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Hot Cocoa Ornaments

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Hot Cocoa Ornament

Looking for an inexpensive, fun and easy holiday gift to give? This is the gift that keeps on giving! It’s a Hot Cocoa filled Christmas ornament. Your gift recipient can hang the ornament on their tree, then when the Hot Cocoa craving kicks in, Voila! There’s some hot cocoa to drink. Just dump the contents into a cup of boiling water and it’s an instant chocolate treat.

And it’s really easy and did I mention, inexpensive?

Supplies:
Clear, empty ornaments. (I picked up a few plastic ones from AC Moore.)
Candy canes for crushing
Hot Cocoa Mix
Mini Marshmallows
Ribbon for bows

Hot Cocoa Ornaments
Instructions:
Open the clear ornaments. Use a funnel to pour the hot cocoa mix into the ornaments. I used 3 packets to get the level I wanted. Crush a candy cane and pour that into the ornament. Fill the remaining space with mini marshmallows. Replace the top of the ornament, tie a bow on the top, and you’re done! Each ornament cost about $1.25 to make. They’re adorable and thoughtful and your gift recipients will love them!

Hot Cocoa Ornaments

Small Business Saturday

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It’s Small Business Saturday! I hope that you all got out to support at least one local business today. More if you were able.

Just Donuts

My husband and I went to our favorite local donut shop. “Just Donuts”, located in Phoenix, NY. They are a small locally owned donut shop in a small town in Central NY. It is owned and operated by the Police Chief’s wife. They’re good people. Their business was broken into not too long ago, but thankfully they found the person who did it and they were back in business in no time.

Just Donuts

When you enter the small shop, the first thing you do is pick your donuts. Depending on the time of year and season, the flavors differ slightly. I heard there’s a gingerbread donut for the Christmas holiday. Can’t wait to try that! After you pick your donuts, you pick your glazes and/or frostings and then if you’d like some fun toppings for your donuts, you can pick those too!

Just Donuts

They have samples on display to help you choose, or you can make up your own. The combinations really are endless.

Just Donuts

My favorites are the cider glazed donuts. (Maple glaze, plain glaze or caramel glaze… oh my.) They have a neat special on Football Sundays called Chicken Wing Donuts. Wear your favorite team’s NFL jersey and get $1 off a dozen!

Check out the Just Donuts Facebook page, and if you’re in town, stop by! They are located at 219 County Route 57 Phoenix, NY. Hours are 8am to 1pm.

Play Dough

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Play Dough

What child doesn’t like an afternoon playing with play dough? And what parent doesn’t enjoy saving a little money? Here’s a sure bet to bring a smile to everyone’s face; make your own play dough! Here are the easy instructions for unlimited and inexpensive fun!

Ingredients

1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of plain flour
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon oil
food coloring

Instructions

1. Split the ingredients into two bowls and stir. Make sure it is combined well.

2. Place one of the bowls into a saucepan over a medium heat and add your food coloring. Stir well. A chemical reaction happens all of a sudden and then your gloppy mess will become quite sticky, then clumpy.

3. Ball up the mixture into Play Dough.

4. Repeat with remaining mixture and add different color.

5. Give to your children and let them use their imagination to create wonderful memories! Feel free to join in the fun.