Friday, December 12, 2014

Warm Holiday Fun...Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop

*Whew*  It's been 'one of those weeks'...I need a coffee, strong and black (or several...). And I want to know when the old, but my absolute favourite, animated Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer is on. I want to be a 'kid' for a bit...

Anyway, I'm dashing in to share my two little contributions to the AWESOME 



hosted by our charming Amy, along with Maureen, Lesley and Chaitali. 

Have you seen the incredibly dazzling delights in the gallery? We're talking 275+ here! Way to spark the inspiration, ladies!! 

Actually, I had another four other tags to show you, each one "supposed" to be sporting a Via coffee from Starbucks (first time I've ever bought those). In a random act of 'what the heck', I was taking them across the counter (remember, my craft zone is on one side of the counter, between the sink and the fridge...mini space. Very mini.) to put the coffee packets in, when, for some unknown reason, my foot caught the edge of the floor mat and, frantically grabbing the counter edge to maintain my balance: kersplash. Dropped the tags. In the sink. That had water in it. *hangs head* 

I usually keep the sink empty while crafting, but I was soaking the cookie sheet and...'nuff said.  Soooo...four tags gone. On the plus side, I wasn't particularly happy with them anyway.  Recycle bin! No guilt!

 I ate two cookies to make myself feel better, though, just in case. It worked.

My 'surviving' projects I do like; they're 'technically' not coffee-themed, but they're wearing a coffee cup, so hope that counts. They're attached to hot chocolate packages, which will become part of my stocking stuffers for my niece and nephew.  Tags, hot chocolate:  I know which one will impress them more...


Amy suggested we share a recipe so I'm passing along a link to one of my husband's Christmas favourites. He baked them for me on our first Christmas together. If I had any doubts about whether or not he was 'the one', he removed them all with those tasty treats *grin*)...Chocolate Espresso Black Pepper Cookies.   The recipe 'appears' to come from Martha Stewart, I guess, but my husband has it from an old, now yellowing, newspaper clipping)  Don't let the pepper turn you away; they are amazing. I'm incredibly picky, and I love them! In fact, perhaps I'll bake them during the week to surprise him when he comes back from Ottawa, where's he's heading on Monday. At least he's home for the weekend...

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!



53 comments:

  1. haha--what a great guy! love the project!

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  2. These are super - and I think cocoa counts as a hot holiday drink. :) Sorry about your mishap...argh...

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  3. Hahaha - "random act of what the heck"... I think this is going to be my new favorite phrase! I work with distress inks frequently so almost always have a glass of water somewhere nearby my paper products. I can't tell you HOW many times I've frantically searched for a towel and bemoaned my clumsiness.
    Your "survivors" are definitely cuties. I'm loving the bright bits of paper. Great work!

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  4. Yummy! That recipe sounds deeelish! Love your random acts and why yes, they have nice cups!:)

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  5. Adorable. Super to hear your tags got ruined!!

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  6. Oh no, I'm so glad that YOU didn't hurt yourself! boo that they ended up in the water....your 2 tags are absolutely spectacular!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe...I'm going to have to try making those!
    Thanks for linking up to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop♡

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  7. Oh No! So sorry to hear that! Well, I love this and you came out ahead with these fabulous creations! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Inky Hugs!

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  8. Oh my goodness....Carol, I hope you are alright. No fun at all to have that happen to your amazing creations. I love what you have made, so so adorable. Take care and I hope you are feeling better.

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  9. these are so darn cute..love them

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  10. Ooohhhh my these are awesome. TFS.

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  11. Lovely bags and tags! Your niece and nephew are lucky to have a crafty aunt!

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  12. Now how CUTE are these?!!...Love them!

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  13. Oh no! How frustrating to drop the tags into the water! But you did the right thing by eating some cookies and moving on! Your little chocolate packages are very sweet! Enjoy your weekend!

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  14. So sorry for your mishap with the tags, but these are so much fun! They will love them!

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  15. So much fun, great idea for a gift!

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  16. These are a super idea and I am sure will go down a storm. Sorry about your mishap, it must have been very frustrating for you, but better the tags be damaged than you be hurt! xx

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  17. OMGoodness!! These are SO cute!! What fun little hot chocolate packages for the littles! Oh they will love those! I know I would :) Oh and to watch Rudolph!!! It's my fave! Oh well, that one and Charlie Brown. They bring back such sweet childhood memories. You need to get the DVD though so you don't miss it when it comes on, and plus you can watch it over and over again... like I do! haha!! (Hugs my friend! )

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  18. ...in a sink full of water? Bugger!!! N!ice to hear that they weren't 'missed' too badly!

    These two tags are just so darn sweet! The colors (and the hot chocolate) are soooo kid perfect! Love how you switched up the colors and the elements!

    Chocolate espresso black pepper cookies? Peaked my interest so I'm off to check out the recipe!

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  19. Oh no Carol!!! I am so glad that you didn't go down and hurt yourself, sorry about the tags, but that is just paper, you aren't! So if something had to be sacrificed it was better to be the tags than you! Now I have to say that I am loving your cute hot chocolate packs all decked out and ready to be stuffed in the stocking of two little cuties!! I'm not a coffee drinker, but I sure do love my hot chocolate and spiced apple cider. lol And you get hot chocolate to go in those "to go" cups too. Perfect!! Big Christmas hugs to you my friend! Brenda

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  20. Oh no! Hope you aren't bruised! Sorry about some of your tags. I can relate. Love the ones that survived, though! Very cute!

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  21. Oh no!!!! Glad some survived!! Adorable way to dress up the packages.

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  22. Well, your surviving projects are lil beauties and sounds like All's well that ends well...do take care!

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  23. What fun little gifts and those tags are fantastic!

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  24. oh my...sorry for your fall...these are super cute!

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  25. Carol this is fabulous, I love your hot cocoa treat!

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  26. These are fab ! I am glad that u did not hurt yourself :) wish I could see those tags too :D

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  27. these are soooo cute!!! LOVE it!!!

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  28. Oh what a trip that was! But, saved by the cookies [fortunately] ;) Your new end result is awesome~ they will love these stocking stuffers.

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  29. Love hot chocolate, Carol, these packages are lovely and the tags make them the perfect gift! Happy Holidays!

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  30. How fun is this?! Great packaging idea - love the colors! Hugs, Jenny

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  31. Thanks for sharing your yummy treats.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot
    dmcardmaker {at}AOL}{dot}{COM}

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  32. Love the idea to make tags for the hot chocolate. Great job.

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  33. super cute surviving projects! I loved reading your post - made my day. sorry about the tags lost but hope the cookies were tasty. :) hugs

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  34. These are so fun, Carol! Happy Holidays! Glad you didn't view the lost tags as a tragedy--it happens--LOL!

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  35. Your surviving projects are fantastic! Your cookie suggestion sound yummo~ just finished baking today but will add it to the list next year~~

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  36. Really pretty and festive Set!!! I love it!!! TFS!!

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  37. Oh no! So sorry your tags took a bath with the cookie sheet, but these remaining ones on the chocolate packets are adorable! Love the fun colors and individual embellishments (snowflake and bow). What a great recipe and so different. I'll have to keep that one in my need to try pile!

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  38. So glad you were able to join in the fun Carol (despite the detour!) - fabulous coffee projects! Thank you for sharing :)
    Love you to stop by my blog for a chance at my blog candy if you haven't already http://lyndalhiggins.blogspot.com.au/

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  39. So glad you didn't hurt yourself! Your 2 tags are absolutely fab!

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  40. love love love the colors!!! they are so festive, yet super modern!! so cool!! what a great set of gifts! those tags are so inspirational!! they make me want to try to make a tag - and I'm the WORST at tags!! lol!

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  41. What an awesome idea!!I love the little tags with the packets!! Perfect stocking stuffer for your niece and nephew!!

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  42. the recipe of Chocolate Espresso Black Pepper Cookies sounds yummyyyy
    I love your idea to that little tags with packets..clever and adorable..but my son doesnt like coffee and me too :( I only drink tea and my son apple juice and water...adorable creation as always my friend..hugs, Monika (sorry just catch up)

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  43. You only ate two cookies ... seems that dunking in the sink incident merited at least four, Carol ... such restraint! These little tag adorned chocolat chaud packets are so sweet ... sure to be a hit with the littlies! Off to check out that yummy sounding recipe! Hugs, Anita :)

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  44. Thanks for the recipe Carol - I love baking. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow (besides card-making)? Well, those are two fabulous cookie bags - they look so yummy!!! you managed to make red and green look fun and fresh together!

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  45. Clever - and boy does that recipe sound yummy!

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