Snowmen ( Made from empty cans of chew)





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Snowmen (made from empty cans of chew) 

Due to the amount of money my husband spends on chew, I have been trying to find ways to recycle the cans. Last week I showed you the Christmas Candies I made using some of his chew cans. This week I’m showing you how to make these adorable Snowmen Ornaments. I am so in love with these! They’ll look great on the tree and they will also make super cute and inexpensive Christmas gifts! Your friends will never know these cuties were once an ugly can of chew!

Materials:

  • Empty Chew Cans
  • Coffee dyed T-shirts or Muslin material
  • Material for hat ( You can use anything from an old coffee dyed flannel shirt to an old coffee dyed T-towel)
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Puff paint ( Black & Orange)
  • Blush ( If you don’t have any on hand check the Dollar Tree!)
  • Q- Tip

Step 1: Clean the Chew cans in some dish soap and let dry

Step 2: Wrap the chew cans in coffee dyed muslin material. I cut mine in about 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ squares. Wrap the cans twice so the brand of the chew doesn’t show through the material.

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Step 2: Cut hat material about 20″ x 20″. Using a hot glue gun fold and glue the hat at the bottom to make a small lip. Then use the hot glue gun to attach the hat. I like to stuff a little piece of napkin in the hat to give it a little puff. Then use twine to tie a bow. Trim any excess material above the bow. ( After making this I decided to add a jingle bell to the hat. I just slipped my twine through the jingle bell, pushed the bell to the front and tied my bow. 

To make ornaments: 

  1. Make a loop out of a piece of twine and tie a knot on the end.
  2. Hot glue the knot in the hat.
  3. Tie Bow.

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Step 3: Use Puff paint to draw on eyes and nose and let dry for 24 hours. I would practice doing this on a scrap of paper first. I’ve found the easiest way to get the perfect nose is to squeeze the puff paint and draw a line that slightly curves up.

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Step 4: Dip a Q-tip in some blush and apply in a circular motion for some rosy looking cheeks.

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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting




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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m a little behind this month so thankfully I found this recipe that I had never posted this past summer. This recipe is for White Mountain Cake. This cake is very special for me for two reasons. Firstly, this cake recipe comes from a long time family friend who passed away a few years ago. His name was John but everyone called him Jack. He suffered from a stroke when I was a teenager and I’d go to visit him in the nursing home often. I’d always sneak in a coffee and donuts. The stroke had left him unable to speak correctly. He has slurred speech and his words were hard to make out. But, if I played a Christmas song for him he would sing it without missing a beat! I still remember how his eyes would light up when I came into his room. I also remember him telling me how he was ready to go home. I knew that he meant his eternal home and not his earthly home. He was ready to be with Jesus. He would always point upwards when he told me this. It makes me a little teary eyed just thinking about it. As much as I miss him, I’m glad he is home with Jesus, and with no more pain and suffering. He’s probably also eating lots of this cake.
The second reason this cake means so much to me is that I got the icing recipe from my Aunt Sherry. My aunt is one of the hardest working women that I know. It’s something that I never told her, but I have always admired that about her. She is also one of the most fun people that I know! She always knows how to have a good time and knows how to throw an awesome party! What I love most about her is her laugh. It’s hard for me to make this cake without hearing her burst into laughter! She has such a throaty, hearty laugh and it’s so contagious! And she’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, years ago she was chosen to in Woman’s World magazine for a makeover. I didn’t think she could get any prettier than she already was, but her makeover was stunning! The magazine did an amazing job.
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One slice of this cake will leave your taste buds begging for more! This cake leaves the most amazing aftertaste and will have your taste buds begging for me! The cream cheese added to the recipe cuts some of the sweetness, which makes it a perfect combination! You do want to make sure to cream your sugar and butter.  This is a very important step! If you don’t it will leave your cake very flat. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! You can also substitute the cherry filling for another type of berry filling such as blueberries or strawberries! Whichever berries you choose, you’re going to love this cake!





Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans!)




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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans) 

My husband is a dipper. You can spare us all the “it’s horrible for your health” talks. He knows and I know, so there’s nothing you’d be telling us that we don’t already know. I hate the amount of money we spend on chewing tobacco so I wanted to create something with the snuff cans that made me feel a like some of that money was going back in our pockets. So this year, instead of spending tons of money on Christmas decor I’m using up some of these snuff cans! I have two amazing DIY’s using snuff cans and first up are these Decorative Christmas Candies.

Here are a few ways you can use these Decorative Christmas Candies:

  • Lay them in a decorative bowl with some pine.
  • Glue on a loop of twine and use them as a Christmas ornament.
  • Glue some into a piece of garland.
  • Tie to the front of a Christmas gift OR use as Christmas gifts!

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Materials:

  • Empty Snuff cans ( If no one in your family chews snuff ask friends or co-workers.)
  • Fabric ( I found this beautiful red and white fabric with diagonal stripes at JOANN FABRICS. 1 yard will make about 12 candies)
  • Coffee ( Coffee dying fabric is optional)
  • Thin Twine
  • Rusty Jingle Bells ( 2 per candy)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to:

Step 1: I don’t have a picture of this but you are going to want to wash those cans first! I just wash mine with regular dish liquid in the sink. Make sure snuff cans are completely dry before you begin.

Step 2: Cut material into squares that are about 7 1/2 in. X 9 1/2 in. Lay can in the middle of the material, brand-side up, and neatly glue material to the back (brand side) of the can. Think like you are wrapping a gift but don’t do anything with the ends yet.

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Step 3: Cut two pieces of twine. Place a jingle bell on the twine and tie the twine around one end of the material bringing the jingle bell to the front and tie a bow. repeat this process with the other end.

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That’s it! They are literally that simple to make! Enjoy! =)



Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza




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Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
 Pizza has always been one of my favorites. It’s true what they say! “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is very true because my son loves pizza as well! I got the kiddos to help me with this recipe because they love pizza, and pizza is such a fun thing to make if you are teaching your kids how to cook. I love knowing that when I make this recipe, there will be none of the “I don’t want this!” arguments regarding what we are going to eat! Another fun idea is to serve this pizza with a mini salad bad. You can give everyone in your family a small bowl of lettuce and let them make their own yummy salad! I try to keep it simple by just laying out cheese, croutons, vegetables and a few salad dressings. These are the types of meals that I love serving to my kiddo! It allows him to use his own creativity in the kitchen. I also love to make this pizza when he has his friends over!
Pizza is kind of a big deal in our home! We normally have pizza once a week, but my favorite is this homemade pizza. I love the simplicity of this recipe. The crust is made from frozen bread dough which makes this recipe a lot easier. Although, you do still have to wait for the dough to rise. You can do this by putting the dough in the fridge overnight, and then lay the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and sit in a warm place to allow it to rise. You want the dough to double in size before you begin working with it. To take this pizza to the next level, I’ve added a thin layer of garlic butter. I like to apply this garlic butter mixture a few times while the pizza is cooking. And, once the pizza is finished cooking, I add one more layer of this buttery, garlic goodness to the pizza. I’ve been told by a few people that my pizza is the best and that I should deliver. I’m a little embarrassed to share this recipe as I feel some people may laugh when they realize that I am not spending all day in the kitchen when I made these pizzas. That’s how truly simple this recipe is! Now, you can add any toppings that you would like for this, but I thought a traditional pepperoni pizza was in order. Keep in mind when making this pizza that you don’t have to stick with just pepperoni as a topping! I’ve added toppings such as bacon, cheese steaks, peppers, and onions. Make it yours!
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Rudolph Applesauce Cups





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Rudolph Applesauce Cups 

Christmas is just around the corner and with that comes snack times at school. I always like to take something that is fun for the kids yet easy for the teachers. I saw many types of these Rudolph applesauce cups online and, although cute, they didn’t seem practical. When making mine I decided to wrap them in a napkin and attach a spoon directly to the applesauce cups. This will give the teachers 2 fewer things to have to pass around the classroom ( spoons & napkins). I also used pipe cleaners and twisty ties as I thought they would be much easier for the kiddos to open than some sort of string or ribbon. And, if you are a busy mom like me, these could certainly be made a month ahead of time if needed.

Materials:

How to:

Step 1: Sit applesauce cup in the middle of the napkin and bring corners up to meet each other.

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Step 2: Slip the napkin wrapped applesauce into a clear treat bag and use twist ties that came with the treat bags to secure.

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Step 3: Using a pipe cleaner attach a spoon to the back of the applesauce cups and twist securely in the front.

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Step 4: Wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil to give them a more playful look.

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Step 5: Place a jingle bell on the end of each pipe cleaner. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner down to secure the jingle bells.

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Step 6: Using a hot glue gun glue on eyes and pom pom nose.

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Chicken Corn Soup Casserole




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Chicken Corn Soup Casserole 
A good portion of this month will be filled with ribbon noodles and casseroles. We’re continuing with this chicken corn soup casserole. Chicken corn soup is one of my absolutely favorite soups to eat in the winter. There’s nothing quite like coming in after being out in the chilly air to a nice warm bowl of chicken corn soup! As a kid, I remember how my Granny Griffy would make chicken corn soup every year on the first day of trout season. I remember walking in and seeing her cooking with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and the ashes a mile long! My mom used to say that she felt like she needed to follow Granny Griffy around with an ashtray so that the ashes didn’t end up in the soup!
Now, I know that trout season is months away but I couldn’t help but share this recipe now. I don’t want to say that this recipe is comparable to Granny Griffy’s, mainly because of all of the memories attached behind it, but it’s very close! And it reminds me of her every time I eat it. Although, I don’t smoke, so there’s no chance of any ashes making it into the soup. Maybe that was Granny Griffy’s secret ingredient? 🙂
This soup is warm and delicious. If you are hungry for chicken corn soup but don’t feel like going through all of the work of boiling the chicken, then this would be a great substitute. I actually made this even easier by cheating and buying a rotisserie chicken from the store. I boiled the noodles into the chicken stock. This gives the noodles a savory flavor and makes the casserole taste like you boiled a chicken on the stove. I shredded the carrots finely. You will want to do this as well as it serves 2 purposes. It allows the carrots to soften while the casserole is baking. Also, your children won’t taste the carrots but you’ll be happy that you were able to sneak some nutrition into the meal! I used this same technique with the onion. When you shred the onion it will have a soup-like consistency. This is fine! If you’d like more of a diced onion then you could certainly do that, although you may want to saute them a little bit before adding them to the casserole. Adding the cream of celery soup to the casserole adds an element of scrumptious flavor making it all come together in one delicious dish.
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Fall Leaf Jewelry




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Fall Leaf Jewelry 

I collected some leaves while going for a morning walk a few weeks ago. When I got back home I sat the leaves on my whiteboard and stared at them while finishing up another DIY post. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a small container of cement sitting on my craft table and instantly went to google to search what I could do with leaves and cement. I found a TON of cool stuff but the coolest was a project called leaf casting. If you’ve never heard of this then I highly recommend looking it up! So I tried casting a leaf just to get a feel for it and it was actually pretty easy! I then saw my hemp cord and that’s when the idea for jewelry came to me. I collected all different shapes and sizes of leaves and found my favorite to be this longer feather like ones.

Materials:

  • leaves any shape or size you like
  • cement (only a few tablespoons are needed. I used underlayment. It was a little more expensive but I like how  fast it dries.)
  • gloves & a mask for working with cement ( I didn’t use either but I probably should have!)
  • water
  • wax paper
  • old bowl or plastic throw away bowl
  • plastic spoon
  • a piece of cheap foam
  • toothpicks
  • metallic paint ( or any paint you like)
  • Hemp Cord
  • earring hooks
  • 2 Gauge wire

How to: 

Step 1: Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool leaves!

Step 2: Mix cement. You want a slushie-like consistency.

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Step 3: Turn leaves so vein side is up. Gently scoop on some cement and use a spoon to evenly spread cement over leaves. Gently pull leaves forward by the stem to get rid of any excess cement.

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Step 4: Carefully place leaves on top of the foam. Using a toothpick, poke a hole where you have the earring hook and necklace string to go.

*I highly recommencement using the foam. I have made these many times where I forgot to insert the toothpicks and then my cement hardened on me.

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Step 5: Allow cement to dry for about 20-30 minutes and GENTLY twist and pull toothpicks out. Wait an additional 15-20 minutes and gently pull leaves off of the cement. If it’s too wet your leaves will break but if its too dry they will stick! There’s a small window of time that this needs to be done in. Allow leaves to dry overnight.

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Step 6: Paint leaves and allow to dry. Next time I make these I may add a coat of sealer to them as the paint seemed to rub off a little.

 

Step 7: Necklace- Cut hemp cord to size and attach leaf or leaves. I like the look of a double hemp cord so I use two different colors. If you have trouble putting the cords through a toothpick will help!

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Step 7: Earrings: Thread a piece of 2 gauge wire threw the earring and attach earring hook to the front of the wire. Pull wire behind the earring and twist tight enough that it stays but leaving a little gap so the earring can dangle. A youtube tutorial of this will be up sometime this week!

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Looking for some trendy jewelry? I have the perfect place for you! Check out Autumn essence shop on Etsy! She has the CUTEST stuff!



Cheesesteak Casserole

 




 

 

Cheesesteak Casserole

Cheesesteak Casserole 

September and October are filled with fairs and festivals! I love how the smell of food just lingers in the air as soon as you arrive at one of these events. My go-to choice is usually pizza and some sort of fried dessert like Fried Oreos or a yummy funnel cake. My husband, on the other hand, usually heads straight for the cheesesteak line. He loves to get his cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of mayonnaise. In fact, there’s normally a glob of mayo running down his hand once he’s finished. Isn’t it so funny how when you are in the dating stage, men try to be so neat and proper and actually use napkins? And then once you get married you look at your man sitting across from you with mayo running down his arm, wondering if he should have been born in the caveman era. It’s okay though, I still love him! 

 
In fact, my love for him is what inspired this recipe. I wanted to make him a warm meal that made him feel like he was gobbling down one of those yummy cheesesteaks from the fair. My son and I don’t care for peppers and onions, so it will be grilled cheese for us on the nights that I make this. When I made my recipes, especially ones with ingredients that I don’t particularly care for, I always hand it out to neighbors, friends, and family. So far, everyone who had tried this has said that it is delicious! My friend Courtney said, “It’s like a cheesesteak in a bowl!” Another friend said, “Yes, Kyle [her husband] really liked that too! And he’s sort of picky!.” Sounds like this recipe is a winner!

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is a version of a deconstructed cheesesteak from the fair. It has all of the components of a cheesesteak, right down to the goopy mayonnaise. The Italian hoagie roll is replaced with noodles and grilled mushrooms with cream of mushroom soup. If you wanted, you could definitely add some sautéed mushrooms to this. I would cook the onions and peppers until they were almost translucent, and then throw the mushrooms in and sauté them for a few minutes before adding the cheesesteak. You will still need to add the cream of mushroom soup as this adds the creaminess to the dish. If you left it out, your casserole will probably be dry and your noodles may get hard. I also cooked the noodles in beef broth which adds an amazing depth of flavor and makes your noodles not taste bland. I hope you enjoy this recipe!





Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY  SCARECROW 




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

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Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

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Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

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Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

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Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Stuffing Balls

Stuffing Balls 

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Making this recipe really reminds me of when my Nana was still around for the holidays. I remember how as soon as I walked into her house at Christmas, I’d be bombarded by her four dogs and the amazing aroma of turkey and stuffing wafting from the kitchen. I also remember how Nana would greet me with a kiss, and how as soon as she walked away, Pap would ask me if I wanted a beer. Of course, I always said no, though sometimes it may have helped me deal with my family’s craziness! Just kidding! I absolutely love my family and truly enjoy being around them.
Another thing I remember is how Nana used to buy paper plates so that she didn’t have to do dishes after our large family dinner. We would finish up dinner and still find her washing up the paper plates to use at another time!
This recipe is not the same one that my grandparents used, but it is very similar. I actually stole this recipe from my brother! I loved my grandparents cooking, but sometimes it could be a little bland. So I wanted to make sure that I incorporated a lot of flavor into this recipe. Now if you have any picky eaters, you could leave out the peppers and onions. However, I don’t recommend leaving out any of the cream soups as they add moisture and tons of yummy flavor to this recipe. This is a great spin on stuffing that is sure to become a family favorite!





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