Strawberry Santa Hats and Reindeer Ornaments

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This holiday season, my friend and I decided to host a holiday crafts party. We gathered a small group of friends together and spent the evening noshing on snacks, sipping on wine and assembling button wreaths, holiday cards, popcorn garlands and more. A friend created the stash of berry cute Santa hats pictured above.

Sadly, I got so carried away by all of the festive fun that I neglected to take a ton of photos of our creations…our ourselves! I suppose that’s OK on some other level though, because I fully enjoyed the event.

Cork Reindeer

My favorite craft activity of the evening = the Cork Reindeer Christmas Ornaments, an Oriental Trading purchase. (But seriously, that site is full of bargains of amazingness. I purchased several items earlier this year for a friend’s Vintage Bachelorette Bash.)

The Cork Reindeer kit came with almost everything needed, and they were fairly easy to assemble. The hardest step was attaching the head to the body, which we did by using a nail to create small holes in the corks to insert the wooden stick, aka its neck. We used a mini glue gun for the rest of the project. I ended up gifting some of these lil guys as wine bottle ornaments, and attached a few as accessories to small gifts for colleagues. Seriously adorable, no?

Cork Reindeer

Last year, I made marshmallow reindeer, and sat at a desk station near an inflatable reindeer named “I’m Rein Burgundy?” Perhaps I’ll have to find another reindeer item to fixate on next year. :-P

I hope your holiday season is merry and bright. Many cheers to the new year!

More Sweetness:
Reindeer Cheer  Santa Milk Jug  Mug Brownie

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Holiday Pod Decorating Contest & Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer

Twas the season at my office for an inaugural holiday pod decorating contest. After assembling our group of working elves, we settled on a theme: The North Pole.  Then it was off to Pinterest to find some inspiration.

Reindeer Cheer

Our DIY display included a faux cardboard fireplace, a mantel display featuring holiday photos of our team, santa and a snowman made from empty milk gallons, a reindeer stable for our newest colleague – an inflatable reindeer named “I’m Rein Burgundy?” – and lights, lots and lots of lights!

Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer

Reindeer Cheer
Reindeer Cheer
To keep “I’m Rein Burgundy” company, I also created some gingerbread cookies and reindeer marshmallows.
Reindeer Cheer
Reindeer Cheer
For the gingerbread cookies, I used a cookie mix from Betty Crocker, Wilton cookie cutters and icing, sprinkles and chocolate for embellishments. To create the reindeer marshmallows, I used jet puffed marshmallows (and icing to attach the heads to bodies), pretzels for antlers and legs, chocolate, red licorice strips for the scarf and an edible marker to create the eyes.

Reindeer Cheer
Our North Pole pod took home the award for “Best Use of Office Space”. Hooray! We were very proud of our collective efforts; I have some crafty colleagues. :) The entire experience definitely put us in a festive, holly, jolly mood.

More Sweetness:
Apple Pie Cookies  White Chocolate Popcorn  Eggnog Cookies

Tis’ the Season for Candy Cane Sweets

Candy Cane Candies

One of these things is not like the others…but is definitely still super delicious. :) (I had just talked myself out of eating some of our leftover Halloween candy when my roomie walked in with a new batch of seasonally appropriate sweets.)

In related news, my roomie was at it again last night, decorating our apartment for the holidays. The santa I’ve affectionately dubbed “Kitchen Claus” has made his jolly return. It’s almost time to play round two of Spot the Santas!

Kitchen Claus

More Sweetness:
Eggnog Cookies  Pumpkin Pound Cake  White Chocolate Popcorn

Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies

Sugar and spice make the holidays extra nice. I found this recipe for Eggnog Cookies on Your Cup of Cake, and thought they would be perfect to bake up for a few holiday parties this year. The cookies come out light and fluffy, almost cake-like, and the glaze and sprinkled cinnamon on top packs in an extra bit of sweetness.

The Makings:

  • Flour – 2 1/4 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg – 1 teaspoon
  • White sugar – 1 1/4 cups
  • Butter – 3/4 cup
  • Eggnog – 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • Egg yolks – 2

Powdered Sugar Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar – 1 1/2 cups
  • Eggnog – 3 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon – a pinch to sprinkle on top

The Sweetness:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.

3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Mix in eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks and beat them at a medium speed until smooth.

5. Fold in flour mixture just until combined.

6. Spoon batter onto ungreased cookie sheets. These cookies will spread out quite a bit while in the oven, so be sure to make your batter balls small, leaving space for them to expand.

7. Bake each batch for 15-20 minutes.

8. While cookies are cooling, whisk up powdered sugar and eggnog to create the glaze. Spoon glaze on top of cookies and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon on top.

More Sweetness:
Reindeer Cheer  Lemon Cool Whip Cookies  Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Swirls