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Christmas Treats

I started my long term substitute job in 7th grade a few weeks ago… Needless to say, I’ve been insanely busy. Let me just say that middle schoolers are CRAZY and I am so glad that middle school is only one short part of everyone’s lives – because it’s a miserable time for everyone. I have plenty of ridiculous stories every day, and I leave school either hysterically laughing or bawling. There’s a fine line between the two.

Christmas is a logical time to experiment with tasty treats. Here are the three that I actually found time to try out. I’ve got a whole long list of recipes I wanted to try. Next year, I guess.

Anyway, some of these pictures should have been posted weeks ago, and for that I apologize. I can’t say that I made up any of these recipes on my own – but they’re all delicious.

Christmas Chex Mix: It doesn’t look quite as appetizing as it truly is. Since I used Chocolate Chex, the chocolate part mixed with the white chocolate chips created that weird brownish color. Recipe can be found here (her pictures look much better than mine). There’s only three ingredients!


Eggnog Cookies: Even if you’re not crazy about eggnog, you’ll like these cookies. Eggnog is used in the batter and in the frosting, but it’s only a small amount. They turned out soft and chewy (in a good way), and lasted that way for a while. Recipe can be found at Your Cup of Cake’s blog.


Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes: I have not tasted these yet, as they will be our Christmas Eve dessert tonight. They turned out cuter than I thought they would! I followed Glorious Treats’ recipe. Note: The batter is very thin, and she mentions it will be thin in her directions. Even though the batter was quite runny, the finished product turned out perfect. I was quite nervous for a while. I used peppermint bark (a gift from a student) as the garnish on top, but crushed candy canes would work well too!







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ribbon trees

This year for Thanksgiving, I was enlisted to plan a family craft. I found some pictures of ribbon trees on pinterest (surprise, surprise) and decided that would be perfect! Without further ado. here’s how to make them.


Cardstock (8.5 x 11)

5-6 different types of ribbon

Hot glue gun

Pom poms or other tree toppers


Clear tape



1) Cut out a cone using the cardstock. The template that I used can be found here. I had to make it a little smaller so the cone shape was skinnier than the template (the ribbon will add volume to the tree).

2) Tape the cone firmly together. I taped the flap first, and then along the whole outside of the cone.

3) Determine the pattern you want to use with your ribbon. I chose to somewhat alternate the gold ribbon with colored/patterned ribbon.

4) Cut the ribbon into segments 2-3 inches long. Longer ribbon will create a fuller tree. I ended up cutting a few, gluing them on the cone, and then cutting more as needed.

5) Start gluing the ribbon on, starting with the bottom layer. I would suggest slightly overlapping the ribbon so that the cone underneath doesn’t show. You can see in my picture that I should have overlapped a little more.

6) Once the bottom layer is done, start on the next layer, following the same method as before. Do this until the ribbon layers reach the top. If you want a fuller look, place the layers closer together. (You can see that I used tape in my pictures – it didn’t work quite as well as hot glue would’ve.)

7) At this point, you can do one of two things. You could add another layer of ribbon so that it goes all the way up to the top of the tree, or you can wrap some ribbon around the top of the cone. I chose the latter. It was a bit difficult to get the ribbon to spiral nicely around the cone shape, but it ended up looking just fine.

8) Using a small dot of hot glue, stick the pom pom or other tree topper on top.

Overall, I loved doing this craft. It took me nearly an hour but I enjoyed doing it! It would be cute to make some taller trees and some shorter trees and set the up together. Happy crafting!



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