For some reason this year, I got it in my head to bake! and craft! for the holidays. I had visions of homemade goodies, both edible and non-edible and watching the recipients ooh and ahh at such beautiful and delectable creations.
First of all, at the beginning of the school year, I signed up to bring Jell-O Jigglers to Jesus’ birthday party, because nothing says Happy Birthday, Jesus! like a good jiggler. Actually, I didn’t know that Jesus was really all that big of a fan of Jell-O or jigglers, but I figured that the school didn’t request wine and bread since it was for a kid’s party.
After last Valentine’s Day fiasco, I decided to wow everyone with my impressive jiggler making skills. I used a fancy pants cookie cutter and cut the Jell-O into candy cane and angel shapes. I was pretty sure these would be a slam dunk and would totally wow all the other parents kids. That was until I got to school and the mom in charge of cookies had hand decorated homemade sugar cookies. As Tate told me later, I got “preSCHOOLED.”
So anyway, after that let down I’m really feeling the need for someone to just validate me. Yes, I’m posting pictures of my food and crafts on my blog hoping for comments that make me feel better about myself.
Half-eaten gingerbread man! CUTE! I found this idea at elsiemarley.com.
Ribbon bookmarks! Mine look like CRAP, but feel free to not agree with me. These were much harder to make than I imagined. I figured that they’d take, like, ten, maybe twenty minutes to make. Try AN HOUR. Each. This idea came from Blissfully Domestic.
These are supposed to be a trio of cookies, but I decided to make separate cookies. They were delicious, but next time I make them, I’m making them flatter and adding more jam. Recipe can be found at epicurious.com.
Pretzels! Made with “help” from the kids. With a glop of chocolate and sprinkles/candy cane bits on the end! Thanks Semi-Desperate Housewife for the idea. (They were supposed to last for longer than two days, but they, um, didn’t.)
Gratuitous kid shot. At least I can make those perfectly cute and totally nom-nom-nom-able.