Monthly Archives: December 2011

Turtledove Meringues

By now you’ve figured out that I love love love holiday baking. I really love sharing my baked goods too! But 2011 was really about getting healthy for me, so back in October I was convinced that I wasn’t going to do much holiday baking. That totally went out the window 🙂

For the most parts, I made classic favorites – Peanut Butter Balls, Oreo Balls, Peanut Butter Cup cookies. As my mom and I were finishing up our baking day, I decided I wanted to try these cute meringues, Turtledove Meringues to be exact. The picture was just too cute!

So I measure out my ingredients. I had never beat egg whites before, so I was totally surprised when they went from being regular egg whites to being foam. It was so cool!

And here’s my final beauties:

Turtledove Meringues

Ingredients
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2 cup sugar

Directions
Beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until small peaks form.
Keep beating, and slowly add sugar, one tbs at a time, until more peaks form.
Shape your turtledoves using the meringue in a frosting or Ziplock bag, doing this on parchment paper works great, but don’t plan on using the paper a second time.
Bake at 300 for 15 minutes, then turn oven off and leave in oven for 30 minutes.


Here are my turtledoves compared to the ones in the book. I think they turned out really well.

Then I got this not-so genius idea to make Ghosty Meringues. They didn’t turn out quite as awesome, I should have added more sugar or substituted the food coloring for the flavoring or something. They just weren’t as puffy, but they were just as delicious.

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Christmas Card Wreaths

Wow. 2011 has gone by in a flash. I can’t believe the year is almost over! Don’t we say that cliche crap every year? Yes? Well it’s true.

Ok, so Christmas is here. It’s my favorite time of the year, for realz. As a kid, my mom would totally Christmafy the house. She has some really cool old decorations. The holidays are really special when you walk into the living room and you see that Christmas has puked over everything.

I was missing two things, a vintage cardboard fireplace and a wall decoration to hold Christmas cards. Brian decided that we needed a fireplace, and I made us a card wreath.

And here is my wreath!!!

This was super easy. And surprisingly enough, it’s not from Pinterest! It’s kinda my own creation! I am also proud to tell you that every item used in this craft was something I just had on hand. I didn’t have to run to the store for anything!

Wreath Ingredients

  • Large piece of cardboard or two small/medium pieces
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • XL t-shirt (or larger), in the color of your choice (I went with bright green)
  • paint (I choose red)
  • mini  close-pins (or regular sized)
  • string (hemp or embroidery floss are nice and thick)
  • beads (that fit on the string of your choice)
  • hot glue (lots)

Directions
With your cardboard, make a giant circle. To get an even circle, tie a piece of string to a pen/pencil. Hold the string in the middle of the cardboard, and trace a circle holding down the string. Then make a smaller circle inside the big circle. If you can wing it, just eye it. Cut out the wreath with scissors or the knife. If necessary, use multiple pieces of cardboard and duct tape them together once cut out.

Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface. Cut off the hem and discard it. Cut strips about 2-4 inches thick, starting from the bottom of the shirt, towards the top. It doesn’t really matter how big the strips are, they will overlap. So if you cut them all wonky, it’s all good. Once cut off the t-shirt, cut each strip on one side, so it is no longer connected and just one long piece of tshirt.

One at a time, wrap the t-shirt strips around the cardboard. Pin them to the board or something, but don’t glue them until you get all of the strips on the wreath. Make sure all loose ends are on the back of the wreath.

If you need to paint the close pins, do that now, or earlier. Paint all sides.

String the beads on to the hemp or embroidery floss. Or both! My beads wouldn’t fit on the hemp, so I strung them on white floss. Tie one end of floss to the wreath, leave some of the beads on the front of the wreath, and the knot on the back. Wrap the floss tight enough around the wreath that the beads wont be able to slide to the back. When complete, tie the floss again.

Now, you can either string the close pins on another piece of string, or just glue them to the wreath, your choice. I chose to string mine. Again, pull the string tight enough that the close pins don’t slide to the back. A small tip: have the close pins point in different directions so you have some options for your cards. Leave  a little slack in the close pin string so that you can glue each of the pins to the fabric. Take your time with gluing – we all love hot glue, but no one wants to see it!

Once everything is tied on/wrapped around the wreath, it’s time to get your glue on. I put small dabs under every layer of fabric, as well as adhering all knots to the wreath. Once everything was secure, I took an extra strip of fabric and glued it to the back of the wreath, in a circle, to cover some of the back of the wreath.

Then hang your wreath and wait for the mailman to deliver your cards!