Saturday, 21 December 2013

Hand Crafted Christmas Gift Under $10.00

Gift Sleighs

 Under $10.00

For today’s Christmas craft I went to my Pinterest Board “Ideas to say thank you to staff” and ellyn’s place December 8, 2011 blog post candy sleighs.

Ellyn made her sleighs out of candy.  We wanted less sugar and a more adult gift.  So we went to our local dollar store and Tim Horton's.

Cost per sleigh
A box of 24 candy canes was $3.00
Sesame snaps
Lip Balm 2 @ 1.25
Pen a package of 5 was 1.00
Tim Horton gift card
Total cost

It took us 40 minutes to make 9 sleighs.  

Step #1
Decide how you will assemble your sleigh.  We originally thought we would include an individual package of tissue on each sleigh and we soon realized this item did not work.

Step #2
The flattest item to go on our sleigh was the Tim Horton Gift Card and so it became the base.  

Using just a small dot of hot glue Emily glued the Sesame snap to the gift card

Step #4
Again using just a small dot of glue she glued on the pen and lip balm

Step #5
Using three dots along each candy cane we glued the gift card to the candy cane runners.  You need to hold the candy cane runners in place until the glue is set

Step #6
Decorate your sleigh with ribbon.

I will be giving these sleighs to my staff as a Holiday Treat.

Note: When working with a hot glue gun I always place the hot gun in an oven proof container too prevent someone from accidentally touching the hot tip.


Grandma Snyder
©2013 Twosnydergirls 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Good Food Box

 Decembers Good Food Box

It is that time of the month again, the Good Food Box has arrived.  This is our 4th Good Food Box,  supporting our local Public Health in bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to families at an affordable price:

December 2013 Good Food Box
We failed to pick up the flyer that comes with our fruits and vegetables so I have had to improvise. 

In Grey and Bruce Counties we have Foodlink Grey Bruce this a very informative website that provides information on:

  • Where to find local foods
  • Information about food related events and markets
  • New and announcements related to local foods and food production
  • Profiles of local food producers and links to their websites

I have included two of the recipes that appear on this website for you to enjoy this Christmas

Apple Honey Muffin                     

Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 12

    1/4 cup (50 ml) honey
    1 egg*— buy eggs at the farm gate
    1/4 cup (50 ml) oil or melted butter
    1 cup (250 ml) applesauce — or make your own
    1/3 cup (75 ml) apple cider
    3/4 cup (175 ml) rolled oats
    1 cup (250 ml) flour — try half whole grain flour
    1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
    1/2 tsp (2 ml) cinnamon


    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the first five wet ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir until just moistened.
    Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Beaver Valley Gold’s Local Raspberry and Honey Squares                        

Recipe type: Desert
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 16

    1/2 cup (125ml) butter*, softened
    1/2 cup (125ml) honey*
    1 1/2 cup (375ml) local flour* (try half whole grain flour)
    1 1/3 cups (280 ml) flaked coconut
    1 cup (250ml) raspberries*


While cookie base is baking, heat the raspberries in a sauce pan until they become liquid. Add coconut and some sugar/honey to taste (depending how tart you like your raspberries)
Cook, stirring often until coconut absorbs most of the liquid, about 10 minutes. Spread over warm shortbread base and bake F for 10 minutes.
Cut into squares and enjoy this yummy colorful treat!

Grandma Snyder

©2013 Twosnydergirls 

Going to seed

Four images of a palm going to seed. Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls