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Handmade Hangout Party #186

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas with the ones you love. Can you believe this is the last Handmade Hangout Party of 2017 and that 2018 is literally knocking on the door?! CRAZY!! 

But let’s get this party started! 

Share your ideas below and explore to get some new ones! 
You just never know what you may find!  

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

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A new way to plan!!

I hope you all had an incredible Christmas. The WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us. Wow!! Let that sink in a bit. God sent His only Son to come to earth as a baby! He spent 33 years getting to know us…our joys, our sorrows, our triumphs and temptations and then He willingly went to the cross to bear each and every one of our sins. All of them. There’s not a single one that is TOO big for Him. He took them all to the cross so that we wouldn’t have to pay for them. So we wouldn’t have to try to live a “good enough” life. He is enough for us. We are not enough. But HE is. I hope you can rest in the promises that were given to us over 2000 years ago at Christmas and brought to fruition on Easter morning!!

I had a few moments this Christmas where it was like I was hearing the story all over again. And it was so good for me. It felt like the first time my ears ever heard of the amazing grace that God has given to us! Tears welled up in my eyes when I realized that even though I’m not perfect or worthy of His grace He still gives it to me. What a tremendous blessing! God is so good!!
Thanks for allowing me to share that with you all. I just feel like so many times we rush through everything these days. We don’t take the time to savor things like we should. It really started to sink in anew for me and I loved it. And I want to keep the feeling and the knowledge of the best gift ever alive!!
But now that Christmas is over people are going to be ready to move on. But let’s not move on too quickly or better yet, when we move on let’s take a little bit of Christmas into the new year with us. Let us continue to share the gifts of the baby Jesus with the world. As we move into the next year and start planning all the things let us remember to plan our time with Jesus. Our time in the Word and with a community of believers at our church. Let us plan to keep our relationship with Jesus forefront in our minds and on our tongues when we speak with those around us.
Cracking open a planner for the first time can be so invigorating for some and daunting for others. I have always loved the idea of a planner. I love the cute little sayings between the months and the year full of possibility. But lately new planners have been intimidating to me. I have felt like there is just too much unknown, too much structure and too much blank space for me to fill so I just clam up and do nothing. I started a new planner in October. I filled out one month and maybe one or two weekly pages and then NEVER used it. AH! And you know planners are not cheap these days (well, they can be many are not)! 

I stumbled upon my friend Kristin’s blog about bullet journaling and I was immediately drawn into it. I immediately saw the benefit and the way it was all laid out made me hopeful and not intimidated like most planners. Now, I will say, that bullet journaling is not for all types of people…just like regular planners are not for all types of people. But if you’ve ever struggled to keep up with a planner then maybe you should give bullet journaling a shot!

There are so many resources to check out in order to get an idea of what bullet journaling really is. I’ve only been bullet journaling for a few weeks so I’m not one to give ALL the advice but I just wanted to jump in here today to tell you to give it a try if you feel like regular planners just aren’t cutting it for you! You may fall in love with bullet journaling….and if you don’t love it you won’t be out a lot of money since the supplies for bullet journaling can be very inexpensive.

These paragraphs from Kristin’s blog are what convinced me to try it…”One of the best things about having a bullet journal is that you create it day to day. You don’t write your next daily to-do list until the last day is complete. Need to start a separate list or big project? Go for it. Just turn to a new page and start writing.

Here’s the other thing I love about using a bullet journal. There is no guilt in blank pages! For a perfectionist like me, this has been a complete game changer.
It used to be that when I stopped using my planner for a couple days and looked back on the blank pages I missed, I was overwhelmed by guilt and frustration – which meant I went even longer without using the planner. With my bullet journal? I can pick up right where I left off no matter how much time has passed. I just flip to the next page and resume .
The best way to experience the magic of bullet journaling? Just start. “

You can head over to my pinterest board for even more ideas. Since I just started bullet journaling myself my board is not extensive but there are plenty of pages to give you a good idea of how to start a bullet journal and some fun ideas of how to design some pages. But again, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Sometimes DONE, is better than PRETTY! I did purchase the Brainbook by Kalyn Brooke that Kristin talked about in her blog and it was very helpful to me. You may also find it to be helpful. It walks you through setting up your bullet journal and even gives you a bit of the history behind the bullet journal.

I just really love that I can write down exactly what I need and want to have in my planner. And there is no blank page guilt!! My planner is now my bullet journal and it holds all my important things not just my calendar. I don’t have to carry around four different notebooks anymore to keep all my lists straight. I am so glad I finally gave bullet journaling a try. Granted I haven’t even reached my first 30 days of bullet journaling I know it is a game changer and I expect to see myself still using this method to try and keep my brain in tact a year from now!!

Do you have a bullet journal? What are your favorite types of pages to make? I actually just started another instagram account too in order to keep all my bullet journal posts and information handy!! 

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Handmade Hangout Party #185

Let’s get this party started! 
Share your ideas below and explore to get some new ones! 
You just never know what you may find!  

Also, I hope you all have a very fabulous Christmas! 



You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

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Ultimate Christmas Candy Roundup

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom. I love homemade Christmas candies.
Today I’m sharing a BIG list of candy recipes I want to try and a few of mine.
Enjoy!

White Pecan Praline Fudge by Living Sweet Moments

Soft Velvety Fudge by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Homemade Mounds by Christina’s Cucina
Holiday Candies by Homemade Food Junkie
Festive Almond and Honey Nougat by Sweetness and Bite
Cinnamon Rock Candy by Serena Bakes

Homemade Caramels by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Easy English Toffee by Burly’s Kitchen
Divinity Candy by Shugary Sweets

Homemade Peppermint Patties by Clean Eating Kitchen

Eggnog Fudge by Thrifty Jinxy

Tips for Perfect Toffee by Adventures of a DIY Mom


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark by Joy Filled Eats

Thin Mint Fudge by Nana’s Little Kitchen

Marzipan by Mother Would Know

Chocolate Orange Cherry Brownie Truffles by Confessions of a Mommyaholic

White Christmas Coconut Toffee by My Life Cookbook

Gingerbread Fudge by Thrifty Jinxy

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge by Crayons and Cravings

Easy Chocolate Truffles by Kopiaste

Toffee (no corn syrup) by The Rising Spoon

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls by Namely Marly

No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies by Living Sweet Moments
Toffee Walnuts by Serena Bakes

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites by The Loopy Whisk

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Bars by Rhian’s Recipes
Cranberry Peppermint Bark by Urban Bliss Life

Easy Peanut Butter Balls by The Rising Spoon

Salted Caramels by Wallflower Kitchen

Candy Cane Fudge by Shugary Sweets
Spicy Candied Orange Peels by Mother Would Know
Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies by Brooklyn Farm Girl
Snowball Truffles by Baking Sense
Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts by 24 Carrot Kitchen
Candy Cane Chocolate Bark by Drugstore Divas
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels by Beyond the Chicken Coop
Easy Oreo Truffles by Urban Bliss Life
Homemade Marshmallows by The Kitchen is My Playground
Peppermint Bark Fudge by Sugar Spun Run
Gingerbread Holiday Fudge by Living Sweet Moments

Caramel Pecan Turtle Bark by Joy Filled Eats

Easy Candied Almonds by Savory Nothings
English Toffee by Shugary Sweets

Sugar-Free Nutella Truffles by Wholesome Yum

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Holiday Almond Cookies

I know I am sharing a cookie recipe late in the year, I mean, Christmas is less than a week away, but I still wanted to share these yummy cookies with all of you just in case you are still doing some baking or have a cookie exchange party to still attend. Plus, they are just yummy for any time of year! 
 These take some time but are worth it in the end. 
Here is how to make them.
Ingredients:
For cookie:
– 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten
 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
In a large bowl, place the 2 cups softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar.
Cream the butter and sugar and smooth.
Next beat in one egg.
Add flour, almond extract, and salt and stir until combined and a nice dough is formed. 
I like to use a spatula at first then finish with my hands once the flour start to get incorporated. 
Chill dough.
Once dough is chilled, you will take it out and form it into small balls and roll in beaten egg white.
Immediately, roll the ball in the crushed walnuts until covered.
Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press in the center to make an indentation.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Gently press the center again and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and cool before filling. 
To make the filling, heat butter over medium heat until brown. Cool completely.
Then combine all ingredients (crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar) except the butter and beat until fluffy. add butter and continue beating. If it is too think, add a few drops of water to make it thinner. 
Place filling in the center of cookie.
Sprinkle with colored sugar immediately if desired, but let’s face it, it is always desired. 😉
And that’s it! 
These cookies are seriously so good! 
And you get a large amount out of one batch of dough. I made medium sized cookies but you can make them smaller if you’d like and get even more out of the dough.
And I bet if you take these to a cookie exchange or give to family and friends, they’ll be asking you for the recipe! 
Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For cookie:
– 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten
 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
 
Cookie:
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in one egg. Stir in flour, almond extract and salt until dough is formed. Chill.
Shape dough into small balls and dip in beaten egg whites. Roll in nuts immediately. 
Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press the center to make indentation.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 mins.
Gently press centers again and bake for an additional 3 to 5 mins. 
Remove and cool.
For icing:
Heat butter over medium heat until brown. Let cool.
Combine Crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
Add butter and continue beating. Add drops of water if icing is too thick.
Place in center of cookies and top with colored sugar immediately if desired.

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Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix

Christmas is around the corner and the cold weather is here to stay so I’ve been staying warm by staying in my kitchen creating some yummy treats for our neighbors, teachers, and friends. 
I don’t always make treats for everyone but this year I was in the mood so I got to work. 
Today, I am sharing a yummy recipe for Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate Mix that is so easy to make as a gift OR just make this giant batch and keep it for yourself to drink it all winter long. We sure do enjoy hot chocolate in our house so I will probably be making another batch for us to keep as well. 
 Now before I begin I just want to share that I did take photos of me making this mix during the entire process. I mean, it isn’t hard to figure out, but I had an ingredients picture and steps BUT I didn’t realize that Travis took the SD card out of the camera and our new camera lets you take pictures even without a card so I had to reshoot just the finished shots because I didn’t have any more ingredients. All well. Things happen right?! 
Ok, so let’s get to the recipe shall we?
Ingredients for the mix:
– 2 cups Confectioner Sugar
– 1 cup Cocoa Powder
– 2 cups Dry Milk
– 1 cup Mints (I used Andes Mint backing chips)
– 1 5oz. Chocolate Pudding Mix
In a large bowl, sift the confectioner sugar, followed by the cocoa powder to remove any lumps. Stir in the dry milk and pudding mix. 
In a food processor, grind the mint chips into as small as pieces as possible. Some of mine got very little, almost like a powder, some stayed a little chips, but once I noticed it not doing anything else I stopped. Stir in the mint. 
And that’s it! 
Place in a large air tight container if you plan on keeping it or place in small mason jars with marshmallows and mint pieces for gifts. 
 I placed a label on top of the jar with what the jar contained and then wrote the directions on serving on the back. This one is for Miss P’s teacher so I wrote her name as well. Tied a pretty bow around the jar and it is good to go! 
To serve, place 2 or 3 tablespoons of mix into hot water or milk. 
I prefer 2 tablespoons myself.
Top with mini marshmallows and mint pieces and it is just delicious! 
The mint is the perfect amount without overpowering the cocoa. Mmmmm! 
I placed a few scoops of the mix into the jar then placed mini marshmallows and mint before filling the jar the rest of the way topping with more marshmallows and mint. 
 Again, this makes the perfect gift but it is also cheaper to make your own cocoa mix than to buy the premix stuff. And if you aren’t a fan of mint, just leave it out! It is still super delicious! 
ENJOY!! 

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MHCT&M: New Year’s Eve Countdown Ideas

Hello there friends!
 Are you all set for Christmas or still bustling around like myself? 
We are down to just over a week before Christmas and then before you know it we are flying into a new year! Is it really only a few weeks away?
 As 2018 quickly approaches, I gathered up some fun New Year’s Eve Countdown Ideas that you can pin or bookmark for right after Christmas. 
 
Most of these ideas are already, or can be adapted to be, kid-friendly. 
So if you are like me and will have the kids around, these ideas are great and most can be put together pretty quickly and simply.
  
 

  

 

 

  
 

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

Creative ideas, right? 
Do you celebrate New Year’s Eve or the New Year in a special way? 
I’d love for you to share it with us!
  
We hope you have a blessed holiday season with your family and friends! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Your hostesses,

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The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside
 

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Handmade Hangout Party #184

Let’s get this party started! 
Share your ideas below and explore to get some new ones! 
You just never know what you may find! 



You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

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Vintage Truck Sign Christmas Wreath and our White Retro Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas everybody!  This is Donna from Modern on Monticello blog again and I’m so happy to contribute to A Glimpse Inside Blog this month and to get a chance to wish everyone a happy holiday.   I have so enjoyed contributing to A Glimpse Inside Blog this past year and wish Allison, Jamie, and Rachel the best in 2018!
For my last post I am sharing with you, I wanted to show you my Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath and a few photos of our Retro Inspired White Christmas tree.
I saw where Allison shared a Vintage Truck sign a few weeks ago and I always knew we shared the same taste and design vibes.  I hope you were able to read her post but if not check it out here
So, in the same spirit of loving all things with vintage trucks, I am sharing my recent project featuring a vintage truck sign.

I found this vintage truck sign on Amazon a few weeks ago while looking for retro themed Christmas ornaments for my white Christmas tree.  I was participating in a Christmas Tree blog hop and wanted to add more ornaments to the tree.  I have seen a green truck version of this sign but really wanted it in the red truck version.
Just so you know, my husband and son are working on a 1960 F100 Ford Truck which just so happens to be red – underneath all the rust – so vintage trucks have been a favorite around our house since before Retro and Vintage were the “in” thing.   The vintage truck sign for our house had to be red.

I wanted to keep the wreath pretty simple other than the vintage truck sign so I only added a string of LED battery operated lights and a bow.

I was going to originally hang this wreath outside my own back entrance door – which you see in these pictures – but my son and daughter in law are moving in to our rental house this upcoming weekend.  Yes, they are going to be our first renters while my son is away in seminary school next year – and since they are moving a week before Christmas they really won’t have much chance to decorate their new home.  I have decided to hang this wreath on their front door as a surprise and a housewarming gift.

I am also excited to share with you some pictures of my family’s white retro themed Christmas tree.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that 2018 is everything you want it to be.  
Donna

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MHCT&M: Vintage Inspired DIY Christmas Crafts

Happy Friday friends! 
Bev here from Flamingo Toes today and I’ve gathered up some of my very favorite vintage inspired DIY Christmas Crafts!
 If you love vintage and retro style Christmas decor this list is sure to get you inspired to start creating!
 

 

 Retro Winter Wonderland Wreath

 

 

 

 If you love the look of vintage Christmas ornaments but can't find any around, try making them yourself!

 

 

Giant tinsel garland make a fantastic vintage-looking wreath! Add vintage ornaments to complete the look.

 

 Repurposed mini jello mold silver bells! 
Repurposed folding rulers Christmas tree
  
 

The Easiest DIY Christmas Pillow Ever

 

  

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custom color vintage Christmas lights

 

 

DIY vintage farmhouse style baking tin ornaments kreativk.net  

 

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I've been imagining these dimensional Christmas centerpiece for weeks and finally found time to try out the idea! You'll love these cool trees! 

 

 

 

Vintage-Christmas-Card-Stitched-Artwork 

I love all of these!! 
Guess I better get busy and start crafting!!

 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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