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Favorite handmade holiday traditions

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 One of my favorite holiday traditions is to make homemade goodies and give them in repurposed decorated containers. I use my craft and scrapbook supplies to alter nut tins, gatorade containers, jars, you name it. Here's a nut tin I recently altered with paper, Mod Podge, and ribbon.

 I used the original wrapper from the tin as a template for measuring and cutting my papers. I made a crumpled scallop flower with my scallop punches and adhered it to the lid. Cute easy way to add an extra handmade touch.

Here's one of my favorite (and my mother-in-law's) things to fill the tins with:

Chocolate Truffles

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz can condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In heavy saucepan, melt chips with condensed milk. (Or microwave at high power 3 minute stirring after 1 1/2 minutes.) Stir in vanilla.
Chill 2 hours or until firm. Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in desired coating. Chill another hour or until firm. Store at room temperature.

Coatings: chopped toasted nuts; flaked coconut, sugar, cocoa, powdered sugar, colored sprinkles


Substitute the following for the vanilla:

3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur and 1/2 tsp almond extract, or

3 tablespoons orange flavoured liqueur, or

1/4 cup dark rum, or

3 tablespoons bourbon

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  1. Those sound so good!


  2. Hi Fonda - this looks like a yummy recipe. Great idea to repurpose the tins!


  3. Oh- those truffles sound divine! Maybe I'll get adventurous this year and try my hand at making truffles!

  4. Your recipe looks delicious! I love your decorated container too. Happy truffle making!

  5. The truffles sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I also like you gift wrapping, very cute. :)

  6. This recipe sounds delicious! Beautiful packaging too!

  7. Your decorated tins are a great idea!

  8. Sounds like a great recipe! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Great way to package them too.

  9. Love how you decorated the tin. Adorable! And the inside, truffles = delightful! :-)

  10. your tin looks adorable!! I also make truffles at Christmas time, the perfect indulgence!

  11. that's awesome you recycle! what a pretty tin and you can't go wrong with yummy truffles :)

  12. The truffles sound so yummy and I love your gift box!

  13. You had me at chocolate, lol. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe and that adorable re-purposed tin. Too cute!

    -Kate ♥


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