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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peppermint Pretzel Pops


These little tasty treats are so easy to make but so yummy!  Both of my kiddos helped me make them for a cookie party this past weekend!  Seriously....so good!


What you'll need:
Pretzel snaps
Hershey kisses (we used the candy cane kisses and regular milk chocolate)
Red & green M&Ms


Directions:
Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
Place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and lay out your pretzel snaps.
Top each pretzel with a hershey kiss.
Bake in oven for about 5-6 minutes but keep a close eye on them.  After the first batch I found that the ones in the back were way more melted than the ones in the front so I started rotating my pan about 3-4 minutes into the baking.  
After about 5-6 minutes remove from the oven and place an M&M on top of each kiss.
Cool in the freezer for about 10 minutes and you're ready to go!!

Happy baking!!











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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Tree Name Craft

This little Christmas craft is similar to the rocket ship craft we did a while back.  It's pretty simple, but great for preschoolers who are learning to spell their name or love to write their name.


I started by cutting out triangles of similar size on green construction paper.
Then I had Anna write one letter of her name on each of the little triangles.


I handed her some glue and she got to work putting her name together and building her tree.




I  made one for my little guy too and he got to smear glue all over the place so he was happy.


We topped our trees with a little star and put them up in our window!

Christmas is getting closer!!  So excited!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

DIY I Spy Christmas Ornaments

I searched and searched for what Anna and I could make her little friends for Christmas and I finally found the perfect gift....thanks to Pinterest!

These I Spy ornaments are just too darn cute.  And they are so easy to make!  

Anna and I had a lot of fun filling up the ornaments with cute little Christmas goodies...and Anna really enjoyed just playing with all the little pieces.


I found all of the little goodies in the Christmas section of the craft store.  The store is kind of picked over right now, but they do have everything 60% off so you might just get lucky!!


We used clear plastic ornaments instead of glass since I knew they would be getting lots of handling from little hands.


I used a funnel to pour in filling beads into each ornament.   The filling beads are actually the same little beads they use in stuffed animals and other sewing projects.  They are with the batting and stuffing at the craft store.


I hot glued on the lid after we were finished to make sure all the little goodies stayed safely inside.


And then Anna called out all the little goodies inside the ornament and I typed up a little list to attach to each ornament!


We made a couple extra to keep her and some to give to our neighbors!!  It's a perfect gift for a preschooler!!



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