Maple Syrup- One of the Four Main Food Groups!

Elf Syrup Quote

We love syrup around our house- especially homemade! This year I will be decorating some of my hoarded jars for some of our neighbor gifts. It’s a nice gift because I already know they like it, and it is something that can be tucked in the fridge and used at any time. I might even include a bag of frozen pancakes with it as well.

Maple Syrup
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Monica at Monzanita’s
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 16
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Cup of water
  • Dash maple flavor
  • 1 Tbs. butter or margarine
  1. Combine syrup, brown sugar and water. Cook on the stove on low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in flavoring and butter. It can be served hot off the stove, or after being refrigerated.

I had an empty bottle that was from olive oil- washed out it was a perfect bottle to give away some syrup in. For ourselves, I just use a water bottle that we were able to get for free from one of our utility companies. It works perfectly! I know my mom uses a gravy dish and in the past I have used a large glass measuring cup to hold my maple syrup too. There are so many options and cute ways to hold it.

Handmade Gift Idea: Maple Syrup

If I buy ink before Christmas I’ll attach some of the Buddy the Elf quotes to the syrup when we give them away. Feel free to print it off and use it for your gifts too!

{Deployment Packages} Christmas Decor Edition

At my house we don’t pull out any Christmas Decorations or anything until after Thanksgiving. I didn’t think about getting this package out until recently but I really should have had it out a few weeks ago.

I did this same thing for Halloween, I found cheap and flat decorations so that my husband could have fun decorating his room. When I was buying them I knew I could make the same or better.

This time, I was able to find a couple things I could put together easily with the paper I had. I made the paper christmas lights and cut some paper for a paper chain that he can put together there.

The rest of the decoration items are from the dollar section of the store, and I included some candy, cocoa, chapstick, other of his regular goodies. (See Also: Deployment Packaging Station)

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is coming! is a well-used phrase in our family. We say it months and months ahead of time, whenever it pops in our head. (Sometimes even the day after Christmas!) It’s usually followed by this chant: I know what you’re getting for Christmas, I know what you’re getting for Christmas! So this is to my mom because we’ve been telling her that for two months, since we pitched in and got her something large. (It’s in my garage under a sheet, and she’s busted if she peeks!) but I also got her, and a few other people some gifts, and I even have them wrapped!

My wrapping is the best part of these gifts, I used fabric scraps. So technically they can be reused easily, unlike gift paper and they were no-sew, unlike the reusable gift bags I made before.

So to my mom, grandma and mother-in-law; I know what you’re getting for Christmas, I know what you’re getting for Christmas! 🙂

Crafting a Christmas (Maybe!)

After pinterest giving me millions of ideas, I wanted to make gifts for my family this year. The entire family is getting a group gift that I bought on groupon months ago (score!). I can’t say what it is, but it is a great idea! (hint:Subscription/Memberships are great ideas for gifts!) Even though I have great ideas I have been staying out of the craft room lately. I just haven’t been in the mood (notice no new posts). So I’m on a ‘if I get to it you might get a gift’ basis.

So far, there are only partial gifts. Here are my pintrest links/sketches that everyone will be getting for now!

Earphone Holder (idea I pinned from Here)

Pockets (to put into a skirt they already have, idea pinned from Here)

Cloth High Chair (Ok, it’s for my baby but the grandmas would want it for him! Idea was pinned from Here)

Cloth Stacker Toy (I saw a Huge fabric one on Pottery Barn Kids but I’m starting with a small simple one.)

Stuffed Animal Backpack (My own idea! Crazy… I have been getting used to stealing ideas)

I decided to write about our Christmas after writing a comment that kept getting longer and longer on I may be a nerd, but I think it’s interesting stuff!

My Mom always has a rhyme she used to buy us presents for anything. It was something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Santa is using that with my 5 month old, although after a page was stolen out of my magazine he may need to find a better book choice than one with paper pages. Other than that there is an outfit, a toy and jars of baby food(yay!).

We aren’t going to be getting him anything because he has a lot of what he needs and awesome grandparents that I’m sure will be spoiling him anyway. I am going to try to finish the cloth stacker toy from us, but it looks terrible so far. Lucky for me, the baby won’t care, he’ll just be happy with the wrapping paper!

Go Green: Money-Saving or Earth Friendly? (Reusable Gift Bags)

I don’t care why your trying to go green, for me it’s just to save money and feel better about not being as wasteful. I’m making a ton of different gift bags to get ready for birthdays and Christmas this year. I reuse the regular paper gift bags, but they get destroyed really easily. Wrapping paper is one use only too.

These bags are pretty simple to make, I made a bunch of different ones from scrap fabric, and they turned out really cute. I don’t really use patterns, but these are really just a cylinder shape.

Tote bags or drawstring backpacks would be a good way to wrap presents too.

You can also check my etsy shop to buy some of these that I have made.

Felt Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments took a bit of imagination, I cut most of the pieces free-hand. The only stencil I used was for the gingerbread man body and I used the same stencil for the santa body.

I cut out 2 bodies for each of them and added the other pieces from there. Make sure to cut out everything before you start stitching.

Next, stitch all of the smaller pieces onto the front and back first. (the gloves, buttons, faces, hats, etc.)

Then, start at the top, leave a few inches of your yarn or floss and stitch around the edges of the body.

Before you get all the way to the top, stuff the body with your filling. (I used my felt scraps instead of batting)

Finish stitching the top, and leave the same amount of extra yarn as you did when you started. Tie those two together at the bottom, and tie together at the top.

Now you are prepared with gifts or this year’s ornaments. Another idea is to stitch the year on the back and maybe your name or initials. Have fun!

These are available at my etsy store, click here to view them. Thanks for looking!