, paint, glue, or otherwise construct & life.
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Now for the tutorial. I normally make gifts for all my family, but this year I wanted to extend the homemade to the gift wrap. I made these little button trees to attach to gifts as a bonus!
These are simple & inexpensive to make. You’ll need a healthy button stash, wire, ribbon, and wire cutters.
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1. First thing’s first. Sort through your stash for about 8-12 buttons that will stack easily on each other. I try to mix plenty of reds, greens and neutrals.
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2. String on your buttons to about 18 inches of wire. You won’t need all that wire, but you’ll need the wiggle room. If your buttons have four holes, just string through the opposite holes.
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3. When you get to your top button, sting the wire through so it creates a loop to slide a ribbon through. Make sure your ribbon is halved perfectly, then pull the wire tight.
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4. Loop the wire around an extra time to secure and trim.
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5. Lastly, tie it off with ribbon! I left a loop before I made my bow so I can attach to gift, or hang them on my tree!
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Thanks for having me Mandy! I hope you guys enjoyed! Look out for more holiday posts on Kristina Grapes! Below are some of the all-time popular posts on my blog. I’d love to see you there!
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Best Iced Cookies EVER

Are you looking for a recipe that will make the Best. Iced Cookies. EVER. ?!?  If so, look no further - you have arrived.  These are amazingly delicious.  I LOVE them - they're a go-to holiday treat for us...
This is part of the 50+ Holiday Sweet Treats - scroll down to find tons more delicious options!

My mom made these as I grew up.  Her mom made them.  Because they're so great!

First, the dough - - the recipe is called "plain cookies" , so they're not really a sugar cookie, just a plain cookie - they're perfect.  Soft and perfect.

Plain Cookies
1/2 C shortening
1 C Sugar
1/4 C milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
3 C flour

Cream together (that means mix well til creamy) the shortening and sugar.  Add milk, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and mix well.  Add flour and mix.  Refridgerate dough  for 2-3 hours - this is important, otherwise the dough is too sticky.  Then roll out to approx 1/4 inch thick (put flour on your countertop so the dough doesn't stick), cut shapes, Bake 350 for 8-10 minutes. 

I will let you in on a secret - - cut circle shapes.  I know trees and bells and candy canes are fun to cut, but they make icing the cookies more complicated.  Circles are perfect - you can still make them festive with colored icing or sprinkles.

Let them cool completely before you put on icing so it won't melt and slide off.
Now, on to the icing.  Icing isn't icing without almond extract...mmmm.

Icing:
1/4 C butter
3 tbsp shortening
1 tsp almond extract (I love getting of whiff of this stuff!)
1 lb powder sugar (1/2 bag)
Approx 4 tbsp milk
Food Coloring, if desired

Cream the butter and shortening and almond together like so:
Add the other ingredients.  Adjust your milk amount according to how thick you want your icing.  Mix it on a high speed -  it's fun to see the icing whip up.

Now you're ready.  While you ice the cookies, keep a wet paper towel on top of your icing bowl so that the icing won't start to dry out.

Want to see how I ice cookies??  Here's a video (hope my mom approves - all my life I've been trying to live up to her icing standards!)



Yum, right?! I want to eat one right now...except Trevor has us on some kooky health food thing - luckily it calls for one "binge" day a week when you can eat whatever you want...millions of cookies, here I come, just one more day...

Happy Treat Making!  Need more ideas?? How about 50+ from some bloggers around blogland...
Find them all right here:







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Glitter LED Candle - The Pink Flour

Glitter LED Candle from The Pink FLour

Hi, I’m Megan from The Pink Flour and I’m so excited to be guest posting at Sugar Bee Crafts today! My blog focuses on crafts, recipes, parties, d├ęcor and more!
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Are you looking for a simple gift to make someone for the holidays? Or maybe you want to dress-up some candles you have already? Well, the tutorial I have for you today can do just that and can be done in under 10 minutes. If you’re like me, then you’ll like anything that helps you save time during the Holidays!

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Supplies:
  • LED candle (or a regular candle)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
I measured the circumference of the candle and then cut 3 pieces of tape that same size (my husband will be proud I used circumference because he’s a high school geometry teacher :). Then, I wrapped the tape around the candle at the bottom, top and about a third of the way up the candle.

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Next, I sprinkled glitter onto the tape, tapping off the excess (I like to use a cardboard box to work over so there’s not glitter everywhere!) Since not all of the glitter came off from taping, I used a piece of blue painter’s tape to remove the rest of the glitter.

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And there you have it – dressed up candle in 10 minute or less! You could choose to add more strips of tape and different colored glitter for whatever holiday or occasion. How cute would it be to use red glitter with a white candle and make a candy cane candle? There’s so many possibilities!

Many thanks to Many for allowing me to guest post! I hope you like my tutorial and you stop by The Pink Flour – here’s a peak at some of the things you can find there :)

Grown-up Caramel Apple CiderFantasy Football Draft PartAlmond Joy Press CookiesHomemade Chalk Paint DresserCandy Corn Pretzel BarkImage Map



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November 29, 2012

Elf Shirt - Flocked Vinyl



I just whipped up the cutest shirt!!  I had to pop on and share...  Celebrate Your Inner Elf
When I saw the $1 shirts on clearance, of course I stocked up - I love being able to make custom shirts on the cheap:

I used Flocked Heat Transfer in Red and Green.  I cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.  I bought the design in the online store (they're only $0.50 right now!  well worth grabbing their design instead of trying to design my own).  So a quick how-to:
-Download the Design
-Mirror the Image (flip horizontally) - this is a MUST with heat transfer vinyl (and I forget all the time!  and then have to recut...)
-Ungroup it (because I want it in two different colors, so I need to cut those separately)
-Drag off the part you don't want to cut, then cut the other part - your heat transfer should go into the machine with the clear shiny side down
-Cut the other part out of the other color.
-Place on your shirt and iron like crazy to melt it into the shirt.  Done!

Remember, through tomorrow almost everything at Silhouette is 40% off with the code SUGARBEE - - including heat transfer vinyl!  Stock up if you want to make some shirts....(you can even hand-cut the vinyl if you pick simple designs)

But if you don't want to hand-cut, and you don't have a cutting machine, they have that too:



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Butternut Squash Pot Pie


Hi Sugar Bee readers!  I'm Rachel and I blog over at Birthing Me.  This is my first guest post and I'm excited (and nervous).  Thanks so much for having me, Mandy!

So who am I?  I'm an over-loved, under-slept mama to three wee ones, a wife, a birth doula and crafter.  I started my blog to document my journey to find myself through motherhood, birth work and crafting.  I try to keep it real on my blog.  My home is not a showroom (though I sometimes move a pile or two to snap a cute photo), my children are cute, but are not angels (unless bribed and even then there's no guarantee), my marriage takes work (though it's pretty darn good) and I am always learning (aren't we all).

I'm excited to share my recipe for Butternut Squash Pot Pie.  I love fall.  I mean, what's not to love - colorful leaves, crisp air, warm hot chocolate, cozy fires and delicious seasonal veggies.  Ahh, yummy fall veggies, my favorite of which is definitely butternut squash.  It's beautiful to watch grow in the garden.  It has a great shelf life and it tastes like candy.  This recipe has only 7 ingredients and is quick and easy.  There's a whole lotta comfort packed into this pie so it's great to take to potlucks, new parents or those going through tough times.  Roasting the squash takes the most time, but it can be done the night before.

Butternut Squash Pot Pie (Vegetarian)
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1/2 of a small butternut squash (roasted and peeled, which can be done ahead of time)
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of potato soup
1- 16 oz package frozen mixed vegetables (green beans, carrots, peas, corn)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 package of 2 refrigerated pie crusts

1.) I prefer to roast my butternut squash.  Preheat oven to 425.  Line baking sheet with foil and spray or butter foil.  Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds.  Tip: If you have trouble cutting the squash you can microwave it for 5 minutes first.  Lay squash cut-side down and cook for approximately 45 minutes.

2.) While squash is roasting, steam the veggies just to thaw.

3.) In a medium size bowl combine veggies, potato soup, milk, thyme, nutmeg and pepper.


4.) Prepare pie crust according to instructions.

5.) Remove squash from oven and allow to cool a bit so you can handle it.  Remove skin and cube the squash.  Gently fold into the veggie mix.


6.) Preheat oven to 375.

7.) Pour veggie mix evenly into first pie crust.  Top with second pie crust.  Trim and crimp edges. Make slits in pie crust and embellish if you wish.  I embellished this pie, but truthfully I usually just poke fun holes that make a shape and we laugh about it once it's baked.*  Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.



 I like to serve with a spinach salad topped with feta and plum tomatoes, but whatever floats your boat.


*Tip: If you choose to embellish your crust you will want to cover your pie with foil in order to avoid burning the embellishment.  Put a slit in your foil.  Remove foil after about 30 minutes and cook for an additional 20 - 25.




This is a vegetarian pot pie and I promise that you will not miss the meat.  If you are worried about it just add some chicken.  I made two of these for a group dinner and cut up a rotisserie chicken and added it to one of the pies (trust me, you don't want me cooking your meat).

I hope you will join me on my journey at Birthing Me!  Here are some of my posts that you might enjoy:




Or enjoy this beautiful home birth story

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