Friday Favorites–Thanksgiving

I’m sure I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s nearly Thanksgiving.  Halloween just happened.  We won’t even get in a deep breath and it will be Christmas.  I love this time of the year, but this ride goes a little too fast sometimes.

With the time frame allotted to it so short, sometimes it’s hard to actually decorate for Thanksgiving.  That makes this Chalkboard Bunting from The Scrap Shoppe perfect.  Put it up early, write a cute Halloween phrase on it, erase, Thanksgiving, erase again and Christmas.


This Letter Banner from Parents magazine is quick and easy, making it a good option for a colorful last minute addition.

If you’re planning ahead for next year, check out this Give Thanks silverware decoration from SpoonerZ on Etsy.  The spoons just feel so appropriate for Turkey Day.


Thanksgiving is all about showing your gratitude, and I Heart Naptime shows you how to incorporate it into your décor with this printable.


It’s a great time to teach the little ones to be thankful as well, so make it fun with these Thankful Dry Erase Placemats from Baby Jayne’s.


When you’re hosting a big crowd for the holiday, sometimes it’s challenging to make sure everyone gets their utensils.  Solve that problem with these Be Thankful Utensil Holders from The Idea Room.  Let the kids color them while you cook!

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I don’t think I need to say much about Tom the Turkey from Kiki Creates.  I mean, just LOOK at him. 

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This entire Thanksgiving Kids Table from Fiskars is adorable, but I’m very partial to that paper turkey leg.


These Gobble Latte Coffee Spoons from SheKnows look a little more complicated than they actually are, and there’s caramel under that bird.


I don’t know if a turkey has ever made me do the “Aww!” head-tilt before, but it happens every time I look at this Beaded Turkey from Craftily Ever After.  So cute!


Be sure to come back next week...I’ll be sharing a special discount code for my Etsy shop, my gift certificate giveaway on Sew, Mama, Sew and a Black Friday special from Silhouette on their electronic cutting tools! 

Friday Favorites–Copycat Treats

This week’s selections were inspired by my attempt at something I saw on…wait for it…Pinterest.  I just couldn’t believe you could mix two things together, coat it in chocolate and come out on the other side with a Butterfinger, so I had to try it.

There are many variations of this recipe out there, but I liked the lazy easy way that Cookies and Cups went with Butterfinger Bark, made even lazier by me by only spreading the chocolate on top.  I have a bruise on my hand from cutting it, I may be missing a filling or two, but it’s definitely tasty and does have a Butterfingeresque quality.  The secret is candy corn!  Shh!


This Clone of a Cinnabon from AllRecipes user Marsha Fernandez is another recipe I’ve actually tried.  We were snowed in on Christmas a couple of years ago, so I hadn’t been able to get to the store to get frozen cinnamon rolls like I usually do.  These really do taste just like a Cinnabon, which is all kinds of dangerous!


I always have a tin of Cinnamon Altoids in my car.  I might try making my own, like these from Instructables user scoochmaroo.  I could have any flavor they make in flavored oil, but mine would probably still be cinnamon.


I could have drank chocolate milk every day when I was a kid, if it had been allowed.  Now, not drinking it often is a choice, but I’d love to try this Homemade Nesquik from Sugar Bananas.


I’ve only had Cow Tales once or twice in my life, and it’s been so long I don’t remember exactly what they taste like.  But according to this recipe from Sprinkle Bakes, it’s caramel with cream filling, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Cookies and Cups again, this time with Homemade Nutter Butters.  How did she get these to look so perfectly like store-bought?  Mine would probably be a little wonky.


My daughter went on a Goldfish cracker bender for a couple of years.  I think she finally burned herself out, fortunately before Costco ran out.  Once she falls off the wagon, we might have to try making our own with this recipe from missamy on Tasty Kitchen.


Not only are these Homemade Pixie Sticks from Amanda’s Parties To Go really cute, but it sounds like they’re healthier than the originals.

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This isn’t so much a recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Twix from Life in a Peanut Shell, as it is a suggested method you could make them, which is really all you need.


I lost a tooth once in a Tootsie Roll.  It was a baby tooth, and needed to pop out, but it was still a little traumatic.  Like candy had turned on me.  I’m probably mostly over it now, and I’ll bet these Homemade Tootsie Rolls from Paula Deen taste better than the originals.


I have to go see if there’s any Butterfinger Bark left in the kitchen.

Friday Favorites–Pie

A couple of months ago, I asked my kids to suggest themes I could use for my Friday Favorites.  They came up with a few things, but the one that didn’t surprise me at all was from my son – pie.  That boy loves pie.  Pumpkin is his favorite, which he’s had instead of birthday cake for the last few years.  Lucky for him, his birthday happens to be in October.  So, Tucker, this one is for you.

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want this Cookie Dough Cream Pie from Love and Olive Oil.  And seafood.  But not together.


This Lemon Pie from Dabbled looks delicious, but I especially like the photo collage of the steps they used to make it.  There’s another one for blueberry pie here.


Watermelon happens to be another of my son’s favorite foods, so he’ll love this Watermelon Pie from Make and Takes.


I’ve made Cream Cheese Pie before, similar to this one from Glorious Treats.  I actually like it better than cheesecake – it’s lighter and doesn’t overpower the fruit.


My sister made Pie in a Jar like these from Not Martha for Thanksgiving one year.  They’re fun to eat with a fork right out of a jar.  You’d think the fact that they’re individual might help with portion control – not so much.


I liked this Rocky Road Brownie Pie even before I read the post and found out Gingerbread Bagels is a fellow Oregonian!

I love berry pie in the summer.  This Triple Berry Pie from Instructables user kathrynl is so pretty I would kind of hate to cut into it.


I’ve made my own version of peanut butter brownie pie before, but this creamy, fluffy-looking Mile-High Peanut Butter-Brownie Pie from Pillsbury seems perfect for summer.


This last pie is actually a pie-cake hybrid.  A turducken of sorts…a pie baked inside a cake.  I can imagine so many combinations I wouldn’t know where to start, except to go with this Chocolate Pecan PieCake from Making Life Delicious.


I seriously have to stop writing about food – gotta go make a pie now.

Friday Favorites–Stuff on a Stick

It’s Friday again, and the weatherman has promised we will finally see the temperature hit 80 degrees this weekend.  We haven’t seen 80 around here since the beginning of October last year, so we’re all kind of giddy.  I’m very ready for some sunshine.  What does any of that have to do with stuff on a stick?  Not a thing, but putting something on a stick has a similar effect to putting eyes on it – it just gets cuter and I’m in the mood for cute.

Most of my favorites this week are food, but I don’t know if I could bring myself to actually eat these Chili Pepper Cake Balls from Nikki in Stitches.


These Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick from Artisan Bread in Five are cute too, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t keep myself from eating them.


Visit Confessions of a Cookbook Queen for the Cream Pie on a Stick recipe, but stay for the hilarious story she tells along with it.


My kids would LOVE these Donut Pops from Potter and Butler.  Don’t tell them.


Speaking of my kids, here is their first, and so far only, Instructable.  They have detailed how to make their Fluffy Cheesy Weiner Kebabs.  Don’t knock it until you try it.


This one is a little out of season, but I’ve still got Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Givers Log on my to-do list.  They might be good to take camping.  Or just freeze them and eat them like a popsicle.


We’ve all seen the cake pops everywhere, which are delicious and cute, but my heart is all a-twitter for these Pie Pops from Luxirare.  The photos are gorgeous.


I love these PopTarts on a Stick from Saucy’s Sprinkles.  I really just love that they’re homemade PopTarts – the fact that they’re on a stick is a bonus.


Just so you know there’s other fun stuff that comes on a stick besides food, here’s an adorable Sock Stick Horse from The Napping House.


These Soapsicles from TeachSoap look edible, delicious in fact, but unless you’re being punished for some colorful language, keep them out of your mouth.


Friday Favorites–Cookies

I decided since next week contains both Mother’s Day and my birthday that I would feature my favorite dessert, and possibly food, on the planet – COOKIES!  If it were possible to survive on cookie dough with the occasional baked cookie thrown in for texture variation, I’d do it.

These Sugar Cookie Truffles from Cookies and Cups aren’t strictly a cookie, but they start out as one, so I’m including them here.  These would survive about two seconds in my house.


I want to throw a full-on, girly tea party just so I can serve these Teabag Shortbread Cookies from Accent the Party.


I’ve rarely met a cookie I didn’t like, but my most favorite is chocolate chip.  They just aren’t usually very cute.  Sweetopia has changed all that with these Chocolate Chip Decorated Cookies.


Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mega Crafty shares these tattoo-themed Mom Cookies.


I’m not a big fan of actual mojitos, but the mint/citrus combo sounds tasty in these Mojito Butterfly Cookies from The Cooking Photographer.


I think these Popcorn Cookies from The Decorated Cookie are just adorable.  They look so comic bookish.


I’m a little late for both April Fool’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, but I couldn’t leave out these Chips and Salsa Cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle.


These Tie Dye Cookies from What I Live For look like they would be fun to make with a pint-sized helper.


Not quite as much as cookies, but I also love strawberries.  I ate so many when I was pregnant with my daughter I was afraid she’d come out all red and covered in seeds.  I’d happily replace the real ones with this version from Bake at 350.


As I mentioned, my birthday is next week, so I’m going to wrap this up with Birthday Cake Cookies from 1 Fine Cookie.  I’ve had cookies instead of cake for the past several years – maybe this will be the one this year!


Cow Pie Cookies

I am well aware of what a horrible mental image that conjures up, but these were named by a fifteen-year-old boy and that’s the kind of thing he finds hilarious.  Frankly, I couldn’t argue with him – that’s exactly what they look like.  Fortunately, they’re tasty enough to make up for it.

I didn’t figure out the nutrition stats for these, but they should be fairly low in fat.  If you replace the oil with fat-free yogurt or sour cream and leave out the chocolate chips, they could be fat-free.

Cow Pie Cookies

1 box (13.7 oz) Fat-Free No Pudge Fudge Brownie Mix (we happened to use Cappuccino flavor)

1 box (1.4 oz) sugar-free, fat-free chocolate fudge pudding mix

1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Stir in chips.  Drop by heaping tablespoons onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.  The cookies should be shiny on top and the edges should be slightly dull.  Cool.

This made about 13 large cookies for us and they were still fudgy inside.  They didn’t stay around for long, but they were so much yummier than they look.

Friday Favorites–My Favorites

Last Friday I listed the top 10 most popular posts from this blog in the past year.   This week, as we’re nearing the end of my First Anniversary celebration, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites.  There would be some duplicates, like the whole list, so I won’t go over those again.  These are a few that didn’t make the last cut, but still hold a special place in my heart.


Pillowcases 101

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For some reason, I just really love making these pillowcases.  When you turn the whole thing out of the tube and you can see what the three fabrics are actually going to look like together...that’s my favorite moment in any project.


Lip-Shaped Bag

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I wish my photography had been better on these, because they are so much cuter in person than they came off here.  I need to make more of them soon.


Pineapple Purse

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I was happy this purse fulfilled my girl’s pineapple wishes for her birthday, but I also love it just because it turned out the way it looked in my head.  That doesn’t always happen. 


Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

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These were fun and a little dangerous, a thrill for my internal adrenaline junkie.


Crayon T-Shirts

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Any craft I can do with my kids, put Wonder Woman on, use crayons for and wear later is ok with me.


Microwave Homemade Caramels

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I just made these again for Valentine’s Day and they are still ridiculously delicious.  I mean they were.


When I look back at my projects from the past year, there isn’t one I wouldn’t do again.  I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot.  That’s why we’re all here, right?

Don’t forget, you can enter my First Anniversary Giveaway until midnight tonight!  You could win your choice of any of my tutorials…made by me just for you!

Friday Favorites–Christmas Treats

Welcome to the Thursday edition of Friday Favorites and my last post before Christmas!

Holiday food is like none other.  Not only should it taste good, but it has to look festive.  Those two things aren’t always easy to achieve simultaneously.  Here’s a few things I’ve found that have the look down, and I’m betting the flavor is there too.  I know, I know, again with the sugar.  At least I have the holiday excuse this time.

Two of my favorite holiday treats are fudge and eggnog.  Thanks to RecipeGirl for sharing her Eggnog Fudge recipe and saving me a step.


My daughter and I recently discovered Red Velvet Cake.  We decided we don’t care it’s just chocolate cake and food coloring, it’s still pretty.  These Red Velvet Cake Balls from Polka Dots and Pizza make me swoon.


I’m kind of a sucker for reindeer.  And marshmallows.  And chocolate.  And cuteness.  Imagine me when I found these Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer from Betty Crocker Wannabe.


There tends to be extra kids around my house during the holidays and they like to eat.  A lot.  This Peanut Butter Popcorn from I Am Just Lu on Leafy Treetop Spot would be a good way to keep them out of the stuff I don’t want them to inhale before Christmas.


Most people I know seem to either love or hate coconut.  Our house is equally divided.  Personally, it’s one of my favorite flavors so I’d love to try this Almond Joy Cocoa from Delia Creates.  At least I only have to share it with one other person.


I don’t know how long this Snickers Christmas Tree from The Crafty Chica would survive intact, but I’d kinda like to find out.


What can you say about a gingerbread house that includes meat?  Seriously.  Go ask Almost Bourdain about the Chocolate Bacon “Not Gingerbread” Cake House.


Sometimes you need something you can make quickly that still looks impressive.  Candy Cane Mint Milanos from Hostess with the Mostess – done and done.


These Melted Snowman Cookies have been all over the place lately.  I’m not sure who gets credit for creating them originally, but the ones at Truly Custom Cakery are the cutest I’ve seen yet.


A tiny gingerbread house that sits on the edge of your mug.  What will they think of next?  Thanks to Not Martha for sharing these.  They’re so cute I can’t stop looking at them. 


Well, that’s it for my Christmas posts this year!  Happy Holidays from my crazy house to yours!