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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 12/04/12

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SOME FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY ENJOYMENT!!

   These were found at www.notquitesusie.com .  Print them out and enjoy them this Christmas season!






Free Printable Holiday Gift Tag Roundup!


I don’t know what you have planned this weekend, but I have one major task to complete: gift wrapping! I’m not completely done shopping yet but what I do have, I’m wrapping tonight. So for those of you who still have wrapping to do, I’ve compiled some of the cutest,  free printable gift tags to help make your gifts extra special. Enjoy!
A fun one- you can let the kids color these before you attach them!
From Raggedy Scrappin
funny holiday gift tags
From Ever Kelly
pink green owl holiday gift tags

FROZEN REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER PIE!

   This was found at www.bakersroyale.com .  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!



Frozen Reeses Peanut Butter Pie ~ Crushed Reese’s peanut butter cups, peanut butter and Cool Whip meet cute for a twenty-minute, frozen, peanut butter pie.



Frozen Peanut Butter Pie



 

I’ve been in a lazy funk, by that I mean I’m just can’t seem to muster up the energy lately to get this growing butt of mine motivated to get back in my running routine. So with that comes peanut butter desserts and lots of if it.
The reason being – I can’t eat it! And as many of you know baking is my addiction, so fat or skinny, tired or not, baking happens because it makes me happy. Eating it does as well, but since I’m trying to find some measure of self control, baking something I can’t eat will certainly offset my lack of physical activity. Luckily, I know many peanut butter loving people that I can happily bake for. Yay and thank you for that! And hey, I even made it a low fat, fast and easy dessert recipe-so get baking!
These two things seem to be the recurring theme this last week or two, but get ready for caloric comeback in just a few days. I”m crossing my fingers that it will coincide with me regaining my energy level for a nice long run, after what I am predicting, will be a an eating fest. Well, that is, if concept to reality is a success for the envisioned dessert.
A few notes:

  • I used Cool Whip for the whip cream portion, because it’s lower in calories and also shortened the prep time, but using homemade whip cream will work just as well.
  • If you have a peanut allergy, try substituting Nutella for the peanut butter.
  • I made this recipe in three 4 inch mini springform pans, but it can just as easily be made in a 9 inch pie pan or cake pan.
  • I threw in some crushed Reese’s for extra flavor and for added texture-of course, if you don’t have any on hand or to keep the dessert even lower in calories you can bypass this portion of the recipe.

Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie

Makes one 9 inch pie or three 4 inch mini pies. Preparation: Lightly butter springform pan if it is not non-stick. If you do not have a springform pan line a cake pan with a piece of lightly buttered foil leaving a one inch over hang around the edges for easy pie removal or alternately use a traditional pie pan.



Ingredients:

  • 24 oreo cookies, crushed
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ½ cups Cool Whip
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup confectioner sugar
  • ½ cup crushed Reeses Peanut Butter Cups


Instructions:


Oreo Crust:
  1. Place Oreos in a food processor or blender and pulse until cookies are finely crumbed. Alternatively, place Oreos in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Mix in the melted butter and then firmly press crumbs into pan to create a crust. Bake crust at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes.
Reese Peanut Butter Pie Filling:
  1. Place peanut butter and confectioner sugar in a pan over low heat and stir until combined and peanut butter is melted. Set aside for five minutes to cool. Gently fold in peanut butter mixture into Cool Whip until combined. Gently fold in crushed Reese’s pieces into peanut butter Cool Whip mixture.
  2. Pour mixture into Oreo crust and freeze for 3 hours. Garnish with caramel and chocolate drizzle (for added decadence rim with chopped Reese’s pieces).

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DIY EPSOM SALT CANDLE AND ORNAMENTS!

This diy comes from www.thriftyparsonageliving.blogspot.com . They look like they been outside and the snow and ice has crystalized on them. Very nice. Enjoy!


DIY Epsom Salt Ornaments and Candle




I know there's been candles and ornaments
made with Epsom salt floating around blog land for a while now,
but I thought I'd share my version which utilizes simple things most of us have lying around our homes.

Here is what I had and you'll need if you're going to make these.
1. Styrofoam balls
2. Candle
3. Paint
4. Mod Podge or Glue
5.Epsom Salt

I made this project for mere pennies because every thing I used I already had in my home.

Three styrofoam balls - from a "free" box at the local thrift store.



Paint (deco art) given to me by a friend who no longer had a use for it.


Glue

I didn't have any Mod Podge in the house, but
you can substitute glue watered down with a few
drops of water as a homemade version.
Begin by painting the balls.

Next, a rubber band was placed about 1/3 of the way from the top
of an old candle (left over from our daughter's wedding)...



.....and the bottom two thirds painted
(the rubber band acting as guide/stopping point for the paint)
.




After painting all the items, I coated them with glue followed by sprinkling Epsom salt on them.
(Removing the rubber band after everything is totally dry.)
I added some left over silver elastic ribbon to the top of the candle...




...and placed all the items on a heirloom tray
from my grandparents 25th wedding anniversary.