Glitter Ornament Tutorial

Glitter Ornaments via LashesandDashesFor the past two years I have made Glitter Christmas Ornaments for my Family and Friends. The Ornaments are super easy to make once you get the hang of it! This year on a couple of the ornaments I combined paint and glitter. I also painted faces on a few to make Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Frosty. Excuse the messy table, it is my crafting table that has seen better days.

Supplies

Floor Wax (I bought mine at Dollar General, but you could also use Pledge Floor Care Multi Surface Finish.)

Fine Glitter

Glass Ornaments

Funnel

Instructions 

Swish water around the glass ornaments, place the ornaments upside down, let dry completely. Place a drop of the floor cleaner in the dry ornaments, swirl the cleaner around the whole ornament, let the excess cleaner drop out of the ornament into the bottle of cleaner. Using a funnel (I made my own out of paper) pour in the glitter, turn the ornament so that the glitter covers the entire ornament. Let the excess glitter fall back into the container of glitter. Place the top with the hook back on ornament. After this step you can either finish or you can add the finishing touches. A few adjustments I made, was using the floor wax as a paint thinner, I mixed together a bit of acrylic paint and the floor wax. Using the same technique I did with the glitter, swirl the paint around the ornament until the ornament is covered. Play around with the paint, you could mix together two colors, or add glitter.

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Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

Glitter Christmas Ornament via LashesandDashes

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Non- Alcoholic Christmas Sangria

Non- Alcoholic Sangria via LashesandDashesTraditionally we have Punch every Christmas but this year we all decided to try something completely different, Non- Alcoholic Christmas Sangria. I halved the recipe and made a few adjustments to the recipe by The Kitchn . The drink was a big hit in my opinion, I would most definitely make it again! The Sangria was very refreshing, I think it would be great for a hot Summer day! Below I will post the recipe I used, be sure to check out The Kitchn blog and tell her I sent you 🙂

Serves 4

1 cups boiling water
1 black tea bag (or 1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea in an infuser)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 half apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 1/2 cups carbonated water

Directions

Pour boiling water over tea bag and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag and stir in sugar to dissolve.In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

Crab Muffins for New Years Eve

Crab Muffin via LashesandDashesIf you are looking for a simple yummy Appetizer for New Years Eve I have the one for you it’s Crab Muffins! We have made this in our family for years and it is one of our favorites! The Muffins are just the right amount of seafood, not to fishy but you still know you are eating seafood. The Crab Muffins are also super easy to make, with only four ingredients. I used a muffin tin to bake them on but feel free to use a cookie sheet, all of my cookie sheets at the time I made this were baking Nut Rolls (Recipe to Come). Sorry for the rush job on the pictures, I was very excited to make these not to mention very hungry!

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Crab Muffins via LashesandDashes

Crab Muffins via LashesandDashes

Crab Muffins via LashesandDashes

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Ingredients

1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese Spread

1 small can Bumble Bee Fancy Lump Crab Meat 

1 package Thomas English Muffins

2 TBS melted butter

Take lid off of Cheese Spread microwave for 10-15. Open can of Crab meat, drain. Place crab meat in a bowl, using fingers go through the meat to get out any leftover shell. Once you have gone through to meat, mix together the cheese spread and crab meat in a bowl. Separate the English Muffins in half. Place the English Muffins on your baking dish, spread the melted butter over the top of the muffins. Scoop the Crab mixture onto the English Muffin. Broil until the Crab mixture is bubbly. Enjoy Hot 🙂

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad via LashesandDashesCranberry Salad has been in our family archives for many years.  My mom received the recipe from an Old Tea Room in Medina, Oh.  when they were closing. She was absolutely thrilled that they gave the “secret” recipe to her.  She has made this for many years now at Thanksgiving and Christmas , we all look forward to it! This year my Mom gave me the honors of making it for Christmas dinner. Whenever we take this Salad to a gathering it is gone within minutes! The Cranberry Salad is the perfect pairing with Turkey or really any meat of your choice.  If your looking for a light refreshing dessert this would be perfect! If you have a sweet tooth be sure to make the topping for the Salad, we did not use the topping this year since we were having the salad with dinner. The Salad also freezes wonderfully, but if you do decide to make the topping be sure to make it fresh when you serve the salad.  The recipe serves 10-12 people.  Enjoy!!

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Cranberry Salad via LashesandDashes

Cranberry Salad via LashesandDashes

Cranberry Salad via LashesandDashes

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Ingredients
2 bags fresh cranberries
3 oz package Cherry Jello, blended with 1 cup boiling water, cooled to room temp
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled
Finely grated peel of 1 orange
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup mandarin orange sections well drained

Directions
Wash the cranberries, using a food processor coarsely chop the cranberries. Once you have chopped all of the cranberries place them in a large fridge safe container. Coarsely chop the peeled apples, the place in the container. Pour the pineapple and mandarin oranges into the container. Mix together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate the Salad overnight. Serve chilled.

Topping Ingredients
1 package cream cheese softened
Small jar marshmallow cream
2 TBS orange juice

Mix together the above ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Place dollop of topping upon each serving of Cranberry Salad.

Christmas Place Settings

Christmas Place Setting via LashesandDashesAt our House my Mom always makes Christmas so special with every detail covered. One of the things she likes to do is make beautiful place settings for our table. This year she asked for my help with some new ideas. Below are three ideas for the Place Settings, I have included two variations for each Setting. When my Mom sets the table for a special occasion she includes a favor for our Guests, just a little extra something special.

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For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses still wrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 5 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

I saw a Place Setting Similar to this on Pinterest and decided to do my own take on it.

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This Place setting is the same as above but with one small adjustment. For this place setting you will need 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Cloth Napkin folded into a Square, Gold Silverware, 2 Hershey Kisses unwrapped, 1 Baby Carrot, 6 Chocolate Chips in Christmas Colors, 1 Piece of Red Fabric for Scarf.

The variation for this setting is a very simple one, just unwrap the Hershey Kisses.

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For this Place Setting you will need: 1 Bread Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Christmas Glass, 1 Place Mat in Shape of Christmas Ornament, 1 Cloth Napkin in Shape of Christmas Tree, Silverware

Before this year I had never seen a napkin folded into a tree, it is the hottest trend for Place Settings this year. I will post the how to video below.

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Same as above except we put Hershey Kisses in the Folds of the Napkin

The Hershey Kisses would be our Favor on this Place Setting.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan.

My mom taught me how to fold the napkin into a fan, I will post the tutorial below.

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For this Setting you will need: 1 Charger Plate, 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread Plate, 1 Petit Four, Gold Silverware, 1 Christmas Goblet, 1 Napkin folded into a Fan 1 Christmas Place Mat.

The Petit Four is from our favorite Bakery in Louisville Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli, before we headed back home we picked up several Petit Fours for Christmas and froze them so they would be fresh.  You could also use a favorite cookie or other yummy goody of your choice.

From Our Table to Your Table we wish you the Merrist of Christmas!

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Peppermint Roll

Peppermint Roll via LashesandDashesJust like the Pumpkin Roll at Thanksgiving it is a tradition in my family to make Peppermint Roll for the Christmas Season. Peppermint Roll is super easy to whip up for a Christmas party or Family get together. I hope your family loves this dish just as much as mine! This recipe makes one large Peppermint Roll and one small Peppermint Roll.

As a side note “Santa” has come early in my house, and delivered a brand new 6 Qt Kitchen Aid Mixer. Today was the first day I have used it. I am so Thankful “Santa” brought it early, I absolutely love it and it makes baking much easier!

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Make sure to bake on the middle rack

Peppermint Roll

Ingredients

1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix

Directions

Line jelly roll pan with wax paper. Prepare angel food cake mix as directed on back of box. Pour 3/4 of batter onto lined jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, make sure to keep your eye on the cake while in the oven as it can burn quite easy. After the 15 minutes pull the wax paper up to reveal the bottom of the cake, check to see if it is brown. Remove cake from oven. Turn the cake onto another piece of wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar, quickly pull the wax paper off of the cake, if the cake starts to stick to the wax paper it was baked on use a serrated knife to help peel the cake off.  Roll the cake on the wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar unto its self. Let the cake cool. When the cake is cool mix up your whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream Topping

Ingredients

1 Pint Whipping Cream

1 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

2/3 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

1 tsp Peppermint Extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Put Mixing bowl and whisk into freezer. Pour the whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Using either a stand mixer or hand held mixer with whisk attached start at lowest speed and slowly increase speed to med-high or speed 8 on Kitchen Aid Mixer. Continue mixing until the whipping cream holds stiff peaks. Pour in the peppermint extract. Using a spatula incorporate the peppermint baking chips and the chocolate chips, incorporate carefully as to not deflate the whipped cream. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated spread the whipped cream mixture onto the cooled cake, re-roll the cake in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.  To garnish the top spread whipping cream on top and sprinkle with the peppermint chips.  Enjoy and may this become a tradition in your home!