Make it Monday – Felt Christmas Tree

One of the best little ideas I have found on the world of Pinterest was one I happened upon last Christmas. It is easy to throw together, the kids love it, and they can use it year after year; So – win, win and win. Today I will share with you the fun that can be had with something as simple as felt.

You will need:

* about 3/4 of a yard of green felt (for the tree)

* various other colors of felt (I bought several different 9×12 pieces)

*glitter, glue, glitter glue, markers, etc (basically anything you can decorate the felt with)

*scissors

*fabric marker (not exactly necessary)

What to do:

* Using a fabric marker, or regular marker if you are pretty accurate with your drawing, draw the outline of your Christmas tree onto the large piece of green felt.

* Cut along the lines you drew for the tree.

* Hang Christmas tree on the wall (or felt board if you have one).

* Gather the 9×12 pieces of felt and began outlining various items on it to use as ornaments (Cookie cutters great for this are something easy to trace). This is a step the kids will want to do with you

* Cut and decorate the felt ornament pieces. This is the step where the kids will, most likely, fully take over.

*  After everything has dried…it is time to play.

**If you have (or make) felt letters, it is also a fun way to practice spelling words on the Christmas tree.**

   

  

  

  

  

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make it Monday post. What are you making today? Please, share!

Make it Monday – Advent Wreath

So, I battled it out today for Make it Monday…Thanksgiving or Advent. I mean, in all appropriateness, I should be sharing a fantastic “must have” recipe for your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. However, next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, so I feel like I would be in remiss if I wait until it has already started to share this idea with you. Quandary.

Well, since I am really excited about doing Advent this year (our first year to do it), I went ahead and moved forward with the Advent post. Also, the candles might all be sold out by next week if you decide to wait until then to buy them. Soooo….here we go!

I really wanted my wreath to be different and representative of our home and style. I found some nice and fancy ones online, but they definitely were not us. So, I scoured Pinterest for some ideas and I fell in love with so many! My friend made her own Advent wreath and took a picture so I could see how hers turned out —- it was perfection. With all the lovely ideas floating in my head, I finally had a mental image of what I wanted mine to look like. I went to the store to buy the said supplies for my lovely homemade wreath….and could not find half of what I needed. So, I improvised.

Make it Monday – Advent Wreath

Supplies:

I snatched the only Advent colored candles I could find.

I then found these cute little bottles (on sale) for the candles to go into.

I spotted a tray that would do just fine for holding everything.

I bought some Epsom salt to fill the bottles and help hold candles in place.

Then a little Christmas garland.

  
What to do:

I recommend placing candles in the bottle before filling with Epsom salt, it is much easier.

  
Then, it was just adding a little of this and a little of that.

  
And…

   
I’m still not sure what I will write on the bottles…so they are staying blank for now.

    
   
  

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make it Monday! What are you making today? Please, share!

Make it Monday – Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

A couple of years ago, my husband and I discovered this amazing thing called Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip. Umm, so so good. We loved it so much, my husband decided to do his best to replicate it. While it might not be exactly like the delicious one you can indulge in at Chuy’s, it is still pretty darn good.

Here is the recipe:

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Place the following into a blender –

1 1/4 cup of sour cream

4 tablespoons of Mayo

1/4 cup of buttermilk

1/4 cup of Herdez salsa verde

1 small bunch of cilantro

1 – 2 teaspoons of salt

1 Ranch dressing packet

2-3 jalapenos (washed and seeded)

  
That is all! Now you can enjoy this delicious dip with many different foods. We use it with tortilla chips, pizza, baked on chicken, over rice, on baked potatoes and we even used it on our tater-tot casserole (recipe for that here). SOOO good!

  
This morning I used it over my Migas at breakfast. Yum.

  
I hope you try it and enjoy it. What are you making today on this Make it Monday? Please, share!