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Make It Monday // Holiday Treat and Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess giftMakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! I have a major sweet tooth and love having treats year round. But when the holidays roll around, there are wonderful seasonal flavors that make the indulgence that much sweeter!

Have you tried Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses? They are amazing! Because of my sweet tooth, I have a hard time passing up seasonal candies, but truth be told, sometimes seasonal candies are better in concept than they actually taste in my mouth! So when I tried these, I was so delighted with how yummy they were!

Friends invited us over for outdoor movie night (yes, a southern California luxury in the middle of winter!) and I had decided to bring over some Rice Krispies treats. As I started making them, I decided I would chop up some of the Candy Cane Kisses to add to the treats. WOW! I seriously can’t even tell you how yummy they came out! If you are even a tiny bit into either of these treats (Rice Krispies and candy canes), then you MUST give this recipe a try!

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Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • one 10 oz bag (~6 cups) Jet-Puffed miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 20 to 24 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop up kisses into tiny pieces, set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl, approx 1 minute.
  3. Add marshmallows to butter. Toss to coat. Melt marshmallows in microwave (approximately 1-1/2 minutes), stirring every 45 seconds.
  4. Add Rice Krispies (2 cups at a time) to melted marshmallow mixture and stir well.
  5. Once all Rice Krispies are incorporated, mix in half of the chopped Candy Cane Kisses. Stir well. Incorporate remaining chopped Candy Cane Kisses.
  6. Place mixture into greased 13×9 baking dish. Press down and into place, filling in corners and evening out – using parchment paper and back of measuring cup helps to press down!
  7. Set aside and let set for a couple hours or place in refrigerator to speed up setting time.
  8. Cut up into one to two inch squares or use candy cane cookie cutters for shaped treats. Enjoy! Or share by place cut pieces into cupcake liners and stack in treat bag for your loved ones to enjoy, too!

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What else could one need besides these delish treats? How about a gift tag to place on said treats to share with loved ones?! Here’s a quick video showing how I made a super fast (in just a few minutes!) ornament shaped gift tag using just a couple non-Christmas crafty supplies! Watch the video to see how you can easily make your tags!

 

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Did you get here from Karen at Photos Kept Alive? She always has such great insights and tips on making the most of our photos! Don’t forget to continue the Make It Monday Circle and head on over to my crafty and generous friend Jen at Jen Wright Design. She has a freebie for you as she counts down to Christmas!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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Achievement // Cooking! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash ChipsIf you would’ve asked me as a young teenager and young adult to make you something to eat, you would’ve received either top ramen or chili cheese dogs! That was about all I knew to make for too many years.

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Then, while in college, one of my roommies and I worked at a little Italian cafe. We ate like queens! It was a wonderful family run business and not only did the food have wonderful ingredients, but so much heart, love and tradition was put in it that it changed how I saw food.

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Fast forward a couple years, and I was living with my besties at the beach, while also taking a great wine pairing class. Learning about flavors found in wine, and experimenting with pairings, opened my eyes to a whole new world of flavors. Around the same time, my now husband and I were dating, and I quickly found out that the way to his heart was definitely through his tummy! Luckily, I had learned a few tricks along the way on making yummy pasta dishes 🙂

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So why do I consider cooking an achievement? Because as a young teen, I really never planned to cook! I had zero interest and was perfectly happy having someone else cook or eating out. The domestic duty of slaving away in the kitchen offered not one iota of interest to me. I’ll never know exactly when the tide shifted, but I’m thankful for the shift and the path I’ve been on! I’m able to offer my family tasty dishes, made with lots of love ❤

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And I’ll even go as far as considering food photography a double achievement! Ha! These shots were actually part of the “Practice!” class I’ve mentioned before. I get so much inspiration from Capture Your 365 to photograph everyday moments, and cooking is definitely one of those everyday bits and pieces! By the way, I’ve been asked to join the Creative Team at CY365! Woot-woot! Be sure to check out the daily photography inspiration over at CY365!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. Here’s the link if you’re looking for the recipe on these yummy Garlic Parmesan Squash Chips!

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Make It Monday // Lamb Party {Feeling Crafty}

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWelcome to another Make It Monday! My friends and family know that besides God, my daughters and husband, the things I love most in life are photography and crafting! So when a friend was planning her daughter’s birthday and decided on a “lambie” party, she rang me up and asked about a customized banner!

Instead of “Happy Birthday” for the banner, she asked if I could make a “Marley had a little lamb” banner – how cute is that, right?!

I loved her idea and when we started chatting about the party details, my mind started swimming with ideas and inspiration!

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She mentioned she would be going the cupcake route, so we chatted about cupcake toppers – and I came up with the idea to emboss and punch some scalloped circles and ovals in order to make little lambs for the toppers! I couldn’t resist adding some glittery eyes with lashes, pink nose and sweet smile 🙂

And when she mentioned getting plush lambs in lieu of goodie bags, I offered the idea to make little tags to tie around the lamb neck with ribbon. Voila… instant thank you’s!

PROJECT TIP: When planning your parties, be sure to carry the theme across as many components as possible. Incorporating textures, shapes and using colors consistently helps keep your theme cohesive!

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FREE Class with Stephanie Ackerman

FREE Class with Stephanie Ackerman

I hope you are inspired to make some fun party paper crafts! And since I mentioned inspiration, I have to point out that my friend Stephanie Ackerman is hosting a FREE ONLINE CLASS TODAY! In just a few hours… Do yourself a favor and sign up here… it’s FREE!! In the scrapinar, Stephanie will share how to turn ordinary text into inspiring, faith-filled works of “Heart!” So excited and hope to see you there! Be prepared to be wowed by her easy approach to beautiful and faith-inspired art!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Beth Soler at Scrapping Wonders? Beth is sharing how her 30 days of thankful album is all ready to go! If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do! But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out Jen Wright Designs. Jen is showing us 2nd part of a double-layout template for free!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you!

So what are you going to do first? Sign up for Stephanie’s FREE Scrapinar? Head over to check out Jen’s double-layout template? Check out what other goodies are in my Etsy shop? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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10 on 10 – September // First Birthday!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, wavesMy cutie pie nephew turned one last month! You might remember him as I’ve shared about him here/his birth, here/newborn session, here/playtime and here/with my girls. I can’t believe how incredibly fast the year has gone by!

He’s beyond adorable, and I love that he and my girls just love each other to pieces! He’s getting to that fun age where he actually interacts with his cousins and they are having so much fun playing together. I know they’ll make lifelong memories together as they grow up and I can’t wait to see the boy (and eventually the man) he becomes!

His reaction to the new treat – the cupcake, the sugar, the yumminess – was awesome! Just check out his reaction…

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

Today happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share a special snippet from my nephew’s first birthday with you! You may have come to me from Kristina Rust  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, make sure your check out her blog – she just returned from the photography event “Click Away” and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The Daily Post photo challenge this week is Humanity – and since I don’t think I’ve ever met a child anywhere that didn’t love a cupcake, I thought I’d link up over there too!

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Happy Labor Day!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcakes with American Flag, Happy Labor Day!Today, Labor Day in the US, is our day to honor and celebrate those who labor throughout the year. For our family, it’s also the last day of celebrating summer before school starts back up. We celebrate it with life-long friends, swimming, playing, with BBQ, drinks and desserts!

May your day, however you celebrate it, be filled with joy and a little sweetness!

Blessings and Happy Labor Day!
/c

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Dialogue // Fanned Out {Photo Challenge}

What one story is created from these two photos? I’d love to hear!

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It’s Friday… so it’s a new Daily Post Photo Challenge: Dialogue! Be sure to check out the inspiration being shared! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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Photo Tip: When getting perspective shots from above (appetizer) or below (palm tree), be sure to get close to your subject. Brace yourself with a wide stance and elbows tight to your sides… voila, human tripod! {Click to Tweet}

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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