Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

Perfect, Easy, and Mess-free Bacon!


I’ve noticed that in the past few weeks, leading up to the Christmas season, I’ve been using a LOT of bacon in my savoury treats.  I thought that if I’m doing this, others might be as well – and you might appreciate this tip!  This past summer, I picked up a fantastic tip from a good friend.  When it comes ... Read More »

Dragon Slippers


I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I like to try and make one gift each year for the boys.  I saw this cute tutorial for fleece Dragon Slippers and it didn’t look too difficult.  She had great step-by-step instructions for creating your own pattern based on your child’s foot size.  I spent two evenings drawing, measuring, calculating & cutting, then ... Read More »

Handprint Ornament


This week, my little guy and I made a birthday present for his daddy, but it would work great for Christmas gifts for grandparents, too!    I found the recipe here.  The salt dough was super easy to make, especially with a stand mixer to do all of the kneeding for me while I cleaned up my kitchen!  I rolled out ... Read More »

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


I found these cookies on last year when I was making cookies at the last minute.  I didn’t have any chocolate chips, condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, or any of the ingredients you need for traditional Christmas cookies.  This recipe was great because it took very simple ingredients, was easy to make, and was great for involving children. It is ... Read More »

Homemade Gingerbread Spice Latte


I don’t claim to be a coffee expert by any means, but I do enjoy a latte or flavoured coffee (mmm…Starbucks).  But they are expensive!  I saw this pin for a homemade Gingerbread Latte.  It looked easy enough, and I had all the ingredients on hand. The first thing you do is make a syrup using molasses, brown sugar, and ... Read More »

Chewy Chocolate Squares


 This is my absolute favourite recipe for squares, and I know it will become yours, too.  Picture (taste!) this: a thick, gooey, creamy layer of chocolate with a chewy cookie on top and bottom.  It’s so rich and sinfully delicious that I reserve this recipe to be used but once a year: Christmas!  I can’t claim to be the inventor ... Read More »

Christmas Lacing


We thought it would be fun to try lacing some Christmas mittens. Unfortunately we had broken the hole punch while building our catapults…oops.  I used a pencil to poke holes in these one, and then used a star-shape to punch the holes for my toddler.  The larger holes actually turned out to be easier for him to do the lacing. ... Read More »

Paint Chip Wreath


Paint chip projects seem to be a big trend on Pinterest too.  What I like about them is they are great for kids to work with. A 3 or 4 year old can practice fine motor skills by cutting along the white lines.  They can cut them in half, match the colours.  You can talk about different shades of the ... Read More »

Paper Towel Rolls!


There are all kinds of paper towel/toilet paper roll crafts on Pinterest.  Some of them are pretty amazing.  I did this one quickly one afternoon with the boys for an easy gift.   When you cut the roll, you flatten it slightly and get this neat flower-petal shape.  I glued them together with white glue and clamped them with clothespins just ... Read More »

Pinecone Garland


Pinecone Garland found on Pinterest.  Too fancy for me! I’ve been (p)inspired this year by all of the pinecone crafts on Pinterest and I wanted to make a pinecone garland.  However, I didn’t really find the tutorial I was looking for – I wanted something simple and rustic.  I collected pinecones in November as they fell off of the trees, ... Read More »