Friday, December 18, 2015


This is a purse I did for Teigan for Christmas.  I had a pattern for one for an American Girl Doll and enlarged it from there.  I ended up having to top stitch around the top to fix the handle and side piece matching.  Will know if I make another one.  Denim is from one of my old skirts.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hooded bath towels for baby doll



To BIG!!!!!

As you can see, now my pictures are to LARGE after they helped me to be able to download again.


One picture is of Teigan where Jingle Sparkle Toes the Elf made an appearance this Sunday a.m. at my house.  It helped us make the reindeer feed.


Then later in the afternoon granny came out and made a gingerbread house.  Teigan helped some but she preferred taking the items off and putting it back on.


The trench is how my yard looked this summer for putting in water lines for the wood furnace.
Do you think I have enough stickers on Teigans Christmas card to mail?!?!  I think she will love it!



I think I am back!





Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I am here!!!!!!!!!!

I can not seem to get pictures to download onto my blog.  I know Frontier helped with a few other computer issues and since then I can't post pictures so will have to talk with them again.


We have been busy doing some stuff to the house and yard.  New big bay window, roof, storm door, painting inside, new counter top and sink is ordered.  New wood furnace outside.  Seems we are running in circles trying to get stuff done.


Holidays approaching and deer season so lots going on.



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pillowcases for my nephew

I took these to my nephew Jackson today on his 9th b'day.  They were actually to be for his 8th b'day but he just got around to telling me the material he wanted so he got extra today!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mitering Tool


I saw this on a blog on Monday night--ordered one Tues. a.m. and got it yesterday.  I will never have to dread the corners again!!!

Pardon the chair.  The set is in my craft room and were my great grandparents.  Have to get them recovered.

Doll Quilts


I made these 3 doll quilts for a charity.  They will be given out for Christmas with a crib or cradle.  My first time at free motion---granted it is just a line through 2 of them.  Quilts aren't perfect but hope they give some happiness to a little girl.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fast and Easy Meatballs

24 oz package frozen meatballs
1.35 oz package onion soup mix
12 oz. bottle beer or non alcoholic beer
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until meatballs are heated through, about 20-25 minutes. 

Serves 8

Decorating

Don't forget to decorate your mailbox for the holidays.  Alittle greenery with pinecones tied in.

Line a walkway with mason jars filled with rock or Epsom salt and put in a votive candle to light the way.

Don't forget to have an elf of some type out and moved around daily to spy on the kids.

When our kids were little we would decorate the tree and that night we would order pizza and then eat by the lights on the tree and around the cabinets and doors with candlelight.  They always looked forward to that.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Silverware

For your silverware wrap in colorful napkins and tie up with bakers twine. Then lay on a tray on put in a basket.

Slam Dunk Vegetable Dip

2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup onion chopped
3/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
8 drops hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

Makes about 2 cups.

By the time I was ready to try this it was all gone.  They said they use it as a condiment on sandwiches too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peppery Olive Focaccia

2 1-lb loaves frozen bread dough thawed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1/3 cup black or green olives chopped ( amount to your taste)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Lightly grease a 15X10 jelly roll pan. Pat and stretch dough to fit into pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with remaining ingredients.  Allow to rise at room temperature for one hour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes until golden.  Cut into squares.

Serves 8 to 12

Another one to try for my olive loving people

Star


This can be made as small or as big that you would like.  Use homespun for a bow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beer Cheese Spread

2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese softened
1 oz pkg ranch salad dressing mix
2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup regular or non alcoholic beer
Beat cream cheese and salad dressing mix in a bowl with mixer on low.  Add cheese and beer mix well.  Chill for 3 hours to overnight.
Serve with pretzels/veggies

Makes 4 cups

I was given this a few months back and have not tried it yet.

Gift Bag


I know this as been around forever, but I do like the ideal of the brown or white craft bags.  Can use stamps or stickers, or if you have the circuit could cut out shapes or words and glue on.  I would also attach a homemade ornament to the peppermint stick.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Decorated Table



If you have a special table for food, desserts or a table that you put gifts on for game prizes run a ribbon the full length and then another one the other way about a fourth of the way on the table and then put a decoration or greenery and bulbs over where they meet.  Could be a tiered plate with either decorations on it or sweets or little sandwiches and put greenery around the bottom outer edge of the plate.

Holly Jolly Kabobs

15 cherry or grape tomatoes
1 to 2 green peppers cut into squares
8 oz pkg mozzarella cheese cubed
Garnish: Italian salad dressing to taste

On each toothpick skewer on tomato, one piece of green pepper and one cheese cube.  Place on a serving plate and drizzle with salad dressing.  (of your choice)

Makes 15

These always seem to go fast

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ritz Recipes-------

I ran across this site and it has a variety of ideals.  Check it out!

pinterest.com/ritzcrackers.

Christmas Decoration --left out



This is the one decoration I have left out all year!!!!  Teigan loves to push it and dance with Jingle Bells.
Teigan on the computer desk yesterday.  It is always a mess with her helping me on it!  She was 18 months yesterday.
 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Swiss Chicken Sliders

I just saw this in a magazine I got in the mail today.  I think they sound good and will try them out.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp. yellow mustard
12 mini buns, split
12 slices deli ham
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
6 slices Swiss Cheese cut in half

Preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and yellow mustard.  Spread bun bottoms and tops with mayonnaise mixture.  Layer bottoms with ham, rotisserie chicken and Swiss cheese, replace tops.  Arrange sliders in a single layer in a 15X10X1" baking pan.  Bake covered 10-15 minutes or until sliders are heated through and cheese melted.

6 servings

Centerpiece



You have a tiered stand?  Put fresh greenery on it and add on some vintage or any glass ball ornaments.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gift Card or Money Holder

Use up some miscellaneous pieces of paper.

Cheddar Ha'Pennies

8 oz pkg shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter softened
3 Tablespoons onion soup mix
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well.  Knead into a smooth ball, divide dough in half. Form each half into a log, 1" in diameter.  Wrap in wax paper and chill for 2 hours.  Slice logs 1/4" thick.  Arrange on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, watching carefully , until golden but not browned. 

Makes about 3 dozen

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Votive Cups

For several years now I have used the votive cups for toothpick holders.

Sweet Onion Shrimp Spread

8 oz pkg cream cheese softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup celery minced
1/2 cup sweet onion minced
6 oz. can tiny shrimp drained or 1/2 cup cooked shrimp chopped

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce stir until smooth.  Add celery, onion and shrimp mix until well blended.  Cover and chill for at least one hour.  Serve with crackers. 

Makes 2 cups

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2 Way Recipe-------------Sweet-and-Sour Glazed Party Bites

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 cup brown sugar, packed
16 oz. package frozen meatballs thawed
14 oz. mini smoked sausages

In a large saucepan mix all ingredients except meatballs or sausages.  Bring  to a boil over medium heat.  Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.  Add meatballs or sausages, stir to coat and simmer until heated through.  May be kept warm in a slow cooker on low setting.

Serves 8

Gift Ideals

Don't forget about the hunters, fisherman or outdoorsman on your gift list.  We have been getting the Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, Gander Mountain books and emails on sales. They have free shipping on items on different promotions.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Christmas for pets



This is my daughter and son-in-laws cat.  They bring her over on Christmas morning and she gets a present too.

3 Pepper Chicken Bites

1/2 lb bacon
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
2/3 cup brown sugar packed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cut bacon slices into thirds.  Wrap each piece of chicken with a strip of bacon and fasten with a wooden toothpick.  Mix together remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Dredge each piece in brown sugar mixture.  Place on a wire rack on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and bacon is crisp.

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen

Monday, July 20, 2015

2 gifts in one

I brought these a couple years ago for a pattern.  They can be hung on the tree or door knobs and you can put a gift inside.

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Pepperoni Pizza
     
INGREDIENTS
1 ½ cups pizza sauce
1 (3.5-ounce)  Pepperoni Minis
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
⅔ cup ricotta cheese
⅔ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 cup shredded pizza cheese
 
Serve with breadsticks

DIRECTIONS
1. In large skillet, heat pizza sauce over medium-high heat. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally; set aside.
2. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 8-inch square baking dish. In large skillet, cook pepperoni minis over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towel.
3. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and oregano. Spread evenly into bottom of dish.
4. Spread pizza sauce evenly over cheese mixture.
5. Top with pepperoni minis and pizza cheese. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling
 
Serves 20

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Miscellaneous




Teigan wears her hair like this, I can get 2 small pigtails and I can get a side ponytail.  Sometimes they will stay in for hours and others pulled right out.

Got another toy today from the rummage site.  Actually I was 2nd in line when this sold in spring but this lady got it.  She put it up because she was getting a swing set and no place to have both.

Magnet or Ornament

I might have posted this in the past----not sure. 

 
A bigger flat marble, paint face and we put the silver foil paper with rainbow colors glued shiny side up with Elmer glue and then attached a magnet to the back.  On others we just attached string and hung on tree and the lights will shine thru it.  Gave several fro gifts.

Slam Dunk Vegetable Dip

2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup onion chopped
3/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
8 drops hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Mix all together, chill.

Makes about 2 cups.

Can use on sandwiches too.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

30 minute Olive Appetizer

8 oz tube refrigerated crescent rolls
2 eggs beaten
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion minced
3 tablespoons butter softened
1 cup olives with pimentos, sliced

Spread crescent rolls to cover the bottom of a greased 13X9 baking pan, set aside.  Mix remaining ingredients together spread over crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into bite size squares.  Makes 4 dozen.

I am not an olive fan but have several in family that are.  I might have to try this one for them.

Goodie container


I did this up several years ago (like maybe 7 or 8) .  On the Folgers site they had these designs you could print out and put over the panels on the coffee containers. There are the snowmen, Old Time Santa, had decoration and then some cartoons ones.  I get the cans from work.  They hold a lot and I fill with goodies we make.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Easy Slow Cooker Bean Dip

4 16 oz cans refried beans
1 lb pkg. Colby Jack Cheese, cubed
1 1/4 oz pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup sour cream
8 oz pkg. cream cheese, cubed

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, stir to mix. Heat on low setting until cheeses melt, about 2 to 3 hours. Stir often.  Serves 12

We like it

Clearence Gifts

This is the time of year to pick up gifts for gardeners on your list.  A lot of stores are putting some of the stuff on sale.  the statues for the yards, wind chimes, gloves, hand tools, etc.. Watering cans, outside cushions, plastic tablescloths can be used to make a pillow kneeler if you have somebody that could use that.


Also if you see any cute kitchen towels with BBQ themes or watermelons etc (or any...I have used BBQ theme to wrap items for the grill for people) they put these on sale too they are good to wrap gifts in.  I have used several towels over years to wrap gifts, for birthdays too.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Italian Chicken Spread

13 oz can chicken drained or 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
crackers or lightly toasted Italian bread slices

Place chicken in a bowl flake or shred finely.  Add remaining ingredients stir well to combine.  Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours or longer to allow flavors to combine.  Can be served at room temperature or can even bake them at 350 till bubbly and hot.  Serve with crackers or bread.

Makes 2 1/2 cups


This recipe was given to me by somebody who had them at a party and said they were really good.  One I am wanting to try.

Christmas Pictures

Some years I wrap all the pictures on my wall with paper and then put bows are ribbons on with theme of paper.  Santas, I may put a small (mini) hat over the side at top, etc..  Some years I print out vintage Christmas pictures by searching for them, forest animals in the snow or whatever I want.  Also, as we all know Pinterest has the words for the holidays and I print some of them.  Have one in a Christmas tree shape with a story of Jesus.  I put the items I print out over the top of my pictures and then store it behind picture at the end of the season.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Decoration



This was a decoration one year at a Christmas activity that is open from Thanksgiving to New Years.  It is decorated differently each year and this was were Santa was in his sleigh.  They have a kids corner, crafts, gifts, food, singers and then they have 2 or 3 areas where you can take family pictures.  Also a train for kids to ride.  You drive thru a light display on the fairground before you go into the hall.
 

 

Crabbies

6 oz can crabmeat drained
5 oz jar sharp pasteurized process cheese spread
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 teaspoon  mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
6 English muffins split

Mix together all ingredients together and spread on muffin halves.  Cut muffin halves into quarters arrange on an ungreased broiler pan.  Broil until golden and bubbly about 5 to 6 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cheesy Bacon Mushrooms

16 oz pkg mushrooms stems removed and finely dropped
1 onion chopped
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz jar bacon bits
1/2 to 1 cup dry bread crumbs
In a skillet over medium heat, sauté mushroom stems and onion in margarine until tender.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese, bacon bits and crumbs, mixing well.  Spoon mixture into mushroom caps place in an ungreased 13x9 baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

Coasters

Several years ago I purchased a few of these star boxes.  I painted them silver and then sponged them with gold paint.  I used the box as the pattern and traced it and then made coasters.  I used batting inbetween and then just the pinking shears.  I gave a couple as gifts and kept one.  I cannot find the boxes anymore.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Glass Ornaments

 
I am sure that all of you have seen different items put into the glass ornaments for memories.  I have did flowers from funerals that have been dried and inside with the flowers I have put a thumbprint pictures of the person along with on the ribbon, I have put items inside one for my nephew and his wife of things from their baby shower.  Many things can be put in.  This is a picture of one from the water beads that we used on some of the tables for my daughters wedding in 5-11.  They are still in it.  We have like a 5 gallon bucket from the wedding.  Used some for her baby shower in 11-13 and also some for granddaughters 1st b'day in 1-15.  Like to see how long they stay.  In a bucket with lid and no air so ...

Spicy Buffalo Bites

3/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
36 herb flavored shredded wheat crackers
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
4 oz pkg crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons celery, minced

Combine chicken, mustard and hot pepper sauce, mix well. Place one teaspoon mixture on each cracker, drizzle with margarine.  Stir blue cheese, and celery together and spread over chicken mixture.  Arrange crackers on ungreased baking sheets, bake at 400 until cheese melts.  About 4 minutes.

Makes 3 dozen

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gift Sack Picture


I know I have posted this under Christmas before, but thought I would post again for CIJ.  Back in 2012 I found this gift bag at Wal-Mart and I cut the front off, purchased the picture frame at Dollar General and had the snowflakes at home.  It is a large gift sack so a nice size picture.  My mom took the back of the sack and made her one so 2 pictures from 1 sack.

Would make a nice gift and could use any type of sack for year round decoration.

Spicy Honey Chicken Wings

1/2 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 to 3 lbs. chicken wings

Combine sauces, honey, mustard and cayenne pepper in a lightly greased 3 quart baking dish.  Add chicken wings and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour.  Uncover and bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes, turning occasionally.


Makes about 2 1/2 dozen




The recipes I am posting for CIJ, I have not tried all yet but plan to.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ornaments from beads


It has been several years ago now that we made these ornaments from beads.  They would be pretty on a tree too but I hand ours on our curtain for the sun to hit them. (other snowflakes are cling ons from Dollar Tree)

Cheddar Potato Skins

6 baking potatoes
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Garnish sour cream, salsa

Bake potatoes at 425 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until tender.  Quarter each potato lengthwise and scoop out insides, leaving 1/2" thick shells.  Arrange potato shells skin side up on an ungreased baking sheet, spray skins evenly with non stick vegetable spray.  Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes until crisp.  Turn shells skin side down.  Toss together cheese, onion and garlic powder, sprinkle evenly over shells.  Return to oven for an additional 2 minutes, until cheese melts.  Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Makes 2 dozen

Friday, July 10, 2015

Possible food Gift




These look awfully cute and yummy!  Maybe a nice gift for neighbors, mailman, etc.. Or just on cookie trays.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks--In oven

2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 cup bread crumbs
2 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 string cheese sticks
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter melted

Whisk eggs and water together in a small bowl, set aside.  Combine crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper in a plastic zipping bag, set aside.  Coat cheese sticks in flour, dip in egg mixture, then shake in crumb mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.  Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, drizzle with butter.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.  Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Scrumptious Bacon Cheese Dip

1 lb bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
2 8 0z pkgs. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 onion chopped
2 cups mayonnaise-style salad dressing
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix together all ingredients and chill.

Makes 7 cups



I have not tried this recipe yet.  I am thinking when I do I might try half with pecans and half without.  I love pecans but not leaning towards them in this.

Door Decoration



I love the little tidbits on the bottom of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Decoration

Find a page in a coloring book or online.  Then have the kids tear either construction paper or tissue paper into little pieces and glue onto the picture to cover it.

Pepperoni Spread

8-oz package cream cheese, softened
10-oz can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup pepperoni, chopped
1 round loaf sourdough bread

Combine cream cheese, mushroom soup and pepperoni, blending well.  Place in an oiled casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until warm and bubbly remove from oven.  Hollow out center of sourdough bread and bake until crust is lightly crisp.  Spoon warm dip in the hollowed out sourdough round serve with bread cubes or slices for dipping.
I didn't change my time so the 8th postings will be this evening!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gift Bag

Draw around the hand of your little ones and then let them decorate it.  Cut it out and place onto a brown or white sack.  Grandparents/parents and others will love it for a keepsake.

BLT Dip

A co-worker made this for work several years ago and was telling us how good it was and man, we couldn't get enough of it.  She was serving it with toast cut up but we couldn't keep enough made up.  I serve it with crackers.


2 cups mayonnaise
2 cups sour cream
4 tomatoes, diced
2 lbs. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
Mix together mayonnaise and sour cream.  Add tomatoes and bacon to the mixture.  Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.  Some people also dice up some green onions and mix into it.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Curry Dip for Shrimp Cocktail

1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons onion grated
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon

Combine all ingredients, blend well. Cover and chill before serving.  Makes about 1 cup.
Card Game
The idea is to have 2 decks of cards, pass out one deck of cards to everyone at the party circling around giving everyone one at a time until all the cards are gone. Hopefully everyone will come out with an even number of cards.. Have a bunch of nice little gifts wrapped 5 or 10 depending on the amount of guests.. Put the gifts in the center of the room..

Then with the second Deck of Cards have someone call out each card, the person that has the card that is called gets up and picks a prize, when all the prizes are taken from the table, everyone can steal the gifts from each other, when the whole deck has been called out the people with the prizes on their laps keep them..

This game is fun because everyone likes to pick a certain prize that looks interesting and they try to steal it back and forth and other people try not to let you remember they have a prize, but of course they have to keep them in the open....
 
I am thinking if the gifts are small or simple enough--let them keep the gift. Bar of soap, tissues, chap stick, travel size items of things.
 
Could have a deck of kid cards (Old Maid or etc. ) to hand out to them.
 
 
 
 
 
We play Dirty Bingo and steal the gifts. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Christmas Spider


I made these ornaments several yrs. back.

The Legend of the Christmas Spider

Author Unknown

 

A long time ago , a mother prepared for Christmas Eve. She cleaned and scrubbed her home, chasing the spiders from the living room with her broom. The spiders fled to the attic and listened to the excitement below as the Christmas tree was put up and decorated. When all was quiet again, the little spiders crept back downstairs to see the beautiful tree. They were filled with happiness as they crawled along every branch, admiring the glittering beauty of each ornament. But alas, by the time they had finished climbing through the tree, it was completely draped with their dusty, gray cobwebs.
When the Christ child came, He smiled as He looked upon the happy little spiders, however, He knew the mother would be heartbroken when she saw the shrouded tree. So He reached out and touched the webs and, blessing them, turned them into silver and gold. Now the Christmas tree sparkled and shimmered and was even more beautiful than before. Thus the custom to have tinsel of silver and gold and a spider ornament amongst the other decorations on the Christmas tree was born.

Fresh Tortilla Chips

6 flour tortillas
Salt

Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges, sprinkle lightly with salt.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until golden.

Makes 8 servings

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cute ideal to find your glass



I think kids would even like this to see their picture on a cup.  Make everybody find their own.

Spicy Tex-Mex Mix

3 cups corn chips
3 cups mini shredded wheat cereal
2 1/2 cups mini pretzel squares
2 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup butter, melted
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss well to mix.  Store in an airtight container.

Makes 11 cups

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hanging Ball Decoration


My grandma made this MANY years ago.  She did smaller ones for the Christmas tree.  She died in '05 at 93.  I think this was made in late 70's.

Excuse the chair cushion--it is from my great grandparents dining room set for the late '30s and I need to redo them. 

Cherry Tomato Poppers

2 pts. cherry tomatoes
1 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup onion, minced
3 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

Use a small spoon or knife tip to hollow out tomatoes, invert and drain on paper towels.  Combine remaining ingredients, spoon into centers of tomatoes.  Chill until serving time.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ornament Display



Thinking if the holder was silver or gold, maybe just some greenery around the bottom and small pincones.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shredded pizza-blend cheese
1 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced

Whisk together milk and egg, stir in flour, baking powder and cheese.  Mix well, fold in pepperoni.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Fill lightly greased mini muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden.

Makes 3 dozen

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yummy Chicken -Salsa Dip

8-oz. jar salsa, divided
8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
8-oz. pkg. shredded Mexican -blend cheese
2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
tortilla chips

Blend half the salsa with the cream cheese; spread in the bottom of an ungreased 9" pie plate.   Top with remaining salsa; sprinkle with cheese and chicken.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 8 servings

It is time for Christmas In July!!!!

For the last several years I have been doing a craft (most of the time) and a recipe daily for Christmas In July, this year I am hoping to do an appetizer and then some other Christmas related ideal.
I thought this was cute and there are so many themed cupcake liners on the market or even solid ones to go with color theme.  Would be cute on end tables and just placed around the room by where people sit,
 



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teigan and Sissy



This is their cat Boomer and Teigan and her get long really good most days.  The cat is an inside one and doesn't go out.

Teigan


A couple pictures from the week-end.  She is now 17 months old.  She has said grandma before but now it is completely clear and so sweet!  Grand   ma
I am working in the sewing room so bedding has been washed and waiting to go back on.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CIJ Ornaments

These are the Christmas In July ornaments waiting to be swapped out.  I am waiting for one more box, then will open, swap and mail out.  Mine are in the bag.  Can't wait to see what is in all of them! They are wrapped separately inside the big box also. Had 10 join this year.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Teigans outside toys




We put water in her pool and I put her in with her clothes on. 

The cottage, cube and climber we got off the local rummage sites and one at a rummage sale this a.m..  Had the pool for a store that was closing so got a good deal on it.  The Little Tike car is like 30 yrs old (was our sons), the Little Tike backhoe was also his as was the bubble mower.  The stroller Little Tike was my daughters so about 26 yrs. old.  That older stuff has to be power washed and scrubbed yet.  She would go from one thing to another.