Homemade royal icing {101 Days of Christmas}

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Royal icing is an icing that dries hard and is perfect for decorating cookies or putting together gingerbread houses. Traditionally made with egg whites, it's easy to make your own royal icing using meringue powder to avoid the worry of raw eggs in your treats. Come back next week and I'll show you what we decorated with our royal icing! Ingredients:…

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Dulce de leche-filled alfajores {101 Days of Christmas}

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Similar to the French macaron, alfajores are a South American treat. While the specifics vary by region and country, the basic idea is a sandwich cookie with a sweet filling in the middle. This version incorporates a rich dulce de leche between two melt-in-your-mouth cornstarch cookies! These cookies are easy to make, using just a few ingredients…

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Fill-in-the-blank thank you cards {101 Days of Christmas}

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: Christmas is an easy time for kids to focus on what they're getting. And it's no wonder. I can't count the number of times that Emma is asked what she'd like to have for Christmas. One way to encourage a heart of…

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DIY lip scrub and lip balm {101 Days of Christmas}

Homemade toiletries are a popular DIY project for good reason: not only does making your own allow you to control the ingredients to avoid those that are toxic or questionable, but it's also much less expensive than buying them. This homemade lip scrub and lip balm would make a great addition to a stocking or a little…

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Easy sew felt ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

These felt button trees are one of our very favorite Christmas crafts; we've made them with each one of our preschoolers at least once because they're so simple but so fun. As our girls are getting older, though, I decided they needed a more advanced ornament craft to keep them busy. All four of them enjoy…

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