December 31, 2012

recap of 2012

Here are just a few of my 2012 favorites -- what I made, wore, and did! 2012 was a great year! I always love the arrival of the new year because it's a chance to set goals and start fresh! I'm looking forward to blogging in 2013 and want to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, and for reading Crazy about Coral! :) {each picture links to the original post if you find you missed something!}

December 30, 2012

what to wear for NYE

Do you have big plans for new year's eve? This year we're just keeping it low key and having some of my husband's family over for snacks and to play games! If I were going out or to a glamorous party... I would definitely be sporting a sparkly number....or at least some glittery jewels! You can't go wrong with a classic black dress, but I'm also loving this pretty blush colored dress or the ivory peplum one! Happy New Year!
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December 27, 2012

mixed knits

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! We sure did! It was even a white Christmas here in Texas! By now all the snow has pretty much melted, but the temperatures are still chilly so I'm bundling up in my coziest knits! I love this loose and comfy sweater and paired with my over-the-knee socks. Warm and toasty! Happy Thrifted Thursday!

December 21, 2012

diy hand printed scarf {tutorial}

Here's a fun DIY for you today! I made this horse print scarf for my mom for Christmas...don't worry, we celebrated Christmas early with my folks so I'm not ruining the surprise! :) Want to make one too? Here's what you'll need:

December 17, 2012

double chocolate chex mix

Here's a yummy version of the traditional Chex mix revamped by adding lots of yummy ingredients like chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter cups! ;) This would make an excellent holiday treat, or even a homemade gift! I adapted the recipe from this traditional Chex Mix one. Want to make some too? Here's how!
1 box chocolate Chex cereal
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
6 tbsp. butter or margarine
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 8oz bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups 'minis'
3/4 cup caramel bits
1 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp. coarse sea salt 
Melt butter, light corn syrup, and brown sugar in the microwave for about 1 minute, stir, then microwave again (for about 30 seconds) until completely melted and the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture over the cereal in a large microwave safe bowl and stir. Microwave for about 3 minutes and stir the mixture again. Pop it back in the microwave for about a minute, remove and stir once more, making sure to coat the cereal with the butter/sugar mixture completely. Spread the coated cereal mix onto a sheet of wax paper and let cool. Once the mixture is cool, separate the pieces into smaller bite, sized ones.
Cut the mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in half and sprinkle them over the coated cereal mix. Then place the caramel bits and the whipping cream in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and heat again for a few more seconds if necessary to melt all the bits. Drizzle over the coated cereal and peanut butter cups. Then, place the milk chocolate chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Heat in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Drizzle over the coated cereal mixture and repeat with the white chocolate chips. I found that the best way to get an even drizzle was to place the melted chocolate into a ziploc baggie and cut the corner and squeeze it out (sort of like a makeshift pastry bag). :) Sprinkle on the course sea salt. Let chocolate and caramel harden and then break into pieces. You can put it in the refrigerator on a baking sheet to speed up this process! Enjoy! :)

December 16, 2012

little bits of life

what I've been up to lately--or not so lately ;) via instagram. Wanna follow along? I'm crazyaboutcoral
*decorating my mantle for Christmas...I'm STILL so excited we have a mantle!
*a pretty scale in a local antique shop
*yummy looking cupcakes..even though I don't really like cake
*Strawberry poppyseed salad I made for Thanksgiving
*my husband and I on Thanksgiving!
*a shot from a thrifted thursday outfit post

My parents are coming to visit us for the first time in TX! They'll be here tomorrow afternoon and I can't wait! We are going to celebrate thanksmus ...late Thanksgiving + early Christmas! :)
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