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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.

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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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
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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12+ Halloween Crafts and Recipe Ideas

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.
Are you getting excited for Halloween? I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love the fun decorations and yummy treats. I hate figuring out costumes for my kids! Costumes used to be fun. UNTIL they started to get opinions about what they wanted to be. *Sigh* I guess they can’t stay little forever.
Today I’m sharing some fun Halloween crafts and recipes.

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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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Sewing with Kids – 18″ Doll Dress

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom. 
My 10 year old has really been into dolls this summer. She’s set up a whole corner of her room as the dolls house. She’s got a bed and couches that my son made for her for Christmas. She made a closet for her dolls out of a cardboard box. Of course she has to have clothes to put in the closet. So earlier this summer we made a few things.
 Today I’m going to share a darling little dress that my daughter made pretty much by herself.
18" Doll Dress
We started off with a pattern from The Craft Patch. We printed and cut out the pattern and chose an old shirt to use for the fabric.
18" Doll Dress
Next we cut out the fabric. We made sure to use the bottom hem of the shirt as the bottom of the dress pieces and the bottom of the sleeves. That makes for a nice finished look.
18" Doll Dress
Jennifer at The Craft Patch has a great step-by-step tutorial that we followed as we sewed the pieces together. Head over there for complete assembly instructions.
18" Doll Dress
The hardest part for me was to let my daughter do the sewing herself and not jump in and help. I helped her pin the pieces together correctly and then I let her do the sewing.
We used the straps of the shirt to create a belt.
18" Doll Dress
I think it turned out pretty cute!  Be sure to follow me on pinterest – I have a whole board for doll clothes and another for doll furniture.
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A Dozen Yummy Grilled Food Recipes Roundup

Hi it’s Rachel, from Adventures of a DIY Mom. It’s been hot here in Utah! Triple digits for the better part of three weeks. In that kind of weather, I try to use the grill as much as possible. With that in mind, I decided to do a roundup of grilled recipes that I’d like to try. I hope you enjoy!

A Dozen Yummy Grilled Food Recipes
I hope you found a recipe you want to try. I know I will be trying as many of these as I can in the coming weeks. 
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My Favorite Caramel Popcorn

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom
I’m going to share my absolute favorite caramel popcorn recipe. It’s soft and chewy and oh so delicious! Another reason it’s my favorite – it’s so easy!

 This is a great recipe for summer. You make it in just a few minutes on the stovetop, so it won’t heat up your house like treats made in the oven.

 Printable Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Recipe


2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 c. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
popcorn {two large mixing bowls full}
Heat brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Stir in condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated.

Enjoy the ooey gooey goodness of freshly made caramel popcorn!

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Spice Jars – with vinyl labels

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.  I love to bake and cook for my family and I love to try new recipes. That means I’m in the kitchen a lot. I like my kitchen to be functional, but I also like things to be pretty.

Spice Jars

I recently found some new spice jars and bought them on a whim. They fit perfectly in the spice rack I built and recently updated with blue paint.

Spice Jars


Because of the shape of the jars, I am able to fit more spices on the shelf than I could previously. I keep my most used spices on this shelf, but I also keep plenty more in the cupboard above.
I decided to add a vinyl labels to the jars to give them a cute custom feel. The white circle stickers that came with the jars just weren’t gonna cut it for me.
I cut the labels out with my Silhouette. I used a font called Champagne and Limousines for the lettering, adding curvy parentheses around the words. I used all lowercase letters. I made them to match my flour and sugar jars and other containers in my kitchen.

Spice Jars
If you are new to vinyl crafting, see my tutorial on how to apply vinyl to your projects.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference for me. Those little jars make cooking even more enjoyable somehow!

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Easy Baby Receiving Blanket

Hi, it’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom. A few weeks ago, my little sister had a baby shower. I decided to make her some receiving blankets. They were so easy, that I just had to share.

Easy Baby Recveiving Blanket
I loved swaddling my little ones when they were small. However, my babies were large to begin with and soon grew out of the little receiving blankets that I had. I decided to fix that problem with these receiving blankets. Starting with a full yard of fabric ensures that these blankets will last much longer than the standard store bought receiving blanket.

You will need:
1 yard of flannel fabric
a Serger, thread, scissors
Easy Baby Receiving Blanket

1- Begin with 1 yard of fabric.
2- At each corner use a large round object to draw a curve, this will be your guide as you serge around the corners.
3- Serge. As you go, make sure you serge off the unwanted branding on the edges and use the line you drew as a guide to round the corners.
That’s it! It really is a quick project. I whipped up three of them in no time.
I also made a few burp cloths to match. I found the pattern and instructions at Jedi Craft Girl.

Baby Burp Cloths
I hope my sister liked them. I can’t wait for my new nephew to arrive in May.

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Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

Hi, it’s me, Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.

As I contemplated what to share with you all this month, I had a hard time deciding. For one thing, I like to do so many different types of things, it’s sometimes hard for me to choose what type of project I want to tackle. Another reason is that I don’t yet know what you would like. Do you like seasonal crafts? Or do you prefer decor that can stay up all year? Would you like to learn to build things? Or would you rather stay inside and sew something? Do you like to bake? Does jewelry making interest you? What about home canning or gardening? These are just a few of the things I like to do. What are you interested in reading more about? I really do want to write about things that are interesting to you. Please leave a comment with suggestions for future posts.

I decided to share an easy jewelry project. I don’t know about you, but jewelry making used to intimidate me. A LOT. My little sister used to make earrings to sell and one day I asked her to show me the basics. And I realized it’s not as hard as I thought. Now, I’ll admit, there are some crazy advanced jewelry techniques that I would love to learn someday, but I’ve got the basics down and today I’ll share them with you.

 Today’s DIY project is a simple pair of teardrop earrings that require minimal supplies and a very basic skill level. Anyone can make these.

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

Want to make some easy teardrop earrings?

Jewelry supplies you will need:

fishhook earwires
crimp beads
beading wire {I used 7 strand .45mm}
jump rings {not pictured}
beads {use color/sizes to your preference}

Tools needed:
wire cutters
jewelry pliers
crimp bead pliers {or you could use flat-nosed pliers}

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

1 – Cut a piece of wire 4 1/2 inches long.

2 – Add a crimp bead to the wire, fold over the wire about 1/4″ or less from end forming a small loop. Insert the small end of the wire through the crimp bead.

3 -Now it’s time to flatten or crimp the bead. This will depend on what tools you have available. If you just have a few basic jewelry pliers, then you can just flatten the crimp bead with the flat-nosed pliers. If you have crimp bead pliers, then you will place the crimp bead in the “bumpy” notch of the pliers and squeeze. This will smash the crimp bead into a “U” shape. You will then squeeze again with the crimp bead in the round notch of the pliers.

4 – Add 5 beads to the wire. Change up the style, color, size or quantity of the beads to fit your style.

5 – Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other end of the wire.

6 – Open a jump ring by twisting it open. Using a pair of jewelry pliers in each hand, twist one side forward and one side back. Never pull the ends apart – you’ll never get it to close right again. Add each loop of the wire to the jump ring as well as the fishhook. Close jump ring {again, by twisting}

7 – Repeat all steps for second earring.

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

That wasn’t so hard, was it? I’ve got over 50 jewelry tutorials of varying skill levels on Adventures of a DIY Mom. Come find your next project!

Remember to comment and let me know what you’d like to learn.

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