Candy Cane Cocoa


Well I’ve posted lots of cookies, and little DIY crafts….but now it’s time to think of that drink you’ll be sipping while sitting back and enjoying some quiet time.


Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
“Milk is heated with semisweet chocolate and crushed candy canes. Then each mug is garnished with whipped cream and a small candy cane.”
4 cups milk
3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet
chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 cup whipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes
1. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.
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oooh what a cool idea!

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With just a bit of imagination, baking and decorating, you could have some really cute and edible presents! And you could get the kids to help! Also if you think about it, and use a mug for the base of your bouquet, than… it’s cookies with a cup, you could add in some hot chocolate, a small packet of coffee or even a gift card for their favorite coffee place. Ideas are endless with this. Now to find some cookie cutters, and a few mugs! Yep! I think I know what I’m doing now! 😀







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Cookie Bouquet Projects Make Unique Gifts

Cookie bouquets make unique gifts that are becoming very popular these days. You have probably seen beautiful cookie baskets filled with cookies wrapped in colored cellophane or stunning cookie bouquet centerpieces with hand decorated cookies. Cookie bouquet gifts can be pretty expensive. The good news is that you can make your own amazing cookie bouquet for a fraction of the cost.

If you want to learn how to make cookie bouquets, the projects presented below will help you to make your own incredible edible bouquets within a couple of hours. Use ready-to-bake cookie dough or use your own favorite cookie recipe. You can find many great cookie recipes here.

You can make cookie bouquets for any occasion. Based upon the theme of your cookie bouquet, choose cookie cutters and a container. For example, for St. Valentine’s Day gifts use heart-shaped cookie cutters and a red decorative pail. For a Thanksgiving gift use a fall theme basket and cookie cutters shaped like pumpkins and autumn leaves. To save money, check your local dollar store for a variety of containers, ribbons, and shredded paper.

Surprise your friends and family with a terrific cookie bouquet gift!


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One of my favorite holiday cookies

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Christmas Wreath Cookies



Original recipe makes 3 dozen

1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups cornflakes cereal
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (2.25 ounce) package cinnamon red hot candies


  1. Microwave marshmallows and butter on High for 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave on High for 2 minutes more. Stir. (This can be done in a double boiler if one doesn’t have a microwave.)
  2. Add and mix quickly the coloring, extracts, then cornflakes. Drop by spoonfuls in clumps on greased wax paper and decorate with 3 red hots each.
  3. Once cool, transfer to lightly greased serving/storage tray with lightly greased fingers.

DIY presents

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25 ideas: Handmade gifts inexpensive

50 ideas: 50 Inexpensive gifts

how about, 101 ideas:  100 homemade gifts

I’m always looking for cute inexpensive, preferably homemade presents to give.  I think it shows more TLC when you make it yourself. However I’m also good with making a little homemade gift card envelope, and inserting a gift card! 😀

because no matter how cute, when you put time and energy into it, and they go, “Oh gee. Thanks…” yeah! Sometimes a gift card is the best way to go! but go check out the ideas on the three sites above. You might find something you can’t live without.  😉


I found another 100 presents



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Another cute idea!


And here we have another cute DIY idea, hot chocolate, marshmallows and peppermint candy, in baby food jars.  You’ve got to love youtube tutorials! lol 😀


Last minute present or hostess present

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Christmas cookies in a jar! Nice hostess present if people still do them. 😉 The link has a lot of different cookie recipes that you could put in a jar. 😀 last minute idea time!

Cookie idea

Crunch Cookies

and a cute way to put it together! 😀


oooh nails! Holiday designs!

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Even if you think you can’t do a design, you might be surprised. Look through these pretties. There’s a design that you might like? And it would be a great idea to have a nail party, everyone works on everyone else’s nails, great idea. And you could toss in one of those baking cookie things too, that way everyone gets cookies and pretty nails. 😀

The cookie party, you invite people to your house, they bring a cookie recipe and the ingredients, or they bring the already finished cookies with the recipe. Then everyone takes cookies from each other putting them on a plate, with the recipes. And viola-cookies for you and the recipe to make them yourself at home. Yeah, I’ve done this for years. Fun stuff! You just have to ensure everyone brings a different cookie, otherwise you end up with a plate of sugar cookies-not bad, but ya know. 😉

so now onto the nail designs. They are pretty cute and some even easy! 😀 I stuck with the red and white, as most girlies already have these two colors to use! that way, no extra money is spent! 😀

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