Tag: Holidays

Ornament Decorating Party

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There are so many party ideas that you can throw during the holiday season. I don’t want to gain 3 million pounds by having tons of baking parties so I thought it would be fun to do a craft. There was food there, and not super healthy, but delicious. And I was more focused on decorating than eating. One of my best friends invited some of her co-workers and our former co-workers over. We had a group of 7 adults and we also had a white elephant gift exchange.

For holiday get-togethers you don’t need a heavy spread. We just served light appetizers. We had cookies, baby cupcakes, spinach artichoke dip, homemade bread, cheese, carrots and celery. For the ornaments I got my supplies at Hobby Lobby. I bought clear ornaments. Then I got glitter, sequins, spray glue, glue pens, some holiday themed cut-outs, puff paint, and random decorations that could be put into the ornaments.

Pinterest ideas can be extremely misleading. Putting glitter inside the ornaments was more difficult than it should have been. We put the spray glue inside the ornaments and swirled it around, then put glitter inside and shook that around until it coated the entire ornament. Not easy. This took a long time and several layers to get the glitter to look the way I wanted it too. Sticking sequins on the outside of the ornaments just became this big ‘ol mess. Plus, I am not artistic enough for that. It did not look good. If you are artistic and have a steady hand go right along and decorate those ornaments. My vision in my head for decorations did not go past my head.

The process wasn’t clean. How I wanted to decorate them didn’t turn out. But I had fun. It appeared that everyone else was having a good time as well. There was lots of laughter and good company. Plus, everyone got to take home their ornaments. So you get an activity and party favor all in one! I’m happy with the 4 I did make. I’d call the party a success. You can also do this with little ones, but I used glass ornaments so I needed to assist and supervise my 2 year old. But she was pleased with herself for helping.

Treat Tuesday – Easy Apple Pie

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I don’t make my own pie crust. Because who has time for that? Especially during the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving week through New Years. If I’m going to make something from scratch, it wont be a pie crust.

Since I’m vegetarian I buy the Marie Callender brand frozen pie crusts, which come in a set of 2. These crusts don’t have lard in them. Either get this brand, any brand you prefer or make your own if you’re fancy like that.

Ingredients:

* 2 Pie Crusts

* 6-7 Medium Apples – I used Gala (peeled, cored and sliced)

* 1/4 Cup Sugar

* 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

* 2 Tablespoons Flour

* 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

* 1/2 Teaspoon Grated Lemon Peel

* 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

* 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle the apple mixture into the pie crust. Either top completely with the second pie crust cutting slashes or designs  in top crust. I used little cookie cut outs that make Turkey and Apple details making a design on top of the pie.

Bake 40-50 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees until the crust is golden. Enjoy!

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