Reindeer Noses + Holiday Traditions

November 30, 2016

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the wonderful traditions. I love keeping and carrying on old traditions and making new ones for our family, especially now that Olivia is old enough to partake in the festivities. We recently got an Elf on the Shelf and Eric and I are so excited to show Olivia all the mischievous things the elf does during the night as a part of a new tradition we’re starting. Baking Christmas cookies and treats is obviously another tradition and I’m so excited to have Olivia help me make bake this year. And I use the word ‘help’ loosely. It’s more like taste-testing and mess-making, but I’m not complaining. 🙂


I decided to get a head start on my baking this year so that I could give some yummy treats to our neighbors. I picked up some holiday-ready, red and green Rubbermaid TakeAlongs at Walmart and enlisted my favorite little helper to assist me in decorating them to give a little extra pizazz. Stickers are life around here and instantly make everything more fun for Olivia, so I got some cute Christmas stickers and pretty holiday ribbon to dress up the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. It’s such a simple project that Olivia and I had so much fun doing together. And I know that everyone will appreciate Olivia’s touch of creativity.

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And if you’re looking for the easiest little treat EVER then you have to try these Reindeer Noses (by the way, I totally made that name up. I don’t actually know what they’re called). They seriously only take five minutes. My old coworker and friend (Hi, Brenna!) made them and brought them to school for everyone and I was hooked. There is really nothing to them, all you need are individually wrapped chocolates, holiday colored candy coated chocolate, and mini pretzels.

Super Easy 5 Minute Holiday Reindeer Noses

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and put one chocolate on each pretzel.
  3. Bake for NO MORE than 2 to 2.5 minutes. Seriously. Otherwise you’ll burn the chocolate and they won’t look as cute.
  4. Smush one candy coated chocolate down on the chocolate/pretzel combo.
  5. Watch how fast they disappear.

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Once they cool (you can pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to expedite it), put them in your newly stickerized Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, add that pretty ribbon, and voila! A perfectly perfect holiday treat for your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family.

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I love that the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are microwave and freezer safe and they seal so there’s no spills. Find your own Rubbermaid TakeAlongs near WalMart’s cook ware aisle. And for more fun ideas and great recipes, click HERE.

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What type of holiday cookies or treats do you make? I’d love to hear your holiday traditions in the comments below!



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  • sumeila November 30, 2016 at 7:11 am

    OMG HER FACE on that last picture !!!!

    What a great , easy treat!!! Thank you for sharing this:)

  • Erin Nicole November 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I love this! This looks like a great treat to try out! We haven’t really started any traditions yet but this year I can’t wait to start!

  • Glenny November 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! That looks so cute!! Im doing an early xmas potluck w friends thats something we should def try to do hahah

  • Jerry DiPego November 30, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, that little girl of yours has a deeeeep and wonderful stare.

  • Amanda November 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Omg that last pic of her cracked me up — like, eff no mom, I’m not delivering these yummy goodness door to door 😂

  • Livi November 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    This is the best ever! So yummy and so easy. Thank you for the idea!

  • Abby Hirsh November 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Lauren, I loved reading your new post. What a clever idea, so easy and really delicious looking, I will try this one day. But I have to say, without a doubt the last picture of Livy just blew me away. What a face and those eyes. I remember that look from when her Daddy was little. She’s just so precious. I think she wants to give Nani one of those take along treats.
    I love you both

  • Brenna Reilly December 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I’m famous!! Love the shout out 🙂 just decorated my classroom for Christmas. Miss you!

  • Patricia December 1, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I love this idea so much! Looking forward to doing some baking with my girls this month

  • Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins December 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Aw, your daughter is the cutest! I loved when my kids got old enough to “help” in the kitchen and they thought it was the best thing ever.