Let's start with my candy cane craze. I had to stop myself from slipping into a candy cane coma about half way through this peppermint palooza. I didn't have time to try out my other inspirations and my candy cane brownies were eaten too quickly to photograph.
I heart candy cane ornaments!
To make the ornaments, unwrap two miniature candy canes and place them on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. To form a heart, make sure the candy canes are touching each other. Bake at 275 degrees for 5-10 minutes or just until they start to melt. Let them cool for a few hours and they will become hard and will be ready for a ribbon.
If you're not feeling the love and have a broken (candy cane) heart, try breaking candy canes up in small pieces and adding it to a package of hot cocoa powder before pouring boiling water over the top. You will have instant peppermint hot cocoa.
I'm calling all cooks for this next December delight that is silly and sweet and an inexpensive treat to hand out during the holidays. Each one of my students received one for Christmas and my son gave out a few as well. Just fill a whisk with candy, wrap it with Saran wrap, secure with a ribbon, and attach a note that says-
I whisk you a Merry Christmas!
You'll love this easy, four ingredient Christmas appetizer.
To make this 'tree'riffic appetizer, cut one block of cream cheese in half, diagonally, to form two triangles. Flip one triangle over so that they narrow ends are touching and it forms one big triangle. Press the pieces together and cover with pesto. Insert half of a cinnamon stick for the trunk and use diced pimentos for lights. Serve with crackers.
I hope you are still 'hanging' out for this next one. It's my answer to an overflowing mailbox stuffed with Christmas cards from friends and family. You can make this by spray painting clothespins and stringing them on to craft wire and placing jingle bells in between them for spacers. Although it would look adorable hanging from the mantel, try hanging it in a door way or transition area so you can double up and hang cards from both sides.
I'm feeling inspired to make one to hold art projects my children make...and one to hold all of the bills that will be stuffing my mailbox from Christmas spending this month!
Remember this post about one of my favorite treats that inspire taste buds throughout the year?
Keep the kids busy with this edible Christmas tree snack. Simply turn a sugar ice cream cone upside down and spread on a thick layer of green frosting. Use your favorite candy to trim the tree.
And with a little leftovers from the Cupcakes and Cocktails Christmas party, I'm loving this last December delight!
It's been a delightful December and now I'm ready to ring in a new year and lots of good cheer!