Meringue Tree Cupcakes

Meringue Christmas Tree Cupcakes

And just like that, Christmas has come and gone! I’m always saddened when the Christmas lights come down and the remaining winter months are left to be survived rather than savored. This year, I’ve decided to carry on the wonder and joy of the holiday season throughout the winter months by continuing a few traditions – one of which is baking.

Meringue Christmas Tree Cupcakes

In an attempt to keep the holiday spirit alive after returning to work, I whipped up a batch of these Meringe Tree Cupcakes. Dusted with powdered sugar, they resemble a winter wonderland and will bring a smile to anyone who may be mourning the end of Christmas carols on the radio. While meringues may seem daunting, they are simple to make as long as you have a bit of patience. If you decided to make these on your own, please tag your photos with #beautyandblooms so I can see your creations!   

Meringue Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Meringue Tree Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Boxed Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. Creme de Menthe
  • 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 drop green food coloring

Directions:

For the cupcakes:

  • Follow baking instructions for cupcakes. Once baked, set aside to cool before frosting.

For the meringues:

  • Heat oven to 200 degrees
  • Beat egg whites in a stand mixer until hard peaks form
  • Slowly add in the sugar, creme de menthe, and vinegar
  • Increase speed and mix until sugar is well incorporated and glossy peaks form
  • Transfer mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe out trees on a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Place in the oven for 90 minutes, then shut off oven and let the meringues sit for 30 minutes
  • Remove meringues from oven and place on top of frosted cupcakes
  • Store in the fridge until ready to eat
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DIY Yarn Tabletop Trees

DIY Christmas Trees

The holidays can be an expensive time of year. Between purchasing gifts, hosting parties, and decorating your home, your wallet can take a hit. One way to keep expenses down is DIY holiday decor. For example, while out shopping I saw a set of these tabletop Christmas trees listed for $30 and knew I could make them at home for far less.

DIY Christmas Trees

I quickly ran to Walmart to pick up my supplies which rang up to $10. Quite a steal if you ask me! Especially since I plan on using the leftover yarn in lieu of ribbon this year to tie gift tags on our Christmas presents. Another pleasant surprise was discovering these trees only take a few minutes to make. Needless to say, you have to try this DIY out for yourself! I think the mini trees are cute on their own, but you could play around with varying tree heights to make a statement piece for your home as well.

DIY Christmas Trees

DIY Yarn Tabletop Trees

Materials:

Directions:

  • Add a thin layer of glue around the Styrofoam cone
  • Wrap the cone tightly in yarn, adding a few overlapping layers for texture
  • Stick two of the large glitter stars together and glue to the top of the tree
  • Decorate the tree with varying sizes of the glitter star stickers
  • Enjoy!

Anthropologie Inspired: DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Years have come and gone without a white Christmas, but the holiday always feels more festive with a blanket of snow covering the ground outside. We definitely are not lacking in snow up in Wisconsin this year, but it felt like it took a while to arrive. Therefore, when I looked up at the calendar and realized Christmas was less than a week away it took me by surprise!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

We’ve barely made a dent on our holiday to-do list and I feel like I’m running out of time! Christmas cookies have yet to be baked, presents need to be wrapped and last minute DIY’s need to be made!  Normally I would set aside time on the weekend to check off all these items, but that ship has sailed and I have to make the most of my evenings. Therefore, I’m forced to be efficient and Pinterest fails are not an option!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

If you are in the same boat as me, this easy Anthropologie inspired holiday bauble is just what you are looking for. All you need to do is run to the store, pick up a few white Christmas baubles and sharpies – then you are ready to decorate! You can personalize the baubles our draw your favorite design. These are sweet stocking stuffers and look beautiful tied on top of presents.