Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!



Have fun and be safe tonight.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's a Party! #138


Welcome to the party!

We had such a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all did, too!

This week, because of the holiday's, I'm going to leave this party up and running through Sunday night. That way everybody can have a chance to link up and browse the other links when they get the time.






Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!


This is it. Christmas is here!

I've got one more day to make sure everything is perfect for tomorrow night. The presents are all wrapped and the stockings are ready to be filled. Today will be spent baking and cooking.




Besides our main tree in the family room, I love having smaller trees in all the other rooms in the house.
This is the one I made for the living room.




I used the recipe that I found Here for the ornaments with the miniature cookie cutters that are available at Wholeport.

The garland is ribbon that you can get, also, at Wholeport.




After I made the ornaments, I found a small tree for the kitchen counter and used the cutters to decorate it.




And of course, my beachy bathroom just had to have a couple of trees, too.




For those trees, all I did was glue string to the starfish that I found at Hobby Lobby and hung them.




Oh Beachy Tree, Oh Beachy Tree...

Now, off to baking I go!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Easy Neighbor Gifts



Sometimes all it takes to make a few neighbor gifts is an empty liquor bottle.




Like this one, I didn't even have to paint it. Just added vinyl I cut on the Silhouette and the glitter ribbon at the top.




Then added the silk flowers, which you can usually find for half price now.




These are the three that I did last year when I suddenly needed last minute gifts.
You can see more about them Here.




And of course, my all time favorite!

This little guy takes a little longer, but oh, so well worth it.
You can see how I made him Here.

Remember, always hang on to those empty bottles, you never know when you may need them!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's a Party! #137


Welcome to the party!

Oh my gosh, I completely forgot to post the features from last week's party this morning. I'm sorry, but I kind of have a good excuse. You see, Greg and I finished up ALL the shopping yesterday and I started wrapping early this morning and didn't even think about getting on the computer until now. Oops!

Anyway, you all are awesome and I can't wait to see what you've done this week!

Next week, because of Christmas, I'll start the party early Thursday morning. I'll keep it running through the weekend, so feel free to link up at any time when you get a chance.






Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Guest Post: Cranberry Morning


I have a special treat for you today.

My friend, Judy, from Cranberry Morning is here to share one of her warm (and yummy!) Christmas traditions with us.





Thank you, Terri, for giving me this opportunity to Guest Post and share my favorite Christmas recipe with your readers! My name is Judy, I live in the beautiful rolling hills of NW Wisconsin, and I blog daily as Cranberry Morning.  In the wintertime, when I'm not blogging, you'll most likely find me making soap or reading. Stop in sometime. And I hope you can work this recipe into your Christmas menu. You won't be sorry!
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Clam chowder on Christmas Eve has been a tradition at our home for many years. Although our Christmas celebration has changed from the time our kids were little, it is nice to have some things stay the same, like this great clam chowder. This recipe is one I made from guessing at the ingredients in a clam chowder I enjoyed years ago in Massachusetts. It seems that this recipe used to require many more steps, but now I've got it fine tuned and pretty easy to make. It's not just for Christmas Eve, so it would make a great New Year's Eve meal also. The Christmas dishes had belonged to my mom.


Don't blame me for the knife and spoon placement.



Judy's Clam Chowder:

10 slices of hickory-smoked bacon, fried crisp, broken into tiny pieces
Hormel® Natural Choice® ham can be substituted for the bacon. It has no preservatives and is 100 percent natural with no artificial colors or flavors, and no added nitrites or nitrates and is gluten free.
4 small potatoes, skin on, diced
3 small carrots, diced
4 ribs of celery, minced
1 med. onion, minced
1 Carmen red pepper or red bell pepper (sweet), diced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
3-4 cans of clams. Do not drain. If minced, use as is. If chopt, run through food processor first. This is simply a preference. I don't like big, rubbery hunks of clam. Ew!!!Also, I prefer Gorton's brand.
2 quarts of whole milk
3/4 c. flour
1 bay leaf, broken in pieces
1-2 t. thyme (I used 2 t.)
black pepper
sea salt to taste

Open 3-4 cans of clams, pour all (incl. juice) into saucepan. Add potatoes and carrots and cook til they are just tender, not mushy.

In a skillet, saute celery, onion, peppers in a couple T. butter until tender.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour into a couple cups of the milk. Add remaining milk little by little, whisking as you add so there are no lumps.

Pour all (including the liquid from the potato/carrots/clams) into my large Martha Stewart stainless steel pot which doesn't let anything stick on the bottom. Heat on Low, stirring. Add seasonings. Bring to near boil, but DON'T BOIL.

At this point, you can then cool the chowder and keep refrigerated overnight OR (if you're going to eat in a couple hours,) let sit covered, then bring back to temperature and serve.

Want a great accompaniment to my clam chowder? Try these popovers 
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Thank you, Judy, for sharing your recipe with us!

I know many of you already know Judy, but if you haven't met her, yet, stop in and visit her at

She's one of the nicest people I know living out there in blogland!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Treat Jar


Need a quick and easy last minute gift?




I remembered yesterday that I had a hair appointment today and wanted to take Marsha a little something. I had everything I needed here so this snowman took me less than an hour to make.




I hot glued buttons to the front of the jars. The nose is an orange heart button the I found. I originally was going to use felt.




I didn't want to glue the jars together, so I used a strong magnet instead. Because of the dip in the bottom jar lid, I added a washer and it made it the perfect height for the magnet.




Spray paint the top lid black and add a scarf and you're finished!

Oh yeah, and then add your favorite treat. I used the new Chex Mix Muddy Buddies that are out this year. If you haven't tried them yet, they're awesome! Peppermint and Snicked Doodle. YUM!

(I'm hoping they're seasonal, because if not, I'll end up weighing in at 500 lbs by next Christmas!)


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Folded Star Snowman


Actually I've got a couple of snowmen to show you that I made using canning jar lids.




But first up is this little guy that I made using the folded star that I'm loving all over again.




I made it the same way that I did Here for the pumpkin, but used 3" squares and only 2 rows.




I cut it the size of the lid and then put the lid in the ring and hot-glued it to hold it in place.




I'll show you what I made the holes with later in the post, but wrapped wire through them to hold the lids together.




I hung him in the middle of the mantel and thought he looked a little lonely.




So I made him a couple of friends using just the lids and not the rings.




I started by painting the lids white and punched holes using my Crop-a-Dile.
(I bought the Crop-a-Dile a couple of years ago and have never used it. It worked fantastic!)




It's so hard to see in that photo, but I added Glitter Mod Podge after they were painted for a little sparkle.




Use wire to hook them together and add buttons and a of course, a scarf.




Hey, look what was on TV, the Sound of Music. If that doesn't scream Christmas, I don't know what does!

Did you watch Carrie Underwood in the live performance? I know she's catching a lot of heat over it, but I loved it!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's a Party! #136


Welcome to the party!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 2 weeks away?! I still have shopping to do and 12 more things that I want to make to give. (It was 14 this morning, but I got 2 of them done today.) 
UGH...I better get busy!!

 The good thing is, I can't post about any of the things I've made or making because my family might see them on this blog before Christmas, so after Christmas, I should have enough posts ready to go for a couple of months.

One thing that will get my mind off all this stress, a party!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Hits of the Party!


Happy Wednesday! (Thought I was going to say Hump Day, didn't you?)

I know I say it every week, but I'm always so amazed at what talented and creative people you all are! Thank you so much taking the time to join our little party we have here.

This week's party will start later this afternoon, but first let's take another look at a few from last week.



Christmas Ball Wreath




Baby Sock Snowman Ornament




Heart Warming Cocoa




Hot Chocolate Stir Spoons




Christmas Candy Bark




I'll be back later this afternoon to start this week's party, but right now I'm on my way up to my craft room and getting busy. I counted up this morning, I still have 14 more gifts to make.
Wow! Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest Post: Scarlett's Excellent Adventures


Please welcome Scarlett from Scarlett's Excellent Adventures here today.

She's going to share her Piglet's Haycorn Cakes that sound absolutely yummy!

Take it away, Scarlett.






 I would like to thank Terri for having me as her guest. I am Scarlett from Scarlett's Excellent Adventures. What are my Excellent Adventures? The biggest one is being a wife and a stay-at-home mom to my little one. The next adventure on the list, is weight loss. I gained a lot of weight over the years, between infertility treatments, having a baby and nursing, and now is the time for me to lose it. In the weight-loss process I am learning to eat healthy and live a healthier lifestyle. My biggest challenge is how to eat well while having a toddler running around. My blog is centered around healthy foods and healthy cooking, all done in an easy way. That being said, I love to bake, but in trying to live a healthier lifestyle, I do not have the chance to do it that often. Since it is the holidays, I have been itching to get out my baking pans and oven mitts. I was very excited to have the opportunity to bake something special for A Creative Princess readers! This recipe was inspired by my son and Winnie-the-Pooh. I hope you enjoy it!

The other night, I read a very sweet book to my son called, Night, Night Piglet. It is a cute board book about Piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh having a sleep over. It is filled with great bedtime stories and comes with a cloth cover that has Piglet attached, where your child can put Piglet “to bed” in a pouch in the front. One of the stories in the book is one where Piglet needs to make “Haycorn muffins.” It is his specialty and he is having trouble making the muffins and decides to make it a cake. The book lists the ingredients piglet uses - flour, sugar, honey, etc. As my son drifted off to sleep, I started thinking, how would one make a haycorn muffin (or cake)? I had some ideas, but the next day I posed the question to my husband and we came up with a plan!






Piglet's Haycorn Cakes

½ pkg of Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix*
1 can Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting
¼ cup of honey
3 tbsp Nutella
Haycorn” toppers – following directions from Sweet Haute

Prepare ½ of a package of Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix according to package instructions. Don't forget to halve all of the ingredients listed on the package. Line a cupcake tin with parchment baking cups (feel free to use decorative baking cups as well). Fill each baking cup 2/3 the way full with batter. Bake according to package instructions. Insert a toothpick in the center of a cupcake, if the toothpick pulls out clean, remove the cupcakes from the oven. Cool the cupcakes on a cooling rack.

Fill a piping bag with Nutella. When cool, hold each cupcake by the bottom, and insert your piping bag tip into the top, center of the cupcake. Squeeze the Nutella into the cupcake. You should feel the cupcake firm in your hand as it fills. Set aside and fill the others. After filling, frost each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and top with a “Haycorn” topper.
* Note: ½ a package of cake mix makes 10 good sized cupcakes. According to the package, 1 package makes 24 cupcakes – feel free to use the whole package, if you do so, double the amount of honey & Nutella added to the cupcakes.






I loved the Haycorn toppers. I was pondering (Winnie-the-Pooh style) how I was going to make a “haycorn” topper, when I saw this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Haute. I couldn't find the cookies she used, so I used 100 calorie chocolate chip cookies. They turned out to be oval so I broke them in half. Because the “haycorn” is going to be pushed into the cupcake frosting, be sure to place the broken edge in the back where the frosting meets the haycorn.






Everyone in our house loved Piglet's Haycorn Cakes. They were very sweet, but the Nutella added just the right amount of creaminess and that wonderfully, nutty flavor I imagine Piglet's cakes would have had. I believe Pooh would have approved. I hope you do too!

Other favorite recipes you might enjoy:

Thank you so much, Scarlett, for sharing these with us.

Be sure to check out Scarlett's Excellent Adventures for more great recipe's.
(I can't wait to try out the Spinach Quiche!)