Thursday, December 3, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to The Bear's Blog.  Please come in for a visit.
December 3, 2015
A very heartfelt Thank You to Wendy over at
Ravenwood Whimzies for inviting me to join in this merry 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  'Tis a wonderful group of very talented artists who are sharing craft projects and  favorite recipes.
A little bit about The Bear's Blog....it's a place of some make believe, a wee bit of magic and a lot of silly stories, it's meant to be a place where you can maybe escape the real world for a few minutes.  Our one and only goal is to make you smile.
Prudence Clearwater 
is Editor  Bearitor-in-Chief and will now show you a few of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Hi, Everybeary, WELCOME.
Here is a fun and easy little craft that makes a bee-u-tee-ful gift "ornament" or a wee little ornament for the Christmas tree.
  Winter Hat
Supplies: 30 pieces of yarn cut 18" long
1 - 1" wide ring cut from toilet tissue roll, paper towel roll, or other 

Fold an 18" length of yarn in half, feed through paper ring loop first.  Two loose ends through loop, pull tight to form knot.
Continue until paper ring is completely covered, divide lengths in half, twist one half a few times and pull through ring.
Make sure to firmly pull yarn ends so you have a nice, tight "hat brim".  Now continue with the other half in the exact same way.
Tie the loose ends with a piece of the same yarn, it depends on you how tall you want the hat, mine is 2" from the bottom of the brim to the tie off yarn. *Make sure you leave this piece extra long, it will be your loop for hanging on the tree.  Just use an 18" piece of yarn.  Now the fun - trim the loose ends about 3/4" from tie off.  Snip to make a bushy "pom-pom" on the top of the hat.  Make your little hanging loop and snip excess yarn.
 Here is our little wire tree with several winter hat ornaments.
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CRANBERRY NUT BREAD 
 2 C FLOUR
1 C SUGAR
1.5 TEAS. BAKING POWDER
1 TEAS. SALT
1/2 TEAS. BAKING SODA
1 TABLES. GRATED ORANGE PEEL
3/4 C ORANGE JUICE (USE JUICE FROM THE ORANGE & ADD)
2 TABLES. SHORTENING
1 EGG
1.5 C FRESH OR FROZEN OR DRIED COARSELY CHOPPED CRANBERRIES
1/2 C CHOPPED WALNUTS

Preheat over to 350*.  Stir dry ingredients together.  Add juice, orange peel, shortening, egg, mix until blended.  Stir in cranberries and nuts.
Bake in greased loaf pan for 55 mins. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 15 mins. then remove from pan.
*Slices best when frozen.

Thank you for dropping in, we love visiting with friends.
Have a wonderful day.
Heaps of Hugs
Prudence

Merry Christmas








24 comments:

  1. Hi Joyce, so nice to meet you and Prudence. Love your hat tutorial, thanks for sharing. And love the cranberry bread recipe, I need to make that. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!!! hugs, Lecia

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  2. Hi Prudence and Joyce! So nice to meet you! Love the ornament and the Cranberry Nut bread would make a perfect gift. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The hat ornie is so cute. I want to make some of them. The cranberry nut bread sounds and looks delicious. Thank you for sharing with us :)

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  4. How cute! I wonder if I could find a bigger ring and make a hat for my dollie...I may try! And I love this recipe! Yummy! Happy holidays from the dollies to the bears...Diane

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  5. Such a cute ornament! I am going to make some for sure! Thank you so much for sharing this! Merry Christmas!

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  6. What adorable winter hat ornaments Joyce, thanks so much for sharing your tutorial! And the cranberry nut bread sounds delicious, adding it to my Christmas baking list for sure. Thanks so much for sharing everything with us and wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Deb xo

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  7. Hello Joyce & Prudence :) Your mini hat tutorial is just what I'm looking for to keep the grandkids busy and they can add their little hats to their own trees ( plus mine). The bread looks and sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! Merry Christmas.

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  8. The cranberry bread makes me hungry just seeing it...yummy! I love the little hats...perfect for a little bear or doll. I also like the idea of using them as tree ornaments...to darn cute.

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  9. Oh Prudence thank you for sharing your talent with us! Those little hats are so cute! The bread sounds yummy too but I bet Joyce is the one that makes that!
    Be blessed,
    Cindi

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  10. What a great tutorial! The bread looks delish! Thank you....

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  11. Love the little hat and must try the bread recipe. Sounds yummy! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you dear friend, Merry Christmas.

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  12. Just wanted to let you know I made two of these last night -- they turned out sooooo cute! Thanks so much for instructions for such a darling ornament!

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    1. Thank you, so glad you enjoyed making them and that my instructions were clear. Merry Christmas.

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