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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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Room for One More? {Photo Challenge}

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Every May, the MOMs group I belong to at church hosts a phenomenal annual Mother’s Day Brunch for it’s members. It’s a fantastic event, with great food, friends and fellowship. We usually have a guest speaker, fashion show, decor and/or lifestyle advice with lots of great tips and tricks.

Throughout the year, many of our meetings are focused on parenting, marriage, finances, charity, and more, so the brunch truly is a fun meeting, focused on celebrating us not just as Mom’s, but as sophisticated modern women girly girls!

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One of the beautiful aspects of the brunch is that members will volunteer to decorate a table and it’s simply gorgeous to walk in and take the beauty and design of each tablescape! Each table is as unique as the mom who has volunteered to decorate it. Some will have china, some will have party ware, some will have fresh flowers, others will have balloons. I’ve seen a table as formal for a queen to dine, one with a beautiful religious motif, one that was quite tropical and you felt like you were in Hawaii on vacation!

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But one of our mom’s, Karin, always spoils her table guests with her handmade sweet treats! Honestly, she shares her talents with us throughout the entire year (we’re blessed!), but the MOM’s Brunch, people get there early to stake out a spot at her table. I’m always running late and have yet to secure a spot at her table!

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I think Karin’s sweet treats table and the other tables are absolutely amazing! What do you think? Do you do anything similar with any sort of club or organization you belong to? It really is a treat for the eyes to take in all the decor!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Room inspired this post. Be sure to check out all the “rooms” being shared this week! Curious for more? Check out my previous photo challenge entries!

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Mini S’Mores, Yum! {CY365}

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The prompt yesterday at Capture Your 365 was “From the Top” and considering I have a total sweet-tooth, I decided to get a little crafty in the kitchen for a photo : )

My friend Mare made these for her holiday party and being a lover of all things marshmallow and s’more, I haven’t been able to stop craving them! They’re adorable and super easy to make!

To prepare mini s’mores:

  • split graham crackers along perforation into quarters;
  • place handful of melting chocolates in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 to 45 seconds
  • stir chocolates for a smooth consistency
  • spread chocolate on 1/2 each cracker piece
  • sprinkle Mallow Bits on top of chocolate while still warm
  • let set for 5 minutes
  • Devour!

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

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Inside // Ladurée Macarons and Decor {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decorA visit to Ladurée in Paris, France was highly recommended on our trip earlier this year. When our champagne tour was canceled due to snow, a visit to Ladurée, right off the Champs-Elysees, was a perfect activity to fill part of our day. Being inside the walls of this bakery was decadent in every sense. The macarons, the champagne, the decor — all of it was divine! Definitely a must on every visit going forward!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Inside the walls of Laduree in Paris, France, macarons, desserts and decor

Have you been to Ladurée? In Paris or New York? I’d love to hear about your experience, too! Which flavor was your favorite? Mine was definitely the caramel à la fleur de sel – yum!

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

PS. The Daily Post’s “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside” was a perfect prompt for me to share these photos. Be sure to check out the many amazing and inspiring entries. Warning: so much good stuff, you may want to grab a cup o’ joe and enjoy the visual and virtual journey!