Quick, Easy, Messy and Delish!

What else could you possibly want in a dessert?!?

Last night I made Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Graham Cracker squares… and they were so yummy!¬† So of course, I thought I would share ūüôā

PB Graham Squares

3 Simple ingredients:

6 Graham Crackers (broken in halves – 12 total)

Peanut Butter

1 Package of Melting Chocolate

My simple steps to yummy goodness:

Melt 1/2 the chocolate in a double boiler. 

Once it is melted, remove it from the heat.  Dip graham cracker halves and cover them completely with a thin layer of melted chocolate.  Remove and set on wax paper over a cookie sheet.  Once all the crackers are dipped, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes Рuntil the chocolate has set.

Take the chocolate squares out of the freezer and add a thick layer of peanut butter to the top of each square.  Place back in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes Рuntil the peanut butter is hardened slightly.

Melt the other half of the chocolate in the double boiler.  Once it is completely melted, remove it from the heat and remove the squares from the freezer.  Pour a couple of spoonfuls of melted chocolate over each square and carefully spread them over the top and sides of the graham. 

Once every square is covered, return them to the freezer once more until the new layer of chocolate has set (around 10 minutes or so).

Peal them off the wax paper and VOILA!  A tasty treat!!  Enjoy!

Resolutions…. Blah!

I will not set myself up for failure.¬† I will set goals that are too lofty for me to achieve.¬† Instead this year, I simply vow to “Be Who I Be” and “Love me for me”!

Cute little canvas by lemonswithapea on Etsy

Have a wonderful 2012!

Shhhhh……

I’m really excited about some of the handmade items that have blessed our home this Christmas.¬† With the multitude of shows and on-line orders that I had filling my plate this year, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make a lot of my gifts.¬† But that’s okay, as I am constantly surrounded by handmade beauty each and every day thanks to Etsy.

I wanted to share¬†a few¬†of the awesome handmade items that I have bought for Christmas this year.. and a few that I have received!¬† I’m not saying who they are for… just in case ūüėČ

Someone I know is going to be sporting these awesome earrings really soon!  SevenPly recycles broken skateboards into fun and beautiful jewelry.  I just adore her shop, and knew someone who would too!

Recycled Skateboard Stud Earrings

I love these sock monkey cup cozies!  I have actually purchased two now, one as a birthday gift and one for a Christmas gift.  CrookedHookCreations has some of the cutest crochet items I have ever seen.  And these monkeys are perfect!

Sock Monkey Cup Cozy

One of my favorite shops on Etsy is OrangeThyme.¬† Rachel makes some amazing smellies!¬† And I mean that in the best possible way!!¬† I’m looking forward to receiving this cute little soap in the mail soon.¬† Complicated Reindeer is the brainwork of both Rachel and her 6-year-old¬†daughter.¬† A sweet-smelling soap with lots of red glitter…. just like Rudolph’s nose!¬† There is none of this magical soap in stock at this time, but let me assure you that there isn’t a bad product in this shop.¬† They are all amazing!

Complicated Reindeer Soap by OrangeThyme

 
I was lucky enough to have an awesome Secret Santa this year through my Treasury Tree Team.  Erica of BisonGirl makes some adorable baby booties.  Here is an example of her work:
 

Owl Booties!

I haven’t fit into baby booties for quite some time now, but Erica found some awesome items from other Etsy sellers and¬†had them sent¬†to me.¬†

TNTees¬†is a shop after my own heart!¬†¬†TNTees¬†litterally¬†stands for “Trash into Tees” and that’s¬†exactly what¬†Jenelle does.¬† She makes ¬†gorgeous jewelry, adorable clothing and functional and fun items out of recycled t-shirts.¬† You can see why I love this shop so much!¬† I just love my new produce bags ūüôā

Recycled T-Shirt Produce Bags

I was also fortunate to receive 2 amazing items from DirtyDeedsSoap¬†from my secret Santa.¬† The lavender soap smells so lovely, and the Chocolate Truffle Lip Balm is absolutely heavenly.¬† I don’t know how Erica knew that I was a soap addict, but I want to thank her and DirtyDeeds ¬†for helping fuel my addiction ūüėȬ†

Chocolate Truffles for your lips!

I most likely will be too busy to blog the next few weeks, so I wanted to leave you all with my Christmas wish….

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!  Bless you all and I will see you in 2012!

Christmas Ideas – Recycled Style!

If you are looking for ideas for Christmas, why not buy handmade?  And if you are looking for handmade presents this year, why not buy recycled?

 

Here are a few of my favorite Eco-Friendly gift items:

 

These gorgeous leg warmers from SweetBriers on Etsy are recycled from an old sweater.  They would look darling with some black tights and cute pumps!

Repurposed Sweater Leg Warmers in Gray and Black Stripes

 

I love these book lamps made by ConduitPress!  This is totally on my wish list this year!

World Book Encyclopedias Book Lamp

 

How about an organizer with drawers made from recycled cigar boxes?  Check out this awesome three shelved wooden case from APKHandmade!

Chest of Cigar Box Drawers

 

These recycled paper ornaments are so awesome!  Kerri from TheRehatchery hand cuts and assembles each one.  I love it!!

Geometric Paper Ornament made from a recycled Christmas Card

 

I think just about everyone I know would appreciate one of these gorgeous gifts… Including myself!!¬† (not that I’m hinting or anything….)

Sweet Sock Monkeys!!

Much like every Christmas, I have been wracking my brain trying to find cute, handmade items to give this year.  Cute, and preferably affordable. 

I, much like many others, always seem to have a hard time finding gifts for the kiddos in my life that fit this criteria and usually end up buying them some sort of mass-produced toy.¬† Shame….

However, this year I think I have found an artisan to help me in this area.  Meet Heidi and her adorable Sock Monkeys! 

 

 

 

 

Heidi is the talented owner of Heidi BG РArt for Children on Etsy.  Besides these sweet little sock monkeys, Heidi is also a very talented illustrator.  She does some of the most adorable nursery artwork out there, including custom portraits that are truly amazing!  On of my favorite pieces (other than her adorable sock monkeys) is her Custom Bunting Pennant Banners seen below.

 

So if you are anything like me, and are looking for some great gifts for the little ones in your life this holiday season, check out Heidi’s shop and help support a very talented small business owner!

Autumn is in full swing…

That’s right.¬† Summer is over and Autumn is here.¬†

As much as I hate the cooler weather, I am loving the rich and rustic colors I see all around me.¬† And I am looking forward to one of my favorite family traditions…¬† our annual trip to Green Bluff.¬†

Every year a few weeks before Halloween, our family takes a short drive up towards Mt. Spokane to the small farming community known as Green Bluff.  We take the entire day and visit several farms and partake in many of the fun family activities they set up. 

We usually start at the Harvest House, grab an espresso¬†and a dozen pumpkin donuts (they are small and absolutely delish, so a dozen doesn’t last long).¬† We sit, enjoy our goodies, listen to live music and relax in the crisp autumn air.¬† The Harvest House also has fresh produce and an amazing selection of baked goods to buy, and we rarely get out of there without investing in some.

Angie enjoying an espresso and a few pumpkin donuts at the Harvest House

Another of our favorite stops is Walter’s Fruit Ranch.¬† Walter’s is well-known¬†in this area for its amazing¬†homemade fruit pies, preserves and syrups.¬† And they always have a great sugar-free selection.¬† I love to grab a fresh hot cider from the Cider Haus (the farm’s big, red barn) and then go into the store and grab a pie or two.¬† Walter’s also has the “Fruit Loop Express” – a tractor pulled tour of the ranch that stops in the orchard and allows you to pick your own fruit.¬†¬† Lots of family fun!

Another great place to visit is Siemers¬†Farm.¬† We don’t always stop here, but when my daughter was a bit younger, it was a yearly must.¬† Siemers¬†has a lot of the same features as the Harvest House and Walter’s, but it is definitely designed to appeal to the kids.¬† In addition to great food, craft vendors, an awesome farm store and a very cool gift shop, Siemers also has a giant blow up slide and a very large corn maze.¬† In the middle of the corn maze is a four-story “castle” for the kids to explore.¬†¬†

The Corn and Hedge Maze at Siemer's Farms

There are also several farms up on Green Bluff where you can pick your own pumpkins.  And many places like The Harvest House have areas where you can choose from just picked pumpkins, if you prefer to do it that way.  

If you would like more information on Green Bluff or any of the Farms I mentioned, you can find it here:

http://www.greenbluffgrowers.com/

Happy Autumn to all!¬† Now to get me some pumpkin donuts…

Have an Awesome Autumn!

Even though summer still lingers here in Eastern Washington, Autumn is on my mind.¬† Here are a few awesome Autumn inspired pieces from some amazing artists…

Adorable little pumpkins by Bobbi Lewin

 

Autumn Leaves Paperweight by AuberryGirl

 

And, of course, one of my favorite parts about Autumn… Halloween!¬† Here is one of my Halloween necklaces that I currently have on sale in my Etsy Shop.

Halloween Interchangable Bottle Cap Necklace

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