Merry Christmas, Passionistas!

It’s Christmas Day!!!!

I must admit blogmas is a struggle. I started off strong but this season had been so busy for me that I miss and day of two.

Last year my family started the tradition of making gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve.

I purchased my Hershey’s kit from CVS for $7.99

I am a master at this …. look 👀

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Merrry Christmas !!!!!!

Christmas Party Decor

Happppppyyyyyy Saturday Night!!!!

Tonight, my family and I had a cute little snack and game night.

We played a series of minute to win it games and ate good food. The kids made ginger bread houses.

But I wanted to share the cute little dollar tree decorations I created…

I made these cute little DIY snow globes, everything purchased from the dollar tree.

I found these cute candle stick holders at dollar tree and loved them so much that I bought all that were on the shelf. They came in white but I spray painted a few of them silver for my the base to my snow globe.

Using double sided tape I taped the bottoms of a toy Christmas tree to the candle stick holder. I used a steamless wine glass as the globe- putting just a little bit of white confetti as snow.

So cute quick and easy …

You can also use a wine glass with a steam as a globe with a candle on top.

To complete my table decor, I used Garland and toy gift boxes, mason jars and candles, and candy canes.

Super easy and super cute!!!

Brunch with Friends

Helllloooooo !!!!

I know I’ve been missing for two days of blogmas. I’ve been busy with orders and shopping…🤷🏽‍♀️

But, I’m back now !!!!! 😍

I recently hosted a Christmas PJs Brunch with all my girlfriends. It was super nice! But of course – as the host, I did not get any pictures. What I can say is— we had a good time.

I cooked a really nice brunch. I made lots of mimiosas and we drank lots of mimiosas!

We played “dirty santa” and cards against humanity… so many laughs and memories made…

I did manage to get a few snaps with my polaroid camera for my next scrapbook..

Until next time 💝

2017 Christmas Tag

Blogmas Day 19!!!!!

  1. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Best Man Holiday and This Christmas

  1. Do you like to stay in PJs all day or dress up?

Dress Up!

  1. Do you open presents in the morning or the afternoon?

Some Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning

  1. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?

Last year was a first for me, but we are making it a family tradition to do the night before Christmas- as a family.

  1. Favourite Christmas smell?

Black Tie and Sweater Weather (Bath and Body Works)

  1. Favourite Christmas treat?

Ginger Cookies!!!!

  1. Where do you spend Christmas day?

EVERYWHERE!!!! Start the day off with my parents, then to my grandparents, then to visit friends- then finally a Bar!!!

  1. Real or fake Christmas trees?

REAL!!!!!! Growing up my mom always got real christmas tree, same as her father. So I will do the same.

  1. What’s your favourite holiday drink?

Baileys and Sparkling Cranberry

  1. Candy canes or gingerbread men?

I prefer Gingerbread men.

  1. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Mary Did you know- The Braxtons

  1. Have you ever built a snowman?

Yes!

  1. What is top of your Christmas list?

This ia a hard question, I guess a new desk chair

  1. What is most important to you about the holidays?

Spending time with the people I love.

  1. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

November

  1. Do you still have advent calendars?

No

  1. Favourite Christmas memory?

Getting a karaoke machine for christmas on year. I loved that thing!!!

  1. What do you eat for Christmas dinner?

Ham, Turkey, Hen, Chicken, Greens, Rice and Gravy, Stuffing, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potato pie, red velvet cake.

  1. What is the best present you’ve ever received?

My Passport

  1. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Nope, I’m from the south 😦

 

I tag YOU, Go!!!!!

Christal’s Cakes N Bakes for the Hoildays (Blogmas Day 17)

Christmas time is here and it is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s not just a time when you get gifts, but it is also a time to enjoy family, friends, and FOOD!  Who doesn’t enjoy or yearn for all those things?

This Christmas one of my closest friends gave me the special gift of posting a guest blog here on PassionLocked.  Let me say first that I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my Christmas joy as well as my business on your blog (:

My name is Christal and I am a self-taught home baker located in Atlanta, Ga.  You can follow me on Instagram @christalscakesnbakes or contact me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes.

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I absolutely enjoy baking.  What I love most about it is that I teach myself everything from measuring to modeling as well as sculpting to decorating.  Today I came to share with you all an easy Sugar Cookie Recipe that will leave you looking like the baddest pastry chef (: So let’s just jump right into it!!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

1 (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

¼ to ½ cup of All Purpose Flour (*see note)

*flour amount depends on how you want your texture

Icing:

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tbsp Meringue Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla

½ cup hot water

Gel icing colors

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and thaw cookie dough until room temperature.

Step 2: In a large bowl combine the cookie dough and flour until you reach the proper consistency needed to be able to roll with a rolling pin or canned good.

Step 3:  Roll out sugar cookie dough about ¼ of an inch (cookies will spread when baking) and with a cookie cutter cut out your cookies.

Step 4: Place cookies on cookie sheet and cookie for about 8-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Step 5: Combine all icing ingredients until fully combined and smooth.  Separate icing into however many bowls for however many colors you are making. (extra hot water may be needed to fine proper icing consistency)

Step 6: With a icing piping bag or a fine tip squeeze bottle carefully icing the cookies designing them in any way you like.  Allow to cool after icing for about 30 minutes

DONE!

I hope that you all enjoyed this simple sugar cookie recipe.  I hope that I was able to help you all out in the kitchen with those holiday desserts.

I absolutely enjoyed being a guest blogger here on PassionLocked and I hope that I will be able to share more post with you all in the future.

If you are in the Atlanta area and in need of a beautiful, reasonably priced and delicious cake, cupcakes or anything sweet please don’t hesitate to hit me up @christalscakesnbakes or www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes or email me at christalcakesnbakes@gmail.com

PEACE LOVE AND DESSERT!

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Christmas Dinner Chargers (Blogmas Day 15)

Today, I am back with another cricut project.

I honest can’t believe I never thoguht about this before…. Decorating dinner charger with vinyl to display a personal greeting, quote or image. The closer we get to christmas the more events I have to attend or decorate for. So I have been on pinteret heavy for the last couple of months, looking for ideas.

To make these dinner chargers, I used  a few from my collection. But you can purchase them at Hobby Lobby for like $1.99 (rember to use your 40% off couple). Dollar Tree also sells dinner chargers but it’s hard to find them in store, so you may have to purchase online by the case. I also use the Cricut Design space and transfer vinyl – I had left over from other projects.

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Cookies for Santa Dinner Charger is a great ideas for kids to use Christmas eve night to leave out cookies and milk for santa.

 

 

 

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“Joy to the World” Dinner Charger is a great idea for table setting and dining decor

Last minute Christmas Prizes 

Happy holidays friends!!! 

Christmas is near, like in a few days. If you are like me, you wait to the last minute to put things together. So let me help you out a little bit. 

My family gathers together on Christmas Day for dinner, games, and 🎁… so this year I put together a few little games prizes for the family to enjoy. And there are very inexpensive to make. 


I purchased these cute little Christmas tins from the dollar tree. 

To give them away as gifts, I filled them with candy canes, chocolates, and assorted tea bags. This makes the perfect little inexpensive gift prize for games like bingo and family feud. 


I spend $20 and some change to make 8 prizes. Like I said before, this is very inexpensive. So if you need some last minute prizes, go ahead and visit the dollar tree. 

I hope this was helpful. If you make your own gift tins please be sure to comment and send me pictures. I would love to see. 

Merry Christmas to you and your family from Kadi at PassionLocked 

TTYL