One of my FAVORITE Christmas traditions is making “Christmas” mints. What are Christmas mints you say? Glad you asked! While most ladies are slaving away in the kitchen making Christmas cookies, I’m dipping homemade mints in chocolate. And the Christmas mints have a great story…it’s a doozy so here’s the Reader’s Digest version. It’s a family recipe that’s been passed down generation to generation along with an antique doughnut hole cutter to cut out the mint dough (aka…the innards). Six years ago, the tradition was passed down to me from my mom. The mints are to die for. Trust me. They’re so good that I’m certain with the right marketing and supply chain management system that I could single-handedly take down York Peppermint Patties. They’re THAT good! Anyway…I make thousands of these things every Christmas season and package them up. And this year…I got a little creative with the packaging.
Recognize the treat boxes? They’re leftover boxes for our wedding favors. We thrifted it up this year and reused what we already had instead of spending $50-$75 on Christmas treat tins and boxes. And here is the outside of the box complete with baker’s twine and cedar clippings from the bush out front.
Crafting up the boxes was super simple. It all started with a few basic craft supplies and leftover wedding favor boxes. Note the message on the inside…”Whoopie, we got hitched”. Can you tell we gave out whoopie pies as favors?! And in the craft supplies pic below…ignore the jute and the glitter paint. These were replaced with baker’s twine and gold metallic paint. This is what happens when you start making treat boxes four weeks ago and frantically finish them last night in order to give them out today. #procrastinationmaximation
First step…I had to cover up the “Whoopie” message which is not Christmas appropriate. Well, maybe it’s late night, post Christmas party appropriate but definitely not the message I want to share with my friends and family this Christmas season. So I used some Martha Stewart chalkboard stickers that was leftover from labeling some office supply jars, to cover up the stamped on message.
Then I took some of the Martha Stewart gold metallic paint that I picked up at Michael’s.
Tested out how the paint looked on the chalkboard label.
And painted the message onto the labels, channeling my inner calligrapher. I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon in hopes of making it big in the calligraphy world.
After letting the paint dry for a little while it was time to assemble the boxes. I was pseudo worried about the paint getting on the mints and contaminating them. But I always line my treat boxes with parchment paper so I powered through.
Then out came the Martha Stewart, Christmas themed baker’s twine, also from Michaels. I swear I wasn’t paid or perked by Martha to use her products. I just have this strange infatuation with all things Martha. Martha’s my girl!
To polish off the treat boxes, I wrapped them in a double strand of red baker’s twine and then tied a few cedar clippings into the twine bow.
The cedar clippings came from an overgrown bush out in our front yard and is the product of shear laziness. I wanted to green up the treat boxes but it was pouring outside and I didn’t want to put a coat and shoes on. I told you shear laziness was involved. So off to the front porch I went where I simply opened up the door, reached over to the bush which is spilling out into the front stairway these days, and snipped off a branch. No outside in the rain time necessary.
And scene. Signed, sealed, delivered. Completed Christmas mint favor boxes ready for passing out. Okay, now send me your addresses so I can send you a box of mints. Kidding!
Pssst…What last minute Christmas projects are you whacking off your to-do list? Any family traditions that you’re carrying out? Or crafts still to be made?
Happy Blogiversary! Can you believe it?! The blog baby is two already! They grow up so fast (she says as a glistening tear rolls down her cheek). And like any good mama, I made cake for the birthday blog:
And yes that’s one of Martha’s domed cake stands from Macy’s. I love, love, LOVE it! And not just because it’s from the Martha line (I may have an ever so slight crush on that old broad), but also because it keeps the Goose from getting into the cake. Mmm…cake.
It’s the layered, pink lemonade cake that was featured on the cover of the May Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
You can get the recipe for both the cake and the lemonade butter cream frosting here. And FYI…it’s amazingly delicious!
So as I cut a little slice for the birthday blog, complete with two candles and a frosty glass of lemonade, let’s talk about the blog a little bit and reminisce.
Although the blog is two, I didn’t really get into blogging or hit my stride until recently, probably around October/November. That’s when I moved the blog over to it’s own self hosted domain, branded Angie’s Roost (my old domain used to be www.wordpress.com/angiebohovich, not so good), and started to work on blog design and some features (still a huge work in progress). So even though the “new” blog is only about seven months old, I still consider it’s birth date to be May 18, 2010, just 18 days after closing on our home. And for anyone going back and reading many of the early posts…we’re talking the pre-Russia posts…I’m so sorry. They’re a bit…well…rough. Not my best work. But I was finishing up my MBA during that first year and was a little time strapped. Sadly, the first thing to go most days was blogging…hence the sporadic posts. But I learned alot in that first year. Mmmm…this cake is yum to the eeee.
Occasionally I get asked, “why do you blog?”. It’s not my job like some full time bloggers. I’m a full time marketer by day and a blogger/DIYer by night. Kind of like Batman…okay…not the same thing. But anyway, it’s just a hobby of mine that I absolutely love! It’s like my own little dear diary of all the blood, sweat and tears that we’ve put into our old home. I blog for me first and foremost, and then secondly for my mom. She’s my biggest fan and has referred to my posts as her “chicken soup for the soul”. My grandma also is an avid reader of my “bog” as she affectionately calls it…she’s so cute! Love you Mom and Grandma! I don’t get to see them as often as I like so it’s one way they can live vicariously through our daily shenanigans. I also blog for all of you. I love your comments, they energize me and get me all geeked up like a tuba player in the Rose Bowl parade. You all are so sweet and so much fun to interact with! There would be no Angie’s Roost without you. I probably would have given it up a long, long time ago!
And as for the future for my blog? I have so many goals and visions for it, just like our home, and just like our home, I have limited time to work on it. But I have every intention in the world to keep plugging along, posting daily (well…Sunday through Thursday evenings), and adding a few features here and there. And in true Angie fashion, I thought I would share my to-do list for blog enhancements:
- Come up with a system to visually organize the archives
- Add an “Our Paint Colors” section
- Start a page for “$%^& My Boyfriend Says” (Colby says some seriously random things just about every day and it’s about time I started sharing those with you…he cracks me up.)
- Write a big post about our wedding (only about 80 days to go)
- Fix the header (it drives me nuts that there are essentially two headers…I can’t figure out for the life of me how to get rid of the second one)
- Start a Facebook page
- Add blog buttons for “Blogs I Stalk”, “To-Do List” (and actually update it), “Videos”, and “Favorite Posts”
- And much more I’m sure
So thank you all for sticking around, reading my ramblings, and whispering sweet nothings…I mean…sending me comments and emails! Here’s to year number three being the best blog year ever! So now I’m off to enjoy my second piece of cake today. But I justified it by taking the pup for a nice, long four mile jog.
Pssst…So last year for Blogiversary numero uno, we did a little before/after series. You can check those out here. And again…thank you all for your readership! You rock too hard for one hand!
Shortly after returning from Ver-Hampshire (thanks for the term Danielle….and for those of you who just don’t get it….Vermont & New Hampshire) Colby and I did our own little Thanksgiving feast. We like left overs, what can we say? It’s starting to become a tradition of ours to cook a turkey the weekend after we return from the Thanksgiving holiday. Turkeys are cheap then, make such great leftovers, and we don’t have to cook all week! This year we got a little out of control with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce (yum!), pumpkin pie, stuffing, squash and gravy! Our bellies are full!
As good ol’ Hank Williams Jr. stated, “I’m just carryin’ on an old family tradition.” A family tradition in candy making. The women in my family make the most awesome peppermint patties at Christmas time. Doubt the awesomeness? Try them. They’re like the York Peppermint patty but better…way better. Colby’s first taste stopped him dead in his tracks they were so good. But seriously, the mint making is one of my favorite family traditions that I feel very fortunate to carry on. First my Mamere made them, then my mom made them, and now I make them. We even have a mint cutter that has been handed down. Essentially it’s the center of an antique donut cutter. I’m in my fourth year of mint making since my mom retired from the task and every year I end up making more and more batches. Fortunately, after last year’s record number of four batches my ridiculously awesome boyfriend bought me a pink Kitchen Aid mixer specifically for the mixing task (I made him help me mix last Christmas and he bent my industrial strength stainless steel mixing spoon while mixing). Mixing is not an easy task. But not it’s a dream with the mixer. Happy holidays to everyone and enjoy the season!
The domestic diva was back in action with her first canning experience. Armed with fresh veggies from the garden and a super frilly, girly apron I canned away the entire Labor Day afternoon. The goods: fresh applesauce, dilly beans, and hot pepper jelly. And by the way, the jelly is to die for! I made 9 jars of it and it won’t last long so come and get it while you can! I’m exceptionally proud of the jelly. The monstrous jalepenos came straight off the vine which made for some scrumptious jelly. Colby couldn’t believe that I actually made it, thus, I think I climbed a few rungs on the most awesome girlfriend ever ladder! What’s next on the to-can list? Various salsas and tomato sauces to use up the 30 plus pounds of tomatos that have come out of garden.