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9/7/11

Santa Hat Brownie Bites




So cute, and so so easy. I highly recommend you to bring these to any holiday party in the coming days. Your friends and family will go crazy for them!

Santa Hat Brownie Bites
Adapted from The Crafty Kook

1 box brownie mix
24 small strawberries
2 cups white chocolate chips


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 1 mini-muffin pan
- Prepare brownie mix according to box's instructions and fill cavities 3/4 of the way full (I had some leftover brownie mix that I just baked off as regular brownies because I didn't have enough strawberries)
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean
- Let brownies cool and use this time to hull and clean the strawberries
- Once cool, place strawberries upside down onto brownie bites
- Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and transfer into a piping bag
- Pipe a ring around the base and a small dot on top -- work quickly, the white chocolate can dry fast and clog up your tip!

9/6/11

Snowman Wreath

It's Tuesday...so that means Tool Time! Where are we going this week? The electrical department of the hardware store. Why?...for these little lovelies. Cable ties. I LOVE them. I use them for so many things: controlling the wire nightmare behind the computer, keeping electrical cords gathered together when storing them, holding evergreen garland to the railing and so much more. Today I'll be using these cable ties to make a snowman wreath for the front door.




The ties come in many different sizes, colors and also come in multi packs.



One side of the tie is smooth and the other has little tiny teeth. Once you insert the pointy end into the little opening in the box, the teeth will start to click. It will stay put where ever you stop the tie.


You can cinch it right up nice and tight to the item and it will not come undone until you cut it off.


Here is a quick idea for a different style wreath for your front door. Just take 3 wreaths in graduated sizes (this picture is of the backs of the wreaths). I used 2-3 ties to secure one wreath to the other.



Here is a close up. Once you have it cinched up to the tightness you'd like, you can snip the ends of the ties with wire cutters.




Quick and easy snowman wreath! Just add a scarf, hat and twigs for the arms!





I didn't have a black top hat so I took an old hat of my moms that had a rim on it, added a stretchy ski hat that I stuffed with plastic bags to keep it standing up. Added a ribbon, some berries and a little red cardinal!







I also secured the twigs to the back with the cable ties.



Too cute!

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