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February 20th, 2013 | you are tearrific

I love all holidays. I know a lot of people especially hate valentines day – it’s too commercialized, I’m not in a relationship, it makes me lonely blah blah blah. Whatever it’s just another excuse for me to spoil everyone I love and make some gifts!

This year I went on a bit of a tea theme with my cards and gifts to close friends. Bad tea humor at its best. I made some heart tea bags and filled them with some valentines teas from DAVIDsTEA. (I used read my lips, hot lips, red velvet cake and peppermint amour). I also found this really cute DIY for painting hearts onto sugar cubes with red dye so I did that too and also made some candy bags. Who doesn’t love candy & chocolate?

Speaking of chocolate I’m actually on my way now to Toronto for a gourmet chocolate making class. It was my christmas present from my sister. I’m so frigging excited!! I’ve never made chocolates before and I’ve always wanted to. So I’ll let you know how that goes!

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December 21st, 2011 | Recipe: Caramel Nutty Cranberry Popcorn

One of my favourite Holiday snacks in my household is this recipe! It’s the perfect mix of sweet, crunchy, and tangy flavours. It’s a fairly easy recipe to follow, but if you’re making a large amount it’s easier to do with two people. It doesn’t take much time at all either!

It’s a great for gifts, (throw some in a mason jar or bag and even attach the recipe), or to serve at a party or just a treat for yourself!

• 1c toasted pecans
• 1c dried cranberries
• 1c sugar
• 1c brown sugar
• 1/2c corn syrup
• 1tsp baking soda
• 1c butter
• 1/2c popcorn kernels

• First thing is first, you need to pop your kernels! We have a stove top popper. You could use a microwavable popper as well. If you don’t have a kernel popper you can use 2-3 bags of microwavable popcorn instead.

• Pop the corn, mix in the chopped nuts and cranberries and set it aside in a large glass or steel bowl.

• In a very large microwavable bowl (it’s going to expand like crazy!), combine the corn syrup and butter. Melt for 3 minutes or until the butter will fully melt.

• Add the sugars to the bowl, and heat again for another 5 minutes. It’s going to puff up. a lot.

• Add the baking soda to the melted mixture. It’s going to start to foam. Immediately pour over the popcorn and mix it together. Be careful, the caramel will be boiling hot.

• Serve either at room temperature, or warm. If you want to serve it warm heat it in the oven at 200F for just a few minutes.

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December 15th, 2011 | DIY cupcake bath bombs

Well folks, today is national cupcake day! And what’s the only thing better than edible cupcakes? Cute little bath fizzies that look like cupcakes!

These are surprisingly easy to make, and a great gift idea! They were fairly cost effective to make as well, it worked out to be just under 2$ per bath bomb. Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1c citric acid
♥ 2c baking soda
♥ witch hazel (in a spray bottle)
♥ 1tsp olive or grapeseed oil
♥ fragrance
♥ colouring
♥ cupcake liners
♥ 1/4tsp cream of tartar
♥ 1lb icing sugar
♥ 3tbsp meringue powder

♥ In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda, citric acid and oil. Add a few drops of color and fragrance oil of your choice and mix by hand while spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel. Keep in mind that water is what makes the bombs react, so try not to get them too wet.

♥ Once you’re happy with the mix, it’s time to fill the liners! If you don’t have silicon cupcake molds, use a bottle cap to hold the shape of the bottom of the liner. Pat the mixture in as much as you can.

♥ I then placed the cupcake bottoms then into a small cupcake tray until they hardened to help keep the shape

♥ You’ll need either an electric or hand mixer for this part. In a large mixing bowl mix together the sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add color and fragrance oil if you’d like. Using a ziplock bag or icing bag and the icing tip of your choice, ice and decorate the cupcakes.

♥ Leave them out for at least 24 hours to harden before packaging.

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December 13th, 2011 | Holiday Drinks & Tea Cozie diy

:) Learn how to make your very own Gingerbread latte, Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog latte and Cinnamon Orange Cider holdiday drink’s over here! There is also a super easy, (almost) no-sew diy for a cup cozie! Enjoy :)

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December 6th, 2011 | Mason Jar Magic!

I love mason jars so much! There are so many things that you  can do with them. They truly are magical, even when it’s not the Holiday’s. Here are some great idea’s I found floating around the internet for DIY gift & decorations for the holidays using mason jars!

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Jars are great for creating simple and elegant Christmas decorations!

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These look so pretty at night! I used to make them all the time as a kid. Great for gifts, or yourself!

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This is SUCH a quick & easy gift idea! Just stack the dry ingredients, and include baking and mixing instructions!

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Mason jar candles are my favourite! You can make a candle right in them, or use them as a holder.

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Martha Stewart has a great tutorial on how to make a mason jar snow globe

Some of my other favourite idea’s include vases, using jars to package/wrap gifts in, giving homemade preserves, using for storage at a Christmas party (straws, candy canes, etc). What’s your favourite thing to use mason jars for?!

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