Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

Christmas is TOMORROW!!!! Can you believe it?!?! Layla and I couldn’t resist one last “Christmas Craft” before it was too late. We met Friday morning at Hobby Lobby to pick up a few last minute items for our project.

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We were inspired by a photo floating around Instagram that Tamara created for Becky. This project is super simple. All you need is a cookie jar, epson salt and a few accessories depending on the theme of your craft.

For the longest Kevin has always wanted a vintage air stream, so when Layla found this ornament at Michaels she knew it was PERFECT! We picked up a few twigs from the front yard to use for the light support and she made that adorable campfire out of twigs and a piece of translucent gold scrapbook paper. I LOVE the way Layla’s Cookie Jar turned out! Isn’t it adorable?

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Mini Picket Fence: Hobby Lobby | Airstream Ornament: Michaels | Bottle Brush Trees: Hobby Lobby | Mini Multicolor Lights: Hobby Lobby

I was SUPER EXCITED with the way my Nativity turned out too. Mostly because we had something totally different in mind, but while walking up and down the aisles at Hobby Lobby that changed really fast!

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To create this Cookie Jar Christmas Craft you’ll need just a few things. 1.) Wooden Beads 2.) Glitter Scrapbook Paper 3.) Bakers Twine 4.) Jute Twine 5.) Tapered Corks. Each of those items can be picked up at Hobby Lobby.  Below are a few step by step shots so you guys have a better idea of how everything came together!

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I can’t even handle Baby Jesus in that birds nest. So cute, right? We used raffia as hay.

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There are endless ideas when it comes to creating you Cookie Jar Christmas Crafts. Thanks again Tamara and Becky for inspiring us. I always LOVE crafting with Layla. We have a blast together. There is never a dull moment. We decided we are going to make  it a once a month date.

Merry Christmas!

Be sure to check out Layla’s full post here.

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

If you know me personally you know that I’m addicted to Nutella. It’s a comfort food to me. It ranks right on up there with Chicken Fingers and Cheez Its. I recently came across a recipe on Pinterest and had to try it the minute I saw “Nutella” in the caption.  I do not profess to be a chef, just an occasional baker and let me tell you, I’ll leave that to the professionals. The kitchen was a mess, I started over 4 times, I forgot a step… the list goes on and on.  Below is my successful (at least that’s what Mom and Dad said when they tasted the poptarts) attempt at Strawberry Nutella Poptarts.

To start things off you want to make sure you have all the ingredients. For this recipe you will need: 1 egg yolk | 1 teaspoon water | 1 package refrigerated pie crust | 1 teaspoon of Nutella (per poptart) | 1 teaspoon strawberry jelly (per poptart) | 2 large strawberries, sliced lengthwise and carved into hearts | coarse sugar (or granulated sugar)

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First, Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water. Set aside.

Roll out pie crust till it’s pretty thin (about 1/16th of an inch thick). Cut into 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles, re-rolling the dough as needed. Depending on how many poptarts you are making will depend on the amount of rectangles you will end up with.

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Take 2 of the rectangles and cut out a heart in the center, using the strawberries carved into hearts as a guide. Set aside.

On the other side of the  remaining rectangle, spread 1  teaspoon of Nutella, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Then top the Nutella with a layer of strawberry jam, again making sure to leave a 1/2 inch border.

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Place a strawberry carved heart on top of the strawberry jam layer, in the center of the rectangle. Top with the pie dough with the heart carved out of the center. Seal the edges with the prongs of a fork and brush with egg wash mixture. Sprinkle heavily with coarse sugar.

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Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes and then serve!

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I couldn’t let Mom and Dad try them and me not get a bite. I have to admit they are VERY tasty and possibly addictive. I will most certainly be making these again very soon! I think they would be a perfect beach breakfast. Happy Baking Y’all! Look forward to hearing all of the Strawberry Nutella Poptart stories—be sure and let us know how it turns out!