Monday, December 19, 2011

3 DIY Projects for Kiddos + Butter Cookie Recipe

Happy Monday Friends!!! I've put todays mini collection on hold to bring you a few more Holiday posts as we slowly close in on our holiday blog party. Can you believe it, Christmas is at the end of this week! Craziness! How did it sneak up on us like that... Anyways, I always find myself doing tons of projects at this time of year; rushing to wrap presents last minute and trying my best to get everything in order before the big day. But now that we have kiddos our priorities have slightly shifted, and we're trying to take it a bit easier and sit back, relax and really celebrate this time together as a little family. Since a bunch of you have families with younger kids out there I thought it would be fun to share 3 DIY projects which we highly enjoyed. Oh and for those of you who don't have kids, the projects are still pretty fun! ;)

1.) Coffee Filter Snowflakes 
Fold a handful of coffee filters back and forth a few times and cut away. 
We love hanging ours on our front picture windows and throughout our home.
2.) Gift Wrapping Picture Frames
We have 3 larger posters on our dining room wall which during the holiday season get a little transformation. You could surely use some ribbon and other attachments too, 
but we simple wrapped our frames with gift wrap and a large bow.
3.) Baking Cookies for Santa!
What kid (or adult) doesn't love cookies. Wyeth loves to help cook and bake in the kitchen so making cookies is one of our new favorite things to do. We did 2 days of baking treats and the butter cookies (which are one of my favorites) are now Wyeth's favorite too! He gets super excited to be the taste test for this batter (no raw eggs) also! Directions below.

Homemade Butter Cookies Recipe
bakes about 3 dozen small round cookies

1 Cup of Butter (2 sticks)  //  1/4 Teaspoon of Salt  //  1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar  //  2 Cups of Flour

Mix dry ingredients. Microwave, melt the butter. Fold butter into dry mixture.  We roll small balls and press flat (Wyeth is demonstrating this to you in the photos above) you may also roll flat (1/2"- 1/4") and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 8-14 minutes. I usually under cook mine, closer to 8 minutes. Be warned too, that if your ovens temperature is off and you over-cook them just a tad to long, they'll taste terrible and come out like hockey pucks. ;)

p.s. I'll be back at noon with giveaway number 8 from this lovely lady!  

thought you may also enjoy a photo of the mister out late at night decorating our home :)

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