Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Treatz

April Fools' Day is just around the corner, so pull a fun prank with April Fool recipes from Family Fun Magazine. Even if you don't want to make anything, check out the website to see how real these 'fooled' foods look. One of my favorites is rice cereal Meatloaf:


Rice Cereal Meat Loaf

Delicious, but not what you'd expect
 From FamilyFun Magazine
Rice Cereal Meat Loaf  
Meat loaf surprise, indeed. Imagine the look you'll get from your kids when they discover that this mystery meat isn't meat at all but a slight variation of a favorite cereal-and-marshmallow treat.
Cocoa-flavored crisp rice cereal (we used Cocoa Rice Krispies), bits of red and green fruit leather, and chopped dried pineapple help a classic marshmallow treat masquerade as our meat loaf. The secret: You make it in a pan, then slice it for serving, just like Mom's.
To make this sneaky main dish, first coat a bread pan (ours was 5 by 9 inches) with cooking spray and set it aside. In a food processor, briefly pulse 6 cups of cocoa-flavored crisp rice cereal. (If you don't have a food processor, place the cereal in a plastic ziplock bag and mash it with a rolling pin.) Next, tear or cut 2 rolls each of red and green fruit leather into pieces and chop 1/2 cup of dried pineapple into small chunks.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and stir until mixed. Add a 10-ounce package of regular-size marshmallows and stir until they're completely melted.
Add the cereal, fruit leather, and pineapple pieces to the marshmallow mixture. Stir quickly with a rubber spatula coated with cooking spray until well mixed. If the mixture gets too sticky to stir, place it in a large bowl, coat your hands with butter, and mix it with your hands.
Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Let the loaf cool (about 30 minutes), then remove it from the pan, slice with a serrated knife, and set a serving on each plate.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Here is a FREE photo editing website. 
Make fun pictures for cards,scrapbook pages and other papercraft projects. 
Click here

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

At your next card making session, be sure to make a few extras without sentiments. 
If the need arises,  add a greeting and send it on its way! 
It will save you a trip to the card shop.



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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

"Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?"
Phyllis Diller, Comedian and Actress

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Save the gifts from Health fairs and pharmacies to hold small embellishments in your crafting travel bag. 
The contact lens holder is great for eyelets and brads. 
Clean pill containers will hold larger items. 
The medicine container that has a place for each day of the week works for different color buttons, etc. 
Best of all, the money saved on storage can be used for craftin' supplies!



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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Here is a quick cookie like candy to make for all the upcoming Spring celebrations:



Celebration Treats!


24 oz block almond bark (coating choc. Any flavor.)
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1 cup peanuts
Add ins---m&ms, marshmallows, candy corn, raisins, craisins, etc.

Melt Choc. block in bowl in microwave.
Add peanut butter, melt, stir together.
Stir in cereal, peanuts and desired add ins.
I fill small cupcake/candy cups with mixture and let harden.
(or drop desired size onto wax paper or cookie sheet.)
Let set about 30 minutes.

tips-use festive cupcake cups suitable for the celebration, if you don't have peanuts, use extra crunchy peanut butter


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

If you like saving money, here is a fun website filled with great ideas from The Frugal Girls.
Click here
 



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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Happy First Day of Spring!
I think Mother Nature is a bit mixed up this year. 
Is it spring? 
Is it summer? 
It's SPRUMMER!


Tipz--when you purchase craft supplies, be sure to check the wrapping/container it comes in for usable materials. For example, Stampin-Up packages many of its products with a very thick chipboard like cardboard that could used in a Big Shot or other die cutter. 
Before you recycle---upcycle!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

 Designer Folders

Todayz make-itz comes from one of my craftin' pals in Illinois, Kathy, by way of her sister-in-law Leanne who are both avid card makers and paper crafters. Kathy made hers 8.5x11 to organize her coupons since that size fits into a purse.  12x12 makes a larger folder that is more of a square.

1. Chose the paper to make the folder. These can be laminated for strength if desired. If you don't have access to a laminator, most office supply stores will do this for a minimum cost.  


2. Fold the paper up until you have the pocket to the desired depth.  This may be different sizes depending on what the folder will be used for.
 3. Fold the paper over to make the folder.
 4. Set eyelets at the corners on each side of the folded up portion, I also added an eyelet  in between for strength.  If you don't have an eyelet setter, stitch the sides or use staples.
 5. I tied a length of ribbon to the bottom eyelets, and wove it in the eyelets, then tied the two sides to keep the folder closed. You can also just tie a  length to each top eyelet and tie together.
6. Kathy said that she put her laminated folders under weight for a few days to make sure it folded flat. This is a great idea, since the lamination makes it a bit difficult to fold.

The larger sizes would make a great holder for handmade cards to give as a gift!

Please let me know what your designer folder holds!



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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Happy St. Patricks Day! Don't forget to wear green!


May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
  -Irish Blessings




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Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Freebeez

In an earlier post, I talked about handmade envelopes. Country Living Magazine has a link to download a free envelope template. Have fun making envelopes from all kinds of interesting materials. It's a fun way to upcycle.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday Treatz

St. Pat's Day is two days away. Don't forget to wear green!
Celebrate with a special milk shake!
(I'm dedicating this recipe to my brand new D-I-L who loves all things ice cream and mint!)

 St. Pat's Day Shake

3-4 cups vanilla or choc chip mint ice cream
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
a few drops green food coloring
(if desired, a banana can be added)

Put all ingredients into a blender, mix till smooth. 
Top with whipped cream and a chocolate mint.

2-3 servings
 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Take a look at curbly.com for all kinds of neat stuff from home DIYs to craft projects. The 'does it work' info is especially useful.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

A good way to organize crafting supplies is by season or holiday. For example, put all products to make Christmas projects together in a box. Don't forget to label! 


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Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Greetinz Crafterz,
     I have been away to attend the wedding of my youngest and the love of his life high school sweetheart. It was a most enchanting wedding with my new daughter-in-law pretty as a princess and my son her handsome prince. The Lord blessed them with a beautiful day, which was something of a miracle in Illinois in early March. I was concerned we would have the yearly ice storm that weekend.
     As hosts of the rehearsal gathering, I surprised them with one of my paper cakes. All were intrigued and impressed and thought that it was a real cake! The attending pastor said that in all of his years of doing weddings, he had never seen anything like it.
    The cake was made from pie shaped boxes which were filled with candy kisses to be handed out as favors.  It was decorated with handmade roses made from papers in the wedding colors.








    It was truly a labor of love for the happy couple from their Mommasuz.
   
   
  Craftin' with Suz Cakez can be custom made for any occasion. Email momsuz@blomand.net to order. 
 
    

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Sunday Dinner Stew


Sunday Dinner Stew
Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish: 25 mins


Ingredients
  • 1
    pound small new potatoes
  • 3
    large carrots, halved lengthwise and cut up
  • 1 - 17
    ounce package refrigerated cooked beef tips with gravy
  • 1 1/4
    cups water
  • 1
    bunch green onions, chopped
  • Fresh or dried thyme

Directions
1. Rinse potatoes. Halve or quarter large potatoes for fairly uniform size. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with vented plastic wrap and microcook on 100% power (high) for 5 minutes. Add carrots; cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes, just until potatoes and carrots are tender.
2. In a Dutch oven combine vegetables, beef tips in gravy, and water. Cook over medium-high heat just until bubbly around edges. Add green onions. Cover and cook 5 minutes more or until heated through. Ladle intro bowls. Sprinkle with thyme
From the Test Kitchen
  • Tip Change Up:Substitute 1 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut up, for the new potatoes. Along with the chopped green onions, add a handful of chopped kale. Serve the stew with crusty bread or whole grain crackers.
  • Tip New potatoes: $1.29Carrots: .50Beef Tips in Gravy: $5.99Green onions: .79Total: $8.57Cost per person: $2.14
Nutrition Facts (Sunday Dinner Stew)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • Calories 302,
  • Protein (gm) 22,
  • Carbohydrate (gm) 36,
  • Fat, total (gm) 9,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 52,
  • Saturated fat (gm) 3,
  • Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 6,
  • Sugar, total (gm) 9,
  • Vitamin A (IU) 16812,
  • Vitamin C (mg) 34,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (µg) 56,
  • Sodium (mg) 686,
  • Potassium (mg) 886,
  • Calcium (DV %) 91,
  • Iron (DV %) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

When looking for unique crafting supplies such as embellishments and organizing products, think and look outside the 'big box' and scrapbook specialty stores:

Office supply stores---great for organizing products at  a great price, especially during 'back to school' sales.  Also offers fun brads, paper clips and papers.

Home building supply stores--check out the tool tote aisle, you might find the perfect product to carry your supplies to a crop. Screws, nuts, bolts, colored wires, colored tapes make fun embellishments.

Grocery Stores---some stores actually have a paper crafting area of supplies.  Watch for clearance sales.

Stock up stores---great prices on all kinds of office supplies, especially tape.

Overstock stores---some have big box store leftovers at a greatly reduced price, especially albums.

Second hand/thrift stores---great for all kinds of treasures, it's like a year round yard sale. 

Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

"A single rose is my garden---a single friend, my world."
Leo Buscaglia


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Make use of junk mail/ bill envelopes along with enclosure envelopes. Most have interesting security patterns inside that can be colored in with various types of pens and pencils.
These can be cut apart and used for interesting embellishments on paper crafting projects. This is the perfect paper for Iris Folding.

The best part is that these are FREEBEEZ!

Please share ideas to upcycle junk mail/bill envelopes. Happy Craftin'!
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