Friday, December 23, 2011

The warm weather melted my snowmen!!!

OMGHHKP IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE EVE!!! I can't wait much longer but I am loving this Christmas season!!!

Today I have two really cute recipes for you guys, each pretty easy and perfect for any Christmas parties! One is a melted snowman cookie, and the other is a chocolate pretzel bite :) There are LOTS of pictures for you to follow along!

~Pretzel Bites~

The first recipe I got from Macbarbie07 on youtube, and she is one of my favorites! It is really quick and easy so its great if you are running late on a Christmas snack.
Step 1: Buy a bag of pretzels, Christmas colored M&M's, and any type of Hershey Kisses you want! I just bought the regular but you can get the candy cane type if you want.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 170F while you spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Then lay out as many pretzels as you can put on your pan :) I think I put around 45ish!
Step 3: Unwrap the Hershey Kisses and put one on top of each pretzel :)
I think one of the factory workers had a little snack.....bahahahaha :)
Step 4: Put the snacks in the oven for 5-6 minutes until the chocolate just starts to melt. Then once you take them out, work fast and put an M&M on top of each one :) Then put them in the fridge until the chocolate hardens and you are finished!!!
~Melted Snowmen Cookies~

These cookies are my favorite ones I think I have ever made! I found them on Pinterest and I love them!!! Here is the link to the original recipe:

Step 1: Buy Pillsbury Ready-To-Bake sugar cookies (or make your own!), One tub of Betty Crocker white icing (I bought two but we had more than enough with one), Jett-Puffed marshmallows, and a few different kinds of food coloring! You definitely need black but then you can use whatever colors you want :)
Step 2: Follow the cooking directions and preheat the oven to 350F. Then lay out the cookies and bake for 11-13 minutes :)
Well.....I kinda failed on the baking part. The 12 in the front are the survivors, the 12 in the back died in the battle for Christmas-y goodness. Bahaha :)
Step 3: Lay the cookies out on the foil to cool. Then take a plate and lay out the marshmallows. Heat them for 30 seconds or less until they get a little puffy :)
Step 4: Ice the cookies, and try to make them look messy :) Then lube your fingers with cooking spray and place the marshmallows on the cookies near the sides. These will become the faces for the melted snowmen!
Step 5: Start decorating! The black you can use for arms and the faces. I didn't put smiles on all of them, some I used O shaped mouths :) Also, some that I made the O shape mouths, I made the eyebrows looking angry :) I mean, if I was melting I would be angry too!
Here is a picture of me being all meticulous in my piping :)
Here is my favorite one!!! :)
Step 6: Decorate all the cookies and add all the different expressions and accessories that you want! Then add them to a cute Christmas plate and you are finished!
That is the end of all the recipies!!! Aren't they adorable?!?! I hope you try these out for yourself and you have a very merry Christmas!!! :)

Love and snowmen,
Em :)

PS. This is not a very clean project... :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Tag!!!

Merry 5 days till Christmas everyone!!! I cannot believe that Christmas is so close!!! Right now, I'm trying to get over a nasty cold so I can feel better, but I'm still looking forward to the Christmas morning!!! 

I wanted to look for a fun Christmas blog post and I found this one that I think is pretty cute :) So without further ado, here we go:

 1) Which holiday do you celebrate?
2) What are you doing for the holidays this year?
Christmas Eve, we have our annual family get-together at my great aunts house and then our church service. Then Christmas morning we will open our presents early before we go to church!
3) What's your favorite holiday drink?
Definitely hot chocolate!!! Also, I have been drinking coffee for the first time this winter season so that is good too ;)
4) Candy cane or Gingerbread men?
Candy canes all the way! I like making gingerbread houses, just not eating the men :) Haha :)
5) What's your favorite holiday/Christmas song?
I love all those classic Christmas songs but some of my faves are Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, All I want for Christmas, and of course the Glee version of Baby, It's Cold outside :)
6) What's the weirdest gift you've ever received?
I really haven't gotten too many weird gifts that I can remember :( But almost every year without fail I get socks. Is that weird??? :)
7) Have you ever made a snowman?
Actually, I have never even seen real snow!!! When I went to NYC it was snowing a little bit, but it melted by the time it hit the ground :(
8) What is your favorite winter fragrance?
Anything from B&BW is always a fave but I love the Warm Brown Sugar and Twilight Woods :) Anything more rich and less flowery :)
9) What is at the top of your list this Christmas? 
For the first time in a while, I really haven't made much of a list! But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is of course on my list!!!
10) What is most important to you about the holidays?
 I think that spending time with my family and remembering the birth of Jesus is the most important :)

I hope you liked my tag!!! Don't forget to do it on your own blog or youtube channel :) Well this little sicko is going to bed! Talk to yall soon!!!

Love and candy canes,
Em :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Presents from Santa :)

Hey bloggies :) I hope your December is going awesome! With midterms coming up, mine's a little stressful :P But with only a week left for school until break, I think i can make it ;)

Today was the end of a CRAZY week in my Culinary Arts class. We have spent the entire week trying to decorate original gingerbread houses for the end of week contest. Now this might sound pretty Actually it was the most stressful week of this class in the entire year. But, I was in a group with 3 great friends and we ended up having a great time! We decided to build a Christmas present for our design and it turned out to be SUPER adorable!!!

As the judges were working, all the culinary students were forced to sit outside and wait it out. We were all eating leftover candy to stop us from freaking out :) There were two categories, the advanced students and the first years. I'm in the first year class so I didn't compete with the advanced ones, thank goodness!!! They were so good and I would have been even more nervous! But in the end...WE WON FIRST PLACE!!!!!! We were ecstatic!!! Here are some pictures: (PS. Dayshia wasn't in them because she had to go home :( )

Love and twizzlers,
Em :)


Friday, December 2, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree....

Happy December 1st and Merry Christmas!!! I am soooo stinking excited because this really is my favorite time of the whole year! Also, today is my Papa's birthday and I'm so thankful for him!!!

Finally, today we got to put up our Christmas Tree!!! I always think it is so fun to get all the boxes down from the attic, put up the tree, do the decorations, and listening to Christmas music the entire time :) Tonight we only put up the tree, but I put my tiny one in mine too! Here are some pictures...
Every year, Tigger licks the tree as soon as we get it out of the box :) He was so happy!!!

But...after the tree got up, he decided it was hard work and took a nap. That's my boy :)

My dinky little pink, fiber-optic, Charlie Brown tree :) It looks sad but I love it!

Zoey was freaking out so I sat on the couch with her while dad wrapped the lights :)

Then...she sat on me.

I wasn't quite sure what to do...
And here is are adorable tree!!! Minus the bow, but that goes on tomorrow ;)

Alrighty well i'm headed to bed :) Merry Christmas everyone and I will post more soon!
Love and tree lights,
Em :)