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Dec 15, 2011

{Revisiting Christmas Favorites}

We thought we would share some of our favorite Christmas posts from last year that might be just the idea you are looking for this year.

Simply click on the descriptions below the photos to be taken to the original posts where you can find all of the details, tutorials and recipes.

We hope we can inspire you in some way to make this holiday season one of the best!


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Dec 7, 2011

{Gingerbread Cupcakes}

My mother-in-law gave me these cute gingerbread man cupcake liners for my birthday last month. 
I knew that I couldn't bake just any old cupcakes in them...they were deserving of something special.
 They needed to GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES, of course!
Topped with these cute little gingerbread man sprinkles I found last year? Definitely.

Here is what the bottom of the liners look like. Cute, huh?

I scoured the internet for a great gingerbread recipe, and decided upon this one for old-fashioned sticky gingerbread, made with boiling water just like our great-great grandmas would have used. Or at least I imagine mine did ;)

And let me tell you...this recipe did not disappoint! It's just the texture and taste I was envisioning. Super yummy! And topped with some extra special cinnamon lemon cream cheese frosting?
Yuh. Uhh. Mmm.

{Old Fashioned Gingerbread}
Preheat oven to 325*.
In a large bowl, mix:
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark molasses
2 large eggs
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly:
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Add to wet mixture.
Boil (in microwave):
1 cup boiling water
Add to water:
1 tablespoon baking soda
Once dissolved, add water (SLOWLY) to batter and mix until just combined.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

{Cinnamon Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting}
1 cube butter (room temp)
8 oz light cream cheese (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Beat together until smooth, then add:
5-7 cups powdered sugar
depending on the consistency you want.

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WINNERS - {Holiday Tags Giveaway}

It's time to announce our two lucky Blogiversary Giveaway WINNERS!

They are:

Congratulations, ladies!

Please email us at PeppermintPlum{at}Hotmail{dot}com with your full name and address and your tags will get shipped right out to you.

Thanks to everyone who entered!
Stay tuned for some more {yummy} holiday goodness...

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Dec 3, 2011

One Year Blogiversary {HOLIDAY TAG GIVEAWAY}

In honor of our ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY coming up this Tuesday, we wanted to have another GIVEAWAY to say thank you to all of our readers, old and new.

We have two sets of 5 distressed angel holiday tags to give away, which means there will be TWO lucky winners!

Each tag measures 4 in x 2 in.
The perfect addition to any holiday gift!


There won't be any jumping through hoops here.

Just LEAVE A COMMENT letting us know that you would like to win!

Comment entries will be accepted until midnight (MST) on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th.

Winners will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, December 7th, so keep a close watch!

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you can receive mail.  Just keep in mind that if you live outside of the United States, you may not receive the tags in time for Christmas this year, but you can always save them for next year!

(Please note:  These tags are for personal use only. Please do not sell or copy these tags exactly for your own monitary gain. Thank you.)

Thanks, again, to all of our loyal readers.
We couldn't (and wouldn't) have done it without you!

- Annie + Tammy -

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Nov 30, 2011

{A Gingerbread Christmas}

'Tis the season for holiday decorating...and my house is finally--after several days of boxes and messes and chaos--looking like it's Christmas Season. I love it!

 I have an obsession with gingerbread. Real, fake, anything gingerbread. I love the taste and the playfulness of the candy decor. I love the colors of the candy and white icing against the dark brown of the gingerbread.

I have dreams of living in the witch's house from Hansel and Gretel.
Wouldn't that be awesome?!
But if I lived there I wouldn't trick children into thinking I was a sweet little old lady and then try to fatten them up to eat them.

Here is a glimpse of my gingerbread collection:

I'm not usually one who likes "cutesy" decor, but when it comes to gingerbread decor, the cuter the better!

I've also collected gingerbread ornaments for years...and I have enough that I think I can title my 9-foot tree a "Gingerbread Tree."

Well, I figured it was high-time that my gingerbread tree had a tree topper that matched it's decor...so I made my own gingerbread star topper!

I bought some brown felt and white rick-rack and whipped this up in about 20 minutes.

I printed out a large star (using the basic shapes in MSword) for a pattern, cut out two layers of felt, sewed them right-sides-together, leaving a couple inches at the bottom open, turned it right-sides-out, stuffed it with batting and a wire coil (stolen from my old tree topper), and then whip-stitched the opening by hand, reinforcing the area around the wire coil to hold it in place.

I think my gingerbread tree is now, officially, properly topped.

Happy Holidays!

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Nov 2, 2011

{Benefit For Becca}

Hello, everyone!
We've been swamped lately (again) with life and family and work and vacations and holidays, but we wanted to make a quick post on behalf of our cousin, Becca.

"Becca was recently diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis.
She is a wonderful wife and mother to 6 children, three under the age of 5 and two with autism. Needless to say, her hands were already very full before this debilitating disease hit.

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic condition that causes muscles to tire and weaken easily. Common muscle groups that are affected may make it difficult to chew, swallow, smile, shrug, lift your arm up, grip, rise to a stand, or walk up stairs.

When the muscles necessary for breathing are affected, a patient is said to be in myasthenic crisis.
This is a life-threatening situation.
Currently she is taking a large dosage of Prednisone to avoid any breathing difficulties.

She is scheduled to get her thymus removed (thymectomy) on Nov 10, 2011. Thymectomy seems to improve symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis patients. Typically this is an "open chest" procedure, however, she has located a doctor in Texas that is able to do it laproscopically (which will have a much faster recovery time).

As you can imagine, this unexpected family crisis will take quite a toll on Becca, emotionally and financially. She also will not have full insurance coverage since the surgery will be out of state  and she does not qualify for any programs (such as disability) as of now.

Any funds raised will be used for medical and travel expenses (from Utah to Texas) to assist her during her fight against MG."

* * * * *

Our family has set up a fundraiser site for anyone who can help out.  If you, or anyone you know, can spare even small amount of money to help Becca and her family get through this, it will be very much appreciated.

You can access her fundraiser page by clicking the following link:


If we can answer any questions for you, please don't hesitate to email us at PeppermintPlum[at]Hotmail[dot]com.

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Oct 21, 2011

{Minnie Mouse Party!}

My baby turned three this past week, and we decided to celebrate by honoring one of our favorite Disney characters...

M I N N I M O U S E !

Thanks to pinterest, I found some really cute cupcake ideas. I found these polka-dot wrappers at Michaels. The ears are mini Oreos, and the bows are fashioned with Fruit by the Foot.

I made Mickey and Minnie ears for our guests. I bought cheap headbands at Dollar Tree and wrapped them with black ribbon (hot glued the ends). The ears are made out of fun foam.

It was so fun to see everyone wearing them...even the big tough men kept their Mickey ears on all night!


I'd share pictures, but I'm pretty sure I'd regret it.


I used some big hurricanes and apothecary jars to decorate the table. One was filled with red Dollar Tree Christmas ornaments, and the others were filled with red licorice and marshmallows.


And....here is the Birthday Girl herself!

It was a fun night!


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Oct 13, 2011

{Magic PB Cookies}

One of my favorite freshman-year memories is coming home from a hard day of classes and finding my roomate, Saralyn, donning her apron. That meant cookies were coming our way! These were some of our favorites.

The best part about these cookies is that they only have
..get ready for it...


For reals.

They are also GLUTEN-FREE for all my GF friends out there.

{Magic PB Cookies}
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

18 Hershey's Kisses for tops

Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar, peanut butter, and egg.  Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. {I usually use a small cookie dough scoop, which leaves them with a rougher texture but is much quicker!} Bake for 10 minutes.

While baking, unwrap 18 Hershey's Kisses and set aside. When you remove cookies from oven, immediately press a Kiss into the center of each warm cookie.

Wait about 10 minutes for the chocolate to melt, and then pop one of these babies into your mouth whole. I promise you won't regret it.



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Oct 5, 2011

{Skeleton Portraits}

OoOoOoOoh, spooky!

Want to make your own?
All you need are some basic crafty supplies that you probably already have laying around.

I found two gold frames at Savers thrift store back in March of this year and I grabbed them with this very project in mind!  Once October arrived, I knew it was time to put them to use.

I sponge-painted the frames with black craft paint, allowing some of the gold to still show through.

I then printed out this skeleton head:
and cut out the skull, jaw, eyes and nose with an exacto knife.
I then taped it onto some burlap and sponge-painted the areas I wanted to be black.

Once the paint was dry, I cut a large oval around the painted image and hot glued the burlap directly onto the back of the frame.

(Does anyone else hate working with burlap?  Yuck, so itchy and messy!  Why do projects with burlap have to turn out to be so cute?)

Once the burlap was secured to the back of frame, I tied 2 bows out of orange and white polka-dot grosgrain ribbon.

I then hot glued the bows to the burlap.

A dapper bow-tie for the gentleman:

And a lovely hair bow for the lady:

You should definitely add some Skeleton Portraits to your Halloween decor this year!


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Sep 27, 2011

{Halloween Mantel}

Annie and I both LOVE Halloween.

Don't tell Santa, but it might just be our favorite holiday.
{Both of our birthdays are within a week of the 31st...I wonder if that has anything to do with it?}

I usually wait until October 1st to break out the decor, but this year we are leaving town a few days before Halloween, so I need to get my full month of spooky in a little early.

 I decided to forego the traditional orange and black for my Halloween mantel this year, and went with black and white with a cute little pop of green:

I won a print of my choice in a contest a few months ago, and I am so happy I chose this one! It makes me smile every time I look at it.

It's called "Family Portrait," by The Dreamy Giraffe.
She still has it available in her etsy shop.

Do you SEE that little monster baby?!
It seriously makes me baby hungry.
{Yes, I'm nuts; I know this already.}

This is a cute little felt spider I stuck onto the mirror with a piece of Scotch tape.

I found these glittery black pumpkins on after-Halloween clearance at Target last year for 90% off. They were practically free!
Seriously...who can pass up ANYTHING at 90% off? Not me!

I'm so excited for Halloween!


The Lettered Cottage

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