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Kid-Friendly DIY Christmas Ornaments

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With many of us working from home and our kids doing school remotely, we have a lot more free time on our hands these days. Often, we resort to Netflix, social media, online shopping or eating to keep us busy. But what about the power of doing something creative? Arts and crafts are a wholesome way to pass the time that we often forget about. There is something so rewarding about creating something. Luckily with the holiday season upon us, there are endless opportunities to craft. Here are some DIY Christmas ornaments that will make the perfect addition to your tree this year! Even better they are kid friendly!

Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments

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Materials

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Cookie cutters
  • String or ribbon

Directions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 175 degrees.
  • In a saucepan, combine corn starch, baking soda and water. Stir on medium heat until the ingredients thicken. This should take no less than five minutes.
  • Remove from heat once the consistency is right and let it cool.
  • Place the dough onto a nonstick surface and knead it into a ball. Break off portions of the dough and form shapes by hand, or with cookie cutters. Make sure there is a tiny hole at the top so you can loop the string through later!
  • Once all the dough has been used, line up your ornaments on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper, and bake for 60 minutes. Flip them over halfway through. For thicker ornaments, cook for longer.
  • Once the ornaments are cooled, you can paint and decorate them to your liking. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
  • Loop string or ribbon through the ornament, and tie it.
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Rudolph Wood Slice Ornaments

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Materials

  • Small wood slice ornament
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini red pom pom
  • Clothes pins
  • Brown paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Directions

  • Start by painting two clothespins with a layer of brown paint. Let them dry.
  • Glue googly eyes and a red pom pom to the ornament to form the face of the reindeer.
  • Attach the clothespins to the top of the wood slice to serve as antlers.

Wine Cork Ornaments

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Materials

  • Wine cork
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Clear thumbtack

Directions

  • Start by gathering your corks and painting them with your desired color.
  • Glue the corks together to form the shape of your choice! You can get creative with this and do candy canes, wreaths, or trees as in the picture above, or you can do something unique like an initial or number.
  • Using ribbon, form a bow, and pin it into the cork using a thumbtack.
  • With another ribbon, form a loop and remove the thumbtack, and pin the loop above the bow to ensure that both are secured safely.
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All done!

Hopefully, these DIY Christmas ornaments helped you or your kids pass some time! Be sure to mark them with dates so you can cherish them forever! Keep for yourself or gift to loved ones for a sentimental memento!

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Christmas decor themes to inspire your homes Holiday “look”

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It’s time to whip out the twinkling lights and garland because….

THE MOST MAGICAL TIME OF YEAR IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

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One of the most exciting things about Christmas is the chance to re-decorate your home. Perhaps you have your set decorations, but if you are looking for a new x-mas “look” you came to the right blog.

1.) Farmhouse theme

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Simple, clean, chic, and STILL Christmas! Incorporating wood and white can give you the ultimate Farmhouse look.

2.) For the Boho Queen

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We love a good Boho vibe! Combining shades of green and ivory with simple garland and fringe makes this room scream Bohemian.

3.)A Pop of Plaid!


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Sick of simply red and green? Throw in some black and white buffalo plaid! Whether it be a accent pillow, throw blanket, or table cloth – it’s a simple way to include some contrast of color.

4.) It’s beginning to look a lot like a PINK Christmas

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If you’re feeling girly energy, this is the aesthetic to go for! Pops of light pink against white is a unique and delicate Christmas look you probably never had – why not go for it?

5.) Black&White and everything nice!

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A completely black and white tree can give this years Christmas a classy and elegant feel to the Holiday season. Another plus? This is the perfect decor for New Years!

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An Ice Cream recipe PERFECT for fall

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Is it just us or does fall seem to have the best flavors in the year?

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Even though the temperature is cooling, it’s NEVER too cold to have some ice cream!

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Check out this BOURBON APPLE PIE ICE CREAM recipe that will have you basking in fall bliss.

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How To Make Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream

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INGREDIENTS:

For the filling

  • 3–4 medium apples sliced into small pieces
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Apple pie spice
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For the ice cream base

  • 3 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup of crushed Walnuts (optional)
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Directions:

  1. Pre-freeze ice cream maker according to your devices instructions.
  2. Take your sliced apples and place them into a bowl. Squeeze some lemon over the lemons and stir well.
  3. Add your flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup. Sprinkle the apple pie seasoning over the apples and mix it all together!
  4. Get yourself a medium pan and heat the apples on the stovetop for 15-20 minutes over medium heat. Try and stir occasionally to until the apples reach a consistency of applesauce.
  5. Set aside the mixture and allow it to cool completely. If you are in a time crunch, refrigerate. You are now done with the filling!
  6. Now it’s time to make the base. In another (or cleaned) medium saucepan, mix the 2 cups of heavy cream, sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon and cinnamon. Stir until the mixture reaches a boil for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.
  8. Now it’s time to refrigerate the base mixture. If the mixture happens to get too firm, you may reheat until some liquid forms again. Make sure to return to the freezer to cool rapidly.
  9. It’s time to start up your ice cream maker! before adding the liquid. Slowly pour the base liquid in the machine and churn on low for about 10 minutes. You should now have a custard like consistency. You can increase the speed and begin churning for another 5 minutes.
  10. Get your smashed apple pie filling ready and begin pouring into the ice cream.
  11. If you are choosing to add Walnuts, pour half of them in.
  12. Once the entire mixture is custard consistency, you may stop the mixer. Spoon the ice cream out into a freezer container and layer with the rest of the walnuts.
  13. Freeze for 4-6 hours and you are on the road to deliciousness!

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Spice Up Your Next Pizza Night With these Kid-Approved Recipes

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Having picky eaters at home can make it tough to add pizzazz to your weekly dinner menu. These revamped pizza recipes are quick, easy and kid-approved. And did we mention delicious? They will have you and your little ones coming back for seconds, or maybe even thirds. Now THAT is amore.

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Pizza Quesadillas

Mexican food and Italian food are like, the greatest things ever. They’re even greater when they come together as one as a Pizza Quesadilla. Eating this will make you feel like Hannah Montana because you get the Best of Both Worlds!

Make sure you have handy

  • Tortillas (For a healthy spin, use whole wheat or gluten-free option!)
  • Marinara pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

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Now let’s do it

  • Start by coating your pan with a non-stick spray. Then, turn your stove up to medium heat.
  • Add your tortilla to the pan. On half of the tortilla, spread an even coat of sauce.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella on top. Don’t be afraid to be generous with it. The cheesier, the better!
  • Gently fold the tortilla in half to form the quesadilla. Cook evenly on both sides until it browns slightly.
  • Now it’s time to serve. Cut the quesadilla into fourths and serve with a side of marinara sauce to dip!

Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs

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Now it’s really about to get creative. These stuffed pizza balls made in a muffin tray are just as fun to make as they are to eat!

Here’s what you will need

  • One pound of pizza dough
  • Marinara pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Grated parmesan cheese

It’s go time

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and by coating your muffin tray with a layer of non-stick spray.
  • Break off one-inch pieces of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand.
  • Add a dollop of marinara to the flattened dough, and top with a pinch of mozzarella cheese.
  • Add any other pizza toppings to your pizza bomb, get creative with it. Variety is the spice of life!
  • Pull the edges of the dough upwards and pinch together to form your bomb, and place in your greased muffin tray.
  • In a bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter to a liquid. Season with pinches of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and grated parmesan cheese. Mix together and drizzle on top of the bombs.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and serve with a side of marinara sauce.

Mangia! Pizza night just got epic.

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