Friday, November 30, 2007


I gathered a bunch of different jars from around the house and filled them with Christmas candies. Some of the jars have ribbon, some have those adorable Love, Elsie soft charms. Noah likes this. :) I think every kid should have a bunch of candy jars to want to sneak into at Christmas time, don't you? (Note: glue dots help hold the ribbon in place on the jar) You can click on the jar photo for a larger view.
Our house isn't sophisticated, especially at Christmas time. I love things being kid-friendly and FUN. That's why I like vintage decorations. They remind me of my own childhood and when things were old-fashioned and simple.
I just signed on to teach a class at the HOTS Club Winter Retreat in February. Can't wait to get working on that. I already know what I'm doing, just need to MAKE it. It will be seasonal, colorful, and will hang on the wall. :)

I've been cooking a lot lately since my schedule is a little emptier. It's been fun!
Here is a really yummy recipe from my sister -
Jessica's Sticky Chicken
7-8 raw boneless chicken , cut into chunks
12 oz. container of honey
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Cut chicken into bite size chunks or strips. Make sure it's thoroughly DRY.
- Liberally coat with flour in a ziploc bag or plastic bowl. Toss well.
- Heat some vegetable or peanut oil in a wok or very large skillet.
- Add chicken, browning well and stirring frequently so it doesn't stick together. You want it to get very crispy.
- Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add sauce to skillet/wok and stir occasionally, allowing sauce to thicken. (this may take a while, maybe 10-15 minutes depending on your heat)
- Serve over a bed of white rice.
* I had a separate skillet with steamed broccoli, fresh mushrooms, and red pepper strips that I served with the chicken. I some extra sauce mixture, so I poured it over the veggies when they were cooked. We also had red pepper flakes on the side for added heat. :)
Aren't these towels just precious? Ann (thanks, Ann!) emailed me the link and knew I'd love them. Gotta get to Williams-Sonoma! (ETA: My Mom just called me from the mall. She got me some. Sweet!)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Heather said...

Love the jars! Too cute !;)

Anonymous said...

Great idea with the jars! How colorful & fun. LOVEEEEE the Santa towels!! Soooooooo Adorable!!

HUGSSSSS from your Curly haired Sista

Jana said...

Love the candy jar idea....too cute! I'd totally hork your idea if I had the counter space!!! ;-)

Andrea Amu said...

Ohhh dang... I WILL be making some Sticky Chicken this week! Wow, can't wait, sounds so good. TFS!

Love the jars of candy. I'd have to fill em up and glue the lids on for me, lol! ;)

oceans5 said...

Love the jars:) I am doing something similar with the Starbucks frappucino bottles as gifts. I think I might have to try that chicken recipe too:)

Stevie K said...

The jars are fabulous! I've hunted some down in the house LOL. They'd make great gifts too! TFS

Merry Christmas!

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

Those jars are so adorable and fun! I bet your house looks amazing, as does that chicken recipe!

Amanda said...

Love the jars! Every year I like to give out homemade Christmas candy to my friends. I usually use plates but I am always looking for different ideas. Last year I put the candy in a mug and then included some hot chocolate mix but this year I am definitly going with the jars. Way cute!