Hello, dear friends! I have a cute Christmas craft to share with you today! My glittered monogram Christmas ornaments! Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite things about Christmas, I love unwrapping them every year, carefully taking them out of the tissue paper they had been hiding in all year, and hanging them on our tree. There is really no theme to our Christmas tree, I love decorating it with ornaments that hold special memories, and that bring a warm feeling to my heart every time I look at them! I have some vintage ornaments that belonged to my grandmother, some that my mom and mother-in-law have given me over the years and some that I have collected, and I love them all! You could hang these glittered monogram ornaments on your tree, make them as gifts, or embellish wrapped presents with them!
1. First, trace your monogram onto a piece of thick cardboard, then cut it out. Cover it with an even layer of modpodge or glue and sprinkle it with glitter so the whole thing is covered in it. Shake the excess glitter off, then let it dry completely.
2. While it is drying, make a bow out of the thick ribbon. Once the monogram is dry, attach the bow to the top of it using hot glue. Then, using the medium ribbon, make a loop for the hanging part of the ornament and glue it to the back.
3. Attach the two little ornaments by threading some thin ribbon through them, then sticking them right under the bow using hot glue. Let all the glue dry completely, then hang on your tree!
Hello Friends! I don’t know if there’s a dessert that screams Valentine’s Day more than chocolate covered strawberries do! They couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious to eat, and would make the perfect little edible gift this Valentine’s Day, since it’s less than a week away now!
YOU WILL NEED
Melted chocolate (I used milk chocolate)
Chopped walnuts (or other goodies to coat the strawberries!)
First, line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper (you will need this later to lay the strawberries on). Next, melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water (you can also do this in the microwave, of course, I just always seem to burn the chocolate when I use my microwave! I think it might be a good idea for me to look at something like this Best Microwave Australia 2021 guide to look for a new microwave, because at this point I’m not sure if it’s me or the microwave that’s causing me to burn the chocolate. If you want to go the extra mile, you could even use a chocolate melter!), pour it into a small bowl, and let it cool for a minute or two. Wash and dry your strawberries (I like to leave the leaves on, I just think it looks prettier) and chop the walnuts (you could also use almonds, hazelnuts, sprinkles, melted white chocolate, or anything else you can think of!) then dip them into the melted chocolate, letting the excess chocolate drip off, then dipping them into the chopped walnuts. Lay them on the prepared wax or parchment paper and let them set completely. To package them, place each strawberry into a mini paper muffin liner and place them all into a small box. Wrap with a big bow and you have the perfect little edible Valentine’s gift! (…. or you could always eat them yourself if it’s too tempting!)
For more fun Valentine’s Day ideas, check these out!
Have a great week, Everyone!
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“Happiness is homemade.”
Hi Everyone! Welcome to A Homemade Living, I’m so glad you stopped by today! Welcome to my home and my kitchen! Or at least my online home and kitchen. I wish we could chat over a big cup of tea and a plate of cookies, but since that’s not possible, let me tell you a little bit about myself here. My name is Maria, and I grew up in Prague, Czech Republic, a beautiful historic city in the heart of Europe. I spent the majority of my life living there, before moving to another beautiful city, London, to pursue my love of the arts, and to major in Art History. After graduating from college, I married my high school sweetheart, and a couple years and moves later, we now find ourselves living in northern New Jersey, right outside of New York City.
Some of my favorite childhood memories took place in our kitchen at home, and in the kitchens of my grandmothers. Every Christmas, my mom and I would bake Christmas cookies with my grandparents. It was a grand affair and a sweet tradition that I used to look forward to, and one that’s a cherished memory today. We made hundreds of cookies for the whole family, my favorite of which were always the traditional gingerbread cookies. We always decorated them with white icing and hung them on our Christmas tree (you can see some of my recent gingerbread cookie ornaments here).
The big kitchen table was covered in cookie cutters, icing sugar and various cookie doughs, as we filled baking tray upon baking tray with delicious sweet treats. It was always my grandpa’s job to watch the oven and make sure none of the cookies burned, then take them out and place them on these big, long rustic wooden boards to cool, as we hurried to fill the oven with yet another batch. He’d take all the finished cookies to another room to cool and I followed right behind, just so I could sneak in and taste one of those Christmas goodies!
This is one of the reasons that I love to bake; because every time I make one of my favorite recipes, my kitchen is filled with those warm, familiar aromas, and it is as though time and distance disappear and my kitchen transports me right back into those precious memories! There is something quite magical about what a cup of flour, some sugar and a pinch of cinnamon can do! I am by no means an expert or a professional, but I’ve loved sharing some of my favorite family recipes with you and discovering lots of new ones along the way.
So that being said, welcome to my home and my kitchen! I hope you find lots of things to inspire you and make you smile. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments that you may have, I always love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!
And as for healthy fruit desserts (just kidding about the “healthy” part…), I made THIS Strawberry Layer Cake for Valentine’s Day. For two people. And it was gone in two days (I hate to admit that, but it’s true!) It’s such an easy cake to whip up and looks like it took a lot more work than it really did! Another great berry dessert are THESE Cherry and Mixed Berry Sweet Rolls. I love making sweet rolls, and have made so many different variations of them; and these are one of my favorites!
After I tried THIS famous NY Times No-Knead Bread recipe, I literally couldn’t stop making this bread. I tried so many different flavor combinations and shared some of my favorites with you over the past year. I still love the original (left), but also love THIS Pesto No-Knead Bread version that I came up with – perfect alongside a salad, soup or pasta!
I love fresh cut flowers, and I shared some of my favorite little arrangements with you this year. I love using ordinary grocery store flowers and turn them into flower arrangements to brighten up the house, like I did in THIS post. It’s also fun to re-purpose old tea tins or other containers to keep flowers in, like I did HERE.
COOKIES & BARS
BAKING WITH YEAST
QUICK BREADS & MUFFINS
BAKING WITH FRUIT
OTHER SWEET TREATS
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child