Family Holidays Wisconsin

the White Couch Project & Grinch Caramel Puff Corn

I have always wanted to be that family that has yearly photos done and for the most part I’ve gotten them done in some way or another almost every year, but never have I mailed out Holiday cards…until this year! Yay! I feel so accomplished!

This accomplishment was in due part because I stumbled upon an awesome opportunity via Facebook called the White Couch Project that is done here in Madison. In a nutshell, it’s basically a very affordable opportunity for families to get their photo taken AND give back! 

The best way to further describe the White Couch Project is to share what’s directly written on their website:

The #whitecouchproject was created in 2015 with one goal in mind: providing affordable photography for families over the holiday season! Since then, hundreds of families have been photographed and over $9,000 has been donated to non-profits in Madison, Wisconsin.

This event captures photographs of families, friends and individuals for as little as $20. Sitting fees are offered at $5.00 per group or individual and images are sold at a maximum of $15 per image. Now, that is unheard of! On top of all of that, 100% of the proceeds are then donated to non-profit organizations. Talk about capturing Memories with Meaning!

The price of this event, that lasts about 10 minutes, is unheard of, but really all we wanted! We don’t need 50 photos of us, we ended up selecting a total of 5 and paying $65. 

Our holiday card this year:

In other holiday news, if you’re looking for an easy, last-minute treat to bring a long to any holiday gathering, I highly recommend making this recipe for Caramel Puff Corn that I found from MacSuzie! I followed her directions exactly…but… for a festive spin, I colored my with gel food coloring! Specifically, this treat is not new to me, because my mom has been making it for years, but for a precise recipe and the one I’ve used many times this year, I’d recommend the one from MacSuzie! 

You can call this Christmas Caramel Puff Corn, or what I’ve been doing…calling it Grinch Caramel Puff Corn πŸ™‚

I promise if you make this, you’ll be having multiple people asking for the recipe! 

Don’t let the green turn you off!

When making this recipe, It’s important though that you use gel food coloring for this, because if you use normal food coloring, your green will turn out looking like puke green. I used Leaf Green food coloring, but you can use any gel food color of your choice  – you can also make a batch that is red for an extra festive look! You would just add the food coloring in during the caramel making stage – so when you are stirring it a bunch of times, you can add it then, or when you put in the baking soda, it really doesn’t matter! 

Hope everyone has a great rest of the Holiday’s! 


  • Reply
    Mary Hunnicutt
    December 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    The photography deal is a great idea! And I LOVE how your cards turned out!!

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    December 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I am totally making this! Your caramel puff corn looks so delicious!

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    Brenda Haines
    December 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Cute pics, Ashley. And thanks for the idea, I wanted to make something fun for movie night tonight.

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