Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Lump of Coal from Santa


Ok gang, I have the cutest project to show you today for the Noon-Time Challenge.  Here's the theme:  You've heard the popular Christmas song lyrics - "Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight!" So, get those tykes in the Christmas spirit with a card... just for them! That's right, make this creation all about the children in your lives! FLLCSEPTRW1

And as I've been playing around with my Silhouette Cameo, and wandering around on Pinterest I found the best idea!  A recipe for "coal" from Santa.  Oh my WORD can you imagine a child's face if they found this in their stocking?!  :)  I'll give you the recipe for the treats at the end, they are yummy!

Lots of pictures ahead...


Here's the "lump" of coal and the cute little 3.5 inch round box I made with my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I decorated the box up with some pretty checked ribbon, MME paper and some red Kaiser Sparklets.  


On the top you can see the ornament shaped card with my Spellbinder's Dies, and the image from Dear Santa stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, colored with Copics and accented with black rhinestones.  Isn't that the cutest little image?  


Here's the box without the card on top.


And the box open above.  What I love about the box is that they give you inside circular pieces sized just smaller than the lid, to line the box and strengthen in too, so it's pretty and functional.  I also added a little parchement paper square in the bottom of the box to have a nice liner for the "coal" and not mess up the pretty box.


The ornament card above.....and then this is what's inside below!


Hee hee!  :)

Alright here's the recipe for the treats.  I'll be honest.  I had to modify it from the recipe I found on Pinterest, the first batch was WAY too marshmallowy.  So it you want it to look like mine, this is how you'd do it.  It's a super easy and fast recipe.  

5 cups large marshmallows (don't use more than that,  I did the first time - it didn't work)
4 TBsp margarine
2 packs of Oreo Cookies (They suggested one but it just isn't enough for the coal look).  I think I used just less than 2 packs.  

Grease a 9 x 9 pan.  

In a food processor place Oreo cookies and grind down.  (I don't have a large food processor, just a little food chopper and I put in about a row at a time of cookies and it worked perfectly).  You can grind them down fine...or leave them a bit chunky.  I think the chunky works better for the coal.  Take out a 1/2 cup of crushed cookies for topping.   Set aside.  

In a large bowl take marshmallows and margarine and place in microwave.  Melt margarine in bowl till marshmallows are puffy.  Pour in your larger amount of cookie mixture (leaving 1/2 cup out) and mix (it will be gooey).  Press into 9 x 9 pan.  Then add 1/2 cup of cookie bits to the top and press down.  Allow to cool.  Cut and eat!  It looks so much like coal, but tastes super sweet.  Like oreo - rice krispee squares :)  My kids devoured them.  

Here are the Copics I used from the Flourishes Collections:




Be sure to visit these DT girls for their "Dear Santa" inspiration and then please join us in the Challenge, creating something for a little-one in your life.  Upload your link to the FLLC Blog and you could win today's set!

Silke
Stacy

19 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful box you have made Christine.

greetings karin

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Yummy goodness Christine. I copied the recipe and plan to make those. they are low calorie, right? LOL Your box is adorable!

Karen McAlpine said...

This is so funny!! The box is way too pretty for the lump of "coal". Tooo tooo cute.

Linda Carson said...

You're going to town w/that Silhouette! This box couldn't be any cuter! Love the added details and esp. the "coal"!

Marisa said...

This is FABULOUS, Christine!! Love it! Made me smile as I the year I worked with Billy Graham in Holland was when I learned about St. Pete and the coal in your Dutch Shoes. Brings back good memories of my year there....think I"m liking your coal a LOT LOL!

Joan V said...

Oh, what a cute box. The ornament card is darling. Love the coal bucket. Thanks for sharing.

KimCreate said...

Oh MY GOSH, how stinkin cute!!! Love the coal and thanks for the recipe! Love the stamp and sentiment too! This is a must have set!
Kim

Allison Cope Israels said...

Oh my good golly Christine! That's a hum-dinger of a dessert and box! Super cute idea! I'd LOVE getting that on Christmas morning... bring on the coal! LOL! Great project and card!

Ravengirl said...

Oh yum! What a cute box! I'm not sure I would have chanced putting the "coal" in it. I wouldn't have wanted to mess it up!

kathy s said...

Christine this is such a novel idea and one I could see would be so much fun- thanks for the recipe and the saying on the back is just sweet (like the treat) Thanks for sharing.

TLady said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!! THIS IS ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! GOTTA copy that recipe!!!!!!!! Our son would LOVE these! (He's an OREO KID! ) :) Thanks Christine!!!!! :) Gotta go see what everyone else made too!!!!!!!!! JUST ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Silke Ledlow said...

Totally brilliant Christine! Hugs ~S~

Darlene Gabriel said...

What a wonderful project. This little box is adorable and these treats really do look like coal. Love the ornament tag too. I'll have to remember this idea for Christmas.

Susan (rainy) said...

This is so FUN!! Just love it. (And your coloring is fantastic!)

Anonymous said...

This will be my niece's favourite Christmas treat! She loves oreo's. Fantastic!! I'm so glad you did this.
Beth Greco

Theresa said...

Love your box of coal! What fun!

Jacqueline Smith said...

Love your box and love your recipe which I must try! The coloring is gorgeous!

Conniecrafter said...

such a fun idea and they look so much like coal, great coloring of the image and such a cute box!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Cute idea, Christine! This is darling!