Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ice skating

We have had Beautiful weather this year during Christmas Break- The boys and I have been spending time Ice Skating- We might try to go once more before school starts.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Small Gifts: Hot Cocoa Mix

We make Loads of this mix each winter. Here is how I packaged it this year. I used a mug template and cut out the pattern on card stock. I used my sewing machine to stitch up the edges and then embellished with a variety of scrapbook supplies.

Here is the recipe for the Cocoa mix:

1 14-quart box nonfat dry milk

1 1-pound jar coffee-mate creamer

1 2-pound box Nestle's Quik

1 2-pound bag confectioner's sugar -- sifted

1 15-ounce jar chocolate malted milk mix (Ovaltine)

Combine all ingredients together in a VERY large bowl. Mix well. Store in airtight containers (like jars). Attach instructions for use with each jar.

Instructions: To use, mix 1/3 cup of the dry mix with 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir and top with marshmallows, if desired.

Photos from Quinn's Birthday

Lots of fun: Bowling and Laser Tag

Monday, December 15, 2008

Making: Christmas Cards

I have been busy making Christmas cards using lots of paper scraps and some new die cuts and stamps.

Making: Peppermint Patties

We have made these every Christmas for several years now and every year I have to search for the recipe.

Creamy Peppermint Patties

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 tsp peppermint oil
9 cups confectioner's sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons shortening

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually add confectioner's sugar, beating well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on waxed-lined baking sheets. Flatted into patties. Cover and refrigerated for 1 hour.
In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Dip patties into melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper until firm. Store in the refrigerator. Makes about 4 dozen.

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