Category Archives: Christmas Time

To celebrate the upcoming holidays and Christmas season, Chex cereal invited me and other local bloggers to an event at a nearby mall. We were asked to try out some new recipes and then had free reign to package them up as gifts. Well, you know I love to wrap things up–so I was in. The recipes that we made were so easy and yummy. You can see all of the Chex Recipes here. The Sugar Cookie recipe was my favorite and I’ve included the instructions below. If you need some last minute treat ideas you’ll love this one. You can make these with your kids to eat as a snack, give to teachers or hand out to neighbors. Merry Christmas!

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Sugar-Cookie

Sugar Cookie Chex Party Mix

You will need:
6 cups Rice Chex® cereal
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 ounce white baking chocolate or 1/4 cup vanilla milk chips
1 to 2 teaspoons colored edible glitter or sugar sprinkles

Directions: Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment and set aside.

Measure cereal into a large microwaveable bowl. In a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Add sugar and corn syrup; microwave uncovered on high 30 seconds until mixture is heated and can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Add white chocolate pieces and combine. Microwave uncovered on high 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute.

Meanwhile, pour sugar into a large freezer zip-type bag. After removing the cooked Chex snack mix from the microwave, let stand in the bowl for 1 to 2 minutes to cool. Pour Chex mixture into bag and shake. Spread onto waxed paper or parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with edible glitter or sugar sprinkles.

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Chex.





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Ahhhh, I love decorating gingerbread houses. For the last four years I’ve been in charge of a Gingerbread Decorating Party for a youth group at our church. I think I look forward to it just as much as the kids do. And this year my three daughters were all able to attend. It was really fun having them there. If you’re planning a Gingerbread Decorating Party, check out these gingerbread house decorating ideas we posted a few years ago. There are two download links below for the front and back of the invitation–it’s still one of my favorites. Click here for the invitation directions.

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I love decorating gingerbread houses but they never look display worthy for long, especially after the kids break off all of the candy and eat it. Then what? This year I discovered faux gingerbread houses. I’m sure they’ve been around forever, but it’s the first time I really noticed them. A friend and I both purchased different ones for our homes and everyone who see them checks to see if they’re real. I’m not giving up on decorating real gingerbread houses, but now I have a beautiful one to display every year. I put together several faux houses that I like in an eBay collection called (you guessed it) Faux Gingerbread Houses.

Faux Gingerbread Houses

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Every Christmas season my mom, sister and I make toffee to give out to friends and family. This year my mom dipped some of her famous toffee into crushed Oreo cookies. It was delicious! I can’t give out her super secret toffee recipe, but I did add toffee bits to my cookie pops and rolled them in crushed Oreos to see what would happen. Yum! Warning, these Oreo cookie truffle balls are very rich so you’ll only need one.

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Ingredients: 
8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
36 Oreo cookies, finely crushed in the blender — about 3 cups (plus about 20 more for coating the finished pops)
1 cup toffee bits
16 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions: Mix cream cheese, cookie crumbs, and toffee bits until blended. Shape into 48 1-inch balls (I used a My Little Cupcake mold to make mine round). Freeze  for 10 minutes. Dip balls in melted chocolate then roll in crushed Oreos. Place in single layer in shallow wax or parchment paper-lined pan and refreeze to set chocolate. Enjoy!

Step-by-Step

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This recipe was created as part of my collaboration with Oreo.





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Do your remember this fun Caroling Party from last year? Even if you don’t plan on having a whole party, you can still go out caroling with the kids to meet your new neighbors or deliver goodies. Check out the brand new printable tag (download button below) that you can tie onto a candy cane or your yummy homemade treats. And after you get home, don’t forget to warm up with donuts and hot cocoa.

Free Printable FaLaLaLa Banner at OneCharmingParty.com #christmas #christmasdecor #printable #falalalala

Free Printable Music for Pipe Chimes #christmas #pipechimes #printables

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Ever since I saw a charming Santa Mug a few months ago, I’ve been obsessed. Here are a few of my favorites, but you can see more of them in my eBay collection that’s growing daily: Jolly Old St. Nicholas Mugs

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Photography + graphic design for the Caroling Party by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.

Back to School party decorations on onecharmingparty.com #backtoschoolideas

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Wow, is it really time for Christmas shopping already? That means it’s time to think about wrapping presents too. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is gift wrapping. It started when I was young and my mom would ask me to wrap last minute presents on Christmas Eve. I made sure all of the corners were crisp and the folds were neat. When I was in college I used my hard earned money to have the expensive department stores wrap my gifts–I loved the way they looked under the tree. Now I wrap our presents at home and I use real satin ribbon and add a cute tag, candy cane or a fun ornament to the top just like the fancy schmancy stores do. (You can see my new favorite layered bow here and more gift wrapping ideas too.) And I’ve been known to (over) stock up on wrapping paper just to have a variety on hand. I’m really loving vintage wrapping paper lately. It gives my presents a retro look that’s hard to create with modern wrapping paper. And it’s extra festive this time of year!

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From my collection All Wrapped Up: 1. Christmas Village | 2. Santa Baby | 3. Shiny Brite | 4. O Christmas Tree | 5. Mid Century Modern | 6. Merry Christmas USA

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