I’m always trying to add a little something extra each year to my Christmas decorating. This year I decided to make “Santas Boots” In addition to decorating, these WILL be worn by “Santa” one day when we have Grand kids!!!
You will need:
Boots ~ with black sole
Roll of painters tape
Can of “Red” Spray paint. I used Krylon Dual Paint & Primer in Banner Red (Gloss)
1 yard of Black Felt approx 1 1/2″ wide. (you will have some leftover)
Heavy Cardboard (I used cardboard from an old oatmeal canister)
1 yard of Gold Ribbon approx 1/2″ wide.
Glue gun and Glue Sticks, and school glue or Elmers glue stick.
How I did it:
I started with a pair of my hubbys worn (and hopefully, no longer needed) work boots. (rounded toe, cowboy or farm boots…..no lace up type boots). You can also hunt for old boots at your local Thrift or Goodwill store if your hubby doesn’t want to part with his!
I took the boots outside, and used a brush to remove all dirt from them.
Using painters tape (the blue kind), tape off the rubber sole of the boot getting as close to the seam where the shaft of the boot meets the sole. Covering all of the sides of the black sole. You do NOT want any paint on the black sole.
Shake the spray paint for about 2 minutes (or according to their directions) and evenly spray the boot shaft The leather or material part of the boot. (NOT the rubber sole). You may have to use 2 coats, like I did.
Let dry for several hours .
Next, measure around the ankle of the boot, and your black felt, and cut to strips. One “strap” for each boot. And glue the straps around the ankle with the seam to the front of the boot (you will be covering it up with the buckle).
Cut a 2 1/2″ square for your “buckle” and then carefully cut a square hole in the center.
Now you will glue your gold ribbon onto the buckle evenly, and lastly, glue the buckle onto the black felt strap.
***Note*** All measurements are approximate due to different shoe sizes. My husbands boots are a size 13, so obviously, my boots needed more materials!
Another recipe handed down to me from my Mom, is CANADIAN BRIDELS. I have been eating these all my life~mostly beginning at Thanksgiving and through the Christmas season (keeping them special), but these are so quick and easy to make with very little ingredients, for anytime throughout the year. Goes great with hot tea!
You will need:
7 oz bag Coconut
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
Cream butter and sugar
add egg yolk
add flour ( a little at a time)
Roll into small balls (about the size of a quarter)
roll balls into coconut
place onto baking sheet
make a dent in center with fingertip, then fill with Strawberry jam (or your favorite jam or nuts)
Bake 15 minutes in 350* oven
Makes approx 3 dozen cookies. (will vary depending on size of balls)
I usually double recipe to yeild 6 dozen.
Tip: These do not need to brown. A slight color change is to be expected, but not required. Can be frozen in seal tight container. Also, I personnally like to melt butter, as it is easier to mix.
Here are three cute ideas for decorating your holiday dinner table. Real quick, real easy, and fun to do with the kids!!!
Instead of place cards, guide guests to their seats with chenille~stem letters. Twists together red and white chenille stems, then shape the stems for each letter into guests’ first initials. Use one of two stems for each letter, cutting small pieces as needed to finish the shapes. Display the chenille letter on a simple cloth napkin and embellish with a sprig of evergreen.
Rustic Burlap Napkin
Fashion these charming no~sew napkin rings by gluing together the short ends of a frayed strip of burlap. tie a single thread of burlap through the buttonhole of a button; then glue the button in place.
Evergreen Napkin Embellishment
Sometimes Mother nature knows bests, as in this simple table setting that features a napkin accented by a single pine sprig. Less is more!
Sharing a recipe that my Mom has been baking for as long as I can remember. These Cranberry Oat Squares are delicious.
I made them for the first time ever this holiday season. And made several batches since! Everyone gobbles them up!
CRANBERRY OAT SQUARES
You will need:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups oats
1 can cranberry sauce (jellied)
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.
Blend in butter, slowly, working in until it crumbles.
Add sugar & oats. Mix well.
Spray 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 oats, then layer with cranberry sauce. Then layer with remaining oat mixture.
Bake at 325* 35-40 mins.
Let cool before cutting into squares. Makes approx 15-20 squares.