The kids love having new ways to carry their valentines. It is even more fun to have a cool delivery method. A few years ago we made large envelopes to go on the backs of the kid’s classroom chairs and each child delivered their cards and goodies by dropping the treats into each persons envelope. This year Continue reading →
One of my Favorite flavors of the Holiday Season is Peppermint. Peppermint in Coffee, Cookies, Candy canes, it’s everywhere.
Check out the YouTube video below.
My favorite Peppermint treat is Peppermint Bark. You can make it so many ways with so many different combinations of ingredients. This is my recipe using Almond bark instead of chocolate chips. I like almond bark because of the smooth consistency and ease of melting. You can use your favorite chocolate if you want. If the Almond bark or Chocolate are not smooth when melting add 1 tsp of vegetable oil to smooth it out.
This is a super simple and super fun Tutorial to do with Kids. I had fun working on it myself. You can make a basic Rudolph reindeer with brown antlers and a red nose or you can mix it up and make crazy colorful and fun reindeer.
Eyes (stickers or glue on)
Small Pom Poms
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One of my favorite recipes for the winter season is Bread Pudding. There is something about the warm comfort of a rich bowl of Bread pudding that makes a cold winters day exceptional.
Caramel Bread Pudding Recipe from H&P Artistry
My family likes this Caramel version so much that I did not even get a chance to take a picture of the final result. Seriously, I was so super mad, but I was also proud of the recipe and that everyone liked it so much.
This is one of those recipes that you make when you know someone needs a hug. Yes, I said it, this is the food equivalent of a bear hug. It warms you from the inside out. You are happy to sit, smell the vanilla sauce and melted caramel, and just be present. For an added kick and crunch add slivered almonds to the top 5 minutes before you take the pudding out of the oven. The almonds brown and add a depth to the dish.
You can substitute chocolate chips or raisins for the caramel.
The most important steps in a well made bread pudding are:
Use a good bread and leave it out to get stale. Fresh bread does not absorb the liquid well and stale bread does.
Mix the liquid ingredients until they are frothy and fold the mixture into the bread to be sure that all of the bread is coated well.
Mix a second time (carefully) before baking to reincorporate the caramel chips.
Let the mixture rest in the refrigerator over night. This allows the bread enough time to absorb every bit of liquid.
Use Day old bread.
Cube bread and add it to a large baking dish
Mix together liquid ingredients, sugars, Pumpkin spice and eggs with an electric mixer. Add mixture to the Bread and mix in Caramel chips.
For best results let the liquid absorb overnight. (8-10 hours)
The next day (8 - 10 hours later)
Stir the mixture to reincorporate the ingredients.
Bake at 375* for 40 -50 minutes or until golden brown.
Bring all ingredients except vanilla to a full boil for 5 - 8 minutes then add the vanilla.
Part 2 of the journal series is the Homemade journal. My nieces are going to love these monogrammed Journals. It takes a little lime to complete the journals but the time is well worth the final outcome. The design is super simple and the process is easy to complete. The Kiddo even helped on this one.
16.5″ x 10″ piece of vinyl fabric (leather or fabric with heavy interfacing works great.)
20″ piece of ribbon for closure (you will cut the ribbon to size once finished)
1 buckle (you can omit the buckle if using vinyl or leather)
Paper – I used a 12″ x 9″ sketch paper.
basic sewing supplies, you can use a machine or hand sew.
Step 1 – Paper prep
I used a sketch book for my paper because it is a more heavy weight and has a better feel. The down side is having to tear each peace from the pad. tearing 3 at a time worked 5 not so much.
Organize into groups of 10 sheets.
Fold each 10 sheet group in half. This makes a booklet of 20 pages. 9″ x 6″
I made 60 sheet journals by clipping 3 folded sets together. The clips keep the pages together and the crease well defined. If you make a few journals at a time grouping the page sets together makes keeping the projects organized easier.
Measure the width of the page set for an exact measure of the spine. I used a generic 1″ spine to allow for a pin and whatever else the girls may carry in the journal.
Step 2 – Placement and sewing
Use 1 of your page sets to decide on spine placement. I measured .5″ from the outer edges to the raw paper edges.
Using chalk I marked the spine edge and the corners to help with placement later.
I marked 1″ over from the spine edge to define the full spine space.
Test the spine and closure fold. Decide if you want the flap on the right or left of the journal. I decided on the left.
For an added detail you can add a curve to the corners. Use a curved object and mark the curve then cut carefully.
Step 3 – stitch pages
You can work from right to left or left to right of the spine.
I lined my paper fold up to the right spine chalk mark. Open the set keeping the center line on the chalk line.
I used painters tape on both sides of the paper to keep it in place.
There are 2 ways to stitch the paper in place.
1. Set your machine to the longest straight stitch and carefully stitch the sheets in place. Remember to back stitch.
Tip: a zipper foot works really well to keep the lines straight, especially when adding the next few sets of paper.
2. Hand stitch the paper in place. This is a little harder because you may need to use a hammer and a nail to preset the stitching holes. Use an extra large needle or leather needle to stitch the paper in place. Make sure the stitches are equal distance apart and you may want to stitch over a few times to make sure the paper is secure. Hand stitching looks beautiful on the outer spine.
Hand stitching is around 2 or 3 inches apart while machine stitching is much closer together.
Line up the next bundle and tape in place. If using a zipper foot the page lines up quite well. Continue with the same stitching process.
Step 4 – closure
There are 2 closure options for a buckle style. Use a button buckle or cut 2 parallel 1″ slits in the cover for the ribbon to go through.
I choose 2″ in from the edge of the inner cover and the center point.
You can machine stitch or hand sew the buckle in place. I tried it both ways and it worked either way. Be careful when stitching with your machine (close zig zag stitch). If the needle hits the buckle the needle will break.
To attach the closure ribbon or cording fold under the raw edge and stitch it in place. Make sure you line it up with the buckle and pin in place.
To close the Journal
Slide the ribbon through the buckle and wrap it around the journal. Slide the ribbon back through the buckle for extra security. Trim the ribbon to fit.
I embroidered an initial but you can leave it solid and it is elegant and beautiful. You could sew on a patch, buttons or decoration. You can also cover the inside cover by gluing in an end paper. I have not tested out glues because I decided to leave the inside as is. You could also stitch in end papers jut make sure the stitches are even and straight because they show on the outside.
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