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DIY snowglobe tray

DIY snowglobe tray

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Ok are you ready for another easy holiday DIY?  Well I told you my theme this year was winter wonderland and I have been on a kick making snowglobes. (Check out these super cute snowglobe ornaments I made for the tree).

This DIY snowglobe tray is a pretty way to serve your holiday cookies or treats. Scroll down to see how I made it and re-create it for yourself!

DIY snowglobe tray

You will need: (linking everything towards the end of this post)

  • glass or plastic jar with a lid.
  • a large plate or charger
  • hot glue
  • faux snow
  • bottle brush tree
  • bell
  • rub n buff

DIY snowglobe tray

Directions:

1.) Start by heating up your hot glue gun.

DIY snowglobe tray

2.) Unscrew the lid to your jar. Add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the bottle brush tree and place inside in the center of the jar.

DIY snowglobe tray

3.) Allow to dry for a few minutes and then fill the jar with faux snow.

DIY snowglobe tray

4.) Place in any other decorative items you want to use. I did some bells and a pinecone.

5.) I was using a gold charger as the tray and wanted it to match the lid to the jar. I squeezed a little rub n buff on the lid and rubbed it in using a paper towel then let dry.

DIY Snowglobe tray with Rub N Buff

6.) Screw the lid back on your jar.

7.) Again using your hot glue gun, draw a circle of glue on top of the lid then place the charger on top.

8.) Allow to dry then serve your treats.

DIY snowglobe tray

Voila!!!

And if you’re looking for some delicious holiday treats, I’ve got the recipe for my pistachio thumbprint cookies and 15 other sweets. Click here.

I love to see what you create. Be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

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Weekly Wednesday Link Party #325

Weekly Link Party #325

Welcome to another Weekly Wednesday Link Party #325!

18 more days til Christmas!  Are you ready for it? If you’re still looking for recipe ideas, gift wrapping ideas or that last minute decorative touch, I encourage you to check out all of the inspiration in this link party from this talented group of creators.

Here are this week’s features

DIY Advent Calendar from Family and the Lake House

Advent calendars are a fun tradition to count down to the big day and I love this DIY from Marie. The gold frame is beautiful.

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies from Fork in the Kitchen

As you start your holiday baking, here is a delicious recipe for you to try. Don’t these chocolate mint sandwiches look delightful?

stack of chocolate mint sandwich cookies with milk in background

Advent Candle Idea by Chalking Up Success

Jayne shows some of her coffee table decor including how to make this advent candle idea in a glass vase. I think it’s so beautiful.

 

Christmas Advent centerpiece with candles

Snowman Cheese Ball by Crafts a la Mode

This guy is almost too cute eat! What a perfect appetizer for your holiday celebrations or just getting together with friends this winter.

 

snowman made from cream cheese

Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Wrapping Idea by Laura Kelly

Decorate your cardboard or kraft paper wrapping by making a gingerbread house. I love this idea and it’s a cute way to deliver your Christmas cookies too!

Best Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Wrapping Idea

Be sure to head over to Tarah’s page to see her picks!

Now on to this week’s party!

Rules:

* Up to 3 links per person. * Make sure you check out a few other links while you’re here!

* You MUST follow us on at least one social platform:

Nicolle Our Tiny Nest

Our Tiny Nest Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter

Grandma's house DIY link party

Grandma’s House DIY Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter

We will choose features every week and share them across our social media and in the next party!

By linking up you’re giving us permission to feature you in the next party by including your post URL and one of your images. You are also giving us permission to share one of your images across our social media platforms and in the Grandma’s House weekly DIY newsletter to promote the party.)

The party runs through Sunday at 11pm

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below

 

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For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip

 

Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch

 

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Nesting

Nesting

Nesting on this first weekend in December.

We are now officially in the full swing of things for Christmas. Cue that little elf if that’s what you do, all the fun advent calendars and bucket lists.

My son reminded me our elf was due to return this week. And as much as I bad mouth that little guy (the elf not my son), it is worth it when you see how excited the kids get to see his return and find him every morning.

Another fun thing we do to countdown is this 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a fun way to do something special each day to get ready for the holidays.

12 days of Christmas ideas

We finally finished decking all the halls and I just had to show you our mantel this year. I found this mounted deer from Target and placed him inside a larger boxwood wreath I had to make it look a little more full. Then I strung some bells on twine and hung them on his antlers. The kids named him Buck and he may be my favorite thing.

I linked some of our decor in my LikeToKnowit.

Christmas mantel with mounted deer head

Have you guys read anything good lately? I was looking for a wintery read and a few girls I follow on Bookstagram, @books.and.bulldogs and @bookswithbouffard recommended this one.

I can’t wait to read it, just downloaded it on my Kindle!

Nesting - winter novel a merry little meet cute

 

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Here’s what you may have missed recently on the blog :

These easy snowglobe ornaments

My favorite cozy pieces for winter

Some beautiful winter tray ideas to inspire you for your winter decor.

And this week’s link party! Be sure to link up your recipes and ideas and check out all the posts for inspiration.

Coming up next week:

I’ve got my favorite Christmas cookie recipe and 16 Christmas treats, a winter inspired salad to balance out all that sugar and another easy DIY. So stay tuned and sign up below so you don’t miss a thing!

Now some of my favorites from this week:

This is the greatest hack for filling in your Christmas tree! My friend Ann from Rekindled Designs shows you how to use gold balloons. Genius!

Christmas tree hack using gold balloons

These Buddy The Elf inspired cookies.

19 Homemade Christmas gift ideas from my friend Rachel.  Her kahlua sounds delicious!

 

Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday!!!