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Today is officially, on the calendar, Gingerbread Cookie Baking Day and we are totally celebrating it here at 3 Winks Design. I have never been a big gingerbread house decorator. I think they are cute, but I guess I don't have the patience for them and also, after all of that work making it, I hate to take it apart to eat it. If you don't eat it, it feels like a big waste of food. But, years ago, I found the perfect solution for the dilemma of wanting to decorate a gingerbread house and wanting to eat it as well. I have a 7.5" gingerbread house cookie cutter that is so much fun to decorate, give as a gift and kids don't get bored with it as they work on it.
First of all, here is my gingerbread recipe. I like to cut back on the tang of the molasses by using honey with it. Also, I use half butter and half shortening in my recipe.
Now you are ready to start rolling the dough. I use a piece of plastic wrap over this dough when I roll it to be sure to get a smooth cutting surface.
I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to find you the same cookie cutter because I purchased mine a long time ago. But I found it and it is really inexpensive! Seriously, smaller ones were way more. This one is the biggest, the least expensive and the best!
I was disappointed that I didn't have any gumdrops today because I love gumdrops on gingerbread houses, but I still think it turned out pretty cute! I used a chocolate bar for the front door and one of our little owls (of course) is perched above it! I like to make a Christmas scene with the house, gingerbread men and trees. I think you could even add a snowman and a santa and that would be so cute.
Now, just wrap up your gingerbread scene and take it over to a neighbor for Christmas! Maybe you could add some gingerbread flavored Hot Cocoa Bombs to go with it! No one will mind eating this gingerbread and dipping it in hot cocoa is perfect!
And, in case you still want to build the whole house:
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Owls have been very collectible for the past couple of years. They are fascinating creatures and here at 3 Winks, we love all of the cute renditions of owls out in the market place. We also know a number of other people who are owl lovers and we thought we would put together a gift guide for the owl lovers out there in your life. This guide could also overlap as a gift guide for women, a gift guide for the Harry Potter Lover, and a gift guide for the difficult to buy for. Or, a gift guide for me because I love everything on this list!
6. Look at this adorable owl print from Minted! It is available in many sizes and in many frames. Plus, right now you can get free shipping on non-custom art with the code: FREESHIP! I love free shipping! And, I love this little owl. Wouldn't he be cute in a library or nursery?
7. For a little different, more British feel, Minted also has Mr. Owl's English Tea by Natalie Groves. The free shipping is also available on this one. Now I can't decide which one I like best.
8. If you only want to add a touch of owl to your gift, Dollar Tree is the place to shop. You can find owl themed stickers and pencil sharpeners. They are super cute, too!
9. Here is an adorable board book for your grandchildren! The thoughts are so sweet, listen to these words: "When I made my wish upon the Grandma Star, I made my wish for you. When I first held you in my arms, my Grandma Wish came true." It is called Grandma Wishes, by Julia Lobo and the beautiful illustrations are by Helen Rowe.
10. Don't forget that owl lovers will most certainly love receiving an owl calendar for next year. There are many beautiful ones to choose from. Here are just a few of the choices.
So, there you have it! My top choices for owl gifts this year! I am certain that any of them would not disappoint the true owl lover!
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Hey guys! Alicia here with my favorite Cyber Monday deals. I am always looking for a good deal and I am always shopping online. I think this season I've had at least one package delivered a week! So Cyber Monday is a great day to go shopping. But it can be hard to sort out the actual good deals from the "fake" sales. So here is my guide for some awesome Cyber Monday Deals, including one from our own Etsy shop.
Cyber Monday Deals at 3 Winks Design Shop on Etsy
This season I have created a printable and a tea towel inspired by the printable. Both are now available in our shop! The printable is $2.00 and with that you get 4 files so you can choose which works best for you! For Cyber Monday thetowel is on sale through Tuesday for 25% off! So get yours before the price goes back up.
When I was creating my design I knew I really wanted Wonderful to stand out to remind me of all the wonderful things going on this season amid the hustle and bustle that arises. I love the idea of it on a towel that hangs in the kitchen because it can remind me that even if I've burnt the food or scalded the milk for my hot cocoa bombs, I still have so much to be thankful for and good to see. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. And when you buy it in the shop, there won't be a watermark on it.
Cyber Monday Deals at Target
Readers, you can save 15% off your Target.com order* MONDAY ONLY! In addition to the 15% off offer, Target.com is also hosting these great deals below!
30% off select clothing for the family
And my favorite thing on sale at Target for Cyber Monday is this professional 5 qt KitchenAid Mixer. Usually $449 it's $199.99 today! What!? Such a good deal.
Also check out The Lion King on Blu-ray (with DVD and digital copy) is only $15 (reg $25). The Lion King is an amazing movie and this is a good time to add it to your collection.
Cyber Monday at Dating Divas
CYBER MONDAY is here and The Dating Divas have pulled out all the stops with their Mistletoe Madness Bundle! From the Divas on this amazing deal, "Christmas is right around the corner and who’s the most important person on your shopping list? Your sweet and sexy spouse, of course! Show them how much they mean to you this holiday season with a done-for-you Christmas for two!! In honor of Cyber Monday, we have THE BEST all-inclusive Christmas gift package for you to gift to your spouse. It has everything you’ll need to focus on your sweetheart during this Christmas season and well into the New Year! We’re talking EIGHT amazing printable packs all for ONE low price!"
This bundle includes Spouse Countdown, Stocking Stuffers, Neighbor Gifts, Reindeer games, NYE 2 Bags, and more!
Today only you can get 8 AMAZING packs for JUST $25! Individually, all those products added together would normally be $50! So you're getting 50% OFF JUST TODAY on Diva TOP PRODUCTS!
Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon
I may be Amazon's biggest fan. I love my Prime membership and all the benefits included with that. I also love the great deals they have got going on right now.
You can find out more about your heritage with this awesome deal on an Ancestry DNA kit, only $59 (usually $99)! You may think you know your heritage but many of my friends and family have been surprised by their results.
One of my favorite toys as a kid and an adult, is Legos. On Amazon they are up to 30% off today. Such a great deal! There's a handful of different sets in this sale, including the classic builder set! This is sure to be a treasured gift for any kid (or adult) in your life.
Also there are fantastic deals on Amazon devices. I LOVE my Fire TV Stick. I love that I can have all my streaming platforms in one easy to access place. It's very intuitive. You can use your smart phone as a remote if you misplace yours. And I love that I can access my Prime Music on the TV (the biggest speaker in my house). And I also love my Kindle Fire (we actually have 2!). It's durable and easy to use, I let my 2 year-old use it to read stories or watch his shows. And with the Amazon Underground app we get deals on apps for the whole family.
Have you jumped onto theInstant Pot craze yet? If not this might be the time to start. This is no ordinary pressure cooker, it cooks, sautes, steams, makes yogurt, and will slow cook if that's what you desire.. Instead of spending your time in the kitchen, let the Instant Pot do the work for you.
Cyber Monday Deals at Beau-Coup and Swoozies
Beau-coup and Swoozie's have 25% off your orders today, along with FREE SHIPPING!
Well there you have it, my favorite deals and sales today! Enjoy your day of shopping!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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