Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'm Guest Posting!

Happy Saturday! I don't know about where you are, but here on Vancouver Island it is an absolutely gorgeous early spring day! The crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils are out....the sun is's actually warm enough to go without a coat! I know there are parts of the country that are still bogged down with winter, but it's not here! Sorry...I can't help but be giddy!  We are usually still digging out of the snow at the Little Shack. This is different for us. Although, reports from our neighbours at the Little Shack say the snow is melting quicker than usual.  Our Shack faces south and is on a hill, so it is probably getting it's fair share of melt going on. Yay!

I did want to take time today to give you the link to my post over at A Peak Into My Paradise though.  I am just tickled to be doing a post for Cathy! I love her blog and have really enjoyed linking up with her parties. Head on over and see her and read my post called Making A Faux Leather Bottle!

Monday, February 16, 2015

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Back when I was cooking in a tree planting camp, I was preparing for the summer by gathering recipes off the internet that would be suitable. It was the one and only season my daughter, Jordan, worked with me as the baker. It was a great summer, after which I worked for 2 more seasons with another less proficient baker, and then had had a enough! Anyways...this recipe is one I found on The first time my daughter used it, she misread the recipe or got recipes mixed up (you have to bake cookies, bars and muffins, as well as a dessert for 60-80 very hungry tree planters a day) and it turned out very different from what it was supposed to. I think she mixed the chocolate and peanut butter mix with the oatmeal mix instead of layering it. But, what we thought was a flop, turned out to be one of the planters favourite treats to take in their lunches!  So, if you are looking for more of a crumbley granola type treat, mix them all together and put into baggies!
Here is the 'correct' and more orthodox way to prepare this absolutely delicious and easy square!

Printable recipe here!

You will need only 6 ingredients. They are all pretty standard things you will have in your pantry.
Peanut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, quick oats, brown sugar, and butter or margarine. You will also need two pots, a couple of spoons and a 9x9 inch pan.

Ready, set, go!
First,  place 1 cup of margarine or butter into one of the posts and melt over medium heat. When it has melted, stir in 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix in 3 cups of quick oats. Stir them well and let cook over low heat for 2 minutes.

Grab your 9x9 inch pan, grease it and then dump 1/2 the oatmeal mix in the pan and spread and press into the bottom.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.

Pour this over the oatmeal crust in the pan. Spread it over evenly.

Crumble the rest of the oatmeal mixture over the top of the chocolate-peanut butter and press gently.

Cover and put it into the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Bring it to room temperature before you cut it into bars, and then try to resist eating the whole thing yourself and not sharing it with your family!

I guarantee you will be making this again and again. So easy and way too good to forget!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Too Many Cards!!!

If you are like me, you have a store card to use for points, discounts, membership, etc at the stores you shop at frequently, and infrequently. Most stores, both large and small want your business and offer some kind of reward for buying stuff from them. This usually means you get a plastic card to keep in your wallet to use when you make a purchase. They can really pile up. I had to get a separate wallet for all my store cards. And when you're standing in line searching through the stack trying to find the right one, it can be frustrating! I'm pretty sure you all are nodding your heads and going "been there, done that".  I have the answer!!

I can't take credit for this was on You Tube somewhere, but do you think I can find it? No! If you happen to have seen it and know where to find it, I would love it if you would let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.
So, here we have this amazingly simple, yet totally brilliant idea for keeping your store cards organized, accessible and easy to find. It's such a great idea, someone really should get the credit for thinking of it.
Here it is...grab a one-hole punch, a key chain ring and your cards. That's it. That is all you need to be in store card organization heaven!
First gather all your cards. Then punch a hole using the hole puncher in the corner of each card.

It's important to watch where you punch the hole though. Make sure you aren't punching through the magnetic strip or bar code on the back of the card. You may have to turn cards back to front and turn them around to get the hole in a corner that doesn't have any important bits in it.

Once you've got all your holes punched, simply hook them all onto the keychain ring. Close and you're done!! Didn't I say it was simple?! AND brilliant?!

Isn't that cool!? All neat and tidy and easy to find the right one.  I can't wait to pull this out next time I'm asked for my card. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Thoughtful Gift For a New Mom

I think being Mom to 5 kids has given me a great appreciation for the preciousness of sleep.  You learn to value sleep from the time you find out you are pregnant to...forever!!!! Sleepless nights don't end when baby starts to sleep through the night.  They continue through childhood sicknesses and nightmares, on into the teens when they start to date and drive. And even when they are adults and leave the nest, we still lay awake nights worrying about them, praying for them, being concerned for them. It never ends. It's the price we pay for being blessed with children.

The phase of life when you start being a parent, and a Mom especially, is probably the most sleep deprived period of all. Not only are you 'on call' 24/7 to a tiny little person, but as a new mom, your body is readjusting to a non-pregnant state and into a lactating state.  It can be a difficult time emotionally as well.  Post-partum blues are very real. It's so important to ask for help when you need it, accept help when offered, and use the time that baby sleeps to catch up on your own down time.  Having a baby is such a wonderful experience, and lots of people will want to stop by to see the new arrival. It's hard to turn away the admirers and well wishers. But, you need to get your rest too.
My 2 oldest babies, both girls, are now grown up and blessing me with grandchildren. I am Nana Sue to Taylor, 6, Davy, 2 and Elijah, 1-1/2. Elijah is going to be a big brother at the end of June! My daughters are both wonderful Mamas, supported by awesome husbands who I am so happy to have as son in laws.
My oldest daughter and her husband have always had a note to stick on their front door to let visitors know that there is a sleeping baby inside and to please knock, instead of ringing the loud doorbell.  This little note has helped ensure baby gets the sleep he or she needs. The note they have for their door, although it does the job, is just a scrap of paper with the message written on it. I thought it would be nice to make them a 'proper' sign to hang on the door.  With daughter #2 having a toddler and another baby on the way, it is especially important for her to get her rest. So, 2 signs were in order!
So.... I decided to make a few different ones.  I printed them out on cardstock and slipped them into clear plastic page sleeves.  Then, I added some ribbon to hang them on the door handle or knocker, or a wreath hanger. The punch out holes on the plastic sleeves make it easy to attach the ribbon. You could also have them laminated at your local Staples and add a magnet to the back if the family has a metal door.
Please feel free to print off copies for your friends and family who could use some extra sleep! You can find the printouts by clicking on the images.  I'd love to hear how you gifted them, or used them yourself!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chain Linky Climb Blog Hop!

I am pretty excited to be co-hosting the Chain Linky Climb Blog Hop this week! Come link up and spread the Linky Love!

God’s Growing Garden
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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")

Please enter below -one person will win:
- $20 Paypal cash from Sew Crafty Angel & from Cuddlebug Cuties 
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise - $30 value
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- A gorgeous Necklace with natural raw marble beachstone by ShorelineDesigned - $20 value

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Marvelous Marble - Natural Raw Marble Beachstone from Lake Michigan, Black Waxed Cotton Cord, White Recycled Glass Krobo Bead Unisex Necklace
"Simple and elegant Stone. Glass. Fiber.  I have found and drilled this Lake Michigan raw black and white marble beachstone, hand drilled a 5 mm hole, hand strung it onto a quality waxed cotton cord and topped it with an ice-white recycled glass Krobo artisan bead.  This unisex necklace can be worn long as is - perhaps for layering with others, or you may snip and re-knot the cord to your liking.  As is, the necklace as tied will hang a long and leisurely 27 inches including the 2 inch glass and stone pendant."

by ShorelineDesigned

Total prize value is $85!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Necklace (otherwise this will become  second place prizes)
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prizes)
- This Giveaway is open from January 31st, 2015 until February 28th, 2015
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - FEBRUARY 2015 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be featured &/or promoted on our blogs & social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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