Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday Treatz

It's National Lasagna Day
(and tomorrow is national Cheesecake day!)

Make your favorite lasagna today,
or if you don't have time to make it--
pick up a frozen Stouffer's Lasagna
from the grocery--or carry out from
your favorite Pasta restaurant.

I tried the Sweet/Salty bars from
a few weeks ago!
I will be making these again!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

How To's

Archivers Online has a whole section of how to articles labeled "LEARN"!

Check out the list:

click here

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


There is a great product for quick scrapbooking called Project Life.
The idea is to fill pocket picture pages with pictures
and premade embellishment cards.
Kits and products can be purchased to fill in the pockets
that do not have pictures.

So, what do you do with the leftover pocket cards?:

I saw a great Idea on a recent HSN craft day--
take a stack of same size cards and bind them together!
This can now be a mini album or a notebook!

Another idea is to use leftover cards as fronts
and embellishments for handmade greeting cards!

Use single cards as gift tags!

Add a small picture and a magnet to put on the fridge!

Please share any ideas!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Make Itz Updatz

"Using Your Noodle"

I had a loyal reader send some great ideas for the pool noodles,
but he uses pipe insulation tubes!
I'm seeing noodles on clearance as the stores get ready for
back to school! Stock up now! 
Insulation sleeves will begin to be on sale as we get closer to cooler weather, 
which after this heatwave, can't be too soon! 

"Liked your pool noodle ideas [that's usin' the ol' noodle!!].  I have used much the same for years only I use foam pipe insulation sleeves. They probably cost a bit more than your noodles, but they already come with a slit cut and the center hollowed out, plus most have a glue side that you can pull off the protector and seal the cut.

I've used them for pin cushions, tool grips, bumpers, picture hangers (I'm looking at one on my wall right now!)knife holders.  I keep my spare razor blades wrapped in them (the old non-safety blade kind). They make nice containers to protect expensive watercolor brushes or coloring pencils. And you can roll a small section around on a wet watercolor to produce interesting patterns (guess you can do the same with an ink pad)."

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Freebeez


Here is a great free printable planner
from Organized Christmas.
Purchase a binder and tabs at the back-to-school-tax-free-sales,
then print the pages that fit your organizing needs.
My personal favorite pages:Christmas Card Lists and Gift Lists.

click here

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Treatz

(no need to heat up the kitchen for this treat. I may leave out the marhmallows to make it
a true 'Puppy Chow'.) Holiday Chocolate candies would also be fun to add.)


Chex™ Muddy Buddies™ Bars


cups Rice Chex™ cereal 
cup butter or margarine
1 to 1.5
cups semisweet chocolate chips 
cup creamy peanut butter 
bag (10.5 oz) miniature marshmallows
teaspoons powdered sugar


  • 1 In large bowl, place cereal; set aside.
  • 2 Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray,or put no stick foil or parchment paper in pan. In very large microwavable bowl, microwave butter, chocolate chips and peanut butter uncovered on High 1 minute. Stir; microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
  • 3 Add marshmallows; toss until coated. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute 15 seconds to 1 minute 45 seconds, stirring until mixture is well blended.
  • 4 Immediately stir in cereal gently until evenly coated. Press cereal mixture evenly into pan using spatula sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. If desired, refrigerate about 20 minutes, or cool completely at room temperature until bars are set. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


I forgot two great Tuesday Tipz to help pay for Holiday Gifts:
    --Start a Christmas Club account.
       Some banks or credit unions let you start anytime of the year,
      and most pay a little interest. Pay out is in the Fall, sometimes before Black Friday.
    --Use 'Found' money: put your daily change in a jar. Surprising how fast it adds up.
       If you use a credit card (and pay the balance off each month so as not to have interest),
       make sure it is a card that pays cash back.
       I let the bonus grow, then use it to purchase my craft products
       and supplies for gift making for 'free'!

Wednesday Websitz:

    Organized Christmas is my favorite site for all things HOLIDAY.
    The site isn't just for Christmas, but has ideas for the whole year.
    Check it out and join the Christmas Countdown:

click here

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


It's not too early to start a Christmas Gift List:

1. Watch for Christmas in July sales.Designate a drawer or closet for
    already purchased gifts. (So they aren't forgotten!)

2. Start your hand made gifts so there will be plenty of time to finish.

3. Shop the back to school sales for craft items such as colors and paper.

4. Watch for coupons--SUPER TIP--Bed, Bath and Beyond takes expired coupons.

5. Always check the clearance racks for great bargains.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Make Itz

(The second most wonderful time of the year,
with the first being SCHOOL SUPPLY TIME!)

It's Chrsitmas in July for all those who
embrace the Holiday Season.
Now is a great time to stock up and
start your holiday projects.
The school supplies are out, many of which
can be used for craft projects, especially
coloring utensils, glues, papers, etc.
Many states offer a tax free holiday--so
stock up on clothes and craft supplies TAX FREE!
(Purchase the socks for this project tax free!)

Here is a fun easy Make It Yourself gift idea
from Joanns Fabric and Craft store.

How To Make Funny Face Socks


  • Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint, assorted colors
  • White cotton socks
  • Cardboard strips


  1. Cut cardboard strips into 2" strips for children’s socks, and approximately 3" strips for adult sized socks. Insert into socks with the bottoms facing upward.
  2. Use assorted dimensional paints to decorate each pair of socks with funny face designs. Tip: If desired, first use a chalk pencil or disappearing ink pen to draw designs on socks before tracing with paint.
  3. Allow to dry completely. Lightly test heavily painted areas to make sure they are completely dry before wearing.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Freebeez


Cute monsters are all the rage.
Here is a fun free printable activity--
build a monster.
Save for a rainy or too hot-to-be-outside day!

click here

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday Treatz

Here is another new recipe on my list to try.
This one is from the Mr. Food website.
Great for a hot summer day when you don't want to heat up the oven
or the kitchen.

Skillet Meatloaf

20 Min
Whoever thought making a homemade meatloaf recipe could be this simple? Our Skillet Meatloaf is not your average recipe from Grandma's old cookbook. We've converted this old-fashioned favorite to the stovetop, and boy, are we pleased with the results! Instead of waiting for the oven to preheat and for the loaf pan to cook, get dinner on the table in a snap with this ground beef skillet recipe.
What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup stuffing mix
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed Italian tomato soup, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
What To Do:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, stuffing mix, onion, egg, 1/4 cup soup, and salt; mix well. Shape into four oval patties about 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and brown on both sides; drain if necessary.
  3. Stir the water into the remaining soup and pour over the patties. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until no pink remains in the beef, stirring the sauce occasionally.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


Need some inspiriation on these hot summer days?

Paper Wishes has a great webinar showcasing
Stamp Camp 5 DVD.
There are some great new techniques as well as
revisiting some golden oldies.

check it out!

click here

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016



The hot muggy days of a Tennessee July have
kept me from porchin' or enjoying the patio.
I take this indoor time to reread my Christmas cards.
I enjoy seeing how all of the children of family and
friends have grown--and think about how much bigger they
will be in the 2016 Christmas pix!

I go through and update addresses.
I also make piles of
'keepers' and 'recyclers'.
I have a photo album of clear cover sheets that
I place the 'keepers' in.

Ideas for the recyclers:

Post cards
Book Marks
Gift Tags
Shopping lists

There are whole websites devoted to reusing greeting cards.

Next project will be to transfer the addresses to a new master Christmas Card list.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Air Freshener Bags

(I had some great pix for this project, but since downloading Windows 10, the computer has eaten them. Please bear with me as I try to learn this new system.)


Leftover small muslin bags from specialty soaps. (I had some from soaps I had purchased. I think you can also find these at craft stores or online.)
(or use veggie/fruit bags with holes. just make sure holes are small enough
the crystals won't fall out.)

Scent Crystals (the kind added to the washing machine, your favorite scent)

1. Add a capful of crystals to the muslin bag.
2. Close bag up by the drawstring, then hang up in closets,etc.
3. Change out crystals when scent begins to fad.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday Treatz

Sweet/Salty No-Bake Bars

(I have not personally made these, but on my to-do list when I remember to buy a bag of marshmallows!.)

3 tbsp. butter
1 (16oz) bag of marshmallows
2 tbsp. peanut butter
4 c. potato chips, crushed
2 c. pretzels, crushed
1/4 c. M&M's
1/2 c. choc. chips, melted.

1. Grease a 9x9 pan with cooking spray. (or line with parchment paper)
2. In large pot over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Add peanut butter and stir to combine. Take off of heat, quickly stir in crushed chips and pretzels.
3. Using a spatula, or wax or parchment paper, press mixture into pan.
4. Sprinkle with M&Ms.
5. Drizzle with melted chocolate.
6. Let chocolate cool and harden before serving, about 30 minutes.

Cut into squares.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


Like Ice Cream?(but who doesn't!)
Like to color?
Like to win prizes?

Ben&Jerry's is having a coloring contest to win cash and a year's supply of ice cream!
Food Network Magazine is also a sponsor. If you get this magazine, it is the last page
in the July/August 2016 copy.

Click below to get this coloring page and all of the details!

click here
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


There are many good uses for pool noodles
that don't involve a pool! Check the clearance
aisles for after the 4th markdowns. However,
most are under a $1.00 even if they aren't marked down.

I found the following ideas in the July/August 2016 Woman's Day:

1. Store Boots. Cut noodle to height of boot to keep from crimping.

2. Protect Walls. Cut pieces and hot glue to back of picture frames to keep
    from marking the walls.

3. Cover a saw. Cut to length, make slight incision down middle to cover blade.

4. Cut a piece to make a pincushion.

5. Halve a noodle lengthwise, double stick tape to corner or wall where car door opens.

6. Use a pile of noodles as giant lincoln logs

7. Google Pool Noodles for more ideas!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Freebeez

Want to try out a great product?
Almost free, just pay shipping!
Click below pix to get to the website.
I have purchased one of these coloring books--excellent quality.
Great for lefties! The binding is on the top!

colorit it

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