Fair Treasure December

I am just LOVING getting my Fair Treasure Subscription Box (and I’m sad that it is coming to an end)!  Each month I’ve been giving you a glimpse at what’s inside, and December, just like the other months did NOT disappoint! 

December’s box featured a handmade elephant ornament (made in Nepal), a beaded necklace (made in India), and a gorgeous holiday greeting card (made in the Philippines).

Fair Treasure is a subscription service that curates fair trade products from around the world and delivers artisan goods right to your doorstep!  One month you might receive a pillow from Peru, the next month, a necklace from Nepal – each item is hand-crafted, unique, and follows the fair trade guidelines.

Check out Fair Treasure to see all of their fair trade products, and learn more about the subscription service-it makes an awesome gift!

Subscribe!

There are a ton of amazing subscription services out there, and they make a great gift because you can purchase them last minute, but they are still super thoughtful!  There is literally something for EVERYONE on your list.  I have narrowed it down to these top 7 (and these are only SOME of my faves):

1.  Treatsie:  Sweet treats delivered monthly starting at $12/month

2.  Stitchfix:  Online personal stylist for HER starting at $20/month

3.  Barkbox:  Goodies for the pampered pooch starting at $19/month

4.  Club W:  WINE delivered to your doorstep starting at $50/month

5.  Plated:  Gourmet meals for the foodie on your list starting at $60/month

6.  Gift Lit:  Carefully curated books for children starting at $50/3 months

7.  Trunk Club:  Online personal stylist for HIM starting at $100/month

Melted Snowmen

I saw someone made these adorable snowmen cookies on Facebook, and I just had to share.  Since I’ve been “down for the count” with whatever virus is going around, I figured I would post about the cookies and share the recipe (and hopefully when I feel better I will attempt making them myself)! Here is the recipe:

MELTED SNOWMEN COOKIES

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD: 24 servings

INGREDIENTS     

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

2-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 pound white candy coating, chopped, divided

7 to 8 Starburst candies (orange for noses and colors of your choice for earmuffs)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine milk and extract. Stir in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and cocoa to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. Knead in enough remaining confectioners’ sugar to form a very stiff dough (dough should not be sticky).

2. Divide into thirds. Shape one portion into twenty-four 1/2-in. balls. Shape remaining portions of dough into twenty-four 1-in. balls. On waxed paper-lined baking sheets, flatten each 1-in. ball into an irregular 1-1/2-in. circle.

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 oz. white candy coating. Using melted coating, attach a 1/2-in. ball near an edge of each circle. Let dry 1 hour.

4. Using Starburst candies, cut out noses and earmuffs as desired. Melt remaining white candy coating; cool slightly. Working in batches of six, spoon candy coating over snowmen, allowing coating to drape over each until completely covered. Immediately attach noses and earmuffs. Let stand at room temperature until dry to the touch, about 1 hour.

5. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Using a toothpick and melted chocolate, form eyes, mouths, buttons and tops of earmuffs. Yield: 2 dozen.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS 

1 snowman equals 205 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

See the recipe online at Taste of Home

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers don’t have to be boring…they can be fun AND useful! Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Deco Lip Butter: all natural lip butters in yummy flavors like candy-cane and gingerbread! $3.50

2.  Pinch Provisions:  mini essentials for every woman! $26.45

3.  Love Gloves: warm, cozy, and cute! Plus they have tech-touch finger and thumb! $58

4.  Mini Iron: I LOVE this mini iron – great for traveling and will fit perfectly in a stocking! $23.50

5.  Marine Miracle: one of my favorite organic lines – this collagen mask is amazing! $14

6.  Silpat: a must-have for any baker! $13.89

7.  Tooks: a Winter hat with headphones built IN – how cool is that?! $24.99

8.  Feetures: the perfect running sock.$14.99

9. COAL: coal bubble gum – tastes better then it looks! $5

Sneak Peek

As I had mentioned we’ve partnered with Fair Treasure this season to give you a sneak peek at what is inside some of their monthly boxes.

Fair Treasure is a subscription service that curates fair trade products from around the world and delivers artisan goods right to your doorstep!  One month you might receive a pillow from Peru, the next month, a necklace from Nepal – each item is hand-crafted, unique, and follows the fair trade guidelines.

The November box featured a gorgeous apron made from all natural ingredients in Indonesia and a pair of stunning hand-crafted earrings made in India.  Here is a closer look:

Check out Fair Treasure to see all of their fair trade products, and learn more about giving this subscription service as a gift this holiday season! 🙂 

Holiday Hound

If you’re like me, your dog is a huge part of the family, so why not get them a little something this holiday season?

Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for the pampered pooch:

1.  Gift Bucket:  filled with super cute dog toys in festive colors! $44

2.  Treat Jar:  this is the ultimate treat jar for the pampered pup! $58

3.  Pet Parka:  keep your pal warm this Winter with this LL Bean parka. $24

4.  Stocking:  stuff this quilted monogrammed stocking with treats and goodies! $34

5.  Dog Maze: mix up meal time with this fun doggie feeding dish! $23

6.  Gingerbread Men: all natural holiday cookies for your dog (yum)! $26