Caramel Corn

Love this stuff!  It’s way easier than I thought it would be and a lot better than the kind you buy in stores…always a good combination!
Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
10 cups popped popcorn
1 cup peanuts
Directions. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a small saucepan on low heat, melt butter.  Add honey, molasses, vanilla, salt.  Turn to high heat and bring to a boil.  Boil for approx. 30 seconds.  Pour mixture over prepared 10 cups of popcorn and mix until popcorn is coated.  Spread covered popcorn onto rimmed cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
For a fun gift, buy some cone shaped icing bags.  Fill each bag with approximately 1.5-2 cups of popcorn, and secure with a ribbon.  Enjoy :)

Decking the Halls

in more ways than one!  We’re getting ready for Christmas around here and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  My semester is over at school.  I ended up with an A and a B, which I’m satisfied with.  I think having two babies while I attend school has cured me of being a perfectionist where grades are concerned and I’m thinking a B isn’t too bad. :)  Only 2 more classes to go now until I can graduate with my masters degree!!!

Anyway, it’s just going to be a great week.  I have a few things in the works, but they are all do on the 28th-30th, and will just have to wait until after Christmas.  So, this week will be filled with family time, wrapping gifts, baking, and fun stuff like that :)  I just love this time of year and was determined this year to enjoy it.  Plus, we’ve scheduled a last minute shopping trip with my mom and two sisters and I on Tuesday afternoon.  We’re going to hit a couple of stores for last minute gifts and go out to eat together.  I’m ridiculously excited about it because even though we don’t live too far away, we don’t really get together that often like this, so it will be fun.

I have also been working with Jen’s kit this month from Jen’s House of Scrap.  It is a FABULOUS kit!!!  I added on both of the add-on kits (a tag kit and an ABC kit), so for $35, here is what you could get–lots of fun stuff in here!

And, here are some of my projects with it.  I also have a super cute flower tutorial coming with another layout as soon as I can get that finished.  Maybe tomorrow or Wednesday.

When I saw those chipboard houses along with the BG eskimo kisses, I just knew that I had to make a little Christmas village, and I’m actually pleased with the way these turned out.

The thing I love about this kit is that it is so versatile!  The contents are definitely Christmas, but they can be used for so much more.  Here are a few non-Christmas things.  This first layout is of my best friend’s daughter at her first birthday.  Too cute!  I left some plain white in the bottom corner so she could journal.

Another non-Christmas project.  For some reason, some of the papers in this kit just reminded me of a sunset, and I ran across this picture when I was looking through pics and knew I had to do something with it.  I added black cardstock to complete the matted photo.  I’m going to frame this to hang on the wall.

This is one of my favorites for a fun reason.  See that text paper?  It’s from the Collage Press line.  Well, I just decided randomly to start reading the text, and was thrilled to find that it is an excerpt from one of my favorite novels–Pride & Prejudice!  It was a fun moment for an English student :)  I almost didn’t want to cut up the paper, but I did anyway.

And, here is another Christmas layout.  I just LOVE the great mix of vintage colors in this kit with the Collage Press and the Cosmo Cricket in the tag add-on.

And, that’s it for now, but remember be sure to check back later for at least one more layout and a SUPER easy flower tutorial using the beautiful gathered ribbon from the kit.

Christmas Layouts :)

Over at SNR Magazine, we have been featuring a TON of manufacturers lately, and a lot of the stuff we’ve been working with has been Christmas.  So much fun because I love all things Christmas :)

Here are some layouts that I created using Karen Foster’s beautiful Christmas collection.

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