Charming Christmas Planner

Christmas Planner

Help get organized with this charming Christmas Planner.  You can download the PDF version HERE to print Christmas Gift Tags, a Christmas Card Planner and a Christmas Cookie Baking Planner.

Printable Christmas Gift Tags Christmas Card Planner Christmas Baking Time Planner

*Or right click and print the individual images. 

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Easy Cranberry Pound Cake

Cranberry Pound Cake

This tasty Cranberry Pound Cake will make a perfect addition to any table. Plus the fresh cranberries will have your guest begging for seconds.

Ingredients:
3 ¼ Cups Flour, All Purpose
4 Stick Butter, Softened
2 ¼ Cups Sugar, Divided
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
9 Eggs, room temperature
1 Cup Crasins
1 Cup Cranberries
½ Cup Water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter 2 5×9 inch loaf pans and set aside.Cranberry Pound Cake 2
  2. In a small saucepan bring cranberries, water and ¼ cup sugar to a boil.
  3. Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes and then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy with a mixer. Add in vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and add in flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing until well incorporated.Cranberry Pound Cake 1
  7. Fold in your crasins.Cranberry Pound Cake 3
  8. Take cooled cranberry sauce and in a food processor or blender, mix until smooth.Cranberry Pound Cake 5
  9. Pour just enough of your pound cake mix into each loaf pan to cover the bottoms.Cranberry Pound Cake 4
  10. Cover this layer with ¼ cup of cranberry sauce in each pan.
  11. Pour remaining pound cake mixture into the loaf pans.
  12. Using a knife, swirl the pound cake batter to incorporate the cranberry sauce into the rest of the batter.
  13. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  14. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

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Christmas Angel Coloring Page

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Print this pretty Angel Coloring Page to keep the kids busy this weekend – it’s too COLD outside to play too long!

 

Angel Coloring Page

To Print the Angel Coloring Page,  right click and “save as” or download the PDF HERE.

I also have a super cute Gingerbread House Coloring Page and more Gingerbread Patterns!

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Printable Christmas Tree Garland

Christmas Tree Garland Printable

Use this Printable Christmas Tree Garland as an easy and inexpensive decoration. It will be great for kids to get practice cutting and make their own garland to decorate the home.

Garland Directions:

  1. Print out page (see below.)
  2. Cut pictures into squares.
  3. Thread fishing line through each picture, interlinking the photos.
  4. Hang on or around Christmas tree, add to stairwell, or hang across doorways.

Most of all enjoy the Holidays!

To Print – right click and “save as” or download the PDF HERE.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle {Perfect for Holiday Entertaining}

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

This Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is perfect for holiday entertaining. It’s a delicious holiday dessert that is simple to make, and beautiful to present to guests or even your family.

Layered with sweet, light pumpkin cream and spicy gingerbread, this dessert will be a hit and is a wonderful alternative to plain old pie. For individual servings this is beautiful in a wine glass, and equally pretty in a mason jar. Make it in a large glass bowl for a self serve dessert.

Customize it a bit to make it your own by layering in a chocolate drizzle instead of caramel. You could also whip instant coffee granules into your cool whip for a delicious coffee flavored topping.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Ingredients:

1-12 oz. container of cool whip
1 -30 oz. can of pumpkin puree
½ batch of this Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe, cubed
1 cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp. caramel

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Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk; cool whip, pureed pumpkin, and powdered sugar until
  2. Bake gingerbread using THIS Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe, cut in half.
  3. Instead of cutting out shapes with cookie cutters – roll flat and bake like a large rectangle cookie, cool, and cut into 1×1 squares with a knife. OR. like me, you may have some gingerbread men left over already.  This is a perfect way to use up broken or leftover men.  Just crumble into small pieces.
  4. Layer pumpkin mixture, a drizzle of caramel, and gingerbread. Repeat. Top with plain cool whip.

Makes 8-10 small servings of Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

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Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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If you are like me and you want your gingerbread cookies soft instead of crunchy, this is this Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe is perfect for you.  Soft and spicy, these cookies will please kids and kids at heart. I have included a simple icing recipe to decorate these cute little guys – use it by itself or as a “glue” to attach small candies for decorations.

Grab your cookie cutters and meet me in the kitchen for a baking fest! The little ones love to help cut out shapes and decorate too.

Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup water
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp. ginger
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt

Directions:

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  1. Stir all wet ingredients together in a large bowl.SONY DSC
  2. In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients together.SONY DSC
  3. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Cover
  4. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and divide dough in half, place one half back in refrigerator while you work with the other.
  6. Working quickly (one of the keys to keep cookies from spreading into unrecognizable shapes is to keep dough cold) roll dough on a floured surface to 1/4” to 1/2” thick.SONY DSC
  7. Cut out your chosen gingerbread shape(s).SONY DSC
  8. Move cookies carefully to an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.SONY DSC
  10. Once cookies have completely cooled they are ready for icing.

Tips for best results -

  • Keep your dough cold
  • Roll dough to closer to 1/2” , they keep shape better when a little thicker
  • Avoid putting cookies on a hot sheet to bake
  • Allow to cool completely before icing

Perfect Gingerbread Icing:

1 stick butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup sweetened condensed milk.

Mix all ingredients well until smooth and free of lumps. Place in a pasty bag, squirt bottle or for easy clean up -transfer icing to a ziplock, seal bag, snip very small piece of corner off and use like a pasty bag, squeezing icing out as you go. Throw away when done-my favorite clean up method!

What do you think? Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe or crunchy?

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Twine Candy Cane Ornament – Candy Cane Craft Ideas

Twine Candy Cane Ornament

Are you looking for candy cane craft ideas?  Try this simple candy cane ornament.  It’s so easy the kids will love making their own!

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Supplies

  • Candy Cane
  • Twine
  • Adhesive

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Directions

  1. Place your Adhesive on the candy Cane and hold end until fairly dry (I used spray adhesive)
  2. Wrap your candy Cane until completely covered
  3. Make a bow or loop and adhere to top
  4. You can add color with a different colored bow

This Candy Cane Craft could be a nice gift idea or class project.  Plus with only 3 supplies needed it will be easy on your budget.

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Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar {Homemade Gift Idea}

Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies

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Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas unless there was a tray of sweet little Gingerbread men baking in the oven.

A wonderful gift idea is to use this Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies and put it in a jar for busy moms who love to bake homemade but could use a little help pulling together ingredients. It’s also perfect for teachers who would love the taste of fresh baked cookies but lack time.

Delicious and full of the taste of the holidays these cookies are sure to put two times the smile on everyone’s face, once while baking and again while devouring them. The are equally delicious with a steaming cup of coffee or a glass of ice cold milk. Layer in a quart sized mason jar and add a pretty ribbon and handmade label with baking instructions, don’t forget to attach a cute Gingerbread cookie cutter or two to finish them off!

Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar:

Layer the following ingredients in a quart mason jar in this order:
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1Tbsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. cinnamon

Place lid and ring on the jar and close securely. Top your gift with fabric tied in raffia or twine or cut festive scrapbook paper using your mason jar ring to trace for a topper – add ribbon and a handmade tag for a thoughtful gift.

Baking Directions:

  1. Place cookie mix in a large mixing bowl, stir well.
  2. Stir in ¾ cup of molasses, ½ cup butter-softened, and 1 egg. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate to firm up dough for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°
  5. Roll dough out to ¼ thickness on a smooth surface that has been lightly floured.
  6. Cut shapes from dough and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Decorate with icing and small candies (using icing as a glue)

Simple Icing Recipe:

1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. water
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
½ tsp.vanilla

Start with sifted powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl, add vanilla, cream of tarter, and water 1 Tsp. at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Place in an icing bag and pipe onto cooled cookies.

* Frugal icing tip – Use a ziplock sandwich bag, after filling the bag snip off a small corner, squeeze bag gently as you go. This is also much simpler for cleanup-just toss the baggie when done!

What do you think of this Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies?

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Marshmallow Krispie Treat Ornaments

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Looking for another great recipe to use all that Rice Krispie Treat cereal that you can usually find on a good sale?  These Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Ornaments are sure to be a huge hit.  So get the kids in the kitchen and start Holiday baking!

Ornament Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
3 tbsp Butter
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
10 oz Marshmallows
Green Food Coloring
Red Food Coloring
Rolo candies

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt half the butter over low heat.
  2. Add half the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Stir in enough food coloring to make the marshmallows very green.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add half the Rice Crispies cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.
  6. Prepare a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  7. Butter a your hands or use wax paper to press the mixture into 2″ balls and place on wax paper.
  8. Press a Rolo into the top of each.8Us8vvp029qX-NKlVlaUKq5cyT7SIAM1EwXnw0vv4irE5eq6sI7mQOBsqHn547SGqg=w1330-h500
  9. Repeat this process with the other half the ingredients and the red food coloring.
  10. Allow to cool.

Looking for more recipes?  How about these Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies!

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10 Homemade Gift Ideas for Christmas

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Get into the holiday spirit by making gifts at home for loved ones.  Homemade gifts are not only more personal, but easier on the budget!  Below you will find 10 Homemade Gift Ideas for Christmas.

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10 Homemade Gift Ideas

  1. Reindeer Food Recipe
  2. Cards, Tags, and Wrapping Paper
  3. Thumb Print Ornaments
  4. Manicure in a Jar
  5. Body Scrub: Sugar and Sage
  6. Handprint Art Oven Mitts
  7. Homemade Vanilla
  8. Peppermint Candy Bowl and Peppermint Candy Tree
  9. Hot Chocolate in a Jar
  10. Sharpie Coffee Mugs

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