Monday, September 1, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 34

Happy Labor Day! Last Week was a Peachy Week. I was able to purchase Colorado Peaches (the best kind to get) for only 88 ¢/lb!!

This weeks Pinned It Made It comes from THIS pin. Jalapeno Peach Jam....YUM! I remember having this many years ago (so long ago, I'm not sure where LOL) and remember really liking it. Oh my, it's even better than I remember!

Jalapeno Peach Jam


6 Pounds Fresh Peaches (about 15)
6 Fresh Jalapenos
6 Cups Sugar
1 Large Lemon, juice only (I just used 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice)
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 (1.75 oz.) package Pectin
  • 1 Wash fruit and jalapenos well. Puree peaches in a food processor until slightly chunky. Some chunks are good. You don't want it completely smooth.
  • 2 Process the jalapenos separately until they are a very fine dice.
  • 3 Add peach puree and jalapenos to a large pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly.
  • 4 Stir in sugar, lemon juice, and pectin. Continue to stir until everything is dissolved.
  • 5 Continue to let the jam simmer for another 15 minutes to thicken. Add a small amount of butter which will help prevent foaming. If any foam does come up though, try to scrape it off the jam.
  • 6 Boil your jars and lids for ten minutes to sterilize them. Once they are sterilized, use a funnel and ladle to fill each jar, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top of each jar.
  • 7 Wipe each jar clean and place a clean lid on it. Then screw on the band that holds the lid in place. Be careful. The jar will be very hot!
  • 8 Place all the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes to process them. Make sure the simmering water covers the jars by at least an inch.
  • 9 Remove the jars and let them cool completely for 24 hours. At that point if there are any jars that aren't sealed well (if you can press down the center of the lid and it pops up) then put on a new lid and band and re-process the jar in boiling water.
  • 10 Store sealed jars in a cool dark place for up to a year.
I also canned peaches, froze peaches and made peach seed/skin jelly.
14 qt canned
8 VERY FULL qt frozen (probably more like 5 cups in each bag)
12 pint canned (these are for Aaron to take to college)
16 large jelly jars and 2 regular jelly jars Jalepeno Peach Jelly
16 regular jelly jars of Peach Seed/Skin Jelly

We've already used 2 jars of the Jalepeno Peach! We've had it with cream cheese and crackers, on hamburgers, fish, and last night I used it as the marinade on chicken wings. So yummy!

Cutting Cafe Labor Day Sale

Today Cutting Café has an AWESOME SALE - BOGO:

This sale is good from today until 11:59pm September 1st 2014.
HAPPY SHOPPING............

Go HERE for more information on this awesome sale!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sticky U

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Hello and welcome to Sticky University! This year Tombow is introducing Sticky University AKA StickyU! They sent out their latest adhesive product, Xtreme Adhesive to designers of all media who signed up. This adhesive is 5 X’s Stronger than our standard tape runner. It works on a variety of hard to glue surfaces such as cardstock, cork, wood, fabric, glass, plastic and rubber.

In return, each designer received a Sticky U t-shirt and have been posting their projects on social media. You can view these posted so far by going here. This week the Tombow design team is posting their Sticky U projects.

I created this Stationery Caddy by Cutting Cafe. When creating something like this, you need a very strong adhesive as you don't want it falling apart. I used Xtreme Adhesive to adhere all the box pieces together as well as the designer paper to the box.

In the back of the box are these notecards for my DIL who is a 5th grade teacher. I made some for her last year, but needed to change her name as she just got married to my oldest son in May. Ü I used Mono Adhesive Dots to adhere mini apples on each notecard. The notecards are from Cutting Cafe's Mini Notepad Printable Set and the apples from Apple Treat Box file.

Kassy decorated her classroom with Husker Decor, so in the front box sections I included Husker sticky note pad and lip balm.

I strongly dislike photos of myself, but we were to take a selfie of us wearing our Sticky U shirt, so here I am...For those who haven't seen me lately, Yes my hair is shorter. I had 6" cut off. Ü Made it more curly too, which you can't tell so much in this photo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 33

In my Frugal Friday post I mentioned that I made Benjamin a Snicker Cheesecake for his birthday. I found the recipe HERE on Pinterest.

And here is the goofy birthday boy and his bride.

Snickers Cheesecake
from all

This layered dessert recipe starts with an Oreo crust, then a layer of chopped Snickers, then cheesecake batter and, finally, caramel sauce and peanuts. Creamy, sweet, and with a crunchy crust, this cheesecake is a dream dessert.
  • Yield: Serves 10
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • Bake:1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.17


  • Crust:
  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional


1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.
4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired.

**I made homemade caramel for mine using this recipe

Homemade Caramel:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tbls water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract

1.  COOK:  In a small saucepan, briefly stir together sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking on medium-high heat, without stirring, until the mixture turns DARK amber in color.  About 7-8 minutes.2.  ADD:  Remove sugar and water mixture from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla.  Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely smooth.  Then set aside until it is cool to the touch.  About 30 min.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Frugal Friday 8-22-14

*cut DH and DS hair

*eating cucumbers, zucchini, beans, a handful of peas I found on the smashed vines!, onions, and peppers from the garden

*been very frugal about only buying milk, cheese, eggs, spices for the month of September. I did buy bread because it was just too hot to bake and a bag of chips Sunday when we found out at church that there would be a potluck meal after the baptism. We weren't going to be going home, so needed to take something. Ended up with 1/2 bag left, so DH was able to have some chips with his sandwiches.

The challenge also states that you can buy food for special occasions, so bought cream cheese and 3 snicker bars to make Snicker Cheesecake for Benjamin's bd. We celebrated Sunday (early) as Aaron goes back to college today.

*helped Aaron buy a car at a great savings. DH has been on the internet for HOURS, looking for the best buy. Found one in Lincoln. While there we ate at Famous Dave's. While this was not a frugal meal (in a way it was, cuz we didn't go there until 3 pm, and there was so much food we didn't need supper), it was our first time there and they had us sample all 6 of their BBQ sauces and tell them which was our favorite. As we finished our meal, they brought us each a full size bottle of BBQ sauce! So if you go there, and it's your first time, be sure to let them know.

*gave a handmade gift (crocheted baby hat) to a friend who just had a baby girl

*was able to buy Benjamin's bd gifts from Amazon with my Swagbucks points

*earned another $30 in Swagbucks that I redeemed for Amazon

*was given some left over mashed potatoes and beef 'n noodles. All I had to do was add a salad and supper was ready. Ü

*was given left over hamburger from monthly Ladies Night Out (from a local business and the are very good!). Froze them and have had 5 meals from them.

That's it for the past 2 weeks. What have been your frugal savings?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE Planner

I love the file that we were challenged to use this week on Cutting Cafe. Regina designed this awesome file called The Planner that is FULL of files that you can use to personalize a planner for yourself.

I printed several of the pages for my planner, but since I don't have a small binder, it was going to be WAY too thick, so I just used personal info, months, meal planning, shopping, notes, doodles, and to do in mine. I will use the address pages and dates to remember for a birthday/anniversary type planner.

Here is what I created. I may add ribbons to the rings, not sure since I plan to carry this in my purse when needed. I don't know if all the use I plan to give this will keep the ribbons on.

I used cardstock for the divider pages and copy paper for the printed out sheets. I also used Tombow's Xtreme adhesive for the whole project. I am so excited about this planner and can't wait to use it!

Be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow to see the creative ways the DT used this file. While you are there, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some files of your choosing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 32

Today's Pinterest inspired recipe comes from THIS pin called Kentucky Hot Brown Bake. It was pretty good, but next time I would use thinly sliced turkey from a baked turkey rather than the pkd stuff. Very hearty and I think I might even try it with ham.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake
Yield: 9 servings
  • 8 oz package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. package smoked turkey lunch meat
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 2 squares.
  2. Place one square in bottom of 8" pan that is greased or lined with parchment paper.
  3. Press dough to fit pan.
  4. Layer with half the turkey, bacon, cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Pour half the eggs over the top.
  6. Repeat the layers.
  7. Top with remaining dough square.
  8. Pour remaining eggs over top.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake another 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let sit at room temp for 15-20 minutes before serving.
This recipe is adapted from Mr. Food's Italian Layer Bake.
You will need about an hour total to bake and let it set after baking.

Tombow Birthday Challenge

August is Design Team member Melissa's birthday month and she is the hostess this month for Tombow's monthly challenge. Melissa chose birthday cards as her challenge to us.

This card is created using Inky Antics stamped image, Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils, Mono Adhesive and Mono Glue Stick.

Be sure to stop by the Tombow blog to see how you can win this fun prize in honor of Melissa's birthday challenge:

The challenge prize includes:
Power Tabs
MONO Multi

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hopping with Walnut Hollow

This weekend Tombow is blog hopping with Walnut Hollow. I love Walnut Hollow's projects and chose their 6 x 6 Basswood Canvas. Oh how I wish I had a BUNCH of these! I love the 6 x 6 inch size. Perfect to create fun wall hangings (or they sit) for gifts. The background paper is My Mind's Eye and the rest are from various Fancy Pants Designs collections. I love that I can mix and match them.

My favorite "go to" adhesive for adhering paper to wood is Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. Using a foam brush, I completely covered the wood canvas with the Aqua Liquid Glue and then adhered the paper to it. I let it dry completely (very important) and then applied glue to the apple pieces and applied it to the newsprint paper. The apple was resized and cut from Cutting Cafe's Apple Treat Box file and the "seeds" were punched with a heart punch.

The sentiment was typed on MSWord and then cut out and all the squiggles were done with Tombow's Mono Twin Permanent Marker (It's on sale right now!!). To finish the canvas off, just apply a coat of  Mono Aqua Liquid Glue over the whole thing and it is permanently sealed.

Now would you like to win some Tombow and Walnut Hollow? Below is a picture of what you can win. Be sure to hop on over Chris and Melissa's blogs today, check out their awesome projects and leave a comment.  

Don't forget, this hop goes on all weekend and be sure to check out the following blogs on Saturday and Sunday. Have fun hopping!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 31

We are starting to enjoy the garden goodies from our garden and from those who have been so kind to share with us. My DIL pinned this recipe and I had to give it a try.

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
via: Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Total time 25 mins
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
  2. Combine the breadcrumbs, ranch mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Lightly spray a baking sheet with the olive oil spray.
  4. Dip the green beans in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
  5. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. When all green beans are coated, spray them lightly with the olive oil spray and place the baking sheet in the oven.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip them and bake for another 2-5 minutes until crispy. If needed, turn on the broiler for a minute or two to get them really crispy (just be careful not to burn them!).
Here is one of my favorite ways to eat green beans....with bacon.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Hop with Lily

This week Tombow has a special guest designer.Our blog hop is with the amazingly talented, 9 year old Lily Criswell. Our theme for today is Back to School.

I have designed this fun backpack that I made with Inky Antics X1-0020 Gift Bag Template stamp and lots of Xtreme Adhesive for the whole backpack. I designed the little pocket on the front myself and the flaps are closed with Fastener Tabs. The button on the top flap is adhered with a Power Tab.

 Here is a view of the back. I used eyelets and ribbon to mimic the straps on a backpack.

There is a chance to win a prize with this hop:
Here is what you can win:

In order to enter to win the prize, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this week as well as “Like” TombowUSA Facebook if you haven't already. Now it's time to head over to Melissa's blog to see her back to school project.

Frugal Friday 8-8-14

*enjoying goodies from the garden...ours and from those who have shared with us...zucchini, onions, cucumbers, beans, banana peppers, corn

*rec'd lots of free food from a truck that now comes to the community with Wal-Mart surplus...oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice, wheat spaghetti, canned green beans, canned corn, cracker crisps, bread/buns, fresh peaches, diced tomatoes...what a blessing!

*had a garage sale and was able to sell a few things. Wasn't the best turn out, but exceeded my goal, so that was good, going to try again with Junk Jaunt...then it goes to Goodwill

*downloaded free books from Bookbub

*rec'd free coffee and fingernail polish from PinchMe

*put up corn at mom and dad's...4 families each got 11 pint and 44 quart of corn

Monday, August 4, 2014

31 Days of Spending Less

I found this blog and saw this challenge that this gal does in October of "spending zero" for 31 days. I haven't read all the days challenges yet, but decided to take it on with food. We have so much food in the cupboards and freezer.

I asked DH if he thought we could do it for a month and he thought we could for a year! LOL! Well, I don't think we could go that long, but I may try it again in September.

The only things she says to buy food wise is milk, bread, eggs, & cheese. I am going to follow this minus the bread as I will make my own and I'm adding cooking ingredients, like flour, sugar, etc. Also if peaches drop in price, I will buy some to can since it is peach season around here.

Anyone want to join me on this journey? I am excited to give this a try and see how much we can save this month and next. Ü

Pinned It Made It Week 30/May Arts Rainbow Ribbon Challenge

I created these baby crocheted hats and shoes using this and this pin for the latest May Arts Ribbon challenge. This challenge was rainbow inspired. I ended up making 2 hats as I couldn't find a yarn that matched all 3 of the items I had to work with. I was sent the lucious purple ribbon....this is sooo soft and perfect for a baby hat, blue flowers and yellow butterflies from May Arts.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons

...Make Lemonade! Ü Here is a box that I created that would be fun to fill with Lemonade pkts. The stamped image is by Inky Antics and colored with Irojiten Colored Pencils and added some depth with Dual Brush Pens.

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I used Mono Adhesive Dots for the doily, Power Tabs for the buttons and for the rest of the box, Xtreme Adhesive.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 29

This is a purse I made with the Inky Antics stamped center piece from seeing THIS pin.

The free pattern can be found HERE on allfreesewing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just Flying By

**this is my 3rd post today! Ü be sure to scroll down to see my Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon guest designer projects and my Frugal
Friday post.

Today the Tombow DT has guest designer Ellen from the Chilly Dog hopping with us. If you came from the Tombow Blog you are right on track.

For my project I have this fun card that is my favorite of the Benton Bears by Inky Antics.

I colored the image with Irojiten Colored Pencils and used Xtreme Adhesive for all the layers. Now it wouldn't be a hop without a prize:

Prize package will include:

In order to enter to win the prize, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this week as well as “Like” TombowUSA and The Chilly Dog on Facebook! Now you are off to see what Melissa Cash has created for this hop.

Here is this week’s Line-up:
Tombow Blog
Debbie Fisher
Melissa Cash
Jennie Garcia
Marie Browning

Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon Guest Post

Today, I am a guest designer for Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon. I had so much fun created these two projects for them using their cutting files. Both are "purse" related. Ü These files are only 99¢ and you can use them over and over, so a great deal on some fun gift projects.

For my first project, I created this using their Purse Gift Card Holder file. I was able to get 2 out of one 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper, so just cut them both while I was at it. Tombow's Fastener Tabs were perfect for this project to hold down the little button flap (I cut one in half). Xtreme Adhesive was used to adhere the parts together. I love how this turned out and can't wait for an opportunity to treat someone.

My next project uses their K-Cup Treat Cutting File. This was easy to create using their instructions and I was able to get 2 out of a 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper as well.

I tried folding a piece of paper over the back and front like they showed, but it was just too tights, so I just added a decorative front with Nestibilities dies and used Fastener Tabs cut into small pieces to hold the handle shut. I used Xtreme Adhesive again for this project.

Thank you PPPR for having me as your guest designer this week. I had a ball creating these projects and now have 4 gift items ready to be used.

Be sure to stop by the PPPR blog as she has a Freebie Friday file every week.

Frugal Friday 7-25-14

*lemon lime soda 67¢/2 liter (we drink lots of limeades with all the fresh fruit in the summer)

*lemon lime soda five 12 pk/$9

*replaced zipper in jeans for son...not a fun job, but a sense of accomplishment being my first time doing it and saved them lots of money....zipper $ jeans $30...great savings!

*eating spinach and a very small onion from garden, lots of rhubarb (making desserts and syrup for limeades with it so far)

*took inventory of pantry, cupboards, freezer, etc and making as many meals as possible with what we have without buying lots of groceries every week

*enjoyed fresh fish from brother-in-law....yum!

*earned $30 in swagbucks, turned it in for Amazon bucks and bought birthday gift for son and me a new paper trimmer.

*rec'd shampoo/rinse, lotion, coffee samples in the mail

*rec'd lots of papercraft goodies for DT work with other companies

*free frozen custard with birthday coupon from Culvers

*free ice cream cone with birthday coupon from Baskin Robins

*great savings on goodies I needed for a "Sunshine in a Basket" that I wanted to make for a friend. 50¢ baskets and mugs at Goodwill.
*cereal 3 boxes for $5. My rule is no cereal unless it is $2 or under which means we don't buy a lot of cereal. Was so glad to find this bargain as DH likes to eat cereal for supper when he comes in late from the field (late as being after 9 pm)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 28

**Looks like I had some blog issues, this didn't go live when I wanted it to...

This week I am sharing some pins of food I have made, but didn't get any pictures! I can't believe I forgot to take pics before it all got eaten. But it was all VERY good and I will be making them all again, so I will post pics next time.

I live in the country and the closest "town" is actually a village. It has a senior center where locals meet for coffee each day. I don't drink coffee, but I do go in from time to time. When it is your birthday, there is a birthday coffee for that person and they bring treats. My birthday was the 6th and I had my "coffee" the 8th. I made THESE yummy cheesecake bites. I have never made cheesecake before and I ended up making two!
Sally's Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
Photo courtesy of cupcakesgarden

I also made THIS cheesecake recipe, but mine didn't look anything like this. I don't think I let the cheesecake set up long enough with the caramel and ganache, but it was DE. LIC.OUS! I made it just like it said, with the exception of the homemade whipped toppping.

Delicious Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache at
Photo courtesy of tidymom

I also have tried THIS sweet potato recipe lately. Very yummy!

Maple Syrup Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Photo courtesy of yourhomebasedmom

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fun with Paper Hats....Kinda

How is that for a title? LOL! This week is all about hats on Cutting Café. Hat files anyway. When Regina first sent out the Party Hat Template, I didn't see a hat, but a cone holder. I also used the new Rosette File.

For a chance to win 3 Cutting Cafe files of your choice, be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow and leave a comment AND to check out the files that the rest of the DT chose to create with this week. I'm guessing the others actually made hats. Ü

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BFB The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Lori Benton
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was a good book, but the history put into it was a bit long and boring and at times I would not get what the point of the real history and the made up story had in common.

If all of that very long detail had been left out, it would have been a 5 star book for me. In The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Tamsen Littlejohn escapes her wicked stepfather and marriage proposal of a would be suitor. She seeks refuge with a stranger who whisks her away to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. However, life becomes even more complicated. The story is filled with lots of intriguing moments and revelations as the two get to know each other and find the truth about their pasts.

I received this e-book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 27

This is a BIG post, so sit back and relax with a cup of tea or whatever. Ü Today's post is in conjunction with this week's Tombow post. To see that post, just scroll down. This whole post is inspired by the Basket/Box of Sunshine ideas that are on Pinterest.

I made a Basket of Sunshine for a friend who was going through cancer over a year ago and forgot to take pictures of it. It was so much fun to create. I have been wanting to make another (or 2 or 3) for some loved ones going through tough times right now and decided this was a good time to get it done.

Ever since the first basket I made for my friend Teri, I have been keeping an eye out for "yellow" sunshine-y items I could add to a box/basket. Whenever I'm going to be out of town, I make sure to print a Hobby Lobby coupon so I can pick something up, if I come across it.

Here is the basket that I created. Last week, my DIL and I took a girl's day and went to Kearney shopping. We had some things we needed to do there, so I kept my eye out for yellow. Ü We went to Goodwill and I found some mugs that had a yellow band around them. Perfect! My purpose was to go there and get a basket or two and found them for 50¢ each, so ended up getting 3. The mugs were 50¢ as well, so that was a fun find.

I added some Lemon Zinger tea in the mug. I like this tea hot and cold. To go with the tea, I made some Lemon Biscotti that I drizzled with yellow melting discs (that I used my Hobby Lobby coupon on Ü). Yummy!

I already had a yellow dishcloth crocheted up, so added that to my basket. I like to add personal items that I have made. The flowers were some I had gotten at a store last year marked down for 76¢. I wish they would have had more of them. I think it is a perfect accent to this basket. Put them in a vase and it's sure to brighten one's day. Oh and the yellow towel I lined the basket with, is one I've had in my stash for a very long time. I have about 3 more of them, just waiting for a project like this to brighten one's day.

I then added a pkg of microwave buttery popcorn, Caramel Milky Way Bar, Peanut M & M's, Lemon Drops and Lemon flavored gum for fun. With all the school items out now, I found some yellow sticky note pads and grabbed a couple of them for my baskets. A pretty pen, I already had in my stash for when I had been yellow hunting in the past, Pina Fanta (not sure how it tastes, but it was yellow and looked like fun) and this cute tea lite that I found in the dollar section at Target. I added some yellow tape that I had in my stash around the base edge. This is really fun lit up. So much fun, I had to tell my son to quit playing with it. LOL!

For another homemade treat, I made some Lemon Puppy Chow! Oh my....this is yummy! I put it in a Starbuck's coffee jar that I yellow of course.

I have a Biscotti Board and Lemon Board if you want to take a look at them for ideas to fill your own Sunshine Basket/Box. Be sure to scroll down to the post before this one on more details on my sun shaped card.

Have you made a Sunshine Box/Basket? I would love to hear about it and what you filled it with.

Lemon Puppy Chow
via youandmearewe blog

9 cups rice squares cereal (Chex, or your store's brand)

1 1/4 cup white vanilla chips (not white chocolate chips!) **I used white melting discs that I had gotten from Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon
1/4 cup butter1 fresh lemon
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Measure your cereal into a large bowl. In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together your white vanilla chips, butter, and the juice of one fresh lemon. Microwave that puppy on high for a minute and a half - stirring occasionally. Just a tip, it's going to get foamy, so make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn't get all over the microwave. Once the mixture is nice and creamy (you may need extra time depending on your microwave), fold it into the cereal. Make sure it's all coated nicely, then add the powdered sugar and toss well.
**I am a chocolate fan, but these were very nice and tasty and I will definitely by making them again.

Lemon Biscotti

via livlife

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 

1 cup sugar 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 1/2 tablespoon grated lemon rind 
2 tablespoons or lemon juice **I used 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
3 large eggs 
Cooking spray 

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine rind, lemon juice, and add to flour mixture, stirring until well-blended (dough will be dry and crumbly). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 7 to 8 times. 

Preheat oven to 350°. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long roll. Place rolls 6 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; flatten each roll to 1-inch thickness. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes (*I prefer to bake for 20) 

Remove the rolls from baking sheet; cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. (**I prefer to cut mine hot and not wait 10 minutes)   

Cut each roll diagonally into 15 (1/2-inch) slices. Place the slices, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325°; bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 10 minutes (the cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack. ***After they cooled, I drizzled them with the melted yellow baking discs.