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Thanks to Holly of for this creative craft idea for children for the 25 Days of Christmas series.

When I was a kid we use to make Stain “Glass” Windows by shaving different colored crayons in between wax paper sheets then placing between 2 towels and ironing (warming) on a low setting. We would then make windows from construction paper and glue the wax paper sheets in between them or just cut the sheets into shapes like Christmas trees, bells, candy canes etc. and use a hole punch and ribbon to hang them on the tree or stick them on the windows with invisible scotch tape where the colors would show beautifully when the sun shined through them!

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This post is part of the 25 Days of Christmas series.

Our pancakes have always been in the shape of simple circles. I’m just not talented enough to create candy canes and Christmas Trees.

That was before I found my secret weapon.

While you can pick up a 3-pack of squeeze bottles for as low as $5.94 shipped, I picked mine up for only $0.99 at Walmart. With these nifty little gadgets, you can easily whip out the letters to spell Merry Christmas on Christmas morning, along with candy canes, Christmas trees, and other festive pancakes.

Or even master My Chic Life’s Christmas Tree Pancakes with ease. You can even use it to shape cookies, decorate a Gingerbread House, or add icing to cakes.

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It’s unseasonably warm for December, so I haven’t been craving my typical hot holiday coffee flavors. Instead, I’ve been longing for my traditional iced coffee in more festive flavors.

Homemade Iced Coffee Concentrate Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Strong Ground Coffee
  2. Water

Directions

If you’ve ever tried to make iced coffee at home, you know it can be a struggle. If you add ice to your warm coffee, you end up with watered down coffee. For the perfect iced coffee, you need to start with a coffee concentrate.

Get a large plastic container with lid and add one cup of your favorite coffee grounds for each cup of water. Stronger coffee tends to work best.

Stir until well blended, then put the lid on the plastic container and set aside for at least 8 hours, but overnight works even better!

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Thanks to Heather Tallman of Basilmomma for this 25 Days of Christmas post.

You know, I make no secret of the fact that I am not a good baker. I am not crafty, I am not a scrapbooker, I am not a good decorator. These things I am not. I am OK with this. I do not feel like I am missing out by not making dozens of Martha-like cookies every holiday season that are perfectly iced and decorated.

If you are one of those people who can make a cookie recipe from start to finish without a catastrophe and they come out of the oven perfect then I raise my glass to you. I will probably try to buy them from you even. But I am not ever going to reach that level of expertise. And I am fine with that. I try and that counts, right?

Now , my kids saw this cookie recipe in a Family Fun cookbook a few years ago and I have saved it all this time. I thought I would surprise them and make them Monday night. I also wanted to use them for an upcoming column in the Greenwood Daily Journal so I had a dual purpose here.

4 puffy, overcooked batches later I finally refined the recipe to turn out perfectly and they are now a tradition every Christmas.

Candy Cane Twists Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 LG egg
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • red food coloring

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the peppermint and vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour until combined.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and work the red food coloring into 1/2 until you reach the desired redness. To shape the canes roll a small amount into a ball and then roll with your hands to a cylinder. Do the same for a piece of red. Twist the 2 pcs. together and pinch the ends to form a candy cane shape. Continue to do this with the rest of the dough. Place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set but not brown.

About the Author: Heather Tallman is a Greenwood area blogger, food writer, newspaper columnist, television hist and host of Around the Kitchen Sink Radio on Toginet.com. You can find her at basilmomma.com, @Basilmomma on Twitter and Basilmomma on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Christmas Wreath

by Susan on December 24, 2011

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Well it is a little to close to Christmas to make this Christmas wreath but I believe it could be changed a little for any Holiday.

Thanks Little Birdie Secrets

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Wall Christmas Tree

by Susan on December 23, 2011

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What a cute, easy Christmas decoration.  It is made from old Fabric scraps and spray starch.

Thanks Punky’s Grandma

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