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  • blueribbonfair 4:34 pm on December 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: allposters com, Christmas, christmas surprise, Elk, ow, , ri, , , ,   

    SURPRISE-Word Press Photo Challenge Of the Week 

  • blueribbonfair 3:30 am on December 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Candy, Candy making, Cchristmas Candy, Christmas, desserts, , fudge   

    For the Love of Fudge 

    So today my daughter and I did 4 fudge recipes. I keep seeing more fudge ideas on Pinterest. Wish to do them all, but for a lot of reasons: time, money, calories, not the most healthy of diets, sadly I will give up my fudge dreams…


    Going beyond the lowly basic chocolate shown here. A few of the “so many options and so little time”. morsels I would greatly desire to make..                        


    Peppermint Oreo fudge


    Popcorn Vanilla Bean Fudge


    Mocha Coconut Fudge


    And you never thought you would see the day:



    Pistachio fudge



    Last but not least: Watermelon Fudge. Hey, 4th of July will work for this one?




  • blueribbonfair 7:19 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book tree, , Christmas, , christmas trees, different christmas ideas, different decorations, , , nerdy trees   

    They call it a Nerdy Christmas tree. I call it amazingly creative. 

    I found this idea on a blog with the title “Nerdy Trees.” Last Christmas when it was down to the wire with like 1 day left. I fell in love. It was too late to fit it in so I marked it on Pinterest for the next year, which happens to be this year now.

    We never get a tree. I usually just put up small decorations which includes crafty small Deco. trees in the mix of all the bows and glitter.

    But when I saw this , I knew I had to do it. “Hey, it’s free and done with my favorite thing in this world : books.”

    This year as I was GOING to get this ACCOMPLISHED,  I went to the link I had pinned it from,”Nerdy Trees.” Then through that web address I found where this original idea came from. (Hey, this is my kind of creative person here. And they did not say it was nerd like either. lol)

    So it took me about an hour, but I did the book tree. (Wow my kids to their credit have not knocked it over yet-though I have had to straighten the books about 2 x.) When I get a bright day through the window, I will take my own photo of our little tree. but for now…..


    Mine is not as tall and wide, since I to my mortification I have less books which did not really matter; the space I had to put mine in is way smaller which necessitated some changes.


    Here is the photo and link for the standard of this tree.

    • blueribbonfair 7:36 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for liking this post.

    • booksoutsidethebox 8:14 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous! Let’s see your pic!

      • blueribbonfair 8:21 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I have a really frugal camera so have to wait for the sun to come out. Thanks for the comment.

      • blueribbonfair 3:53 am on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        My kids knocked it down until it looked like Charley Brown’s tree. sorry i did not get one posted.

    • yourothermotherhere 8:48 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      It’s clever! A recycled, recycled tree!

    • ChildishMan 9:26 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love it. Maybe I’ll try it. Hmm…put the tomes of collected Hemingway, Melville and Dickens at the bottom as a good base. Then on goes some David Foster Wallace and maybe some Welty, O’Connor and Franzen. Eh, maybe not the Frazen – too neurotic. Huh. I don’t remember putting any Rowling in there. Oh who the hell put on this Secret Life of Bee’s crap? You people are totally ruining my yule-book-tree mojo here!

    • enitsirk24 3:24 am on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      My cats would sit at the top and still find a way to knock this over. But I really love this idea.

      • blueribbonfair 3:55 am on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        See the reply above, cats aside, my kiddos did it for me. Fun while it lasted.

    • NikeChillemi 11:30 pm on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE this tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • blueribbonfair 10:55 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advent calanders, Christmas, , , , ,   

    Advent Calendars Can do 

    A couple days ago , I posted really nice DIY advent countdown calendars, but they needed things I did not have or were just too involved for my schedule. I finally settled on Image

     I love the stick one so simple. For one of my boys. The other for one of the girls. I will probably have to vary these slightly to work them with the stuff I have.  I found these 2 ideas at: http://www.tipjunkie.com/holiday-crafts/christmas/best-advent-calendar/

    That takes care of 2 children.

    Over at http://brightandblithe.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/tea-tree-advent-calendar/ I found this cute idea.


    I have tea I need to use anyway. if the kids do not like it , I must force myself to drink it.

    The final one is just one I came up with that is a photo idea I bought the background for and never have gotten done. Will label 25 photos thrown in boxes and have a daughter or son do one a day.


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