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Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Christmas Craft} Kate Spade Inspired Ornaments

Oh my...it sounds like quite a few of you were wooed by yesterday's recipe...but don't say you haven't been warned! No fair cursing my name when you find yourself in a dark corner, rocking back and forth, while clutching an empty pan!!

We've been (trying) to take this Christmas season at a much slower pace...basically striving for less running amok, and more hot chocolate in front of the tree. (Sidenote: How great is the word amok? I challenge you to casually drop it in conversation today...just see how good it feels.)

But creating small and simple projects is therapeutic for me, so we made time for our annual ornament craft this weekend. Spraypainting and color-blocking ornaments is nothing new, but Rustoleum Gold Glitter spray is new to me, so I wanted to give it a whirl.

Gold + Sparkle = Always a Good Idea.

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

{What You Need}

Rustoleum Gold Spray paint (not shown)
Solid Color Ornaments

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

{What You Do}

Start by cutting your painters tape into strips.

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

Wrap the tape around the ornaments creating different shapes and patterns. Make sure to smooth the edges down completely so there's no seepage. (Sidenote: The word seepage is the opposite of a great word, and I encourage you to not use it in conversation today. Or better yet, use the word, and watch the person's face crinkle-up.)

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

I found some reinforcement stickers in my (extremely organized) junk drawer, so I covered an ornament with those for a polka dot pattern. The kids created their own as well...we'll call those abstract.

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

The glitter spray is actually clear with specks of glitter in it...not the look I was going for. So I gave the ornaments a quick layer of gold paint, then followed it up with the glitter spray. It really takes gold to the next level of bling!

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

It's hard to see in pictures, but there's a lovely reflective quality to it...but no glitter mess! I think these resemble Kate Spade's gorgeous ornaments...without Kate Spade's price tag.

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

We hung them with black and white striped ribbon to coordinate with the rest of our color-blocked tree. (See our full Christmas Home Tour here.)

Hi Sugarplum | Kate Spade Inspired DIY Ornaments

Are you crafting anything these days? Don't you love pulling out the homemade ornaments every year? The kids crack up at their early rudimentary projects, but they make me all mushy. Christmas has that effect on me. You can check out our past ornament projects here, here and here.

OH! And remember this fab jacket from last week's Friday Five? It went on sale (you'd know that if you follow me on Facebook!), therefore it came to live with me...and it is just as fab as you'd hope! I can't wait to jazz up basic dresses with it, or even throw on with jeans and boots. And on a completely opposite note, I'm considering this sale sweater...I love the color and cowl-neck...but what are our thoughts on ponchos? You could always cut off the fringe if it wasn't your jam.




* This post was created in collaboration with Home Depot to help promote the line of Rustoleum Glitter Sprays, but all ideas, choice of vocabulary, and Liberace-obsessing are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors! *

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Shopping Tale

My mom and I have two very different shopping styles. She loves to stroll through every store, stopping to touch virtually each item, then call me over to see each new discovery. I shop with specific items or purpose in mind...I can stand in the doorway and know immediately if the shop is worth checking out. My mom will go in just because it's open.

A few weekends ago, her town was having a 'Christmas on the Square' event, so we met for an afternoon of lunch and shopping. After a few stores, and my 87th 'oh yeah, that's cute!', I started migrating to the snack tables to keep myself occupied (because remember, I assessed the store in 2.5 minutes, she needed another 30 to see and touch everything).

One particular store had a plate of homemade bark that I couldn't seem to stay away from. Every few minutes, I'd casually walk by and snag another piece. At one point my mom even said, 'How many of those are you going to eat?!? You've almost finished the entire plate!' At which point I wanted to say, 'Listen, lady, you're the reason I just ate 47,000 calories of crack, so you'd better buy something in this friggin' shop!' Oh wait, I did say that. It must have been all the sugar talking.

I finally hunted the store owner down, and demanded in my most polite tone for the recipe of the bark she dared put in front of unsuspecting people. It cost me my firstborn, but since he's now a teenager, I felt like it was a fair trade.

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

{What You Need}

1 Bag of Pretzels
1 Cup of Butter
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
12-ounce Bag Chocolate Chips
Sea Salt

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

{What You Do}

* Preheat the oven to 375-degrees, and line a jelly roll pan with foil or parchment paper.
I have no idea what a jelly roll pan is, so I used a cookie sheet with a lip. All was fine with the world.

* Cover the pan with a layer of broken pretzel pieces.

* In a small saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat. When the mixture starts to gently simmer and bubble, let cook that way for 3 minutes without stirring.

* Pour the mixture over the pretzels. Avoid licking it, the pan is crazy hot. #mybad

* Bake for 5 minutes.

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

* Place the pan on a cooling rack and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Wait a couple of minutes until the chips start to melt, then spread the chocolate over the toffee.

* Sprinkle with sea salt.

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

* Let the toffee cool completely (if you're an impatient cow like me, put it in the freezer), then break in to pieces.

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

Oh you salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy devil.....you'd better Git in Mah Belly!

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

We promptly shoved back the entire first batch without stopping to breathe or chew. So a second batch was required for the neighbor gifts. Good thing it's so fast and easy to make!

Hi Sugarplum | Crack Bark Recipe

Disclaimer: Make this recipe at your own risk...Hi Sugarplum is not liable for any irrational behavior that may stem from eating this crack.

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