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Homemade Comfort & Joy

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Yellow Roses at Christmas

My niece and I recently spent the day together creating some homemade comfort & joy.  It was a glorious day.  The sun was shining brightly and the weather was perfect.  Everything was off to a good beginning.  It soon became even better when my niece, LeShan, arrived at our home bearing an armful of the most beautiful yellow roses.  She greets me with a big smile on her face and hands me the most wonderful smelling rosebuds – all bursting with Tidings of Joy!

After many hugs and kisses (and a hearty soup to warm our bellies) we finally got to work in Santa’s Workshop.  We had much to do … there were Reindeer Cupcakes to make and bake … and Candy Sleighs to build!

Our first project was to make some adorable Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes.  While there are many variations of this idea on the Internet and Pinterest, we mainly followed the directions on the YourCupofCake website. We made minor changes along the way, as we wanted to add some “personality” or “character” to our herd of reindeer.  From one blue-eyed/one green-eyed reindeer … to bug-eyed and wacky … our imaginations went wild.  Even their noses were different sizes and flavors – from regular M&M candies to the larger peppermint M&M candy versions!

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Reindeer Cupcakes

The bug-eyed version below came from the Reindeer Decorating Kit from Wilton.  They also had antlers, noses and red bows in the kit.  Personally, we liked using the M&M candies for the eyes, as they were cuter and not as big.  That being said, we giggled and laughed when the bug-eyed reindeer hit the scene – he was a comical character, indeed!

Homemade Comfort and Joy - a Bug-eyed Reindeer

These two precious reindeer were some of my favorites!  The red bow and green eyes really popped!  The one on the left is bearing a regular M&M candy nose, while the one on the right is showing off a big, peppermint M&M nose 🙂

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Yellow-Eyed Reindeer Cupcakes

Putting the faces together was not all that difficult, as it was time-consuming.  The most difficult task was painting the eyeballs on the M&M’s.  We originally started with frosting being piped out of a corner of a plastic bag; however, as time went on … we used small paint brushes to make the eyes.  This was a bit easier, and faster.  In the future, I will probably invest in a quality decorating kit to ensure the process goes more smoothly.

Homemade Comfort and Joy - Reindeer Cupcakes

When all the cupcakes were done, two of them went to rest under the Christmas tree – patiently waiting for Santa.  The little reindeer were mesmerized by all the twinkling lights, and simply could not take their eyes off of them!

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes waiting for Santa under the tree!

Another project we made were these deliciously sweet Candy Sleighs.  They were so much fun to build, and they looked extremely festive, merry and bright!

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Candy Sleighs

Different toppers, ribbons, and adornments were added.  We used a variety of different colored candy canes for the sleigh runners, and they were so festive.  The sleighs are very easy to make, and all you need are candy canes, individually wrapped candy, double-sided tape, a low-temp glue gun, and some Kit Kats for the sleigh boards.

Homemade Comfort & Joy - Sweet Candy Sleighs

Later, in the middle of the night, I was busy in Santa’s Workshop and made an additional eighteen sleighs for gift giving!  By then I had the whole process down to a science and was a busy little Elf.  All that was missing was tying them up with a bow.  My husband said the scene looked like it was taken at Santa’s airport, with all the sleighs waiting on the runway for lift-off.

Homemade Comfort & Joy - making candy sleighs in Santa's workshop!

Homemade Comfort & Joy

Sometimes the best memories and traditions of the holiday season can be found in your own home.  Spending time with my beautiful niece, LeShan, is always a treat. Hopefully we created some wonderful new memories that will last us a lifetime.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours …

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