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So Rob has been doing lots and lots of cooking around here. And it’s absolutely fabulous because, as I sit here, it’s 9:15 in the evening and this is only the second of 5 posts I need to get written tonight. I have not cooked supper a single night in over a week. And we haven’t eaten out, but once, either! It’s so nice having somebody who is willing to cook supper when I don’t have the time or just don’t want to. It’s like we always say… we’re a team.
We were in my dad’s borrowed truck driving up to Sam’s Club to look at freezers since we may not have such a big vehicle ever again to be able to pick one of these things up.On the way we realized that we could get Rob his own Sam’s Club card under my account so we get in line at customer service. In the truck I had mentioned that Rob smelled like onions. You see in his cooking he has been making at least 1 onion to accompany the sausages or potatoes or fajitas he has been cooking… and I think the smell starting to come out of our pores. Eek!
So we are standing there fairly quiet in line and as soon as we get up there Rob gets way louder than he normally speaks and says “I think the smell of onions is coming from my pants, not me.” I had been looking at him as he spoke but I feel myself turn my head slowly back to the lady, who also was trying to ignore the statement, feeling a weensy bit mortified. And then I started laughing. Hard. And this lady looked at both of us like WTH? And I couldn’t blame her. “This is going on the blog,” I said. “You know that, right?” I then got Mr. Rob to agree that we are done with onions for a while and that he won’t be cooking them.
And then I run to the beverage aisle right near the freezer section to grab a case of Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola and as I’m coming back to the cart I set them right next to, you guessed it, a huge bag of onions Rob has placed into the cart. We’ve since had onions the last 3 nights :) What can you do?!? :)
But I got totally sidetracked here… I wanted to grab some Coca-Colas in the glass bottles to craft with but also because it’s kind of a family tradition. I remember my Mimmie asking me “grab me a Coke?” instead of “grab me a drink of water?” whenever she felt she deserved a treat. To this day I’m a Coca-Cola loyalist and we always have it on hand for big family gatherings. With us when you ask for a Coke, it’s always Coca-Cola you are asking for and a Diet Coke is always a Diet Coca-Cola. Send us anything else and we’re going to turn our noses up at you!
Since Sam’s Club had the Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola bottles I snapped up those babies so pleased. The Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola bottles are my fave because without high fructose corn syrup, the sodas are sweetened with real cane sugar and it’s a difference you can totally tell.
You came to craft, though, so let’s get onto this business and make some super sweet Coca-Cola bottle Christmas trees!
For this project you will need:
- Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola bottles (get a crazy deal on 24 at Sam’s Club!)
- Green paint
- Hot glue gun
- Mini tree decorations
- Craft basics like pompoms, bells, bows, etc.
Be sure to clean out and save your bottles as your family enjoys their Coca-Colas! On a side note I’m trying to learn Spanish because of my new location and
“refresco” translates to soda. I love that word! Refresco sounds so much like refreshing!
There is a calorie and whatnot label on each bottle. Use alcohol and paper towels to remove each label cleanly.
And if you’re wondering that paint for the logo and bar code and such does not come off. This isn’t my first decorated Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola craft rodeo and I’ve tried but never succeeded in removing it so we will just cover it up!
First give each bottle a nice, thick coat of green paint. I used chalk paint because I’m a little obsessed right now, but spray paint would work, too. It might be a good idea to even hit these with some spray primer, first.
If working with children on this project, go ahead and paint the bottles in advance as this does take a bit of time and patience.
Grab your ornaments and get ready for some tree trimming! I got these things at a 70% off sale at the craft store making them way more affordable. I found little mini garlands, some bows and fun tree toppers. I also grabbed a bag of Christmas color pompoms and used some gold bells out of my crafty stash.
Get your glue gun ready and start tacking your garland to the bottle, wrapping it around and ’round just like on a tree.
Again, if working with kids, grab a glue like Aleene’s Quick Grab Tacky Glue so that you don’t have to worry about little ones with burned fingers.
Start gluing on your “ornaments” one by one until you are happy with how the bottle is filled.
Finish up each with a tree topper and you’re all set! Now I was so worried I wouldn’t have enough to cover each tree I first went in with a little less flair than I normally would. You’ll notice in my finished bottles, when I realized I had more than enough stuff, these guy are all sorts of dolled up!
To finish grab that blow dryer and put those strings of hot glue to an end! This is seriously nifty… the heat from the air makes the glue strings sort of wither up and disappear! Be careful, though, as it can also give you fits by loosening up the things that are glued onto the bottle. Give quick passes with the air and don’t let it sit in one spot for too long.
Finished with my project I went ahead and grabbed a nice, cold Coca-Cola out of the fridge :)
Before you leave I’m going to give you a super fast recipe with your Coca-Cola… Cherry Coke Poke Cake!
Cherry Coke Poke Cake
This recipe is super easy and everybody loves it! Below is a fast cake but you can also use your favorite homemade white or yellow cake recipe!
- yellow or white boxed cake mix
- 24 ounces of Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola
- cherry or black cherry gelatin (small box)
- 2 egg whites (optional – helps the cake rise)
- 8 ounce frozen, whipped topping
- 1/2 cup milk or half and half (nut milk works, too)
- cherry or black cherry gelatin (small box)
- Mix together cake mix, 12 ounces of Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola and egg whites.
- Bake 20-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, checking frequently. (different box mixes seem to bake up more quickly than others).
- Use a kitchen utensil, like a wooden spoon (the smaller end) to poke holes in your cake about an inch apart. Allow to cool.
- Mix gelatin and 12 ounces of your soda together until gelatin is dissolved (it’s going to get crazy fizzy so use a BIG bowl!)
- Pour over cake and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Combine second gelatin box with milk until dissolved. Fold in whipped topping. Ice cake and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Serve straight from the fridge!
Be sure to head to the beverage aisle at Sam’s Club and pick up your case to start enjoying and Christmas decorating! And while you’re there you can also snag a 4-pack, 2-liter Coke and Diet Coke pack specially priced at $3.98 to refresh the masses during the holidays! (and let’s take one more peek at those cutie Christmas tree bottles!)
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