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Blog. 36 Green Gift Wrapping Ideas. Wise Bread Picks Most wrapping paper hits the trash or recycle bin as soon as the gifts are opened.

36 Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

But, you can avoid throwing your hard earned dollars along with the wrapping paper in the trash this holiday season by using a few clever alternatives. Here are several ways to save on holiday gift wrap, while still making your gifts look great. In Focus: How to use "Furoshiki" [MOE] 10 Things to Do With Shortbread.

Make your own Halloween spider web decoration for your home! My neighbors and friends keep stopping by to ask about our new pet…Charlotte.

Make your own Halloween spider web decoration for your home!

To be honest, I sort of winged the construction of this web when I started it on my porch last weekend. Edible Gifts for the Holidays - We're counting them down! One of the things I like to do for Christmas is to make treats for people as gifts.

Edible Gifts for the Holidays - We're counting them down!

It started in part as necessity while I was in grad school–I couldn’t afford to give gifts to everyone I wanted to, but I could make treats. I’ve always made our traditional family Christmas cookies, but then started to want to give different kinds too. In some ways, I have been a victim of my own success. Hot Chocolate On A Stick Recipe - How to Make Hot Chocolate On A Stick - Christmas Candy Gifts. Hot Chocolate On A Stick produces delicious blocks of chocolate fudge that can be dissolved in hot milk to produce rich, creamy hot chocolate!

Hot Chocolate On A Stick Recipe - How to Make Hot Chocolate On A Stick - Christmas Candy Gifts

This is truly a candy that does double duty: enjoy eating it plain, or use it as a hot chocolate base, or do both! This clever candy makes a great gift, and you can make endless variations: add large marshmallows to the hot chocolate skewers, roll the fudge blocks in crushed peppermint or cocoa, or drizzle them with white chocolate before packaging. Homemade Flour Tortilla Chips. We eat a lot of tortilla chips and spicy food in our house.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Chips

I mean…a lot. We actually own upwards of 20 bottles of hot sauce and I am probably underestimating. So, when I looked at all of the stuff that goes into our name brand favorites (whom shall not be named)…I thought, there has got to be an easy way to make my own and cut out the…well, lard. So, ta da! Here are my new favorites with just a little bit of vegetable shortening and a whole lot of yummy, homemade flavor…homemade flour tortilla chips!!

We have eaten them now with salsa, homemade bean dip, hummus, and guacamole. Oh, and the best part?? Homemade Pretzels. A few weeks ago I went up to NYC for a friend’s birthday party (Hi Liz!).

Homemade Pretzels

Being in New York reminded me of one of my favorite street foods. Home made sprinkles. :) Crafty Mama: Trendy Clothes Pins. I made these cute little clothes pins to use in the kitchen for bag clips.

:) Crafty Mama: Trendy Clothes Pins

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn. [donotprint] I know its not summer yet but I don’t care.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn

We’re making homemade kettle corn at our house and its the perfect salty-sweet snack on a beautiful day like today. Several months ago I posted a caramel corn recipe (Crackerjack) and a company called left me a comment. 7 Homemade Holiday Spa Gifts. By Brooke McLay | Who says your kitchen is just for making dinner?

7 Homemade Holiday Spa Gifts

With a few simple ingredients, you can also create Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Bath Salts, and Soap Crayons. Here are 7 simple gifts you can stir up, whip up, and wrap up in your kitchen that will rival even the fanciest of bath and body retailers. Made by hand, all natural and organic, this may be the best thing you make on your stove all year. The only problem? Six Ways to Create a Meaningful Holiday Season - Mamapedia™ Voices. This week I’m feeling tired.

Six Ways to Create a Meaningful Holiday Season - Mamapedia™ Voices

Yes, I’m getting sleep, spending time in nature, connecting with friends and moving my body daily, but I’m realizing the kind of tired I’m feeling is a cumulative tired—from the past month, probably even the past year! 25 Days of Christmas Cookies Christmas at Epicurious.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. Um, folks, we have another winner. This one was so good it has bumped another cupcake out of the running altogether. Bye bye regular old chocolate, hello hot chocolate! In Taylor’s words, this is a much more sophisticated chocolate. In Robin’s words, mmmmm. The texture was fascinating. In other words, it’s darn good. We topped these off with a simple cream cheese buttercream, flavored with almond and a touch of vanilla. Grasshopper Brownie Bars. For the brownie base: 3/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder (like Valrhona) 5 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes 3/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoons vanilla extract For the buttercream: 3/4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes 3 tablespoons creme de menthe 1 teaspoon peppermint extract For the chocolate glaze: 6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon light corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes To make the brownie base: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 9-by-13-inch pan. Line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper, and butter the parchment. How to make Cinnamon Honey Butter.