Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

I forgot I have two more gifts. I love to decorate with a big bow (ribbon from Costco, its inexpensive and great ribbon), and some kind of handmade tag. This year I’ve been making the Snowflake & Reindeer Tags to go on all my goodies.  You can see how I did the tags HERE!

We are having dinner with our good friends, Judy, Kayla & Chris today. This has been a tradition for 30 years. We are missing Jerry though, 2nd year since he passed. This is what we’re bringing Judy. Cranberry Pumpkin Bread & Candied Pecans.

What family traditions do you have? I’d love to hear from you.

 

I found this big coffee cup at Pier 1, Its perfect to put the Candied Pecans in. I added the Pecans to a big Cello bag (we not longer have this size), then added my bow with the Snowflake and rolled Flowers.

Here is the cup decorated.

I always like to give away a few loaves of Cranberry Pumpkin Bread.  Added a nice bow.

With a Reindeer.

Here is the recipe. I found in Family Circle, Dec. 1987. That’s how long I’ve been making it.

I’ve made a couple of changes to the recipe.

I use 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of the oil.

Instead of whole cranberries that you have to cut up or put in the food processor, I use dried cranberries. I put a cup of the cranberries in a two cup Pyrex measuring cup, add water to just cover the cranberries and put in the microwave for a couple of minutes until the water starts to boil.  Then drain the water and add to the batter. I do the same thing with raisins when I make oatmeal cookies. This hydrates the cranberries or raisins and makes them moist.

I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Crack

What? Its this recipe I’ve done for years, popcorn, Crispix Cereal, Pecans (or any kind of nuts), with a caramel sauce on top and then when its cool you add in some dried cranberry’s and some chocolate. Once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop. I made up some Christmas Crack and added it to some small Glad Containers. Then wrapped it up with some cellophane, added a cute bow (ribbon from Costco, the best ribbon ever and inexpensive). (I know this isn’t the best photo, but I was in a hurry).

I added a Snowflake Ornament to each package. Each of my team members who came to our meeting earlier this month received one of these.  You can see how I made the ornaments in this POST.

These are the bowls I used. You want to make sure what ever you are putting the Christmas Crack in, it has a airtight lid.

I purchased them at Target, but I’ve seen them at Walmart, and the grocery store too.  They are pretty in inexpensive.

Now I’m sure you’ll want the recipe. I’ve shared this before. Its always a big hit.

Christmas Crack

4 cups Crispix Cereal

2 cups popcorn

1/2 cup Pecans, walnuts, almonds or which ever kind of nuts you like

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

small chocolate pieces, M & M’s, chocolate chips, etc

1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisuns

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. (I use a big lasagna pan). Combine cereal, popcorn and nuts in pan. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Continue to stir every few minutes until cool.  Stir in cranberries and chocolate. Store in airtight container.

Note: Since I use my big lasagna pan to make this, I don’t even measure how much cereal, popcorn or nuts I put in. I just fill the pan up. I also make a double batch of the brown sugar mixture to pour on everything.

I love giving these bowls full of Christmas Crack every year. I also enjoy making all the packaging pretty. I hope this inspires you to make your holiday packaging beautiful too. I know all the packages that leave this house are spectacular, with big handmade bows. The ribbon from Costco is really the way to go. I can use a lot of it and not feel guilty. You get 50 yards for $8 or $9.

Click HERE! for the Clearance  Rack Update. Items are while supplies last. Dies, ribbon, ink, embellishments and more.

It’s your last chance to show 2018 some love!

The Year-End Closeout is our chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items.  Remember: Some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so place your orders while supplies last!

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (e.g., customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)

Host Code: GQFNYBGQ use only if your order is under $150. Receive a package of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls with any order that is $50 or more. Must use the Host code to receive the Pearls. If your order is over $150, don’t use the host code. You will receive Hostess Rewards and the Pearls.

 


Pretzel Holders, Another Quick Gift

Today I’m going to decorate some sugar cookies with some friends. I wanted to give them a little something. I totally got this idea from Erica Cerwin. I just modified it to fit the pretzels. Since I waited to the last minute……they had to be pretty simple.

I needed a really long piece, so I took a 3″ x 11″ and a 3″ x 5 5/8″ piece of Real Red Cardstock and adhere them together so I had a nice long piece to wrap around the pretzels. I scored them each at 8″ & 8 1/2″. Then I added a piece of the All is Bright dsp to the front, 2 3/4″ x 5 5/8″. Once that was done, I took one of the large Layering Circles to cut a notch out of the top front. The circle measures about 2 3/4″.

Then I stapled on each side, added some of the Real Red 3/8″ Mixed Satin Ribbon and tied in a bow. I die cut the tree with Garden Green Cardstock from the Sweetly Stitched Framelits and added the Red Rhinestones to each one. I punched a hole with 1/4″ Hand Held Circle Punch (retired). Added some of the Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine and tied it to the Real Red bow.

You can see that they aren’t really that thick. I added two Chocolate dipped pretzels to each 2″ x 8″ Cello Bag. The pretzels are a little bigger than the cello bags.

Now I have a nice little gift for everyone. Did you notice? No dimensionals, no adhesive was used in this project….lol

Supply list:

Click HERE! for the Clearance  Rack Update. Items are while supplies last. Dies, ribbon, ink, embellishments and more.

It’s your last chance to show 2018 some love!

The Year-End Closeout is our chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items.  Remember: Some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so place your orders while supplies last!

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (e.g., customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)

Host Code: GQFNYBGQ use only if your order is under $150. Receive a package of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls with any order that is $50 or more. Must use the Host code to receive the Pearls. If your order is over $150, don’t use the host code. You will receive Hostess Rewards and the Pearls.