• Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints

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    Ok, hold the phone! These look delicious!!! So you may need to hit the gym after you are done with these little babies, it's worth it!

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    I'm pretty sure that these are my new musthaves for the holiday season! Here is the recipe!

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    yield: 2-3 DOZEN

    INGREDIENTS:

    FOR THE COOKIES:

    1 cup butter, softened

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1 egg yolk*

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    4 tsp red food coloring

    2 tsp cocoa powder

    1/2 cup granulated sugar or sanding sugar*

    FOR THE FILLING:

    4 ounces cream cheese, softened

    1 egg yolk*

    1/4 cup sugar

    1/8 tsp salt

    1/4 tsp vanilla

     

    DIRECTIONS:

    Preheat oven to 300ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    Beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.

    Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll them in the sugar* before placing on the prepared baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Use the back of a round teaspoon to make a small indentation in the cookie dough.

    Bake for 10 minutes.

    Meanwhile, make the filling: using an electric mixer or small food processor, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.

    After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into each indentation. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.

    Let cool completely before serving. Store covered and chilled.

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 15, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • DIY Kids Seesaw!

    Technology has taken over these days, and because of that, gifts for your kids can get pretty expensive. Let's give them some old fashioned fun for under $30! Take a look at how you can make this seesaw for a great gift!

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    Visit Classy Clutter's page for full instructions on this creation. It only takes about 2 hours from start to finish!

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 7, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • Christmas Peppermint Patties

    You're going to love this recipe! Super easy to make and so festive. Your neighbors and friends will love this little gift!

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    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
    • 4 cups powdered sugar, divided
    • 1 - 2 tsp peppermint extract or mint extract OR any other extract you want
    • food coloring - preferably gel or paste
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (to roll balls in)

    Instructions

    1. Combine butter and corn syrup together in a small bowl.
    2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and your choice of extract and beat until well combined. Add extract 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches your desired flavor.
    3. Stir in an additional cup of powdered sugar.
    4. Turn bowl onto a cutting board sprinkled with last cup of powdered sugar.
    5. Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth.
    6. Divide dough into three portions.
    7. Tint one portion red with the red food color/gel and one green. Leave one portion white.
    8. Shape into 3/4 inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
    9. Flatten gently with a fork.
    10. Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day.
    11. Store in an airtight container.
    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 6, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • Gifts for {Him}

    Ok, so gift giving for men is never an easy process! Luckily for us, Suburble made it a little easier this holiday season! Here is a great one that he is sure to love!

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    Adapted from Chopinandmysaucepan originally from The Wannabe Chef and the Food Network.

    • 500g/1 pound bacon
    • 1.5 tablespoons good quality sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

      Step 1 - Preheat oven to 180C/350F and place a rack on top of a baking tray (line with foil if you want to minimise the cleaning necessary). Cook bacon for 15-20 minutes checking after 15 minutes and drain on paper towels removing any excess fat.

    • Step 2 - Cool slightly and then place the bacon, salt and pepper in a food processor and blitz until fine (or as fine as you want). Store in the fridge in an airtight container and extend the life of this by using a clean spoon every time you use it.
    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 5, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • DIY Holiday Cards

    By request, our day 3 DIY project is Christmas cards! For this post, we have three different cards that are all very easy so when you have to make 100 of them, it won't take all that long! To find more of these cards and to visit the blogs that we were inspired from, visit http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/49-awesome-diy-holiday-cards?sub=1897995_725407

    Now onto card making!

    Ornament Card

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    Supplies: Papertrey Ink cardstock and stamps; buttons by Papertrey Ink & BasicGrey; misc. gemstones.

    Gift Boxes Card

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    Supplies:
    Cardstock: PTI (vintage cream)
    Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon
    Stamp: PTI (sentiment from Faux Ribbon)
    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
    Fiber: Bazzill floss

    Reindeer Card

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    This could even be turned into a canvas and would look GREAT with the snow globes that we made yesterday!

    Supplies: glitter of choice, Elmer’s glue, small paint brush, pencil, scissors, toothpicks, download a deer template or make your own, hairspray

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 4, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • Mason Jar Snow Globes

    It's day 2 of the 24 Days of Christmas! Today's tutorial is on these super cute mason jar snow globes. I have a little bit of a mason jar obsession, they just make everything look so cute! These little beauties can be gifted, or used for great decoration in your home. The best part is, you can put anything that your heart desires inside. Use this technique for other holidays too! Ok, now let's get crafting!

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    Here is a quick tutorial on how to make these cute decorations. Many of you already have several vintage mason jars and jelly jars, but you can find them at any major grocery or home goods store. At the Dollar Tree store, pick up four glass candlesticks for $1 each. For the trees, you can find them at Michaels Craft Store. It is a large bag of bottle brush Christmas Trees... and also some iridescent glitter and a bag of fake snow. Finally, you will need some paint if you would like to paint your candlesticks.

    You can use Martha Stewart all purpose craft paint (works on wood, glass, metal, all surfaces), or something similar to paint all of the lids and the glass candlesticks that will be used as pedestals for some of the jars.

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    Paint a soft aqua blue color for the first coat of paint, then follow up a second coat with a pearl color to give them an icy look.

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    After all of the lids and bases are painted and dry, glue the trees to the inside of the lids (leaving enough room to screw the lids back on their jar).  Then glue some of the lids to the pedestals you painted. Use Gorilla glue since it is waterproof and super strong. (Note: You must follow gorilla glue instructions for use).

    After the glue dries, put about an inch of the faux snow (called Frosty Snow) and sprinkle a bit of glitter into each of the jars.  Then, screw them onto each of their lids.

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    And there you have it! You have made yourself a cute little snow globe!!

    For more cute holiday decorating ideas, go to http://www.anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/ and check out her really cute ideas!

    Happy Crafting!

     

     

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 3, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • 24 Days of Christmas

    Can you believe it is already December? Time has flown by this year! We are going to do something new for this holiday season that we have never done before, The 24 Days of Christmas! Each day, we will have a new DIY project that you can do at home and give as a gift! Here it goes for day one! DIY Christmas Kitchen Towels!

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    These make the perfect gift and are so easy! Here is how its done...

    Supplies Needed:

    • Towels to embellish {I found mine at Joann’s and used a 40% off coupon.}
    • Trim {I bought two yards of each and had a little left over after decorating three towels.}
    • Thread to match trim
    • Fray check
    • Scissors and basic  sewing supplies
    • Sewing Machine
    • Iron
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    • Pin trim to the towel using a ruler to make sure each row is straight. I tucked about 1/2″ under on each side of the towel.
    • Stitch each row in place. Trim threads carefully. Use fray check or another anti-fray product on the trim’s raw edges.
    • Wash and dry the towels and they come out perfectly. Iron them and tie two together to gift.SOOO easy, and so cute!! Head on over to www.myblessedlife.net for more DIY Christmas ideas!!
    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On December 2, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • Black Friday!!

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    BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE!!! Don't miss out on this amazing deal! Buy a Workbox at regular price
    (excludes Ergo) and get one of the three above listed desks for free!!!

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On November 26, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • Thanksgiving Gathering

    Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? The stress of making sure everything looks perfect can be overwhelming at times. Luckily for us, The Tomkat Studio has provided us with a ton of free printables to make this beautiful gathering possible! Take a peek! Happy Thanksgiving!

    http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/thanksgivingprintables/

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    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On November 23, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

  • We Are Grateful For...

    Are you ready to find out who won Fan Friday this week?

    The Winner of the 2 pack of Magnetic White Board is..... JENNIFER TAYLOR!!! Jennifer, CONGRATS!! Send us a message on Facebook and give us your shipping info so we can send you your prize!!

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    How many of you loved that cute We Are Grateful For frame from Better Homes and Gardens? We did! Here is a little instruction on how you can recreate this great decoration for your Thanksgiving celebrations! It is really easy, all you have to do is cut out leaf shapes from lightweight colored papers or old book pages; write thankful messages and affix with push pins or glue dots to a piece of linen-covered foam core surrounded by a frame.

    This entry was posted in Scrapbox
    On November 22, 2014 by The Original ScrapBox

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