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Monday, December 22, 2008

Tick Tock, Tick Tock!

In case you're counting down 'til Christmas (if you aren't, I'm sure your kids are), only 2 more days! I know I'm a little late with showing you this, but I made two of them and one was for a friend of mine, so I couldn't post it until I gave it to her (hi Sheila!). I first saw this one on Nancy Riley's blog, iStamp. She had won one that someone else had made as a prize at a stamping get together she had attended (she has now created another one of her own, but using a cookie sheet and little lidded tins and you can see it HERE). It was then that my obsession began with the Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar.
I found myself at Walmart the next day deciding realistically how many I could make, then once back home, I scoured through all my stash and papers to see what all I had to spruce them up with. I had almost all this stuff on hand--yikes! I did have to purchase the magnet sheets from Staples at 13.99 for 4- 8.5x11 sheets, but that was the main expense in making them.
A lot of Cuttlebugging with my Nestabilities and a lot of Xyron adhesive (the magnet sheets were not sticky backed), but after that, they came together fairly quick. I still had my Cat's Pajamas stamps out after doing my Guest Designer work, so I used a few images from them for some of the embellishments to make it even more fun!
The little Maya Road circle tin at the top holds the punched circle "ideas" (like make a Christmas card, bake cookies, decorate Christmas tree, plus I left some blank for new ideas) for the kids to find in each little "muffin nook" every day during the month of December. I stuck a magnet on the back of it, so it will stay handy! I then punched holes at the top with my Cropadile (amazingly easy) and strung the yummy Papertrey ribbon through it for a hanger. I didn't get to do this with my kids this year either, so now we have something fun to look forward to next Christmas season!

Speaking of fun, look what we made today! Another last minute gift idea that I'll share with you as my tip!

(super duper easy and fast and something fun for the kids to help with--especially when they say, "I'm bored" over their holiday break!)

1 package refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough (or dark cookie dough of some sort)
chocolate morsels
red M&M's (or red hots, or candied cherries)
small pretzels (about 60 ir you can use small candy canes)

Freeze dough for about 30-45 minutes to make it harden a bit, but not 'til frozen. Preheat oven to 350. Then shape the dough while still in the wrapper into a triangular shape. I just thudded it onto the counter on three sides several times to make a triangle. Open dough and slice with a sharp knife into 1/4" cookies. Place them about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet (I use stoneware), and press pretzel "antlers" into 2 of the corners. Bake 11-14 minutes or until set. Once out of the oven, press the chocolate chips in for the eyes and the red M&M for the nose. Cool on wire racks.

These would be fun to package up individually and put a cute ribbon and tag on for all your little neighborhood kids!

Stamps: Kitty Christmas, Poochie Christmas (The Cat's Pajamas), Christmas Critters (CHF-Kim Hughes), Michael's Dollar Alpha Set
Paper: Various
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior)
Accessories: Various, Thickers (American Crafts), Number Stickers (Creative Memories), Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Mini Muffin Tin, Magnet Sheets, Xyron, Cropadile, Pure Poppy Stiched Ribbon (Papertrey), Copic Markers, Maya Road Tin, Magnet, Hot Glue


  1. HOLY SMOKES! Your muffin tin advent calendar is incredible! So very very well done! This will surely be a treasured keepsake for years to come!

    (thanks for the mention!)

    MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

  2. and I love it! Am I the luckiest girl or what?! Thank u Susie-Q!! Here's my Sheila-Q-Tip (wait - that doesn't sound as great!) ~ Find an awesome friend that will make one of these FOR you :)

  3. Yummmy!!! I bought the similar muffin tin to do this but never got around to it. LOVE what you did with it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. OMG-- Those are the cutest cookies EVAH!! Love em!! That project is fantastic as well, but wouldn't be a 10 minute "throw it together" gift!! I'm sure she loved it!!

  5. FANTASTIC Susan! Wow you whipped that together so quickly...and it came out wonderfully!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  6. OMG. You are BRILLIANT! What a wonderful idea for an advent calendar and cookies. I am always looking for distinctive cookies and such, and these are perfect

  7. OMGoodness!!!!!!!!!!!!! ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. How cool are these???? I wish the pb cookie dough wasn't so hard to find by me. I have another recip that uses it....

  9. Wow!!! Everything is amazing!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  10. This is so, so precious, Sus! I'm definitely going to get started on one of these for NEXT year!!!

  11. Wow! Your project came out beautiful. It looks as though you spent a lot of time making it just the way you wanted it to look.

    Your cookies look delicious and so very cute. Thanks for sharing.


  12. WOW!! Love this idea and you sure put lots of work into it!!! JUST FABULOUS GIRL... :) I always enjoy the TIPS!! Smiles... :)

  13. I have been "working on" muffin tin advent calendars since fall a year ago! The ones I saw could hold a Hershey nugget in each hole, but I couldn't find the right magnets (strong enough, easy to cut or already the right size...). This way, I can use the magnetic sheets I have and not worry about holding the chocolate in place. Very nice. Maybe now they will be done in time for next year.


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