Friday, December 27, 2013

7 Quick Takes (vol. 7)

I hope everyone is experiencing a wonderful Christmas! I am enjoying the time I am spending with my family. It has been three weeks since I have written in this little space of mine. My Advent was wonderful. I have spent a lot of time my with my family and friends, and I made crafts and tasty treats to give as gifts. I am relaxing at home today, so I thought today would be a good day to revisit my blog. I am joining Jen for 7 Quick Takes since it is Friday. Here is a glimpse of the last three weeks of my life.

1. This Advent I read The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp on my own, and we read Welcome Baby Jesus by Sarah A. Reinhard as a family. 
2. Our Christmas card pictures:

3. Christmas morning:

4. I whipped up a large batch of Cinnamon Honey Butter. There are a lot of recipes for it on the internet. This is the recipe I came up with after reading about twenty different recipes:

10 sticks butter (room temperature)
3 cups honey
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
6 tsp. cinnamon

Whip all the ingredients with a mixer. It makes about 12 half pint jars.

5. I made up several batches of homemade hot chocolate mix. There are many recipes on the internet that use powdered creamer, but that did not sound good to me. This is the recipe I came up with after reading about 10 different recipes:

5 cups powdered milk
2 cups cocoa
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tsps. salt
4 tsps. cornstarch

I blended all the ingredients in my blender. Mix 1/3 cup of mix with 8 ounces of boiling water.

6. Off of my needles:

A knitted scarf

Cross stitch ornaments

7. Jewelry that I made for some of the female members of my family:

bird's nest necklace for an aunt

necklace, bracelet, and earring sets for an aunt and a cousin

Our lady of Knock one decade rosary bracelet for my sister-in-law's mother-in- law

Hope your Christmas season is a joyous one!


  1. Love, love, love the scarf! I'm hoping to learn/relearn how to knit next year and if I have one tenth the talent you have I will be thrilled.

    1. Thanks, Donna! I taught myself how to knit, and it was very frustrating in those first few weeks, but now I absolutely love it! The internet has so many great tutorials. Have fun learning/relearning!

  2. Wow! You've been busy! I love all the crafts...that scarf is gorgeous, and I'm going to need to try those recipes - they sound delicious!

    Merry Christmas!!

  3. We heart Honey Cinnamon Butter around here! And the jewelry you made is beautiful!!! I love the Our Lady of Knock bracelet. You are so talented, Erica!


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