A Couple Extra Goodies

Hello all!  Today I thought I’d share with you a couple things I did before we went home for the holidays…my intention was to post them while I was home, but…you all see how that worked out.  Oh well!

Just before the holidays began, my “little” brother (he’s 2 years younger and 6 inches taller than I) graduated from college!  I’m so proud of him and everything he’s accomplished, so I made him a card.

There it is, orange and green.  A bit of an odd combination, but they’re his favorite colors, so I had to do it 🙂  And can you believe that in all my stash of stickers and paper and embellishments I don’t have one graduation cap?  Nope, I’d used them all and forgotten, so I got to make this one myself.  The tiny gold tassel was fun and frustrating to make but the rest of the hat was pretty simple.  The best part of the entire thing was when my brother opened the card, the first thing he did was turn to his friend and say, “Look!  Green and orange!”  Mission accomplished.

OK, this next bit comes with a warning:  DO NOT VIEW if you are on a diet or in withdrawal from the dearth of holiday treats now that the season is over.  That is all.

Joel needed gifts for a few of his colleagues this Christmas, so I offered to bake a bunch of treats and make a small basket for each of them.  After an entire day in our tiny kitchen (I believe I mentioned the drama in an earlier post) I had completed the treats and was ready to package them.  So, I headed to my friendly neighborhood Michael’s store to pick up a few gold chargers ($1 each!), some cellophane bags, and some red cellophane for wrapping!  Here are the treats piled neatly arranged on the charger:

Homemade braided bread, peanut butter pretzel bon bons, white chocolate pumpkin cream cheese truffles, white chocolate-dipped peanut butter ritz crackers, and buried cherry cookies

And here it is all wrapped up!  I’m particularly proud of the bow (side note: thinly wired ribbon makes the best bows. They are easy to manipulate and hold their shape beautifully!)

Festive, right?!  I was so proud of myself for these guys, and they really weren’t that hard to do (other than the entire day in our tiny kitchen).

And there you have it, my last moments of craftiness before the holiday madness kicked in.  Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “A Couple Extra Goodies

  1. Stephanie Moore says:

    Love this post, Melody! Would love the recipe for the cherry cookies, too. I have no doubt Joel’s co-workers were thrilled!!

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