Posts Tagged With: CHRISTMAS

Easy Peasy whimsical Holiday “flowers”

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yarn Pom Pom flowers

I really enjoy decorating for the holidays. I do not however enjoy the price of holiday decor. This means that i use a lot of hand-me-down decorations or handmade items.  I was noticing , this year, as I was putting out me decorations that they are starting to not suite MY style. That’s when I decided to make these whimsical Lorax inspired “flowers”. They are so easy and quick and I kind of want to put them everywhere.

Here is what you need:

*yarn (red)

*sparkly pipe cleaners (green)

*scissors

Here is what you will do: tutorial

1. There is not a picture of this, but cut one piece of yarn about 8 inches long for tying your pom pom. Then hold one end of your longer yarn with your thumb and begin wrapping it around your pointer and middle fingers until you have a nice “forkful of  spaghetti”

2. This is your “forkful of spaghetti”

3.Take the 8″ piece of yarn you cut and stick it through your two fingers and back around the other side and tie a loop in the middle of your “spaghetti”

4.Place one of your pipe cleaners about an inch into your middle string. Pull tight and tie a knot.

5.Fold down the end of your pipe cleaner and wrap it around itself tightly.

6. Cut your loops so that it forms a shaggy ball.

7. Trim your shaggy ball . The closer you get to the middle, the neater the ball will look. It is ok to leave it shaggy if you prefer that look. *hint- to trim all of the loose ends -fluff the ball in your palm a few times while trimming.

8. Voila! you have a fun little yarn pom pom flower! Now make more and stick them in vases all around your house!

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Blueberry Pie with Rosemary

If you’re looking for a little twist on the ordinary for your holiday gatherings, or just an easy weeknight desert, this is sure to be a winner!

Blueberry & Rosemary Pie Recipe

Filling ingredients:

  • 6 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries, rinsed and stems removed (if using frozen, defrost and drain first)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon  or orange zest
  • 3/4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (3/4 cup if using frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar  (* if you like your pie on the sweeter side, use 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter (unsalted), cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
crust:
  • 2 frozen roll out pie crusts ( and kudos to you if you want to make your own!)

Egg wash ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

what to do:

1  Unroll 1 pie crust into pie pan and press into edges.  (Be careful, they can tear easily)

Gently mix  all ingredients, except butter and crust  (this includes : blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon or orange zest, salt ,rosemary,  vanilla and lemon juice )in a large bowl. Transfer them to the  crust in the pie pan. Dot with butter pieces. Roll out remaining dough. Place on top of the berry filling. Tuck the top dough over and under the edge of the bottom dough, and crimp the edges with your fingers. Cut a small (nickel size) hole in the center of the pie crust (so steam can escape while cooking). Transfer the pie to the refrigerator to chill until the dough is firm, about 30 minutes. Heat oven to 425°F.

3  Whisk egg and milk together to make an egg wash.

4  Remove the unbaked pie from refrigerator. Brush the top with egg wash.. Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven with a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking pan positioned on the lower rack to catch any filling that may bubble over. Bake for 20 minutes at 425°. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more or until juices are bubbling and have thickened. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before serving.

fantastic with vanilla ice cream!!!

Makes 8 servings.

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DIY FABRIC GARLAND

It has been snowing…

…for a few days now – here in the mountains of North Carolina and other than the cold wind that has come along with it, I am enjoying the soft powdery ground cover. It goes along nicely with my holiday preparations ( I mean,really.. what better way to put you in the spirit?)  But the wind and cold is keeping me inside and I am finding that  the best way to pass  the time  is with holiday crafts! And although I SHOULD  be finishing up my cards,   I decided to make a new garland for my tree. I had some leftover fabrics  via  my handmade wedding crafts. Luckily, my colors consisted of red, white & turquiose (what do you know? PERFECT for the holidays! yay!) I cut the fabric into strips , tied it into buches and then tied the bunches to a thin  ribbon and …. VOILA! A VERY PRETTY (easy) DIY FABRIC GARLAND!

 

what you will need:

  1. ribbon
  2. fabric- cut into strips (i use variations of aprox. 1 – 2 1/2″)
what to do:
  1. make groups of fabric strips  (3-4 strips per group works well)
  2. tie ribbon around each group using different variations of spacing
  3. reinforce each group by tying one strip from each group around knot in ribbon

** Make smaller sections of garland with loops on either end for easy decorating. **

THAT’S IT! YOU’RE DONE!  :)


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