Gift Wrapping Ideas – 12 Days of Christmas – Day 7

Here’s a collection of 12 fabulously festive Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas. You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

Meet The Hostesses

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

It’s Day Three and we’re sharing

12 Fabulously Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

 

Welcome, Katie Lynn from The Organized Dream.

1. Chalkboard Inspired Wrapping by 13AcresBlog.com.
 
2. Decorating with Twigs by ARuffledLife.com.
3. Brown Wrapping with Stamps found on Babble.com.
4. Gingerbread Gift Tags by DecoratorsNotebook.co.uk
5. Personalized Christmas Wrapping by BoxwoodClippings.com.
6. Wrapping With Greenery from TheseFourWallsBlog.com.
7. Copper Bells Gift Accent Idea from CoxandCox.co.uk.
8. Gift Decorating with Beads from Skonahem.com.

 

9. Glitter Snowflake Gift Decor from PaperieBoutique.com.
10. Ornament Cluster Gift Wrapping by OhHappyDay.com.
11. DIY Word Search Gift Wrap by SomethingTurquoise.com.
12. Color Me Wrapping Paper found on FamilyHoliday.net.

 

 
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Decor Storage – 12 Days of Christmas – Days 3

Today, we’re talking organization and Christmas Decoration Storage at the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Blog Hop with a group of fantastic bloggers. You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

Meet The Hostesses

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

12 Days of Christmas Ideas

Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas

Welcome, Lindsay from The Crazy Organized Blog.

It’s day three of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series and it’s my turn to share! Since I’m a sucker for a great organizing solution, I’m sharing the 12 Most Creative Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas on the web!

1 Christmas Lights

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2 Fragile Glass Ornaments

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3 Christmas Tree

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4 Labels

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5 Garland

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6 Christmas Cards

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7 Wreaths

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8 Wrapping Paper

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9 Cardboard Dividers for Ornaments

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10 Gift Wrap Station

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11 Egg Cartons for Ornaments

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12 Clear Containers

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

Remember when you were a kid, and your mom baked you cookies? Well, today, I’m baking up something tasty and delicious just for you. And, it’s a perfect treat with your favorite cup of coffee. As promised in my newsletter, Coffee With Lorelai, here is a fantastic Sugar Cookie Recipe.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

A Delicious Heart-Shaped Treat

 

This recipe is so simple and can be used whether you are rolling out your sugar cookie dough, or pressing it into a cookie mold. For these heart-shaped sweeties, I used a beautiful cookie mold pan.

 

 

This pan is always fun to use any time of year, but for obvious reasons, it is especially nice at Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few TIPS for using a non-stick Cookie Mold Pan:

  1. Do not over bake the cookies. The raised edges around the cookies will hold in heat while they cool.
  1. Let the cookies cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes on a cooling rack. Then, turn the pan over and give the bottom of each shape a gentle, yet forceful, smack to release the cookies.
  1. Remember that the cookies will raise a little during baking. You can adjust the thickness of the final bake by adding more or less dough to the mold.

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s What You Need:

Butter, Sugar, Salt, Eggs, Vanilla extract, Almond extract, and Flour. Optional: Frosting or Cookie Glaze.

How-To:

  • Pre-heat oven to 375° F

  • Cream softened Butter, Sugar, and Salt until light and fluffy. (I use my new KitchenAid mixer on medium speed).
  • Add one Egg Yolk, beat slightly
  • Add one Whole Egg, Vanilla extract, and Almond extract, beat slightly. (If you don’t have almond extract, Rum extract is very tasty).
  • Add Flour, and beat on low until well mixed. Do not over beat. The dough will be sticky-ish.

 

  • Press dough into ungreased cookie molds. Fill each shape about half way.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are slightly browned

 

  • Let cool in pan for 15 minutes
  • Remove cookies from pan, and finish cooling on wire racks
  • When cookies are room temperature, you can Frost or Glaze.

 

 

If you are Rolling your Sugar Cookie Dough to use Cookie Cutters:

  • Wait to pre-heat your oven
  • Once Dough is mixed, Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour, or over night
  • Take sugar cookie dough out of freezer, and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  • Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  • Knead dough until smooth
  • Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with flour
  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness for best results
  • Sprinkle flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking
  • Use Cookie Cutters to stamp out desired shapes
  • Place cookies on baking sheets covered in Parchment Paper
  • You can bake your cookies and they will hold their shape, but if you need them to be absolutely perfect, place prepared cookie sheets in the freezer for exactly 10 minutes to re-chill
  • Once re-chilled, take out of freezer and bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  • These cookies should not have browned edges
  • Now, you have the perfect Sugar Cookie

 

These cookies are great for sharing. We put a special package together to take to Luke’s dad for his 85th birthday this past week. He loved them!

The wrapping was simple. All it took was some wax paper and ribbon. I placed the cookies pretty side down on the wax paper, and folded the wax paper around the sugar cookies. Then, I turned the package over so the pretty side of the cookies were up, and tied my ribbon around the wax paper to hold it closed. It was a perfect old-fashioned wrapping for an old-fashioned style sugar cookie.

 

 

Now, I mentioned above that these incredible sugar cookies would be fantastic with your coffee. So, I want to know…

What is YOUR Favorite Coffee Drink?

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Want a Printable Recipe? Well, here you go:

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Sugar Cookie Recipe
 
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Salted Butter (softened)
  • 1 Cup - Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 large Whole Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Almond extract
  • 2-1/2 Cups - All Purpose Flour

    Optional: Frosting or Cookie Glaze.
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  2. Cream softened Butter, Sugar, and Salt until light and fluffy. (I use my new KitchenAid mixer on medium speed).
  3. Add one Egg Yolk, beat slightly
  4. Add one Whole Egg, Vanilla extract, and Almond extract, beat slightly. (If you don't have almond extract, Rum extract is very tasty).
  5. Add Flour, and beat on low until well mixed. Do not over beat. The dough will be sticky-ish.
  6. Press dough into ungreased cookie molds. Fill each shape about half way.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are slightly browned
  8. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes
  9. Remove cookies from pan, and finish cooling on wire racks
  10. When cookies are room temperature, you can Frost or Glaze.

    If you are Rolling your Sugar Cookie Dough to use Cookie Cutters:

  11. Wait to pre-heat your oven
  12. Once Dough is mixed, Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap.
  13. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or over night
  14. Take sugar cookie dough out of freezer, and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  15. Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  16. Knead dough until smooth
  17. Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with flour
  18. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness for best results
  19. Sprinkle flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking
  20. Use Cookie Cutters to stamp out desired shapes
  21. Place cookies on baking sheets covered in Parchment Paper
  22. You can bake your cookies and they will hold their shape, but if you need them to be absolutely perfect, place prepared cookie sheets in the freezer for exactly 10 minutes to re-chill
  23. Once re-chilled, take out of freezer and bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  24. These cookies should not have browned edges
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Holiday Tags – Free Printable

To ring in December, we have some Holiday Tags with Free Printable from our Regular Contributor, Michelle James.

Hi, and welcome to December. I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn’t eat too much.  I know I did.

Are you excited for the Holidays, or is it just another part of the year for you? I have mixed feelings. I really love the holidays once they are here, but as they are approaching, I sort of dread thinking about all that goes along with them. I guess it makes me tired.

As I said though, I do love them once they arrive.

I love to create fun digital products for the holidays including scrapbooking cards, tags, wine bottle labels, and more.

My first creation of this season is some holiday tags. They are small so can hang on a gift, or small bottle of wine. I think they are a lot of fun and can be used for many ideas.

I am going to print a couple of pages of these, cut them apart and have them ready when I need them.

My favorite way is to hang a tag on a gift along with a fun, sparkly snowflake. I got these at a discount store, and I love the way they look hanging with the tag. And you get 10 in the package. That is a great, inexpensive way to brighten up a gift.

I think they would look festive on a package as well.

I have already told you before that I love to offer a free printable to my readers and what better way to kick off the season, right?

Click HERE to Download Printable!

So, to download these tags just click on the link below.

I hope you enjoy the tags and be sure to check out my blog for other printables such as my Wifi Password Printable that has been really popular.

See you next time!

Michelle

 

Visit Michelle at her blog, Michelle James Designs!

 

 

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