Christmas Pinterest Creation – Peppermint Fudge


Peppermint fudgeOh, how I adore Pinterest.  I don’t know how anyone cooked, worked out, planned their wedding or had a child before Pinterest.  I was having a hard time deciding what type of dessert I wanted to take to my family Christmas party this year, and I went onto Pinterest and picked the first most delicious dessert that I saw.  That just so happened to be Peppermint Oreo Fudge brought to you by Something Swanky.  It was so delicious and very easy to make.  The only problem I had, is that I was hard headed and refused to use parchment paper and it was really hard to cut out.  Everyone loved this fudge, the taste wasn’t overruled by peppermint.  Just enough.  This could be made anytime of year, it doesn’t have to be Christmas!

Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Ingredients

1 bag Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 bag candy Cane Hershey Kisses, unwrapped (or any peppermint chocolate)
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups crushed Oreos (I put mine in a food processor)
2 – 14 oz cans sweetened milk

1. Prepare 9×13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium sauce pan, over LOW heat combine the milk chocolate Hershey kisses, chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
3. Stir until melted and smooth.  Once melted, add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos.
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared dish.
5. In another medium sauce pan (or clean out the one you used), stir over low heat the candy cane kisses (or any peppermint chocolate you choose), white chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
6. Once smooth, pour the peppermint mixture over the chocolate mixture.
7. Sprinkle the remaining Oreo crumbs over the top and lightly press into the fudge.
8. Let cool overnight in the fridge, and allow to set out about 1 hour before you decide to cut it.

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Button Bobby Pins


Button PinsI hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I can personally tell you that I’m super sad to see it go.  I don’t like it when the holiday season is over, and I will miss telling everyone I see “Merry Christmas!”  But, if I’m looking on the bright side – one good thing that I can now do, is share with everyone this really cute, easy bobby pin that I made for a friend and my sister.

I’ve got a good friend who is super crafty, and the things she can do with simple pieces of nothing amazes me!  I was struggling with what to get her for Christmas, and I had a genius idea.  I’ve always told a few men in passing, that if he really wanted to open a women’s heart, he should look at her Pinterest and recreate something there.  It is thoughtful, and shows that you really care about her!  Well, I’m not a man, but I did look at her Pinterest to find something I could give her.  I went to her DIY board, and found these really cute Button Bobby Pins and I just happened to have a nice box of buttons that I could use.

What you will need

Buttons
Bobby pins
Black small ribbon
Hot glue gun

material1. This first step can be different everytime, depending on what look you want to go for.  I made some pins with just one button, and then some of them I double or tripled up the buttons.  But, your first step will be to thread your ribbon through your button(s).  When you thread the ribbon through, make sure that your ribbon comes out almost equal on both sides.

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2. Attach the button to the bobby pin.  When doing this, make sure the button is sitting properly on the bobby pin.  The button design should be sitting on top of the bobby pin (the same side as the curves in the bobby pin).  When you are attaching, bring one end of the ribbon through the bobby pin from one direction, and the other piece of ribbon from the opposite direction.

Ribbon

3. Tie the two pieces of ribbon together, really tightly.

Tie before cut4. Cut the ends off of the ribbon, so they won’t be showing.

Tie5. Finish steps 1-4 until you’ve completed all of the Button Bobby Pins you would like.

6. Use your hot glue gun, and glue the bobby pin down to the button.

Hot Glue7. Allow to cool completely.

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These are really cute, and super easy to make!  I would highly suggest, that if you ever have any trouble finding something to give a woman for her Christmas or any kind of present, check our her Pinterest!  There are tons of ideas waiting to be bought or made!

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this is why we love you


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This gift, is probably the greatest gift I’ve ever given and probably will ever have the pleasure of giving.  It is so special to me, that I have had a hard time deciding whether I want to blog about it.  I ultimately decided, that I should share this idea with others, so maybe someone else can have this type of blessing in their life.  For my dad’s 50th birthday, I gave him a book full of letters written to him.  I entitled the book “this is why we love you” and all of the letters were words of encouragement, appreciation and love.  I ended up gathering over 50 letters, and this project turned into something much more magical than I envisioned.  I originally had intended on taking the letters, printing them off on a Word Document, and putting them in protective sheets in a binder.  I began to discuss this project with a good friend of mine, and she so graciously allowed me to come over and use her scrap-booking supplies.  She helped me create this masterpiece, and I am forever grateful for that!   I created a Facebook group of all of the people that I thought would like to write them, and gave them a little over a month to send them to me.  I then printed them out, and over two 4-hour session, we made our masterpiece.

title page

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On the left side of this picture above, there is an explanation of the book that reads:

Here we are, celebrating 50 years of your life, and you have touched more people than anyone could ever count.  Your blessings, unconditional love and devotion has reached more than you or I could ever imagine.  But, in order to give you a better idea of how much you are appreciated, we have all come together to write a letter to tell you just how much we care for you.

Your kindness, compassion, faithfulness, and spirit has touched family, friends, children, adults, and even a Starbucks employee.  You have forever impacted our lives, and this is all we know how to do; write a letter to tell you how much we appreciate you.  That’s what this is, a book full of letters who have taken the time to let you know they love you.  There are many more than just this, but here is just a small fraction of those who love you.  Whenever you feel down, you will always have this to remind you, you’ve done more than you would ever imagine.  You are our hero.

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I took a video of my dad’s response when receiving this book, but I haven’t brought myself to part with it.  He didn’t even make it through the title page without shedding a tear.  This is really the most awesome gift you could ever give; no money in the world can amount to the words of those who love you.  He will always have this gift to pick him up when he is down, and remind him what a great man that he is, was, and will always be.  I hope one day I can amount to half of the person that he is.

What is the best gift that you have ever given?  If you decide to replicate this idea, please let me know!  I’d love to hear how this idea has reached others.