Pinterest Christmas 2104 Part 2

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One of my favorite things to do around Christmas is baking!  Since Jack’s birthday falls on the 20th, we like to bring treats to the NICU Nurses and to some of our favorite doctors to thank them for their excellent care and wish them a Merry Christmas.  I should use the term “baking” loosely, although I did bake some delicious cookies!

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These chocolate crinkles with peppermint kisses were pretty easy and so pretty! I did not use the peppermint extract as I thought the peppermint kiss would do enough for the peppermint flavor.

This year, we tried a new spin on chocolate dipped pretzels. This was not an easy project to document, but I did get a few pictures to share! My inspiration came from several Pinterest images. After browsing several blogs and recipes, I came up with my own technique.

First, arrange the pretzels in the shape of a tree. You can also use one pretzel, but I went ahead and used the three to form a tree. These Snyder Dipping Sticks were the perfect size!

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To make the “tree” I used Wilton Candy Melts. Other recipes call for white chocolate chips or candy bark.  I did experiment with both candy bark and the Wilton Candy Melts. The Wilton Candy Melts have an easier consistency to work with for these trees. I used green, pink and white for the trees. But, it does get messy, so I don’t have pictures of all of our creations.

After the pretzels are arranged and ready, melt your candy per package directions.  We melted the candy melts in a glass bowl and not the sandwich bag as one blog suggested.  After the melts reached their liquid form, I poured the melts in to a sandwich bag and snipped of a corner. This part is tricky, you don’t want the edge snipped too small or too big! It takes some practice.

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Once the edge is snipped off, you can form you tree by squeezing the melts out of the bag. I started at the bottom, but you can start at the top too. After you have the icing placed, the fun part comes. There are so many pretty sprinkles, that can serve as ornaments.  I may have bought just a few too many to choose from!

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These trees were so fun and I know they will be on the list for next year. Thanks to all who made joined in our Pinterest Christmas 2014.  I am glad I participated and will hopefully be back for more in 2015!

Don’t forget to check out the other projects this year from #PinterestChristmas2014 from these awesome hosts!

Merry Christmas!

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Pinterest Christmas 2014

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It’s that time of year again! Maybe I’ll be come a regular blogger again? Don’t hold your breath…

But, really…. I am so excited to be co-hosting the third annual Pinterest Christmas blog series happening in December! Each week the hosts will be sharing Pinterest-inspired projects related to the holiday season. The projects could be anything from decorations and crafts to traditions and recipes. Each of us will be sharing our projects in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We would love for you to join in on the fun. Plan your projects, post them, link back to one of our posts, and leave us a comment! Not a blogger? No problem, we’d love to see your projects on Instagram! Use the hashtag #PinterestChristmas2014

The hosts:

[Emerald City Diaries | Greg & Maggi |  The Gilbertson Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]

I have already completed a few projects. However, it’s safe to say I have done a less than stellar job documenting them! My favorite so far comes from several ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest. I had quite a bit of pallet wood left from a big summer patio project, so I wanted to attempt a wooden sign for the front porch. I looked over several tutorials on Pinterest, but ended up  just doing my own thing! Many of the posts had instructions on distressing the wood such as this one, but my old pallets were already pretty distressed.

We worked on this while Kendrick was home recovering from a tonsillectomy, so he actually painted a few of the signs (I plan on giving a few as gifts). He was a great help and had fun. Since the goal is for the sign to look rustic, it doesn’t have to be perfect. So, yes your kids can help! We bought some large stencils at Hobby Lobby and then placed them on the pallets (already broken down by Henry).

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After we placed the stencils, we painted the letters using acrylic paint and a sponge brush.  After drying for a few minutes, we removed the stencils and voila!

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I decided it looked a little plain, so we bought some wooden snowflakes at Michael’s and added those to the signs using tacky glue.  Looking back, I think the plain signs look just as nice! Adding embellishments is completely optional.

I am happy the way this project turned out and love the sign on my front porch (just ignore the cords).

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Stay tuned, hopefully I’ll share some additional projects I’ve worked on this season!