Hot Cocoa Mug (Christmas) Marshmallow Pops

Christmas came and went, and while I had great intentions to add some new holiday posts to my blog, I was too busy enjoying all of the fun activities to get to the blogging part. I guess these little Hot Cocoa Mug Marshmallow Pops can be tucked away on a Pinterest board for next Christmas 🙂

The past couple of years, our church has done a drive-thru Christmas Caroling event. My friend asked me to make cookies to pass out, but festive mallow pops are more fun than baking cookies for me, so I set out to make some really cute and Christmassy pops. These little guys were a bit trickier to make than I expected, but I think they turned out pretty cute.

Here’s what you will need to make your own Hot Cocoa Pops: peppermint candy canes (the ones I used were in between the typical big and small size), Jet Puffed Marshmallows, pretzels (broken up to create handles), candy melts in milk chocolate and bright white, Kraft Mallow Bits, various holiday sprinkles, parchment paper, and a Wilton’s squeeze bottle. #CommissionsEarned

STEP 1: LAY EVERYTHING OUT ON PARCHMENT PAPER SO YOU HAVE AN EASY WORKSPACE

STEP 2: MELT A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE CHOCOLATE CANDY MELTS. DIP A CANDY CANE IN THE CHOCOLATE AND PUSH INTO THE CENTER OF THE MARSHMALLOW. REPEAT

STEP 3: MELT A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE WHITE CANDY MELTS. DIP THE ENDS OF THE BROKEN PRETZEL IN THE WHITE MELTED CANDY AND SECURE TO THE SIDE OF THE MARSHMALLOW. REPEAT.

STEP 4: MELT THE REMAINDER OF THE WHITE CANDY MELTS. DIP EACH MARSHMALLOW, MAKING SURE TO COAT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE MARSHMALLOW AND COVERING THE PRETZEL HANDLE. YOU MAY NEED TO WIPE OFF SOME OF THE DRIPS FROM THE BOTTOM BEFORE PLACING ON THE PARCHMENT PAPER TO DRY.

STEP 5: MELT THE REMAINDER OF THE MILK CHOCOLATE CANDY MELTS AND TRANSFER TO A SQUEEZE BOTTLE. WORKING QUICKLY, BEFORE THE CANDY MELTS SOLIDIFY, DRIZZLE MILK CHOCOLATE ALONG THE TOP OF EACH POP AND ADD A FEW FESTIVE SPRINKLES AND MALLOW BITS. THIS IS WHERE THE TRICKY PART COMES IN BECAUSE IT’S DIFFICULT TO ADD THE TOPPINGS AFTER THE CHOCOLATE HAS SET, SO YOU HAVE TO WORK FAST.

STEP 6: ENJOY!!!

These little Christmassy Pops are perfect for your holiday party or for adding to your plate of Christmas treats. I used a pretty cake platter in mint green next to my display of mini Christmas trees for some photos and then sent them off to be handed out at the Drive-Thru caroling event. #CommissionsEarned

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Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

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Advent

christmas-chalkboard

img_4494Every year, in the month of December, we spent time focusing on preparing our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  One tangible way we do this as a family is by doing Advent Activities.  Each day, December 1-25, our kids open the Advent Bag that corresponds with that day.  Each bag contains a card with a Bible verse and a family activity printed on it.

I’ve included a video tutorial on how I made my Advent Bags.  They are simple to make and have held up for over 5 years.  My kids get so excited when they see them hung up across a wall of our house each December.

I’ve also given you a list of the Bible verses that we use, as well as our Advent activities for this year.  Just an FYI, some of our activities may not be in the order I have posted.  I try to plan ahead, but adjust as necessary depending on how life goes.  Follow my blog this month for more detailed blog posts on some of our crafts and family activities.

ADVENT BIBLE VERSES

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.  Psalm 118:29

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.  I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  John  10:27-28

But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zecharaiah; your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.”  Luke 1:13

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.  Luke 1:76-77

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”  Luke 1: 30-32

And everyone went to his own town to register.  Luke 2:3

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”      Luke 1:46-47

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:7

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.  Luke 2:21

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  Luke 2:20

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of king Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:1-2

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Matthew 2:11a

Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  Matthew 2:11b

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.  “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.  Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  Matthew 2:13

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  1 John 5:11

And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:2

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

Your word is truth.  John 17:17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Jesus is the Son of God.  Acts 9:20

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.   1 John 4:9

ADVENT ACTIVITIES 

  1. GET OUR CHRISTMAS TREE AND DECORATE IT
  2. READ THE CHRISTMAS STORY FROM THE BIBLE
  3. FAMILY GAME NIGHT
  4. TURN DAD INTO A SNOWMAN
  5. CRAFT: DIY RUSTIC CHRISTMAS TREE BANNER 
  6. BUY GIFTS FOR CHILDREN WHO CANNOT AFFORD CHRISTMAS GIFTS
  7. READ SOME FAVORITE CHRISTMAS STORY BOOKS TOGETHER (Alabaster’s Song, The Christmas Tree That Grew, The Missing Mitten Mystery, Froggy’s Best Christmas)
  8. ATTEND A CHRISTMAS SHOW IN OUR TOWN
  9. STACK UP RED CUPS AND HAVE NERF WARS
  10. CRAFT: MAKE GLITTERY CHRISTMAS SILHOUETTES
  11. MAKE UP A SILLY CHRISTMAS STORY TOGETHER (each person adds one sentence at at time)
  12. GO OUT INTO A FIELD OR TO A BARN AND IMAGINE WHAT  IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE WHEN JESUS WAS BORN
  13. WATCH THE POLAR EXPRESS AND MAKE GRAHAM CRACKER TRAINS TO EAT
  14. DO SOME FUNNY CHRISTMAS MAD LIBS
  15. GET A YUMMY TREAT AND DRIVE AROUND LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
  16. DRAW CHRISTMAS PICTURES TOGETHER
  17. PLAY HIDE AND GO SEEK WITH BABY JESUS (PLAYMOBILE  NATIVITY SET)
  18. BE BELL RINGERS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY
  19. POPCORN AND MOVIE NIGHT: ELF
  20. CRAFT: MAKE CHRISTMAS TREES OUT OF SHEET MUSIC
  21. HALLWAY BOWLING AT HOME
  22. MAKE GRAHAM CRACKER GINGERBREAD HOUSES WITH FRIENDS
  23. BAKE AND DECORATE A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR JESUS
  24. ATTEND A CHRISTMAS EVE GATHERING AND OPEN ONE GIFT BEFORE BED (always new pajamas for each of our kids)
  25. MERRY CHRISTMAS: CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS WITH OUR FAMILY!

#CommissionsEarned

Carmel Apple Teacher Gifts

Are you looking for a cute and simple Christmas gift to give to your children’s teachers?  Look no further.  For about $5 each, you can create these delicious caramel apple bundles.  I bought my caramel sauce at Trader Joes, hand picked the largest, most colorful red and green apples I could find, made my own gift tags from tan card stock, and purchased a package of bells and long clear bags at Michael’s.  I stacked the apples carefully on top of the caramel sauce and tied them off with a piece of twine.  And there you have it…a quick, easy, and inexpensive, but very festive Christmas gift for your children’s teachers. You can also add mini ornaments and ribbon if you want to invest a bit more money into these festive gifts.  #CommissionsEarned

For more fun Christmas ideas check out the following blogposts:

Glittery Christmas Silhouettes

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Glittery Christmas Silhouettes

One of our Advent Activities for this year was “make a craft.”  I decided that Glittery Christmas Silhouettes would make the perfect actvity for my kids.  I have to say, I am very happy with how they turned out and it will be fun to put them up each December for years to come.  My kids range in age from 5-13 and they were each able to do this with just a little help from me.  Here’s what you will need for your glittery silhouettes.  Four rectangular canvases, adhesive-backed vinyl, a computer, scissors, cardboard or newspaper (to cover your work area), white school glue, paintbrushes or foam brushes, and four different colors of glitter. #CommissionsEarned

IMG_0993Google Christmas silhouettes online and find four that you want to use.  Size them to fit in the center of your canvas with enough space around each for the glitter.  Try and make all 4 about the same size.  Print out your silhouettes and cut them to use as templates. IMG_0992Trace your silhouettes on the back of your adhesive-backed vinyl.  Cut them out to create four stickers.  IMG_0994Place one “sticker” on each canvas.IMG_0997Paint glue evenly all over the white parts of your canvas.  It’s ok to get a bit of glue on the stickers, but try to keep it to a minimum so that you can see the outline for when you peel it off later. IMG_0998Sprinkle glitter all around your silhouette and be sure to go over the edges a bit to make sure you create a nice line all around each image.IMG_0999Wait about 45 minutes.  You will want to peel your stickers before the glue and glitter completely dry.  This will create a cleaner line.  IMG_1001Allow your canvases to dry completely.  Shake the glitter off.  Then paint over them one more time with white school glue.  This will seal the glitter in so that it doesn’t fall off everywhere when you they are hanging up on your wall.  Let them dry overnight. IMG_1037Hang up and admire your beautiful Glittery Christmas Silhouettes!

Update: We have now been using these for the past 5 years and they are holding up beautifully.  For a tip when storing them: use plastic wrap to cover each canvas individually, then stack them and wrap the stack in plastic wrap as well.  I store mine inside of a closet on a shelf, and each year they look as lovely as they did the first year we made them.  Here is a picture from last Christmas so that you can see how nice they look in my navy blue living room next to my Board & Batten Feature Wall .  

For more fun Christmas ideas check out the following blogposts:

Turn Dad Into A Snowman

Advent

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses