Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

The Hallmark Channel show 'Home and Family'
shares fun craft projects throughout the year.
Here is an 'oldie but goodie' Christmas
card recycle project.
Take greeting cards and make fun little boxes.
An instructional video is below.
Check out the other fun projects, as well!

click here

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Holiday Shopping Bargains

Even if you aren't into holiday gifting,
now is the time to get some great bargains.
(Some even better than back to school!)
Many sites offer great prices, percentages off,
and/or free shipping.
I like to stock up on supplies or necessities
during this time of shopping year.
Here is a fun find--I live on concrete,
so I go through a lot of computer 'mice'.
That gravity will get them every time!

How fun is this! 

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Quick and Easy Gift Idea
make a hanging dish towel

A kitchen can't have too many dish/hand towels, especially hanging ones.
Here is an easy quick sewing project from the Organized Christmas blog.
These are made from a potholder and a dishtowel.
Click below then scroll down a bit for the instructions.

click here
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deals

Time to stock up!

One of the best Black Friday Deals
for craft supplies is from Paper Wishes.
30% off highest priced product in cart, free shipping at $79.00.

click here

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Hand Knit Wash/Dish Cloths

Here is an easy quick knit project
to do while watching the Hallmark Holiday Movie Marathon.
These make great gifts,
and are very durable.

-One skein cotton yarn such as Sugar and Cream, or Peaches and Cream from Walmart.
Depending on the size of the skein, and how it is knit, it should make two cloths.
-size 10 knitting needles

 Cast on 4 stitches
Row 2--Knit 2 stitches, yarn over, knit to end of row
Repeat row 2 until there are 43 stitches
Next Row--Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row
Continue until 4 stitches remain.
Knit 4 stitches, bind off.

-This is basically making two triangles-see pix. So may have to iron a bit to make it a square.
-Make sure strings are tightly tied at beginning and end so it won't come apart.
-Some yarns run, so soak a bit before using.
-use up ends of skeins for a colorful cloth

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Freebeez


Another fun free page from ColorIt!
This is from the book "Around the World in 50 Pages."

click here

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday Treatz


After the record heat passes through Tennessee,
we will finally have seasonal temps.
So, it is Spiced/Friendship TeaTime again!
I am reposting from last year to make it easier
for all to find the recipe!


I'm making my annual batch of Spiced Tea to give as gifts and
to enjoy during the winter months.
I know I have posted this before, but it is good enough to rerun.
Here is a very easy version that mixes up
in no time:

1 Large Container Orange Type Drink Mix
1 Large Container Half/Half Tea and Lemonade Mix
(these can be found in the powered drink aisle. Store brands work.)

Ground cinnamon
Ground cloves

I pour the powered drink mix into a bowl with a tight lid to mix.
Add the spices a teaspoon at a time, you don't want them
to over run the other flavors.
Shake to Mix all ingredients.
Taste test small amount, add spices as needed.

Pour into pretty jars or canning jars.
Decorate the jars with pretty paper, ribbon and stickers.

Add a tag with directions on how to use:
1 to 2 teaspoons of mix into boiling water, or to taste.

ENJOY with cookies next to a crackling fire on a dreary day!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


Organized Christmas has fun Thanksgiving Crafts.
Click below for ideas and printables.

click here

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


After contacting three companies about quality control issues,
I can report that I have had success getting replacements from all.
When I speak with a rep, I first compliment the product,
and explain that I understand there can be problems in the manufacturing process.
I then explain that I would continue to purchase their product,
I just would like a replacement so my set is complete.

Websites and packaging are great resources for contact information.
Some have 800 numbers, and some want emails.

Sometimes the company wants the product returned so the
quality control department can see the problem and fix it.
If the rep. doesn't offer a prepaid way to return the product, ask for one.
They should pay the shipping if they want it returned.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Make Itz is a Freebeez


Loyal followers of the Color IT company asked for Christmas Pictures to Color!
They listened and are giving away 12 free downloads in the the next few weeks.
But hurry--sign up is only for the next 7 days!

click here
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Friday Freebeez


The grown-up coloring book and supply company has posted
another Free Friday picture to download, print and color!
This is a fun page from the Around the World in 50 Pages Book.

download here

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Treatz

We brought back a box of  Idaho 'taters' from our big adventure.
I used a few of those, along with some from our garden to make
the following yummy soup. It is perfect for a cool day, very rich and filling.
I put the mine in the crock pot, but be sure to use a liner for easy clean up.
This recipe is from, but feel free to make it your own.

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup
  • Prep Time40 MIN
  • Total Time40 MIN
  • Servings15
  • )


package (12 oz) bacon 
1 1/2
cups chopped onion 
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons) 
lb baking potatoes, peeled, cubed
cup butter
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 
cups milk
teaspoon salt
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
cup diced cooked ham 
container (8 oz) sour cream
2 1/2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (10 oz)
cup sliced green onions


  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Cook onion in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 6 minutes or until almost tender.
  • 2 In 6-quart Dutch oven, mix onion, broth and potatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in same skillet, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour with whisk until smooth. Cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in 2 cups of the milk. Pour milk mixture into potato mixture. Add remaining 2 cups milk, the salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with whisk, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  • 4 Stir in ham, half of the bacon, the sour cream, 2 cups of the cheese and 1/2 cup of the green onions. Cook until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Evenly top individual servings with remaining bacon, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 cup green onions.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

Check out this fun website from The Family Fun Magazine

Lots of great ideas each month.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday Make-Itz

Fall/Winter Porch Decoration

I finally made it back to The Home Depot Do-It-Herself workshop.
The project was a two-sided decoration.
Any large piece of wood and a smaller one could be used.
Scraps from other projects would make this very low cost.
Attach a small board at an angle on each side to
make the hat/stem with nails/screws, or even wood glue.
I painted mine to look like a pumpkin on one side,
and a Snowman on the reverse.
For Halloween I can add a detachable face,
then just remove for the fall Season.
Mine is under cover on the porch,
but if you want to put it out in the weather,
be sure to seal the paint.
Another idea is to make smaller versions to hang on a door.

Pumpkin side

Snowman side

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday Freebeez

Holiday Planner
click here

Here is another freebie download to make a neat
Holiday Planner.
Click on link, sign in with an email, then follow the download instructions.
Print and organize!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday Treatz

(I have not tried these yet, but will report back when I do.
Credit goes to

(Table for Seven)
If you are looking for a no-frills dessert to satisfy your craving, you have come to the right place! These blondies will be right up your alley.
These are a basic blondie packed with chocolate chips and are incredibly simple to throw together.   A few basic ingredients and zero effort is all you need.  Also, just one bowl.  Less clean up is always a good thing, isn’t it?
As mentioned, these are filled with chocolate chips, but you can dress these up however you like. Some add in ideas: peanut butter chips, raisins, pretzels, marshmallow, Nutella swirl, caramel swirl, chopped up candy bars, M & M’s, or peanuts. Enjoy!

scroll down for recipe

One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Blondies



  • 9-12 bars


One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Blondies:

  •  ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 cup brown sugar
  •  egg
  •  1 tsp vanilla
  •  ½ tsp salt
  •  1 cup chocolate chips
  •  1 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar and egg until fluffy. Add in vanilla and melted butter. Slowly add in flour and salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Makes 9-12 bars.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


Halloween is Over--what to do with the candy stash?

go to the Organized home website for some great ideas:

click here

Candy also freezes well, just remember to place it in the fridge
from the freezer for 24 hours before using. This lets the candy
warm up at a slower rate and keeps it from 'sweating'.
(Great for candy corn when you want 'Payday' candy after the holidays. )

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