Easy Salt Dough Ornaments | #thehomhchristmas

Today I wanted to share with you a fun and easy way to create your own scented ornaments and garlands. This salt dough recipe is super easy and you can create, really, whatever kind of ornaments you want.

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What you will need:

3 cups of flour

1 cup of cinnamon

1 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of water

optional:

cinnamon leaf essential oil

cloves

First you want to combine 2 cups of flour with the salt and cinnamon. Whisk it together with a fork to make sure there are no lumps in the powder mixture.

Now you want to drop 8-15 drops of you essential oils into the water. Once you water and oil is combined gradually add the water to the dry ingredients.

Start to knead the flour and water till it forms a dough then dump it on to a flat surface and roll it out with a rolling pin.

Use cookie cutters to cut whatever shapes you want for ornaments. I wanted to make gingerbread men garlands so I used gingerbread men. For the holes, for hanging or stringing up your decorations, use a straw to poke holes in the soft dough. If you want to use whole cloves for extra scent you can create designs on your ornaments before you put them in the oven.

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Once you have cut out and placed your ornaments onto a cookie sheet bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes. When you remove them from the oven let them cool completely before you try to paint, glitter, or hang any of them.

As you can see they turn out pretty cool and there a lot of different ways to hang and use them. I tried gingerbread garlands 2 ways, the first is the traditional horizontal style the second I went for a vertical chain thing. Both turned out pretty cool, these ornaments are great to add to a present or put on the tree to make it smell. I had a lot of fun creating this DIY let me know if you try it!

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

Washington D.C. Trip | I’m Back

Oh wow, I really am bad at this whole blogging thing. In my defense my laptop did crash for a month until it decided to come back to life. But otherwise I guess I just let life drown me. For some reason I just got swallowed up by school, work, and track.

I’m sorry. Really I miss blogging, I miss this. I love writing for this blog, for you all. I love taking pictures. of my adventures and little hauls and all of that. I have plans and a vision for this website I just have to find the time to put them into motion. So I am back, my Macbook is back in working order-which in itself is a miracle-my time is starting to free up a little, and I am bursting with Ideas.

For now here are some pictures from our spring break adventure.

Me, the eldest cousins of my family and our Granny flew across the country, from our little pacific northwest, to Washing ton D.C. It is a trip that I feel every american should make once in there life, no matter their degree of patriotism. In the week spent at the museums, monuments and buildings I learned more than I ever learned in a classroom. My learning experience was enhanced by my Uncle Mike. A New Yorker born and raised, former economics professor and major history buff. As we drove to and from Washington D.C. each day he pointed out important landmarks and shared the history of each.

Though we only had a week on the east coast we crammed as much as we could into each day. Visiting as many monuments museums and historic buildings that we could, we managed to hit all the major part of D.C. My favorite being the National Gallery of Art, which I could have spent 2 weeks in as opposed to 2 hours. Unfortunately the modern branch of the museum was closed due to construction or something so we were unable to go there. But the being able to see an amazing amount of world renowned art in the National Gallery of Art was one of the most rewarding experience of the trip. We were able to see a variety of Claude Monet’s works, one of Gustave Courbet’s pieces, and a Leonardo Davinci piece. My favorite would have to be Thomas Coles a voyage of life because of the romantic style of painting, the strong light, and high contrast colors. If you have never seen this piece I recommend you look it up, but seeing it in person was a real treat.

In the middle of our week we got the opportunity to stay in New York for a night and while there we saw Les Miserables on Broadway. To me this was the chance of a lifetime. New York has been the city of my dreams since I was very very young. I couldn’t wait to just be there and feel the energy. So we drove to New Jersey then took a train into the city. It was amazing, there it is such an eclectic place. And so much fun to walk through and experience. Some of the things we did in New York were riding a subways, visiting F.A.O. Schwartz, going to the ground zero monuments, walking through central park, and eating at an authentic Italian restaurant. The brief trip to New York really just introduced to me a hunger to visit the city again.

Upon arriving back to Virginia we had one more day in D.C. then it was time to pack up and head to the Dulles airport and take off for the West Coast and home sweet home. It was a crazy unbelievable trip that I didn’t think I was ever going to make and I will forever be grateful for the experience that I got to have with my family, and I can’t wait to travel again to somewhere new!

So heres to new adventures and good memories to be saved until a rainy day, and to be cherished always.

Blessings

—Hanna Caroline