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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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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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Good Eats: Disney World Edition

 I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. I sure did. It was not a traditional Thanksgiving at all but it is one that will go down in the memory books for sure. My extended family and I went to Walt Disney World for 5 days of non-stop fun. My parents told us three years ago that they wanted to take us to Disney World in 2017 to celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary. We have been waiting a long time for this week to come and it did not disappoint. It would take me a while to tell you all the fun and exciting things we did, like walking, waiting in lines, riding rides, walking, going to shows, walking, eating good food and more walking. So today I’m just going to tell you about some of the good food we ate!!
We brought LOTS of snacks along with us to the parks each day, along with sandwiches or pb&j rollups. We also had our water bottles to use and refill. But we knew we wanted to get a small taste of the many good food options that Disney World has to offer. In the five days that we were in Orlando we got to spend all of them at the parks. It was exhausting but so worth it. We had park hopper passes and were able to visit all four park and we did Magic Kingdom twice, since it’s so big. There were 15 of us in our group and we were a little slow moving and it was REALLY crowded so we probably didn’t get to see everything that everyone really wanted to see or do but we had an incredible time none-the-less. And yes, the food was amazing as well.
We ended up doing two character meals, one other buffet and then our Thanksgiving dinner was at The Boathouse in Disney Springs. I never thought I’d be eating coconut shrimp on Thanksgiving but it was so delicious and I’m not really a big fan of turkey anyway. However, I did miss having pumpkin pie. So I’m just going to tell you what we ate at which park each day of the trip (besides the food we brought from home). And then YOU can tell me what I missed so that if I ever get another opportunity to go back to Disney World I will know where to eat first!!
We spent our first day in Epcot Center and it was such a fun day. We didn’t really get to sample too much food in the park because we were too busy waiting in lines and trying to navigate the park. But we did enjoy an amazing princess dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The kids loved getting to meet the princesses and having them sign their autograph books. The food was delicious and totally different from what I normally eat. We started with an appetizer buffet of various meats and cheeses. For dinner I had the pork shank with corn succotash and some polenta I believe. It was over a week ago I don’t remember what was all on the plate. We finished with some AMAZING desserts. A rice pudding, apple cake and chocolate moose. They also brought out an “Anniversary” plate since we were there celebrating my parents Anniversary. This meal was so delicious, the only problem was the kids were so distracted by the princesses they hardly even touched their food!

The second day we went to Magic Kingdom and while we were waiting for the festival of fantasy parade my husband went and got us some snacks. A mickey pretzel, some candied nuts and popcorn. The pretzel was so good, light, fluffy and just the right amount of chewy. I won’t speak too highly of the cheese cup that came with the pretzel, it was a little congealed and gloppy but it did the trick. Some mustard may have been better on the pretzel but it was still delicious.
The candied nuts were amazing and so good to finally taste after
smelling them all day long. 
The popcorn was what you would expect
popcorn to be…not too salty…just right!!

 A little picture of us after the parade…just for the fun of it!

 That night in Magic Kingdom we didn’t have dinner plans so we decided to have ice cream for dinner. We went to the ice cream parlor on Main Street and the ice cream was SO SO good. You can see my husband holding my bowl, two scoops in a waffle cone with chocolate drizzle. Amazing ice cream really. In fact when we asked our kids what their favorite food was at Disney two of them said this ice cream!! Plus, when you’re at Disney World you CAN eat ice cream for dinner!!

The third day we went to Animal Kingdom and we didn’t really try any of the food in the park. We spent most of the morning waiting in line to ride the Avatar Flight of Passage…which was TOTALLY worth the 2+ hour wait by the way!!!  It also rained that day so we just tried to stay inside at shows and we knew we’d be having a big dinner so we just ate our snacks from home that day. We went to Boma for an African dinner at the Animal Kingdom lodge and it was so so good. The buffet was filled with great cuts of meat, fresh veggies, soups and all the other sides you would hope for but everything was done in a traditional African style. Let me tell you if you go there and they have butternut squash soup please do yourself a favor and try it. It was SO amazing. The little desserts were super yummy too.

The little coffee tart at the bottom of the picture was my favorite. The little cup that the coffee “moose” is sitting in is made of dark chocolate. Oh and the jungle juice that they served was super tasty also!

We went to Hollywood Studios on our fourth day and enjoyed seeing lots of Star Wars characters, the really AWESOME Toy Story ride and some fun roller coasters. We enjoyed some Mickey ice cream and my husband and I walked a little slower than the rest of our group who went on the Rockin Roller Coaster so we could grab a snack and a drink.

 That evening we went back into Animal Kingdom so that we could go to the Tusker House buffet and character meal. Again, the food was so delicious. The cold green bean salad was one of my favorites and roasted root veggies were amazing too. Even the chicken curry was delicious. I wasn’t very hungry so I didn’t try too much at this buffet and just left a little room for dessert. The bread pudding was pretty good and the chocolate moose tart was outstanding!
 (sorry for the blurry pictures…the light wasn’t very good in there)
Here is our whole group with Mickey!!!

 Our last day was spent back at Magic Kingdom and we got to explore the side of the park that we missed the first time we were there. We made sure to get our Dole Whip (I got a float) which was delicious and we also got some various snacks at the Big Top Souvenirs…some suckers for the kids, a cake pop for me, a chocolate covered pineapple on a stick for my hubby and a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie for later!!

And like I said earlier we spent Thanksgiving evening at Disney Springs at The Boathouse and the food and service were both excellent!!
So, tell me, did I get all the favorites? What did I miss. I really want to go back tomorrow but I don’t think it will happen any time soon!! But I’m really hoping somehow we can go again before all the kids leave the house!! Thanks for joining me on this tour of good Disney food!!
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Join the 2018 AGI Creative Team

I can’t believe it but it is that that time of year once again where I am looking for some fabulous, creative people to join the Creative Team of A Glimpse Inside for the upcoming year.
 



WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR:

  • Recipes, Tips & Tricks, Kid Friendly Ideas, Printables/Graphic Design, Gift Ideas, Party Ideas, DIY Projects, General Crafts, Photography Tips, Sewing

  • Someone with creative ideas, who is organized and punctual. 

  • Beautiful, clear photos and quality writing skills. 

  • Experience with Blogger and photo editing software is a plus, but not required. 
WHAT IS EXPECTED: 
  • One original post each month. (You can repost to your own blog after a 2 week waiting period). 

  • Post ideas and content to be delivered on time. 

  • Quality photos and content. 

  • Share your post on your own social media. 

  • Be an active member of our team. 

  • A one year commitment. 

THE PERKS: 

I do want to state upfront that at this time, this will NOT be a paid contributor situation. Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to offer you money for your hard work as a contributor. I promise to still make it worth your time! 

  • Access to a Group Pinterest board where you can pin all your projects.

  • Exposure on all my social media channels. 

  • Your photo and bio at the end of each post and on my contributors page, with links to your blog and social media. 

  • Not only will you gain traffic and Google love to your blog, but you’ll have to opportunity to showcase your talent to the fabulous readers at A Glimpse Inside and gain some new friends along the way. 

  • You’ll get to participate in our private Facebook group, a place to ask questions and share ideas. 


Think this is something you’d be interested in? 
I’d love for you to apply! 
And please share with anyone you believe would be a great fit! 🙂 


Take your time filling out the form below, and be sure to share your BEST work. 
I can’t wait to meet you! 

Deadline to apply is December 10th.

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Indian Corn Fall Decor

Hey everyone! It’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom
Today I will be sharing a super simple home decor idea. Grab a few ears of Indian corn and an old board to create this fall decoration. I have this on my front porch and I love it.
Indian Corn Decoration

I normally have a wood welcome sign on my front porch. For this project, I simply used the back side of the board.

Indian Corn Decoration

Earlier this fall, I found some Indian corn. At the grocery store, of all places. I bought some on a whim and turned it into this quick front porch decoration.

Want to make your own Indian Corn Decoration? 

It’s super simple – a 5 minute or less project!
You will need:
Indian Corn
twine
ribbon
board
nail
Tie together three pieces of corn with some twine. Tie it as tightly as possible at the top of the corn where it meets the husk.
Tie a bow around the corn with a piece of ribbon
Figure out where you want it to hang on your board, and then place a nail in the board.
Hang the Indian corn with the ribbon that’s already tied around the corn.

Indian Corn Decoration

Set it on your front porch and enjoy!

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Little House on the Prairie Birthday Party

When you have five kids and a small budget and not a ton of extra time you have to get creative with how you celebrate their birthdays. All three of our girls have their birthdays in October and it’s also our Anniversary month. So we decided a while back that we would make their birthday special by taking the birthday kid out to breakfast, then letting them pick what they wanted me to make for dinner and the flavor and decorations on their cake. We then let them have a big “friend” birthday party when they turn 1, 5 and 10. And this year my fourth child turned 5. How is that possible!! 
The theme she chose for her birthday party is an Autumn Harvest Party…and I would tell you all about it but the party isn’t until this coming Saturday. But I am VERY excited about her party because we have a family from church who has agreed to bring their horse so all the party guests can ride the horse. My girls LOVE horses so this will be a really fun surprise for them. We’ve been lucky with the spacing of the kids because there won’t be a year where two kids have big parties in the same year. But I will be throwing at least one party every year for a while!! And that’s okay because I love to throw a good “theme” party every once in a while.
I ask my kids to pick a theme early enough so I can start pinning ideas and making things ahead of time for the party. Of course I always run out of time and don’t get to everything I wanted to. This year I totally forgot to mail invitation so I had to do a Facebook message and that totally drives me nuts!!
Last year my oldest turned 10 and she picked a “Little House on the Prairie” theme and we had a really fun party!!! I love putting together parties and would love to do this for other people as well. I set up and “Olsen’s mercantile” in our patio and we played games and did some crafts. We asked the girls to dress up like Laura and Mary too. It was a great time!! 
Here are some pictures from her party.

My friend Kellee made the cookies and we used them as party favors!! She’s making some again this year for Abi’s party!!

Naomi asked for a pie instead of a cake and I think it fit the theme perfectly!!

The girls did a little painting…

and sewing…

And they all had some personalized gifts to take home!

They also played some games, drop the pin in the bucket and a potato sack race. 
The girls all had a really good time and I was wiped out!! It was so much fun creating these memories with these girls for my daughter…it was just a few months later that we found out we would be moving. I’m so glad she had this time with her friends!!

 
I can’t wait to share a little bit about Abi’s birthday party next month!! 
How do you make your kids birthdays extra special?!
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A Craft Room Tour

Hello friends!! I hope you are all having a great fall!! After two weeks of temperatures in the 90s it is finally starting to cool off again this week and I am so excited about that. Along with fall comes thoughts of upcoming gift seasons and for someone like me who makes the majority of my custom items around Christmas I needed to get my craft room completed. You may remember back in April I gave you a little tour of my craft room in its infancy. We had just moved a month before and I was just starting to put everything in place. Well, its’ been five months and I finally feel like my space is getting organized!! Yay!!
I have my tables in place and almost all of my items have a home. It is so much easier to make my custom pieces when I know where everything is. I also don’t end up buying as much because I know when I truly run out of something and don’t just buy because I can’t find something. I have been making a lot of necklaces lately along with some custom family illustrations and home illustrations! Feel free to check them out in my etsy shop!!
But without further adieu let me show you some pictures of my cleaned up and organized craft space. I did have to reposition some things to fit better than what I originally had planned but it works so much better.
Here is the before of my corner that was going to just be a desk for business paperwork and such….

But it is now my sewing area!
Here is the before of what I thought would be my sewing area and then my painting desk. I was thinking of doing a big corner desk but I’m really happy with the way this area turned out.

I found an old door at a garage sale for $20 and then got the two white shelves from Ikea. I put a piece of plexiglass over the area where the window is in the door. I wasn’t thinking of getting a door with a window in it but I really love it. I think it helps make the room brighter. The white shelves on the wall and the metal rod are from Ikea also. 
I love my “Maker” wall and am working on putting some more maker walls together as well…so if you’re interested in a trade let me know!! 
I found the old “pepsi” crates which store my paints at an Antique store in the area and I had purchased the black bookcases from Walmart and Target. 
I love this space so much. And even though I don’t have a window it doesn’t feel like a black hole!! I have more ideas for adding more color too! I’m not quite done with this space!

This is the before picture of my shipping station. It hasn’t changed too much but I have added a few things to the area!

 The clipboards hold my orders…order forms, paid and shipped. I have everything I need ready to go, all my business cards, pack ins and shipping supplies. It makes it so much easier than having to go digging for things when it’s time to mail items!

This wall is really the only one that hasn’t changed!!

 I still have to work on my closet. It is a huge mess and things are just piled in there but until I can get some shelves built in there it will just have to stay that way!! 
Thanks for taking a tour with me!
 Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to see your craft room…drop a link in the comments so I can check them out!!!

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Cake Batter Snickerdoodles

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite cookie recipes. It’s a slight twist on a classic – a cake batter snickerdoodle.
This recipe originates from my Grandma.  I doctored it up a bit to include a cake batter flavor. 
These cookies are so delicious.
They are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle – to me that equals perfection!
 Cake Batter Snickerdoodle Recipe
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening {I use butter flavored}
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
3/4 c. yellow cake mix p owder
1 pkg vanilla pudding mix
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1/2 t. salt
Cinnamon/Sugar mixture for rolling
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
These amounts are approximate – I never measure this part
Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Roll dough into small balls. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
 There you go!
One of my favorite cookie recipes.
I hope you enjoy!

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Embroider Your Child’s Drawings

A picture is worth a thousand words…or so they say…actually I believe them. A picture can mean so much. But what about a picture drawn by your sweet child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Those pictures can be so precious. So they go up on the fridge and sometimes they come back down. It’s hard to leave them up forever even though they are so precious. But paper fades, gets ripped or wet and is no good anymore. I’ve found a better way to preserve my kids really “SPECIAL” drawings. You know the ones I actually want to have forever. 
Yes, you can take a picture of it and put it in the book but I have an even better idea. What about embroidering the picture and framing it for your wall?!! Sounds complicated? Nope. It’s not. If you know a few basic embroidery stitches you can have this precious art work preserved for all time (or at least as long as thread and fabric lasts…which is a lot longer than paper)!

Get a big embroidery hoop…and even if you have more than one drawing to do one hoop is enough because you’ll take the embroidery out and frame it…or leave it in the hoop and just buy more, the choice is yours. 
Next get some plain white cotton fabric and stretch it in your hoop. I like to do it “backwards” in the hoop because it’s just easier to hold the hoop this way (especially with the big 12 inch hoops). Then trace your drawing onto your fabric. You can use a window with sunlight behind it, a glass table with a flashlight or a lightpad/light table (I’ve used all three!).
Then keep the drawing handy as a reference and just get to work! I use a back stitch for the outline and satin stitch to fill in the big parts. Those two stitches are pretty easy and if you need a tutorial check out You Tube…it’s full of embroidery tutorials. 
Once I am done I take the embroidery out give it a quick press with a coolish iron and frame it. I like to stick my embroidered pieces onto a sticky backed tag board (which you can find at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns) so that the embroidery doesn’t loose it’s shape.
I have had each of my kids draw our family once they turn 5 or 6 and that is the picture I have used to embroider. It is fun to see our family in different stages through their eyes!! 
My sons is one of my favorites and is kinda what started this whole thing. He drew our family when I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter. So precious!! 
I plan to frame them and hang them in sequential order going down our hall with other family photos!! 
 Don’t forget to have your child sign their name and embroider that too (and the year and their age) so you can remember how sweet that was!!

 Another great way to use this technique is on tea towels. 
Have your kids draw on a piece of paper that has been folded in half the long way and just embroider it near the end of the towel. I actually had my daughters class do this one year for an auction item. Each kid drew a scene representing a different month of the year and we had a “Year of Towels” with their sweet drawings embroidered on them!! It was time consuming, I won’t lie but it was a big hit and brought in a lot of money for the school!!

I can’t wait to see your kids drawings embroidered!! 
Please share with me your projects when you do work on them!
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My New Bright Yellow Coffee Table

I’m so excited to share my new bright yellow coffee table this month!  Hello again, this is Donna from Modern on Monticello blog and I’m happy you stopped by.
For months I have been on the hunt for not one, but two new coffee tables for my home.  One for our living room and a second one for our newly renovated family room at the front of the house.  Each room has a different style and decor.  The living room is a relaxed family gathering room with multiple reclining sofas and is all about comfort.  The front room – as we call it – has a more whimsical modern style with mid century furniture mixed with rustic details like the large stone fireplace.  The room just needed something just as bright and whimsical in a coffee table too.
I love remaking furniture and sometimes consider opening a booth at a local resale shop, but for now I just remake furniture for my own home.  I have been looking for the perfect piece to paint bright yellow for a while and when I found this coffee table in a local thrift store for only $30, I immediately imagined it in either a bright yellow or even orange.  Yellow won out for me.
The first thing I needed to do was clean up the table and remove the top sheen.  I used a deglosser product on the finish and gave it a light sanding to get the paint to stick.  I decided to use chalk paint on this table because it would stick easily to the existing finish either way.  The color I chose was Maize from Waverly Chalk Paint.
If you have ever worked with chalk paint before, you know that it goes on so much easier using the right tools and a little patience.  Applying chalk paint takes several layers and then a wax top coat.  In the end I had to apply four layers of chalk paint, the first being some leftover ivory chalk paint I used as a base coat, and then three layers of the yellow.  The whole table got two coats of clear wax with buffing in between.
The bright yellow table combined with my new mid-century style chairs from Wayfair, which have two rows of bright colored buttons along the back that coordinate so well with the color of the table and accessories turned out to be a great combination.
This is going to be such a fun room to finish up and the simple charm of this yellow table just makes me smile when I walk by the room.
Hope you have a great August and if your kids are returning to school this month, I hope they have a great start to a new school year.
Until next month,
Donna