Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hark the {Cream Cheese} Herald Angel

Here is a cream cheese with pepper jelly angel I made for Christmas. Using a large cookie cutter, I just molded the cream cheese!

Easy Monkey Bread

This is the easiest and yummiest recipe! Perfect for a quick breakfast! I saw this little recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It came out perfect! To get the recipe, see Nicole at The Jones Way. Here are some pics of how mine turned out...

**UPDATE** My Easy Monkey Bread was featured on the blog Sweet As Sugar Cookies ! Check it out! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tanjelo-Cranberry Streusel Bread Recipe

I wish I had pictures of this little recipe because it was delicious! I had a little cold this past week and so I went on a Vitamin C binge via Tangelos. My mom bought a box of Tangelos from the local school and was sweet enough to share with me. Gantt thought we were living at the Tropicana factory so I thought I would make something to help dispose of some of the Tangelos. I'm a huge fan of orange cranberry bread, and I figured Tangelos and like oranges...let's try it. It was awesome.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients for one loaf in a 9x5 pan:

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup cold butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
1 egg
juice from 4 squeezed Tangelos
1½ cup dried cranberries (craisins)

4½ tablespoons packed light brown sugar
4½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon cold butter, cut in half

¼ cup confectioners' sugar
½ tablespoon orange juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Process the flours, sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda together in a mixer until combined. Add the butter pieces and pulse the mixture until crumbly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and orange juice. Stir in the dry ingredients (the flour mixture from the food processor) just until moistened.
  4. If planning to use streusel, use the food processor now to combine the brown sugar and flour; add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Set aside in a small bowl.
  5. Fold cranberries gently into the batter. Transfer to prepared pan. Sprinkle streusel over batter.
  6. Bake the bread until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over bread.
  8. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Our First Christmas Tree

I wanted to share some pictures of our first Christmas Tree. I know we are a little biased but I'm pretty sure it's the most beautiful tree ever.

Tree in!

Gantt stringing the lights


Our engagement ornament Mot gave us

Jim Shores ornament we got from Helen, Georgia this year

Santa ornament I made from styrofoam

A Craft-Made Christmas Post 4: DIY No Mess Painted Ornaments

For Post 2 of the Craft-Made Christmas Series, here is another NO MESS ORNAMENT! These are SUPER easy and fun to make. Gantt even got in on the fun!

You will need:
-Clear Glass or Plastic ornaments
-acrylic paint
-some paper towels

Step 1: Take the top out of the ornament

Step 2: Put a couple of skirts of paint into the ornament.

Step 3: Cover with the paper towel and SSSHHHAAAKKKKEEEEE! Make sure to hold the towel on tight!

Once you stop shaking, see where there are missing paint spots and try to fill them in.

Step 4: Let the paint dry overnight before hanging.

That's it! Here are some pictures from our DIY Paint ornaments.

I did an Auburn one! I used a rhinestone paw print sticker that I had left over from my garter.

War Eagle!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cute Christmas Pictures of Jock

Here are some cute pictures of Jock we took for our Christmas card...I love this baby so much....

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Craft-Made Christmas Post 3: No Sew Ruffle & Monogrammed Tree Skirt

No Tree is complete without a tree skirt! Since this our first Christmas as a happy married couple, I may have gone a teeny bit overboard. Good thing there is no such thing as overboard at Christmas! Here is a how-to on my DIY NO SEW Ruffled and Monogrammed Tree Skirt!

What you will need:
-a cheap felt tree skirt (I bought mine at Target for $5!)
-2 yards of another color of felt (lime green for me)
-one roll of ric rac in the color of your choice. Again for me, lime green
-hot glue gun
-hot glue sticks
-straight pins 

Red felt tree skirt I bought from Target

Step 1: cut your felt into strips that are about 6 inches wide. This does not have to be an exact measurement.

Here's a Sweet Southern Charm Trick: Fold your strips as you cut to keep them straight.
 Step 2: Turn your tree skirt to the back side.

Step 3: start hot gluing strips of the green felt around the tree skirt. Work in sections. Ruffle the skirt as you go. **WARNING** HOT GLUE CAN BURN THE MESS OUT OF YOUR FINGERS!! Unless you don't want to feel anything for the next few days, be careful....

This is what the skirt will look like when you are all glued!

Flipped over!
 Step 4: Unroll all the ric-rac. Place the ric-rac in a circle on the right side of the tree skirt. Once in place, hot glue into place. You only have to glue only under each "hump." This makes it so much easier because you can just leave the straight pins in place while you glue.

Step 5: Cut 4 even strips of the colored felt. Glue to the wrong side of the tree skirt in order to tie a bow. 

Step 6: Once you have the skirt all glued, take it to your favorite embroiderer (Thank you Hope Crew!)

Optional: Step 7: Put your baby puppy by the ruffle monogrammed tree skirt and take the cutest picture ever!