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    Cookie in a Jar Recipe

    Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and … [Read More...]

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    How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

    Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m … [Read More...]

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    DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

    Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas … [Read More...]

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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further!

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Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors.

I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you!

Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it.

So let’s get started shall we?

You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar)

  • 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!)
  • 3/4 c. red M&Ms OR Craisins  (The photo shows green M&Ms, and Andes mint cookies, but you can use whatever you like!)
  • 3/4 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/3 c. chopped pecans (Can use any nuts you prefer!)
  • 1 – 1 quart mason jar with lid

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Layer ingredients in Jar:

Layer ingredients as directed below in your jar. As you add each layer, use a ladle or spoon to pack the layers down tightly. I mean it, pack them well, or it won’t fit!  Plus if you pack them tightly the layers will hold their form much better and look all nice and pretty in your jar.

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Here’s how to layer your jar:

  • Layer 1: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
  • Layer 2: Oats
  • Layer 3: M&Ms
  • Layer 4: Chocolate chips
  • Layer 5: brown sugar
  • Layer 6: white sugar
  • Layer 7: pecans

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Next decorate your jar! I added some festive fabric to the top of mine. Then found some holiday string and tied these cute labels onto each jar. They each have two tags tied on them, the first one is just for pretty, and the second tag has the baking instructions. I used a 2” circle punch to punch out the tags, then a small hole punch to cut a hole for the string. The picture below uses red and white baking twine that I found at my local craft store.

You can download my Christmas cookie labels here!

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And that’s it! These make lovely Christmas gifts, and they were really yummy too!

PS. If you choose to make these, send me some pics on instagram with #coahchristmas so I can see!

Baking Instructions: If you just can’t wait…

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Pour all of the ingredients in your jar into a large mixing bowl and add in:

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

3. Mix everything well, then shape into 1” balls and place 2” apart on a cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden!

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Let them cool and enjoy.

Or eat them hot because you can’t wait like we do ;o)

You have no idea how many people I had to fen off to get this picture!

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Variations:

You can vary the candies in this recipe to suit just about any holiday or time of year. You can also substitute the candies for anything you like. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Pink and Red M&Ms for Valentines Day
  • Green and Red M&Ms for Christmas
  • Orange M&Ms for Fall
  • Red & Blue M&Ms, and white chocolate chips for Independence Day
  • We also found some Andes mint chips and made a batch of mint-chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

I hope you enjoy this last minute gift idea! Have a great last minute gift to share? Send me a tweet or comment on this post!

DEC
19
2014

How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

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Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure it has much to do with all of the hand washing and sanitizing I make everyone do during cold and flu season. I’m like the hand washing ninja these days. Just ask my kids they’ll tell you. And let’s face it, my husband isn’t asking for too many back rubs with my dry scratchy hands. And that’s no bueno. So just as I was lamenting about the sad state of my cuticles, I received this handy winterizing tip from  Julep Nail Polish.  What great timing, right? And since it’s a weekend…and I like to share random fun things on weekends…I thought a nail care post might just help out a few folks. And don’t worry, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just thought I’d share a little hand care tips … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2014

DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

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Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas right?   Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the North Pole Snack video here!     Ingredients: Marshmallows Marshmallow fluff Candy canes (Break off the curved ends so you have straight sticks.) Red hots or red m&ms White crystal sugar sprinkles   Directions: Place your marshmallows on a plate. Stab each marshmallow with a candy cane. (Snap the curved ends off to create a straight stick.) Carefully spread marshmallow fluff onto each marshmallow then roll them in the sugar crystals. (Hint: You can roll them in any kind of sprinkles you want, go crazy!) Spread a little … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

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  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2014

DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

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Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And not only are these little guys adorable, but they’re super easy too! As a matter of fact this would be a great recipe to get your kiddos involved in. I know mine would enjoy decorating their own little cup of hot cocoa!   So let’s get started! You will need: Oreos 1 cup of melted chocolate chips Marshmallows White frosting (I used Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla) Mini candy canes (break off the straight part so you end up with just the curved tops.) Mini-tree sprinkles or your choice of festive decorations for your mug Optional: Tiny red sugar sprinkles to top off your mug! If the video isn’t working in your browser click here to watch the DIY Hot … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
14
2014

Spielgaben Version 4.0 Giveaway!

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re all enjoying my Christmas posts thus far. Today I have a very SPECIAL giveaway for you all and I’m so excited! Spielgaben has come up with a new and improved version of their amazing product and I have one to giveaway for you all today, so keep reading! For those of you who don’t know, Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more! I thought their original product was pretty cool, but they’ve upgraded it to a new version 4.0. You can see my full review of version 3.0 here! It’s the same amazing product just updated and made even better! The new version comes with 2 … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2014

HSBA Homeschool Blog Awards Voting open!

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Thank you so much everyone! I’m so excited! HSBA Best Homeschool Blog Awards voting is now open and COAH has been nominated for the following categories! You can vote by clicking the links below: Best Super Homeschooler Best Blog Design I am always honored to be nominated for these awards, and would also appreciate your continued support! As my blog has grown I don’t always have time to respond to comments individually, but I do read them and I’m so encouraged by all of your comments and emails. So thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart! Your support means so much to my family and I and it makes our homeschool blog ministry worth every minute! The HSBA Post Awards are also a great way to find new homeschooling blogs that you may have not heard of before! They have 20 different categories with several blogs in each one, so make sure to check out their voting page and visit some of the amazing homeschooling blogs out there! To see all of the HSBA 2014 voting … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2014

Super Woman vs Abiding Woman

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It was such a blessing when the Super Mom vs Abiding Mom post went viral! And today I have a new version to share with you. With permission, Christin Ditchfield, reworded it a bit to bless not only moms, but all women. And she shared it in a post titled “5 things you can do to have a happier less stressed holiday”. This time of year it’s so easy to get caught up in trying to find the perfect gift for everyone, making sure your home looks just “so”, sending out the best Christmas card, and trying to meet others expectations for hosting the perfect holiday. After a few years of family Christmas’s I’ve learned that there’s really no way to please everyone. People might not love your gifts, or maybe the food doesn’t turn out as you expected. Or if you’re like us, at least half of your Christmas lights will be out by the time December 25th rolls around! But you know what? The year you burnt the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, and nearly caught your kitchen on fire, … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]