Christmastime Giveaway!

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I love Christmastime and always like to celebrate it with my readers by putting together a little Christmas prize package to thank you for following me for the last few years.

I try to find some of the cutest baking supplies that pop up in stores at this time of year and supplement them with a few other fun things!

Here’s what you could win in this year’s giveaway:


  1. Wilton Icing Decorations in the shapes of Santa, his elves, and his reindeer.
  2. Christmas paper straws
  3. Betty Crocker Shortbread mix (I used this mix to make the Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies earlier this year)
  4. Santa cupcake liners
  5. Mini Christmas cookie cutters
  6. Holiday sprinklesIMG_3682
  7. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie bag
  8. Cupcake Stickers
  9. A charm bracelet with sweet charms
  10. A cupcake ornament
  11. Cake Batter flavored Chapstick
  12. Holiday socks
  13. Christmas colored Sixlets candies
  14. Candy Cane flavored Pop Rocks
  15. Swiss Miss hot cocoa mixIMG_3690_2
  16. And an extra special last minute addition: Nordicware holiday cake pop baking pan!

I found the baking pan during after-Christmas sales last year to save for this year’s giveaway and totally forgot about it when I was taking the initial photos for the giveaway. Luckily for you, I remembered the pan at the last minute!

Enter the Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, enter your name and email into the mandatory entry space in the Rafflecopter widget below. You are now entered to win this entire package!

For extra entries, and a better chance at winning, fill in any of the optional entries thereafter.

The giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on December 14th (my birthday! whoo!) and is open only to US residents who are 18+ years old.

For complete rules click here.

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24 Days of Advent Calendar Fun: Days 1-4

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IMG_4883_2This month I will share with you the advent calendar that I put together for my grandma. I found this fantastic D.I.Y. mitten advent calendar tutorial over at Holiday Crafts and Creations. It took a while to make because I did it all by hand, and did some fancy decor on some of the mittens, but I think it was worth it. It’s turned out great!

In each of the mittens is either an activity for her and me to do together, candy, or a present. For the activities I typed out little notes that fit into the mittens.



Day 1 was a fun one. I got out my mini fake tree and I helped her decorate it. I did most of the work due to my grandma’s arthritis, but she helped me decide where to put the ornaments.

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Crab Cupcakes

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These cute crab cupcakes made by Entertain Exchange for a Crab Shack Summer Party caught my eye because I wondered where she found those adorable crab candies. Turns out she made them herself using a crab shaped silicone ice cube tray and candy melts! I would have never thought of that. Knowing that silicone ice trays work as candy molds opens up a huge selection of candy molds for me.

For the candy mold instructions go here.

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Summer Sushi Cupcakes

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One of my favorite things to eat during the summer is sushi. Because of that, I made sushi cupcakes for a 4th of July party this past weekend. I know sushi isn’t really a very American patriotic theme, but I wanted my cupcakes to be a little different and unexpected. I was thinking of making hamburger cupcakes since that goes with the BBQ theme of the party I was at, but sushi cupcakes were a much newer concept to me, so I tried them instead.  I planned to make a whole batch of them but they took so long to put together I decided that 12 was enough.

Items I used to decorate the cupcakes included jelly beans as roe, yellow cake strips as egg, apple fruit roll-ups for seaweed, orange slice gummy candy for pieces of salmon, and cut up pieces of fruit chews (like Starbursts) and gummy bears as the insides of some of the sushi rolls. For the “rice” I used white frosting and coconut flakes. I was going to use white sprinkles as well for rice but could not find regular old white sprinkles anywhere!

Thankfully the cupcakes were well received at the party. I know some people could have been turned off by the idea of “raw fish” on a cupcakes. Now I must figure out what I’ll be making and decorating next. I might give cake pops another try.

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