Mint Mint Everywhere

When I think of Christmas, one of the things I think of are minty flavors and smells.  After starting to unload and organize all of our decorations yesterday, I was in the mood for something Christmasy.  I decided to make a protein shake with a minty kick for dinner.

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I kept it simple and just grabbed some cocoa powder and peppermint extract to get the desired effect.  I used 1 tsp of peppermint extract which was quite powerful.  I didn’t mind the extra kick but I could see how the taste might be a little too much for someone else so I would recommend a 1/2 tsp instead.

Christmas Protein Shake

Clearly I can’t get enough of the PicMonkey effects Smile

After I got most of the decorations unpacked and figured out where they’re all going to go, I hit up Pinterest to see what Christmas crafts struck my fancy.  I saw this very easy one that I put together in about ten minutes while watching a rerun of One Tree Hill (man, did those kids spend an excessive amount of time in the emergency room).

Materials:

Round vase

Candy canes

Rubber band

Ribbon

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I cleaned out a short, round vase that I had lying around the house.  Next I wrapped a rubber band around the vase and tucked the candy canes between the rubber band and the vase.  Once I got them all shimmied in there, I wrapped a long gold ribbon around the rubber band and tied a big box to cover the rubber band.  I didn’t have anything to put in the vase so for now it’s just a centerpiece.

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I have a few other crafting ideas up my sleeve but those will have to wait until the rest of the decorations get put up.  I mainly focused on the inside since it was a little chilly outside today.

I did manage to put together one of our new lawn decorations that we picked up last year on clearance after Christmas.

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Not bad for an afternoon’s work if I do say so myself.  Now we just need to get the outside done and decorate the tree once we get around to picking one up.  I am looking forward to making a few new decorations since we aren’t planning on buying any this year.

Even Daisy got in on the holiday spirit as she requested that I help her put on her Christmas sweater.

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She’s such a good sport Smile

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Question:

Have you started decorating yet or do you wait until December?  I feel like we usually wait until December but Thanksgiving was a little early this year.

Have you found any great Christmas crafts on Pinterest or somewhere similar?  Please share!!

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Comments

  1. It doesn’t feel like Christmas at all to me but I’m so excited for it! Love all of your decorations :)

  2. I just bought a “rocket blender” on Amazon and I’m so excited to finally try out some of your smoothie recipes! This mint one sounds delish.

  3. I love the candy cane centerpiece! That legit looks Sarah proof. I don’t do a whole lot of decorating around my apartment — mainly because I doubt really have any decorations — but my roommate does get a big (real!!) tree! I decorate tons at my parents’ house, though.

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