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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

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Candy Cane Love {Feeling Crafty}

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What’s Christmas treats do you love? My girls love candy canes! And getting extra ones during an outing for Christmas card photos? Even better!

Being a photographer means I have tons of photos, and luckily many of those photos are of my girls. Being a memory keeper means I print my photos and get them in pages for my family to enjoy. Being a contributor to the Creative Christmas Bundle means I get to play with all the yummy goodies that are in the bundle, like the papers, embellies and overlays in this layout!

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I loved taking bits and pieces from 4 different contributors kits to create this layout (listed below). They worked beautifully together, and there were definitely enough goodies in each kit to make lots of projects without even needing to mix and match. In total, there are 15 designers who contributed to the bundle, with lots of different projects, designs, and ways to help you make this your most creative Christmas ever!

Lisa Harris of My Kreative Pursuits did a great job summarizing what each designer contributed to the kit in this video…

 

I really do love the way this layout came out! I’m envisioning this would be lovely as part of a December Daily album. What do you think? Be sure to check out the entire Creative Christmas Bundle and let me know in the comments what project you’d love to create first? There is so much value in the kit with over $300 worth of products — classes, downloads, cut files, stitch patterns, calendars, gift projects and more — for only $29.99 – get it before it’s GONE! Yup, I know, it’s a phenomenal deal! All the projects are great and I look forward to an amazing, enjoyable and super creative Christmas!

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Oh, did you know it’s Small Business Saturday today? It is! So even though the Creative Christmas Bundle sale goes until Monday, check it out and support today! Even if you don’t purchase the bundle (and miss out on so many great projects for a steal of a price – say wha?!), be sure to support at least one small business today. Each designer (links below) who contributed to the bundle sells great products, classes and services, and there are tons of wonderful creatives, artists and makers over at Etsy, as well as Society6. Keep small businesses moving forward and show them some love today ❤

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Creative Christmas Bundle Designers & Contributions

Alison Day – December Daily Cut Files and video (retail value $15) 

Beth Soler – Cricut Cut Files/phone tutorial (retail value $12) 

Cara Vincens – Whimsical Printable Christmas Cards with bonus postcard option and coupon code to The Hooting Pirate Etsy Store (retail value $15) 

Carole Cassel – Calendar Making Class using Paint Shop Pro (retail value $10) 

Connie Hanks* (that’s me!) Printable Advent Calendar w/family activity list (retail value $15) {advent activity and numeral used}

Gina Zee – Upcycled Christmas Workshop (retail value $15) 

Janet Carr* – Digital scrapbooking bundle (retail value $20) {papers, embellishments and overlays used}

Jen Funk Weber – Silhouette cross-stitch patterns (retail value $12) 

Jen Wright – 12-Day Advent Envelope Project Tutorial with bonus Advent Cards (retail value $20) 

Karen Fitting – Flower Calendar with Bonus Tutorial on tips for using Artisan beyond scrapbooking (retail value $15) 

Kristie Sloan – Art Journaling Basics online class (retail value $20) 

Lisa Harris – Santa’s Helpers Workshop – quick, inexpensive gifts (retail value $20) 

Margareta Carlsson* – Digital pack of holiday pocket page cards and photo overlays, everything both for digital scrapbooking and as printable pdf files for hybrid scrapbooking (retail value $10) {overlays used}

Mary Moseley – And Jackie Lyals Photo Gifts for the Holidays (retail value $10) 

Melissa Shanhun* – Digital scrapbooking bundle with bonus audio and video inspiration and tutorials  (retail value $80) {papers and embellishments used}

*Designers products’ featured in my “Candy Cane Love” layout.

PS. Linking up with the Daily Post photo challenge: Converge – who doesn’t love when two shapes, especially candy, form a heart?!

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One // Christmas Favorites {Photo Challenge}

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Well there’s no better time to share some of my favorite photos of this holiday season than now! The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: One asks us to show photos that highlight “one thing”. To me, that means my love of shallow depth of field and wide open aperture will definitely work for this challenge!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas, bokeh, snow globe, tradition, catching snowflakes

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Along with some of my fave images, I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs of the season, too!

And that’s just a few of my favorite Christmas songs! What are yours? What Christmas songs touch you emotionally, whether it’s a smile on your face or a tear in your eye? What photos have you captured this holiday season that makes your heart sing? I’d love to see or hear, so let me know in the comments!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c