Day 7 : Peppermint Bark Oreos

Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

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These make great neighbor gifts. They are easy to make and take no time at all. Christmas and peppermint seem to go together and when you combine peppermint with white chocolate and Oreos you have a winning combination.  If you give them to the neighbors they are going to love them, I promise.

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Day 6: DIY Table Decoration

DIY Table Decoration

How to decorate without breaking the bank (using thrift store finds, of course). Sometimes you can make the most elegant and easy Christmas centerpiece with things you already have and thrift store or auction items.

I was using this white milk glass footed dish (I paid $4.99 at a thrift store)to hold keys and trinkets by my back door, but with Christmas fast approaching I decided to use it in a different way.

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I already had battery operated lights and vintage multi-color ornaments. I tossed them all together and wrapped some artificial garland around the bottom. This could be used on a dinner table, a coffee table, end table or a mantle. You are only limited by your imagination.

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If you are out thrifting and you spot something similar, you might think twice before passing it up.

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Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

Link and Recap:

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

You can also find me on Twitter @awandafulthing, and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing/ my Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/

 

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Day 5: O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

While I was searching for the words to the song ‘O Christmas Tree’ I came upon an intriguing post that gave all the instructions for an O Christmas Tree wall hanging that was just a little bit different than simply printing out an image and inserting it into a frame.

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It’s adorable, simple and inexpensive to make. Check out Ann’s Entitled Life here for the full instructions. You will need cardstock, a printer, cardboard, green yarn and a picture frame.

I wasn’t sure about the color of my frame until I put the print in it.  I really like the pale frame as it doesn’t distract from the green yarn tree.

I am thinking I might need to make two and give one away at Christmas.

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O Christmas Tree wall hanging, its A Wandafulthing!

Link and Recap:

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

You can also find me on Twitter @awandafulthing, and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing/ my Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/

 

 

 

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Day 4: Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

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Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas making, baking and decorating. Today I bring you a most decadent treat that is both salty and sweet (two of my favorite things). A gift anyone on your Christmas list would be happy to receive. This recipe yields 40 bon bons, meaning you could eat 10 and still have enough to make 3 people very happy!

Preheat your oven to 325 F.  Place your mini pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Unwrap your caramels and place one caramel per one pretzel.

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Bake them for 7-8 minutes. You want the caramel soft enough to accept the pecan, but definitely not melted!

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Once the caramel pretzels have emerged from the oven, you’ll want to quickly press a toasted pecan into the top of each one.

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Real Neat Blog Award

I want to say thank you to You Can Always Start Now (check her out!!) for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award.  I enjoy being asked questions that make me think….

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The Rules…

1. Post the Award logo and answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you.
2. Thank the person who nominated you in your post and link to their blog.
3. Nominate and link to some bloggers you’d like to see respond.
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees to answer & let them know they are nominated in a comment on their blog.

The questions I was asked (and my answers):

  1. What are you currently reading? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  2. What book(s) or courses are on your 2017 list to take? I want to learn to do body waxing and pedicures.  I also plan on taking a course on chalk painting.
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? I’d like to visit the European countries of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.
  4. What is one thing you would tell your younger self? Start saving money from age 20 onward, no matter how little you might have, always pay yourself first.
  5. How/why did you get into blogging? I moved across country and used it as a way to stay in contact with family and friends and it grew into a passion.
  6. What is your favorite decorating accessory? Mirrors.
  7. What are your favorite Instagram accounts right now? Twisted Vintage Home Accessories, East Coast Lobster Rope Mats, You Can Start Now

The 7 Questions I am asking those I nominate:

  1. How many social media accounts do you have?
  2. Which of the above do you think is the most bang for the buck regarding blogging?
  3. What is your favorite tradition at Christmas?
  4. Are you usually late, early or just on time?
  5. If you could do anything OR wish for anything that would come true, what would that be?
  6. Whose the person you admire the most (dead or alive) and why?
  7. What photo editing program would you recommend?

Nominations … I nominate the following for the Award :

The Virtual Stylist

Anika’s DIY Life

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