Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

More Chocolate-dipped Treats


Just like our previous post on chocolate-dipping, this one is incredibly simple and looks very impressive.  I just melted some chocolate in the microwave at 60% power.  Dipped the clementines in, let them cool…and that’s it. Read More »

Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle


I’ve always loved peanut brittle, but I couldn’t be bothered to do all the boiling, waiting, and checking temperature.  I came accross this recipe from my mom a number of years ago.  It is so incredibly easy and it tatses great.  It may be good for older kids to help with, but it gets REALLY hot in the microwave, so I’d ... Read More »

Winter Discovery Bottle


These discovery bottles have been around for a while – the basic idea is to take a clear glass bottle and fill it with something interesting for kids to play with.  I was fascinated when I saw this one where you cut up pieces of pipe cleaners and use a magnet to manipulate them.   I only had white pipe cleaners ... Read More »

Swedish Love Knot Ornament


I actually first made this years ago in highschool. It’s called a Swedish Love Knot, and it’s supposed to bring good luck to all living in the house.  I also like an alternate meaning – it represents the real meaning of Christmas: God the Father (large circle), the Son, and the Holy Spirit (two smaller circles).  It hangs nicely on ... Read More »

Handprint Snowmen Ornaments

It’s been a tradition in our home to hang a new ornament each year for each of our kids with the intent to eventually pass the ornaments on to them when they have their own home/family. Traditionally I have been purchasing ornaments to some how commemorate their year/Christmas. My son’s first ornament for instance was a pair of blue porcelain ... Read More »

Nativity Stained Glass Craft


We’ve done stained glass projects before – a Veggie Tales one, and  I love the idea of using clear contact paper to stick the frame on, then putting the tissue paper right onto it.  We decided on a Nativity stained glass.  No mess with glue, and it looks great.  We ran out of contact paper to go on top, so ... Read More »

Five Minute Fudge – Only Two Ingredients


I don’t even remember who I first heard this recipe from.  It was told by word of mouth and it’s so incredibly easy.  Just two ingredients gives you the perfect no-fail, five minute fudge.    Take one can of frosting, one package of chocolate chips, and put them in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave at 70% power for 2 minutes.  Stir ... Read More »

Homemade Crayons


The boys wanted to make some gifts to give to their friends.  I thought about various ideas, but settled on this one because it was easy to make, neat-looking, and fun to use.  The most tedious part was ripping the labels off all our old, stubby crayons (although I have since heard that soaking them in water makes it much ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Dipped Christmas Treats


Need a last minute Christmas treat to bring along to a party?  Or feel like you really *should* be doing some Christmas “baking” but burn everything your fingers touch?  Here’s a great solution for you! Last Christmas, I was putting together a tray of goodies for a Christmas Movie watching party that I was hosting and I needed another treat ... Read More »

Lightbulb Snowman Ornament


I’ve seen a variety of lightbulb ornaments and projects, but I never really planned on doing any.  But the bulb burnt out on my desk lamp, and the glitter was just sitting there on the counter, so I thought I’d try.  First of all…if you have a dark burnt spot on the bulb, don’t try it…you can see the dark ... Read More »