Thursday, October 29, 2009

String necklace with BUTTERFLY cz Pendant Review and Giveaway!

I just have to tell you about this Give-a-way I have just entered.
I get an extra entry for blogging about it but I also wanted to just let you know so you could enter it to.

It is from Tracy at Ascending Butterfly and the link to the give-a way is here.

This is a lovely String Necklace with Butterfly cz Pendant. You get an entry for following her and an extra one if you blog about the give-a-way.

Good luck if you decide to enter.

Quote from her site:
(You have from Thursday, October 22, 2009 until Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. Winner will be announced shortly after Friday, November 13th! (See, who says Friday, the 13th isn't lucky??)

Easy Breadsticks

These are super easy and simple to make.

Only take a few minutes and pop em in the oven and you're good to go.

1 (8 oz.) can of refrigerator biscuits
1 egg white, that you've slightly beaten
Coarse salt preferably

Heat your oven to 400°.

Grease a cookie sheet. Separate your dough into 10 biscuits and then cut each one in half. Roll them into a pencil shape about 4-6 inches long. Then put on cookie sheet, brush with egg and sprinkle with salt. Bake them 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Can't Leave Alone Bars

I got this recipe in an email and thought it was well worth sharing. Seems simple enough to make and sounds delicious too. Something we would love to make for the holidays coming up.

1 pkg. (18-1/4oz.) white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 can (14-oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed
In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil. With floured hands, press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 45-60 seconds longer or until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust.
Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.
YIELD: 3 dozen bars.

Friends are God's way of taking care of us.

Psalm 55:22

'Friends are God's way of taking care of us.'

This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the quickie mart building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying 'I don't want my kids to see me crying,' so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. she said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, 'And you were praying?' That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, 'He heard you, and He sent me.'

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan. 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.

So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there. I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road... As I was walking over to my car, she said, 'So, are you like an angel or something?'

This definitely made me cry. I said, 'Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.'

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.

Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings....

Psalms 55:22
'Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.'

My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, especially for the months left in
2009, and I picked you...

Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed.
Here is the prayer:

'Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen.'

I know I picked more than four -- you can, too.
When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, 'Jesus, could You please get that for me.'

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dog Treat Recipes

Dog Treats

Fido will love chomping on these tasty & healthy treats!

biscuit dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water

1 large egg
2 Tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 275°.
2. In a large bowl: combine the flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, peanut butter, vegetable oil, honey, baking powder and water.
3. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
4. Roll the dough out to a ½-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and milk. Brush the glaze on the
6. Bake for 30 minutes. Rotate the pans, and bake for an additional 20 - 30
minutes, until biscuits are golden and firm.

Low Fat Dog Cookies Recipe

1-1/2 cups of hot water
1-1/2 tsp. beef or chicken bouillon powder
3 tablespoons olive oil (or vegetable 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
Optional: 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 finely minced clove) *see note below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix hot water, oil and bouillon powder. Add flour, cornmeal and vegetables and mix well. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a minute or two. Roll out to 1/4" thick.
Cut into shapes (I used an inverted glass dipped in flour, then cut the circle in two to make half moon shapes) but bone-shaped cookies are cute.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degree for 30 minutes. Let cool - even though your dog will probably be winding around your feet from the time you take the cookies out of the oven. Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on the size you cut. Store in the fridge, in an air tight container.

*Please note: There is an ongoing debate about giving garlic to dogs; some
people say it is poisonous, while others believe it is a flea deterrent with many other health benefits. You can search Google to find out more. For this recipe, you can either include the garlic, or omit it, according to your preference and what you feel is best for your dogs.

Microwave Dog Cookie Jar Mix

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
2/3 cup skim milk powder
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp beef boullion granules

Layered Dog Cookies

Layer the ingredients, in the order given, in a 1 quart jar, packing each layer firmly.

To Use:

Empty jar contents into a bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 slightly beaten egg and 3/4 cup of hot water. Knead for five minutes. Roll 1/2" thick on a floured board. Cut into bone shapes or triangles etc.

Microwave at 60% power for about 10-15 minutes, rotating plate. Let cool and store in the refrigerator.

Wild Bird Treat Mix in a Jar

Wild Bird Treat Mix in a Jar

1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup small mixed bird seed
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Layer ingredients in order given, cornmeal first, in a 1-quart wide mouth jar, pressing each layer very firmly before adding next layer.

Decorate jar and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:

Wild Bird Treats

Empty all ingredients from jar into a large bowl; mix. Add 3/4 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy, and 1 cup water. Mix very well, adding more water if necessary to make a stiff dough. Spread in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Use a knife to cut bars into 2 x 4-inch bars. Leave bars in place. Bake at 250 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Leave in pan to cool. Cut into bars along cut lines.

Feed wild birds one bar at a time. Keep remaining bars refrigerated until needed.

Doggy Biscuits Mix in a Jar

Doggy Biscuits Mix in a Jar

1 quart wide-mouth canning jar
1 dog biscuit cookie cutter
16 inches pretty ribbon
1 large envelope, with a hole punched in the upper left hand corner
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1 teaspoon brown or granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt

Type baking instructions (see below) on a pretty piece of paper or card and tuck inside the envelope.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine: the flours, cornmeal, milk powder, sugar, garlic powder and salt. Using a funnel, pour dry ingredients into the jar.
Close jar tightly. Tie dog biscuit cookie cutter and instruction card around the top of the card with a pretty ribbon.

Doggy Biscuits:

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Heat it to 250 degrees F.

Place Doggy Biscuits mix ingredients in a medium size bowl. Add 1 large egg, 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup (or more) hot chicken broth, beef broth or very hot water.
Make a dough that is very heavy, but not sticky. Add more flour or water, 1 teaspoon at a time if dough is too moist (use flour) or too dry (use hot water). Turn out dough onto a floured pastry cloth and knead 8 to 10 times until elastic. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.

Roll out dough 1/2 of an inch thick and cut with a dog-bone shaped cutter.
Place cookies close together as they will not spread. Bake for 1 hour.

Rotate the baking trays in the oven (turn tray around 180 degrees F), and bake them another half hour. Cool the cookies in the pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire cake rack to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Bowser Biscuits (for doggies)

1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients and pour into pint jar.

Attached the following instructions to a gift tag:

Peanut Butter Bowser Biscuits:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. Add 1 cup peanut butter and 3/4 cup milk. Stir until well mixed. Place mixture on floured surface and knead. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes 36 biscuits

Microwave Play Dough in a Jar

I belong to the group Gift in a Jar and they recently posted this recipe. I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

Microwave Play Dough in a Jar

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
For fruit flavored: use 1 or 2 envelopes unsweetened flavored drink mix
For chocolate flavored: replace flour with cocoa powder
Use a 1-quart, wide-mouth canning jar.
Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and pick the flavor you want. Pour the mixture into the jar, packing firmly. Seal and decorate jar, adding cookie cutters, and attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

Microwave Play Dough:
2 cups water
2 tablespoons baby oil
Pour jar contents into a large bowl. Add the water and baby oil and mix well
If doing this with a child, be sure to supervise. Place mixture into microwave for about 4 minutes, stopping every 40 seconds or so to stir. Stir until a ball forms, then return to microwave until you have completed the 4 minutes time. Let cool.
Store in refrigerator or in an airtight container.
NOTE: Name the dough on the gift tag according to the flavor you use; chocolate microwave play dough, strawberry microwave play dough, etc.

Info about keeping safe this Flu season

This comes from the Tins and Treasures blog that I recently came across. It is very useful since all the Flu and virus that we have going around.

The heading is Whatcha Workin on Wednesday?? Natalie is a teacher so she really needs to have all the info she can to help keep her safe in this worry some time. But I was surprised to read the info I got in her blog. Some I was aware of but some I wasn't.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Talk about simple things to make

You have got to go check out this blog...
She has a scarf on here that she made that is so SIMPLE you will wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.
I am definitely going to make me one of these.

No cost and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Database

Some places are no cost and others are at a reduced cost, but this website will tell you where they are located.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Button Bracelet Tutorial

I came across this over at Indigo Blue Design's Blog and just had to share it with everyone. She did such a great job on these. I will have to try to make some.
I think these would be great for church or girl scouts, or even to make with the grand kids. I'm sure if you used the fancier buttons you could even make a set of earrings to match.

Instructions to make a Silk Rose Angel Craft Project

She is so cute, I thought I would pass this on.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just to brighten your day..

Please read

If you are an owner of a dog or know someone
who has a dog
which belongs to a 'dangerous breed' category,
or if you have a child visiting your house,
please take this as a warning.

Don't leave your dog with any small
child unattended
under any circumstances!

Only one little moment was
enough for the following to happen.

See the photo below!

Thank you!

The Dog

Your entire childhood memories.....

Kids these days have no idea what they are missing.

45 rpm spindles Green Stamps Metal Ice cube trays

Beanie and Cecil Roller-skate keys Cork pop guns

Marlin Perkins Drive in Movies Drive in restaurants

Car Hops Studebakers Topo Gigio

Washtub wringers The Fuller Brush Man Sky King Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

Tinkertoys Erector Sets LincolnLogs

15 cent hamburgers 5 cent packs of baseball cards Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline Jiffy Pop popcorn 5 cent stamps

Gum wrapper chains Chatty Cathy dolls 5 cent Cokes

Speedy Alka-Seltzer Cigarettes for Christmas Falstaff Beer

Burma Shave signs Brownie camera Flash bulbs

TV Test patterns Old Yeller Chef Boy-AR-dee

Fire escape tubes Timmy and Lassie Ding Dong Avon calling

Brylcreem Aluminum Christmas Trees

If you can remember most or all of these, Then you have lived!!!!!!!

Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'grown-up' life .

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A game where you Play and Feed Hungry people.

This game couldn't be more fun if it tried. You learn spelling and become smarter at the same time along with being able to feed people for FREE all in one. It is such a great way to strengthen your mind and word vocabulary. You might even surprise yourself to see how much you already know. Or what you don't know. Either way you'll have a lot of fun and feed many people at the same time.
So head on over and at least give it a try to see how well you do. Even send it on to your friends to let them see how well they do.
Enjoy and have fun......

Ever wanted a recipe for something you've eaten at a certain restaurant???

Now you can find it. Here at Copy Cat and Restaurant Recipes. Places like Cracker Barrel, Arby's, Bob Evans, and Yia Yia's. You name it they have them listed here with many of their favorite foods and recipes to choose from.
So go and look for your favorite restaurant and see if they have your favorite food listed.
Make the dish at home and pay 1/2 the price than going out to eat.