DIY Valentines For Girls to Give – FREE Printables

DIY Valentines For Girls to Give – FREE Printables

Valentine gifts

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It’s February and that means Valentines Day.  Every year we look for Valentine crafts that the kids can share with their class. My 2 grandchildren old enough to go to school are boys so we are always looking for “boyish” Valentines for them to share. Check out my post DIY Valentines for Boys to Give for “boyish” Valentine ideas.

Last fall we were blessed with twin grandbabies and one of them is a girl! (I have 5 grandchildren – 4 boys and 1 girl)  I’m so excited to finally be able to shop and craft for a little girl again.  Although baby Harper is barely 5 months old I’ve started to collect Valentine crafts that are “girly girly”.
Here’s a round-up of Valentines that every little girl will love to make and share, some of them even have FREE printables to use on your projects with your little princess.
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Every Diva will be proud to wear these Bling Valentine Rings from Mom on Time Out.  They’re made with pipe cleaners and Hershey Kisses.

Click here for instructions.

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This Jelly Bean bracelet from Stuff Parents Need is not only adorable it yummy too!

Click here for Instructions.

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Another cute and yummy Valentine are these Marshmallow Love Bugs from The Decorated Cookie.

Click here for instructions

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Tweeny girls will love to make these Pop Rock Valentine by Fiskar.

Click here for instructions

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Skip to My Lou’s Butterfly lollipop holder cards are easy to make and would make great class gifts.

Click here for FREE printable and directions

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These Valentine Lollipops from The Idea Room are easy and yummy!

Click here for instructions

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I love this easy and inexpensive idea and FREE printable tags from Tatertots & Jello.  Fill a dollar store clear pouch with candy, lip balm, nail polish, or other trinket, stick on a tag, and give them to your teen or tweeny.  The girls can put together pouches to give their friends.

Click here for FREE printable links

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These Valentine Sprinkle Jewelry from Bubbly Nature Creations are also great gifts for teens and tweenies.  The girls will have a blast making them for their friends.

Click here for instructions

For more Valentine’s ideas follow my Valentine board on Pinterest!

“You’ve Been Loved” Valentine Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLE

“You’ve Been Loved” Valentine Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLE

 

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Free Printable from Savvy Nana’s Corner Click here for this one!

Everyone who’s been following my blogs must have noticed that I just love holiday neighborhood games.  I’ve posted several versions of these games:  You’ve Been Booed for Halloween, You’ve Been Gobbled for Thanksgiving, and You’ve Been Jingled for Christmas.

I think these games are a great way to interact with neighbors, specially those that you just greet in passing.  The whole family will enjoy it.   It’s also a great lesson in sharing.  Kids can help put treats together and older ones can even drop them off at a neighbor’s doorstep.  Everyone has fun guessing who left the treats!

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FREE Printable from Savvy Nana’s Corner click here for this one!

For Valentine’s I’m sharing printables for a Valentine’s version of the game, You’ve Been Loved!.  It works the same way as all the other You’ve Been…. games and can be played in the neighborhood, at work, in school, or anywhere else you can think of.  I’ve made 2 versions of the sign to post on your door, desk, or whatever to indicate you’ve been loved, one for families and another for individuals. I;ve also made a page with directions how to continue the game.
Click on the image to be taken to the .pdf file you can print.

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FREE Printable from Savvy Nana’s Corner click here for this one!

Game Directions:

1. Make 2 copies of this page, and the other 2 pages that came with your treat.  If you prefer you can download the .pdf files from http://tinyurl.com/ogf78d3.  Just click on the images of the signs you want to use.
2. Display the “I’ve Been Loved” (or “We’ve Been Loved”) sign where everyone can see it.
3. Put together 2 treat bags. Include a set of the copies you printed of the 2 signs and this page with your treats.
4. Drop of a treat to 2 neighbor’s doorsteps without being spotted.  If you are playing this at work or school drop it off on their desk when no one can see you.
Enjoy your treats!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

You’ve Been Loved sign click here

Game directions click here

For more Valentine’s ideas and recipes follow my Valentine board on Pinterest!

DIY Valetines for Boys to Give  – FREE Printable

DIY Valetines for Boys to Give – FREE Printable

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A few days before Christmas I happened to be at my neighborhood Walmart and noticed that they were already displaying Valentine cards and candy.  I thought “Wow, a bit early!  I still need to get thru Christmas and New Year before I can turn my attention to Valentine’s Day!”  Well, the holidays went by at warp speed, as did January.  Valentine’s Day is in two weeks!

Every year we always have a hard time persuading my grandsons that it’s okay for boys to hand out Valentine treats that are pink!  This never goes over well with 6 year old Devon who will not even consider touching anything pink.  Last year we were fortunate enough to find small heart shaped boxes of chocolates with “boy” design lids, but it got rather pricey when we had to purchase them for his entire Kindergarten class of 28 students.
Valentine giftsDrivers Start Your Engines! Nascar Driver #24 Jeff Gordon Talking Valentine’s Day Candy Box
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This year we found some really cut DIY valentine ideas that Devon will not only be happy to give out to his classmates; he will have fun helping make them!  Here’s a round-up of our favorites….girls will enjoy making them and giving them out too!

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This “Dino” Mite Valentine by Hatter and Hair Events is simple to make all you need is card stock, googly eyes, glue, and heart shaped chocolates.

Instructions click here!

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Put your child’s photo on this Valentine from Stitch Craft Creation  using Photoshop.  For instructions click here!

Stitch Craft Creation also offers a free printable for the Lego Star Wars Valentine shown above.  Free printable click here!

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Here’s another Valentine using glow stick bracelets from Housewife Eclectic.

Click here for the link to the FREE printable from Housewife Eclectic.

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This cute Valentine from All For The Boys is made from clothespins, paper, glue, and a marker.  You can use it to hold a candy or clip it on to a treat bag.

Instructions click here!

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Turn all those broken crayons into these cute hearts.  Learn how to make these homemade crayons from O’Boy! Organic.

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These Star Wars Valentines from Cute As A Fox use light saber cupcake picks.

For Instructions click here!
For FREE printable from Cute As a Fox click here!

Buy Light Saber Cupcake Picks here!

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Minecraft Pickaxe Lollipop Valentine’s by Cute As A Fox were so popular last yer that she designed this Minecraft TNT Valentine boxes this year. You can also download FREE printables from Cute As A Fox for both projects.

Click here for Box instructions.
Box Printable click here!

Click here for Pickaxe instructions.
Pickaxe Printable click here!

Here are 3 cute “boyish” Valentines ideas from dandee-designs.com.  Click on the image for instructions and free printable from dandee-designs.com.

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Cell Phone Valentines
Instructions click here!
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Love Bug Valentines
Free Printable and instructions  Click here!
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Have A Ball Valentine
Instructions click here!
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This out of this world Valentine from Zakka Life uses a real bouncing ball.  I love the chalkboard look.

Instructions click here!

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Here’s a very SIMPLE Valentine using a bouncing ball from The Crafting Chicks.

Click here for the link for the FREE printable tag.

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Another easy idea from Random Thoughts of a Super Mom.  Just print out the FREE labels on sticker paper, write your child’s name, cut out and affix on the play-doh lids.

Instuctions click here!

FREE Printable click here!

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Here’s another super easy idea from Thirty Handmade Days.  Put a small treat and a mini toy vehicle into a bag, download printable tag from Thirty Handmade Days, and staple it on.

Instructions click here!
FREE printable 5″ Tag click here!
FREE printable 6″ Tag click here!

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Every little boy, and girl too! will love these super hero pops from Little Bit Funky.  Click here for full instructions.

Download and print the FREE super hero logos from Less Ordinary Designs
To download printable click here!

For more Valentine ideas check out my Valentine board on Pinterest.

Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday in Boston

Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday in Boston

 

Super bowlThe New England Patriots will be playing in Super Bowl XLIX next week.  If you’re lucky enough to be headed to Arizona to watch the game live in the University of Phoenix Stadium great!  Otherwise a less expensive option may be to head to one of the team’s home cities.

If you’re a Patriot fan then  Boston is definitely the next best place to be on Super Bowl Sunday. Celebrate the big game at one of Boston’s many sports bars who are sure to be hosting grand parties and celebrations, specially if theirs turns out to be the winning team.

Here are a few venues that will be hosting Super Bowl Parties this year:

Clery’s hosts an annual Super Bowl Party for $25 per person.  The ticket includes a guaranteed table for your group, 2 beers, an appetizer sampler the first half, and a pizza buffet the second half.  If you get bored you can participate in their annual wing eating contest.  Get your tickets in advance, they will likely sell out.  Buy tickets at Clerys (113 Dartmouth St, Back Bay, 617-262-9874) or www.clerysboston.com

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Game On! is a bar/entertainment complex near Fenway Park with lots of large hi-def screens.  You can book tables for 2 or more people. Reserve your table at 82 Lansdowne St, Fenway or call 617-351-7001

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Cask ‘n Flagon Fenway is across from Fenway park.  They have many hi-def tvs and usually host Super Bowl specials and you can also reserve private viewing rooms.  Click here to reserve.

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McGreevy’s is hosting the biggest Super Bowl Party on Boylston – ‘Nuf Ced!  911 Boylston St, Back Bay, 617-262-0911

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If you prefer head out to Foxborough for a tailgate party in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium (home base for the Patriots) and watch the game at one of the sports bars in Patriot Place next to Gillette.
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Where ever you decide to watch the big game remember to deck yourself out in your team gear!

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Phoenix – Super Bowl Central

Phoenix – Super Bowl Central

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By now everyone knows that Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area for the event then Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix is the place to be.

As expected the city of Phoenix is going all out for both the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl which will be played at the same stadium the week before.  Super Bowl Central or #SBCentral, is an outdoor block party with live music, parties, fireworks, and more.  Best of all many of the events are free!
A couple of the free concerts at Super Bowl Central are the band “Walk the Moon” on Friday night and “The Roots” on Saturday night.
Broadcasts out of Phoenix during the week will be done from SB Central.  Shows like The TODAY Show, NBC Sports, and more will have celebrity guests so star sightings in the area will be very common.  Hang out here with your camera ready, you might catch a glimpse of your favorite celeb!
You can also tour 12 News’ home studio by signing up in advance for the 12 News VIP Experience.

 They will be welcoming guests at their plaza with games, beverages, snacks, and giveaways. You can tour their studio and more.   Click here for more info!

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Here are some other activities in the area that may interest you.

The centerpiece of SBCentral is the Grand Canyon Experience.  It’s a rock-climbing wall and waterfall that showcases this natural wonder.  Cost is $5 to climb.
The ice rink at CityScape will be open for ice skating during the Super Bowl.  The cost is $12 for kids and adults with discounts offered to Military, seniors, college students, and groups.
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You can get spectator tickets for the Super Bowl Media day for Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Tickets are $32 each.  For more info click here!
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Check out the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center.  There will exhibits and activities for the whole family.  Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for kids 12 and under.  For more info click here!

There are concerts by Eric Church and Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull and a Suns game at the U.S, Airways Center.
Whatever you decide to do on Super Bowl week remember that traffic in and around SBCentral will be restricted and security will be tight.  Plan your routes ahead and consider public transportation in and out of the area.

For more info on SB Central click here!

For more info on events in Phoenix click here!

Phoenix is not the only place that’s going all out for Super Bowl Week, Scottsdale has some events planned as well.  For more info on Scottsdale’s events click here!

Won’t be in town for the big game?  Check out my blog The 4 Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl for alternative  ideas!

Or hosting your own Super Bowl party?  Check out DIY Super Bowl Party Bars  and DIY Super Bowl Snack Stadium for ideas and click here for recipes!

DIY Super Bowl Party Bars – FREE Printables!

DIY Super Bowl Party Bars – FREE Printables!

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Super Bowl Parties are fun informal events that should be easy to organize and put together.  The theme has been taken care of, football decor of course, and the main activity is watching the game. All you really need are a big screen TV, some comfy seating, and lots of snacks.

Tho the game, half-time show, and commercials are the main draws of Super Bowl Sunday, food comes in a close second.  For some gorging on snacks is the main event!  The informal nature of this event begs for food stations and bars; no one wants to sit down to a 5 course meal, everyone wants to grab snacks they can munch in front of the TV.

In recent years no Super Bowl Party seems to be incomplete if it doesn’t have a Snack Stadium.  It can do double duty as decor and food.  It’s a fun, easy, and informal way to feed a crowd.  If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated you might consider one or two food action stations such as a DIY Burger Bar and a sweets or dessert bar.  Here are some food station ideas for your Super Bowl Party.  I’m also including a snack stadium or two for anyone who must have one at their party.
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DIY Burger Bar by Just Destiny Mag

This chalkboard sign from Jillconyers.com would make a nice addition to your Burger Bar.  Click here to print this sign.

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Sign from jillconyers.com

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Nacho Bar – learn how from The Magical Slowcooker click here!

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DIY Hot Dog Bar from Mad Woman To Do List.

Free Printables: click on link to download each item

Make your own hot dog sign
Hot Dog Recipe Signs (Texas Chili Dogs, LA West Coast Dogs, etc)
Blank Food Labels

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DIY Sandwich Bar

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Chili Bars
 

 

 

 

 

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Treats Bar
Or Ice Cream Bar
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If you MUST have a Snack Stadium click here for ideas and instructions.
For more Super Bowl Party Ideas follow my Super Bowl Party board on Pinterest.
Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

 

One of our Christmas traditions is a Christmas Eve Box.  We allowed the kids to open a gift on Christmas Eve years before images of Christmas Eve Boxes started popping up on Pinterest.  We’ve been doing this since the children were small and now the grandkids get them too!

The kids were always nagging to be allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve and I would always buy them Christmas PJs to wear to bed on the same night.  Years ago I decided to combine the two and everyone was happy.  The kids got to open a gift and I didn’t have to buy an extra gift for it.  The boxes have evolved over the years to include a “fun” item that can be used that day.  Past boxes have included Christmas books, CDs, and DVDs.
Now that my children are grown with families of their own they each get “Family Boxes”.  This year’s boxes include:
Cute Christmas themed nightgown for my daughters and daughter-in-law
Flannel pajama bottoms and thermal shirt for my son and son-in-laws
Christmas pajamas for the grands
The classic Christmas poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas”
Fleece Christmas Throw
Plush Rudolph toys for the grands
Hot Cocoa Mix with toppings
I love this tradition and the kids do too, they usually hurry into their new Christmas nightwear to take a Christmas Eve photo by the Christmas tree.  They make for great before Santa photos and also great for Christmas morning photos when we all gather around the tree to open gifts after orange juice and cocoa.

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It’s A Wrap

It’s A Wrap

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It’s 2 days before Christmas, the hope is all the gifts have been purchased and ready to wrap.  Gift bags are the easy option and definitely have their place under the Christmas tree; they’re handy and can wrap oddly shaped items,  but they can get costly and may seem somewhat generic.  I’ve always been a big fan of “presentation” and always take the time to creatively wrap all the presents.

I think being a product of a girls only Catholic School and many hours of detention have made me an obsessive gift wrapper.  I spent many afternoons before Christmas with my cohorts in the conference room under Sister Maureen’s watchful eyes wrapping Christmas gifts for each girl in school.  Sister Maureen was an exacting taskmaster, every present had to be perfectly wrapped with square corners and invisible seams then topped with a perfect bow.  So other than a great education I graduated 8th. grade knowing how to perfectly wrap gifts.

The secret to professional looking gift wrapping is simple:  More tape; less paper.  Here are a few tips along with some ideas to help you wrap your gifts.

Supplies:

Tape measure
Wrapping paper
Scissors
Scotch Tape
Ribbons/Bows
Gift Tags
Accessories

1.  Measure the girth (around) and the length of the gift.

2.  Cut wrapping paper to fit the gift.

3.  Place gift on wrong side of paper, tape one edge of paper to gift.  If you want invisible seams don’t tape the edge to the middle of the gift, tape it to one side so that there is enough paper to overlap the taped edge and fold over and will tape to the edge of the gift.

4.  Wrap the untaped edge to the gift making sure it covers the whole gift.  For invisible seams overlap the paper to the taped edge, mark the gift edge on the paper and fold excess paper under to be even with the top of the gift edge.  Tape paper to the gift.

5.  Gift ends:  There are 2 ways to do this:  1.  fold top part of paper down, tape to gift.  Fold paper sides towards gift to form a triangular flap on the bottom part of the paper.  If the edges don’t match up cut the paper to make sure the paper folds so that the edges all match up and the corners are squared, crease sharply at folds.  Tape as you fold.  Do this to both ends.

2.  Fold both sides inward forming slanted flaps on top and bottom of the paper.  Sharply crease slanted flaps.  Fold bottom flap up and tape.  Fold Top flap down to overlap the taped flap and tape.

6.  Tie ribbons, bows, and accessories to gift.

7.  Tie or stick on gift tag.

Here’s a YouTube tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow

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Learn how to make fancy bows from Smart School House

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Learn how to wrap gifts like a pro from Interior Design Info

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Chalkboard like wrap from Going Home to Roost

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DIY Wreath Tags from Damask Love

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Cookie wrapping ideas By Sthephanie Lynn

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Inspiration from A Pocket Full of Dreams

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Idea from Pinterest

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Inspiration from Annabelle Stamps Blog

For more Gift Wrapping ideas and tips follow my board It’s a Wrap on Pinterest!

Cheap DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas – Free Printable

Cheap DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas – Free Printable

 

We’re getting down to the wire, Christmas is in 3 days.  Some of us are still racking our brains for that perfect gift, a gift that won’t break the bank, or just a couple of extra gifts for unexpected guests.

Here are a few DIY ideas you can put together quickly.
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If you want to be a bit fancier, make it a Lego Table instead.  Just use an old end table or pick up a cheap $7 table from Ikea.
Mugs

Sharpie Mugs by Lillian McKay.  You can personalize them or write a holiday greeting.For instructions click here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

Potpourri

Christmas Potpourri from Yellow Bliss Road.  Bring in holiday scents!  Yum!

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Candy Whisk by Today’s Fabulous Finds.  Kitchen utensils are always welcome!

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Recipe Book by The 36th. Avenue.  This is a great gift for college kids, newlyweds, or just about anyone!

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Peppermint Bath Salts and free printable labels click here![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

These are super easy and very inexpensive to make.  If you can’t find any more clear ornaments use a small mason jar!

 

Easy Pocket Kisses

Easy Pocket Kisses

Easy Pocket Kisses
I happened to find a great sale on refrigerated pie crusts at my local grocery store the other day.  A package of 2 pie crusts for .99 cents was just too good a deal to pass up.  I bought all they had and stuck them in my freezer.
I am trying different recipes that will use the pie crusts I have in my freezer.  Here’s one I made yesterday that uses Hershey Kisses which I happened to have in my pantry.  It’s really easy to make and is a great snack.  You can use any type of kisses, I had plain milk chocolate and almond ones so that’s what I used.  I got 2 dozen “pockets” out of a package of 2 pie crusts.
Ingredients:

1 package refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts per package)
24 Hershey Kisses unwrapped
1/2 cup egg wash (1/2 egg white w/1tbls. water)
Sugar for sprinkling

Directions: Pre-heat oven 350 degrees

1.  Roll out pie crust on lightly floured surface.

2.  Cut circles using a 2 1/2″ cookie cutter ( if you don’t have a cookie cutter use a wide mouth glass or jar)

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3.  Place kiss in center of circle
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4.  Fold two sides over kiss and pinch together
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5.  Fold other side over kiss and pinch together
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6.  Pinch all edges together to seal
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7.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet
8.  Brush with egg wash
9.  Sprinkle sugar over each “pocket”
10.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-28 minutes.
11.  Remove from oven and cool.  Store in airtight containers.
Enjoy!
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Easy Pocket Kisses
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Servings Prep Time
36 Pockets 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 Pockets 30 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pockets
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
  2. Roll out pie crust on lightly floured surface.
  3. Cut circles using a 2 1/2" cookie cutter ( if you don't have a cookie cutter use a wide mouth glass or jar)
    Pocket Kisses
  4. Place kiss in center of circle
  5. Fold two sides over kiss and pinch together
  6. Fold other side over kiss and pinch together
  7. Pinch all edges together to seal
    Pocket Kisses
  8. Place on parchment lined baking sheet
    Pocket Kisses
  9. Brush with egg wash
  10. Sprinkle sugar over each "pocket"
  11. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-28 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight containers.
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