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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Homemade Christmas Cookies for Your Dog

Now you can treat your best friend and not feel guilty!
Our best friends deserve Christmas Treats too!

Think of all they do for us -
keep us safe from strangers,
give the best kisses
and snuggles,
keep our feet warm,
and all those oh so adorable expressions
that make us laugh or smile!

1 1/2 cups hot water
1 1/2 teaspoon chicken or beef bouillon powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix hot water, oil, bouillon, and garlic powder.
Add flour, cornmeal and vegetables and mix well.

Sometimes it's just easier to use your hands to mix thoroughly :)

Knead dough on a floured surface for a minute or two.

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, then cut into desired shape

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Let cool. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on the size you make.

Store in the refrigerator or in an airtight container.

Your best friend will love you even more!!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Songs for Crafting

Print and use for Christmas crafts ♥

Monday, December 3, 2018

B..B..B..Big Moth! ~ WW

I think he's trying to figure out how to fit into the harness!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Quick and Easy Ornaments, Gifts or/and Gift Toppers

Digging through my Treasure Stash I came across 
some old Formica Swatches.

Big ones...

and little ones.

I knew there had to be something Christmasy
 I could do with these wonders

They were nice and hard and would make for a great backing to.....

Christmas Tags
Gifts Toppers
Remembrance Gifts

I gathered a bunch of supplies:

and any other embellishments I could think of!

And of course Mod Podge!

I coated the Formica Swatch with Mod Podge.    

I placed my chosen background paper on top
and smoothed it on carefully so there were no wrinkles.

Once dry I trimmed the background paper to fit the swatch exactly.

I copied some old images I had, printed them, 
then cut them out using an Exacto blade.

I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the background paper 
and them embellished away!

Some received pearl strands and shiny clear gems ~
others were edged in vintage lace, pearls and trim.
I used coordinating ribbon for hanging.

On a few of the smaller ones, 
I used vintage images of women in their Christmas clothing.
A couple only have coordinating trim along the bottom.

Your imagination is the only limit!
This was a fun and quick project
for a stormy afternoon without electricity! 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weird Weather Makes for Mixed up Plants ~ WW

Apple is done producing, a few left on tree - is now blooming again!

Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato lived through last winter,
 I forgot to pull it out.
Started producing Spring 2018 hasn't stopped.

It climbed gazebo, is now 10' tall. 

 Wonder if it will live through this winter?
If we ever get out of this 80* weather. 

Starbucks Knock Offs

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha has to be my all time
fav holiday luxury, which if asked for they will make anytime of the year. Very refreshing as frappuccino in the Summer!
But in these frugal times I don't splurge on it very often.

I decided to try my hand at creating a similar flavor.
I already have my arsenal of knock offs
and thought I'd share since Jack Frost seems to be coming 
to visit most of us!

So here is what I came up with. 
Now it isn't exactly the same,
 but in a pinch it suits me fine :)

Peppermint Mocha
3/4 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Mix well and store in an airtight container.
The amount you add to your cup of hot coffee depends on the size of your cup and how strong you like your flavoring. I normally use a larger 14 oz cup  and add 2-3 heaping teaspoonfuls,
 just to give you an idea.

Other favorites include:

Cappuccino Coffee Creamer
1 cup hot chocolate mix
3/4 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup dry non-dairy coffee creamer
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melissa's fave is:
Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ty's fave is:
Toffee Coffee Creamer
1 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 brown sugar

Cody's fave is:
Mocha Coffee Creamer
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoons cocoa

We all like:

A Snowy Night Coffee Creamer
2 cups hot chocolate mix
2 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For those of you who like Amaretto:
Amaretto Coffee Creamer
3/4 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar

The amount you add to your cup of hot brewed coffee depends on the size of your cup and how strong you like your flavor. I normally use a larger 14 oz cup and add 2-3 heaping teaspoon fulls,
just to give you an idea. 

One of the good things about making these dry mixes is that you can control how much sugar you use. Or you could even use Splenda in place of the sugar since they are measured the same. Another thing is these can be made into instant flavored coffee mixes by adding 1/2 cup, more or less depending on your taste, to the mix.

Another way I keep costs down is by making my own...

Hot Chocolate Mix
5 1/2 cups dry milk
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups sugar
1 cup dry non-dairy creamer

Use 1/3 cup of dry mix to 1 cup of hot water
for 1 cup of Hot Chocolate.
Add marshmallows, if you'd like and


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