Day 1: Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016.

Over the next 12 Days you can look forward to posts that will include things to make, things to bake and easy ways to decorate.

I’m starting off with these Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies (that’s my name for them).

I had a good laugh when I read the instructions to remove the wrappers from the candy as the first step in the baking process.  Take it from me buy a big bag….a lot of them ended up in my belly – very, very smart move on the part of the Hershey company…lol

cookies-1The pictures below the recipe show the step by step process after the dough is made.

recipe from Hershey’s
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses (I used Hershey’s Hugs)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

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A Wandaful 12 Days of Christmas 2016 Coming Soon

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2016 – Coming Soon

Coming your way starting, Monday, November 28th you can look forward to 12 straight days of posts that will include things to make, things to bake and easy ways to decorate.sugar-rum-cherry

Here is a recap with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year.

Day 1 – Mini Hat Christmas Ornaments

Day 2 – Twig & Ribbon Ornament

Day 3 – CD Candle Holder

Day 4 – Puzzle Piece Wreath & Ornament

Day 5 – DIY Cork Coasters

Day 6 – DIY Clothespin Star

Day 7 – Unique way to gift cookie dough

Day 8 – Coil Spring Candle Holder

Day 9 -Rusty Rake Head to Display Wine Glasses

Day 10 – Holiday Dough

Day 11 – Reindeer Noses

Day 12 – DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :) (November 28 through to December 09)

 

Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Fathers Day Tool Idea CardFather’s Day is just around the corner! I’ve rounded up 7 awesome gift ideas the Dads in your life will love. Everything from hand-made “tool” themed cards to a delicious no bake dessert.  Read on to see all the ideas for this 2016 Father’s Day…

DIY Tools Fathers Day Card Idea

If your dad is a tool guy this card is for him, a cool tool themed card. Simply  sketch and cut cute tools out of newspaper or colorful card paper. To make the base of the card you can simply take an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock and fold it in half.

Fathers Day Tool Idea Card

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DIY Message Key Chains

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 Kids will really enjoy being involved in making these awesome key chains with great messages and its something that Dads will actually use!

You will need to gather a few supplies:

1) Alphabet beads (can be found at Walmart)
2) Split Rings found at the craft store
3) Leather Jewelry String, or plastic works too just as long as the bead holes will thread onto them.
4) Decorative beads (hearts, colors, etc.) are optional.

Full instructions for this project can be found at  hellobee

Candy Filled “Tackle Box”

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When I saw this candy filled “box” idea my mind went in a ton of different directions – my first thought was heck ya, I want one RIGHT NOW… Continue reading Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Easy Coconut Cream Pie – A Wandaful Dessert

When it comes to pie recipes, this classic coconut cream pie recipe takes 1st place. A refrigerated pie crust makes it easy, and the whipped cream and toasted coconut make it simply irresistible.

Coconut cream pie for dessert on Easter Sunday has been a long-standing tradition. I want to share my recipe with you.

IMG_4559 I rarely take the time to make a homemade crust because it’s always hit and miss for me. Maybe one of these days I’ll find the perfect recipe and give it a try …but for now two frozen ready to bake deep dish pie crusts make it so much easier and less time consuming.

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Baby Shower Ideas – A Wandaful Thing

A close family friend recently gave birth to a baby girl.  Instead of having a baby shower before the baby arrived, it was decided to have a “meet Trinity” party after the birth.  I was honored when I was asked to contribute some of my creativity to the party and even more excited when I was told the colors were pink and white.

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I decided to incorporate some food into the decorations.  The crepe paper sucker flowers made a lovely contribution to the tabletop and were easily made using crepe paper, scissors and tape (suckers too of course). I made a baker’s dozen over the course of a few evenings . I made two different types, one I refer to as the carnation(pink) and the other a daisy (white).  If anyone is interested in how any of my creations were made, I will post tutorials for you.

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Day 11: Reindeer Noses in a Jar

Welcome to Day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas

If you are doing a cookie exchange or need to do some baking for your child’s class Christmas party, these Reindeer Noses in a Mason Jar are sure to delight. I think these are adorable and so much FUN!

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I first saw this idea on the blog From Rookie to a Rock Star.  It was so unique, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  The recipe I used for the cookies can be found here.  The icing I used was a simple powdered sugar icing, that recipe can be found here. Continue reading Day 11: Reindeer Noses in a Jar

Cake anyone?? – It’s ok, it’s my birthday!!!

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Happy Birthday

I love CAKE, it is my favorite dessert and believe me I have eaten (and enjoyed) plenty of cake in my lifetime…since it is my birthday, I thought this would be a great post to talk about cake and share some pictures of cakes made by a very close and dear friend of mine.

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Hello Kitty

 

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