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12 Days of Christmas Candy

I love making cookies for the holidays, but it’s a ton of work to have your oven on all day every day and batches of cookies all over your house. My fridge is packed with so much butter and eggs that I don’t even have room for ACTUAL food to live on 😉

I’ve been trying to cut back on the cookies in recent years, so I like to off-set and fill in my cookie baskets with some homemade candies. Candies often take less than an hour to make and often require 0 baking time. They’re great for bringing into the office, as one batch usually makes a ton of servings…and they’re great for gifting, as they can stay out at room temperature and be packaged without the fear of ruining any decorations.

If you’re looking for some quick and easy treats to make this holiday season, look no further than these 12 holiday candy recipes. From peanut buttery buckeyes to candy-coated popcorn, these sweets are sure to get your friends and family in the holiday spirit!

12 Days of Christmas Candy

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  1. Homemade Gum Drops
  2. Salted Nut Roll
  3. Marshmallow Bon-Bons
  4. Buckeye Balls
  5. White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
  6. Homemade Peanut Brittle
  7. Chocolate Orange Party Mix
  8. Vegan Candy Pecans
  9. Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn Crunch
  10. Easy Homemade Almond Joy Bars
  11. Turtle Pretzel Clusters
  12. Chocolate Peanut Candy Bars

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12 Alternative Christmas Trees

It’s (ALMOST) the most wonderful time of the year…

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I love having a tree in the living room for Christmas; however, my living room is so small that it can barely even hold our furniture, let alone a decorated tree.

I’ve mainly used artificial trees in my years of apartment living but last year I decided to try a small, little tree…a la Charlie Brown. While it made the apartment smell amazing, it also shed needles all over the carpet that I’m STILL finding now almost a year later.

UGH.

This year I’m seriously considering trying an alternative Christmas tree…one that I can hang on the wall or make from something I have around the apartment already.

In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas! Made with pieces of wood, ladders, boxes and more, these alternative Christmas trees are a great way to bring the holidays into your home without worrying about needles all over the floor!

12 Alternative Christmas Trees

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Shelf Tree

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Wooden Tree

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Garland Tree

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Box Tree

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Wood Branch Tree

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Ladder Tree

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PVC Pipe Tree

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Fairy Light Tree

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Wooden Plaque Tree

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Trinket Tree

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Framed Ornament Tree

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12 Garlands for the Whole Year

Be ready for every holiday and season with these 12 Garlands for the Whole Year. From New Year’s Day decor to garlands you can have up from fall through the winter, these seasonal decorations are great for beginning crafters and decorators!

12 Garlands for the Whole Year

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March

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July

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August
This garland is made of pool noodles! What a fun idea! Dress up your pool party with this fun, waterproof decoration!

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September
Dried apples make a festive garland you could use all the way through the fall and winter. Use it on your Thanksgiving table, too for a festive touch.

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October

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November

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December
This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty easy to figure out! Some fake snow, some little fake trees, and a garland of plastic lights and you’re set to go!

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14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

A few weeks ago I was just browsing the Internet at 1:00 am…as ya do…and I came across this:

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PEANUT. BUTTERSCOTCH. NUTELLA. BROWNIE BOMBS.

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I squee’ed a little bit, not gonna lie.

What resulted was a deep nose-dive into truffle recipes and I’m not sorry…not at all. I stayed up way too late planning and thinking about my holiday cookie tray and wondering what cookies I could “retire”, as it were, to make room for these amazing truffles.

Since I know a lot of you also bake and decorate for your families and for the holidays, here lies the result of my late-night conquest…14 seriously amazing truffle recipes that you’re going to want to pin, save, blog, tweet, post or print if you’re old-fashioned like me! 😉

14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

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Peanut, Butterscotch, Nutella Brownie Bombs

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Raspberry, Coconut and Chocolate Truffles

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Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pistachio Truffles

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Peppermint Truffles

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Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

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Raw Carrot Coconut Truffles

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Sugar Cookie Truffles

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Carrot Cake Truffles

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

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Caramel Stuffed White Chocolate Truffles

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Bourbon White Chocolate Truffles

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White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

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Cheesecake Truffles

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Easy Lemon Truffles

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Crocheted Grinch Doll

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Yes, I know it’s July…but YOU GUYS – that only means 6 more months until CHRISTMAS!!

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Don’t worry, I promise I’m not THAT excited…but I am excited to share with you this little crocheted Grinch doll that’s just waiting to liven up your holiday décor!

With a heart that’s 3x the size it should be and a little removable Santa hat to add some holiday cheer, this crocheted Grinch doll makes a splendiferous holiday gift for anyone on your list, Who’s and Grinches alike! Make one for yourself following this Crocheted Grinch Pattern* or buy this one fully made and ready to go at my Etsy shop (coming soon!)!

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*This pattern does NOT include the crocheted Santa hat, which I made on a whim or the crocheted heart, which can be found here. The original Grinch pattern also includes facial features, which I decided not to include on this doll.

Grinch Pattern: http://yarnwars.com/free-patterns-created-yarnwars/free-mr-grinch-inspired-doll-crochet-pattern/

Heart Pattern: http://www.dailycrochet.com/super-quick-and-easy-crochet-heart-amigurumi-pattern/ (Large heart made)

Or just buy this one on Etsy, COMING SOON! Stay tuned! 🙂

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December 25, 2017 · 8:33 am

15 Fun Facts About A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmastime is here…

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Happiness and cheer….

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Fun for all that children call their favorite time of year…

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Throughout the month of December, we’ve been diving in to some of our favorite holiday movies with trivia, fun facts, and more…in case you’re late to the party, you can check out some of our posts here:

Today we’re gonna explore one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, A Charlie Brown Christmas with 15 fun facts you might not know about this made-for-TV holiday special.

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Originally aired on CBS, A Charlie Brown Christmas got off to a rocky start…a small budget, a writer/creator who didn’t believe in the project and a skeptical network were not exactly the playing pieces the production team was looking for…however, the special became a fan favorite almost immediately and is now one of the most popular TV holiday specials in history, second only to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Starring several unknown child actors (many of whom did not get credit in the film) and backed by a score that’s come to be synonymous with Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas was the perfect disaster the Peanuts franchise needed…and, much like Charlie Brown’s little tree, just needed a little holiday love…

15 Fun Facts About A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first animated Peanuts cartoon.

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CBS and Coca-Cola only gave producers a measly $76,000 to cover production costs of A Charlie Brown Christmas. They only had a 6 month lead time and no idea how to budget the money. Thankfully, they made it all back, though. Writer/creator Charles Schulz, animator Bill Melendez, and executive producer Lee Mendelson wound up earing about $5 million for the special through 2000.

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Much like The Flintstones, A Charlie Brown Christmas was going to have a laugh track. Schulz was so offended by the idea, he left the room and didn’t return for several minutes. When he did return, Mendelson got the hint and the laugh track was canned.

Snoopy’s voice is actually Melendez barking and chuffing into a microphone, then sped up to give the recording a more emotive quality.

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The soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas is about as “Christmas” as Santa himself; however, Schulz hated jazz and was not a fan of Vice Guaraldi’s arrangement.

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Because Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip was never meant to be animated – and because Melendez was unwilling to stray from Schulz’s distinctive character designs – it was a constant battle to animate Charlie Brown’s head. Its round shape made it difficult to depict Charlie’s head turning and, as was the case with most of the characters, his arms were too short to scratch his head.

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Snoopy, by contrast, was the show’s easiest figure to animate.

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When it came time to screen the special, CBS hated it. They thought it was slow and lacked energy. To add insult, someone misspelled Schulz in the credits, adding a “T” to his last name. Schulz himself thought the whole project was a disaster due to the crude animation.

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However, viewers loved it! A Charlie Brown Christmas pulled a 50 share on its first viewing, meaning half of all households with a TV turned on were watching it (this equated to about 15 million people in 1965.

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CBS might also be ashamed to know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is actually the second longest-running Christmas special in TV history after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Take that, jerks.

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The special also inspired viewers to scrap the aluminum tree, which came out only 7 years prior, for small living trees just like Charlie Brown’s. About four years after the special aired, aluminum trees were phased out and are now collector’s items.

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Peter Robbins, the voice behind Charlie Brown, continued to voice the character until he was 13 years old. In November 2015, the 59-year-old Robbins pleaded guilty to making criminal threats against a mobile home park manager and a sheriff.  The actor claimed that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder led him to making the threats and he was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. What a blockhead.

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Every child role was voiced by an actual child. Some of the child actors were so young at the time that they couldn’t even read the script.

A Charlie Brown Christmas also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program and a Peabody Award for excellence in programming.

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Though Schulz was not a fan of the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas gave birth to several other Peanuts animated specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973), It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974), Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975), Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986), It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown (1992) and It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1995).

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