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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?

Bring on the Good Times

Since being back at school, I have had two great workouts that have increased my self confidence about running some great times (for me) in the future! We had a 2k, 2k, 1k, 1k, 4x200m workout last week and then this week we had a mile, 1k, mile, 1k, mile, 4x200m workout.

For my miles I hit around 6:20, 6:26, 6:22 which is a big difference than what I was accomplishing over winter break. We had 90 sec rest between intervals, and when we had just a 3×1 mile with 800m after, and minutes of rest in between, I couldn’t even hit 6:36. So being able to run 6:20ish comfortably and smooth was awesome on Tuesday.

I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in the next few months, but also love the fact that running is a sport that continues after college. So I have many years to continue to break my personal bests!

What I’m really looking forward to is the spring weather to come!


Let’s get crafty!

So over break, I dove into some crafts. My father helped me put this one together, especially the mesh.

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I have this problem, where I buy earrings, wear them and then take them off at random times of the day. Then I somehow lose them. I swear it’s The Borrower’s

the borrowersWell anyway, I wanted to create an earring holder. So a trip to Dollar Tree and Lowe’s and all the supplies were purchased. We bought some picture frames, brushes, splatter screens and a sample size of paint.

Picture frame = $0.25 each
Splatter Screen = $1.00 each
Brushes = $1.00
Paint = $4.00 approximately

IMG_3077Painted the picture frames and then my dad cut the splatter screen to act as mesh tiny enough for stud earrings. We decided to sandwich the frames together which helped the screen stay tight and made a thicker holder.

The final product:

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Now I just need to hunt around for all of my stud earrings 🙂

There are a lot of projects that picture frames can be used for. Obviously Pinterest is the place to go for crafts, or Craftgawker. Some future projects that I would love to do involving picture frames are:

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Q: What are some of your favorite pinterest crafts?

Q: What are some of your favorite workouts?


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