Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Caramel Ghosts~

O.K, these little guys were fun to make and so good! Did I say SOOOO GOOD??!
These would be good for any holiday, party or get together since the little melty chocolates come in such a variety of colors these days!
I think the ghosts turned out super cute! Love the little candy eyes!
Not only are the melts different colors, but there's a world of sprinkles out there!
We had our little Halloween/Fall theme going on, but I'm going to whip up some of these for Christmas for the neighbors {and us of course!} dipped in green with red, green and white sprinkles! Hopefully, it will give the effect of a Christmas tree! We'll see!
I'd never made my own caramel before, but Peggy {the sweet friend I referred to yesterday} has a gazillion times, so this was my time to learn!
It might take a few times to get when it's boiled for too short of time, just right or too stinkin' long!
Use your candy thermometer once you've mixed everything and brought it to a boil: bring to "thread". Or if you don't have a candy thermometer you can take a drip of caramel and drop it into cold water. You should be able to form it into a soft ball if it's ready!  
When it's to "thread", pour it out onto lightly sprayed sheets and let it cool. When it's boiled "just right" it doesn't harden up and you can cut it into any size strip ya need!
You can see the little size strip that we cut. Then you take the pretzel stick and wrap it around
like so...
Melt whatever color you choose and get to dippin'!
They even have mint flavored melts!!
Lay on wax paper, let set a few and EAT UP!
They're like a potato chip~ you can't eat just one!!
Time to make your own!
What you'll need:
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag big long stick pretzels
In a saucepan combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to thread on candy thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour onto lightly sprayed sheets to cool.
This is great for Caramel popcorn too!!
Only let the caramel boil for a skosh...you want it runny!!
Then drop in Christmas M&M's!!
This is belly rubbin' good!! {Remember, that's the highest rating!}

Monday, November 19, 2012

MONSTER Cookies~

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 
A couple weekends ago I had a super sweet friend come in town for a "sweet" weekend! Seriously, it was all about sweets!
On the list: Caramel Pretzel sticks {whipped up our own caramel}, Monster Cookies and No Bake Cookies!!
I think I ate enough for all followers here, plus supplied plate fulls to the neighbors! {If my thighs are growing, so are theirs! Ha!}
Let's start with this Mighty Monster Cookie~ So TASTY!
I love how M&M's have different colors for the seasons!! This mixture was brown, yellow and burgundy for Fall!!
 What you'll need:
1 cup margarine
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 eggs
4 tsp. baking soda
9 cups oatmeal
1 cups M&M's
1 cup chocolate chips
What you'll do:
Cream together margarine, peanut butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat in baking soda, oatmeal, M&M's and chocolate chips. Mix well.
Bake at 350 for 10 min. on a greased or lined cookie sheet. {you know your oven, so the time may vary!}
Cool on pan
This recipe makes so much that I was able to put some in a gallon Ziploc and pop in the freezer for baking later!
Mmmmm...warm cookie fresh out of the oven
with a cold glass of milk....
{*Tomorrow~ Make your own caramel!}

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Surprise Money Box~

My nephew turned 17 in October and I was completely stumped on what to get him! At seventeen, what does a teenage boy want? What does he need?...Easy answer: Money!!

Now, how to send it without it simply being bills stuck in a card??
{Can you believe 2 years ago the envelope was opened, money taken out and card still sent on it's way!?? Who does that?!?!?  Guess I'm the dummy for sending it that way!}.

I was going to black out jars and have him guess what was in them to get what was inside, but that became too complicated, so I came up with this instead which I think turned out pretty cute and is fun!
I used a truvia box, painted just the corners black and used modge podge to put scrap book paper on it.

{I love the new little birthday stamps I got from IMPRESS}
To try and trick him, I sent a little card with $10 bucks in it. I wrote, "Just a little something since I had no idea what you needed." Not that he would care if I only sent $10.00, but it might be a bit of a let down since he knows I always send more!
I took 40 ones and taped them together long ways...
I took a straw and cut it a tad bit widder than the box, so that it would slip in place, but not bulge out the box and tapped the first one to it and wrapped all the ones around it...
Made a cute little pull tag and tapped it to the top of the ones to "start the pull"...
{I smiled the entire time making it, thinking how funny
and clever I was being!}
Hee hee!!
Here it is all done!!!

I'll be using this idea again with 6 other nieces and nephews!
I chose orange and black for an October birthday, but a fun pink n' red would be great for February!!
Ahhh...the endless options....
Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Photos~Orange at i heart faces

Welcome to our Fall Photo session!
We entered this picture into the i heart faces photo challenge for November!
Keep your fingers crossed!
Photo Challenge Submission
Every year we head out back to take our Fall photos...
Usually I have to bribe Jo a bit, but this time she was ready to roll! We've been waiting for a dry day to play in the leaves and it finally arrived! Fall Season in the Pacific NW means rain, grey, rain and more rain, but the Fall colors are still just as stunning and beautiful! Fall is one of my favorite times to head outside with my camera!
It's always fun because she's just a little goof ball!
{I think she comes by it honestly}

It's never a serious "photo shoot"...If we get that "one" picture, Fantastic!
If not, there's ton of fun ones!!

Here's what the entire day was really all about!!

This is one of my favorites! To me it screams PURE JOY!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Under Construction~

Like so many of you, I'm a crafter! We make things, we change them, we change them back, we make new things, we change old into new...there's an endless amount of craft mania!!
My blog is no different than my craft counter! I like to change it! Rather it's scrap booking my own header, using PicMonkey or something {anything} else, I like to do it! Now some may say that's the wrong thing to do {yes, I've heard that!}. They say that this is your "brand"... well, I'm still fairly new to blogging {9 months, but that's not full time} and I'm not sure I've come to find my "brand". Everyone who stops by here pretty much knows what they'll find and the name will never change, but the look...I have to say, will. Until I find that, Ahhh... I love it everyday when I pull it up, I'm going to have to tinker! Yes, I'll take the "constructive criticism" that comes along with it, but isn't that what our blogs are all about??..Us and what we like, don't like, LOVE, the good, the bad, the great things and the flops?? So....in the next couple weeks you'll see changes. Hopefully, all going in the right direction, but if you look at it and think, "Is she nuts??", feel free to let me know!
I love the personal scrap booking side...
But also the clean, crisp, simplicity of this....
Just like those linky parties we have fun with. You check out every one's crafts n' recipes they love to share and you can make {or try!} I'm looking and tinkering...I'm finding my "place".
The look, feel, navigation...
Please be patient and I hope you continue to visit!
Have a great day!!

Time for glasses~

I had always heard that once I turned 40 I'd need cheaters. Well, I turned the big 4-0 last year and didn't need them {"nanny nanny boo boo!"}~ then I turned 41...CLICK~ just like a switch was turned on it happened~ I did need eyeglasses!!

Weird thing was, I didn't notice because the words looked blurry or I was getting a headache, it  was my neck! Like many, {I KNOW I'm not alone here!} I'm on my iphone a little {ha! A LOT!} and as my neck started to ache I became more and more aware of it...I was tilting my head back to make the screen a bit farther away to read it. Holy smokes, I did need cheaters!!

 Introducing  my "Joey Blues" from GlassesUSA.com!
It took me and my daughter awhile to pick out the perfect pair!
Seriously, there's a large selection!

Several of my friends weren't all that thrilled about turning 40 or having to get glasses. Me on the other hand, I welcomed 40 and watched for the UPS man like I was waiting for Santa!!
 The best thing was the Virtual Mirror...look for yourself!!

You can upload a picture of yourself {or use your web cam} and "try" glasses on!

I'll be honest, I uploaded my husbands picture as well and let Kiley Jo go to town! I think he ended with a little purple number! That feature was awesome help in choosing a pair!! {Rather their cheaters or perscription glasses}!

They came in this nice little sturdy case that stays shut! That helps when I toss it in the bottomless black hole..my purse!!

It also came with this to wipe those smudges away!!
Ahhhhh...I can see, I can see!!!
My daughter says, "Mom, you look Super Smart!"
If that's the case, I need several pairs!!! Plus, I can see!!!
{You could look "super smart"
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