Peppermint Bark Brownies

I LOVE brownies…and I LOVE me some Peppermint…so…it makes total sense to me to combine the two with these delicious…

Peppermint Bark Brownies!

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If you love peppermint and brownies like I do…you may want to check out some of these past Idea Room Recipes:

Peppermint Candy Cane Donuts

Candy Cane Pancakes

Candy Cane Swirl Bundt Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Mississippi Mud Brownies

Oreo Brownies

Peppermint Cake

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These are unbelievably easy to make.  You don’t need any fancy recipe and you can even throw them together with a boxed brownie mix….which comes in handy when you are busy due to the holiday rush.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Peppermint Bark Topping
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2-3 crushed Peppermint candy canes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil (let it hang over top of pan) and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk cocoa and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and fully incorporated. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate pieces.
  3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each. Stir till smooth and spread on the top of the lukewarm brownies. Sprinkle the still warm chocolate with the crushed peppermint candy canes. Let cool till the chocolate has hardened into a nice Peppermint Bark.
  5. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 2Serve with LOTS of ice cold milk and a stripe-y straw…cause really…it tastes so much better when it is served up cute!  You can even serve it up in a Christmas-y milk bottle.  Don’t you just love this tiny little milk bottle wreath?  So cute right?

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 5I am obsessed with wreaths right now!  I made this by stealing a small stalk right off of the back of my box wood wreath that is in my family room.  Then I simply shaped it into a round wreath and wrapped a small piece of wire around it to hold it into a wreath shape.

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 6I am thinking of taking everything now and “putting a wreath on it”!  haha!  I for sure want to add some wreaths to the tops of my gifts now!

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 7So go ahead and make these for your next holiday party.  For one…everyone loves a good Brownie.  And two…Peppermint!  Who doesn’t love how tasty and festive Peppermint is this time of year!

  Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 9And when you run out of milk…and still have some Peppermint Bark Brownies left…you can always get a refill!

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Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe–Christmas Gift

Looking for a great Christmas gift?  Make these Myrrh Bath Salts!

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Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe

1/2 cup Rock Salt or Epsom Salt (or a mixture of both)

1/2 cup of Kosher Salt

drizzle of Olive Oil

5 drops of Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oil

*optional—3 drops of Lavender DoTerra Essential Oil (highly recommended because it smells amazing)

Mix the salts together in a bowl and then slowly drizzle a very small amount of Olive Oil on the salt.  This will be great for your skin in the bath.  Add your essential oils and mix together again.  Last up to 3 months in an air tight container.  Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup in a warm water for soothing, detoxifying and relaxing bath.  Makes about 1 cup.

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I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

For the directions of how to obtain the printable labels and how to make the crate and gift set you can go here:

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Set}

For the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe go here:

{Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe}

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

As promised, here is the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.  Thank you so much for remembering to send others to my site for the recipe!

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Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe 

3/4 cup Raw Sugar

1/4 Granulated White Sugar

up to 1/4 Olive Oil (I like them less oily and used about 1/8 cup)

      *I purposely chose Olive Oil in keeping authentic with the Christmas Story in the Middle East.

5 drops of Frankincense DoTerra Essential Oil

*optional—2 drops of Wild Orange DoTerra Essential Oil

Mix the sugars together in a bowl and then slowly add Olive Oil while mixing.  Add enough oil to get a good consistency…but not too oily.  Add your essential oil(s) drops and mix together again.  Scrub should last up to 3 months in an air tight container.  Use the scrub on skin as to exfoliate for smooth, soft skin.  Makes about 1 cup.

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I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

For the directions for how to obtain the printable labels and how to make the crate and gift set you can go here:

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Set}

For the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe go here:

{Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe}


Gifts of Christmas Gift Set

Yesterday I shared with you this simple Christmas gift idea based on the First Gifts of Christmas.  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were given to the Jesus by the Wise men who traveled from afar to see the Christ child.

sugar-scrubThe Christmas Holiday and Season has become so commercialized and as a mom, I struggle with trying to keep the focus of Christmas on the real meaning for my children.  We try to keep our Christmas presents for the kids fairly modest and reasonable…which can be difficult.   christmas-giftEvery year I try to come up with meaningful AND practical gifts.  I think this one fits those parameters.  As promised, I will be sharing the recipes and printables so that you can re-create these and give them this year to your loved ones.

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*I do ask that…as always…not to use these for sale in your own shops, etc.  Please do not share these recipes on your own sites.  I appreciate you sending people back here for the recipes and printables.  These are for your personal use only.  I would hate to have to start charging you for these, which I have had to consider in the past due to gross misuse I have unfortunately seen with some of my creations.

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils?

I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

What size are my bottles?  Where did I purchase them?

My Frankincense bottle was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter.  It holds about 3/4 cup. The bottle I used for the Myrrh was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is about 5.5 inches tall and about 2.75 inches in diameter at the base.  It holds about 1 cup.  Both bottles came with the cork lids.

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How do I make the gift crate/box?

I made the gift crate by simply cutting some old wood scraps so that they would fit my two bottles.  You may need to adjust your lengths and widths to fit the bottles you are using.  My finished crate measures 7 and 7/8 inch height (from base of the bottle to where the top of the bottle is in photo).  From side to side it measures about 7.5 inches in width.  And the box is about 3.5 inches tall (or sits up off the table at the base).  I hope that makes sense!

gifts-of-christmas-3arrows_thumb.jpg 1.  Cut 2 sides one length and then cut the top and bottom (2 pieces) a little bit shorter.  Cut them so that they can fit on top of the other one so that your box comes out with the right dimensions.  You will have to figure this out in your head based on the width of your wood.  I just eyeball it!

gifts-of-christmas-1.jpg 2.  Cut 4 or so 1 inch slats to make your base (or make a solid base). 3.  Glue them all together with a good wood glue.  We like Gorilla Wood Glue!  Throw a couple of small staples or nails in the sides to give it some extra hold.  Let it dry for 24 hours. 4.  Stain it or paint it.  I like Early American Stain by Min-Wax.  I just rub the stain on the box with an old rag (wearing gloves…sometimes).  Wipe off any excess and let dry.

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How did I decorate the crate?

1.  I filled the crate with some dry moss.  I picked it up from Michael’s originally but it was laying around in my craft supplies.  If your moss is really messy you can lay a piece of cloth at the bottom of the crate.  I just used a piece of canvas drop cloth…(that stuff has come in handy!)

2.  Lay the bottles in the moss and situate them so there is a little on the sides and tops and bottom of the jars.  They will settle in real nice like!

3.  Take a linen gift sack.  I found mine at Michael’s as well.  Fill it with some gold foil candy coins.  I purchased a large bag of Belgium chocolate from Costco as I plan to give them away to several people and wanted a nice quality chocolate.  Or you can opt for the dollar store version.  (If you can’t find those or they are too pricey…opt for some gold Rolos…or if you can afford it…real Gold coins…and then be sure to gift one to me ;)!

How do I get the labels and the printable Gifts of Christmas Parchment Scroll?

I print them on white cardstock (on a laser so they don’t run if wet; a copy center works great too) and then cut them out.  To attach the labels to the bottle, simply glue them on with a glue stick.  It works amazingly well to hold them in place and looks like they are a sticky label!

*I am happy to share these with you…but please do not sell them or use them for anything other than your own personal use.  It is so discouraging to me to see them misused and on other peoples websites and ETSY shops.  Please keep it so that I do not have to charge for them.  If you use them and/or love them…please send people to my site to get them!  I always appreciate that!  Your traffic is what allows me to keep doing what I do and sharing with you!

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{Frankincense Sugar Scrub Label}

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Tag}

{Myrrh Bath Salts Label}

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils (and others)?

I love DoTerra’s Essential Oils.  They are food grade safe and amazing quality and I use them all of the time.  I buy my oils from Julie Crowell.  She is happy to sell them to any of you who may want to purchase some and can answer any questions you may have.  Feel free to email her at [email protected] or message her on her wall or FB Page Drops 4 Life.  I think you will love them too!

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Go here for the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.

Go here for the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe. 

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh Gift Set

*Update 12.6.13–Here is the link to the Recipes, Tutorials and Free Printables : Gifts of Christmas

Too many sugar scrub recipes lately?  I couldn’t resist making a sugar scrub AND some bath salts this Christmas season using my Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils.  I actually wanted to make them last Christmas…but was right in the middle of figuring out my food allergy issues…so it just didn’t happen.

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I can’t believe another year has come and gone!!  Doesn’t it seem like time is speeding up as we get older?  Anyways…I am excited to share these new recipes with you!  I am so happy with how this whole gift idea just came together!

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And…they BOTH smell so good!  They have a great spicy, warm…Christmas-y scent!  I did a little research on each of the oils traditional and ancient uses and tried to come up with the best use for each.  So…I went with a Frankincense Sugar Scrub due to the amazing skin benefits Frankincense provides.  It is actually a common ingredient in some skin care products.

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And for the Myrrh, I decided to make some Myrrh Bath Salts.  Myrrh was anciently used in the embalming process and has purifying, restorative, revitalizing, and uplifting qualities. So I thought it would be perfect to be used in a nice, warm, relaxing bath environment.

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I also wanted to include the third gift that the Wisemen brought to the baby Jesus and decided to add some Gold Chocolate Coins in a little linen pouch.

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And of course I needed to have the perfect size of wooden crate for them to all fit in.  I made this crate out of leftover wood scraps and then stained it.  I will for sure share the tutorial for this for those of you who may be interested.

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Now…I realize that MOST of you are not going to have essential oils Frankincense and Myrrh laying around the house.  If you do…GREAT!!  You can make some of these today…or at least when I share the recipe!

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So, I thought it would be fun to give a set of Individual Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils (not this gift basket) to one of you!  I have teamed up with my DoTerra girl…Julie Crowell with Drops of Life, who is so knowledgeable about these amazing oils.

She is happy to answer any questions you may have about these oils and can sell you any that you might be interested in. You can email Julie at [email protected] or message her on her FB page which you can access by clicking on the link above with her name.  I can not tell you how much I have loved having these oils for my family and I.

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I will be sharing the tutorials and recipes for these oils tomorrow!  Today I want to give some away!  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a bottle of Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

*If you are on a mobile device, you may need to enter on a computer for the widget to work properly.  Depending on your internet speed or the busy-ness of the widget, you may need to wait a few seconds for it to load properly.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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It’s giveaway crazy town here lately!!  Are you enjoying these giveaways?  Want to see more?  Stay tuned…Tis the Season!  Good Luck!

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on December 12, 2013 . One winner will be chosen at random ad will be given a bottle of Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

12 Free Christmas Printables | Neighbor Gift Tags

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It is time once again for our monthly printable blog hop.  This month we are all sharing some fun and FREE Christmas Printables.  This is going to be our very last printable hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

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This month I thought it would be fun to share a simple neighbor gift idea.  I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to come up with a new twist on a well loved idea.  Giving a jar or a bag of homemade cookie mix is not a new concept.  I love the idea of sprucing it up a bit and putting it in a pretty package.

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I love having the ingredients to make cookies during the holiday season right on hand.  You never know when you will need to whip up some homemade goodies at the last minute with all of the parties and events…so these make for a practical gift too.

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I quickly sewed together some homemade cookie mix bags out of a canvas paint drop cloth.  I will share that tutorial here soon.  To see some other projects I have used a drop cloth for check these out!

Christmas Gift Bags

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Then I hand-stamped a wooden spoon with the word JOY!  To see how I did that you can read the tutorial here:

Hand-Stamped Wooden Utensils

Then fill up a plastic ziploc baggie with all of the dry ingredients for you favorite cookie or brownie recipe…or use mine!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*2 1/4 cups flour

*1 tsp. baking soda

*1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

*3/4 cup white sugar

*3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

*2 cups chocolate chips

nuts (optional)

*These are the ingredients you will add to the ziploc baggie.

Print out this Free Merry Christmas Tag and/or Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions and attach them to your Neighbor Gift.

Merry Christmas Tag

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions

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Need some more Christmas Printables! Yes…Yes…I think you do!  Check out these other fabulous ideas!  Be sure to hop on over and say hi!

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1. {The Dating Divas} ­ Festive and FLIRTY cards just for you two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} ­ A vintage 12 days of Christmas countdown activity.

3. {Whipperberry} ­ Holly Jolly Christmas printable to dress­up your holiday decor!

4. {Crafting Chicks} ­ Print and keep track of WHO you are giving to and WHAT you are giving them with these darling printable Christmas Lists pages.

5. {Tatertots &; Jello} ­ An easy way to display Christmas cards using a foldable ruler. Plus a free Holiday blackboard printable!

6. {L’il Luna} ­ Christmas Cookies in a Jar with free printable recipe! A cute and inexpensive gift idea!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} ­ “Blue Christmas” gift idea and printable tag for loved ones you’ll miss this year at Christmastime!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} ­ A sweet little tag and Hershey Kiss stickers to dress up a cute and fun gift

9. {The 36th Avenue} ­ Super Cute DIY Christmas Stockings made with our Free Printables!

10. {Paging Supermom} ­ Stocking Tags to personalize your family’s stockings plus coordinating “Naughty” and “Nice” labels.

11. {The TomKat Studio} ­ Printable “Dear Santa” Letter perfect for the kids to fill in and mail off to the North Pole!

12. {The Idea Room} ­ Fun Christmas Labels for your Christmas gifts and printables for a fun Neighbor Gift Idea & tutorial.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables {Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons}

12 Free Halloween Printables {Monster Mints}

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

 

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

For the Lowes Creator challenge for the month of December we had a few different guidelines challenges to choose from.  I chose to come up with some creative gift wrapping.

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This is another one of those projects that I used a paint drop cloth for.  You can find them at Lowes in the paint aisle.  I have used a drop cloth for several other past Idea Room projects:

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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I made the bag by cutting out 2 pieces of the canvas drop cloth that measured 8 x 13 inches.  You can really make this any size you wish depending on what you want to use the gift bag for.  This particular gift bag I am using as some Christmas Decorations in my Christmas Vintage Crate.

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Then I simply sewed the two pieces of canvas together starting at the top of one side and down around the bottom and then up the other side with a 1/4 inch seam.  Be sure to backstitch and reinforce each of the top and bottom sides and on the corners of your gift bag.

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Then I turned the bag right side out.  I sewed a hem on the top of the bag folding over the material once and then once again and sewed it with a 1/4 inch seam.  This gives you a nice clean finish to your bag.

Take some painters tape (I used Scotch’s 3M Blue Painters Tape) and tape off some lines for where you want to have your “grain sack lines”.  Stencil your red paint onto the canvas bag.  You can slide a piece of cardboard into the sack to prevent the paint from bleeding through the bag.

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Then I cut out the word JOY in some vinyl to stencil the word onto the bags.  You can use a simple stamp dipped into a little paint if you are unable to cut out the vinyl…or you can make a stencil the old fashioned way using some cardstock, your printer and an exacto knife.

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I also wrapped up some gift boxes using the canvas drop cloth the same way you would wrap a regular present.  Then I simply secured the ends with some safety pins and a few straight pins on the ends of the present and a small straight pin on the back of the present.

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Then wrap up your creative Christmas gift bags and give them away or use them in your Holiday Décor.   Don’t they make a fun and pretty gift to give to friends and family?  Cheaper than your Holiday Gift Wrap!

These Christmas Gift Bags of mine were picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online December 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Lump Of Coal | Christmas Gift

I have been wanting to make these simple Christmas Gifts for a couple of years now and finally got around to it.  I have always LOVED See’s Licorice Medallions and thought they would make the perfect lump-of-coal or “Christmas Coal”.

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And how perfect is it that they each have a letter “S” on them?!  We are going to pretend that the “S” stands for Santa Claus!  Because surely Santa’s Coal would magically have a letter S on them!

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To make the Santa’s Coal bags, I simply took some small linen bags that I picked up at Michael’s and stenciled “Santa’s Coal: North Pole” on them.  Could. NOT. be. any. easier!!

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And…you can make some too.  Want to get a copy of the stencil?  Click here to download:

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{Santa’s Coal Stencil}

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These are so simple to make and would make a fun gift for kids classmates, friends, the kids at your church or even as a fun little stocking stuffer!

If you can’t find the See’s Licorice Medallions (or you don’t like the flavor of Black Licorice…seriously…who wouldn’t like that flavor?) you can replace it with some black gumballs or jelly beans.

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And…last but not least, I made a little printable tag to go with it if you want.  You can use the tag with the stenciled Santa’s Coal bags or use the tag and attach it to a different bag altogether.

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{Santa’s Coal Gift Tag}

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If not, I have a simple and easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift for you.  This is definitely not a NEW idea…but simply a twist on an old standby gift…but in a pretty package.

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Now, I am personally not a drinker…but we do like a good sparkling cider drink.  Either way, you can wrap up the bottled beverage of your choice and gift it to your Thanksgiving Hostess.

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This wine bottle gift bag could NOT be any simpler to make.  As I have shared with you before…I am not the best seamstress in the world.  But…I can sew a straight line.  If you can sew a straight line…or if you are willing to learn how to sew a straight line, this is a project you CAN do!

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I took a canvas paint drop cloth (weird…I know)…but I had some left over from these earlier projects…Thanksgiving Table Linens, Monogrammed Table Runner and an upcoming project for Lowe’s (which I can’t post just yet).  Canvas Drop Cloths are really inexpensive too…or you can pick up some linen (or the fabric of your choice) at your local fabric store.

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Monogrammed Wine Gift Bag Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of fabric that measures 12.5 inches (for the bottle height) x 11 inches (for the bottle width).

*If your bottle is wider than normal you will need to add some inches to the width.

2.  Fold the material in half with the wrong side of the fabric out.

3.  Sew 1/4 inch seam along the bottom and the side of the bag.  Be sure to backstitch at each end and the corner to reinforce the seams.

4.  Turn the bag inside out.  Fold down the top of the bag 1/4 inch and pin so that the raw edge is inside the top of the bag.

5.  Sew along the folded edge around the entire top of the bag.  This will give you a nice finished edge.

*If you want it extra nice…roll the edge twice and iron before sewing.

6.  Iron the bag…which of course I clearly did not do…

7.  Print out a Monogram Letter of your choice.  To access the free Monogram Letters click the link below:

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{Monogrammed Bottle Gift Bag Letters}

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8.  Cut out the stencil.  If you want a black circle like I have (or another color) you will need to cut out the black area.  Tape your stencil in place.  Stencil your black paint onto the bag.  I stenciled mine about 4-5 inches from the bottom of the bag.

OR…use the stencil with some tracing paper to trace it onto the bag and then hand paint the monogram onto the bottle gift bag.

*Try measuring where you want the stencil by putting the bottle in the bag first to see where it will fall.

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Now you have a beautiful gift bag for your Thanksgiving gift.

And…I am also sharing these Thanksgiving Gift Tags.  Simply print them out and add a little bit of glitter to the wreath.  You can also use these gift tags with ANY Thanksgiving Gift you might be giving out this Thanksgiving!

Elf Movie Giveaway

Do you love movies as much as I do?  We love to watch movies together as a family.  One of our favorite family flicks is Elf.  We practically have the whole thing memorized and it’s fun to hear the kids all quote the movie together.  In fact, we can often catch each other saying a random Elf Movie quote on any given day…”I like to smile…Smiling’s my favorite!”

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I hope you like movies as much as we do, because today we have a really fun Movie Blog Hop Giveaway!!  I have teamed up with some other bloggers who are also sharing their favorite movie.  We are each giving away a little movie gift package just in time for the holidays!  How fun is that?

Ultimate Movie giveaway

First row: Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer–So you think you’re crafty || meet the Robinsons– Sugar bee crafts ||It’s a wonderful life & Pride and Prejudice– lil’ luna || A Series of Unfortunate Events– Simple Simon and Co

Second Row: Elf– The Idea Room || the Princess Bride & Remember the Titans — a girl and a glue gun ||Newsies–Simply Sadie Jane || Singing in the Rain–Flamingo Toes

Third Row: White Christmas –My sister’s suitcase|| Labyrinth–733 blog || While you were sleeping –Delia Creates || the Christmas Story –Lolly Jane

Fourth Row: Sweet Home Alabama–Simply Kierste || Christmas vacation, the Santa Clause, and Home Alone–Eighteen 25 || Horton hears a who–Girl loves Glam || Jumanji–Today’s Creative Blog

Fifth Row: Stardust–Craftiness is not optional || Runaway Bride–Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

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You can enter to win all these here….but check out each blog to get more details about their favorite movie!!!

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Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact us back or a new winner will be picked. Only open to U.S. residents.    elf-quote   And…I made up some free Elf Movie printables for you to use in your homes if you are interested.  Simply download them here: *If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”. {Elf Movie Quote Printables}   4-main-food-groups-elf **Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on November 23, 2013 . One winner will be chosen and sent The Idea Room Gift basket (without the basket).  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.