Handmade Holiday Decorating with Price Chopper Gives Me a #HolidayAdvantEdge
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I am, admittedly, a bit of a Christmas decorating fanatic. The D household boasts not one, not two but THREE holiday trees! One is the kids tree, decked out in all of their favorite ornaments and school craft creations. One is my gold themed tree full of ornaments I’ve been collecting since I was in college. And our newest addition last year was to add a tree to our large eat in kitchen. I figure I spend so much time in there during the holidays, baking, decorating, and entertaining, that I should have some holiday spirit in there as well!
Which brings me to this year. Because last year we decorated with one of those buy a whole tree in bulk kits, you know- fifty of the same ornament in three coordinating colors. I was not in love with it. But having so many trees, I couldn’t justify spending a ton on new ornaments. So I headed to Price Chopper. Yep, Price Chopper the grocery store!
When you look on Pinterest or even in your local box stores’ tree trimming aisle you see lots of “faux” food ornaments. I decided why not make a tree trimmed with those actual items? So I scoured the aisles of Price Chopper in search of baking ideas and all things Christmassy, and I found everything I needed to trim an entire tree for less than $50!
At home, I set to work making cookie ornaments. I used the Betty Crocker Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie Mixes, Cookie Icing and two cookie cutters I bought at Price Chopper. I loved the mixes because I was ready to roll out cookies and start baking in just a few minutes!
The Betty Crocker Cookie Icing was absolutely amazing to work with. I can make my own icing with the best of them, and I have all of the decorating bags, tips and whatnot in my kitchen. But I have to say that I loved the ease of use of just snipping the end and being ready to go. I also loved that by snipping the tip closer or farther down allowed for a different width of icing.
I used the white icing and outlined the Gingerbread men cookies with a thinner tip, and then used the red on candy canes to make a wider stripe. When I was done with all of the Gingerbread men I snipped the white icing tip to the same width and was ready to go!
Here is my tree progression:
I used oranges that I sliced thinly. Then taking whole cloves (found in the spices section) I placed them around the center. I then dehydrated them in the oven on a baking sheet for 4 hours at 175 degrees. They smell fabulous, and I love the almost stained glass look that it has!
The key to a great tree is to layer! Think about placing ornaments towards the center of the tree and not just the ends of the branches. And use garland. Lots of garland. On this tree I used two. I strung fresh cranberries end to end, and with less than two bags was able to do the entire tree.
Next I strung gumdrops and jelly rings doing the same thing. I have to say that these are heavy, heavy, heavy. But used sparingly they work, and the sugar gives a bit of sparkle to the tree.
I got a package of ribbon candy and added those as well. I actually had only seen craft versions of these, as in made with real ribbon, that imitated these. So when I found a box of them in Price Chopper I eagerly picked it up. It didn’t disappoint! I love the vibrant colors and shimmer they provide.
And the candy canes!I love how the tree came out! It is fun and beautiful, and I adore the textures and colors created. More than that I love how it reflects the kitchen in which it sits. Now I am ready to bake Christmas recipes and entertain away a midst my Christmas cheer, giving me a Price Chopper #HolidayAdvantEdge!
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