Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Treatz

3 Ingredient Cookies
(no added sugar or fat and gluten-free)

(I have not actually tried this recipe, but it looks good on paper. Let me know
 what you think when you try it!)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
In food processor, pulse 1 cup old-fashioned oats until coarsely ground.
In medium bowl, mash 2 bananas (to make one cup mashed).
Mix in oats and your choice of raisins, cinnamon, choc. chips, chopped nuts,
dried cranberries,coconut, mini m/ms. etc.

Drop by heaping spoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and
press down slightly.
Bake about 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 12

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

File Sharpener

I recently discovered  Crayola twistable colored pencils-
although I am sure they have been on the market for awhile.
I enjoy using these colors on my 'grown up' coloring books, but
there is not a 'pointy end.'
To make more of a 'point', rub the end over a nail file/emery board
until it is 'sharpened.'

Extra tip--businesses and politicians like to hand out
these files as a freebie.
Pick a few up and put with your craft stash.

Use an emery board to sharpen colored pencils.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Make Itz

An Oldie but Goodie:

Home Made Silly Putty

2 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/2 tablespoons dish soap

Mix together in a small freezer zip lock bag.
If runny, add more cornstarch, if dry, add more dish soap.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Freebeez

Back to School Printables

Here are some fun free printable bookmarks from Joann Fabric/Craft store website. 

My fav is the one that says--I Read Past My Bedtime! 

Bookmark Printables

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday Treatz

We recently returned from a family reunion
in Ohio. We were treated to delicious mid-west meals!
(A big thank you to all the cooks!)
Niece Jennie shared her Scotcheroos dessert recipe.
Warning--these are addictive!


1 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 1/2 cups choc. chips
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

1. Heat corn syrup and sugar in sauce pan (or microwave). Stir and heat just until blended.
2. Remove from heat, add Peanut butter
3. Sir in rice cereal
4. Press into 9x13 pan
5. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in microwave
6 Spread/pour melted chips on top of mixture.

tips--if don't have both types of chips on hand, just use what is available
      --may need to be placed in refrigerator in warm weather

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


A loyal reader had a great question--where are the coupons
I talked about in yesterday's post?

Many of the craft stores have online newsletters and deals
just for people who have signed up for discounts.
For example: and have coupons that
can be used online or in the stores.
I recently received a 60% off in-store coupon I could
use on one non-sale item. That was a significant savings.
And unless you need a product ASAP, wait for free
shipping on any size order. These show up every so often.
And if you got an offer during tax free weekend, you hit the jackpot!

Also "like'' and "follow" your favorite stores on
Facebook--sometimes these places have FB only deals/coupons.

Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


It is impossible to have TOO many coloring instruments!

(Crafters need different mediums for different projects, so if
you want to try a new product--go ahead and treat yourself--especially if
you a 60% percent off coupon!)

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Make Itz

A Sign of the Times!!!

Great Advice!

My sister and I were talking about how we saved 'our best'
of everything for later. We wondered why we always
saved these for special occasions, when we could be
pampering ourselves Right Now!
(be sure to find more ideas on her blog The Whimsey Project-
just click on the link to the right under My Fav Blogs. )

Her daughter told her it was time
to 'Burn The Candles, Use the Soap.'
I liked this saying so much that I had to
make a 'Sign of the Times" to remind us of this new mindset.
With her permission, I sent this idea
to my Graphic Designer Daughter- in- Law
who came up with the perfect printable.
Resident woodworker cut pieces of wood
and drilled holes for the ribbon to hang it with.
I painted the wood. I used decoupage
medium to adhere the paper to the wood.
(Using a brayer helped to eliminate bubbles.)

Sign sealed with Mod Podge

For more great printables,
check out Amanda's etsy shop:

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Freebeez


Tennessee's Tax Free Holiday Starts today
through midnight on Sunday.

School/art supplies
Shoes, clothes
Some electronics

Local stores have signs on products that are tax free.

Also check to see if your state hosts a tax free weekend!

Coloring products are at the top of my list!
What's on yours?

Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


Pick up a roll of in inexpensive FREEZER PAPER.

It comes in handy for all types of craft projects:
     --protects the work table during paint projects, project won't stick to slick side
     --finger painting fun
     --book covers
     --clay projects

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