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  • Orange Clove Pomanders

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is to sit by the fire and make orange pomander balls. Pomander balls go back to the 15th century, when they served as natural air fresheners for closets or drawers. We hang them for decoration-- on the outside of our front-hall closet, in the laundry room and the kitchen-- and, of course, for that beautiful citrus-spice smell that warms the room. We found the inspiration for our designs in some patterns from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Find them at mrsmeye.rs/patterns.

    Materials & Tools

    • Orange or other citrus fruits
    • Skewers
    • Whole cloves
    • Straight pin
    • Ribbon or string
    • Water-based marker
     

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • In addition to oranges and lemons, this project works well with limes or apples.
  • Soda Cracker Toffee

    Soda Cracker Toffee

    One of Thelma A. Meyer's most popular recipes is her English Toffee. She told me that she makes many, many batches of it every year for family gatherings or even as gifts to give to her friends. I really love to give edible gifts myself, so Thelma really inspired me to take my edible gift giving game up a notch this year!

    I've developed a simple recipe to make soda cracker toffee that is absolutely addictive! There's no worrying over the stove with a candy thermometer and the recipe is endlessly customizable, top the candy with anything you'd like. I chose cranberries as an ode to one of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day scents!

    Materials & Tools

    • 40 soda crackers (I recommend salted)
    • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1 cup dried cranberries

    Instructions

  • Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Not much room in your laundry room? This DIY project lets you ditch your bulky ironing board and replaces it with a space-saving, shelf-top solution. So grab a staple gun and some heat-resistant batting and let’s get started!

    Materials & Tools

    • Storage furniture - should be around 36 to 46 inches tall, depending on how tall you are; must have flat top with overhang; best if you can remove top.
    • Heat-resistant batting
    • Fabric (cotton duck or canvas is recommended; also denim or tightly woven, cottons or linens)
    • Bleach pen
    • Staple gun

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can use different colors of cotton, denim or canvas.
    • Or use fabric paint instead of bleach.
    • Try simple dots or designs, or choose your own mantra (like “Waste not, Want not”) to write on the fabric.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Bundt Cakes

    mint chocolate chip mini bundt cakes

    When I think of the holidays, I can’t help but think of bundt cakes, thanks to an old recipe my mom’s been making ever since I can remember. This year, I decided to add my own twist to it by using a mini bundt cake baking tin to make them personal-sized and adding crushed peppermint candies.

    Ingredients

      For the Cake

    • 1 package double fudge cake mix
    • 1 package chocolate instant pudding
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 package mini chocolate chips
    • 1⁄2 cup warm water
    • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp peppermint extract
    • Peppermint candy for garnish
      For the Icing

    • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The garnish doesn’t have to stop with crushed up peppermints.
    • Add your own delicious spin on these cakes with chocolate syrup, different colored sprinkles, peppermint chocolates or whatever other tasty goodies you can get your hands on!
  • Stencil Doormat

    Doormat

    We all know April showers bring May flowers, but this time of year often brings the outdoors inside, too. Keep the mud outside right where it belongs, all the while brightening your doorstep, with this DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Coir doormat
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Foam paint brush
    • Acrylic paint
    • Straight edge (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Experiment with colors and even add some florals if you can't wait until your garden blooms!
  • Buffalo Cauliflower

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    I love cauliflower, but I love love cauliflower smothered in Buffalo wing sauce. It's the cleaner update to wings, and it's got the same kick with all the flavor. A nice and warm day calls for a deliciously hot dish. Make it today and start snacking.

    Materials & Tools

    • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized chunks
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
    • 4 tablespoons of vinegary hot sauce
    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • Cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)
    • Sea salt flakes (to taste)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Serve immediately; leftovers may be kept in the refrigerator for a day.
    • Now that you know how to make wing sauce, use it on everything… except chocolate, don't use it on chocolate.
    • Try it on chicken, vegetables and even tofu!

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