Pinterest Christmas

So, I’m a little tardy for the party. But, now that finals are over and grades are entered I have some time to blog about some of the projects I have worked on this season.

A bit of background. In November, my cousin, Kendra, began organizing a fun blog series where friends and family across the states are creating Pinterest inspired projects. Of course this sounded fun, but I am hoping next year I can be a better participant!

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So, where to begin? I think I’ll keep it simple and share some yummy treats I made yesterday. 
148478118936614116_HS2Nkk14_cThe original posts can be found here 

These were easy and look so festive! It was hard to get pictures, because it was pretty messy! I crushed some Oreos via a Ziploc and rolling pin. A food processor would be much easier. After the Oreos were crushed, I mixed cream cheese and a few drops of peppermint flavoring and then blended it in with the crushed Oreos. After mixing the cream cheese and Oreos, I formed 1 inch balls and stuck them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, I tried another Pinterest idea. I feel I am somewhat of an expert in melting bark or candy melts for projects, and thought this sounded like a good idea.

crock potI boiled some water and transferred it to the crock pot. My mistake was, I filled it a bit too full. When I put the bowl of dipping chocolate in, water spilled in and if you know much abut melting bark or candy melts, this equals failure.fail

So, I went back to my trusted method of microwave melting. If you have never melted candy melts or bark, find a nice glass bowl and microwave on 50% power for 3o seconds, stir and repeat. Now, I was ready to dip the Oreo balls.

dip ballsAfter I dipped a few balls, I sprinkled some crushed candy canes on top  and voila!

trufflesFrom the same blog, I made some super easy Christmas Crunch!  This again, was very easy. The mix contains popcorn, pretzels, MM’s, Wilton Candy Melts and sprinkles. I was excited to find a good use for this Christmas Sugar I found at TJ Maxx.

christmas sugarSeriously, this is is so easy. First mix popcorn, pretzels and MM’s in a large bowl. I then melted Wilton Candy Melts using the technique described above.. When he melts were ready, I poured them over popcorn mixture and stirred (hands work best). After the mixture was evenly coated, I laid it on parchment paper and SPRINKLED it with the Christmas sugar.  I wish I would have used more sprinkles… Here is the final product and it’s so tasty!

christmas popcornI have some more goodies to finish today and will be making some deliveries to neighbors, the NICU and doctor’s offices.

Hopefully I will have time to blog more about the other holiday projects I’ve worked on. Until then, be sure to check out these cool projects!

Misha & Amanda’s Paper Tree Forests

Kendra & Michelle’s Yarn Trees

Sally’s Stocking

Maggi’s Random Crafts

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