Category Archives: Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year I have more to be thankful for than ever!

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I’m so thankful for my family, especially my baby girl!

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Less than 9 weeks left to go!

I thank God for all these blessings & hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with love. ❤

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National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child!

It’s National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child! This year it’s from Nov 14 – Nov 21. Check out our shoe box packing from last year below!

Mrs. Dessert Monster

Today kicks off National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child!

National Collection Week is November 16-23

6 years ago the church I was a member of while in college introduced me to Operation Christmas Child.

What is the mission of Operation Christmas Child?

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This ministry collects shoeboxes – or really, shoebox sized containers – filled with gifts & essential items for needy kids around the world. Once the boxes are packed, shipped, & distributed, teams from Samaritan’s Purse get with local churches to distribute the boxes to the kids. During that time, the Gospel is presented to the kids in their own language in a fun way. Aside from providing presents & necessities such as toiletries, these kids get to…

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Easter Cake

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday!

Easter came early this year, which happens from time to time since its date is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring.

Maybe that’s why this year Lent has seemed a little less Jesus-y for me than in years prior. We just celebrated Christmas & here is Easter already.

Nonetheless, just like Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season.

My coworker is throwing her annual Easter picnic & egg hunt. Last year I made a bunny cake & brought my niece with me to the egg hunt. It was a lot of fun.

This year I am so over all the bunnies.

Easter isn’t about bunnies & egg hunts. It isn’t even about family & good food. It’s about Jesus.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

With that being said, Easter is a celebration! Up from the grave he arose! So it should be bright & fun 🙂

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I hope I captured that spirit in this cake.

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Funfetti cake with crushed M&Ms in the center, cream cheese frosting & malted eggs for decor.

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Easter should be fun, especially for children. But it’s that cross in the center that is the most important piece of this whole weekend.

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Happy Easter! He is risen, indeed!

Happy Three Kings Day!

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Feliz Dia De Los Reyes!

Also known as Epiphany or Theophany, Three Kings Day celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as God’s son. Wise men/magi/kings traveled from the East, following the star of Bethlehem, to find the child Jesus & worship him. (Matthew 2)

This article explains some of the traditions associated with this day. One of the more iconic traditions is putting straw in your shoes for the wise men’s camels. Kind of like putting out cookies for Santa, right Frank?

Today marks the last of the 12 days of Christmas, & is the end of the Christmas season for many (though Orthodox Christmas is tomorrow, Jan 7).

I still have all of my Christmas stuff up around the house, but come tonight I will do as the Relient K songs says.

Take it all down, Christmas is over
But do not despair, but rather be glad
We had a good year, now let’s have another
Remembering all the good times that we had
Oh no more lights glistening
No more carols to sing
But Christmas, it makes way for spring

Merry Christmas!

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“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cookie Baking

It may seem quiet in my corner of the web lately, but that’s because life has been anything but!

There are so many wonderful activities happening this time of year! The world waits to celebrate when God came down to us as a little baby. The love of God translates to love for family & friends. It really does feel like the most wonderful time of the year – even down here in warm, sunny Florida!

A few weekends ago my friend Beth & I got together with our Kitchenaid mixers & made a bunch of cookies.

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Red & green! How perfect!

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Cow apron!

We were baking cookies to enter in the IKEA cookie contest. We didn’t place, but we should have! We totally made some amazing cookies.

 

Some of our contest entries:

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Thumbprint cookies with lingonberry jam.

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We called this one “Grandma ran over the reindeer”

We had a lot of fun! We also made peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, & gingerbread cookies just because!

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We decorated gingerbread couples, too!

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I think I captured us pretty well!

What a great day! I love baking, I love spending time with friends, I love beef (which we ate) & hot cocoa (which we drank).

A few days later I got the idea to make some gingerbread cookies on my own to give away at work.

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Beth lent me her airplane cookie cutter. How cute! I work in aviation, so these were the perfect Christmas gift to everyone at the office.

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Can I just say again how much I love this time of  year? A time for warm hearts & warm cocoa. A time to turn on the lights & the oven.  A time to give gifts & give hugs.

A time to love God & love each other ❤

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I am so thankful for my blogging family, my in-the-flesh family, & most of all my heavenly Father.

Eat, drink, & be thankful!

Easy Thanksgiving Decorations

Tomorrow is the day that lots of us have been looking forward to!

My husband & I have been shopping, cleaning, & even started prepping some of the food for our first Thanksgiving hosted in our new house.

My mom has passed on her Thanksgiving serveware & tablecloths to me, but as far as decorations I was on my own.

Thankfully, I’m a crafty girl.

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It took me like 10 minutes to make 4 of these floral decorations.

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I had some empty bottles *cough cough Red Stripe beer bottles* around & picked up some fake flowers at the Dollar Store. The burlap I had in my craft supplies.

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Voila!

These will just add an extra little something special to tomorrow’s festivities.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

Pirate Trunk Or Treat

Every year my church teams up with another local church for Trunk or Treat. If you’ve never heard of trunk or treat, it’s essentially trick or treating out of parked cars that have their trunks decorated. This year my husband & I decided to participate. It was so much fun!

Pirate Trunk Or Treat - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I decided around August that I wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. No real reason, it was one of those random strings of thought. So, naturally, we did a pirate themed trunk.

I knew I wanted to keep the candy we were giving out in a treasure chest, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a prop I’d only use once. Being the crafty woman that I am, I made one out of a styrofoam cooler!

Treasure Chest Out Of Styrofoam Cooler - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Acrylic paint works well on styrofoam. For even coverage you need two or more coats, but I liked the look of one coat of the brown – it kind of looks like wood!

With the treasure chest set, we just needed a few more decorations for our trunk. I bought some accent jewels from the dollar store to look like gems & Rolos to look like gold. We used a black trash bag as our backdrop so the rest of the car wasn’t visible (held up by thumbtacks), foam skull & crossbones that I hand painted, this halloween gauze-like stuff, & a fiber optic pirate head my mother-in-law let me borrow. My Jeep actually has a 110 plug, so we were able to light it up!

Pirate Trunk Or Treat - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I’m glad I got the Rolos, because we were running out of candy near the end so I started giving them out!

Pirate Trunk Or Treat - Mrs. Dessert Monster

It was pretty inexpensive to put all of this together. Some of the other trunks went all out! This was our first time; now we know what to expect next year!

Pirate Trunk Or Treat - Mrs. Dessert Monster

We had a blast! It was great seeing the kids all dressed up. We passed out candy, eye patches & ‘pirate tattoos’ (they were really just Jake & The Neverland Pirate Halloween Stickers).

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I think my husband & I looked really cute as pirates – during the day!

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At night we were scary pirates – I love Halloween!

Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Tomorrow is Easter! I’m super excited this year. The Lenten season was very meaningful to me. But more on that later here! 🙂

Today my husband & I took our niece to an Easter egg hunt my coworker put on. It was a lot of fun! Everyone brought a little something to contribute, so of course I brought dessert.

This Easter bunny cake was super easy! Apparently it’s an old Kraft recipe. I used the template below to cut 2 round cakes into the necessary shapes.

kraft bunny cake template

I actually used a 9″ cake for ‘A’ & an 8″ cake for ‘B’ & ‘C’. I liked this a little better than the pictures I saw online because the ears & the bow tie weren’t giant.

I baked my cakes, cut the pieces, & frosted them individually. Then, I assembled them together.

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I gave him a cute little bunny face & festive bow tie 🙂

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The kids (and the adults) loved it!

This is a great bunny cake because you can get as fancy or as creative as you want!

Today was a very nice day spent with family & friends.

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Happy Easter! He is risen, indeed!