DIY hand warmers!

It’s getting colder and colder outside every day! We’re starting to get frost every morning and your probably feeling the chill while your going to work or school in the mornings. For me, my hands are always the most cold, and now I have a solution! These DIY microwave hand warmers are the perfect way to stay cozy during your morning commutes! You can use them over and over, re-heating them in the microwave each morning! No more frostbite here!

Now your probably thinking: why should I make these? Couldn’t I just buy the disposable ones at the store? Yes, you could keep on buying them over and over and waste tons of money. But why do that? You can only use those once, and they cost a whole lot more than if you would just use some fabric laying around and make some of these hand warmers! 

  They are the perfect gift, both practical and cute! Either wrap them up or use them as stocking stuffers! They are SUPER simple! It  only takes about 5 minutes to make a set! I love these hand warmers because you can just grab and go! They only take 10-20 seconds in the microwave, then you just slip it into your pocket or glove and your all set to face the cold! I cant wait to go outside this winter with these cute little hand warmers! Another cool thing about these, is that they can work as either a hand warmer or a cold pack! Simply put it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and voila! It’s an ice pack!

And now how to make them.

DIY microwaveable hand warmers!

DIY microwave hand warmers:

(As your making them, refer to the above picture for step by step pictures)

Supplies:

  • Fabric. Most any fabric will do, just as long is it doesn’t have plastic and it can be heated in the microwave without melting
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle + thread

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a rectangle in the fabric that is: “6 1/2 by “3 1/2, I cut out a piece of card stock paper that size and used it as a pattern.
  2. Fold over, good side to good side.
  3. Sew two sides. You can either leave one side open or leave only a little hole 1/2 inch wide. Don’t forget to reverse stitch and tie the knot!
  4. Turn it right sides out.
  5. Fill with rice.
  6. Sew it up, I used the blanket stitch.

Done!

Free printable Christmas gift tags!

Forty-five days till Christmas!! I’m not going to lie, Christmas is my very favorite holiday. I love everything about it! The snow, the music, all the planning I get to do! If your following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been planning for Christmas since well before Halloween. 🙂 I. love. Christmas. 

Free printable Christmas gift tagsThe reason I love planning so much is, its kinda my personality to be organized, and I have this amazing planner from intheleafytreetops.com They have lots of different types of planners, and accessories for your planner as well! Another one of my favorite things to do, is wrapping all of the presents up and making them look pretty! And part of that is having adorable labels! So Iv’e created these cute little gift labels for all of you to use for free!
Free printable Christmas gift tags!When you print these out, you can either print them on cardstock paper, hole punch them, and tie them with twine, like I’ve done here, or, you can print them on sticker paper, cut them out and stick them to the gifts! It’s totally up to you. I also made two versions, large sized labels, and small ones. You can choose which size you would like down below! 
Free printable Christmas gift tags!

Here are the labels ! Choose which size you want and print them out below!Free printable Christmas gift tags!Click here to get the large gift tags!   Click here to get the small gift tags!

What are you doing to get ready for christmas?

Gold fall free printables!

Four gold fall free printables!

 

Hey guys! Have you noticed that it’s getting more and more like fall with everyday? Well, I guess that’s because it is fall. 🙂 This morning our lawn was covered in frost! It’s not even November yet and were already getting frost!Four gold fall free printables!
Have any of you put up the fall decor yet? I’m still working on it, and now I have these to add to it all! I have a couple other fall DIY decor that I’ll be posting pretty soon, and I’ll be doing either just a post of my shelves all fall-ified or I’ll do a fall room tour. Which one do you wan’t? 

Four gold fall free printables!
I didn’t used to like fall, but now I love it! ❤️ I love the cozy feeling of fall, and the warm colors, red, orange, yellow. It’s so calm and beautiful!
Four gold fall free printables!

One thing I especially love, is pumpkin spice! I love all of the delicious pumpkin-y foods! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice hot cocoa! I love them all! I just HAD to make one of the quotes about pumpkin spice! (Check out some of my fall recipes: Pumpkin breadPumpkin barsHomemade hot chocolateMini powdered donuts, Homemade peach pie)

Four gold fall free printables!
The only downside to fall is that the weather gets cold and windy. I have never liked cold weather though. But I do love fall fashion! Sweaters, mittens, scarves, boots! I love it all! 😊 I can’t say that fall is my favorite season (I love summer the best) but I do still love it.
Four gold fall free printables!

 Be sure to print off these four quotes below! And don’t forget, I just got Instagram the other day so don’t forget to follow me

*printing tip: when I went to print these, I made it so they printed half page instead of full size, if you do that they will end up the perfect size for a 4×6 picture frame. If you do full size they should end up about 8×10, maybe a little smaller. 

Print them off for free:

3. Hello fall  2. Pumpkin spice season 3. The years loveliest smile  4. Well hello October

So I’ll eaither be doing a post of my shelves all decorated for fall or and entire fall room tour, which one do you want?

Homemade hot chocolate! (Dairy free!)

So, what’s happening with you? Anything exciting? Well, today I was freezing! And what I really wanted was: Hot chocolate! The only problem? I can’t have dairy!! 🙁 Solution! This recipe, from the healthy apple.com!Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!

This hot cocoa is super simple! It takes about 5 minutes and is so delicious! I was really surprised when I had homemade hot cocoa in minutes! When I decided I wanted to make homemade hot chocolate, I was thinking: is it really worth spending a half an hour making it? My answer? Yes! Until I found this recipe!Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!

 

There are six ingredients in this recipe: 

  • Chocolate almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
  • Honey, or maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt

Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!So, I found this amazing recipe on healthyapple.com and just changed it up a little to make it a little more my style! Instead of using vanilla almond milk and cocoa powder I just used chocolate almond milk instead. It makes it a little bit easier. 🙂Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!

 

Oh, P.S. I got instagram, be sure to follow me! And if you try this recipe, post a picture and tag @craftilybaking so I can see it!

Homemade hot chocolate (dairy free)
Delicious, chocolatey, dairy free hot cocoa. Add marshmallows and a straw and serve!
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chocolate almond milk (see note)
  2. 1 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. pinch of ground cinnamon
  5. pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat chocolate almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a low boil and then to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Taste and season to your liking with cinnamon and salt.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you don't have chocolate almond milk, or you would like to use a different kind of dairy free milk, you may use that and add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Adapted from thehealthyapple.com
Adapted from thehealthyapple.com
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 What is your favorite kind of hot chocolate? Plain original? Pumpkin spice? Candy cane? Tell me below in the comments!

Gluten free powdered donuts!

So, how was your week? Ours was a little crazy, being the first week of school and all. I made these on Wednesday, and the only reason they were still around on Thursday is that I had to take pictures for this post! Delicious gluten free donuts, fried in oil and coated in powdered sugar!

 

I have been SO excited for this post! I am a donut lover! Donuts have always been my favorite, and being on the fodmap diet since the end of april has been pretty donut free! But then I stumbled upon this amazing recipe from beardandbonnet.com!Delicious gluten free donuts, fried in oil and coated in powdered sugar!

These are a perfect little treat! Send them to school in your kids lunches, or eat them by yourself! They are great for bribing too! 🙂Delicious gluten free donuts, fried in oil and coated in powdered sugar!

These donuts are the ideal size for little goodie bags at birthdays, or you can use the for a fun game: Tie a string around the donut, have someone hold it up, and have another person try to eat the donut without hands! You can time everyone to see who can do it the fastest! We always love that game for birthdays!

Delicious gluten free donuts, fried in oil and coated in powdered sugar!

Gluten free powdered donuts!
Delicious gluten free donuts, fried in oil and coated in powdered sugar!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup gluten free flour
  2. 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  3. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 rounded tablespoon brown sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. coconut oil: enough for a 2 inch depth (for frying)
  10. 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the gluten free flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, and salt together with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Bring water and brown sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling add butter and allow to continue to boil until butter has melted. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the vanilla extract, pour in little bits of the flour mixture at a time, stirring constantly with a spatula. At the beginning it will look lumpy like it isn't blending together, just keep stirring and adding a little bit of the flour mixture at a time until it is incorporated.
  3. It will start to form a ball of sticky dough, remove from the heat and stir for another 30 seconds. Turn the dough out onto a cutting board and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough cools,heat oil in a heavy or cast iron pot on medium high till it reaches 350-360 degrees. You want the oil to be at least 2 inches deep.
  5. While the oil heats, put the confectioners sugar and vanilla powder in a ziplock bag, seal the bag and shake to mix.
  6. Cover a plate with paper towels for draining the donuts after they cook.
  7. The dough should be cool. Use a knife to cut a tablespoon sized piece of dough off. Roll it between your palms (you might have to flour your hands), once the dough has formed a long rope, pinch the two ends together, forming a donut shape. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
  8. Once the oil has heated to 350, carefully lower one donut at a time into the oil (fry 3 to 4 donuts at a time) Cook for 5 minutes turning the donuts over half way.
  9. Once the donuts are done cooking,remove it using a slotted spoon and place on plate covered in paper towels to drain. Place the still warm donut in the bag of confectioners sugar and shake gently to coat.
  10. Let oil get back up to 350 and repeat the process with the rest of the donuts.
Notes
  1. If you dont have coconut oil, use a different mild flavored vegetable oil, like canola.
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What is your favorite kind of donut? Mine is old fashioned glazed blueberry!