After Christmas sales.

Now is a great time to look for clearance sale deals on wrapping paper, ribbon etc. I stocked up at Target the other day when their Christmas items went to 90% off. Many of the items I get aren’t specific to Christmas. I bought 9 rolls of wrapping paper for less than what one roll sold for. A few of the rolls were as low as 25 cents. I did not buy any Christmas specific patterns so most of these are good all occasion papers. Same with the bows.



Some of there were as low as 25 cents. The rest were 50 cents.


Cinnamon applesauce ornaments

I made cinnamon applesauce ornaments for the first time this morning. I have never heard of these before and was intrigued. I decided to give them a try and make one for each person in my family. I used a recipe from McCormick.

Some recipes I saw used a little bit of glue in the mix. This recipe did not have glue and that appealed to me. I love the idea of just using Cinnamon and applesauce to make a dough that will harden.


Getting ready for the oven. 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours


They came out great, although some things I learned are:

Don’t roll these out on parchment paper or plastic wrap. I know the recipe says to use plastic wrap, but when I did if there was any little wrinkle in the parchment paper or the plastic wrap it transfers to the dough. It’s easy enough to see wrinkles on the top but it was really frustrating to roll out the dough, cut out the shapes and then see creases on the underside.

I decided to roll out the dough on my countertop. This went well except when I thought I put enough cinnamon down on the counter to keep the dough from sticking. Luckily this is easily fixed by sprinkling more cinnamon down on your work surface. Check to make sure the  ornaments will come up from your surface before you cut out all your ornaments.

Also, the cheapest place I found to get cinnamon was at Walmart. They had bottles for 64cents.


Ikea Margareta tree fabric panel decorated-now with a new star

I am still very happy with my alternatree. I swapped out the white glitter paper star for one my husband picked and I love it.

We went from this

Which didn’t look bad, but the star was hard to see.

To this:

Much better! I let my husband go through all my craft paper and he picked out  an aqua blue glitter paper which I think looks great.

Russell Stover Peanut Butter Santa and Peppermint Bark Snowman

My husband and I stopped in the supermarket this evening. I was feeling festive and had a hankering for something with peanut butter. I saw this candy from Russell Stover and decided to give it a try.


I thought the packaging was really cute and Christmassy.(and they were on sale)

I tried the peanut butter and milk chocolate Santa first. I don’t see anything even vaguely Santa shaped about this candy do you? I even spent a few minutes turning it this way and that way trying to find Santa.


Sadly this tasted as much like peanut butter as it looks like Santa.

Oh well so it doesn’t look like Santa, as long as it tastes good right? I did not like this Peanut Butter Santa at all, and I love peanut butter and milk chocolate. I think it was sort of a whipped peanut butter that had a slightly marshmallow texture and it didn’t particularly taste like peanut butter which was really disappointing as I was looking forward to this.

I moved on to the peppermint bark snowman. It’s crushed peppermints, white chocolate and a layer of dark chocolate. I have seen other candy with this type of flavor combination but wasn’t sure I would like it so didn’t want to commit to a big bar or a bag of candy.

At least this guy looks like a snowman, so far so good. This one is actually pretty good. It tastes like one of those Andes Creme de Menthe thins. I like those, so this was good.


This one looked and tasted good unlike peanut butter Santa.