I heart Pinterest. I really do. Except when spell check shows me that it is not a real word. It may be a made-up word, but it has saved me countless hours of research. Because now, everything you ever wanted to know about, well, any and everything, is on Pinterest.
Since I’m smack dab in the middle of true confessions, I also have to admit that there are some crafty projects that have utterly failed. Oh, I love executing a good party – the planning, the preparation, the creative ideas that just pop into my head, the baking,
the steaming of tablecloths – well, not so much the steaming. But crafty! Who, me? Sometimes, not so much!
Take the ornament wreath – one wire clothes hanger (like the ones from the cleaners) and a gazillion plastic Christmas ornaments. How difficult could that be? Well, aside from having to hot glue the little cap doodad in place so it wouldn’t fall off the ornament, I could never get the hanger to stay in the shape of a circle. I actually took step-by-step pics to post here. But all I got was a hot mess, a hot glue-gun mess. And, it was whop-sided (southern colloquialism for lop-sided). After all that hard work!
If at first you don’t succeed . . . I decided to bite the bullet and make a peppermint candy serving tray. Oh, sweet victory! Here it is.
- 1 bag of peppermint starlight mints, unwrapped (10 oz.)
Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a cake pan with parchment paper. Place peppermints in a single layer, covering the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan, on a wire rack, for a few minutes. Remove from pan and place on rack to cool completely. I was so excited that it actually turned out right, so I made a square one. I had to leave the square one in the oven a few extra minutes because the candies had not melted together. And if I had a Christmas Tree shaped pan I would have tried that. I’m thinking about doing a large tray. I’ll let you know how it works out. Oh, the possibilities! This is an awesome way to serve treats at a Christmas party. I’m going to try and make one with sides. I’ll keep you posted!
P.S. – Make sure you don’t miss A Few of my Favorite Things . . . Girlfriends Unlimited Event. It’s next Thursday and I will be posting pics, recipes, etc. a few days afterwards. Also, in case you didn’t hear, the Gingerbread House/Train Decorating Party was featured as the party of the day at Catch my Party. I was so honored! And I got the sweetest email from the owner of that site. I’m so blessed!
Disclaimer: These pics were taken with my camera phone and I did not know they were on the wrong setting. My photographer daughter (never around when I need her) informed me that these pics were too yellow. I didn’t know my camera phone had different settings. I have never claimed to be techie. Future photos via my phone should be markedly improved!