Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Humpty Dumpty Haiku

humpty dumpty had
a fall because the rodents
pushed him off the wall

poor humpty dumpty

Dress Code Violation

It is quite clear which kitty is in violation of the dress code. I think he just enjoys standing out from the crowd.

ninja kitties

Seed Bead Ninja Kitties in Orange and One Black.  Materials used includes
Size 11 Toho Seed Beads, Nylon Thread, Silver Jump Rings and Silver Spring Clasp.  Great as a cell phone charm.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Friendship Friday

A special thank you to my followers and friends.  Have a wonderful Friday!

Magli Boo
Hawaii Kawaii
Hello Heart Lovers
Sweet Escape
Karber Weekly Challenge
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The Old Geezer Blog
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Seed Bead Pumpkin Charms are here!


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Friendship Friday

It's Friday! Hurray! If you have something you have worked on and would like to show it off, feel free to add your link here. You can link to a craft project, a contest, a recent post...I'm always interested in what you have to share so thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free and Cute

Free and Cute...two wonderful words!  Check this out...

Cute Kawaii Stuff - Free DIY Paper Box Animals
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Lots more paper toy templates that you can download for free at Paper Box World.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BrytonPick Review

Have you ever come out of a restaurant with a yucky feeling of food stuck between your floss, no toothpick and a chunky piece of dinner right there so you used a safety pin, or a paper clip or something else to floss that food out?  Disgusting, unsafe but sometimes...true!

True for me so I am happy for the opportunity to review BrytonPick.

What is BrytonPick? 
BrytonPick is a safe, reusable, convenient and discreet on the go dental tool designed to remove food debris and plaque from between your teeth after eating.  It is made in the USA from recyclable material and has a germ resistant steel cleaning strip that can be reused for up to 30 days.  It comes in a portable credit card size carry pouch.

Now to share my thoughts on BrytonPick.

I Like that it is ...

- Pretty! Comes in yellow, orange, green, pink...and more.
- Portable and Convenient!  It is small and flat so you can stick in into your purse or wallet and it comes in a sturdy plastic pouch.
- Reusable!  Clean it with a tissue and use for up to 30 days.  The pick is on both sides so you do have more than one use if you decide not to store it.
- Hygienic!  I'm happy to know that it has germ resistant stainless steel strips.
- Easy to Use!  I read the directions and went to the web site to watch a "how to use" video just to be safe but it is very easy to use.  Thin, flexible and easy to reach my back teeth.
- Discreet!  Not like messy flossing and more stylish than a toothpick.

I Don't Like that ...

- it didn't slide smoothly between all of my teeth like floss does.
- steel feeling between my teeth.
- the steel strip can cut your lips if you are not careful.  I wouldn't let my children use this.

Final thoughts:

Before I give my final thoughts, I will share a little about me because everything is relative.  I'm a frugal, "one size fits all" mom who will make everyone in the household use the Spider Man bandages I purchased on sale for a great price. With BrytonPicks, my "likes" are more than my "don't likes" but my dislikes have a lot to do with comfort and safety which are quite important to me and I would hesitate to buy for that reason.  For convenience, this is great  - perfect to use when the popcorn gets stuck between my teeth during the movies and for that, I would be very happy to always have a BrytonPick in my bag.

You may want to check out BrytonPicks for yourself becaus it may be exactly what YOU are looking for.  Here is the web site link  >>

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Baked S'Mores

Dear S..
This one is for you!
 Aunty J


Baked S'Mores

Baked S'mores

Make this in a muffin pan with cupcake liners.


2 c Crushed Graham Crackers (about 12 whole pieces)
½ c Melted Butter or Margarine (about 1 block)
Mini Marshmallows
Milk Chocolate Pieces or Squares

Makes 24

First make the crust…mix the crushed graham crackers and melted butter together. Press into bottom of cupcake liner muffin pan. Bake in 350 over for 5 min.

On the baked crust, layer with the chocolate chips followed by marshmallows and place back into the warm oven until marshmallows melt (1-2 minutes).

Then pop into the broiler to brown marshmallow tops. Watch the marshmallows carefully because it browns very quickly.

You can add crushed graham crackers and chocolate pieces to the top of the melted marshmallows to make it prettier.

Let cool so the marshmallow sets a bit.  Eat!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Friendship Friday

Today I'm going to be making lots and lots of S'mores - indoor style (broiler version) so I'm taking a computer break. I'm testing out Linky Tools' image widget and hope you'll add your photo link.  Please visit my previous Friendship Friday post and take a peek at what other bloggers are doing. 

Add your link here and spread the sunshine- it'll be up throughout the weekend. Have a great one...


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Laugh in Flowers

"Earth Laughs in Flowers" and that was the way I felt after finally posting a new product on Etsy.  I am so happy to add this White Floral Hair Clip to Handmade + Cute on Etsy.

White Floral Hair Clips

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cute Zipits

Toys that come in "blind boxes" are so much fun.  Just like the surprise toys that come in candy or cereal boxes.  We all know that it's the mystery toy that we are all after - not the the candy or cereal so this saves us from the eating part.  Zipits is a Kidrobot product and although not handmade, it's the pop style and strange cuteness that inspires me so I thought I'd share.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crock Pot Meatloaf

I love my crock pot but I've never tried making meatloaf in it. Here is recipe I found for Crock Pot Meatloaf and I'm gonna give it a try.

Crock pot Meatloaf

2 lbs hamburger meat

1 cup bread crumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 cup ketchup

2 eggs

Additional optional ingredient

grated cheese
Combine all ingredients mixing well, easiest to mix with hands. When done form loaf in bottom of crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add grated cheese 5 minutes before serving.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome August

We're back from our Kaua'i vacation. We stayed in Kapa'a town and had a hotel room with a beautiful ocean view.  The beach fronting our hotel had lots of Portuguese Man of War washed up on the sandy shore.  Needless to say, we didn't go swimming but we popped the Man of War, took beach strolls, collected shells and swam in the hotel pool.  Our vacation was a great way to end our summer days and I will especially miss the hotel house cleaning service!! 

Black Pot Beach, Hanalei, Kauai 
With the travel laundry almost complete, I've had time to squeeze in craft time.  Here is a beaded project that I am working on.  It is teenie-weenie hearts charms made from Japanese Toho seed beads in size 11.  I'm still working on the blue heart...

Seed Bead Heart Charms
I'm a bit sad that summer with my kids has gone by so fast but I look forward to working on my crafts and the exciting activities coming up in the new school year.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Microwave Mochi Recipe

Our mochi - not cut very nicely but still tasty!

Microwave Mochi Recipe

-1 package mochiko sweet rice flour (10 oz)
-1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)
-3/4 cup sugar
-1/4 tsp. vanilla
-2 drops food coloring
-potato starch

-Combine mochiko, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla and food coloring in a medium bowl.
-Mix until smooth.
-Pour into a greased 5 cup microwaveable tube pan.
-Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on 80% for 10 minutes, rotating several times during cooking.
-Let stand for 10 minutes.
-Pull mochi from sides and turn onto board dusted with potato starch.
-Cut into bite size pieces and dust with potato starch.


We topped one batch of our mochi with a kinako + sugar mixture.  Here is a much more appealing photo from sadacori on Flickr.


Note:  I linked some ingredients and supplies to but you can find most of what you need in a grocery store that sells Asian products.
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