Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pecan Turtles and Fabric Doves

Turtle Doves
 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with your family and friends that Santa left you just what you wanted under the tree and you were filled with the spirit of giving to all those around you.  
Welcome to the second day of Christmas.  As the song goes true love will bring two turtle doves.  But, alas, this dear writer has no true love so I will interpret this day with a super easy recipe for pecan turtles and an easy craft using scrap fabric to make some turtle doves. 

1 Bag pecan halves
1 Bag caramel candies
1 tsp. shortening
1 (6 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease. For each candy, place 5 pecan halves in a turtle shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel candy in center of each pecan turtle. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or just until the candy is melted.  Over low heat stir the shortening and chocolate chips just until the chocolate has melted. Spoon the chocolate over caramel covered pecans. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm.

Sweet fabric doves are a nice decoration any time of year.  Whip up a bunch from scrap fabric, white for the dove of peace or a colorful batik to add an element of surprise to your home decor.

Fabric Scraps
Iron On fabric adhesive like Wunder Under

Wire or string for hanging
1. Print out the attached pattern, enlarge as necessary.
2. Lay a piece of Wunder Under over the pattern and trace the bird and wing shapes.
3. Iron the Wunder Under to your scrap fabric and cut out the shapes.
4. Remove the paper backing from the iron on adhesive and lay adhesive side down on another piece of fabric. Iron the two pieces together.
5. Cut out the bird body and wing shape from the two layers of fabric.  Fold the wing in half and position on the bird's back.
6. Cut two tiny pieces of Wunder Under and iron the wings to the body just at the very top.
7. Attach a string or wire to the birds back and hang.

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