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Ideas pinned on Pinterest and tired by me

Peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

Just like everyone else, I have been very busy with friends and family over the past few weeks.  I haven’t really taken the time to do many postings.  Some of that was due to the fact that I had been working on some Christmas presents and didn’t want to post them before they had been opened. Also, both of my children are home for a week and I really didn’t want to take away from family time to busy myself on the computer.  Well they both got up early today and went to the gym, so they are taking a nap.  I thought this would be the perfect chance to do a post.  Now it seems like some of my posts are not going to be timely since they are Christmas Posts!

This peppermint tray was “pinned” by my niece and I thought I would try it.

Walmart mints

Walmart mints

I just picked up a bag of mints while I was at Walmart.  I thought I would like to make a shaped tray, so I started with one mint and then started surrounding it with other mints.

peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

I put parchment paper down on my cookie sheet before I started. (you can also use waxed paper) I got this small tray completed and did not have enough mints to make it any bigger, so I put the rest of them together to make two small coasters.

Peppermint tray and coasters

Peppermint tray and coasters

I then looked a couple of “pins” and they stated to put the mints in the oven at 330 for 7 to 9 minutes.  This is what I did.  The also cautioned that a higher temperture may cause the mints to “smoke”.  The tray turned out, but the coasters became a little miss-shaped.  They tray was really not big enough to put anything on.  I would suggest you buy more mints. and make it a little bigger.  It is also “sticky”, so you would have to put it on another tray.   I am going to keep it and maybe use it for Valentine’s Day.  You can check out one of the sites I used here.

finished tray

Finished tray and coasters



Upcycled Man’s Tie into a bracelet

bracelet made from man's tie

Bracelet made from man’s tie

My daughter recently purchase a bracelet that was made from a man’s tie.  Her’s had a leather buckle on it, but it also had a price tag of $55.00

My son moved to CO this summer and brought me all the items he didn’t have room for in his car.  Among those items were loads of neckties.

tie bracelet

tie bracelet

I thought I would try my hand at making one of these bracelets.  I really have to say that this may have been the hardest step, deciding which button to put on the bracelet.  Oh yea, I really, really, really do hate to make button holes.   I read some blogs on how to make a tie bracelet, but I choose the simple route.  I just measured my daughter’s wrist and added @ 2 1/2″ to that measurement.  I used the skinny part of the tie, you know, the part you never see.  I turned raw edges in and slip-stitched the opening closed.  I then put in a button-hole and sewed on the button.  How fast was that.  You could really make a few bracelets from the same tie.  I think I will try to make the little wristlets I have seen on Pinterest from the rest of the tie. My New Year’s Resolution is to try some more of those “pins” and report on how they work out.  I really didn’t take very detailed pictures of this bracelet, but my nieces have picked out ties and I will get busy on those bracelets and post the results.  Have fun with this.  It would be a great way to use a tie from a special occasion or maybe one of your dad’s.  What a sweet memory!

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

Buckeye Girl Clutch

Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Ohio State Buckeyes Clutch

Happy days at our house.  My Buckeye Girl (aka: my daughter) is returning home to OH this weekend for a OSU Buckeye Game. She is also a Pinterest addict and she has been busy “pinning” ideas on a board for “My Mom’s New Career”.  She is one up on me since she also loves to check out Etsy and is always finding cute items.

She has always been up on the latest fashion and is crazy about “chevrons”.  Well to give you an idea of how “out of touch” I am with fashion, I had to ask, “What’s a chevron?”  Her answer, “Mom, you know…the front of Charlie Brown’s shirt.”  Oh, I thought that was zig-zag!!

She has been busy sending me things I could make her to wear to the game and then she found a clutch on Etsy she liked.  I like to sew, but I need a pattern.  So this clutch was the result of  two addicts bouncing ideas around.   I think the result is really cute, but I think I would have liked it better with a red zipper.  My mama always said, “you know what red says….look at me!”

The original pin for the instructions for the clutch can be found here.

I have just included instrutions for  the “buckeye leaves” that I added.

leaf image

Buckeye leaf image

You will need to find a Buckeye Leaf image.  This is one I picked up at a quilt show and it was dated 2003.  I can not believe I found it.  Sorry for the shadow, I think need to take some photography lessons or get better lighting.  Maybe I just need to sew in the daylight and not put everything off until the last-minute and working late into the night..LOL.

Buckeye clutch

Buckeye clutch

I  traced the image on Wonder Under and cut it out of scraps of fabric.  Be careful with the placement.  You will have to pre-fold the fabric for the clutch so that the image appears where you want it on the clutch.  After I ironed it on, I stitched around the image with a blanket stitch.  Ashley opted for a grey ( or is that gray) zipper.  If you check out the original “pin”, you will see she used contrasting zippers and they were very striking.  I guess Ashley (aka: my daughter) was thinking that grey would be neutral and would be more versatile .  Hope the girls like it at the game this weekend.

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

Ohio State Buckeye clutch

As you can see it is just the right size for your cell phone, keys, lip gloss and debt card.  I did put red in the inside..

ps.  I bought 2 yards of the “zig-zag” fabric and only used a 9″ x 10″ square, so let me know if you would like a clutch of your own!

Crock pot chicken and noodles

chicken and noodles

Crock Pot Chicken and noodles

I feel like I have slacked off on my posts the last couple of weeks, but that is because I am “working”.  Yes, I hate to admit it but I have somewhat joined the workforce.  I am working in the local school systems as a substitute aide.  They have kept me pretty busy the last two weeks.  I am also slowing returning to the “long arm quilting” world.  I have just finished 3 quilts.  I will be posting pictures next week of some of the quilts.

On to the real reason for this post….Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles.  I got this recipe from Pinterest.  The pin can be found at this link.  I will be posting an updated recipe the next time I make this dish.  While the chicken and noodles were really tasty, both my husband and I thought it called for WAY too much butter.  I also only put in two boneless chicken breasts and it was plenty of chicken (@ 1 and 1/3 lbs)  I think I will cut the butter in half or maybe even leave it out the next time around.  That being said, the chicken was really tender and is was very good, but a tad rich!

crock pot chicken and noodles

crock pot chicken and noodles

Christmas Punch Card

punch card

Punch Christmas Card

I am going to offer a “Stamp a Stack” soon and this is one of the cards we will be making.  I loved the clever use of the bird builder and the modern label punches.  This is a simple card to construct.  The stamp a stack will be a great way to get a head start on your Holiday Cards.  We will be making 20 cards , 4 each of 5 designs.  I will post the date soon.  I hope you can join us!  The cost will be $25.00.

To make this card yourself:

Stampin  Up  Items : order here

Paper:  Garden Green, More Mustard, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi

Punches:  Bird Builder, Modern Label

Have fun and email me if you would like to attend the Stamp a Stamp

Jeans bracelet

jeans bracelet

Jeans bracelet

I made another project with the bottom of Cassidy’s jeans and threw away the hems.  Lucky for me I hadn’t emptied the trash.  I was browsing Pinterest (image that) when I saw a pin for a jeans bracelet.  It was in Chinese, but luckily they had great pictures.  This project was so easy.  They used the seam, but I used the hem for this one.  It was just a trial, but I thought it was worth a post.  I already had some heavy coral wire, so I just used it.

jeans bracelet

thread wire

First thread the wire through the hem or seam.

add beads

add beads at each end

trim close to the seam

Trim close to the seam

Now your done!  I will post some additional pictures after I make a trip to get some additional beads.

Butterfinger Cake

ingredients for Butterfinger cake

Ingredients for Butterfinger cake

A couple of weeks ago I posted Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I had made this soup for my scrapbook group and I promised to post the dessert I made for them, so here it is:

You will need:

Yellow cake mix and the listed ingredients to prepared it

Cool Whip

One can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of caramel syrup

6 fun size Butterfingers (crushed)

prepare yellow cake

Prepare the yellow cake mix as directed on the package.  Poke holes in the cake with a straw or fork.

mix condensed milk and carmel

Mix sweetened condensed milk and caramel

I should have used a bigger bowl to mix.

pour on cake

Pour the mixture on the cake while it is still hot

At this point I was beginning to wonder, “what the world”!  The cake was swimming in the mixture.  The mixture flowed to the sides of the cake and pooled.  I used a tablespoon and put some of it back in the middle of the cake.

mixture soaked in

The milk and caramel mixture soaked into the yellow cake.

The cake needed to cool and I had finished the bottle of caramel syrup.  My grandma taught me never to waste anything, so I poured some milk in the bottle and had some caramel  milk while the cake cooled.

carmal milk

caramel milk

Butterfinger cake

Butterfinger cake

I have to admit this cake is packed with calories.  I cut the pieces small and several of us went back for seconds.  The cake does get very moist, so “darn” we had to eat it up quickly.  I had to take some to my sister-in-law, Kelley, since she was the one was  who originally “pinned” the recipe.  Visit the “Plain Chicken  for the original version of this cake.  She also has other versions of the cake that I really want to try.  I am sure the scrapbook club will enjoy the chocolate version.  Enjoy!!  Let me know what you think if you try it.

Pumpkin Delight

pumpkin delight

Pumpkin delight

Fall is in the air and it seems like a good time to have something “pumpkin”.  I saw a recipe similar to this on Pinterest and it reminded me of one of my favorite recipes my mom used to make.  She called it chocolate delight.  If you want to make this version, you need to hurry out to your local store and pick up some pumpkin spice Jello instant pudding.  I say hurry out, because it is only in the stores for a short time in the fall.  I found mine at Walmart.  I took this to Fall Sewing Days last week and it was a big hit.  You can make it with any flavor of instant pudding.  My mom always “cut” the main flavor with   vanilla, but I had some “white chocolate” in the pantry and it was delish!

mom's recipe

Mom’s orignal recipe

Here is my original recipe that my mom gave me many years ago.  You can tell from the picture it has been well used.

My version of Chocolate Delight just in time for fall.

You will need:

First layer

2 cups flour

1 cup of chopped nuts (I used walnuts this time or you can use pecans)

1 cup oleo softened ( I used butter)

mix and press in 9 x 13 cake pan and  bake 15 mins at 375 degrees and then COOL

press in pan

The ingredients will be very dry so you will have to press it in the pan

Second Layer

1 cup of powered sugar

1 8oz cream cheese softened

Cream these together and add 1/2 of a large tub of Cool Whip

2nd layer

Second layer

Third layer

1 small box of white chocolate instant pudding

2 small boxes of pumpkin spice instant pudding

4 1/2 cups of milk

Mix as directed on package and spread over the 2nd layer

3rd layer

Third layer

Now top with remaining Cool Whip.  I sprinkled a little pumpkin pie spice just to dress it up!pumpkin delight

In the Chocolate version my mom used 2 boxes of vanilla and one box of chocolate instant pudding.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as ours. Don’t forget to pick up that Pumpkin Spice pudding as soon as possible.

Dry Erase Frame

dry erase frame

Dry Erase Frame To Do List

I just returned from Fall Sewing Days at Irvalee’s and we had a ball.  I got some sewing done and a lot of laughing and eating.  Above is the gift Irvalee made for each of the “girls”.  It is a simple picture frame with an acrylic “glass”.  The package was filled will goodies, including a dry erase marker.  As you can see, the first thing on my to do list is:

1. Send Irvallee a thank you card

This would be a great inexpensive gift to make for Christmas…just saying it will be here before you know it!


goodie bag

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Good Morning Glories!  Who used to say that?  I can not remember where I first heard it, but it is 7:30 am and I have been up since 5:30 and I have already fixed lunch w/desert and am dressed and showered and ready to go.  I have to say I am a happy camper today. I have been invited back to Fall Sewing days at Irvalee’s, which I mentioned in the Fall Pumpkin Decoration Post.   I was holding my breath this morning since I have decided I might need to get a job, so I signed up to be a sub aid in the local school system.  I got my first call last Thursday and had to decline since I was taking my brother-in-law to his Dr.’s appointment.  I knew if they called this morning, I would have to accept.  Well, it’s 7:30 and the phone hasn’t rang, so I am home free and will be sewing ALL day with some very fun ladies.  Watch for some posts with my project in the near future.  This soup, however, was made for my scrapbook group and it was a big hit as was the desert which I will post later in the week.

morning glory

Morning Glory

I could not resist posting this picture I snapped last weekend on our trip to Notre Dame for a football game.

Now on to the serious stuff….

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can each of …   (drain and rinse each)


kidney beans

black beans

2 cans each of…

chicken broth

Ro-Tel tomatoes (I used mild)

1 package of taco mix

1 onion diced (I used some frozen left from another recipe)

1 1/2 to 2 cups of water

2 boneless skin-less chicken breast

items added later…

tortilla chips

shreeded cheedar cheese

sour cream



Now comes the fun part!  Put a slow cooker crock pot liner in your crock pot.  This is the hardest part…open all the cans!  Yes that is just how easy this recipe is, opening the cans is the hardest thing you will do.  Dump every thing except the chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Give it a big stir.  Place the uncooked chicken breasts on top of the mixture and make sure they are covered with liquid.

chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

This picture was taken before I added the chicken breasts.   Cook on low 8 to 9 hours or on high 6 to 7 hours.  When ready to serve, you may have to take out the chicken breasts and shred them or they may just fall apart by theirselves.  Put your tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl and top with soup, cheese and some sour cream if you desire.  You will not believe how something so simple tastes so good.  The chicken is so moist.  My hubby even liked it and he is very picky!

If you would like to see the original Pintrest post…click here.