{Virgin} White Sangria Recipes

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Virgin Winter Sangria

I’ve loved entertaining for a long time, but normally I focus on the food. Recently, I’ve started working more on having something fun to drink as well. This festive kid-friendly white sangria recipes is perfect for gatherings big and small during the holiday season {and after}. The flavors are also great for grownups and kids alike. The warm cinnamon mixes with the sweetness of the fruit. And yes, I’ll be the girl picking all the fruit out of her cup with her fingers…

White Sangria Recipes Ingredients

Ingredients
2 1/2 Cups Apple Juice
1 1/2 Cups Sparkling Water
1 pear chopped (or 1/2 each green + red anjous)
1/2 Cup cranberries
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick

White Sangria Recipes Process

Directions
Chop fruit and combine with cranberries and cinnamon stick in bottom of pitcher. Combine liquid and cinnamon. Pour over fruit. Stir well. Chill for a few hours or overnight. Stir again.

Enjoy and feel free to share more white sangria recipes with us!

Virgin Sangria Recipe

Hosting an adults only party?  Try this alcohol version of Winter Sangria as well!

Like cranberries?  Try my Cranberry Pound Cake

Many thanks to Luci with Luci’s Morsels for sharing this recipe with us!  Head on over to her site to take a peek at her other recipes and fashion tips!

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15 Kids Christmas Crafts

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Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas is a great time to get crafty with the kids. Make your own Christmas Tree decorates, deck the halls with a cute snowman or create the perfect plate to leave Santa his cookies on December 24th.  I’m sure you can find the perfect craft(s) for your child from this fun list!

Kids Christmas Crafts:

  1. Snow Paint by Mom Endeavors
  2. Hand Ornaments by Love Always Mommy
  3. DIY Kids Chalkboard Ornament by A Night Owl
  4. DIY Snowflake Ornament by A Night Owl
  5. DIY Glitter Ornaments by Juggling Act Mama
  6. Winter Themed Toddler Crafts by Glued to My Crafts
  7. Applesauce Ornaments by Glued to My Crafts
  8. Paper Christmas Tree Craft by The Bizy Mommy
  9. Holiday Lights Finger Painting by Songbirds & Buttons
  10. Painted Homemade Ornaments by Crazy Lou’s Creations
  11. Candy Cane Playdough by The Artful Parent
  12. Scrap Paper Christmas Tree by Rina Loves
  13. Tin Can Snowman by Practically Functional
  14. DIY Santa Cookie Plate by One Creative Mommy
  15. DIY Snow Globes by Crazy Little Projects

I hope you enjoy these Kids Christmas Crafts!

Also see these 15 Homemade Teachers Christmas Gifts or these 10 Homemade Gift Ideas for Christmas!

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Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Are you looking for the Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe?  Give this one a try at your next meal and let us know what you think.

Ingredients:
4 lbs Russet Potatoes
2 sticks (8 oz) room temperature Butter
1 cup room temperature Heavy Cream
1 head Garlic
1 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
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Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe  Ingredients

Directions:

  1. Cut end off end of head of garlic, place in foil and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Close up foil and bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Peel and dice potatoes into 1/2″ cubes.
  5. Cover in water in large pan and boil 20 – 30 minutes, until soft.
  6. Drain potatoes.
  7. Add 4 cloves of the roasted garlic by popping out of their skins.
  8. Mash potatoes with a masher until everything is pretty mashed
  9. Add butter.
  10. Use hand mixer to smooth out any remaining lumps.
  11. Slowly add cream until potatoes reach right consistency.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Serves 6-7 people)

Have you looked at my Green Beans with Bacon Recipe or the 50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes with 5 Ingredients or Less?

 

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15 Homemade Teachers Gifts for Christmas

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Homemade Teachers Gifts for Christmas

Save money and show your child’s teacher how much you appreciate them with these Homemade Teachers Gifts for Christmas. I’m sure any teacher would be thrilled to receive one of these unique (and thoughtful) gifts!

Homemade Teachers Gifts for Christmas:

  1. Riesens Candy Teacher Gift {Riesens Why I Like You!} by One Creative Mommy
  2. {Teacher Appreciation Gift} You Have Quenched My Thirst For Knowledge Printable by The Pinning Mama
  3. Scentsational Gift Basket Idea by Mission to Save
  4. Last Minute Teachers Christmas Gifts by Love of Family & Home
  5. Mod Podge Clipboard by Frugal or Free
  6. Crayon Can Craft by Savings Lifestyle
  7. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Teachers and Coaches by Northern Cheapskate
  8. DIY Chalkboard Decor by Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
  9. Homemade Breads by Mummy Deals
  10. DIY Crayon Monogram by The Ball Family
  11. Cute, Cute, Cute Crayon Wreath by Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas
  12. Teacher Chalkboard Gift by That’s My Letter
  13. Terra Cotta Apple by Seven Thirty Three
  14. Teacher Appreciation Hershey Kiss Gift Jar by The Girl Creative
  15. Teacher’s Gifts by The Anderson Crew Blog

Which Homemade Teachers Gifts for Christmas will you give this year?

Also see 15 Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

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Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

With the cooler temperatures and the holidays around the corner it is time to start thinking of those traditional classic baked goods, candies and treats. When striving to stay on a Vegan diet it can seem like none of your childhood favorites are possible, but here is one easy to create and delicious exception in these Vegan Gingerbread Cookies.

Not only do they give you the traditional flavor of gingerbread but they also allow you to stay within your dietary restrictions. These easy and tasty cookies are sure to become a household favorite for years to come.

Vegan Ginger Cookie Ingredients Edited

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:

2 Cups Almond Flour
1 Cup Vegan Granulated Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 Vanilla Almond Milk

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl sift together flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl blend together sugar, coconut oil, maple syrup and almond milk until well blended.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet until well mixed.
  4. Lightly flour clean surface and roll dough out. The thinner dough will result in a crispy cookie,
  5. Thicker dough will result in a chewy cookie. Dough will be slightly wet/sticky so you may need to spray rolling pin with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.Vegan Ginger Cookie Prep
  6. Cut into desired shape and lift onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes at 350 degrees.

These cookies are an excellent cookie jar favorite for the holiday season but are light enough to have year round for the entire family.

Although the recipe uses almond flour and almond milk, it has been made with traditional all-purpose flour and wheat flour with great results. Rice flour did not produce the preferred texture, so I do not recommend it as a substitute if you are also looking for gluten free cookies. Enjoy these Vegan Gingerbread Cookies with your favorite warm winter beverage today!

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Are you looking for a great Christmas Gingerbread Cookies recipe?  You can make super cute Gingerbread Men or Women or use other Christmas cookie cutter shapes such as a bell, tree or even a candy cane!  This recipe is sure to be a huge hit.

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:
1 package Butterscotch Pudding (cook and serve)
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Cinnamon
Icing Ingredients:
1 Egg Whites
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon and set aside.
  2. Cream butterscotch pudding mix, butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add egg and mix.
  4. Add in flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Cover and chill dough for about an hour until firm.
  6. Divide mixture in half, place one half Wrapped back in refrigerator.
  7. Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  8. Flour work area and rolling pin and roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness.Christmas Gingerbread Cookies Cutter
  9. Cut out with cookie cutter and remove scraps.
  10. Transfer cookies to baking sheets using spatula. Leave several inches between cookies.
  11. Roll scrap dough and cut remaining cookies.
  12. Bake in 350 degree oven about 10 minutes (watch for edges to begin to turn lightly brown).Christmas Gingerbread Cookies Shape
  13. Leave on cookie sheet for several minutes before moving to cooling rack.
  14. Combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until bubbly.
  15. Add powdered sugar gradually and mix until all sugar is incorporated.
  16. Beat on high until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks.
  17. Transfer icing to pastry bag.
  18. Pipe the line pattern on cookies.
  19. Wait at least several hours for icing to set.
  20. Enjoy!

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies can be made in many shapes.  Which did you pick?

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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe {Jar Gift Idea}

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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

Exfoliate your skin with this Gingerbread Sugar Scrub recipe.  Sugar makes an excellent scrub and is a budget friendly alternative to those store bought scrubs.    Get into the holiday spirit by making this Gingerbread Sugar Scrub and giving it as gifts.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Almond
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp All Spice
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except the Coconut Oil.Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Process
  2. Gradually add Coconut Oil and stir.
  3. Place Mixture in Jar.
  4. If using as a gift, add this FREE Gingerbread Sugar Scrub PDF Printable Label to the front of the jar and a ribbon.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub will make a great holiday gift.  You can make several at one time and gift them to teachers, friends and family.  You’re gift will not only be thoughtful and  homemade, it will be budget friendly!

Have you ever tried a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe?

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies Recipe

How cute are these Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies?  Seriously they are adorable!  While these might look like pumpkin pie, it’s really a sugar cookie in disguise.  YUM!

Cookie Pie ingredients

INGREDIENTS
3 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup softened Butter
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
Wilton Orange Cookie Icing
Can Whipped Cream

ICING INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup softened Butter
1 tbsp Milk
2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine dry ingredients and set aside
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add beaten egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in dry ingredients.
  5. Take teaspoon size pieces, roll into balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake in 375 degree oven about 8-10 minutes (watch for edges to begin to turn lightly brown).
  7. Leave on cookie sheet for several minutes before moving to cooling rack.Cookie Pie Icing
  8. After cookies are cool cover top of cookie in orange icing.
  9. Allow to dry.
  10. In a large bowl, cream the butter.
  11. Mix in the sugar one cup at a time.
  12. Add cocoa powder and mix until color is uniform.
  13. Beat in the milk mixing until fluffy.
  14. Transfer icing to a piping bag.
  15. Refrigerate to firm.
  16. Pipe a ring around the cookie to look like crust.
  17. Put a tiny dollop of whipped cream in center of cookie.

Looking for more recipes? You may also like these Candy Corn Shortbread Cookies!

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Alternative Wrapping Paper Ideas {4 Cheap Wrapping Paper Ideas}

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Cheap Wrapping Paper

Purchasing wrapping paper at your local stores can be boring & expensive.  It is the same wrapping paper that everyone else is buying and using. It allows little, if any, room for your own creativity and personality. Here are a few wrapping paper ideas that will allow you to step away from the norm and show your individuality.

Aluminum Foil – Use aluminum foil to wrap your gifts. This is a great way to wrap Christmas presents that will literally shine under the Christmas tree and in the stockings. When using foil to wrap presents, be sure that the shiny side is on the outside.

Newspaper – Wrap your gifts in newspaper. A fun way to wrap “over the hill” birthday presents is to use the obituaries. Baby shower gifts can be wrapped in the ads for baby items. Wrap presents for frugal friends with the coupon section of the local newspaper -just make sure the coupons are current.

Brown Paper Bags – Try wrapping presents in brown paper bags. Use your artistic abilities and draw pictures on the plain paper. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities as an artist, use stencils and stickers. If you have a flair for words, write a poem or a letter to the person you are giving the gift to. Perhaps add a note about a something the two of you shared in the past – perhaps a memorable birthday or other holiday you both shared.

Fabric – Use fabric to wrap presents. Create your own bows with ribbons that coordinate with the fabric. This is a wonderful way to wrap a baby gift. Housewarming gifts wrapped in gingham checks are a cute way to give a present. Wedding gifts wrapped in lace or satin will add a bit of flair to any present.

Stop buying boring wrapping paper and use these cheap wrapping paper ideas! There are so many better ways to wrap gifts other than following the crowd. Not only will your creativity and personality shine through, you can even save money!

What are you ideas for Cheap Wrapping Paper?

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