101 Days of Christmas: Cranberry Crunch Bark

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I love to make "barks" -- chocolate barks, almond barks, vanilla barks, etc. -- not only because they're different than traditional cookies and candy but also because the variations are practically limitless, and they have a little crunch to them, which makes them just about perfect in my book. This cranberry crunch bark from Pampered…

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101 Days of Christmas: DIY Felt Bows

Looking for an inexpensive, reusable accessory for your Christmas presents? These DIY felt bows are so simple to make and can be used again and again! And really, once you know how to make a bow, you could make it out of any material...magazine pages, scrapbook paper, burlap, etc. Supplies: felt fabric glue scissors Directions:…

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101 Days of Christmas: Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix

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Chocolate is known worldwide. It is thought the Mayans made the first hot chocolate drink over 2000 years ago. The Aztecs had a hot chocolate vision that was bitter and spicy with chilies. The Spanish version replaces the chilies with black pepper. Explorers brought cocoa to Europe, where it became popular. At first, hot cocoa…

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101 Days of Christmas: Personalized Scrabble Ornaments

  When I came across these DIY scrabble ornaments, I knew right away that I'd be making them this year! You see, every year, we give our girls a special ornament to add to their collection. These are packed away in individual tins after Christmas so that they have their very own ornaments to put…

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101 Days of Christmas: Handprint Calendars

Although we haven't done one in a couple years, one of the most popular gifts we've given our parents and grandparents were these handprint calendars. With 4 little ones and 8 sets of grandparents / great-grandparents, they became a little too time-consuming to keep up with every year, but I think we'll probably do them…

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101 Days of Christmas: Adorable Button Christmas Cards

Are these not the cutest cards? Inspired by Martha Stewart, my mom and I had a lot of fun brainstorming our own designs and digging through our "button box" to find the perfect buttons. Every family should have a button box! Ours originally belonged to my Italian great-grandma, Mary Cicero, who gave it to my…

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Handprint Calendars (FREE Printables + Lots of Ideas)

Although we haven't done one in a couple years, one of the most popular gifts we've given our parents and grandparents were these handprint calendars. With 4 little ones and 8 sets of grandparents / great-grandparents, they became a little too time-consuming to keep up with every year, but I think we'll probably do them…

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