Three Things Thursday: Peppermint Brownies, Calenders, and Sassy Giraffes

They're the top three things that I love this week. They may be sweet, they may be smart, or they may be just to eat... 

► Don't these Peppermint Pattie Brownies look amazing? I love mint all year round, but I can't get enough of it at Christmastime. Pair it with a gooey brownie, and I'm sold. This recipe comes from How Sweet It Is, so I know this recipe will be good. If you're family of mine reading this, luck you, because I'll be making these over the holidays!

► Giraffes have been my favorite animal (besides my kitties, of course) for as long as I can remember. As soon as I saw this Sassy Giraffe painting by Megan Carn, I had to know more. I'm only disappointed that I'm just now being introduced to Megan's work. She has a beautiful perspective on painting animals, and her abstract art uses colors that are right up my alley. I think I'm going to need that sassy giraffe on my living room wall.

► Finally... I love a good freebie. Apparently Colleen at Lemon Thistle released a free set of printable calenders for 2014, which I missed. I've seen it now, and I think the 2015 edition is even better. This is a free printable, although you do have to sign up for her mailing list to get the freebie. Lemon Thistle looks like a great read, so I'm happy to sign up. You get a budget-style calender (with and without days of the week, so you can re-use the day-less calender every year); plus a traditional grid-style calender, complete with a space to track goals and make notes. I've tried staying organized and schedule electronically, but I really am a handwritten kind of girl, and if it's not written on my wall for me to walk past throughout the day, there's a decent chance I will forget about something. So yes, there are still people using paper calenders and I'm happy to have this one.

6 Printable Stationery Sets + 3 Ideas For How to Use Them

Have you ever hosted a holiday party or meal before? I had the family over at my house for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first time hosting the extended family for a big meal. Luckily they are a talkative bunch who never run out of things to do or say; although this wouldn't be the case if I had hosted a different side of my family; that side tends to be quieter. If you're missing meaningful or engaging conversations at family gatherings, you can try one of these three conversation starters that I wrote for from Snowed In Magazine.

But first! Here are my six favorite printable stationery sets that you can download. I think they would also make a great DIY Christmas gift. The best part? They're all under $10!

As pictured above, from top to bottom, left to right:

Now, here are 3 ways to start conversation with printable stationery at your next family gathering. It's page 64 in Snowed In Magazine, issue 3!

Christmas Morning Chocolate Peppermint Crepes

Christmas morning is a time for indulgence – these chocolate peppermint crepes are amazing with a fresh cup of coffee and some fruit. Although crepes may seem complicated, that's not so! Give this festive dish a try.

Tip: you can finish your crepes by rolling them or folding into triangles.

Serves 4

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate chips for melting
  • Powdered sugar

Combine egg, flour, vanilla, milk, and salt in a small mixing bowl.

Heat a lightly-greased pan on medium heat. Slowly pour 1/4 batter at a time to make one crepe. Spread the batter thin. Flip after about 1 minute & remove after another minute. Repeat 3 more times.

Mix yogurt & ¼ tsp peppermint extract. Fill each crepe with ¼ of mixture. Melt chocolate + ½ tsp peppermint extract in microwave, and drizzle on crepes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Happy Holidays, 

A Memory Jar for the New Year - DIY Project

The New Year is just around the corner. Most of us try to make some resolution to improve ourselves in the coming year, but so many of us give up early, or completely forget our new goals.

Moriah MacDonald of Fuzzy Slippers Designs created a beautiful, heartfelt project for the New Year. I think you will find that it is a meaningful way to find the beauty in our everyday lives, and keep track of little things that are accomplished on a day-to-day basis.

It would also make a very thoughtful handmade gift for close friend or relative.

You'll find Moriah's step-by-step tutorial, complete with photos, on page 83 in Snowed In Magazine below.

So I'm curious - have any of you made a memory jar? What do you love the most about them?

The 2014 Buy Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

If you haven't read the free issue 3 of Snowed In Magazine, then you're missing the 2014 Buy Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!

The gift guide features the very best of Etsy in an easy-to-read, clickable resource. Time is running out, so get your orders in before it's too late!

The gift guide starts on page of Snowed In Magazine below:

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