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.
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.
Clearly I can’t get enough of the PicMonkey effects
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).
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.
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.
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.
She’s such a good sport
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!!