Holiday Ideas - Harlan County Extension Office

Holiday Ideas - Harlan County Extension Office
“Holiday Ideas”
2004
Compiled by:
Theresa G. Howard
County Extension Agent
for Family & Consumer Sciences
Harlan County
Table Of Contents
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Glass Block Lights............................................................................................................... 1
Snowman Hat & Scarf ......................................................................................................... 2
Snowman Pins ..................................................................................................................... 3
Snowman Gift Sack ............................................................................................................. 4
Snowman Doily Gift Bag .................................................................................................... 5
Snowman Shovel .......................................................................................................... 6 & 7
Christmas Candy Wraps ...................................................................................................... 7
Frosty Gift Bag .................................................................................................................... 8
Pattern for Frosty Gift Bag ........................................................................................ 9
Twiggy the Snowman Wreath ........................................................................................... 10
Snowman Candy Dish .............................................................................................. 11 & 12
Stack-A-Snowman............................................................................................................. 12
Paper Bag Angel ................................................................................................. 13, 14 & 15
Cute Cracker Holder .......................................................................................................... 15
S’More Snowman Soup with Snowman Lid Ornament .................................................... 16
Turkey Pilgrim Favors....................................................................................................... 17
Patterns for Turkey Pilgrim Favors ........................................................................ 18
Tealight Angel & Snowman .............................................................................................. 19
Patterns for Tealight Snowman .............................................................................. 18
Kitchen Helper................................................................................................................... 20
Santa Patio Paver ............................................................................................................... 21
Patterns for Santa Paver.......................................................................................... 22
Salt Shaker Angel & Snowman ................................................................................ 23 & 24
Pattern for Salt Shaker Snowman ............................................................................ 22
Ice Cube Snowman ............................................................................................................ 24
Fleece Scarves ................................................................................................................... 24
Glass Bowl Santa...................................................................................................... 25 & 26
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Gingerbread Spice Can ............................................................................................. 27 & 28
Santa Bag ........................................................................................................................... 28
Patterns for Santa Bag ............................................................................................ 29
Candy Sundae .................................................................................................................... 30
Bath Sundae ....................................................................................................................... 30
Reindeer Chocolate Bar Wrapper...................................................................................... 31
Patterns for Reindeer Chocolate Bar Wrapper ........................................................ 32
Santa Chocolate Bar Wrapper ........................................................................................... 33
Patterns for Santa Chocolate Bar Wrapper.............................................................. 32
Gingerbread Chip & Dip Centerpiece ............................................................................... 34
Patterns for Gingerbread Chip & Dip Centerpiece.................................................. 35
Snowman Can.................................................................................................................... 36
Patterns for Snowman Can ...................................................................................... 35
Mr. & Mrs. Snowman Ornaments .................................................................................... 36
Frosty Frames .................................................................................................................... 37
Skinny Stick Ornament ..................................................................................................... 38
Toasty Foot Friends ........................................................................................................... 39
Snowfellow Sweatshirt ...................................................................................................... 40
Dapper Snowman Centerpiece .......................................................................................... 41
Make A Picture Pebble ...................................................................................................... 42
Stuffed Snowman Pin ........................................................................................................ 43
Pill Box Treasures.............................................................................................................. 44
Snowman Seeds ................................................................................................................. 45
Fleece Purse ....................................................................................................................... 46
Beaded Wire Napkin Rings ............................................................................................... 46
Paper Mache Snowman ........................................................................................... 47 & 48
Paper Reindeer................................................................................................................... 48
S’More Snowman Domino Ornament ............................................................................... 49
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Bad Day Box...................................................................................................................... 49
Wire Wrapped Angel......................................................................................................... 50
Gift Tag Snowman............................................................................................................. 50
Domino Necklace .............................................................................................................. 51
Gift Card Poem ................................................................................................................. 51
Candy Kiss Mice................................................................................................................ 52
Pattern for Candy Kiss Mice.................................................................................... 53
Snowflake Ornament ........................................................................................................ 52
Patterns for Snowflake Ornament ........................................................................... 53
Ivy Bowl Lantern............................................................................................................... 54
Apple Vanilla Simmer Scent ............................................................................................ 54
Snowman Cheese Dome .................................................................................................... 55
Patterns for Snowman Cheese Dome ..................................................................... 56
Rag Pumpkins.................................................................................................................... 55
Fancy Ornament Hangers .................................................................................................. 57
Gum Wrappers................................................................................................................... 57
Patterns for Gum Wrappers ........................................................................... 56 & 18
Snowman Gift Box ............................................................................................................ 58
Patterns for Snowman Gift Box .............................................................................. 59
Toothpick Ornament.......................................................................................................... 59
CD Angel ........................................................................................................................... 59
3-D Paper Snowflakes ............................................................................................. 60 & 61
Notes .................................................................................................................................. 62
Recipes
Turkey Potluck Casserole .................................................................................................. 63
Crockpot Easy Beef Stew .................................................................................................. 63
Low Calorie Chicken ........................................................................................................ 64
Low-Fat Creamy Broccoli Soup........................................................................................ 64
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Chicken Supreme............................................................................................................... 65
Pretzel Salad ...................................................................................................................... 65
Kid’s Party Mix ................................................................................................................. 65
Amazing Cheese Ball ....................................................................................................... 66
Crab ‘N’ Shrimp Dip ........................................................................................................ 66
Artichoke Cheese Dip........................................................................................................ 66
Christmas Date Nut Bread ................................................................................................. 67
Pumpkin Cobbler ............................................................................................................... 67
Confetti Party Mix ............................................................................................................. 68
Chocolate Pizzas................................................................................................................ 68
Pizza Pockets ..................................................................................................................... 69
Crockpot Peach Crisp ........................................................................................................ 69
Cherry Delights.................................................................................................................. 69
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies...................................................................................................... 70
Quick & Easy Yeast Rolls ................................................................................................ 70
No-Bake Peanut Chew Cake ............................................................................................. 71
Éclair Cake (No Bake)....................................................................................................... 71
Bacon Chestnuts ................................................................................................................ 71
Peanut Butter Apple Dessert ............................................................................................. 72
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark................................................................................................. 72
Baked Cream Cheese Appetizer ........................................................................................ 73
Baked Fruit Dip ................................................................................................................. 73
Delmonico Potatoes ........................................................................................................... 73
Sweet Potato Casserole...................................................................................................... 74
Carrot Souffle .................................................................................................................... 74
Cheesecake Topped Brownies........................................................................................... 75
Apple Raisin Cakes............................................................................................................ 75
Uglies................................................................................................................................. 75
Zesty Cheese Ball .............................................................................................................. 76
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Cream Cheese with Chili Sauce ....................................................................................... 76
Barbeque Meatballs ........................................................................................................... 76
Eggless Nog ....................................................................................................................... 76
Instant Cappuccino ............................................................................................................ 77
Coffee Mix......................................................................................................................... 77
Sparkling Red Slush Punch ............................................................................................... 77
Santa’s Tangy Punch ......................................................................................................... 77
Christmas Punch ................................................................................................................ 78
Divine Hot Spinich ‘n Artichoke Chicken Bake ............................................................... 78
Stuffing-Coated Chicken ................................................................................................... 78
Apple Dews ....................................................................................................................... 79
Strawberry Pound Cake ..................................................................................................... 79
Caramel Squares ................................................................................................................ 79
Oreo Cake .......................................................................................................................... 80
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies......................................................................................... 80
S’more Mix........................................................................................................................ 80
Sugar Free Christmas Cutouts ........................................................................................... 81
Chocolate Crunch In A Jar ................................................................................................ 81
Candy Bar Cookie Squares ............................................................................................... 82
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pudding ........................................................................................... 82
Halloween Snack Mix........................................................................................................ 82
Triple Chocolate Quick Bread ........................................................................................... 83
Corn Spoon Bread.............................................................................................................. 83
Butterscotch Dip ................................................................................................................ 84
Christmas Sour Cream Potato Salad.................................................................................. 84
Butterscotch Fruit Salad .................................................................................................... 84
Banana Cream Pudding Mix In A Cup.............................................................................. 85
Butterfingers Pudding Mix In A Cup ................................................................................ 85
“Dirt” Pudding Mix In A Cup ........................................................................................... 86
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Tomato-Cheese Ball .......................................................................................................... 86
Chocolate Cookie Fudge.................................................................................................... 86
Easy Peppermint Pattie Cappuccino.................................................................................. 87
Make ‘em Beg Cake .......................................................................................................... 87
Sesame Seed Brittle ........................................................................................................... 88
Cappuccino Bread.............................................................................................................. 88
Acknowledgements................................................................................inside of back cover
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Glass Block Lights
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Hollow glass block
Clear spray sealer or lamination
Frosted paint
½” glass bit
strand of clear lights (20 or 35)
glass glue
graphics printed from computer, ribbon, etc.
1. Drill hole in back of block
toward the bottom – not on the
bottom (wear safety goggles).
Drill very slowly. {Or pay your
local glass company to drill hole
for you}.
2. Thread the lights in thru the
hole sticking the bulb in first.
3. When using a graphic or picture on only one side of the block, paint the back side
with frosted paint (you may need to use 2 coats). Set aside to dry.
4. Print your graphic.
5. Wipe the glass block off with the alcohol. Attach you graphic with laminating paper
and smooth down. You may put graphics on both sides if you wish.
6. Place a ribbon, seasonal greenery or something to match the picture on top. Attach
with a glass glue.
Alternate Method:
1. Drill hole in back of block toward the bottom – not on the bottom (wear safety
goggles). Drill very slowly. {Or pay your local glass company to drill hole for you}.
2. Thread the lights in thru the hole sticking the bulb in first.
3. Lay block flat and wrap with ribbon like a gift. Make a large fluffy bow for the top.
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Snowman Hat and Scarf
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¾ yd. white polar fleece
Two 2” orange pompoms
Fourteen ¾“ black buttons
Four ¾“ light blue buttons
3 skeins medium blue pearl cotton or craft thread
Permanent fabric adhesive
Scissors, Ruler
Make the Scarf:
1. Cut a 10” x 54 “ rectangle from polar fleece.
2. Glue an orange pom pom about 5” from one end of the scarf for the snowman’s
nose. Glue two buttons above the nose for eyes and five buttons below for the mouth.
3. To make the cheeks, cut through the loops at both ends of one skein of pear cotton.
Remove the labels and save two strands from the skein. Cut the rest of the skein into
three 2” bundles. Note: Set one bundle aside for another project. Wrap a long strand
around the center of one 2” bundle and tie a tight knot (see Figure A). Trim the ends.
Repeat with the other bundle. Fluff the bundles into circles and glue them to the
cheeks. Glue a blue button to the center of each circle.
Make the Hat:
1. Measure the head of the person the hat is intended for around the widest part. Cut
the fleece 13” wide and as long as your head measurement plus ½“ for the overlap. To
make the pompom, make 3” cuts along one long side of the rectangle, 1” apart (see
Figure b).
2. Overlap the short ends of the rectangle ½“ and glue them together, forming a tube
(see Figure c).
3. Cut a 15” piece of pearl cotton and wrap it tightly a few times around the hat at the
base of the cuts. Tie a knot (see Figure d). Trim the thread and adjust the gathers.
4. Fold up the bottom of the hat 1” for a brim and glue in place, if desired. Follow steps
2 and 3 of “Make the Scarf” above to make the thread cheeks and glue on the features.
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Snowman Pins
™ Two plastic gallon milk jug lids
™ Fabric: 6” square muslin; 1” x 12” strip flannel for
scarf; 4” x 5” rectangle flannel for hat
™ Acrylic paint: black, ivory, orange
™ Snow texture medium
™ Double sided adhesive sheet
™ 1” length ¼” dowel
™ Black chenille stem
™ Two ½” black pom-poms
™ ¼” flat pearl button
™ Raffia
™ Fine-tip black permanent marker
1. To make each scarf, cut a 1” x 10 “ strip of flannel. Turn one long edge under 1/8”,
and glue the hem.
2. Adhere the scarf around the head (jug lid) with the glued edge at the top, and tie a
knot.
3. Cut a ¾” x 1¾” strip of flannel and glue it to the base of thread, covering any muslin
that show under the scarf.
4. To make the hat, turn the lower long edge of the 4” x 5” flannel up ½” twice and
adhere the hem. Fold the fabric I half, right sides together, and glue the 4” sides. Let
the glue dry. Turn the hat right side out and glue it to the snowman’s head. Stuff the
hat top with a small amount of fiberfill. Wrap a strand of raffia round the hat, ½” from
the top and tie the ends into a bow. Glue a button to the center of the bow.
5. To make the earmuffs, cut a 3” length of chenille e stem. Glue the chenille stem to
the center top of the snowman’s head and glue a pom-pom to each end. Use a sharp
knife to make tiny holes in the head around the chenille stems and glue twigs into the
holes.
6. Apply the snow medium to the hat, earmuffs, noses and scarf with the paintbrush
handle.
7. Glue a pin back to the back of each snowman.
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Snowman Gift Sack
™ 8” w x 10 “ high red gift bag
™ Craft foam: one 5½” square and one 2” square of white;
one 2-inch square of black and one ¼” x ” rectangle of
orange
™ Two 1½” long artificial holly leaves with red berries
™ Two 2½” long snow-tipped artificial pine branches
™ One 6-inch mini broom
™ Pencil, ruler, scissors
1. Cutting: Using ruler and pencil, measure and mark 1¼” from
each corner point of the 5½” white craft foam square, marking along
the edges. Use ruler and pencil to connect the marks at each corner,
forming a small triangle on each corner. Cutting just inside each
pencil line, cut off the corner triangles to create an octagon shape for the snowman’s
body.
2. In the same way, mark ½” from each corner point of the 2” square of white craft
foam, mark a triangle at each corner and cut off the corners, creating an octagon shape
for the snowman’s head.
3. From the black craft foam, cut a 1” square for the top of the hat and a ½” x 1½” piece
for the hat brim.
4. From the scraps of black craft foam, cut two ¼” squares for the eyes, five similar-size
pieces for the buttons and three smaller pieces for the mouth.
5. Cut the orange rectangle in half diagonally and keep one piece for the nose.
Assembly: Refer to the photo for position while assembling as directed in the
instructions that follow.
6. Glue the snowman’s body to the front of the gift bag. Glue the head above the body
so that the edges of the foam pieces touch but do not overlap.
7. In the same way, center and glue the hat brim above the head
8. In the same way, center and glue the top of the hat above the brim. For the
hatband, glue the piece of dark green ribbon to the hat just above the brim.
9. Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons to the snowman. Glue the holly and berries
to the neck of the snowman. For arms, glue the pine branches to the snowman’s body.
Glue the broom to the right-hand side of the snowman.
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Snowman Doily Gift Bag
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4” round paper doily
Acrylic paints: Cardinal Red, Dark Goldenrod, Charcoal, White
Matte spray varnish
Glitter: white (very fine); iridescent
Ribbon: 9” length of ” gold wire edged; 12” length of ” sheer;
two 5 ” lengths of ¼” scalloped trim
12” length of candy striped chenille stem
10mm gold jingle bell
1” miniature snowflake ornament
Curling ribbon: red, green, white
Thick craft glue
Paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, hole punch, paintbrush, stencil
brush, 1” foam brush, paper plate (for palette), paper towel,
toothpick, waxed paper, 2” square of kitchen sponge
1. Paint the snowman face. (Note: Allow paint to dry between color changes and
coats.) See photo. Use pencil to lightly draw a carrot nose on doily. Paint nose Dark
Goldenrod. For eye, dip handle end of paintbrush into Charcoal and touch handle to
doily above nose; repeat for other eye. In same manner, dot mouth. Dry brush cheeks
Cardinal Red. (Note: To dry brush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel
until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.) Use toothpick to highlight dot
eyes, nose, and cheeks White; paint eyebrows Charcoal.
2. Paint the bag. Place a sheet of waxed paper inside bag and flatten bag. Fold top
of bag down 2”. Place waxed paper in side creases of bag so paint does not leak to
back. Use Cardinal Red to sponge paint front of bag. (Note: To sponge paint, wet
sponge in water; squeeze out excess water until just damp. Pour a puddle of paint on
palette. Press sponge into paint, blot on paper towel, and sponge paint outside
surface.) Use White and paintbrush handle to randomly do bag.
3. Apply glitter. Use foam brush to apply glue to back of doily; center and press doily
onto bag. Let dry. Apply varnish to entire front of back; while varnish is still wet,
sprinkle with iridescent glitter and white fine glitter. Shake off excess.
4. Finish up. See photo. Glue scalloped ribbon lengths across top and bottom of bag.
Tie shear ribbon into a 3” wide bow; glue to center bottom of snowman’s face. Tie wireedges ribbon into a 1¾” wide bow; glue to center of first bow. Glue jingle bell to center
of bows. Trim ribbon ends to desired length. Fill bag with desired treats. Punch two
holes 1” apart at top center of folded bag. Thread curling ribbon ends through holes
from back to front and tie in knot; curl ribbon ends. Remove hanger from snowflake;
glue snowflake to curling ribbon knot. For handle, bend chenille stem into a “U”; glue
ends to back top corners of bag.
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Snowman Shovel
™ Shovel
™ Acrylic paints: White, Pumpkin, Pink, Red, Medium Blue,
Light Blue, Black
™ Metal primer
™ Satin exterior varnish
™ Sparkle glaze
™ Stencils: Snowflake; Alphabet
™ 6” x 14” wood plaque
™ 6” x 24” piece of bright blue fleece
™ ¾ yard red checked fabric
™ 1½ yards of ” green with white polka dot grosgrain ribbon
™ Buttons: 1¼” green; 1” white snowflake
™ Paintbrushes: 1” and 2” foam sponge; flat; liner
™ Paper, pencil, scissors, pinking shears, paper plate (for
palette), paper towels, self-stick note pad, plastic grocery
bag, hammer, nails, glue gun and glue sticks
1. Prepare the shovel. Use 1” foam brush to apply metal primer to all metal parts of
shovel. Let dry. Use 2” foam brush to apply two coats of White to entire shovel
allowing paint to dry between coats. In same manner, paint two coats of Medium Blue
to wood plaque (sign).
2. Paint the face. (Note: Allow paint to dry between color changes and coats.) See
photo. Dip eraser end of pencil into Black and touch eraser to shovel for eye; repeat for
other eye. Let dry. Us Pink to paint 1½” cheeks and Pumpkin to paint carrot nose.
Paint mouth Black. Use liner brush to highlight eyes, nose, and cheeks with White.
3. Stencil the sign. Using Alphabet stencil (or print freehand), paint “Merry Christmas”
on sign with White. Let dry. Use Snowflake stencil (or draw freehand) to paint
snowflakes on sign as desired with an even mixture of White and Light Blue.
4. Finish sign. Use 2” foam brush to apply varnish over sign and entire shovel. Let
dry. Use Sparkle Glaze and liner brush to paint a thin line to front of sign, ½” from
edges. Let dry. Replace stencil over snowflakes and use sponge to apply Sparkle
Glaze on snowflakes. Let dry.
5. Decorate the handle. Use pinking shears to cut three 2” x 45” strips from red
checked fabric. Glue one end of one strip to shovel handle. See photo. Spiral wrap
and spot glue strip around entire handle adding strips as needed. Trim end and glue in
place.
6. Make the hat. See photo. Cut a piece of red checked fabric to measure around
width and slightly longer than shovel head. For hat cuff, fold one width edge up ½” then
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1”; spot glue in place. Wrap cuff around top of face, overlapping edges at back; glue in
place. Stuff plastic bag into top opening of hat. Gather top of hat and tie ribbon in a
four loop bow at front. Trim ends at an angle. Glue green button to one side of cuff and
snowflake button to center of green button.
7. Make the scarf. Tie fleece in a knot around bottom of shovel head; spot glue in
place. Cut several 4” long fringes in each short end of scarf.
8. Finish up. Use hammer and nail to attach sign to handle. For bow, cut two 2” x 45”
strips from red checked fabric. Tie strips together forming a four-looped bow below
sign; trim ends in a “V”.
Christmas Candy Wraps
™ Candy Bar, at least 1¾” wide
™ Lightweight green, green-striped and
red cardstock
™ Black permanent fine-point marker
™ Red alphabet stickers
™ Glue stick
™ ¼” diameter hold punch
1. For wrapper, cut striped cardstock to fit around candy bar.
2. Using pattern below, cut holly leaves from green cardstock. Outline leaves and add
veins with marker. Punch berries from red cardstock. Glue leaves and berries to center
of wrapper near left edge; glue wrapper around candy bar.
3. Use alphabet stickers to add name to wrapper.
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Frosty Gift Bag
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White pillow case or white fabric gift bag
Acrylic paint: Black, Pink, Pumpkin, White
Textile medium
Black cardstock
Ribbon: 1 yd. 1” blue; ½ yd. ¼” green
Plastic greenery
Two 1” buttons
Paintbrushes, glue, tracing paper, ruler, graphite paper,
palette, foil-covered cardboard to fit inside bag or pillow
case, hair dryer, pencil, masking, scissors
Paint the bag:
1. Insert the foil-covered cardboard into the bag to prevent seepage while painting.
2. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw a horizontal line about 4” from the top of the bag on
both sides.
3. Using a flat brush, paint the portion of the bag above the pencil line Black. Note:
Also paint the top 4” of the inside of the bag.
Paint the Face
1. Trace the face pattern onto tracing paper. Transfer the face to the front of the bag,
using graphite paper.
2. Paint the face as follows, using the liner brush for highlights:
Pumpkin: nose
Pink: cheeks
Black: eyes, mouth
White: highlights
3. Heat set the paint, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Add finishing touches:
1. Cut the green ribbon in two and thread the pieces through the buttons. Tie bows
and trim the ends.
2. Adhere the buttons to the bag (see picture).
3. Fill the bag with a gift. Gather the top of the bag and tie it with the blue ribbon.
Adhere small pieces of greenery to the bow (see picture).
4. Transfer and cut the hat brim from cardstock as instructed on the pattern. Adhere
the hat brim below the bow and greenery.
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Patterns for
“Frosty Gift Bag”
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Twiggy the Snowman Wreath
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3 twig (grapevine) wreaths: 9”, 11”, 13” diameters
Polar fleece: ¼ yd. green; ½ yd. blue print
Wood items: three 1½” star buttons; 2½” star
Acrylic paint: Bright Yellow; Brown
18-gauge black wire
Two 10” twigs
8” natural string
Wire cutter, hot glue gun, glue sticks, measuring tape,
scissors, sewing machine or needle, matching threads,
pinking shears, paintbrush, paper plate, sandpaper
1. Lay the wreaths on a flat surface in descending sizes. Wire the wreaths together
tightly, leaving approx. 3” wire end lengths. Wrap the ends around the wire cutters to
curl them.
2. Push a twig into each side of the middle wreath and hot-glue them in place.
3. Cut the fleece as follows: Blue: 2 strips 5” x 36”; Green: 9” x 36” strip
4. To make the scarf, tie a blue fleece strip around the base of the top wreath. Wrap
wire around it in several places to secure it. Curl the wire ends. Trim the scarf ends
with pinking shears.
5. Fold the green strip widthwise and sew to edges together to make a tube. Turn it
inside out. Gather one end of the tube and tie string around it approx. 2” from the end.
Trim any excess string. Cut the fleece above the string into strips to form a pom-pom.
6. Sew the remaining blue strip lengthwise to form a long tube. Turn it inside out.
Place it seam side down along the bottom of the hat. Stitch or adhere the pieces
together to make a brim on the hat. Note: Trim and tuck the fabric as needed.
7. Position the hat on the top wreath at a slight angle and hot-glue it in place.
8. Note: let the paint dry between coats. Basecoat the stars with Brown. Topcoat with
two coats of Bright Yellow.
9. Sand the edges of the stars. Note: this will partially reveal the Brown basecoat.
10. Cut a 24” length of wire and thread it through the star buttons. String the wire
length with stars across the center wreath. Bend and curl the ends around the center
wreath to secure.
11. Hot-glue the large star to the hat.
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Snowman Candy Dish
™ Styrofoam balls: 6-inch; 5-inch; 4-inch; 2½-inch;
Two 2-inch
™ Two-Part iridescent acrylic ball ornament: 80mm
and 100mm
™ Spray adhesive for Styrofoam
™ Fleece: 2½-inch x 29-inch strip, color or your
choice in plaid
™ Acrylic Paint: Orange and color to match fleece
™ Wire: 18 gauge, 36 inches (color to match
fleece)
™ Buttons: two 5/8” flat, black
™ Twigs: two 6-inch pieces
™ Pencil with eraser, serrated knife, metal spoon,
paintbrush, ruler, cosmetic blush, pencil,
cardboard box, scratch paper
1. To form a flat bottom
surface, use serrated knife to
cut a 4-inch diameter circle
slice from 6-inch foam ball. Sit on table, flat side down.
2. Using one half of large ornament (100mm), turn over so flat side is down and press
edge into top center of 6-inch foam ball forming an impression. Use spoon along
impression edges to carefully hollow out a rounded area for ornament half to fit into
(Note: In order to have a rim around the ornament half, it may be necessary to trim a
small amount from top of foam ball so it is flush with ornament half.)
3. Repeat process, cutting a 2½-inch diameter circle slice from 5-inch foam ball.
Similarly hollow out a rounded area for small ornament (80mm) half. To form a flat
bottom surface, cut a 1½-inch diameter circle slice from 4-inch foam ball for head.
4. With flat sides, down, place balls side-by-side on table. To form flat “gluing”
surfaces between balls, cut 2-inch diameter circles, one from 4-inch ball, two from 5inch ball and one from 6-inch ball. Placing one ball at a time into cardboard box, spray
cut sides with spray adhesive for Styrofoam and attach balls together as shown. Insert
twigs into sides of center foam ball for arms, as shown.
5. For ear muffs, cut 2½-inch foam ball in half. Gently roll each half on table along cut
edges, forming a rounded edge. Use spoon to hollow out a small amount of foam from
backs of earmuffs so they conform to shape of head. Paint earmuffs with two coats of
paint to match fleece color. Let dry.
6. For nose, cut a cone shape from 2-inch foam ball. Gently roll nose on table or
between fingers to form carrot shape. Paint nose with two coats of orange. Let dry.
For cheeks, cut two 1¾-inch diameter circles from remaining 2-inch foam ball. Apply a
coat of blush to cheeks.
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7. Use eraser end of pencil to make an indentation in face for nose to fit snugly into.
Apply spray adhesive to backs of earmuffs, nose, cheeks and buttons (for eyes). Press
into place on head, as shown. Coil a 36-inch length of wire around pencil leaving a 1inch straight tail on each end. Insert a straight tail under top of each earmuff.
8. For scarf, cut a 2½-inch x 29-inch strip of plaid fleece and fringe ends by cutting 2inch slits, about ¼-inch apart. Wrap scarf around neck and tie off to one side.
Tips:
To prevent over-spray from getting on work space, place item inside cardboard box, on
it side. Cover bottom with scratch paper and spray inside box. Remove scratch paper
and replace with new sheets, as needed.
Experiment with nozzle setting before applying adhesive to surface, based on size of
item being sprayed. Hold can closer to smaller items.
After spraying, allow adhesive to become tacky 1-2 minutes before attaching to surface.
For attaching most light weight items, it’s usually not necessary to spray both surfaces.
Test on a small sample prior to beginning project. There is a generous “open time” that
allows for repositioning, as needed, before bond sets.
Stack-A-Snowman
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3 plain round boxes (5-inch, 7-inch & 9-inch diameter)
Acrylic paint: White
Buttons, black: 2 medium size; 5 large size; 5-7 small
Orange bumpy pipe cleaner
Child-size mittens
Infant-size hat
Scrap of cloth for scarf
2½ feet of string
Paintbrushes, hot glue gun & glue sticks
Paint the 3 round boxes white. Let the paint dry, then use hot glue to attach a button
mouth and eyes to the smallest box and a row of large buttons to each of the 2 larger
boxes, leaving room for the box tops. Cut a tapered section from an orange bumpy pipe
cleaner and glue it in place for a nose. For hands, tape child-size mittens to the ends of
a 2½-foot string and tuck the center portion of the string inside the medium-size box
before putting on the lid. Stack the boxes (do not glue), then dress your snowman with
an infant-size hat and a scarf made from a scrap of cloth. At the end of the season, the
snowman parts nest inside the largest box for storage.
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Paper Bag Angel
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One 3-inch diameter Styrofoam ball
One 9-inch piece green crepe paper ribbon
One 19-inch piece red crepe paper ribbon
Spanish moss
One roll gold star garland
2 dried floral sprigs (1 white and 1 green)
1 roll thin, flexible craft wire
2 cardboard strips (8-inch x 2-inch)
newspaper to stuff bag (body of angel)
1. Open one paper bag and sit it upright on your work surface.
2. Cut 2 strips of cardboard 8-inch x 2-inch. Fold the pieces of cardboard to match the
corners of the brown bag. Fit them inside the bottom of the paper bag on your work
surface to create a strong base for your angel.
3. Stuff the bag with crumpled newspaper within 2” of the top of the lunch bag. This will
be the body of the angel.
4. Loosely gather the paper bag above the newspaper you stuffed into the paper bag.
Wrap the thin, flexible craft wire around the gathered area twice, cut the piece from the
roll and twist the ends together. Fold the ends back toward the wire you already
wrapped around the gathered area.
5. Carefully fold the top 2” of the brown paper bag over the wire you wrapped around
the gathered area without ripping the bag. Just fold slowly and carefully and it is
possible.
6. Cut open one side and the end of the second paper bag. Wrap the large piece
around the Styrofoam ball and twist the ends below the ball. Wrap a piece of wire
around the twisted paper at the base of the Styrofoam ball to keep the twisted brown
paper in place. Cut the piece from the roll. Cut off the excess paper bag about an inch
below the wire.
7. Squeeze a line of hot glue just inside the opening of the paper bag where you folded
the ends over the wire. Quickly press the brown paper wrapped Styrofoam ball into it.
Hold briefly in place to secure.
8. Separate an amount of Spanish moss you want to us for the hair. You should have
enough to frame the face and cover the turned down edge at the back of the paper bag.
Squeeze thin lines of glue from the front of the head to the back except for the face
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area. Press the Spanish moss quickly into the glue, it hardens fast so you have little
time to arrange the hair once you’ve squeezed on the glue. Make sure it is covering the
folded edge at the back. Squeeze a little more glue under the Spanish moss at the
back to make sure it is attached to the head but leave some hanging to give your angel
the appearance of long hair flowing at the back.
9. Cut a 10” piece of star garland from the roll for the halo. Make sure you have a large
star with at least nine small stars in the 10” length. Arrange it in a circle on the Spanish
moss hair with the large star at the front. Once you have the stars arranged as you
would like them, squeeze a small drop of glue on each star one at a time and press the
stars back into the glue to secure them to the Spanish moss hair.
10. Cut 2 strips of brown paper bag 3-inches wide X the length of the paper bag. Twist
the strips into roughly a 5-inch length. Cut and wrap a 3-inch length of the craft wire
around one end of each strip you twisted.
11. Squeeze a small amount of hot glue on the right side of the paper bag, underneath
the folded over edge to the right of where the Styrofoam ball head is situated. Hold the
wire wrapped end briefly in place until secure. Repeat the process using the other
piece of twisted paper, this time to the left of where the Styrofoam ball head is situated.
Hold the wire wrapped end briefly in place until secure.
12. Bend the arms towards the middle in a curve and squeeze a small drop of glue
between the two pieces of paper where they meet. Hold briefly to secure but be careful
you don’t burn your fingers because the glue may squeeze out past the paper.
Squeeze a generous drop of hot glue underneath the middle of the two arms on the
body of the angel and press the arms into the glue. Hold briefly to secure.
13. Cut a 9-inch long piece of green crepe paper ribbon. Form two loops and leave 2
inches for the ends hanging down. Hold the bow together in the middle with one hand
and wrap the craft wire around the middle a few times with your other hand. Cut off the
piece form the roll and make sure the end is wrapped around the middle. Cut the ends
of the ribbon in 2 peaks with a point in the middle (like the tip of an arrow).
14. It is best to lay the angel face up on your work surface while gluing things on the
front because it will be less likely the items you are gluing will shift while your work with
them. Squeeze a small drop of hot glue on the middle of the arms where the hands
meet. Press the 2 small pieces of dried floral material into the hot glue. Next, squeeze
a generous amount of glue on top of the stems. Press the middle of the ribbon into the
glue. You need to do this quickly because the hot glue hardens quickly. Hold the
ribbon briefly in place to secure. Cut a small gold star from your garland. Squeeze a
small amount of hot glue in the center of the bow and press a small star form the
garland into it.
15. After the green ribbon is complete, it is time to make the red crepe paper ribbon
bow and glue it on. Turn your angel over so the angel is now face down on your work
surface. Cut a 19 inch piece of red crepe paper ribbon. Make two loops in the red
ribbon leaving ends hanging that measure 5 inches each. Wrap a piece of craft wire
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around the middle several times, cut off the piece form the roll and wrap the end around
the bow. Squeeze a generous amount of glue just below the folded over edge and
press the middle of the bow into it. Hold briefly to secure. The loops of the bow should
be touching the folded over edge of the paper bag. Cut the ends on a diagonal with the
inner edge tips touching the bottom of the bag.
16. Cut a large star from the garland. Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue in the
center of the bow and press the large star into it. Hold briefly to secure. Let dry.
Cute Cracker Holder
Start by folding one edge of a square napkin over 3/4 –inch to an
inch about five times to the center of the napkin. Do the same with
the opposite edge until the folded edges meet in the center. Tuck
both short ends underneath so the meet in the middle. Separate the
folds to create an opening for the crackers and arrange them inside.
Suggested uses: This idea comes in handy when you can’t fin a
small basket to hold crackers that accompany an appetizer – or you
forget to take on along to a potluck. You can also use this in-a-hurry
holder for slices of cocktail rye, breadsticks, min muffins or biscuits.
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S’more Snowman Soup
With Snowman Lid Ornament
Snowman Lid Ornament:
™ Metal lid to fit jar
™ Glass ball ornament, 2 5/8”
™ Acrylic Paints: White, Charcoal, Dark
Goldenrod, Cardinal Red
™ Matte interior varnish
™ White glue
™ Iridescent crystal glitter
™ Air-dry modeling compound or Polymer clay
™ White fabric doily, 5”
™ Artificial pine sprigs, 1½” long, two
™ Artificial red berry cluster, 1½” long
™ Glue gun and sticks
S’mores Soup:
™ Glass quart jar
™ Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate
pieces
™ White buttons, 5/8”, three
™ Papers: red card stock, 2¾” x 3¾”;
White, 2¼” x 3¼”
™ Plaid ribbon, 1 3/8” wide, 18” length
™ Red ribbon, ¼” wide, 24” length
Snowman Lid Ornament:
1. Remove ornament hanger;
sponge paint ornament White.
Transfer details of pattern to
ornament. Paint eyes, eyebrows,
and mouth Charcoal; add White highlight dots to eyes. For nose, roll 5/8” ball of
modeling compound into cone shape; let dry. Paint nose Dark Goldenrod.
2. Apply varnish to ornament. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Use glue gun to glue
nose to face. Basecoat lid White. Glue doily to lid and ornament to doily. Replace
hanger. Glue pine sprigs and berries to ornament.
S’mores Soup:
1. Layer graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate pieces in jar. Glue white
buttons to front of jar.
2. For recipe tag, handwrite or use computer to print the following on white paper:
S’mores Snowman Soup: Toast marshmallows then place chocolate piece
between two graham cracker cookies. Mmmm Good!
3. Glue white rectangle of paper to red cardstock. Use red ribbon length to attach tag
to jar lid, tying bow as shown. Tie plaid ribbon around jar top to cover bottom edge of
lid. Place ornament lid on jar.
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Turkey Pilgrim Favors
General:
™ Wooden stars (feet), 1¼” across, two
™ Styrofoam ball (head), 1½”
™ Acrylic paints: Dark Chocolate, Primary Yellow
™ Black fine-tip permanent marker
™ Brown print fabric, 7” circle
™ Matching thread
™ Felt: gold, cranberry, scraps
™ Wiggle eyes, 8mm, two
™ Black satin ribbon, ¼” wide, 8” length
™ Silk autumn leaves, three
™ Fiberfill stuffing
™ Permanent adhesive glue
Tom and Mary Turkey:
™ Felt: black, 6” square; white, 1¼: x 3¾”
™ Doilies: white heart-shaped, 2” across; white Battenburg, 3” across
™ Gold ribbon, ¼” wide, 4¾” length
™ Ivory buttons, 7/16”, two
1. Cut felt as indicated on patterns. For body, sew gathering stitch around 7” circle,
leaving ¼” border. Stuff circle; pull up gathers tightly and stitch opening closed.
2. Slightly flatten bottom of Styrofoam head. Basecoat head Dark Chocolate and feet
Primary Yellow. Draw dashed line near edge of feet.
3. Glue wattle, beak, and eyes to face, and doily, head, and feet to body. Tie black
bow; glue to neck. Glue leaves together, then glue to back of body.
Tom Turkey: Cut slits in hat as indicated. Glue gold ribbon to long brim edge; then
brim ends together, slightly overlapping edges. Glue hat top to brim, brim to hat, hat to
head, and buttons to body.
Mary Turkey: Glue hat to head as shown in picture.
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Patterns for “Turkey Pilgrim Favors”
Patterns for” Snowman Tealight”
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Tealight Angel and Snowman
Both:
™ Jumbo craft stick
™ Tealight candle
™ Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Angel:
™ Tulle, 6” square and 3” circle, your choice of color
™ Ribbon to match tulle
™ Gold pipe cleaner
™ Small, thin piece of wire
Snowman:
™ Tulle: 6” square of white or off-white
™ Acrylic paint: white
™ Pipe cleaners: Christmas striped; red
™ Craft foam: white, black
™ Red pom poms: ½”, two
™ Permanent markers: black and orange (ultra-fine)
™ Blush
™ Small piece of plaid ribbon, 1/8” in width
For angel:
Glue tealight candle to craft
stick. Wrap 6” square of tulle
around tealight and tie
underneath with ribbon.
Gather 3” circle of tulle in the middle and wrap wire around to secure. Glue to back of
craft stick underneath tealight. Cut 4” piece of gold pipe cleaner. Form into a circle
leaving a 1” piece straight. Glue onto back of tealight.
For snowman male:
Paint jumbo craft stick white. Apply a second coat if needed. Glue tealight candle to
craft stick. Using pattern on previous page, cut a 1” circle from white craft foam. Draw
snowman face with black permanent marker (2 circles for eyes, 5 circle for mouth). Use
orange permanent marker to draw carrot nose. Apply blush cheeks. Lay snowman
face on top of tealight candle. Using pattern, cut top hat out of black craft foam. Glue
small strip of plaid ribbon to hat as a hatband. Glue hat to top of tealight candle. Wrap
6” square of tulle around tealight and wrap a 6” piece of Christmas striped pipe cleaner
underneath the tealight. Twist to secure. Draw three “buttons” on front of craft stick.
For snowman female:
Paint jumbo craft stick white. Apply a second coat if needed. Glue tealight candle to
craft stick. Using pattern on previous page, cut a 1” circle from white craft foam. Draw
snowman face with black permanent marker (2 circles for eyes, 5 circle for mouth). Use
orange permanent marker to draw carrot nose. Apply blush cheeks. Lay snowman
face on top of tealight candle. Wrap 6” square of tulle around tealight and wrap a 6”
piece of Christmas striped pipe cleaner underneath the tealight. Twist to secure. Draw
three “buttons” on front of craft stick. . Cut a 4” piece of red pipe cleaner. Gather from
one end. Stretch out slightly and glue to top to tealight, with a red pom pom placed on
each side to resemble ear muffs.
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Kitchen Helper
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Black permanent marker
Powdered blush
Washcloth or dishcloth
Dish towel
Plastic pot scrubber
24” piece of ribbon
Straight pin
White cardstock
1. Print one of the following poems on cardstock, either by hand or by computer:
Kitchen Helper
This little lady comes your way
To help you have a happy day.
She’ll wash your dishes and dry them too
And scrub the pots and pans for you.
She’ll clean the windows with such skill
And wipe up every little spill.
Kitchen Helper
This special little lady
has come along your way,
to help you have a very,
Merry Christmas Day!
She'll help you wash your dishes,
and even dry them too.
Next she'll scrub the pots and pans,
quite willingly for you!
She can clean your windows
with a lot of skill,
and even wipe up every spill!
So have a Merry Christmas
with this little dear,
I hope she serves to bring you,
A season of Good Cheer!
2 Fold dishtowel into thirds lengthwise. Wrap around the bottom of the paper towel
roll. Hold in place with a pin. Punch two holes in your card stock poem and thread a
ribbon around the towel, through the holes, and tie in a bow. Remove the pin.
3. Fold washcloth (or dishcloth) one point to the other to form a triangle shape. This
will be her bandana. Put the nylon pot scrubber on top of the paper towel roll, wrap the
bandana around and pin from underneath, so the pin doesn’t show.
4. With a black permanent marker, draw her face. Lightly color face with powdered
blush going heavier (or using a darker color) on the cheeks.
Tip: This would be cute in a gift basket, along with dish detergent, a Christmas trivet,
etc. or in a basket or bucket with cleaning supplies.
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Santa Patio Paver
™ Patio paver
™ Acrylic paints: Antique Mum, Cloud White,
Fiesta Yellow, Foxglove Pink, Holly Berry Red,
Sprout Green, Wrought Iron Black
™ 1” doll head or knob
™ Wooden shapes: flat oval, 2” primitive star
™ White pom-poms: three 1½”, one 2”
™ Thick craft glue
™ Paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, paper towels,
paintbrush, stencil brush, paper plate (for palette),
rubbing alcohol
1. Trace and cut out pattern. Follow directions on pattern. Use rubbing alcohol to
wipe off paver. Let dry. Rub pencil on back of pattern. Place pattern, pencil side on
paver, and trace pattern lines. (Note: Do not trace eyes and eyebrows.) Remove
pattern.
2. Paint the paver and wooden items. Use Holly Berry Red to paint the top half of
paver (hat), doll head or knob (nose), and large oval (tip of hat). Use Cloud White to
paint bottom half of paver. Use Fiesta Yellow to paint star.
3. Paint the face. Use Antique Mum to paint face. Let dry. Use Sprout Green to paint
patch. Trace eyebrow and eye patterns on face. Use Cloud White to paint eyebrows
and Wrought Iron Black to paint eyes. Use Wrought Iron Black to paint dash/dot lines
on star, beard, and mustache, and to outline face and mustache. Use Foxglove Pink to
rouge cheeks on face. (Note: To rouge, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper
towel until almost dry, and brush surface in circular motion.) Highlight dot face, nose,
and patch Cloud White. (Note: To highlight dot, dip handle end of paintbrush into paint
and touch handle to base; reapply paint after each dot.)
4. Finish up. Glue tip of hat, star, and pom-poms to paver as shown in picture.
Alternate hat: You may wish to use an infant size Santa
hat instead of painting the top of paver. If this is done, you
will not need the four pom-poms, the wooden star, or the
Fiesta Yellow acrylic paint.
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Pattern for “Santa Patio Paver”
Pattern for “Salt Shaker
Snowman”
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Salt Shaker Angel and Snowman
Both:
™ Salt shaker
™ Wooden ball knob (size depends on salt shaker)
™ Hot glue gun and glue sticks
™ Paintbrushes
™ Powdered blush
Angel:
™ String of pearls
™ Angel wings
™ Small bit of lace
™ Acrylic paint: flesh color, black
™ Spanish moss or excelsior
Snowman:
™ Salt (Epsom salts glistens more)
™ Black craft wire
™ Felt: black, red
™ Red pom-poms (approx. ½” but depends on ball
knob size)
™ Acrylic paint: white, black
™ Toothpick -- red
Angel:
1. Remove lid and fill salt shaker with pearls. Glue small bit of lace around the bottom
of area where lid screws on. Glue wings to back of salt shaker just below the area
where lids screws on.
2. Paint ball knob flesh color. Apply two coats if necessary, letting dry between coats.
Glue on Spanish moss or excelsior for hair. Glue salt shaker lid onto top of head as
halo. Using end of paint brush, apply two dip dot eyes to face. Apply blush to “cheeks”.
3. Hot glue head to shaker body.
Snowman:
1. Remove lid and fill salt shaker with salt.
2. Decide how long you would like snowman’s arms to be. Double this figure and add 2
inches. Cut this amount of craft wire. Place the middle of craft wire length at the front
of shaker near the bottom area of where the top screws on. Wrap both ends of craft
wire to the back of shaker and twist a few time. Apply a small amount of hot glue here
to glue craft wire to shaker (this will keep it from twisting). Bend wire “arms” forward
and position in any pose that you wish.
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3. Paint ball knob white. Apply two coats if necessary, letting dry between coats. Glue
salt shaker lid onto top of head like a hat. Glue pom-poms to each side of head just
below hat.
4. Using paintbrush, paint two dip dot eyes and a dip dot mouth, leaving space in
between for a nose. Using pencil, make an indentation in ball knob head where nose
should be. Glue pointed end of toothpick here using hot glue. Apply blush to “cheeks”.
5. Glue ball knob head to salt shaker with hot glue. Cut a long, narrow piece of red felt
for scarf and fringe on the end. Wrap around the “neck” of snowman.
6. Using pattern on page 22, cut 2 sets (4 total) of mittens from black felt. Glue two
onto ends of craft wire, sandwiching wire between them.
Ice Cube Snowman
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Paint (acrylic or dimensional): black and orange
Pipe cleaner
¼” pom-poms to match pipe cleaner
E-6000 glue
Glue 3 small glass blocks together offsetting the middle one slightly to the right. Using
black paint, and referring to the picture as a reference, paint two circle eyes and a
smiling mouth on the first block. Paint three circle buttons on the middle block. Paint a
carrot nose with orange paint. Glue pom-poms on each side of head. Cut a small piece
of pipe cleaner and glue to top of head and pom-poms to resemble ear muffs.
Fleece Scarves
™ 8” x 54” piece of polar fleece
™ Pony beads in coordinating colors
™ Scissors, ruler
Cut 4” long fringes at each end of scarf. Thread beads onto fringed ends and knot.
Trim ends even.
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Glass Bowl Santa
™ Clear glass ivy bowl with fluted top edge
™ Smooth clear glass votive candle cup with a top
opening that will fit inside top of ivy bowl without
falling through
™ Dish detergent
™ Glass and tile medium
™ Acrylic paints: Black, Lipstick Red, Poppy Red,
Tapioca, Wicker White, Thicket
™ Black fine-line permanent marker
™ Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
™ Tracing paper, pencil, ruler, compressed sponge
or household sponge, scissors
™ Glass and tile medium
™ Tacky craft glue
1. Trace patterns separately onto tracing paper with pencil. Using compass or drawing
freehand, draw a circle measuring about 2 inches across. Cut out each pattern. Lay
patterns on sponge. Using black marker, trace around each pattern. Cut out each
sponge shape.
2. Clean entire ivy bowl and candle cup with dish detergent and water. Dry thoroughly.
Using cotton balls, apply rubbing alcohol over entire exterior surface of candle cup and
bowl, excluding bowl bottom but including the inside edge of fluted top of bowl. Let airdry without rinsing or wiping off alcohol.
3. Following medium manufacturer’s directions, use paintbrush to apply glass and tile
medium to same surfaces of bowl and candle cup that were covered with alcohol. Let
dry completely.
4. Keep paper towels and basin of water handy to clean the sponge circle and
paintbrush. Place dabs of each paint color onto the palette or foam plate as needed.
Let paint dry after every application unless directions say otherwise.
5. To sponge-paint, dip sponge circle into water and squeeze excess water from
sponge. Dip sponge into paint and dab sponge onto paper towel to remove excess
paint. Apply paint using an up-and down motion, creating a frosted look.
6. To paint with remaining sponge shapes, dip sponge shape into water and squeeze
excess water form sponge. Dip sponge into paint and dab sponge onto paper towel to
remove excess paint. Use sponge as a stamp to add the shape to ivy bowl.
Refer to the photo as a guide while painting as directed in the instructions that follow:
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Santa’s head:
1. Using sponge circle and Tapioca, sponge-paint exterior of ivy bowl.
2. Using sponge circle and Lipstick Red, carefully sponge-paint bottom edge of bowl.
3. Using paintbrush and Wicker White, paint the inside and outside edges of the fluted
top of bowl. While paint is still wet, use clean sponge circle and dabbing motion to add
texture to the inside of fluted top.
4. Using paintbrush and Wicker White, paint ½-inch-wide vertical stripes around the red
base of bowl, spacing the stripes about 3/8 inch apart.
5. Mix a drop of Poppy Red with five drops of Tapioca to create a flesh color. Using
sponge circle and mixed paint, very lightly sponge-paint face area.
6. Using holly leaf sponge shape and Thicket, stamp two holly
leaves onto upper left-hand area of face. Dip end of paintbrush
handle into Poppy Red. Dab three small dots above holly
leaves for berries.
7. Using mustache sponge shape and Wicker White, stamp
mustache shape twice onto face. Using nose sponge shape
and Poppy Red, stamp nose onto face. Dip end of paintbrush
handle into Black. Dab on two dots for eyes. Using black
marker, draw a “U” shape for the mouth.
Santa’s Hat:
1. Using sponge circle and Tapioca, sponge-paint exterior of
candle cup, including the bottom.
2. Using sponge circle and Lipstick Red, carefully sponge-paint
over the Tapioca color, allowing a bit of Tapioca to show
through.
3. Dip end of paintbrush handle into Wicker White. Randomly
dab small dots around sides of candle cup.
Finishing:
Invert candle cup and glue rim of candle cup inside the fluted
edge of bowl. Let dry.
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Gingerbread Spice Can
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Rubbing alcohol and cotton ball
Glass and tile medium
Acrylic paints: Terra Cotta, Burnt Sienna, Light
Buttermilk, Deep Burgundy and Lamp Black
Paper towels, water basin, palette or foam plate
Acrylic paints: Terra Cotta, Burnt Sienna, Light
Buttermilk, Deep Burgundy and Lamp Black
Paintbrushes
Foam brush
Spatter brush or toothbrush
Masking tape
Matte spray finish
1- x 4-inch torn strip of burgundy-and-cream
check fabric
Tacky craft glue
1. Wash spice can and dry thoroughly. Using cotton ball, wipe the front, back and
sides of spice can with rubbing alcohol. Let dry. Following medium manufacturer’s
instructions, apply glass and tile medium to the front, back and sides of spice can.
2. Keep paper towels and basin of water handy to clean brushes. Place dabs of each
paint color onto palette or plate as needed. Add coats as needed for complete
coverage. Let paint dry after every application.
Refer to the photo as a guide while painting as directed in the instructions that follow:
3. Use masking or painter’s tape to tape off the top white cap area and bottom metal
rim of spice can. Using foam brush, paint the front, back and sides of spice can Terra
Cotta.
4. Thin Light Buttermilk with clean water to achieve an ink-like consistency. Use flat
brush to apply thinned paint onto toothbrush or spatter brush. If using spatter brush,
follow brush manufacturer’s instructions to spatter paint onto front, back and sides of
spice can. If using toothbrush, hold toothbrush about 6 inches from can and pull your
thumbnail or a brush handle toward you over the bristles to spatter paint onto can.
5. In the same manner, spatter the front, back and sides of can with Burnt Sienna.
When dry. Remove tape.
6. With liner and Light Buttermilk, paint a thin squiggly “frosting” line all the way around
the can underneath the white cap area. Repeat at the bottom of can.
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7. Lightly dip scruffy brush into Deep Burgundy and wipe off the excess on a paper
towel until only fait color remains on brush. Using a circular motion, paint each cheek
on front of can.
8. Dip end of liner handle into Burnt Sienna. Dab on an oval for the nose. Dip end of
liner handle into Lamp Black. Dab on two ovals for the eyes.
9. Dip the small flat paintbrush into clean water and blot lightly on paper towel. Dip
corner of brush into Light Buttermilk and work brush back and forth in the same spot on
palette or plate until color fades from dark to light to clear. Paint the curved highlight on
the left-hand side of each eye.
10. Dip stylus or the end of liner handle into Light Buttermilk. Dab a dot at the top of
the curved highlight in each eye. In the same way, dab a smaller dot at the top of each
cheek. With black marker, draw the mouth.
11. Following spray finish manufacturer’s instructions, spray painted exterior of can with
matte spray finish. Let dry. Tie a knot in the center of the fabric strip. Referring to the
photo for position, glue knot to the top of can. Let dry.
Santa Bag
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Card stock: white, red, pink
Two 12mm wiggle eyes
½” pink pom-pom
Batting
Paper crimper
¾” circle stamper
Thick craft glue
Paper, pencil, scissors, ruler
1. Trace and cut out patterns on next page. Follow directions on patterns. Glue
batting for hat cuff and pom-pom to card stock. Run beard through crimper for vertical
lines and mustache through crimper for horizontal lines.
2. Assemble the bag. See photo. Glue face to back of beard and beard to bottom left
corner of bag. For nose, glue pom-pom to center of face. Glue eyes above nose. For
cheeks, punch two circles from red card stock and glue to each side of nose. Glue
mustache below nose, hat cuff across top of head and pom-pom to right corner of bag.
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Patterns for Santa Bag
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Candy Sundae
™ Sundae or Parfait glass
™ ½ of Styrofoam ball (size depends on size of
Sundae or Parfait glass – should fit into top of
glass without falling in)
™ White curling ribbon to cover foam ball
™ 1 round candy covered in red paper (for cherry)
™ Candy of your choice to fill sundae or parfait
glass
™ Hot glue gun and glue sticks
™ Plastic straw (optional)
1. Cut Styrofoam ball in
half. Fill glass with candy.
Place Styrofoam into top of
glass – if fit is not tight use
double stick tape to hold in
place.
2. Cut white curing ribbon into smaller pieces (between 12 and 20 inches long). Curl
and then glue each piece of ribbon to foam ball. Continue in this manner until ball is
covered. In some instances you may want to glue both ends of the curling ribbon in
place. If using a straw, insert into foam ball.
3. Glue round candy in red paper to center, top of curling ribbon to resemble a cherry.
Tip: This will make a nice gift alone or a nice presentation for a money gift. Place
money gift in glass along with candy.
Bath Sundae
™ Sundae glass or ice cream dish
™ White bath poof scrubbing pad
™ Round bath oil bead – 1, red or round wooden
bead painted red
™ Bath Salts
™ Plastic spoon with long handle
™ Double stick tape, card stock, hole punch
Fill dish with bath salts. If
using a long handled spoon,
place spoon in bath salts. Place white bath poof on top (you may need to use double
stick tape to hold in place). Use double stick tape to attach bath oil bead or wooden
bead to top, middle of poof. Print the verse below on card stock. Punch a hole in
corner and slip onto spoon handle.
Sundae Bath
This very special Sundae
will leave you feeling great.
It’s chock full of good things
even though it can’t be ate.
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Take it in the bath with you.
Of course don’t take a sip,
‘cos it may look delicious…
but it’s made to take a dip!
Reindeer Chocolate Bar Wrapper
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Brown package wrap, 7” x 11”
Poster board scrap
Wooden button (nose), ¾”
Acrylic paints: Golden Brown, Spice Brown, Cardinal Red, Lt. Ivory,
Charcoal
Spray matte finish
Black permanent marker—ultra fine
Decorative-edge scissors
Gold jingle bells: 10mm, six; ½”, one
Red/green gingham fabric, 1” x 6”
Artificial holly leaves, 1¼” long, two
Artificial red berry cluster
Paintbrushes, scissors, pencil, tracing paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or repositionable double-sided tape
For wrapper, cut 7” x 10½” rectangle from brown paper; use decorative-edge scissors to
cut along 10½” edges.
1. Trace and cut out patterns on next page. Cut antlers from poster board. Sponge
paint wrapper Golden Brown and antlers Spice Brown.
2. Transfer face. Dot eyes Charcoal. Dry brush cheeks and paint nose Cardinal Red.
Add Lt. Ivory highlight dots to cheeks, eyes, and nose. Use marker to outline mouth,
freckles, and eyebrows. Spatter paint wrapper, nose, and antlers Lt. Ivory. Apply
varnish.
3. Remove outer chocolate bar wrap, leaving only foil wrapper. Use hot glue gun to
glue: antlers to back of wrapper; wrapper around
chocolate bar; nose to face; 10 mm bells and leaves to
antlers; berry cluster to leaves. For bow, knot fabric and
trim ends. Glue bow to neck and remaining bell to knot.
Quick Tip: For reusable wrapper, apply double-sided
tape to wrapper instead of glue.
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Patterns for “Reindeer Chocolate Bar Wrapper” and
“Santa Chocolate Bar Wrapper”
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Santa Chocolate Bar Wrapper
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Brown package wrap, 5” x 6”
Wooden button (nose), 5/16”
Acrylic paints: Cardinal Red, Lt. Ivory, Charcoal, Fleshtone
Spray matte finish
Black permanent marker—ultra fine
Decorative-edge scissors
Gold jingle bells: 6mm, three
Iridescent crystal glitter
Artificial holly leaves, 1” long, two
Artificial red berry cluster
Paintbrushes, scissors, pencil, tracing paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or repositionable double-sided tape
Remove outer chocolate bar wrapper, leaving foil wrapper in place. Trace wrapper onto
brown paper; cut out, using decorative-edge scissors on side edges.
1. Trace and cut out patterns on previous page; transfer details. (Note: Place
wrapper around chocolate bar to determine pattern placement.) Paint: body and hat
Cardinal Red; face Fleshtone; fur trim, beard, mustache, and eyebrows Lt. Ivory. Dot
eyes Charcoal. Dry brush cheeks Cardinal Red. Add Lt. Ivory highlight dots to eyes,
cheeks, and nose.
2. Use marker to outline fur trim, beard, mustache, and
eyebrows. Spatter paint wrapper and nose Lt. Ivory.
Apply varnish to wrapper and leaves; sprinkle with glitter.
3. Glue wrapper around chocolate bar, nose to face,
bells to body, leaves to hat, and berry cluster to leaves.
Quick Tip: For reusable wrapper, apply double-sided
tape to wrapper instead of glue.
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Gingerbread Chip and Dip Centerpiece
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Clay pot, 7” tall
Clay saucer, 12”
Glass bowl, 5”
Craft foam, 12” square sheets, one
each: Bright Pink, Christmas
Green, Red, Black;
two sheets Brown
Dimensional Paints: Slick – White,
True Red; Pearl – Peppermint,
Jade
Acrylic paints: white, red
Satin varnish
Decorative-edge scissors
Red gingham ribbon, 7/8” wide, 1
yd.
Repositionable glue or doublesided tape
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Basecoat pot white and saucer red. Add white dots to saucer. Apply varnish.
1. Trace and cut out patterns on next page. Cut materials as indicated. Use hot
glue to glue arms to body and eyes, nose, and cheeks to face. Use decorative-edge
scissors to cut ¾”-wide strips to fit around rim and seven 1” x 4¼” rectangles form red
craft foam; glue to pot.
2. Outline the following: cheeks and berries Peppermint; nose and mouth True Red;
leaves Jade Green. Use Peppermint to paint wavy lines around pot and rim. Use White
dimensional paint to paint rick rack border on face and arms (front and back), and to
add highlights to cheeks, nose, and cherries.
3. Tie ribbon bow; glue to neck. Adjust arms as needed to fit around saucer. Apply
repositionable glue to hands; press in place around saucer. Use outdoor adhesive to
glue saucer to pot.
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Patterns for “Gingerbread Chip and Dip Set”
Pattern for “Snowman Can”
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Snowman Can
™ Metal planter, 10” tall
™ Acrylic paints: Lt. Buttermilk,
French Grey Blue, Lamp Black,
Mauve, Burnt Orange
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™ Fabric, 3” x 45”
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Apply sealer. Basecoat bottom 7½” Lt. Buttermilk and remaining area French Grey Blue.
Trace and cut out pattern on previous page. Transfer face. Dry brush cheeks Mauve.
Paint nose Burnt Orange, and nose and mouth Lamp Black. Add Lt. Buttermilk
highlights to eyes and mouth. Tie bow. Use: fill with greenery, flowers, candy, or a gift!
Mr. & Mrs. Snowman Ornaments
™ Glass paint: Ultra Black, Tangerine, Red Red,
Pillow Pink
™ Conditioning medium surface conditioner
™ Gloss gaze
™ Glass ball ornaments
™ White gift shred
™ 2 blue pom-poms
™ Black chenille stick
™ Red fleece strip
™ White ribbon
™ Paintbrushes, scissors, glue gun and glue
sticks
1. Fill ornaments with white gift
shred; replace ornament caps.
Apply conditioning medium to one side of each ornament; let dry.
Mr. Snowman: Paint Ultra Black eyes and mouth, Pillow Pink cheeks, and Tangerine
nose; let dry. Adhere pom pom on each side of face. Note: Place hot glue on pompom to prevent glass from cracking. Cut and bend chenille stick; adhere an end to each
pom-pom.
Mrs. Snowman: Paint Ultra Black eyes, Pillow Pink cheeks, Tangerine nose, and Red
Red mouth; let dry. Tie fleece around ornament and secure with hot glue.
Apply finish over painted faces. String each ornament on ribbon; knot ends together.
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Frosty Frames
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Decorative snow medium
Sparkle varnish
Matte spray finish
Picture frames (3” x 5”, 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”)
Eight 7 mm screw eyes
Picture hanger
Plaid fleece strip, 7” x 12”
Gray fleece
Paintbrushes
Jute, twigs, sewing machine, black
thread, glue gun, glue sticks, drill, drill
bits, pliers, hammer, scissors, pencil
Prepare:
1. Remove glass form each frame. Attach picture hanger to 3” x 5” frame.
2. Apply acrylic gesso to each frame; let dry. Apply decorative snow medium to each
frame with scruffy brush; let dry and apply varnish. Apply spray finish to frames.
3. Attach screw eyes to bottom of 3” x 5”, top and bottom of 4” x 6”, and top of 5” x 7”.
To join frames, use pliers to twist open screw eyes; link and twist back to original shape
to secure.
Embellish:
1. Drill hole in each side of middle frame. Place drop of hot glue on ends of twigs;
place in holes for arms.
2. Fold gray fleece in half; sew ends. Turn up bottom edge for brim; gather and tie top
with jute. Adhere hat to corner of top frame.
3. Cut fringe on ends of plaid fleece. Tie scarf around screw eyes between top and
middle frame.
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Skinny Stick Ornament
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Cardstock: yellow-gold
Black fine-tip marker
Crochet thread
Buttons: 1 blue, 1 white
Fabric scraps
Long cinnamonstick
Hot glue gun, glue sticks,
scissors, paintbrush, needle
1. Paint cinnamon stick Antique White; let dry.
2. Cut yellow-gold triangle from cardstock for nose.
3. Tear 1¼” strip of fabric for hat; apply hot glue to top ½” of stick and adhere strip
around stick. Gather top of hat and tie with thread.
4. Stitch length of thread through hat top for hanger; knot ends together.
5. Adhere nose to face; draw eyes and mouth.
6. Tie thread through buttons and adhere to stick; tie frayed fabric strip around neck.
Tip: Eliminate the ornament hanger, and use this cute stick to decorate a gift box or
bag, or add it to a card.
Tip: Make this ornament a “low carb snowman” by attaching the following poem,
printed on cardstock:
Skinny Snowman
I was a big round snowman,
As plump as I could be.
But now that I'm "no carbing",
There's much, much less of me!
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Toasty Foot Friends
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Felt sheets (black & orange)
Red plaid fabric
Black permanent marker
Ribbon
Wiggle eyes
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1. Transfer and cut out hat pattern as instructed on pattern. Adhere ribbon around
each hat.
2. Cut lines for eyebrows and circles for mouths from black felt; cut triangles from
orange felt for noses. Draw black lines on noses with marker. Adhere felt pieces and
wiggle eyes to slippers.
3. Cut red plaid fabric strips for scarves. Adhere scarves to toes of slippers; tie knots
and fringe ends.
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Snowfellow Sweatshirt
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Embroidery floss: black
White sweatshirt
Patterned flannel (orange check, blue)
Paintbrushes
Needle, tracing paper, pencil, sewing
machine, thread (blue, orange), circle
template, transfer pen, scissors, spray
bottle, water
Wash and dry sweatshirt. Do not use
fabric softener. Use 5/8” seam
allowance on nose and earmuffs.
1. Transfer snowman face pattern to sweatshirt as instructed on pattern. Backstitch
head, mouth, eyebrows, and earmuff wire with three strands of black.
2. Cut out four circles from blue patterned flannel. Layer two and stitch to sweatshirt for
each earmuff. Fringe edges of fabric along seam.
3. Cut two triangles from orange check flannel. Layer orange nose pieces and stitch to
sweatshirt for nose. Fringe edge of fabric along seam. Mist fringed fabric with water
and place in dryer for 15 minutes to fray.
4. Paint eyes black with stencil brush. Mix red and white for desired pink; paint cheeks;
let dry. Detail cheeks and eyes with white and liner brush; let dry.
Fabric care: Machine wash warm and tumble dry low. Fringed fabric will continue to
fray, so trim stray threads as needed.
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Dapper Snowman Centerpiece
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One 5” Styrofoam ball
One 8-10” pinecone wreath
One black derby hat 6”L x 5”W x 2”H
One pair of red/green knit mittens, medium size
One 2½” wood or plastic carrot
One corn cob pipe
Three ¾” flat black buttons
30” length of fabric – 2½” x 3” wide
Acrylic paints: Antique White; Black; and Red
Pine sprays, candy, cookie and ball ornaments
of choice
Medium tip black marker
Sea sponge
Brushes, foam, liner
Fiberfill
Feather of choice
1. Using damp sea sponge,
apply Antique White paint to
10” ornament. Set aside to
dry.
2. Apply Antique White paint to Styrofoam using foam brush. Set aside to dry. If you’re
using smaller ball ornaments in the wreath, you may want to paint them also.
3. Remove cap of 10” ornament. Attach Styrofoam ball to ornament with hot glue,
forcing ball onto ornament. Glue wreath to bottom of ornament.
4. Tie fabric around neck and fray edges to create a scarf.
5. Lightly stuff mittens with fiberfill and attach to sides of ornament with thumbs facing
up.
6. Hot glue buttons to front of snowman. Glue felt hat to Styrofoam ball and trim with
berries and greens.
7. Trim greens off carrot. Glue to face for nose.
8. Paint eyes, lashes and mouth using liner and black paint or marker. Scrub cheeks
lightly with red. Highlight eyes with white and end of brush. See picture for idea on
sizing.
9. Trim wreath with berries, ornaments and greens
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Make A Picture Pebble
™ Large glass pebble (flat on one side) – clear or
very light color
™ Glass glue
™ Photograph or image
™ Craft knife
™ Paint brush, pencil, cutting
1. Place loose glass pebble over image (in the example a snowflake from a decorative
punch is used) and lightly trace outline of pebble with pencil.
2. Brush glass glue onto the bottom of pebble.
3. Adhere pebble to image using outline as a guide and smooth out bubbles.
4. Allow glue to dry and then trim the edges of the image inside the pencil line with a
craft knife.
Tip: Attach a ½” round magnet to the back and you have a great refrigerator magnet!
Alternate idea: Purchase vinyl sticky letters, use stencils or punches and place one
letter behind each pebble to spell a name. Would be great for a child’s room, as a
package topper, or on picture frames.
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Stuffed Snowman Pin
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Felt, ribbon or piece of wool for scarf around neck
Knit for hat
Toothpick
Orange acrylic paint
Small green pine sprig
Needle, thread, 2 small buttons
1. Cut out patterns according to directions on pattern pieces. Sew right sides of body
together. Slit in back at neck, turn and stuff with polyfill.
2. Glue green pine sprig on left side in the slit in back. You may have to sew the slit in
neck so stuffing doesn’t come out.
3. Glue scarf around neck. If it is too long, trim. Glue two 7/8” buttons on front.
4. Sew hat together up one side and across the top. Gather across the top of hat.
Turn hat right side out…turn bottom edge two times about ½ inch each turn.
5. Glue miniature bell on top of hat. Glue hat onto head. Glue star on toothpick or use
a stick or any miniature candy cane, wreath or any trim for front decoration.
Face:
1. Use large needle and punch hole in front for
nose. Paint a ¾” piece of toothpick orange and glue
into hole. You can also use miniature pom-poms or
beads for the nose.
2. Paint two little black dots for eyes.
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Pill Box Treasures
™ 1 small plastic pill box with 7 compartments for each day of the week
™ 7 small trinket and thoughtful gifts
™ Red or green tissue paper
This craft is a wonderful gift to give kids or a special person before Christmas. For each
of the seven days before Christmas, the recipient is allowed to open the corresponding
day’s compartment. In each compartment, a special little gift awaits them! (Note: put a
little star on Christmas sticker on the day’s compartment from which they are to start.)
When choosing the pill box, try to pick a red or green one. If these are not available,
then pick a white or clear one.
Open all seven compartments of the pill box. Cut small square pieces of tissue that will
be large enough to wrap the trinkets in and enough layers of it so you cannot see the
trinket through it.
Wrap each of the trinket gifts separately, and place each one into it’s own separate
compartment….and voila!….a special little gift to give.
Following are some ideas for older children. Of course modify them or be inventive for
adult gift giving!
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Little hair barrettes
Bath oil balls or shapes
Hair elastics
Small candy
Necklace
Erasers
Bracelet
Fancy paper clips
Earrings
Butterfly hair clip
stickers
Snowman Seeds
™ White chocolate covered round candies
™ Snack size resealable bag
™ Cardstock
Place candies into resealable bag.
Print the following poem on one side
of cardstock.
Snowman Seeds
Before first frost,
Plant snowman seeds in
Shallow ground.
Water generously.
Seeds are edible.
Snowman Seeds
™ Round white or opaque jewelry stones,
flat on one side
™ Fabric paint: black, orange
™ Cardstock, small resealable bag, hole
punch, ribbon
Paint a snowman face (2 dotted black
eyes, orange triangle for nose, 3 black
dots for mouth).
Print the following poem on cardstock.
Punch 2 holes through cardstock and resealable bag. Thread ribbon through all and tie
in a bow.
Snowman Seeds
After the first frost of a cold winter night,
sow these seeds in a spot just right.
These snowman seeds are not easy to find.
So plant them well if you don’t mind.
Tip: Glue earring backs onto the back of stones and these make a very unique jewelry
gift.
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Fleece Purse
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One ¾” shank style button
1 small safety pin
Quarter cut ruler
Rotary cutter – medium or large size
Cutting mat for rotary cutter
1. Cut 2 pieces 16” x 24” making sure the stable side of the stretch goes up and down.
2. Cut a 4” square from each side of the bottom corner of fleece.
3. Fringe bottom 4” deep and ½” wide across. Tie knots using simple overhand knot.
Fringe each side of purse, 9” up from bottom. Tie using overhand knot.
4. Cut handles 1” wide. Fold down the flaps that are formed. One flap gets tucked into
the purse and the other flab folds over the front of the purse. Fringe bottom of flap and
tie two strips together.
5. Use safety pin to attach shank button and make a slit for the button to fit through.
Beaded Wire Napkin Rings
™ 16-gauge wire
™ Assorted beads
™ Wooden dowel or rolling pin, 1-5/8” to 2 in.
in diameter
™ Needle-nose pliers
Cut a 20-inch length of wire, then twist approximately 1-5/8 inch at one end into tight,
flat spiral approximately ¼ inch in diameter. Wind remaining wire around dowel to form
loose spiral. Thread remaining end through approximately one dozen beads, then twist
end into second tight, flat spiral.
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Paper Mache Snowman
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Instant paper mache
Orange clay for nose
2 pompoms for earmuffs
Two 4" pieces of 16-gauge wire *
4 sticks for arms and legs **
2-1/2" and 3" Styrofoam balls
Acrylic paint: black, white, any color
for mittens
™ 1 toothpick
™ Long felt or fleece scrap for scarf
™ Paint brush, scissors
* Wire should be twisted and then
hammered flat for the bridge of the ear
muffs.
** Sticks should have a bend in the middle
for the "elbows" and "knees."
1. Dip a toothpick in glue and insert it into the center of the 3-inch ball. Add glue to the
exposed end of the toothpick and place the 2-1/2-inch ball on it, securing the two balls
together (figure A).
Figure A
Figure B
Figure C
2. Add the sticks for the arms and legs the same way, by putting glue on the end that
you stick in the ball and inserting them into the balls (figure B). Turn the sticks different
ways to create different expressions, like standing, sitting, arms up, arms down, etc.
3. Make a carrot nose using polymer clay. Follow directions on packaging for use of
clay, including drying times and baking, if necessary. Add glue to large end of carrot and
insert into head (figure C). Let dry.
4. Prepare paper mache with water as directed on the package. Cover entire snowman
body and head (not stick arms or legs) with paper mache mixture (figure D). Be careful
not to cover the carrot nose. Form the mittens and feet with small globs of the mixture
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on the ends of the stick arms and legs. Add tiny paper mache dots for the eyes, mouth
and buttons. Allow paper mache to dry completely, according to directions on package.
Note: If you want to make a standing snowman, create a base out of clay or use a storebought base. Stand snowman on it and secure with glue. Cover base with paper mache
to create "snow" and let dry.
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Figure F
Figure E
5. Paint all white and let dry. Be careful not to get white paint on the carrot nose. Paint
the shoes and mittens as desired. Paint eyes, mouth and buttons black (see again
figure E).
6. Paint wire if desired and let dry. Cut one side flat on each of the pompoms. Place
wire over head and glue pompoms over ends, flat side next to the head (figure F).
7. Cut a long scrap piece of flannel or felt to the size you want, add fringe by cutting little
strips on each end, and tie this "scarf" around the neck (see again figure F).
8. Add any other decoration of your choice, like strands of lights, miniature candies or
gifts, etc. HAVE FUN!!!
Paper Reindeer
™ Construction paper: Dark Brown;
Light Brown
™ Large wiggly eyes
™ Small red pompom
Trace child’s shoe on dark construction paper and cut out to
make head. Trace child’s hands on light brown construction
paper and cut out to make antlers. Glue antlers, eyes, and pompom (nose) to head as
shown in picture.
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S’more Snowman Domino Ornament
™ 2 Faux-ivory dominos
™ Plastic paints: Black, White, Orange,
Fuchsia, Brown
™ Hot glue gun and glue sticks
™ Ribbon for hanger
™ Rubbing alcohol
1. Trace and cut out pattern below. Transfer details. Use
black fine-tip permanent marker to draw details.
2. Paint the domino. Use cosmetic sponge to lightly apply
Yellow to one of the dominoes for (graham cracker); sponge over
with Brown. For snowman, basecoat another domino white, dot
cheeks Fuchsia and eyes and buttons Black. Paint nose Orange.
3. Finish the ornament. Apply puddle of hot glue onto “graham
cracker,” and place snowman standing up. Paint glue Brown
when cool. Glue ends of a length of ribbon to either side of
snowman “head” for hanger.
Bad Day Box
A Bad Day Box is a box or container that is filled with things that make you (if it’s for
yourself) or whoever you give it to, happy. When the person you give this box to has
had one-of-those-days at the office, or with the kids, or if you want a gift that will be
used over and over again, this little box is the answer!
What kind of box to use: a large shoe box, popcorn container or cookie tin or a good,
strong sized box that can hold a lot of “happy” things!
What to put into the box: Favorite movie, favorite CD, a poem or a story, pictures that
bring a smile, notebook that can be used to vent frustrations, bubble bath, small scented
candle, herbal relaxing tea, a nice perfume, candy
Box instructions: This box is intended to cheer up the recipient. It’s something
special that should be kept hidden but easily accessible when “one of those days” get
too hard. Just remember to restock as needed!
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Wire Wrapped Angel
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Acrylic paint (to match wire)
Craft wire, 22-gauge, 4 yards
Sheer ribbon, 1-3/8” wide, 6” length
Heart rhinestone, 10mm
Craft glue
1. Wrap wire around glue bottle 20 times, leaving 12” lengths straight at both ends.
(Note: Do not overlap wire.) Slide wire circles off bottle; wrap one end around wire
circles three times and twist to secure. Bend five circles (wings) up; pinch in center to
form oval shapes. Wrap one wire end three times around center of wings; fan out
circles.
2. For bow, glue ribbon ends together, overlapping slightly; pinch together at center.
Wrap second wire end three times around bow center. Thread head onto wire end.
Coil wire end leaving 2” length. Position around head for halo. Thread wire back
through head; wrap wire ends around neck and twist to secure. Glue heart to front
below head.
To stand, place angel on flat surface. Gently press circles of dress onto surface to
flatten base.
Other options:
ƒ Use colored wire to make a variety of angels
ƒ Attach angels to ribbon or cord to make an angel “garland”; decorate tree or
wreath
ƒ Use angels as festive napkin rings for holiday parties
Gift Tag Snowman
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Two 1¼” round split ring key tags
Markers: black, orange, pink
1”x 11” torn strip of holiday fabric
Scissors, ruler, 1/32” hole punch
Refer to photo. Punch two holes, ¼” from each side at bottom
edge of paper tag (body). Use black marker to color in key ring tags (feet) and to draw
a wiggly outline along edges of body. For face, use black marker to dot eyes and draw
a smile, orange marker to draw carrot nose, and pink marker to draw cheeks. Attach
feet through punched holes of body. For scarf, tie fabric strip in a knot around “neck”.
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Domino Necklace
™ Faux-ivory domino
™ Plastic paints: Black, White, Light Pink,
Orange
™ Screw eyes, 12mm, five
™ Bamboo skewer or small dowel
™ Dice, two
™ Jump rings, two
™ Craft wire: Black, 22-gauge, 6” length
™ Ribbon or fabric scrap (scarf), 12” length
™ Permanent glue for glass, metal, etc.
™ Drill with 1/32” titanium bit
™ Round-nose pliers
™ Rubbing alcohol
™ Cording of choice
Drill hole in each die, placing drill bit in center of “one” dot. Drill one hole in top center of
domino, one hole straight through domino ¼” from top (arms) and two holes on bottom
of domino, for feet. Wipe dust. Apply rubbing alcohol to domino.
Apply glue to screw eyes and insert into top and bottom domino holes. Let dry.
For feet, paint dice Black. Using photo as a guide, dry brush cheeks Lt. Pink. Paint
nose Orange. Dot eyes, mouth, and buttons Black.
Cut wire in half; twist lengths together. Insert wire through arm holes; shape ends as
desired. Attach feet to bottom screw eyes with jump rings. Tie ribbon or fabric above
arms for scarf.
Gift Card Poem
Adapt this poem for giving that hard-to-buy-for person a gift card to their favorite store!
Because you are so special
I hope you know it’s true
That I’d like to give a present
That is useful just for you.
I thought about it long.
I thought about it hard.
Then decided the perfect gift
Was this (name of store) gift card!
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Candy Kiss Mice
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1 sheet pink felt
4 wiggle eyes
4 candy kisses per pair of mice
Glue, scissors
1. Create tails by cutting 2” lengths of pink gross grain
ribbons, pinch one end of the ribbon in half and glue to
point of one candy kiss.
2. Using pattern, cut the ears out of the pink felt and glue the base of the heart shape to
the top of the flat side of one candy kiss, leaving the two curve shapes extending over
the edge to form the ears.
3. Glue both candy kisses together flat end to flat end with felt ears nesting in between.
Complete by gluing on the wiggly eyes.
Snowflake Ornament
™ Craft foam: White, Black, Royal Blue,
Snowflake shape
™ Small gem flowers – 5 pieces
™ 6 inches Gold Elastic Cord
™ Acrylic paint: Black, Orange
™ Red fine point marker
™ Glue, scissors, paintbrushes, stylus
1. Cut shapes from foam according to patterns.
2. Glue hat band to hat. Glue hat on one section of large snowflake. Paint black eyes
and orange carrot nose on face under hat. Draw on mouth with red fine point marker.
3. Glue scarf pieces under face. Glue small snowflake on hat. Glue one gem flower on
each point of snowflake.
4. Use a stylus to push a hole through top of hat. Slide gold cord through hole for
hanger. Knot ends.
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Patterns for Snowman Ornament”
Pattern for Candy Kiss Mice
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Ivy Bowl Lantern
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Acrylic paint in your choice of color
Glass glue
Gold metallic paint
Wire-edged ribbon to match the color
of paint you chose
™ Votive candle
™ Paintbrush, old toothbrush
1. Paint the inside of one ivy bowl with the acrylic paint. Let dry thoroughly. Glue the
bottoms together with glass glue placing the painted ivy bowl on the bottom.
2. Splatter gold metallic paint on the outside of both icy bowls and with a small brush
paint along the fluted edge with the gold metallic paint.
3. Wrap wired ribbon around the joined section and glue. Make a separate bow and
glue over the joined part. Decorate the bow if you wish.
4. Place votive candle in the top ivy bowl.
Apple Vanilla Simmer Scent
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1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon vanilla
12 1” pieces of cinnamon stick
8 drops apple-scented oil
1. Mix all ingredients, except oil, well. Place in
a baby food jar or other small jar. Or, increase
ingredients to fit in a half pint jar. Sprinkle oil
into jar.
2. Place lid on jar and decorate jar. Give with a card that says:
For a lovely scent, use 1 to 2 tablespoons mix with water in a
Simmer pot or in a small pan of simmering water on the stove.
Can be reused several times.
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Snowman Cheese Dome
™ Glassware: Plate, 10”; Bowl, 5¾”
™ Wooden ball knob, 1¼”
™ Acrylic paints: Wicker White, Butler
Magenta, Hydrangea, Baby Pink, Pure
Orange, Licorice, Cobalt Autumn
Leaves, Metallic Silver Sterling
™ Snowflake stencils, 1” to 1½”
™ Glue for glass and wood
™ Paintbrushes, seal sponge, rubbing
alcohol
1. Apply rubbing alcohol to back of
plate and outer bowl. Trace and cut out
patterns on next page. Tape pattern to front of plate. (Note: only back of plate and
outer bowl are painted.)
2. Use liner and Licorice to outline eyes, nose, mouth, hat, and face, and to paint
details. Add Wicker White dots to eyes and cheeks, comma stroke to mouth, and
highlights to nose. Paint pupils and mouth Licorice and nose Pure Orange. Mix equal
parts Baby Pink and Pure Orange; dry brush cheeks. Shade face edges Hydrangea.
3. Stencil snowflakes on hat Wicker White, Butler Magenta, and Hydrangea. Mix
Cobalt and Hydrangea; paint hat. Paint snowman and hat Wicker White. Stencil
snowflakes on plate edges and bowl in same way as hat. Lightly sponge paint plate
rim, snowflake background, and ball knob Metallic Silver Sterling. Glue knob to bowl.
Rag Pumpkins
™ Styrofoam ball
™ Strips of orange or orange print fabric
(fraying adds to the character!)
™ Raffia
™ Sticks (cut in approx. 4” lengths)
1. Flatten the
bottom of the ball to help it sit up. Flatten by hitting is solidly upon the table.
2. Shove the stick into the top of the ball.
3. Beginning at the top, wrap the orange fabric around the ball, continuing back up to
the top. Continue wrapping, crisscrossing the fabric at the top and bottom of the ball.
Use pins to secure if necessary.
4. Cut a small slit in the middle of the fabric strips. Place over the stick to form the
“leaves.” Wrap raffia around the stick.
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Patterns for “Gum Wrappers”
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Fancy Ornament Hooks
™ 18 gauge copper wire or any wire
you may have
™ Assorted pretty beads
™ Needle nose pliers
™ Glue
™ Something to bend wire on to make
hook
1. Clip off 4 inches of wire. Find something fat enough to make a hook (a good
example would be the fat handle of a paintbrush.) Bend the wire at the hook, and with
the straight end, thread on a bead (one large one, or a medium size one with a smaller
on each end, or 3 smaller ones).
2. When you thread on the last bead, bend the wire, so the beads won’t fall off, as
shown in the picture. With a magic marker, or a highlighter marker, make a large loop
going the opposite way of the hook where you first bent the wire. Take your needle
nose pliers and make a loop and then start bending the wire into the larger loop and
your done.
3. To put the ornament on, put it on the bottom loop and feed it through till it lays on the
larger loop. Make several of these for a great present. Fast, easy and it really does
look great and one of a kind.
Gum Wrappers
Cut one basic “I”
shape (on p. 56)
from white craft
foam. Place gum
pack onto foam
and glue “arms of
the “I” around
gum. Cut snowman shape (p. 56) from white craft foam and hat
(p. 18) from black craft foam. Glue hat to head of snowman. Glue the body of the “I” to
front of snowman allowing the head of snowman to be above the gum pack. Glue
piece of ribbon to hat for hat band. Note: you may also use clipart as shown in the
picture above.
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Pack of gum
Craft foam: white & black
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Permanent marker: black & orange
Small piece of ribbon for hat band
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Snowman Gift Box
™ 4” square papier-mache box
™ Acrylic paints: Snow White, Orange, Ebony,
Chiffon Blue
™ Thickening medium
™ 8” x 17” red sparkle felt
™ Flat wooden shapes: seven small circles;
large teardrop; 18” length of ¼” green satin
ribbon
™ 5/8” gold jingle bell
™ Three 1” white snowflake sequins
™ Small amount of polyester fiberfill
™ Black permanent fine-line marker
™ Thick craft glue, scissors, ruler, four spring
clothespins, paintbrush, stencil brush, paper
plate (for palette), paper towels, kitchen
1. Paint the box. Remove lid and set aside. Paint the entire outside and bottom of
box Snow White. Cut a 2” square of kitchen sponge. Dip sponge in water; squeeze out
excess water until just damp. Pour a puddle of thickening medium on palette. Press
sponge into thickening medium and sponge sides of box only. Let dry.
2. Paint the wooden shapes. Use Ebony and paint circles (for eyes and mouth) and
Orange to paint teardrop (nose). Use marker to draw carrot lines and to outline edges
of nose.
3. Make the hat. For hat cuff, fold long edge 1”; spot glue in place. Repeat. Place hat
cuff around sides of lid, so short edges overlap at back. Glue seams together. Let dry.
(Note: Use clothespins to hold in place while drying.) Stuff hat loosely with fiberfill. Tie
ribbon into wide bow, 2” below top of hat. Trim ends at an angle. Glue jingle bell to
center of bow. Glue snowflakes to hat as pictured.
4. Finish up. Place hat on box. Dry brush cheeks Chiffon Blue. (Note: To dry brush,
dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in
a circular motion.) Glue eyes, nose, and mouth to box as shown. Dip handle end of
paintbrush into Snow White and touch handle to each eye for highlights.
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Toothpick Ornament
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One box of rounded toothpicks
Old Christmas cards
1 sheet of cardboard
Spool of thread
Scissors, pencil, white
1. Cut out a square of cardboard 2¼” x 2¼” – this will be
your stencil.
2. Pick out a favorite Christmas card and position your
stencil over the area you want to cut out.
3. Trace around the stencil. Cut out.
4. Put a small amount of glue around the edges of the cutout Christmas card.
5. Begin placing toothpicks by 3’s or 2’s, first on one edge then the next until all 4 sides
make a frame.
6. Place a “roof” at the top of the frame. Allow glue to dry.
7. When glue is dry, take a length of thread, double it and tie it to the top of the roof.
Make the loop long enough to fit on the branch of a Christmas tree.
CD Angel
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Compact Disc
Paper doily (gold or white)
Wooden furniture plug
Small piece of star garland
Glue, scissors
10” piece of ribbon to match star garland
Slightly heat compact disc to make it easier to cut. Cut
in half, then cut one half in half again (makes ¼ of a
disc). Cut doily in half, then cut one half in half again. Glue doilies to “shiney” side of
compact disc. Glue the ¼ compact disc (dress) to the ½ compact disc (wings) as
shown in picture. Form star garland into a circle (halo) and glue to back of furniture
plug. Glue plug to point top of “dress”. Form ribbon into a loop and glue to back of
“wings” for hanger.
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3-D Paper Snowflakes
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12 strips of 3/8” x 6½” paper
Glue
Toothpicks for applying glue
Scissors
Measured cutting mat (optional)
1. Find the exact center to two
strips and glue them together to
form a plus (+) sign, making
certain that they intersect at the
exact center of each strip (figure
A). Forming these on top of a measured cutting mat will ensure
a perfect 90-degree angle. Note: The horizontal strip should be
under the vertical strip.
2. On each side of the horizontal strip, glue another horizontal
strip (figure B). This time the horizontal strips go over the
vertical strip. In all cases, the strips should butt up next to each
other.
Figure A
3. Weave two vertical strips into position, again butting them up
to the ones next to them, and glue at all overlapping spots
(figure C). You will have used six strips to make a woven plus
(+) sign.
4. Weave the remaining six strips together to form another plus
(+) sign (figure D).
5. Turn one of the plus signs a quarter turn to the right so you
have an X. Place the plus sign on top of it (figure E – next
page).
6. Hold the end of a center strip of the top (plus) half in one
hand. Directly underneath will be an inside corner of the X half.
This looks like an L shape. Take the end of one of the corner L
strips, flip it over like a pancake (one half twist), and glue it to
the tip of the center strip you are holding (figure F – next page).
You will be hoping for an oval-shaped angle, but for the moment
any sort of an angle will do. After a few you will get the feel of it.
Do the same with the other corner L strip and the same center
strip. This forms one point of the eight-pointed snowflake
(figure G – next page). Note: Make certain that the glue is set
before moving on to the next strip. The half twists are like
cocked rubber bands and you do not want them to come uncocked!
Figure B
Figure C
7. After one point is complete, rotate the entire things to get to
Figure D
the next center strip on the top half. It gets easier after the first
point since the two halves are then fastened together. Note: It will be helpful to work
on a sheet of cork and stick a push pin thru the center to hold things together. Do
whatever works for you.
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8. Continue to lift, twist and glue two strips for two more
points.
9. Turn the entire piece over and repeat the process on the
four points on the underneath (bottom) half (figure I).
Figure E
10. After the glue has dried completely, trim the dog-ears off
of each point. Just follow the curve of the point.
Notes & Variations:
At first reading you may thing you will never know what
you’re supposed to do, but when you actually try to make a
snowflake you will find it fairly easy.
Figure F
A lacier look can be achieved by changing the position of the
12 strips when weaving them together. Rather than butt the
strips up next to each other, leave a 1/8-inch or ¼-inch
between them.
Smaller and lacier looking snowflakes can be made using
1/8-inch-wide strips instead of the 3/8-inch-wide ones. In
this case, the strips should be cut 4¼ inches in length.
Figure G
Figure H
Figure I
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Notes
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Turkey Potluck Casserole
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups rice cereal, crushed to measure 1 cup
3 tablespoons flour
1 2/3 cups milk or half-and-half cream
½ - 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
2 cups shredded American or Cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
½ -1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
½ teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons butter or
margarine
2 cups cooked rice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup cooked turkey, chopped
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper (to taste) (optional)
Set oven to 350°. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Combine a 2 tablespoons melted
butter with paprika and add the crushed rice cereal; mix and set aside. Melt 3
tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour, garlic powder
(if using) and black pepper and thyme (if using); gradually add half and half cream,
whisking constantly until smooth. Raise heat to medium; cook until bubbly and
thickened, stirring constantly. Add in shredded cheese and Parmesan cheese, stirring
until melted. Remove from heat; stir in rice, parsley, chopped turkey and peas. Pour
into prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle cereal mix evenly over top. Bake for 20-25
minutes, or until thoroughly heated and bubbly. Makes 6-8 servings.
Crockpot Easy Beef Stew
4 medium red potatoes
1/3 cup flour
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups frozen stir-fry bell pepper and onions
1 ½ pounds beef stew meat
salt and pepper to taste
Scrub potatoes and cut each into quarters. Place in bottom of 4 quart slow cooker.
Mix flour, salt and pepper and toss with beef to coat. Add to crockpot. Add undrained
tomatoes. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours until beef and potatoes are
tender. Add stir fry vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 30-40 minutes until
vegetables are hot and tender. Makes 4-6 servings.
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Low Calorie Chicken
Chicken, cut up and skinned
Low calorie dry Italian dressing mix
Salt and pepper to taste
Place chicken in baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with dry
dressing mix. Bake at 400° covered for about 50 minutes. Remove cover and bake for
10 minutes more
Low-Fat Creamy Broccoli Soup
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli
1 ½ cups frozen broccoli pieces
2 cans (14 ½ oz. each) fat-free chicken broth
2 teaspoons Worchestershire
sauce
1 teaspoon low-sodium chicken bouillon crystals
¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
½ cup fat-free sour cream
black pepper to taste
¼ cup already-shredded, reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
Heat the oil in a 4 ½ quart Dutch oven or soup pot on low heat. Meanwhile, peel and
coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the pot as you chop. Raise the heat to medium.
While the onion cooks, microwave the chopped and broccoli pieces, uncovered on
high, for 4 minutes to partially defrost. While the broccoli defrosts, raise the Dutch oven
heat to high and add the chicken broth, Worcestershire, chicken bouillon and tarragon.
Cover the pot, raise the heat to high and bring it to a boil. As soon as the broth boils,
add the broccoli (even if it is still partially frozen). Cover the pot, then reduce the heat to
low. Cool the soup at a slow boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes to develop flavor. Season
with pepper to taste. Just before serving, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the
sour cream. To serve, ladle the soup into 4 bowls. Sprinkle1 tablespoon of cheddar
cheese over each bowl. Serve at once. Serves 4.
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Chicken Supreme
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 (10 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (4 oz.) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
2 slices bacon
3 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper
towels. Crumble bacon and set aside in refrigerator. In bacon drippings in skillet, cook
chicken over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until light brown, turning once. Place in 4-6
quart slow cooker. Top with mushrooms. In skillet, heat soup and pour over
mushrooms and chicken. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours. Top chicken with
cheese slices and sprinkle with bacon. Cover and cool on high for 10-15 minutes or
until cheese is melted. Makes 6 servings.
Pretzel Salad
1 (15 oz.) package pretzels
1 (1 oz) package garlic herb salad dressing mix
2/3 cup peanut oil
2 pinches salt
In a large bag combine pretzels, peanut oil, salad dressing mix and salt. Shake bag to
coat pretzels. Makes 12 servings.
Kid’s Party Mix
1 ½ cups candy-coated chocolate pieces
3 cups bite-size cheddar cheese crackers
3 cups thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
1 ½ cups raisins
Mix chocolate candies, pretzels, crackers, and raisins together and store in mixture in a
tightly covered container. Makes 9 cup servings.
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Amazing Cheese Ball
1 cup chopped peanuts
8 oz processed American cheese
8 oz blue cheese, crumbled
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
Combine peanuts and parsley in a small bowl and set aside. Combine cheeses, garlic,
Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce in large bowl. Mix well. Chill in refrigerator
for 1 hour. Form chilled cheese mixture in to ball shape. Roll in peanut and parsley
mixture.
Crab ‘N Shrimp Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 green onion, chopped
1 (6 oz) can crab meat, drained
1 (4.5 oz) can small shrimp, drained
Blend together the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the green onion, crab and
shrimp. Place in a covered container and chill overnight.
Artichoke Cheese Dip
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained
1/8 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, onion
salt, dill weed, lemon pepper and artichoke hearts. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart
baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30minutes. Serve with toasted French bread or garlic
bread. Makes 6 servings.
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Christmas Date Nut Bread
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
8 oz. pitted chopped dates
1 1/3 cups chopped pecans
2 cups self-rising flour
½ cup breakfast-style orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray 4 mini loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place
the pans on a baking sheet. Place enough dates in each loaf pan just to cover the
bottom in a single layer. Top the dates with a layer of walnuts and pecans. Set the
pans aside. Place the butter in a 2 cup microwave-safe container and cover it with a
paper towel. Microwave 1 minute, on high, or until melted. Place the eggs in a 2 quart
or larger mixing bowl and whisk until foamy. Whisk in the melted butter and orange
juice. Stir in the sugar and flour until well incorporated and the batter is smooth. (You
can use an electric mixer.) Pour ¼ of the batter over the nut mixture in each loaf pan.
Place the baking sheet with the 4 loaf pans in the center of the oven and bake 30 to 40
minutes or until the loaves are browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes
out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature.
To store , cover the loaf pans with plastic wrap and then with foil. (The loaves can be
left in the foil pans until given away or served.) The baked loaves may be frozen for up
to 2 months. Makes 4 mini loaves, 6 servings each.
Pumpkin Cobbler
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small can (5 oz) evaporated milk
vanilla ice cream for serving, if desired
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup whole or low-fat milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 can (30 oz) pumpkin pie filling*
Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut the butter into four pieces and place it in a 9” X 13” glass
baking dish. Place the dish in the heating oven to melt the butter. Meanwhile, in a
medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar, regular milk and vanilla. Remove the melted
butter from the oven and pour the flour mixture into the dish directly over the butter. Do
not stir! Set the mixture aside. Break the eggs into a 2 quart measure or mixing bowl
and whisk them. Add the evaporated milk and pumpkin pie mix. Stir to mix well. Slowly
pour or spoon the filling mixture on top of the reserved crust batter in the pan. Do not
stir, and do not worry about the filling reaching the sides of the pan! The crust batter will
rise to cover most of the pumpkin as it bakes. Bake until the crust is dark golden brown
on top, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let the cobbler rest 20 minutes or up to 1 hour
before serving. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Serves 8 to 10.
*DO NOT USE plain solid packed pumpkin. Be sure to buy the pie filling that calls for
adding eggs.
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Confetti Party Mix
1 box (13 oz) honey grahams cereal such as Golden Grahams ™ (for about 9 cups)
2 cups raisins
2 cups M&M’s® plain chocolate candies
2 cups dry roasted salted peanuts
2 cups dried banana chips
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or container. Break any large
banana chips in half. Stir well, making sure to separate any raisins that may have
clumped together. Store the mix at room temperature in an airtight container or tin for
up to 3 weeks. Makes 17 cups mix.
Chocolate Pizzas
1 large bag (24 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 oz (3 squares) vanilla-flavored candy coating
1 cup Rice Krispies® cereal
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
Optional toppings: sliced maraschino cherries, sweetened shredded coconut, M&M’s
candies
Place the chocolate chips and 2 oz of the candy coating in a 2 quart or larger
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered on high, until melted, about 3 minutes,
stirring once halfway through. Meanwhile, line 4 (9”) paper plates with sheets of waxed
paper. Set aside. Stir the chocolate mixture to blend well. Add the cereal,
marshmallows, and peanuts, and stir well. Spoon ¼ of the chocolate mixture onto each
of the wax paper-covered paper plates, spreading the chocolate to within ½” of the edge
of each plate. Top each chocolate pizza with sliced maraschino cherries, shredded
coconut, or M&M’s , if desired. (If using cherries or M&M’s you may have to lightly
press them into the chocolate to get them to adhere.) Place the remaining 1 oz of
candy coating in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave, uncovered on high, until
it melts, about 1 minute. Stir well, and then drizzle the candy coating evenly over each
pizza. Chill the pizzas in the refrigerator until hard, about 30 minutes. Peel the wax
paper from the back of each pizza, and wrap them. The pizzas keep refrigerated for up
to 1 week. To serve, place each pizza on a cutting board, and using a sharp chef’s
knife, cut into 8 “pizza” slices. Makes 4 (8”) pizzas for 32 servings.
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Pizza Pockets
2 packages (10 oz each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 ½ cups jarred spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup chopped ham or pepperoni
¼ cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 425°. Unroll dough on a clean, dry surface. Cut along perforated
lines with scissors or a sharp knife. Place about 2 teaspoons of sauce in the center of
half of the dough triangles. Spread sauce to within ¼ inch of the edge. (Be careful not
to get any of the filling on the edge of the dough or they won’t seal later.) Add about 1
tablespoon of mozzarella and 1 tablespoon of the meat on top of the sauce. Cover
each piece with one of the remaining plain triangles. Using the tines of a fork, press the
dough edges together to seal each pocket. Prick holes in each top with a fork. Place
the pockets on a baking sheet covered with corn meal or vegetable oil spray to prevent
sticking. Sprinkle each top with about 2 teaspoons of parmesan cheese. Bake 8 to 10
minutes, or until the crust is flaky and golden brown. Meanwhile, warm the remaining
sauce in the microwave, and serve it as a dipping sauce. Makes 8 pizza pockets.
Crockpot Peach Crisp
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup bisquick
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
4 cups sliced canned peaches
Lightly grease inside of crock or spray with cooking spray. Mix dry ingredients together
in bowl. Stir in peaches until well blended. Pour into Crock-pot. Cover and cook on low
4 to 6 hours. Serves 6 – 8.
Cherry Delights
Buy a bag of mini Pecan Sandies and a container of cherry cake frosting (any brand will
do) Spread the frosting between two cookies and you’ve got Cherry Delights! These
delicious cookie bites serve as small bites for dieters, are a big, big time saver, and they
added color to trays of other cookies. They’re so easy it would be a great kid’s activity.
Most grocery stores stock several different brands of cookies in miniature or “bitesized”. You can use any combination of frostings and cookies.
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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
2 egg yolks
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups cooked pumpkin
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
Beat egg yolks, brown sugar and oil together until smooth. Add pumpkin and dry
ingredients. Mix well. Drop by large teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at
350° for 12 minutes. Cool. Fill with filling:
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites, unbeaten
1 ½ cup vegetable shortening
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons milk
1 box confectioners’ sugar (1 lb)
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread between cookie. Makes about 3 dozen.
Quick And Easy Yeast Rolls
1 pkg. rapid rise yeast
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
¾ cup warm water (105° to 115°)
2 ½ to 2 ¾ cups flour
2 tablespoons oil
butter, softened
Dissolve yeast in water in a bowl. Add sugar, oil, salt and egg. Stir to dissolve sugar
and salt. Stir in 1 cup flour until smooth. Cover with cloth and place on rack over bowl
of hot water in the oven after turning on warm for about a minute. Let rise 15 minutes.
Grease square pan, 9” X 9” X 2”. Stir down batter and add 1 ½ cups flour. Stir until
mixed, 3 minutes. If sticky, knead in ¼ cup flour. Divide dough into 16 balls. Cover
with cloth and place on rack over bowl of hot water for 25 minutes. Heat oven to 425°.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Brush tops with butter and serve warm.
CHEDDAR ROLLS: Add ½ cup shredded Sharp cheese with second addition of flour.
Continue as directed. Bake 15 to 17 minutes.
CINNAMON NUT ROLLS: After shaping, roll each ball in 2 tablespoons butter, 2
tablespoons brown sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ cup chopped nuts. Continue as
directed.
HONEY ORANGE ROLLS: While dough is rising the first time, heat ¼ cup sugar, 2
teaspoons butter, 2 teaspoons orange juice and 2 teaspoons honey to boiling. Stir in
1/3 cup chopped nuts. Pour into greased 9”X9”X2” pan. Continue as directed.
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No-Bake Peanut Chew Cake
Crush 1 package graham crackers into crumbs. Mix with 2 sticks of melted margarine, 2
½ cups powdered sugar, and 1 cup crunchy peanut butter. Press into a 9” X 13” pan.
Melt 1 (12 oz) package of chocolate chips and spread over top. Cut into squares in
pan, and freeze.
Éclair Cake (No Bake)
2 (3.4 oz) boxes French vanilla instant pudding
2 ½ cups milk
1 (16 oz) carton cool whip, frozen topping thawed
1 (1 lb.) box graham crackers (NOT crumbs)
2 cups prepared sour cream chocolate frosting (or 1 container)
Lightly butter a 13” X 9” baking pan. Layer bottom of baking pan with graham crackers,
(they may have to be cut to fit in the baking dish). Mix the puddings and the milk, when
it starts to thicken, fold in the cool whip topping. Spread half of the pudding/topping
mixture onto the crackers, then add another layer of graham crackers (repeat, ending
up with the cracker on top). Frost the top layer of crackers using all of the chocolate
icing. Refrigerate overnight or for 4 hours before serving. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Makes 1 13” X 9” cake.
Bacon Chestnuts
1 pound thick cut bacon
1 (8oz)can water chestnuts
Slice bacon in half; wrap one piece bacon around one chestnut. Skewer with toothpick
to hold in place. Broil in toaster or conventional oven, turning frequently, until the bacon
is evenly cooked. Serve warm.
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Peanut Butter Apple Dessert
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ( about 24 squares)
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup peanut butter, plus
1/3 cup peanut butter, dividend
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 (16 oz) carton cool whip, frozen topping thawed
2 (21 oz) cans apple pie filling
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs, brown sugar, ½ cup peanut butter and butter;
spoon half into a 3 quart bowl. In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar
until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Spread half over crumb mixture in the bowl. Top
with one can of pie filling. Combine icing sugar, cinnamon, and remaining peanut butter
until crumbly; sprinkle half over pie filling. Repeat layers. Refrigerate for 2 hours before
serving . Spoon into serving dishes, enjoy! Makes 15 servings.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark
½ bag (about 7 ½ oz) thin pretzels
1 package (12 oz) white chocolate chips
1 package (10 oz) peanut butter chips
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
Line a cookie sheet with foil, and set it aside, (Or, if a cookie sheet won’t fit in your
refrigerator, use a 13” X 9” baking pan.) Pour the pretzels into a gallon-size, zipper-top
plastic bag. Seal the bag, and use the palm of your hand to break up (but not crush) the
pretzels into pieces. You should have about 3 cups pieces. Set them aside. Pour both
packages of chips into a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Add the peanut butter.
Microwave, uncovered on high, for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the microwave,
and stir. Continue to microwave just until the chips are completely melted, about 1
minute more. Stir the mixture until it is smooth and well mixed. Add the pretzel pieces,
and stir just until they are coated. Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet, and use the
back of a spoon to spread it evenly. Refrigerator until the bark is hard, about 30
minutes. Remove from the refrigerator, and let the bark come almost back to room
temperature, about 10 minutes, and them break into bite-size pieces. Refrigerate the
pieces in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 36 pieces.
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Baked Cream Cheese Appetizer
½ (8 oz) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
½ teaspoon dried dill weed
1 egg yolk, beaten
Unroll dough on a lightly floured surface; press together seams to form a 12” X 4 “
rectangle. Sprinkle one side of the cream cheese with half of the dill weed. Place brick
of cream cheese dill side down in center of dough. Sprinkle dill on top of cream cheese.
Enclose cream cheese by bringing sides of dough together and pressing edges to seal.
Place dough on lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 350° for
15 to 18 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.
Baked Fruit Dip
1 (16 oz) package soft style cream cheese with pineapple
2 cups dried cranberries
¾ pound shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup apple juice
Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese, Swiss cheese, cranberries,
orange juice, and apple juice. Scoop into a 9” pie pan. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven,
until bubbly and lightly browned. Makes 12 servings.
Delmonico Potatoes
1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 (8 oz) package cued processed cheese food
2 cups half-and-half
½ cup butter
Preheat oven to 350°. Place frozen potatoes in a 13” X 9” baking dish. In a saucepan
on the stovetop or in microwave on low, melt together cheese and butter or margarine.
When melted, blend in the cream. Pour mixture over frozen potatoes, and cover pan
with foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more. Makes 8 servings.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
1 (40 oz) can cut sweet potatoes, un-drained
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 2 quart baking dish. Place the sweet potatoes and their
liquid in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook 15 minutes, or until tender.
Remove from heat, drain, and mash. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed sweet
potatoes, white sugar, eggs, 1/3 cup butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Spread evenly into
the prepared baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar, chopped pecans,
flour, and 1/3 cup melted butter. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture. Bake 35
minutes in the preheated oven, or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Makes 8 servings.
Carrot Souffle
1 ¾ pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup white sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup margarine, softened
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the carrots until very tender.
Drain, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. While carrots are warm, use an electric
mixer to beat with sugar, baking powder, and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix in the
flour, eggs, and margarine. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish. Bake 1 hour in the
preheated oven, or until top is golden brown. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners’ sugar
before serving. Makes 8 servings.
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Cheesecake Topped Brownies
1 (21.5 oz) package brownie mix
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (16 oz) container prepared chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9” X 13” baking pan. Prepare brownie mix according
to the directions on the package. Spread into prepared baking pan. In a medium bowl,
beat cream cheese, butter and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened
condensed milk, egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over
brownie batter. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
Allow to cool, spread with frosting, and cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator, or
freeze in a single layer for up to 2 weeks. (40 servings.)
Apple Raisin Cakes
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup raisins
1 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons white sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, cinnamon, sugar, flour, baking
powder, vanilla, and raisins. Form small cakes out of the batter. Heat a nonstick
griddle over medium heat, fry the cakes until both sides are browned, about 5 to 7
minutes. Makes 6 servings/serving size: 2 pancakes
.
Uglies
1 pound ground beef chuck
½ cup chopped onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 (10 oz) pkg. refrigerated biscuit dough
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups barbeque sauce
Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease 8 muffin cups. In a large skillet or frying pan, cook
ground chuck with onion and garlic powder until evenly brown; drain off the grease. Stir
in the barbeque sauce and simmer for another 3 minutes. Roll out each biscuit on a
floured surface so that each biscuit is 6” across. Put the biscuit in the muffin tin and fold
up sides to create a cup shape. Fill each biscuit fill almost to the top with the meat
mixture; top with cheddar cheese. Bake in preheated oven until biscuits are baked,
cheese is melted and tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
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Zesty Cheese Ball
16 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
1 jar shredded, dried beef
Mix all, chill, shape and cover with pecans. Serve with Townhouse crackers.
Cream Cheese with Chili Sauce
A great cream cheese recipe for a dip starter is a block of cream cheese drizzled with
sweet chili sauce (Thai style) then covered in fresh coriander. Serve with rice cracker or
other “light” biscuits (crackers).
Barbeque Meatballs
1 lb. Ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
½ cup catsup
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/3 cup fine bread crumbs
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and poultry seasoning. Shape into about 2 dozen
1 ½ inch balls. Brown balls slowly in a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat; pour
off excess fat. In a small bowl, combine catsup, brown sugar, vinegar and soy sauce.
Pour over meatballs. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, for 15
minutes. Serve warm.
Eggless Nog
4 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
8 cups soy milk, divided
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dissolve pudding mix with one cup soy milk; mix until thickened. Add remaining
ingredients; blend well. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes 8 servings.
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Instant Cappuccino
¾ cup powdered chocolate drink mix
4 cups powdered milk
1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ (7 oz) jar nondairy amaretto-flavored creamer
In a large bowl, combine chocolate drink mix, instant coffee, confectioners’ sugar,
powered milk and nondairy creamer. Store in an airtight container. To serve. Stir 3
tablespoons mixture with 6 ounces boiling water.
Coffee Mix
2 cups coffeemate
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ cups instant coffee
1 ½ cups hot cocoa mix
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix above ingredients. Put 4 heaping teaspoons of mix into 1 cup boiling water, to
insure good cup of coffee.
Sparkling Red Slush Punch
1 cup boiling water
1 can pineapple juice, large can
2 cups sugar
2 quarts cranberry juice
Stir sugar into boiling water. Let cool. Add other liquids and freeze. Remove from
freezer ½ hour before serving. Scoop out slush into punch bowl. When bowl is ½ full,
slowly add lemon-lime soda (1 gallon maximum). Slush mixture with back of spoon
before serving. This can also be done on a per-serving basis. Put frozen mixture in a
glass, and add soda. Stir. Yield: 2 gallons.
Santa’s Tangy Punch
2/3 cups tang
3 cups water
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ cup sugar
2 cups pineapple juice
1 quart ginger ale
Mix tang, sugar, water, pineapple juice, and almond extract together and mix well. Just
before serving add the ginger ale. You can pour some of the mixture into ice trays and
freeze them till they are just smushy and dump them into the punch mixture. This
punch is an orange color.
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Christmas Punch
2 packs red kool aid
2 quarts water
1 ½ gallon raspberry sherbet
2 cups sugar
add 1 –46oz can pineapple
1 – 64 oz ginger ale
Mix all together. This is a pretty pink colored punch.
Divine Hot Spinach’n Artichoke
Chicken Bake
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 4 oz)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder with parsley (optional)
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs)
Preheat oven to 375°. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken. In 13”
X 9” baking dish, arrange chicken. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture. Bake
uncovered 30 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and topping is golden
brown.
Serves 6.
Stuffing-Coated Chicken
1 ½ cups stuffing mix, finely crushed
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup butter, melted
1 garlic clove, minced
5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 oz each)
In shallow dish, combine the stuffing crumbs and Parmesan cheese. In another shallow
dish, combine butter and garlic. Dip chicken in butter mixture, then coat with stuffing
mixture. Place in a greased 13” X 9” X 2 “ baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining stuffing
mixture and drizzle with remaining butter mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45
minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Yield: 5 servings.
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Apple Dews
2 cans crescent rolls
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 (12.5 oz) can Mountain Dew
Peel and core apples, slice each apple into 8 slices. Separate crescent rolls. Roll a
slice of apple in each crescent roll, sealing thoroughly. Place in a 13” X 9” baking dish.
Melt butter, add sugar and vanilla and spoon over rolls. Then pour Mountain Dew over
all and bake. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 40 minutes.
Strawberry Pound Cake
1 box white cake mix
¾ cup oil
1 box strawberries (small)
½ cup of water
1 pkg. strawberry jello (small)
4 eggs
3 tablespoons self-rising flour
Mix cake mix, flour and jello. Add oil. Beat in the 4 eggs. Add ½ cup water with ½ of
the strawberries. Beat and bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
ICING:
2 cups powdered sugar
½ stick butter and the rest of the strawberries
Mix together the sugar, butter and the rest of the strawberries. Ice the cake with this
mixture.
Caramel Squares
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 graham crackers)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
6 oz package of butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour 9” square pan. Combine all in ingredients and
spread in pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm.
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Oreo Cake
24 Oreo cookies, crushed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 box butter recipe yellow cake mix
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup margarine, melted
In a medium bow, combine crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, flour, and melted
margarine. Set aside. Mix cake mix as instructed on box. Pour half of the cake batter
into greased 13” X 9” x 2” pan. Take 2 cups of Oreo mixture and sprinkle over batter.
Pour remainder of cake batter over this and top with remaining Oreo mixture. Bake at
350° for 40 to 45 minutes.
GLAZE:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Mix together sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serves 16.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
2/3 cup oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup oil
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons liquid sweetener
2 tablespoons sugar substitute
Sift flour, salt, soda and baking powder. Cream next 6 ingredients together. Add
oatmeal; beat. Add flour mixture; stir until if forms a ball. Roll into 1 inch balls and
place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with glass. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
S’more Mix
2 cups honey graham cereal
1 cup peanuts
½ cup raisins, or chocolate covered raisins
1 cup tiny marshmallows
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients in large plastic bag. Tightly close bag and shake well. To give as
gifts divide the mix into small plastic or cellophane bags, and tie with a pretty ribbon and
gift tag.
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Sugar Free Christmas Cutouts
½ cup shortening (soft)
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Splenda
½ cup skim milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
2 ½ cups cake flour*
1 teaspoon vanilla or 2 teaspoons baking powder or other flavoring
Cream shortening; add Splenda and egg. Beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and
salt in a sifter. Combine milk, water and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Sift flour mixture
alternately with milk into creamed mixture, mixing after each addition. Chill thoroughly.
Roll out to 1/16” thickness. Use cookie cutters. Bake at 375° for 7 ½ minutes.
*Substitution for cake flour: Use 2 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
Chocolate Crunch In A Jar
1/3 cup miniature candy coated chocolate baking bits
1 cup rice cereal squares
1 cup peanuts
2/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup miniature candy coated chocolate baking bits
In 1 quart jar, place 1/3 cup coated chocolate baking bits. Top with a layer of waxed
paper or parchment paper. Place cereal squares and peanuts in layers on top. Then
top with remaining 1/3 cup coated chocolate baking bits and butterscotch chips, packing
down lightly so everything fits in the jar. Cover tightly and store in cool dry place.
Label with these instructions.
Instructions:
Chocolate Crunch
¼ cup peanut butter
Container of Chocolate Crunch in a Jar
In a medium saucepan, combine ¼ cup peanut butter with top layer of coated chocolate
bits and the butterscotch chips. Melt over medium heat, stirring constantly, until
smooth. Remove from heat and add cereal squares and peanuts. Drop by tablespoons
onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets, then sprinkle with remaining baking bits in
the jar that are under the parchment paper. Chill 10-15 minutes until set. Makes 20
candies.
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Candy Bar Cookie Squares
1 package (18 ¼ oz) yellow cake mix
2 eggs
3 Snickers candy bars (2.07 oz each), chopped
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, brown sugar, eggs and butter. Beat on
low speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in chopped candy. Spread
into an ungreased 13” X 9” X 2” baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a
toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pudding
1 ¾ cups cold milk
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix
¼ to ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
10 gingersnaps
1 cup whipped topping
In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and pie spice.
Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Set aside three gingersnaps: crush the rest.
Fold whipped topping into pudding; spoon into desert bowls. Sprinkle with cookie
crumbs. Serve with whole gingersnaps. Yield: 3 servings.
Halloween Snack Mix
6 cups caramel corn
1 ½ cups candy corn
2 cups salted cashews or peanuts
1/3 cup raisins
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Yield: about 2 quarts.
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Triple Chocolate Quick Bread
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (6 oz) miniature semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 ½ cups applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Glaze:
½ cup semisweet miniature chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
½ cup powdered sugar
pinch salt
2-3 tablespoons half-n-half
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and melted chocolate; mix well.
Add applesauce and vanilla. Set aside. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda
and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter
into 4 greased mini loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until done. Cool in
pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. For glaze, melt
chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan; stir in cream. Remove from heat; stir in
sugar, vanilla, and salt. Drizzle over warm bread. Yield: 4 mini loaves.
Corn Spoon Bread
1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 1/3 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 pkg. (8 ½ oz) corn bread/muffin mix
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1 can (14 ¾ oz) cream-style corn
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in
milk. Beat in the egg substitute, butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper until blended. Stir in
corn and cream-style corn. Stir in corn bread mix just until moistened. Pour into a
greased 3 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until center is
almost set. Yield: 8 servings.
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Butterscotch Dip
2 pkgs. (10 to 11 oz. each) butterscotch chips 2/3 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Apple and pear wedges
1 tablespoon rum extract
In a mini slow cooker, combine butterscotch chips and milk. Cover and cook on low for
45-50 minutes or until chips are softened; stir until smooth. Stir in pecans and extract.
Serve warm with fruit. Yield: about 3 cups.
Christmas Sour Cream
Potato Salad
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
7 med. Potatoes, cooked in skins, peeled, and sliced (about 6 cups)
¾ cup sliced celery
1/3 cup sliced green onion
4 hard boiled eggs
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
salt to taste
celery seed to taste
1 ½ teaspoons prepared horseradish mustard
Pour Italian dressing over warm sliced potatoes. Chill 2 hours. Add celery and onion.
Separate egg whites from yolks, chop, and add. In small bowl, sieve yolks ( mash with
a fork). Mix with mayo, sour cream, and mustard; fold into salad. Add salt and celery
seed to taste. Chill 2 hours. Take some of the green onion stalk and pimento to
decorate the top in a festive Christmas manner. Makes 8 servings.
Butterscotch Fruit Salad
2 large yellow apples or 4 small
1 sugar free butterscotch pudding mix
½ cup pecan pieces or walnuts
1 can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 fat free cool whip
Peel and dice apples, add the pineapple with juice. Sprinkle dry butterscotch pudding
mix over apples and pineapple mix. Mix well. Add marshmallows and nuts. Mix well.
The add the cool whip and mix really well.
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Banana Cream Pudding
Mix In a Cup
Mix ingredients:
2 tablespoons banana cream instant pudding mix
6 vanilla wafers, broken into 6 pieces each
1. Place both ingredients into a snack size ziplock bag. Attach instructions.
2. If giving as a gift—put pudding mix and instructions into a coffee cup.
BANANA PUDDING
1. Empty bag of mix into a coffee cup.
2. Add ½ cup milk. Stir very well.
3. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes.
4. Add half of a banana, sliced. Stir well. 1 to 2 servings.
Butterfingers Pudding
Mix In A Cup
Mix Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butterscotch instant pudding mix
6 vanilla wafers, broken into 6 pieces each
2 Butterfingers miniatures (or 1 fun size)
1. Place first two ingredients into a snack size ziplock bag.
2. Place wrapped candy(ies) into the bag. Attach instructions.
3. If giving as a gift, put mix and instructions into a coffee cup.
BUTTERFINGERS PUDDING
1. Empty bag of mix into a coffee cup.
2. Add ½ cup milk. Stir very well.
3. Cut candies into pieces. Place in cup.
4. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes. 1 to 2 servings.
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“Dirt” Pudding Mix In A Cup
Mix ingredients:
2 tablespoons chocolate instant pudding mix
1 tablespoon very finely chopped pecans
3 Oreo cookies, broken into 6-8 pieces each
1. Place all ingredients into a snack size ziplock bag. Attach instructions.
2. If giving as a gift, put mix and instructions into a coffee cup.
“DIRT” PUDDING
1. Empty bag of mix into coffee cup.
2. Add ½ cup milk. Stir very well.
3. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes. 1 to 2 servings.
Tomato-Cheese Ball
1 cup canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
8-oz. Pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup margarine, softened
½ cup onion, chopped
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine first 8 ingredients, blending well. Place in a bowl and freeze for one hour. Mold into a
ball; roll in pecans. Freeze for one more hour. Before serving, bring to room temperature.
Chocolate Cookie Fudge
18 oz. white chocolate (or almond bark)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 bag chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies
Grease an 8x8 pan with butter. Crush half bag of cookies. Melt together sweetened condensed
milk, salt and white chocolate over medium heat. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir in
cookies. Pour into pan and smooth out. Cool in refrigerator until firm. Cut into serving pieces.
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Easy Peppermint Pattie
Cappuccino
1 small (1½-inch) peppermint pattie, unwrapped and quartered
2 teaspoons milk
1 cup hot brewed coffee
In a large microwave-safe mug, place peppermint pattie pieces and milk.
Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 seconds or until candy is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir
in hot coffee until mug is almost full.
Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.
Note: It’s better with 2 peppermint patties. Flavored coffee creamer, instead of milk, would be
great!
Make ‘em Beg Cake
1 9” X 13” deep dish cake pan
2 cans apple pie filling
1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
¾ pound brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
1 can condensed milk
8 oz cream cheese melted in microwave until liquid
1 can ready to spread coconut pecan frosting
1 12 oz cool whip
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray the pan with non stick cooking spray. Pour both cans of
apples in bottom of pan and smooth. Sprinkle dry cake mix over apples and smooth,
sprinkle brown sugar over cake mix, drizzle entire cup of butter over top of brown sugar
and place in oven for 40 minutes or until done to touch. When done place on cooling
rack—poke holes across the top (about 40 holes). Take melted cream cheese and mix
in condensed milk – pour over hot cake. Let cool 15 –20 minutes. Mix frosting and cool
whip together, blending well. Spread over cake and let stand 10 minutes – Ready to eat
–place leftovers in refrigerator.
Optional: Top with candied maraschino cherries and pecan halves.
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Sesame Seed Brittle
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sesame seeds
Cook sugar, honey, water and lemon juice in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until
the sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring until mixture reaches 300° on a candy
thermometer, about 20 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and sesame seeds.
Pour the brittle into a buttered cookie sheet…in a thin layer. Loosen before the candy hardens.
When cold, break the brittle into pieces. Makes 1 ½ pounds.
POEM
Sesame Seed Brittle
This brittle without nuts
Is still nutty just a little
Yet very yummy
cause…
It’s sesame seed brittle
POEM
Sesame Seed Brittle
Sesame brittle, a little treat
I know you’ll like it, you see
For like this brittle
You’re really sweet
And mean the world to me
Cappuccino Bread
½ cup margarine, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup cappuccino mix, dry (2 ½ individual packs) ½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
2 eggs
2 cups flour, sifted
1/8 teaspoon soda
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
Preheat oven to 300°. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Sift together flour, cappuccino,
salt. Put 1 teaspoon soda in buttermilk, mix. Add eggs to creamed mixture one at a time, mix
after each. Add dry ingredients including 1/8 teaspoon soda alternately with buttermilk and sour
cream. Bake in greased and floured loaf pans for approximately 40 minutes, (Until springs back
to touch.)
Submitted by: Jeanette McDaniels
Farmers’ Market Vendor
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