tried & true Gingerbread Cookies

tried & true Gingerbread Cookie recipe. Cookies, gingerbread, holiday cookies, recipes. | | gingerbread cookies

We adore gingerbread cookies around here. They never fails to make us feel warm & cozy, happy & healthy, & full of joy! I make my gingerbread cookies and leave them naked. Meaning...without frosting. Rarely do we frost or ice our gingerbread cookies. For one, they get eaten so quickly that I don't have a chance. For two, my family really doesn't seem to need the additional sugar to enjoy their charm. And, why fight that? This gingerbread cookie recipe is the one that we use to create our gingerbread men, our gingerbread biscotti (coming soon!), and our gingerbread trees (also coming soon). It is one that ...

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Gingerbread. or eating Christmas.

This is the BEST gingerbread recipe. Easy and delicious. If you have never made homemade gingerbread, you must try this! Also known as gingerbread cake.

Imagine Christmas trees, pretty packages, cinnamon spice, reindeer, coal, and little Elves all wrapped up and shoved in your face. That's what gingerbread is; Christmas. And if you have never made homemade gingerbread--NOT gingerbread cookies--then you must stop what you are doing right now. Because true gingerbread is where it's at. For real, stop. You need to make gingerbread today. And shove your face full of Christmas. Make an extra batch so you can bring Christmas to your neighbor, grandma, or friends. Serve it with whipped cream and a bit of cinnamon for the absolutely perfect combo. Why the distinction ...

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Candy Corn Punch | Halloween snacks

candy corn punch recipe | |#beverages #halloween #punch #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Our homes aren't decorated for Halloween yet. Heck...we still have Fourth of July decorations up in some places! We're thinking of skipping Halloween & Thanksgiving decorations and going straight to Christmas. Anyone joining us? I thought so. But, there is no way that we are skipping this fun Halloween snack! Levi says this Candy Corn Punch tastes just like a orange dreamsicle which in Levi speak means..."YUM"!! Candy Corn punch is terribly easy to make, tasty to drink, and a fantastic beverage for ...

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We Wrote A Book! | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Gift ideas | Creative Gift Ideas: 52 Unique Gift Sets for Under $20.00

Surprise!  We've just finished writing our first book! And, before our loyal readers start to feel any guilt for not realizing we were even writing one, stop!  We didn't tell you.  We decided to keep it a secret from everyone until it was finished and ready for sale.  Why?  We didn't know when we would finish it, for one.  And we didn't want everyone to start expecting it out before it was ready.  We wanted to be sure the pressure to finish didn't lower the quality of the book.  So we didn't set a timetable.  And another reason we didn't tell you is because surprises are ...

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simple designs for face painting

Face Paint can be easy to do, if you choose simple designs and good paints! #facepaint #Halloween

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias Yesterday we gave some tips and tricks that we have picked up over the years of face painting, particularly the importance of good facial wipes. Be sure to check those out before you start! We also ...

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Tips, Tricks & Tools for face painting success.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for successful face-painting

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®  I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post. #CollectiveBias  We are not face painting experts by any means. But over the years of youth ministry, library work, camping, and more we have had our fair share of children's faces eagerly awaiting paint. Face ...

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our tried and true Holiday Dessert Recipes

tried and true holiday desserts | |#cookies #desserts #holidsays #recipes

 The time of year is approaching when most of our free time tends to be spent in the kitchen.  We love it!  Seriously, we do.  While we might not always enjoy cooking, and often look for tricks to simplify meals, holidays are different for us.  We love the Christmas cookie baking days, and putting together pies, and all that jazz.  We turn up the music, make ourselves gourmet coffees, and let the kitchen explode with flour.  Our holiday dessert recipe list has grown over the years...a lot.  And while we try not to overload NellieBellie with holiday dessert recipes each year, we ...

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31 fun Halloween ideas!

31 fun Halloween ideas. #halloween #crafts

We wrote a book!  Go check it out here. It is the end of September already! Halloween will be here in no time!. So, let's peek at 31 fun Halloween ideas. These are crafts, recipes, and fun stuff that I thought were just so cool...they needed to be shared with you.   And yes, there's more than one project from me.  That just seems fair, doesn't it? :)   I Heart Naptime This Old House Better homes and Gardens Martha Stewart (this pumpkin has a baby monitor hidden in it…it talks!) NellieBellie Sew Woodsy Humor Train (made with 2 beach balls) Bliss Ranch It ...

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make an adorable ornament from a teacup. Easy to do!

Make a teacup bell ornament with this easy tutorial.

Is it too early for Christmas ornaments? Sadly, no. The stores are starting in on Christmas already. It's a bit too soon, in my opinion. But...I guess if you want to make your own decorations or presents it's time to get going on it. December is going to come up awfully fast! This ornament is adorable and a great gift idea. I made up a couple for our tree and a couple as gifts. They were a huge hit!  This ornament is easy to make and doesn't require fancy tools, this teacup bell ornament is a perfect diy ornament for your Christmas tree! I love the idea of using items in new ways! Here’s what you’ll ...

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Simple steps to make a Halloween mummy costume

handmade halloween mummy costume from NellieBellie; simple, easy, and tons of fun! #mummy #halloween #costume

We wrote a book!  Go check it out here. Halloween is coming up again (it has a habit of doing that each year, doesn't it!)...and with it the need for costumes.  Costumes can be really expensive!  Geez.  But, they don't always need to be; sometimes you can do something homemade and it's even better than it would have been store-bought.  This costume is Levi's from last year when he wanted to be a mummy. We thought it would be fun to bring back the tutorial this year!  And just in case you need a reminder...a Halloween mummy costume doesn't need to be purchased; it is absolutely easy ...

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Quick & Healthy | candy corn fruit cup

Candy Corn fruit cups; a recipe from NellieBellie #halloween #afterschoolsnack #healthy #fruit

So up in this here house we like healthy. We like fun. We like fast. We like healthy, fun, and fast all smooshed together. And yes, I'm talking about food. Now that my kids are in school, I need to make tasty after-school treats for my kids that are fast and healthy. These candy corn fruit cups are perfect. I mean...look at them! Aren't those just the cutest little things you ever did see? My kids sure thought so. Jars filled up with Dole fruit were scarfed up after school in a heartbeat. Score!  And since I'm pretty sure my kids aren't exceptions...that means yours will probably adore them too! Win ...

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Haystacks | toilet paper tube craft|tutorial

Make haystacks out of toilet paper rolls. A easy, fun project for the fall! #kidscrafts #fall #craft #recycledcraft

Aren't those the cutest haystacks you ever did see?? These are an easy, inexpensive idea for your fall table. You can get these made up very easily in a few minutes and they add so much to your fall table. And, because of how easy they are they make a perfect craft idea for children. Let's get to the tutorial: Materials: paper tubes (1 per namecard) colored twine tags (you can cut these out of paper if you like) Step 1: Cut your cardboard tube in half (the long way). Step 2: Cut small slits into each end of your cardboard tube (do not cut all the way to the middle). These make the tops and ...

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