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    I was walking through Michaels the other day and found these adorable red berry containers! It was love at first sight! A Christmas gift idea was brewing and I love the outcome!

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    I came home and worked out this fun printable tag, which you can download below.

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    Then I dipped some strawberries in chocolate.  If you need tips on melting chocolate in your microwave, use these tips from Kirsten. It’s my go to for chocolate melting info.

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    I shredded some green paper for the filler, and placed my berries inside.  Use some bakers twine to add the tag and there you have it!

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    Another fun last minute gift for those you really love!  Let’s be honest, if you get chocolate from me there is love there! 😉

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    Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlte.  Today I am sharing a homemade idea for the holidays.  This Raspberry Sauce DIY Gift is perfect for topping cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt and more.  Plus, I have included labels which you can print later in this post.

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      I love the idea of making raspberry sauce for Christmas.  It says “Happy Holidays” with it’s vibrant red color.  The recipe I used makes approximately 6 oz, which is the exact size of mason jars I bought.

    Raspberry Sauce

    In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.  Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds. The sauce can be served warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

    *Make sure to sterilize your jars before adding the raspberry sauce.

    Raspberry Sauce Labels for Jars

     I wanted to make some labels for the tops of the jar lids.

    Raspberry Sauce Labels

     I recommend printing the labels on brown kraft paper.  I just like the rustic kraft look.  The labels are 2 inches.  Just cut or punch each label.  I used adhesive tape to secure the labels to the tops of the lids.  Then I tied a cute ribbon around the rim of the lids to finish this diy gift.

    PRINT LABELS HERE

    DIY Gift  Raspberry Sauce

    Raspberry Sauce // DIY Gift
    Ingredients
    • 2½ teaspoons cornstarch
    • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
    • ⅓ cup water
    • 12 oz raspberries, thawed
    Instructions
    1. In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2½ teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and ⅓ cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat.
    2. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.
    3. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds.
    4. The sauce can be served warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

    Easy Raspberry Sauce

    Hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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    St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!

    Hi Crafting Chicks readers!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am so excited to be back with you sharing a fun no-bake sweet treat!  I love to make seasonal treats – you may remember my Red, White & Blue Summer Snack Mix from this Summer.  And this Mayflower Munch Mix is always a huge hit at Thanksgiving!  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought a little red and green was in order!  Take a peek at the easiest chocolate covered pretzels EVER {and they make a super cute holiday gift} … St. Nick’s Nibblers!!

    St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

    I have made tons of chocolate covered pretzels before – these pumpkin pie spice pretzels just last month, in fact.  And while dipping pretzels in melted almond bark or white chocolate is not terribly difficult, I always spend a ton of time fishing pretzels out, waiting for the excess chocolate to drip off, getting a smooth pretty surface while wielding two forks or skewers … needless to say, the whole process for me is a little clunky and messy.

    BUT, I finally found the perfect pretzel for dipping – sourdough pretzel nuggets!  They are bite size, easy to hold onto and even easier to dip! Here is a look at my set up:

    St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

    I line a baking sheet with parchment paper, get a bowl of sprinkles ready, melt my chocolate and get to dipping!!  This would be a perfect snow day activity or a way to get your kids in the kitchen – who doesn’t LOVE sprinkles?!

    St. Nick’s Nibblers {The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!}

    St. Nick’s Nibblers – The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
    Ingredients
    • Sourdough pretzel nuggets
    • White chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark (I love vanilla Candiquik!)
    • Seasonal sprinkles, jimmies, colored sugar, crushed cookies/candy or any other fun thing to sprinkle on
    Instructions
    1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Fill a small bowl with your sprinkles and have it nearby - I like to put mine right on the baking sheet.
    3. Melt chocolate/almond bark/Candiquik according to package directions.
    4. Dip each sourdough pretzel nugget about ½ to ¾ of the way into the chocolate.
    5. Allow the excess to drip off and place it on the baking sheet.
    6. Add sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
    7. Allow pretzels to set - pop them in the fridge for faster setting up.
    8. Package for gifts or munch for a fun seasonal no-bake treat!

    You can make a big batch of St. Nick’s Nibblers in no time … then package them in mason jars, seasonal paper treat cups or cello bags, add a cute gift tag and start playing Santa to your neighbors, family and friends!  I bet your co-workers would love to find these cute little chocolate covered pretzel bites waiting at their desk, too!

    St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

    This year, I hope your holidays are merry and bright, the stockings full and your hearts overflowing!!  You are a gift!

    Now, how about a few more of my favorite easy holiday recipes?!


    This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’S KISSES but all opinions, designs, and images are all my own.  

    MERRY-KISSMAS-1 The holiday season is upon us and now it’s time to find small ways to show people that we care.  I love putting together small simple gifts that I can hand out for fun or as a party favor for holiday guests.  It also helps if I can find a way to get my girls helping so they can see that making things for others is fun and rewarding.

    These “MERRY KISSMAS” treat bags are a simple way to spread holiday cheer amongst family and friends during the Christmas season. And the bonus is that my girls love to fill these little bags with their favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates and give them to their friends at school before winter break starts. This is a super easy project kids can help with.

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    Start by downloading the file and print 1 color copy of the “MERRY KISSMAS” Gift Tag Printable onto white cardstock paper.

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    merry-kissmas-tags Cut your tags out either with scissors or paper cutter.  Each tag measures 2×3″ but you can size them smaller if you want to.  I left a little extra white space on the top and bottom for that.

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    Grab your bags and fill each one up with some HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy. I found that I could fit 4-5 HERSHEY’S KISSES in each bag so they could close nicely.

    merry-kissmas-treat-tags Now to attach the cute tag.  Grab some double sided tape or you could go with a stapler like I did. I just kind like the look of staples.

    And that’s it! Your treats are ready to gift.

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    Here are the full instructions:

     

    Supplies:

    • 12 clear plastic or cellophane zipped bags (found at jewelry or craft stores)
    • 3 bags (11oz) of HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates in red, silver and green foils (or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy)
    • White cardstock paper
    • Scissors
    • Stapler or double-sided tape

     

    Resources:

    • “MERRY KISSMAS” gift tag printable

     

    Instructions:

    1. Print 1 color copy of the “MERRY KISSMAS” gift tag printable onto white cardstock paper. (One page includes 12 gift tags.)
    2. Using scissors, cut out each gift tag and set aside.
    3. Fill each of the plastic bags with HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy. Once full, zip the bags closed.
    4. Using a stapler or double-sided tape, attach the cut-out gift tags to the front of the plastic bags.
    5. Gift to family, friends or neighbors during the holidays.
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    Hey friends!  Here are a couple of Chicks Picks, Gift Under $15!!!! 😛

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    DIRTY DIET COKE KIT:  2 liters of Diet Coke + a bottle of coconut syrup + a lime and this cute tag from Mique at THIRTY HANDMADE DAYS and you are set!

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    E.L.F. Lip Gloss Set…these are the kinds of things that are fun to get as a present.

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    E.L.F. Party Nail Cube…gotta love some new nail polish

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    Willow Tree Figurines:  I love giving these as gifts. Each has a meaning and convey a nice message to the receiver.

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    SLIPPERS:  I love a great fuzzy pair of slippers!!!!!!

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    CUTE HAT:

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    DARLING Gloves:  I can’t say enough about these gloves….

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    WET BRUSH:  I’ve heard they are amazing!!!!  I need one ;)!!!

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    What are some of YOUR favorites???

     

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    One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is the 12 Days of Christmas.  For as long as I can remember, my mom has been making up fun little packages of 12 Days gifts for widows or widowers.  She would drive up to 40 miles to deliver these packages, most the time not even knowing the person who was recieiving them, just finding out that they needed Christmas cheer.

    We have kind of done this on and off for a few years, but decided to pick this up last year as a family and delivered one bag full of fun gifts to a single lady who doesn’t have family near.  It was so exciting to drop the bag off and run and just know that she was going to have a fun surprise awaiting her each night til Christmas.  This year we are going to deliever to her again and two other elderly couples in our neighborhood.  We can’t wait.  It is such a great thing to teach my young daughters that the real joy in Christmas comes from giving and not receiving.

    So here is how you can do the 12 Days of Christmas.

    Gather 12 gifts for each person.  Some ideas are:

    • Holiday hand towels
    • Small box of chocolates
    • Holiday note paper
    • Holiday pen
    • Holiday mug with hot chocolate
    • Small holiday decor
    • Christmas story
    • A holiday place-mat
    • Small nativity (Nik’s block nativity would be SO fun)
    • Candle
    • Ornament
    • Snow globe

    Basically, I go to the dollar store and find anything that I could use.  Target also has a fantastic dollar section where I found most of these things.  I also will buy some things after Christmas and place them in my Christmas totes to store them for next year.  Then I am ahead of the game with at least a few items. :)  You will also want to buy a large Christmas bag to place all the presents in.

    Next you will want to wrap your presents.  Make sure you know who is getting what if you are doing more than one person, so that you don’t duplicate presents to someone.

    My mom has written some fun rhymes for each day.  She said that I can share these with you.  It is a Word document and you can make a fun tag with them or do whatever works for you.  Place these on each present and place them all in your sack.

    Take the presents to the lucky recipient, ring the bell and run!  You will be surprised at how exciting and happy you feel!

    Now, this isn’t just for people you don’t know.  You could also do a fun 12 Days for your kiddos, your hubby (I’m sure those husbands need a reminder of how much we love and appreciate them), parents, grandparents.  You wouldn’t have to do these in secret.  Just hide the presents somewhere you know they would find them, like in the car for your husband, in your kids dresser.  You could have a lot of fun with this.

    I hope this helps you feel the spirit of giving this season.  Let us know how you go about teaching your kids about service during this season.  We <3 to hear your ideas!!

    Merry Christmas!

    Becky

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