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22.12.14

1 10 Last Minute DIYs Before the Holidays



Still in the mood for a little holiday decorating?  Maybe you're like us and still don't have a tree up?  If you need a little inspiration, here's a few ideas we found around the net this weekend worth checking out. 

1. Woven Stocking DIY
by A Beautiful Mess
A really cute weaving project by Rachel Denbow of A Beautiful Mess.


2. DIY Geometric Himmeli Wreath
by Vintage Revival
You won't believe how easy this is to make using cocktail straws.


3. Holiday Wreath Making
by South by North
Pretty ideas for unique and modern holiday wreaths.


4. Printable Holiday Gift Tag
from Eat Drink Chic 
A colourful printable gift tag we love.


5. DIY Pine Scented Soy Candle
by Sugar and Charm 
An easy-to-make candle that would make a great gift for someone.


6. Snow Day Hat
by Purl Bee
You might have to be fast to make this, but oh so pretty!


7. Giant Snowflake Light-Up Marquee
by A Beautiful Mess
A cool project to hang over the mantle!


8. Printable Gift Tags
by Sugar and Charm
In case you forget to pick some up, these printable gift tags would come in handy!


9.  Ornament Gift Tags
from The Purl Bee
Hand sew these adorable little ornament gift tags.


10. Snowflakes in the Window
from Sunset Magazine
Craft these pretty evergreen snowflakes to hang in a window.


18.12.14

2 Best of Holiday Baking | Almond Butter Blackberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies!


A fun take on the classic thumbprint cookie!  Check out another fave from by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake.
File these under: super easy and super delicious. Also, healthy-ish! I made them with whole spelt flour and pure maple syrup, and a ridiculously delicious, tartly-sweet, rustic blackberry jam my friends Ashley and Hayden gave me (Hayden made the jam). You can also replace the spelt flour with whole wheat flour (or regular all purpose flour), or rice flour to make these gluten-free! Oh yeah! You can also use any type of jam you like. I like a nice tart jam. I'm actually a bit jam-crazy. It's hard for me to resist an adorably packaged jar of lovely fruit jam. This recipe is easy-on-the-sugar and while it does have maple syrup, it relies on the jam for its sweetness.


ALMOND BUTTER BLACKBERRY JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Ingredients:

1 cup of almond butter
1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of whole spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon salt


Make it!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This recipes yields about 1.5 dozen cookies!

1. In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract until well-mixed.
2. In another medium bowl, sift the spelt flour and salt.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until nicely combined.
4. Using a small ice cream scoop or your hands, dole out the batter into 1.5 inch balls on parchment-paper covered baking sheets.
5. Squash those balls right down with your clean, just-washed thumb! Make sure you've created a nice well that the jam can happily sit in.
6. Spoon your chosen jam into the thumbprint-created wells!
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes, turning baking sheets halfway to ensure even baking.


Chomp into these easy-breezy almond butter jam cookies (like I did, above)! Enjoy, Poppytalk readers!

17.12.14

0 Best of Holiday Baking | Chocomint Cookies with Milk Chocolate Middles



Continuing on our Best of Holiday Baking, we love the holiday flavour of these cookies Lyndsay of Coco Cake made for us back in 2011. Yum!

These rascal-ish cookies are very simple to prepare and holiday-ish in flavour - peppermint = holiday, right? They have a rich, fudgy consistency and are best eaten with a tall frosty glass of milk or hot tea. Or, bag these up in some sort of cute packaging and present as a holiday gift to a loved one, or co-worker! Cookies make a delightful homemade present! I love the contrast of the dark chocolate cookie with the milk chocolate middle, with that fudgy minty-ness. Quit asking people to choose which they like better! Dark? Milk? Why not both, in one cookie!?



CHOCOMINT COOKIES WITH MILK CHOCOLATE MIDDLES


Ingredients:

1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract
1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
2 bars of nice fancy milk chocolate (or Lindt milk chocolate chunks - I used Lindt Piccoli "Extra Au Lait" couverture chocolate, but that might be too crazy fancy to find. Plus, how many names can one milk chocolate have? Piccoli, AND Extra Au Lait? AND couverture? seems crazy).

Make it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper (if so desired). Makes 2 dozen cookies.

1. Using a stand mixer or handheld beaters, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, like an angel's soft, cloudy bed!
2. Add the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
3. Add pure peppermint extract to combine.
4. In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients to combine.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until combined.
6. Using a small ice cream scoop or your clean bare hands, dole out 1 inch balls onto parchment-paper covered baking sheets, a dozen per sheet.
7. Break up your chocolate bars into nice little squares. Place a square in the middle of each ball and push down with your finger.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, depending on how hot your oven gets! Turn the pans once halfway through. Leave to cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling racks (or your mouth).



Rammerjammer these into your mouth (or daintily nibble away on one like a little cheese mouse) and enjoy!

4 DIY | Clay Eucalyptus Soap

Contributor post by Emily and Erick of HeidisBridge.com


Whether you're in need of a last minute-gift or just want to save money and DIY presents this year, this Clay Eucalyptus soap is a quick and thoughtful gift for the holidays. This soap feels luxurious with french green clay--the clay used at spas to draw impurities from pores--and a sudsy lather, but at a price that won't break the bank. Bonus: the eucalyptus scent will relieve stress and even help with congestion--perfect for soothing holiday-related stress and winter colds.



You Will Need:
-.5lb Goat Milk Soap Base
-1 tsp. French Green Clay Powder
-1 tsp. Melted Coconut Oil (Optional)
-Eucalyptus Essential Oil
-Pieces of Eucalyptus Leaves

Directions:
1. Measure .5 lbs of goats milk soap base in a glass measuring cup. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the soap is all all melted.
2. Mix in 1 tsp. of melted coconut oil, if desired.
 


3. Add in a five drops of eucalyptus essential oil and mix.


4. Stir in 1 tsp. french green clay powder.
5. Add in tiny pieces of eucalyptus leaves for exfoliation.


6. Pour into your mold and let harden for an hour or so. Enjoy!



--
Heidi's Bridge
HeidisBridge.com

16.12.14

0 DIY 3D Geometric Paper Tree


Our ol' pal Meg Allan Cole is always up to some fun DIYs and today she sent along this cute little 3D Geometric Paper Tree she made on her Hand-Made channel for HGTV.   Maybe you can't get a tree this year because you're going out of town, or maybe you just want a modern take on some greenery this year.  Whatever the case, this project can be made big or small and turns out pretty sweet, (just like her dogs)

Check out her how-to video below: