Friday, December 15, 2017

FILL THOSE CHRISTMAS CARD BOXES AND GIVE THEM AS GIFTS

I have done a post about this before
but I wanted to do it again
just in case you need a
Little sumthin/sumthin to take along
to give as a little gift.

AND you can use those beautiful boxes
that Christmas cards come in---
you know the ones that are so pretty
you don't want to throw them out.
Here is a use for them.
It's the sweetest little gift ever!


This is 
THE EASIEST HOMEMADE
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
ever.
I wish I could tell you where
I got the recipe but I can't remember.



Here's how to take the box below
and turn it into a 
special gift.
Don't you hate to throw them away
because they have such pretty
"faces"?
They make wonderful little
Candy Boxes.
Open the box and line it with tin foil.
Butter the tin foil.
Then make this:
In pan over medium heat melt
2 sticks of butter
When melted stir in 
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy.
Like this.
Stir in one teaspoon REAL vanilla.
Add 2-3/4 cups CONFECTIONERY SUGAR
(not granulated)
(That old tin scoop belonged to my Mom-Good Housekeeping 1954)
I beat it quickly with a hand mixer
(it sets up fast) 
and then pour it into the 
buttered foil lined box.
Put it in the fridge to harden
and as soon as it sets up
lift it out and wrap it in 
parchment paper,
then wrap it with a piece
of ribbon and place it
back in the box.
 I pick up knives all year here and there
and include one in each box.
The fudge stays fresh
until they cut it.

Put the lid on and it presents
like this when opened.
Recipe:
SMOOTH AND EASY
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cups confectionery sugar
In saucepan:
Melt butter
Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Use hand mixer and quickly
mix sugar in. It sets up fast.
Place in tinfoil lined box and
set in fridge until hard.
This is the smoothest peanut
butter candy I have ever made.
This recipe makes two card boxes 
full OR 1 8x8 buttered pan.
It's quick, easy and just
a sweet little surprise.
Save a few pieces for your friends.
 Let them eat this while you sip
black coffee or diet Coke.
Remember...
The fatter THEY get the 
THINNER YOU LOOK
next to them!

It's nice to have some
HEALTHY SNACKS 
this time of year, too.
And-to finish up my blathering....
I have just a few
SNOWBABIES left in my
ETSY SHOP!
The little Snowgirls are all gone
but there are a few snowboys 
looking for a home.
You can find them here:
Have a GREAT DAY...
I will be finishing up a couple of 
Christmas gifts today and then
I AM DONE!!! 

CALGON--TAKE ME AWAY...
for all of you youngsters...
that is an old ad for relaxing 
in a bathtub!
(which I used to do while floating a
plastic bowl of M&Ms in the tub
while four kids were screaming
outside the door)...
now THOSE were the days!!!!

Have a wonderful Friday 
and a great weekend!




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45 comments:

  1. I think these boxes you do are beautiful and that fudge would disappear so fast here!!!I'm going to make your fudge this afternoon,,yum!

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  2. That is a wonderful idea, Diana, why haven't I thought of that. My 3 sisters and I are getting together to exchange ornaments at one of their homes, this is a great hostess gift idea, and we may even get to eat the fudge!

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  3. Great Idea Diana! I plan to make some chocolate fudge this year. I might have a couple card boxes laying around somewhere. I like ths idea. Your fudge sounds so easy and sweet. I may have to do a batch of that flavor too.
    Lisa

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  4. What a great idea! I'm not a fudge person, but I could use it for turtles, or some such thing!

    Cindy

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  5. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing and yes "Calgon, take me away":) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  6. I love pretty boxes and save them all! I have enough bags and boxes for a lot of gifts! heehee! Holiday hugs!

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  7. What a genius idea!!!! I love this! The Christmas card boxes are sturdy and pretty...perfect for fudge!

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  8. That joke is so funny I am going to borrow it. Love your snowmen a lot! I do remember and have saved the fudge recipe - I just have to make it. I haven't seen any pretty boxes like that! Love, sandie

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  9. Such a fabulous idea Diana, and so simple!

    xxx

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  10. What a sweet gift! Love card boxes, I have one from 1979 that I treasure. I'm almost done with my shopping and plan to be relaxing and enjoying the season this weekend.

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  11. Diana, Soaking in a tub....what's that? The kids pounding on the bathroom door would never allow such a thing. LOL. I love you card gift box idea. I some times long for our simpler times . Hope your Christmas plans are falling into place. Ours has changed from so many years of celebrating on Christmas day...we now will be together this weekend. New great grand Leo will be in town this weekend. :) Blessings to all of you. Love, xoxo, Susie

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  12. What a great idea. A bubble bath is how I end each day.

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  13. You are so full of clever ideas! You know, I misread the line in your last paragraph as: "while floating IN a plastic bowl of M&Ms" -- now that's MY idea of a relaxing bath!

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  14. What a great idea...I never would have thought of using the card boxes. The fudge recipes looks pretty good too!

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  15. Such a great idea for using those beautiful boxes. I think, though, that if I eat a piece of fudge, you have to eat one, too. That way we can be plump and happy together!

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  16. Diana... great idea about the Christmas card boxes and best of all, the delicious fudge. If I made it, it would never make it to the gift box. Enjoy your weekend.

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  17. hi diana! sorry it's been SO LONG!!! everything looks just as sweet as last time i was here!
    all best wishes this holiday season!

    xo
    elyse

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  18. Diana-what a cool idea!!! So simple yet such a loving gift!!! No kids anymore at the bathroom door...just a little fur baby scratching and barking! LOL

    Blessings
    Gert

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  19. What a wonderful idea, very simple and very beautiful.
    Have a fantastic weekend Diana.

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  20. THAT REALLY IS A GREAT IDEA!!! And that fudge looks MMM MMMM good!!!

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  21. Wonderful, Diana! I know just the person who would love this. Thank you!

    xoxo

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  22. Oh Gosh you make me smile and laugh with your posts. I needed this today. I remember those days of taking a bath with 2 kids and usually the dog and hamster watching me try to relax in the tub. Also do you remember the first day when you could go to the bathroom all by yourself without a kid in there asking you a question!!!! Those were the days. I love love this idea you smart and clever girl. I have always said how pretty a lot of the Lang holiday card boxes are. This is so fabulous to re love them as a candy or fudge box. Your fudge sounds so yummy too. I think after Christmas when all the cards go on clearance I might just have to pick up some to have the boxes for next year. You are the smartest Mrs. Crafty ever!!!! That is why I like you as a friend I can steal your ideas! Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. We are on the down hill slope now into the big day. Glad you got all your snow peeps done and all your Christmas shopping done and wrapped. You go girl.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  23. Happy Friday dear Diana, Love the idea of using pretty card boxes for holding fudge. You do spread so much joy here and I'm so thankful for you!
    Have a fantastic, crazy, fun weekend.
    Love,
    Noreen

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  24. You are so funny! I love the Christmas card boxes and I wish I had saved some now because I'm going to make chocolate fudge. Happy weekend.

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  25. Cool idea on the boxes. I recycle everything but something like that I tend to store away for when I need to wrap a small gift! Biggest problem is I don't buy cards, I paint mine and have prints made of it.

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  26. Oh...sorry, I meant to tell you that I am going to try that amazing looking fudge.

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  27. Definitely pinning this -- such a great idea. My only problem is I don't buy cards, I make them so I need to find someone who wants to give me their boxes haha!

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  28. The last part of this post made me laugh out loud. Happy these are selling well.

    I used to rep my boxes when I was able to write cards

    Cindy

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  29. I love this post! Great idea for a sweet gift and it sounds delish. Where do you find the time for all these sweet things....like the gingerbread boys at the door. I do have to do that some year. I sold one of my favorite snowmen today that I had as part of my Christmas decor so I can't wait to get my Jingle Bells to replace it. I am so happy for you that so many of your sweet snow girls and boys have sold!

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  30. I remember this post from last year, and such a good idea. I just emptied two boxes of Christmas cards, and I have the ingredients! My problem is that I don't always just sip the black coffee; I'm the one eating the fudge!
    I can believe those cute little snowgirls sold out! So cute. xo Deborah

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  31. Oh, my, the fudge sounds amazing! I will definitely have to try it! My husband and son will love it. I hope you and your family have a blessed, wonderful Christmas, sweet friend. :)

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  32. I'm going to search out some boxes and that may be my 'dirty santa' gifts for the drawing. Thanks

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  33. I think I gained a few pounds from reading this post...oh yum!!!

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  34. I am going to show this to my husband, he's our resident candy maker. I think this would be a wonderful idea for his siblings.

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  35. I remember your doing that in the past..Wonderful idea ..thanks for the reminder. Makes my teeth hurt just thinking about it...

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  36. Great idea! Thank you for sharing your idea and recipe!

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  37. I know what you mean....I have a few Christmas card boxes that I just can't give away. They are too cute. These card boxes are sturdy, and would be great to fill with candy. Ooooo, peanut butter fudge, what a Yummy combination. And you wrapped it up so nice and even added a small knife. What a charming gift for loved ones, Diana.

    ~Sheri

    ps...those snow babies are the cutest. They look so soft.

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  38. What a fabulous idea, Diana! Such a beautiful presentation and a perfect gift...thank you for sharing!

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  39. Diana,
    What a great idea!! I make the simple Fool Proof Fudge for Christmas and I love this idea!! I guess I missed that you are selling your home????? Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words, my friend!!
    hugs,
    Deb

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  40. I love your humor....great plan, locking the bath door and diving in with chocolate!

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  41. Hi Diana. thanks so much for the recipe. I am going to make some. Your snowbabies are so cute.

    Will write more later. Have a wonderful Christmas.

    Sending lots of love,
    Mary

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  42. Your snowball friends are just the cutest! And I just love the idea you have shared before about the Christmas card box fudge as a gift. I must try that fudge recipe, it sounds soo good! :)

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  43. Returning from my blog break and catching up with your posts. I love your snow family. Great idea with the pretty boxes and THANKS for the recipe! Wishing you and yours a delightful week before Christmas.

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