For the first time, in what seems likes ages, we had a weekend at home. While our busy December schedule included exciting excursions and family time, it was refreshing to have a moment to relax. We used this time to deep clean the apartment, restock our fridge and indulge in bit of free time.
Ian chose to use his free time to dust off exam books and prep for his PE (Professional Engineer Exam), I decided to pull out my craft bin for a quick DIY. I had recently bought two Hazelnut Cream candles at Walmart, and while they smelled amazing, their packing was quite plain.
After two coats of matte white paint and a hint of gold across the bottom, these simple candles transformed into a statement set. They add an interesting design element to a room and would be a lovely gift idea!
Gold Dipped Candles
- Two glass candles
- Matte white paint
- Gold paint
- Painting tape
- Foam brush
- Gently remove the candle labels with warm soapy water
- Pat dry and place on newspaper covered surface
- Paint the candles with two coats of matte white paint, allowing each coat to dry before reapplying
- Once dry, tape a line around the candle one inch from the bottom
- Starting at the tape line, paint downwards with the gold paint
- When that has fully dries, gently remove the tape
Need a pick-me-up after a busy holiday season? Or maybe you’re just not ready to go cold turkey on your “no sweets” New Years resolution. Then these Mocha Orea Truffles are perfect for you! As a bite size dessert, they are ideal for sharing at the office of satisfying your late night sweet craving!
With white chocolate drizzled on top of the truffles, these treats make a statement. However, they are quite simple to make. A short 20 minutes after opening a package of Oreos you will have a plate of truffles ready to pop in your mouth. Be warned, it’s hard to just have one!
Mocha Oreo Truffles
- 1 package Oreos
- 1 C. vanilla frosting
- 2 Tbs. instant coffee
- 1 bar of dark chocolate, melted
- 1 bar of white chocolate, melted
- Place Oreos in a food processor and blend until finely chopped.
- Pour Oreo pieces into a large bowl then add in the vanilla frosting and coffee. Stir until well incorporated.
- Roll Oreo mixture into small balls and place in the fridge to harden for 5 minutes.
- Dip Oreo balls into dark chocolate and place on a non-stick surface.
- Drizzle with white chocolate and place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes for chocolate to set.
As I sit down to write these posts each month I think, “We didn’t get up to much this month. What will I write about?” Then I start scrolling through my photos and I’m reminded of all the smiles, adventures and laughter we shared. It’s crazy how moments can slip your mind – especially in the whirlwind of the holiday season!
Therefore, I was shocked by how busy we were in December! I knew we had a full calendar, but looking back over the photos I’m surprised we were able to fit everything in!
To start the month, Ian and I braved warnings of a snow storm and drove to Chicago. It’s been on my list to visit the Christkindlmarket and I was giddy to get my hand on a souvenir mug full of mulled cider! It was a bitter cold day, but experiencing the holiday spirit in the city was worth a few red noses.
We also partook in a glass ornament event at a local museum. The day was filled with hot chocolate, live music and of course – ornament making! Ian was a bit disappointed since his design shifted around in the kiln, but it was one on my favorite ornaments on our tree. I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw it.
In the blink of an eye, Christmas was upon us. A snow storm delayed our trip down to visit family, but eventually we made it. Christmas Eve was spent sledding with my family, then we drove to Ian’s grandma’s house for Christmas dinner and a competitive game of Monopoly.
Then we hopped on a plane and flew to Florida to thaw out for a few days with Ian’s family! It was nice to get outside, take a dip in the pool and work on our bag toss skills.
We ended the month with a road trip to Key West. It was our first time in the Keys and I couldn’t wait to explore! Ian tried the famous Key Lime Pie and we were able to put our feet in two bodies of water at the same time. Definitely, a wonderful way to end the month and start a new year!
Hope you all had a wonderful December!