German pfeffernüsse {101 Days of Christmas}

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Pfeffernüsse, aka pepper nuts, are a traditional German cookie featuring aromatic spices and a sweet icing. Like any good cookie recipe, there are dozens and dozens of variations of the spices and ingredients used, but all bakers agree that the result is a spicy, dry cookie that is small enough to grab by the handful! As…

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DIY reed diffusers {101 Days of Christmas}

A reed diffuser is another way to embrace the scents of Christmas throughout the holiday season. While the scent won't be as strong as a room spray or an electronic diffuser, these will add a light scent to the air, especially when used to a smaller room. The options for scent combinations are virtually endless, as are the…

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Hot cocoa in a jar {101 Days of Christmas}

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this idea since I made meringue angel kisses a few weeks ago, and sure enough, these little jars turned out just like store-bought individual hot chocolate packets...except so much cuter! To start, I modified the Alton Brown hot cocoa mix from our first 101 Days of Christmas to make individual servings.…

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Cinnamon-chip snickerdoodles {101 Days of Christmas}

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When my sister tried one of these cookies yesterday, she exclaimed, "Mmm! Tastes like a snickerdoodle." Which I suppose is a good thing since they are, in fact, snickerdoodles! With a cup of King Arthur Flour's melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon chips and a coating of cinnamon-sugar, these snickerdoodles (which I adapted from this King Arthur Flour recipe) offer…

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Farm animals for Christmas {101 Days of Christmas}

As I've mentioned before, giving is important to our family all year long, but we especially love to give at Christmastime, when it's too easy to fall into the trap of commercialism and wanting more things. This year at Life Your Way, we're sharing our Christmas to provide farm animals to families in need. Yes, farm animals! By giving…

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DIY shaving cream & aftershave {101 Days of Christmas}

Create a shaving kit for the men in your life with this DIY shaving cream and aftershave! Actually, who am I kidding? DIY shaving cream and this refreshing aftershave would make a great gift for a woman too! Scent both products with classic Christmas scents like peppermint, choose something fresh like vanilla and orange, or mix…

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

It doesn't take complicated crafts to make my girls happy or keep them occupied; in fact, it's usually the simplest projects that hold their attention best. This is one of those projects! Chances are you remember this craft from your own childhood, and the fun part is really in customizing your snowflake since the possibilities are…

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