Monday, November 24, 2014

Washi Tape Christmas

I know it's not quite Thanksgiving, yet, but I had to get this book on your radar for Christmas:
Washi Tape Christmas: Easy Holiday Craft Ideas with Washi Tape by my friend Kami Bigler of the blog, No Biggie.

washi tape christmas by kami bigler
I have to start by saying that Kami is one of my very favorite bloggers...and people...on the planet.  She's just lovely, joyful, faith-filled, beautiful, and I'm so happy to have her darling book in my home.

Second, I don't craft.  It's embarrassing, really.  Mr. E has seen so many craft fails from me that every time I tell him about a new craft project, he gives me this sad little smile and says, "are you sure?"
Don't ask him about the gumball wreath.  

washi tape christmas by kami bigler
Anyhoo...all of the women in my family craft in some way: quilters, painters, seamstresses, crocheters (is that a word?), artists.  They would make Martha proud.  Me, not so much.'s where I love Washi Tape Christmas.
You guys!  I can DO this!!! 

Look at this adorable Christmas wreath cookie box I decorated with instructions from the book:
christmas wreath cookie box made with instructions from washi tape christmas by kami bigler
I'm so proud.  I mean, it's so cute on its own, you almost don't even need to put a cookie in there.

The book has inspired me to invest in some actual crafting materials, like cardstock, so I don't have to go around punching holes in folders like I did here.  Oh, and I might have to dedicate a drawer to Washi tape.
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Plus, I really like saying "Washi tape."

Here are some Washi tape crafting ideas you'll find in the book...paper ornaments, patchwork wreath, homemade gifts, holiday cards, and all kinds of cute packaging ideas for dressing up your boxes and bags.  Each craft project is complete with detailed and simple instructions, that even a craft-impaired girl (*ahem*) can follow. :)
washi tape christmas by kami bigler

Washi Tape Christmas.  Let's craft this year!!!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Extraordinary Bark of the Finest Collection

trader joe's extraordinary bark review
Don't even try to dash into Trader Joe's this week and get back out "really quickly" like I tried to on Friday.  Cartless, I was scanning that city of sweets that lives above the freezer foods when I stopped dead in my tracks.  The holiday sweets are out.

Oh my gosh.  Where to start?  Where to start?  Everything looked so enticing!   And this leads me to why I'll never run through TJ's cartless again.  I managed to make it to the register with my armful of sweets without dropping any, but just barely.

trader joe's extraordinary bark review

This week, kiddo & I review Trader Joe's Extraordinary Bark of the Finest Collection.  This red and white box immediately caught my eye.  There's something old-fashioned and sweet about the packaging.

Trader Joe's describes this as "chocolate bark with layers of mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups, pretzels, caramel popcorn and crushed almonds."  (There's also a very lengthy, detailed description on the front of the box that would take me 30 minutes to type out here.) ;)  A 9-ounce box runs $3.99.

trader joe's extraordinary bark review
A mom's (my) take: This is one of those Trader Joe's items that I knew I would love, and didn't.  The chocolate base itself was delish, but I thought most of the toppings were a bit...stale.  In addition to all of the toppings listed in the description, the bark was also topped with TJ's Joe-Joe's cookies.  Those and the caramel popcorn in particular, I tried to eat around to get to the areas with the peanut butter cups. ;)  Would I busy this again?  No.  It looks pretty, though.
Overall rating: 3 of 5 stars

A teenagers (kiddo's) take: I don't know what my mom is talking about, because I absolutely love this bark. The chocolate slab is very tasty and very well complemented by all the wonderful toppings (especially the peanut butter cups :) ). Overall, the taste is great, and I love reading the description on front of the box. It's hilarious.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

trader joe's extraordinary bark review
Trader Joe's Extraordinary Bark of the Finest Collection:
try it for yourself and let us know if you're #teamkiddo or #teammom! ;)

 Read all of our Trader Joe's sweet treats and dessert reviews

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apple Butter Pie with Cookie Crust, and rules for Thanksgiving

apple butter pie with cookie crust ... an easy pie recipe and a great alternative to pumkpin pie

Here are Bridget's Rules for Thanksgiving:

1. Stuffing.  Yes, it's technically "dressing," but we call it stuffing and there is no Thanksgiving without it.

2. Mashed potatoes are optional; sweet potatoes are not.

3. There is NO SHOPPING ON THANKSGIVING DAY!  Let the cashiers at Macy's enjoy time with their families, have a few glasses of Pinot Noir, and take a nap for crying out loud!  We can buy gloves for Aunt Sally at 50% at 4am on Black Friday.  *steps off soap box*

4. The Thanksgiving Day parade is on TV...whether anyone is watching it or not.

5. Desserts: there must be several.

apple butter pie with cookie crust ... an easy pie recipe and a great alternative to pumkpin pie

I want to introduce you to the Apple Butter Pie.  This is your new easy pie recipe to add to your Thanksgiving dessert menu.

The crust take 5 minutes (or less) to whip up.  The filling takes 5 minutes to create.  The hardest part about making this pie?  Waiting for it to chill before slicing into it.

apple butter pie with cookie crust ... an easy pie recipe and a great alternative to pumkpin pie
Made with a Speculoos cookie (such as Biscoff) crust and a creamy, spiced filling, the finished pie is then topped off with a brown sugar and spice whipped cream and a sprinkling of cookie crumbs.  It's very similar in texture to a pumpkin pie...without the pumpkin.  See, I can make recipes without pumpkin (sometimes). ;)

Add it to your Thanksgiving repertoire.  You'll be glad you did.

apple butter pie with cookie crust ... an easy pie recipe and a great alternative to pumkpin pie
I'm sharing the recipe at Imperial Sugar.  Come and get it!

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