Getting Crafty for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaarrrrrrrrr……..

I definitely put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving this year and I was not upset/ashamed about it one bit. Something I always enjoy each year are advent calendars. My parents took advent calendars to a whole new level. They made their own box of treats in little homemade bags to open each day.

The gifts have been k-cups, chocolates, suckers, hair ties and this fun bracelet that I haven’t taken off. It’s definitely something I can’t wait to do once I wake up each day.
Other crafts that have been created with the boyfriend include these pinecone Christmas trees.

We actually had so many extra pinecones, that we filled this little bag, I was gifted with last year, with them as decorations.

 

 

Pinecone Christmas Tree Forest
A Christmas tree forest made of pinecones and pom poms.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Hot Glue Gun
  2. Pinecones
  3. Pom Poms
Instructions
  1. Heat up hot glue gun
  2. Glue pom poms on your pinecones like ornaments
  3. Let dry
  4. Set up your forest!
Notes
  1. *I liked to let the glue get stringy on the pinecones to give it a tinsel look
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Then most recently, Christmas Crack. I first had this recipe in high school. I remember very fondly as it was right after my compartment syndrome release and I was recovering on the couch upstairs from my surgery. My friend, Wes, had brought over a bunch for me and my family and I became obsessed with this recipe. However, as simple as it may look to make, it sometimes doesn’t turn out. Kind of like no bake cookies. It’s a hit or miss if it will set up perfectly.

 

Christmas Crack
Homemade "toffee" with saltines
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Ingredients
  1. 40 saltine crackers
  2. 1 cup butter
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat
  3. Cover pan in a layer of saltine crackers
  4. Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil in medium saucepan
  5. Boil for 3 minutes
  6. Immediately pour mixture over saltine crackers
  7. Bake for 5-6 minutes
  8. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top once out of the oven until melted evenly
  9. Allow pan to cool
  10. Place in fridge or freezer until set. Then enjoy!
Notes
  1. Parchment paper or silpat extremely recommended. We buttered our pan and still had difficulties getting toffee off the pan.
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What are your favorite Christmas treats to make?

Did you make any Christmas crafts?

2017 Spartan Race Series + Free Race Code Giveaway

The 2016 racing season is nearing a close, which means hello race season 2017! If you check out my races page, you will notice that it’s been quite awhile since I ran. I will be coming back in the 2017 racing year, slowly but surely!

The 2017 Spartan Race season is also approaching! They just opened up 3 new season passes & expects them to sell out quickly. The early 2017 races are So Cal, Arizona, Houston, Atlanta & Vegas. There are many more locations, so go check out the next location you will run if you win this giveaway! In addition there are also some very cool new medals, t-shirts & lots of new obstacles for 2017. If you are someone who has participated in Spartan Races before then you won’t want to miss out on this giveaway!

 

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