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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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Daisy Love Tubes // Positive Self-Esteem {Feeling Crafty}

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Right around Valentine’s Day, I volunteered to make a craft with my first grader’s Daisy troop. As I searched my craft room for project ideas, I had thought of working with them to create this project I pinned a couple years ago (the love tree/hand tracing), but I have done this project with my daughters classes for just as many years…

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So on to plan B. As I was looking through my supplies, I found tubes (from Close to My Heart) that I had not finished using. I had eight left over – perfect for the 8 Daisies in my daughters troop! I pulled some foam stickers, cardstock, mini heart punch and we were in business!

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Each girl received:

  • a tube,
  • 15+ strips of cardstock cut to fit comfortably inside,
  • hearts punched from same cardstock, and
  • a pen

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Before the meeting, our troop leader and I brainstormed some positive characteristics that are reflective of being a good Girl Scout, but the girls did so great brainstorming as a team during the meeting, we didn’t even need our list!

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Each of the girls decorated their tube with stickers. Then they wrote out qualities and characteristics they have and would like to have and put them in their “love tubes” – perfect little reminder of who they are and who they want to be!

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They really are a sweet group of girls and I love sharing my love of crafting with them! This activity helped them earn their purple learning petal: Gloria the Morning Glory, Respect Myself and Others. They’re so young, have so much to offer the world and have their whole futures ahead of them. Lucky girls! They were also the happy recipients of my butterfly snacks a few weeks back : )

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I think we all need written reminders of the goodness we offer the world. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had these sweet reminders of our greatness and offerings to our communities? Why not do it? Yes, right now, write down three (or more!) characteristics that help make you the BEST version of yourself. But don’t just write them down and bury them in a drawer, or a notebook, or on your computer. Put them on Post-It’s and on your mirrors, your computers, your fridge, your door – anywhere and everywhere you’ll read them regularly. And let me know how it makes you feel! Here, I’ll start:

1. Generous

2. Creative

3. Amiable

Now it’s your turn! Go! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. If you need some help with your list, check out positive characteristics here.

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Oh Boy! My baby boy nephew getting kisses from his cousins (my daughters)! LOVE his smile and giggles!

Oh Boy! {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Oh Boy! My baby boy nephew getting kisses from his cousins (my daughters)! LOVE his smile and giggles!

Today’s prompt at Capture Your 365 is “Oh Boy!” – what a fantastic day to share one of my most favorite recent photos of my daughters and nephew! Can’t you just feel the love and excitement?!?!

I truly look forward to their future adventures!!

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