The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Friday, December 27, 2013

My Sweet Friend + a WINNER!

Hello and Happy Friday to you! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with your families. We certainly did, and now we're having a lovely time just being home together. That's the best!

I have a little DeNami project to share with you today. This was part of one of the last gifts I put together this year. It was for a dear friend of mine whom I was thrilled to see for a while on Christmas Eve.

Now, here's the story:  my husband and I both grew up in Ohio, the Buckeye State. We both remember our families making these partially chocolate-dipped peanut butter candies at Christmas time when we were growing up. They are called Buckeyes for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio Buckeye tree (the state tree of Ohio, of course!). Here's a photo for comparison:

Can you kind of see the resemblance?

Anyway, a few years ago my friend discovered a boxed candy mix from Betty Crocker for Peanut Butter BonBons. She bought the mix to make up for a party we were both attending, and the entire platter disappeared within 10 minutes!! When I gave one to my husband to try, he remarked about how similar the Betty Crocker BonBons were to the Buckeyes we ate as kids.

I made up a big batch of Buckeyes this year as a surprise treat for my family on Christmas Day, and as I was packing them up to keep them out of sight, I remembered how much my friend had liked the BC BonBons. So I whipped up a special little box to package a quartet of Buckeyes to include in her present. I really hope she was surprised and pleased (and "got" the connection!!)

I decorated a DeNami 3x3 Boutique Box using Staz-On inks (Jet Black and Cotton White) to stamp on a Leafy Vine Wreath and an Arched Sweet Friend sentiment. I glued on a few red sequins to decorate my wreath and sealed up the box with some White/Red Dots washi tape. So quick and cute!

And now it's time to announce the winner of my washi tape giveaway! I used to select a winner. It was lucky number 18, which was

 Sue D

Congratulations, Sue! I've emailed you.

Well, thanks so much for dropping by today. Enjoy your last weekend of 2013!!

Hope your day is filled with bliss,


Stacy said...

Emily, that was such a fun story to read! I just recently read about buckeyes but here we dip the entire ball in chocolate and call them peanut butter balls. They sure are delicious! Your packaging is very pretty! I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas.

Darnell said...

I think your imitation buckeyes look fantastic and delicious, Emily! I'm sure your friend got the connection, too, and adored the special packaging! Happy New Year Cheers!! Darnell

Maria said...

Ohhhh...I can so relate to those delicious buckeyes since I live here in NW Ohio! And, I made some buckeyes for Christmas for my husband and son since they love them!:-) Your little treat box decorated for your friend is so pretty and very creative! I'm sure she appreciates it! Take care and Happy New Year!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so COOL!!! :)

Anita said...

A lovely gift Emily. Of course being from Ohio my entire family loves buckeyes and we always have them around for the holidays. So happy you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh those buckeyes look so good. We do get them here in Indiana as well. What a cute package you made.

Sue D said...

We love buckeyes! We live in Ohio and actually have 2 buckeye trees in our front yard. My grandchildren love collecting and playing with the buckeyes. I have fond memories of perching in a buckeye tree in my backyard as a child. You have reminded me I need to make the candy variety. Very cute way to give these as a gift.

Pam said...

Yummy looking buckeyes Emily!! I grew up(and still) enjoy these yummy candies!! Very sweet box you decorated for them!

Greta said...

Love the story behind the candy & your gift box is wonderful, Emily!

Unknown said...

Hello my friend. I enjoyed reading the story of the Buckeyes. So sorry I have been MIA lately. But I did want to pop in and Wish you a Happy New Year. And I do hope your Christmas was a Happy one.