So easy to make!
I have a fascination with fancy papers, so any chance I get to buy some for crafting, I go for it.
Handmade scarves, stockings, hats and handbags make lovely gifts. Photos courtesy of Oak Hollow Gallery and Frames.
Christmas will be here before we know it and I’m definitely in search of some unique gifts.
In addition to the upcoming bazaars, Oak Hollow Gallery and Frames will be having their annual Oh Art for the Holidays show, featuring all kinds of handcrafted gifts. Local artists will be selling jewelry, paintings, ceramics, prints and much more. But what makes this so much better than the typical one day bazaar – it starts tomorrow and runs through December 20th – giving us over a month to take advantage of the handmade goodness.
While you’re there, take a peek at the incredible art-filled gallery walls. There is SO much cool stuff.
Oak Hollow Gallery & Frames
5631 Summitview Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
Art-filled gallery wall.
There are many unique gifts to choose from.
Better than … regular Chex! PHOTO BY ROBIN BECKETT
That’s what they call it anyway…so we had to put it to the test. Our conclusion? This mixture of caramel, peanut butter cups, marshmallows and two kinds of chocolate is pretty amazing. And easy! If you’re looking for a simple “neighbor” gift for the holidays or just a fun, sweet snack for a party or get-together, this is the ticket.
Recipe adapted from tablespoon.com
8 cups chocolate Chex cereal (or regular Chex)
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mini peanut butter cups (or cut larger cups into chunks)
1/2 cup caramel bits
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate baking chips
1/2 cup white chocolate baking chips
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Put cereal in a microwave-safe bowl. Put brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high until melted, stirring in 20-second intervals. Once melted, add baking soda and mix well. Then pour over cereal, folding carefully so the cereal squares don’t get crushed. Microwave the cereal mixture on high for 3 minutes, stopping every one minute to stir (careful! Bowl will be hot).
Turn the cereal out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper, so it’s in an even layer. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle peanut butter cups and marshmallows over the top of the layer of cereal. Then melt each of the chocolates and the caramel in succession in 20-second intervals until melted enough to drip over the cereal (it will never get runny; you have to kind of “sling” it across the pan. Have paper towels handy! But also keep some cream close by, which can help thin out the consistency a bit). Once the milk chocolate, the white chocolate and the caramel have been drizzled, sprinkle the coarse salt over the top and refrigerate for an hour to set.
Ragweed, wild asparagus, corn tassels, red twig dogwood, willow, artemisia, cattails and kochia make this gigantic arrangement. Photos by Chad Bremerman.
Carol Barany’s “Winter Bouquet” feature has been buried in the archives for much too long. So it only makes sense to share it again with the cold weather creeping in.
We’re so accustomed to thinking flowers belong in floral arrangements, we often forget about the beauty in leaves, twigs, willow – and the like. So I decided to try my own hand at an arrangement. Clipped from my own backyard, I filled a vase with branches of turning leaves. I couldn’t resist their beautiful browns and yellows, so I bundled them up and tied the vase with some raffia. I’m actually pretty crazy about the arrangement.
Give it a try…I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. To read Carol’s story, click here.
Terri Schaake and Sandi Gibson arrange their “roadside weeds” into various containers while in Barany’s workroom.
The arrangement on the chandelier is made with the orange berries of pyracantha, boxwood and English ivy. The branches are threaded into a potato, with a wire coat hanger holding it together.
An arrangement of laurel, hydrangea, ivy, artemisia, burning bush, the dried seed heads of poppy and iris fill a blue and white container in Barany’s living room.
The Floribundas: Carol Barany, Nancy Gabriel, Carol Woolcock, Lis Pedemonte, Terri Schaake, Meg Pehlke, Sandi Gibson and Purna Rankin toast before lunch.
A map of the tree's location. Map courtesy of trackthetree.com
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make its way through Yakima. this morning. The Tree, which is from the Colville National Forest here in Washington, will be celebrated in front of the Capitol Theatre from 10:30am to 12:30pm. If you work Downtown, or simply want to see the Tree, stop by for some warm beverages and sign the banner.