Scrabble Tile Ornaments

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First of all, don’t judge me! Yes, I’m sure many of you are sick of the Frozen franchise, but I’m still very in love with it. I had purchased two bags of assorted scrabble tiles, approximately two sets of what comes in the board game, from Amazon.com for a seperate project. After pulling all of the tiles I needed, I still had quite a few tiles left over. My crafty soul couldn’t stand to leave them alone!

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Tony and I spent a few days playing around to see what we could spell out. He mostly found naughty words, which I shot down, yes I can be a buzzkill, but I did settle on a few that I thought would be cute ornaments.
After making final decisions, I got out my mini glue gun and went to town. I did get a little overzealous with the glue in places, but it was still fun.
I have this tiny bag full of ribbon scraps, part of some leftover goody bag the kids had received, and I decided they would work perfectly for this project.

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I ended up layering two or three ribbons per ornament, just for a little more color interest.

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Using the glue gun again, I attached the ribbon, like so, so we have something to hang the ornament from.
So far I’ve only completed ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Read Books’

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I still have to add ribbon to the ‘I Love You’ tiles, but I think these will make cute little Christmas gifts. What do you think?

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Sausage Breakfast Muffins

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This was a nifty little recipe I got from here.
For this recipe, you will need:
•2 cups flour (recipe called for whole wheat, but I used regular)
•2 tsp baking powder
•2 tsp sugar
•1 tsp salt
•1/2 tsp rosemary (recipe called for fresh sage, but I didn’t have any)
•1/2 cup canola oil
•4 eggs
•1 1/4 cup milk
•1 red bell pepper all diced up
•1 lb. cooked sausage
Start by mixing your dry ingredients together, then mix in your eggs, oil and milk. Add in your sausage and pepper last. Grease up your muffin pan and fill them 2/3 full. I’m sure I went a little over, but they turned out awesome.

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Bake the muffins at 375° for 20-24 minutes. I made up about 24 muffins with this sized batch.
Let the muffins cool completely before bagging them up for freezing. I don’t know if they actually need to be frozen, but with the meat in them, I didn’t want to take any chances.

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I just used a gallon ziploc bag to hold them all, then into the freezer they went.

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After we sampled a few of course!
This morning I simply tossed one in the microwave this morning on defrost for a few minutes, a little over 2, and had a yummy breakfast on the way to work.
I wish you all a happy morning!

Salt Dough Family

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Pretty cute, yes? My friend Jenna has been pinning and blogging a lot about salt dough. I pinned a few of the pins and decided to try this one a few weeks ago with the family. Yes, it took a few weeks to finish this one. I love the smell of it, it held the design well, but this took forever to dry. I mean it, FOREVER!!
Original recipe from here is as follows:
•1 cup flour
•1/2 cup salt
•1/2 cup water
•1 tbsp cinnamon, this is optional, but gives a nice color and smell

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Mix your dry ingredients together, you’ll start appreciating the smell as soon as you add the cinnamon! Mix in the water and knead everything together. It can be very soothing, so just dig in, let the kids take turns, until you get a texture you like. Something like playdough is what you’re after.
Once you get the right texture, use a rolling pin, or a wine bottle, as I’ve used in the past, to roll the dough flat. Hopefully you’ve figured out what you want to make by now, but I adapted an idea, from Pinterest of course, for family handprints.
Taking turns, we placed our handprint on the dough:

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Tony first.

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My turn next, and yes, those are my jammies because we were having a family day at home!

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Arthur.

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Finishing up with Chiara.

You will need to press down firmly, we actually pushed the kids hands down to make sure we had a good impression. Just start with the biggest hand and work down, one on top of the other.
After we had the impressions done, I tried to figure a way to put our name on it, but I didn’t want the edges dug up, like sand. Tony showed me how to poke the letters into the dough, using a chopstick, to avoid that problem.

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I went simple and just did our name and the date. Don’t forget to poke holes so you can hang it up.
I had found two methods of drying the dough. Tried 250° oven, and it hardened it a little, but not completely. Let it sit out, a week later it was mostly hard, but still a little bendy. Tony and I came to the conclusion that because it was so big, the dry time was much longer!
Finally, it was dry enough to paint! We all selected colors we like, and Tony went to work.

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My painting skills, like my spray painting are not the best, so he took care of it.
Only concern with this first attempt was that during the drying process, the dough bowed up.

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Still love the finished product, just something for you to look out for during your own project.
Happy crafting all!