Our Best Crafts & Recipes for Every Season 2016

Thank you for another great year. Close to Home could not be successful without the wonderful readers. First, we will share our best recipes of 2016 with you. By best, these are the crafts and recipes that got those most hits in 2016. I also chose one for every season so you can pin them for later. Close to Home would also love to know what you would like to see more or less of in 2017 on our blog. If you have a second to comment that would be so wonderful. We have had a few bumps in 2016 that kept me less motivated on the blog, and I would gain such momentum if my readers shared why they keep coming back. Wishing you and your family health and happiness in 2017. Now for our best crafts & recipes of 2016

 Now for our best crafts & recipes of 2016.

Now for our best crafts & recipes of 2016.

homemade dog cake

For Pets 

This homemade dog cake recipe has been a top post on our blog for a few years. Be sure to check out our other yummy dog treat recipes like these blueberry cupcakes, or our frozen dog treats.  Do you ever make homemade dog treats for your pet? 

how to preserve acorns


Even though it will be a while until you will find these in your yard, be sure to pin how to preserve acorns for great decorating ideas for the fall. 

chocolate covered-pretzel monsters


Get ready for next Halloween by pinning these Chocolate Pretzel Monsters that are as easy as they look.

hot cocoa pound cake recipe


You can enjoy these Hot Cocoa Pound Cakes all winter long. Warm up after a snow day with a slice of this pound cake and a warm drink. The kids will love it too. 

fudge pie recipe

Best Pie

This Easy Fudge Pie recipe is sure to be a top ten dessert at your home too. It is gooey and rich in chocolate flavor and best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

valentines Day Teacher Gifts

Valentine’s Day 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Don’t forget your teachers by making them any of these adorable and inexpensive DIY Valentines Day Teacher Gifts Under $5. You also might want to make a batch of this Valentines Day Toffee or Valentines Day Cookies

easter egg candle holder tutorial


The craft stores will soon be stocking up on Easter crafts. Grab some extra Easter Eggs to make these Easter Candle Holders.   You might also want to make these adorable Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Treats or Easter Cheesecake Slices. 


Patriotic Cookies for 4th of july

Patriotic Cookies

Fourth of July

When Summer rolls around you will be glad you have these two patriotic cookies pinned and ready to bake. Just be on the look out for the red white and blue M&M’s when the temperatures start to rise. It feels so far away. 

diy Kids ornaments


Kids DIY Ornaments are great keepsakes through the years. Here are some of our favorites. Adults can have some crafting fun too with these Cupcake Ornaments, Pet Ornaments and these Wine Cork Ornaments

spring table ideas


Many of us can’t wait for Spring after a long cold winter. We are sprucing up our tables with beautiful spring tablescapes. 

We have shared some of our best posts for the seasons, now we would love to know what you want to see more of on Close to Home. 

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  1. Such a great list of recipes and crafts in 2016 and wishing you to come up with many more this year too. The Dog birthday cake looks amazing and I am in love with that Chocolate Pretzel Monsters & Patriotic Cookies as well!

  2. Okay, the hot cocoa pound cakes look so delicious. I can’t wait to make them with my little guy.

  3. Great round up of ideas! Hear’s to a successful 2017!

  4. These are all great looking recipes! Thanks for the ideas.

  5. Lovely list of recipes! I would love a hot cocoa pound cake. It looks so good as a comfort dessert food.

  6. Ok… I need to make that dog cake. My kids keep asking to make one for our Carter!!!