Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How to Throw a Cookie Swap / Cookie Exchange Party


Cookie Swap / Cookie Exchange Party

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Everyone loves a cookie swap! You bake a bunch and go home with a variety to share with your family and friends. It is one of the easiest parties to throw. Here's how:

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Best Carrot Cake Ever! Cream Cheese Frosting too, So Easy!!

This is the best carrot cake recipe ever! 

Just the right amount of spice, lots of texture, not oily and Oh, the fluffy cream cheese frosting!!! 



Cake:


2 C. Sugar
4 Eggs
3/4 C. Vegetable Oil
2 C. Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
3 C. Grated Carrots
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts ( I use Walnuts )


Frosting:


2 8-oz package Cream Cheese, softened
1 C. Butter (2 sticks)
4 C. Powdered Sugar
Lemon Juice or Milk (if it's too thick)


Friday, December 14, 2012

Instead of a Gift Bag, Give Reusable Containers!

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I love gift bags, they are too easy, but usually get wasted.
For a recent Cookie Swap, we wanted to come up with a cute way to collect all the cookies for each person into something reusable. We went to the dollar store first. Found these cute little bins, they are about 6" tall and wide. We also bought color tissue paper that coordinates with the bin colors. Then on to the craft store and found these thin wooden hearts. My idea was to paint the hearts with chalkboard paint, it comes in cans and a spray paint.
That way your recipient can reuse the bin and label it however they want. I think it would be great in the mudroom or entry closet labelled 'gloves' or in the media area labeled 'CD's' or whatever your need. Could be for anything that will fit in the container you choose.