Recycling Tin Cans

This is a very clever way to recycle some tin cans. They can be used as candle holders or a beautiful center piece.

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Candy Cane Cookies

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Sugar Cookie Dough

2 cup(s) (4 sticks) butter, softened

1 1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
5 cup(s) flour
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon(s) ground allspice


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Directions:
  1. Beat the butter, using a mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low and beat in the remaining ingredients. If tinting dough, add food coloring.
  2. For chocolate dough, reduce flour to 4 1/2 cups and add 2/3 cup cocoa. For hand-formed cookies, transfer to an airtight container. For rolled and cut cookies, divide dough in half, form into 1-inch-thick slabs, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. For sliced cookies, use parchment paper to roll dough into logs.
  3. Chill dough at least 2 hours. And chill formed cookies 20 minutes before baking at 350 degrees F on parchment-lined baking pans 10 to 15 minutes, depending on cookie size. For tinted-dough cookies, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake 12 to 18 minutes.
  4. Gently roll each color separately into ropes on a flat, lightly floured surface using the palm of your hand for best results. Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush before twisting the two colored ropes together. Chill 20 minutes before baking to help the cookies maintain their shape.


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White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries

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We came a cross these beautiful Christmas jars on the blog Ginger Snap Crafts.  This is very quick and easy  to make. You will need Mod Podge, salt and stencil. Here... is the tutorial.

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Nifty crafting for those who are in a hurry :)

The Icelandic Santa Claus Brothers Part Two

The Icelandic Santa clause consists of 13 brothers. Here is part two of the rebels :-)

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one santaclaus visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how that particular child has behaved on the preceding day. Each Santa has a specific idiosyncrasy and will therefore behave in a particular manner.

Pottaskefill (Pot Licker)

Not to be confused with Spoon Licker, Pot Licker steals leftovers out of pots. Also not to be confused with Stubby, who steals PANS.

Askasleikir (Bowl Licker)

Not to be confused with Spoon Licker or Pot Licker, Bowl Licker hides under your bed until you put your bowl down. Then he steals it and then, presumably, licks it.

Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer)

He slams doors. Especially at night.

Skyrgámur (Skyr Gobbler)

Skyr is a traditional Icelandic dairy product similar to strained yogurt, and he steels your Skyr!

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Very Original Holiday Ladies!

We bumped into this on the internet. These Holiday Ladies where created as a window dressing for a new boutique's Holiday Open House in Chattanooga, TN "K" Boutique. They used chicken wire for the base,cedar for the skirts and burlap for the blouses...accessorized with ribbons...and a carnival ticket brooch. I think it is safe to say very original!

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Beautiful Holiday window display!

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Christmas party dress! Via...

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Gorgeous window display. Via...
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Lady Gaga's look is 100% Christmas! Via...

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Diy Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

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This cinnamon ornaments recipe is fun and easy to make. They are non-edible but your home will smell so good!

the hearts are not edible.

You will need:

1 cup (244 g) Applesauce
1 1/2 c Cinnamon (divided into 1c and 1/2 c)
2 Tbl ground cloves
additional cinnamon for sprinkling

Go to Sweet Treats for the full recipe


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Super cute way to do pie crust!

A very cute and easy way to make pie crust look good.

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