One spot in the house that's often neglected when decorating for the holidays is the kitchen. Why not add just a few Christmas touches to make it look and feel more welcoming? Hang the same wreaths used in other rooms on the kitchen windows to keep the look cohesive. Add red dish towels, red napkins and stock your cookie jars with treats for guests to take the festive feel a step further.
Try your hand at drying apples, either in the oven or using a dehydrator. Drying is a great way to preserve apples long-term. When apples are fully, properly dry, they’ll last up to six months in a cool, dark place. Or you can also freeze them for longer storage. Dried apples make a tasty snack and are a great addition to homemade granola or trail mix. Grab chopped dried apples for an oatmeal topper or a delicious addition to oatmeal cookies.
Making healthy fun: That’s the motto of Bitsy’s Brainfood, whose tasty crackers, cookies and other snacks are packed with organic fruits and veggies and are an excellent source of several vitamins. Through the Give a Bitsy Back program, the company donates cases of its products to communities lacking access to healthy snacks. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Bitsy’s new Smart Crackers (available at Target as part of the Made to Matter collection) goes toward organizations that help keep kids happy and active.
Olaniyi’s design never ceases to delight with its clever touches. Just above the nightstand this small piece of text art reminds her of the need to settle down before sleeping. Unsurprisingly, Olaniyi delights in her ability to surprise with her design choices. “The inside of our home is totally not what anyone expects,” she says. “Everything on the outside of the home is cookie-cutter traditional, inside we go for the swanky vibes. No matter their age, people feel right at home here. Everyone who enters gets a warm hug from us and our home, and that makes us proud.”
Cake pops are delicious in any form, but are especially appealing in the shape of adorable gingerbread boys and girls. To make, bake a boxed or homemade cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan as directed. Crumble cake and mix with a can of frosting. Form cake mixture into a flat layer and cut out with a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Chill the cutouts. Next, dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert into the cutout to hold the stick in place. Dip the entire cutout in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Let dry, then decorate with red and white icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.