Monday, December 27, 2010

Resolutions Board

Resolutions Board

Resolve to follow through with your New Year's resolutions! Posting them on an attractive note board will keep them fresh in your mind all year long.

•Mat board: 4 1/2 x 7-inch royal blue, 4 x 2-inch pale blue
•Pale blue card stock
•Mini-corrugated cardboard
•4-inch-square cork panel
•2 light blue eyelets and eyelet-setting tool
•5/8-inch-wide sheer metallic copper ribbon
•Gold paint pen
•Craft knife
•1/8-inch hole punch
•Clear adhesive dots
•Double-sided adhesive tape
•Computer (optional)
•Computer font (optional)

Use computer to generate, or hand-print, New Year's resolutions on pale blue card stock to fit within rectangles no larger than 1 1/2 x 1 inch; cut out. Adhere resolutions to cork using adhesive dots.

From pale blue mat board cut four 3/4-inch squares and one piece 3 1/4 x 1 inches. Adhere mat board pieces to corrugated cardboard using double-sided adhesive tape. Trim around mat board, leaving 1/16-inch borders on squares and 1/8-inch borders on rectangle. Using paint pen, write numerals for year on mat board squares and "resolutions" on rectangle.

Punch 1/8-inch holes through upper corners of royal blue mat board, 1/4 inch from edges. Set eyelets in holes. Thread ribbon through eyelets and knot for hanger.

Adhere year, "resolutions" and cork panel to royal blue mat board using double-sided adhesive tape.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

6 slices of white bread
7 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups of sugar
3 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon powder
1/2 cup packed raisins

Mix together the eggs, vanilla and 1 1/4 cup of sugar in a medium size mixing bowl until sugar is dissolved. DO NOT WHIP. Add half and half and heavy cream slowly to egg mixture until well blended. Mix sugar, cinnamon powder and raisins in a small bowl. Lay white bread in a 9x13 inch deep baking pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar/raisins mixture on top. Poor liquid mixture on top, pushing bread down when it begins to float. Soak bread well. Cover pan with foil. Place on a sheet pan filled with water. Bake in a pre-heated 320 degree oven for 1 hour or until pudding is firm on top and no liquid is showing. Take out of oven, remove foil from pan. Let cool and serve.

Monday, December 20, 2010



To a Friend - Loyalty

To an Enemy - Forgiveness

To your Boss - Service

To your Child - A good example

To your Father - Honor

To your Mother - Gratitude and Devotion

To your Spouse - Love and Faithfulness

To Yourself - Respect

To All Men - Charity

To God - Your Life!!

-- Author Unknown

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ultimate Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ultimate Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A soft, melt-in-your-mouth cookie!

MAKES: 18 cookies PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 11 minutes


•2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1/2 tsp. baking soda
•1 cup (2 sticks) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® All Purpose Sticks
•1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
•1/2 cup granulated sugar
•1 tsp. vanilla extract
•1 large egg
•6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*
•6 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped*
•1/2 cup EACH dried cranberries and coarsely chopped toasted pecans
•1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside.

Beat I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® All Purpose Sticks with sugars in large bowl with electric mixer or wooden spoon until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just until blended. Stir in chocolate, cranberries and pecans.

Drop mixture by 1/4-cupfuls, 3 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 11 minutes or until edges just begin to set. Do not over bake; cookies will firm as they cool. Cool 2 minutes on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.

*SUBSTITUTION: Use semi-sweet or white chocolate chips instead chopped chocolate.

Raisins or dried cherries may be substituted in place of dried cranberries.

Tip: For best results, bake one sheet at a time in the center of the oven.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Stocking Tree Stand

Christmas Stocking Tree Stand

A friend emailed me this cute decoration. It is very simple to makes and can have different uses.

This makes an adorable Christmas stocking tree. It can also be used for hanging other items, such as holiday banners, small quilts, artwork etc.

A coat or two of paint and a tree skirt to hide the base, and it's all finished! Your own choice of paint, added glitter and other decorations will make it uniquely your own.


round wood dowels cut to the following lengths:
26", 22", 18", 14", 10"

We used a dowel of 1/4" diameter. The thickness of the dowel is your choice, but it must fit through the main post and it must be strong enough to hold your stockings when they are full. If your stockings will be heavy, you may want to use larger dowels for the branches, a larger trunk, and slightly larger base.

Trunk (main post)

One wood dowel of 1" diameter, cut to about 68" length.


Cut a 2" x 4" board into two sections that each measure about 2 feet. Cut two more squares from the 2" x 4" board that measure 4" x 4".

Other Materials

Drill, saw, glue, nails, hammer
Paint brush
Glitter and other decorative items of your choice



1. Measure down about 6" from the top of the trunk and mark the spot with a pencil.

2. Measure 24" from the bottom of the trunk and mark the spot with a pencil.

3. Measure the distance from your top mark to your bottom mark and divide by four. At equal distances from one another (which is the number you got by dividing by 4), make three marks between the top and bottom mark.

4. Your shortest branch will be at the top, and each branch down gets longer. Your longest branch will be on the bottom of the trunk. Drill a hole for each branch, drilling each hole PERPENDICULAR to the one before it. Hole should be a size that creates a tight fit for the dowel. We drilled each hole to 1/4" and then sanded the dowel just enough so it would fit through tightly.

5. Push your branch through the hole.


1. Glue or nail the two base squares onto the underside of one of your base cross pieces, even with the ends, to serve as "feet". (refer to photo). 

2. Glue or nail the two base cross pieces together, with the piece with feet on top, and with the two pieces perpendicular to one another.

3. Drill a hole into the center of one of your base pieces, large enough to accomodate your trunk.

4. Glue or nail your trunk into the base.

NOTE: You can change the dimensions of your tree, but be sure that the base is large enough to accomodate the tree when fully loaded. If your base is not wide enough, your tree will tip over!