Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 6

If you are looking for the Christmas Magic Blog Hop Click HERE

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 6. This hop will take place December 12th through December 23rd and will be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration to get you well on your way of creating all of those beautiful Christmas project. This is an awesome way to get a lot of your Christmas cards, and scrapbook layouts finished, home decorations completed and maybe even be inspired to create something using a new technique that you have never tried.  There will be a new project posted each and every day by all the wonderful amazing ladies in this hop. Also each day we will have a guest designer for you to visit. I will be giving away some wonderful blog candy each day of the hop from our amazing sponsors that we have for this hop. I will be posting all the winners from this hop on December 24th. Every one has a chance to win including the ladies participating in the hop and even the guest designers and the sponsors. At the end of each post I will have a list of all the sponsors who are sponsoring this hop all you need to do is click on their name to go to their sites and check out all the wonderful sites. I want to thank each and everyone of the sponsors for their generosity. It has been greatly appreciated.

Here is a complete line up for the hop in case you get lost along the way. You wont want to miss any of the wonderful projects these talented ladies have made.

 Our wonderful guest designer for you today is Erika from Crafty Sprouts. Erika has a wide variety of stamp sets that I know you are for sure going to love. You can visit her store by clicking  HERE. Be sure to stop by Crafty Sprouts Blog and check out the wonderful project Erika created for this hop. Thank you Erika for being a guest designer for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop I really appreciate it and appreciate you being a sponsor.

For today's project I decided to do something totally different. I found this amazing site on the internet and I have just fallen in love with it. The site is called Six in the Suburbs. This blog is six women cousins living in the suburbs of Boston, six contrasting yet complementary personalities, six women at six different points in their lives with a blog that has blog post about recipes from the kitchen, funny stories, tips and tricks, kids, for the home, men, saving money, sewing corner, and books articles. I have fallen in love with all the recipes they have for the holidays. You will just love it there. They give some great recipes that would make your holiday entertaining one that everyone will be sure to remember. Be sure to stop by and check out all their wonderful recipes you will be glad you did. Below is just a few of the cute tasty recipes they offer.

Nutter Butter Snowmen
These are too adorable...and tastey too. 

Credit: My Pretty Purse blog

Grab some nutter butters, white chocolate, m+ms, and orange tic-tacs in the grocery store to build these little snowmen. The tic-tacs are such a clever way to add the snowman carrot nose!

Easy Marshmallow Snowmen Cupcakes
These remind me of an ornament I have, of a s'more snowman. This adorable cupcake was crafted by Martha Stewart....take a look:

Photo: Martha Stewart
You'll Need:
For hat: a chocolate-covered mint "beret" 
For body: two marshmallows -- cut a slice off the top one and squish to make it smaller. Dabs of icing hold parts together
For eyes: chocolate sprinkles (poke holes first with a wet toothpick)
For nose: orange gummy fish (or candy corn piece cut small)

North Pole Cupcakes
These clever North Pole cupcakes will be a hit at your next holiday party. The cupcakes are featured on, see below for instructions on how to make them yourself.


You'll Need:

Vanilla Cupcakes
White frosting
Sugar crystals (or coconut might be a cute alternative) 
Candy canes (break off the curved top)
Red M+Ms
Small Cut outs that say "North Pole" (you can print these of hand write them)

So creative and tastey too...

Tree of Cheese Appetizer
This is an adorable "tree" of cheese arrangement from Cabot. It's an easy idea for any party this holiday season.

You'll need:

- Cubed variety of cheese (cheddar, white cheddar, pepperjack, Havarti dill)
- Sprigs of rosemary or other green
- Cherry tomatoes
- 1 ball of mozzarella for top

Cheese Ball Snowman
Here is a cheese-ball Snowman recipe that I love from Betty Crocker. Great for family and office Christmas parties that are approaching!

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 drops red pepper sauce
1 container (4 ounces) whipped cream cheese, softened

Assorted crackers

1 Mix 3 packages cream cheese and the Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts. Combine 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture; mix in pesto. Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one-third mixture.
2 Cover each cheese mixture and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape. Shape each cheese mixture into ball. Wrap each ball, label and freeze.
3 About 12 hours before serving, remove balls from freezer. Thaw in wrappers in refrigerator.
4 Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman. Frost snowman with whipped cream cheese before serving. Decorate as desired. Serve with crackers. Store covered in refrigerator.  

I  told you they had some amazing ideas for your holiday entertaining. Be sure to go visit them there are tons of other recipes that really look delicious. You can also become a fan of theirs on their facebook page by clicking HERE.

Now on to my blog candy for day 6 of this hop. I have decided to giveaway
 the following from our wonderful sponsors. I will be awarding 2 winners
 for today the following.

       1. A file of their choice from Designs on cloud 9
   2. A $20.00 gift certificate from Creative Kuts
      3.A $15.00 gift certificate from The Robins Nest
                    4. A set of digital sentiments from Karber Digital Images

To be eligible to win this blog candy you must do the following:
1. Leave a comment here on my post 
                   2. Become a follower of  Six in the Suburbs blog

I want to thank each and every sponsor for all their wonderful generosity. You all are truly amazing. Here is a list of all the sponsors of this hop. Please be sure to check them all out you will be glad you did.

Click on any of the names and it will take you to their site.

Now be sure to hop on over to Theresa's Blog and 

see the wonderful projects she has created.


  1. Great Christmas ideas. TFS! I'm now following the Six in the Suburbs blog. :)

    dena dot maile at gmail dot com

  2. Fantastic ideas. Just became a follower of Six in the Suburbs. I think I'll enjoy that site. Thanks for the tip.


  3. Such cute ideas! Love the nutter butter snowmen!

  4. Lisa, these recipes are so good looking. I am going to do a few for Christmas. I became a follower of their blog too. tfs Tami

    Tambos Creations!

  5. Oh, I Love It All! I just may have to make that Cheese Ball for my Families Christmas/New Years Eve Party. My Grandkids would Love those Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  6. Oh wow! TFS these wonderful treat ideas! I love the nutter butter snowmen. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  7. I love the nutter butter snowman cookies. They are on my list to make from pinterest. Thanks for sharing this fun ideas.

  8. mouth watering! just awesome post today on the food ideas.. i always seem to forget about that part until last minute lol

  9. such yummy ideas,,,,MERRY CHRISTMAS...:) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

  10. WOW Lisa Thank you for the heads up awesome site and great recipes TFS
    Big Blog Hugs! Janet

  11. super cute

  12. Those 6 ladies are amazing:) and the sponsors are amazing too. Merry Christmas.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  13. Ok, now I'm hungry .. but it's too late to eat :)
    New follower of Six and Suburbs and looking forward to their blog posts.

    Thanks so much.

  14. Hi Lisa,
    I'm finally making it over! I will be commenting and following every single blog and every post b/c I am hoping my luck will be good in the blog candy department! :) Thanks for sharing all of these yummy recipes with us! So very creative and they all look delish! I especially love the cheese tree. What a great creation. Will have to check out that blog for sure!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  15. your blog today has made my mouth water and blood sugar go up. thanks for sharing the goodies.

    craftingwithblue @

  16. ok now your page made me hungry!

  17. I LOVE these ideas! I wish I had seen them sooner and I would have done a couple of them this year like the cheeseball snowman! How perfect is that! I also loved the nutterbutter snowmen. Cute cute. I'm the newest follower of six in the suburbs! Thanks for sharing such cute ideas and thanks for the chance to win!

  18. OH MY GOODNESS, NowI am hungrey! I just LOVE the Snowman Cheese Ball, I think I may have to try that one out for Christmas Day! Thank you so much for the festive ideas!!

  19. Love all those recipes. Neat blog you had us subscribe to, glad I was introduced to it! Thanks!

  20. man, those are too cute. love the snowman cookies the most! I am a follower of Six in the Surburbs blog now.

  21. WOW thanks for the recipes!!! Definitely will have to try them!

  22. Thank you for sharing these. I just love those North Pole cupcakes, they are cute and pretty at the same time.

    Smiles Sher

  23. Those little snowmen are adorable and yummy too!!