When kids are away at college or on a mission, you can let them know you're thinking about them with a special Halloween care package!
It's quick and easy to whip up these pretty and tasty Valentine's Day Pink Lemonade Sprinkles Cake Mix Cookies! Great for sharing!
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Chunky hand-made Valentine's Day cards are a fun way to share your talents with those you love!
A new take on favorite recipe - put a little "heart" into your Jell-O cookies!
Making heart-shaped carrot slices takes just a few extra minutes, but makes such a cute addition to your home-cooked vegetables!
Ho, ho, ho…Merry Christmas Jell-O Cookies! For the past year the most visited and pinned post on my blog has been my ever-popular Jell-O Cookies. We’re at 92,000+ pins and that has been amazing! Sharing the recipe I had acquired in my early married days has been a lot of fun. But I have been adapting the ingredients a bit, tweaking it to accommodate the supplies I have on hand, making it more appealing visually and amping up the flavor. So, since Jell-O cookies were part of my holiday cookie baking this year, I’ve decided to share the updated info. First, rather than make you go back to revisit the first posted recipe, I’ll just repeat it…with the changes, of course! Ho Ho Ho…Merry Christmas Jell-O Cookies (* indicates changes – this is for one batch, one color at a time!) *3/4 cup butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar *1/2 cup Jell-O ( I used raspberry and lime flavor – I buy the big restaurant size now so that I can add just a little extra to the 3oz amount in the small package of Jell-O. ) Cream the above ingredients. Add: 2 eggs *1 teaspoon lemon extract Cream the eggs and lemon extract into the sugar mixture. Add: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Gel or paste food color – I don’t need it for the raspberry…the color is
It’s the 6th day of December…Christmas time and that means I’ve got to get busy on my cards – I’m seriously behind schedule! There are always oodles of new Christmas papers, but I have been trying to cut back on my hoard of paper, while still trying to keep current with the styles. All things trend and Christmas is no stranger to change. But for this season, I’m going to try to keep it simple. In my last post, I talked about a cute store that we found at the mall – Typo. There were lots of great things that we found for gifts, but one of our favorite finds was a small tin of 50 mini Christmas-themed polaroids in a “Message In A Box”. The vintage-style photos all create a bit of nostalgia. I just love the little faded photos! The pictures aren’t complicated, so I kept the sentiments simple. I also kept the embellishments to a minimum: baker’s twine, buttons, red clothespins and old dictionary pages accentuate the photos without overwhelming the clean lines. A few small dots of glue, with glitter sprinkled on top, gives the illusion of falling “flakes” to the snowy scene. Inking the edges with black StazOn distresses and adds definition. I stapled the photos before I added the foam mounting tape to the back – the staples are just for looks – I don’t like the look of
typo [tahy-poh] noun, plural ty-pos. Informal . 1. a typographical error; misprint 2. cute Australian concept stationery store For someone who has spent the last decade acquiring a broad expanse of scrapbooking and paper art supplies, the introduction to this cute little store in the Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego, should not have brought such delight. But with the coming of Christmas, I broke my normal rule of staying away from malls. I didn’t go to shop but to see what fun fashion color trends and pattern combinations are available for the season. When what to my wonder eyes should appear but a miniature corner store…okay, I’d better stop before I hurt my brain trying to carry on with that theme! But a great find, nonetheless! The walls of the store are lined with journals and fun spiral-bound notebooks, knickknacks, stationary, cards and office supplies. For the holidays, there are decorations, small trees, wrapping paper, ribbons and twines. I didn’t take a bunch of pictures inside the store…I always feel kinda funny about doing that without getting permission. But what a fun time we had window shopping! Lots of great products (although there were a few items that needed to be censored because of the verbal content!) that offered some great inspiration and embellishment. If you get one in your area, go check it out. If you aren’t so lucky and you want to see their “stuff”, check out
It has been a busy October and we still haven’t gotten up into the attic to get down Halloween decorations. The only decorating that has been done is with those few items that got missed when we put away Halloween LAST year! But because we are feeling the need to have a splash of those fall colors, we decided that we could “make the pathway bright” and fill our doorway with pumpkin cheer! You all know that I love my Everything99cents store – yet another reason! Last Saturday they had pumpkins out front! That’s right, a big box of pumpkins for just a dollar! We got the tiny pumpkins from the grocery store and they were less than a dollar, but the bigger ones? Yep…a dollar! When you can get them that inexpensive, I don’t mind sacrificing one. Measure the approximate height of the pot that will go inside – figure that the wall of the pumpkin will be at least 1″ to 1 1/2″ thick, so choose your pumpkin carefully - then chop off the top and remove the seeds. Your pumpkin pot is now ready to put a pot of posies (also just a dollar) right inside. Easy peasy and cheap! Mixing it up a bit, the little white pumpkin had the perfect stem to attach a sparkly bow on top! It’s a process…but such a fun one. Now I don’t