Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Christmas Card Set I Made

I am sharing one of them as a free
printable for you to see the elements,
but if you'd like to play with them to
make creations of your own, as well
as many many other wonderful, fun
and exciting elements and kits, please
go visit Paulette over at


Merry Christmas...

click on card and it will open to full size.
then right click on it and save it to your computer...


moving up from 2009  before retiring



Elements by Paulette at:

Template and Layout by myself:

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moved up from 2009 before retiring

Christmas Candybar Wrapper #2

Here is the second printable freebie
for you to use.  These make great
stocking stuffers, or grabbag type
gifts for boys or girls, men or women.
The wrappers fit around
the 1.55oz candy bars.

All the elements used for these are

Merry Christmas,


Christmas Candybar Wrapper #1

I have made several printables
for Christmas using elements
from digipapers to wordart and
clipart from Paulette over at

Just click on the image to open
it up full size and then save it to
your computer.

Merry Christmas,


Thursday, October 25, 2012


The template I used for this is from BELLE at BELLE's PRINTABLES.
All the elements I used are from Paulette at Create with TLC

Open it up in a new window to save it fullsized to your own computer...

Have a fun and SAFE Halloween!



Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I was surfing the web looking for some LOW CARB recipes and came across the following two recipes that I wanted to try.  The first one is for THE BEST LOW CARB LASAGNA.  I have seen many recipes using zucchini slices instead of pasta noodles.  This one caught my attention because of the addition of vegetables besides the zucchini.  I sliced my zucchini about half as thick as their picture shows theirs so I did NOT bake mine in the oven first.  I felt it was thin enough to do "it's thing" in the oven while baking assembled.  And I was right.  They were perfectly tender and tasty! For my meat layer, I used the best quality ground chuck mixed with some Cudighi Sausage (sample recipe and history at that link) that the local grocery store I work for makes themselves.  I did not add any more salt or pepper because the Cudighi is seasoned well!  It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!  I will be making this one again when my husband his home from his TOUR in Australia.  It's a keeper!


The next recipe I did was for an APPLE CRISP for dessert.  It is also a winner!

I used SPLENDA granular sugar in place of the white sugar in the apple layer; as well as SPLENDA brown sugar in the crumble layer.  I wanted to use almond flour in the apple mixture, but I honestly don't know if it would have the "binding" effect as the all purpose flour does.  I am pretty sure the flavor would be okay because nuts and apples do go together.  But the purpose of the flour is important so I didn't venture into that experiment yet.  The topping of the drizzled CARMEL was delicious and SUGAR FREE because I used the one available from Walden Farms.  I found it at a local grocery store, but this link shows you what it is.... HERE  
Glad I could share these WINNERS with you!
Have fun and PLAY with your food!


The Liebster Award

WOW... I am so honored!  I have been doing this blog since April 2008.  Over all these years, I've had spurts of time to create and share and other times where it just was not possible.  But everyone has been so kind and supportive no matter what was going on.  I want to THANK all my followers as well as visitors for that support...  I've received tons of private notes, prayers, encouragement, and lots of comments left on the blog.  THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!!!!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to VICKY from CRAFTING VICKY for gifting me with this award!  I'm honored and so blessed to be part of a fantastic "family" with all the friends of CREATE WITH TLC

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Now comes the hard part… choosing another 5!  Wow not an easy task.  What helped is that many of the blogs that I like have received it already so I’m passing on to some that haven’t  yet received the award and that have less than 200 followers.  And of course all those blogs are some that I really love, follow and that give me inspiration!

Here's my list of people that I'm passing this on:
Gilly's Place at
Fran at 
Lori at  

Jennifer at  
 Bri at

Please take some time to give some support to these FABULOUS BLOGGERS and ONLINE FRIENDS ...  They are all different themes and many reasons why I enjoy each one.  So go see for yourself why they are so good!  They are trusted sites and all family oriented!

Thank you, again VICKY...

Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I used goodies from Paulette at Create with TLC from her SEASON YOUR HOLIDAYS CLUB from last year I believe it was!  Just right click to save it to your own computer...  and stop back at her blog to leave some love and see what new club she is offering as well as all the other freebies and store goodies!



Friday, October 12, 2012


"Hope your holiday is Sweet. Merry Christmas!!"

Gift: Jar of candy or bag or sack of homemade candy


"We tray-sure" your friendship! Happy Holidays!"

Gift: Christmas tray with goodies


"Have "ewe" self a Merry little Christmas!"

Gift: Make a lamb out of frozen dinner
rolls...or give anything to do with sheep or lambs.


"Have a "berry" nice Holiday Season"

Gift: Jar of jam, Strawberry Cheesecake mix or
flavored berry syrups and pancake or waffle mix.


"May your Holidays "bubble over" with fun! Merry Christmas"

Gift: Bubble bath or bath crystals with any bath accessory.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Oranges: 'Orange' you glad we're neighbors?
Merry Christmas!

Banana Bread: "If we could chose our neighbors,
and we searched the whole world through, we'd go
'bananas' trying to find a better bunch than you!"

Loaf of Bread: "No matter how you slice it,
you're a great neighbor."

Any kind of bread/cookie dough:
"Thought you might want
some extra 'dough' for Christmas."

Anything in a basket (with a handle):
"For when you get tired and feel like a 'basket'
case this holiday season, here's a little 'pick me up'.

Oven mitts/hot pads: "We have to ad"mitt",
you're a great neighbor!" or
"Merry Christmas from our "pad" to yours!"

Candle/Candle painted with red dots to count
down to Christmas. Each night the recipient burns the
candle down to the next dot:
"May your Christmas be merry and bright!"

Homemade Jam:
"Hoping your holiday is 'jam' packed with cheer!"

Favorite spice mix: "Seasoned Greetings"

Jolly Ranchers candy:
"Have a jolly, holly Christmas!"

Animal shaped cookies:
"This neighborhood would be a zoo without you!
Glad you're our neighbor!"



"Have an "udderly" moo-valous Christmas"
Gift: Cow Pie using an Oreo cookie crust filled with layer
of Chocolate pudding and a layer of Vanilla pudding.
Spread Cool Whip on top and creating irregular black
spots on top of the cream using crushed Oreo cookies


"Hope your Christmas is "tree"mendous!"
Gift: Christmas Tree shaped pasta or fill tree shaped
container with goodies; place cookies and candies
tree-shaped tray or a small mini or
tabletop Christmas tree.


"A friend always knows when you need a little "hug"
Gift: Fill a bag, jar or mug
with Hershey Hugs Kisses and Hugs!!


"Whether stirring up cakes, cookies, soups or souffles;
You'll find this spoon useful in so many ways.
But whenever it's use, whatever you do,
It says"Merry Christmas from us to you"
Gift: Wooden spoon with some sort of
boxed mix (muffins, cake etc....)


"Season's" Greetings.
Hope this will "spice" up your Christmas!"
Gift: Seasoned salt in a salt shaker or any type of spice

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


We're "ROOT"ing for you
to have a won"DEER"ful New Year!"

Gift: 2 liter bottle of Root Beer
with a deer head attached (picture)


"Have a Hot and Spicy Christmas!
Merry Christmas"

Gift: Salsa and tortilla chips


"Here's some zesty salsa to spice up your holidays!!
Merry Christmas"

Gift: Salsa and tortilla chips,
any kind of popcorn treat, microwave popcorn


"Baked with Love for you!"

Give cake in a jar, any baked treat or layer cookie
ingredients in a jar with recipe/directions attached on a gift label.


"Dip" into a wonderful Holiday Season and a Healthy New year!"

Gift: Cut-up vegetables (crudités) and dip mix;
dip mix and crackers and pretzels
or caramel dip and apples.



"Christmas is coming and so are the deer,
Listen closely and bells you will hear.
Along with them comes a special treat,
Reindeer droppings for you to eat!!
Merry Christmas"
Gift: Color and cut out a deer head (picture) and attach
to a box of Whoppers or Milk Duds.

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Hoping you have a "ball" this Holiday Season!
Merry Christmas"
Gift: Popcorn balls, or cheese ball and crackers.

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"Whisking" you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Gift: Whisk filled with treats.

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"By gum, you're great neighbors!"
Have a Merry Christmas!"
Gift: Sack, jar or mug filled with gumdrops or gum.

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"You make friendship bloom all year round.
Merry Christmas"
Gift: Poinsettia plant or other type of flowering plant

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


"Here's a 'Squeeze' and a 'Kiss' with Christmas Cheer,
to remind you you are loved all through the year"

Gift: Bottle of "squeeze-it" juice and a
Hershey kiss on the tag


"Have a "COOL YULE"

Gift: ice cream and topping.


"Nibble, nibble like a mouse.
We hope you'll nibble at this house!
Merry Christmas"

Gift: Gingerbread house or gingerbread
house kit ready to decorate.


"A teacher can't live by apples alone...
she needs "kisses" too!
Merry Christmas"

Gift: Fill a box, bag or mug with Hershey's Kisses


"Hope a merry "HO-HO-HO"
fills your heart the whole year though
Merry Christmas"

Gift: Box of Hostess Ho-Ho's. Decorate the box
or put in a Christmas type bag.

Goals with Gusto Wordart and Plaque Freebie

I have been searching for encouragement and inspiration for some issues in my life and this saying just screamed at me the other day so I asked Paulette at CREATE WITH TLC to make it into a wordart.  I then decorated it into this printable.  I will be printing it, framing it and hanging it on our wall!  Paulette was so generous she said I could share her WORDART with you to snag from here too!  Just click on each image to open them fullsize and save to your own computer if you want them.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Sunday, October 7, 2012


NOTE: This is for fun and not to be eaten!
You will need plain Oatmeal, Birdseed, Rice Crispies
and Multi Color Glitter.
Take 1 part of each and put into a plastic bag.
Shake well and add the below poem. 
On Christmas Eve let the kids sprinkle the Reindeer Food
all over the yard.
Make a wish and close your eyes tight,
Then sprinkle on your lawn at night.
As Santa's reindeer fly & roam
This food will guide them to your home.
For your gift to the reindeer and Rudolph too
Your wish may be real, your dreams may come true.
*NOTE... There is EDIBLE GLITTER available at Michaels.
*NOTE #2... I prefer adding colored cereals like Fruity Pebbles or something to be like the multicolored glitter.  Then it doesn't matter what critter or child might eat from the baggie.
Simply bake up your favorite batch of cookies – place them on the dustpan;
then take a few & crumble into smaller pieces (to show that you swept them up…
even though you didn’t!)  Wrap the Dustpan with cellophane
and add a bow & gift tag with the following poem:
I was in a hurry,
‘Cuz time was running out.
I’d baked a batch of cookies for you,
And when I turned about,
I saw they’d fallen on the floor.
It made me want to shout!
How could this happen at this time,
When time was running out.
I couldn’t throw them in the trash.
Whatever could I do!
I quickly swept them in this pan,
And rushed them off to you.
I was baking some cookies
When they dropped on the floor.
So I scooped them right up
And rushed them to your door!
Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours!


Christmas taffy — We're "pulling" for you to have a very merry Christmas!

Christmas Rolos — "Rolo-long" with a holiday song, spreading good cheer at
the time of year!

Townhouse crackers and cheeseball — From "our house" to "your house" with
love. We hope you have a "ball" this Christmas!Werthers Original Butter
Candies — "Original" Christmas greeting for no "butter" friends around.

Cookie dough: Here’s a little extra “dough” for Christmas.

Muffins or muffin mix: You’re getting muffin for Christmas.

Measuring cups/spoons: Wishing you joy beyond measure!

Nuts: We're nuts about you!

Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "souper" holiday.

M&M's: Have a Merry and Most Wonderful Holiday Season!

Salsa: Add a little spice to your holidays.

Special recipe: Like you's tried and true and just for you.
Happy holiday baking!

Sugar cookies: Rolling out a batch of Christmas cheer, for someone we think
is very dear!

Sparkling cider: Wishing you a “sparkling” holiday season!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


CHRISTMAS is just around the corner...
With all the rising costs of everything, we are
trying to really budget it all!  We are really
keeping an eye out for great, creative, useful,
unique gifts to give everyone on our lists.  As
I find ideas while surfing the web or looking
around in the stores, I will share as much as I
can!  Hope some of these will help you too!

Oven mitt — For a "warm" hand of friendship just as you've given me, and the
wish for a joyous season with love aplenty under the tree!

Scented pinecones or candle — Have a "scent"-sational Christmas.

Roll of wrapping paper — "Wrap" yourself up in a wonderful holiday season!

Mint M&M's — These are "mint" to wish you a "magical" and "merry" Christmas.

Ritz snowflake crackers and a can of cheese — Have a "ritzy" Christmas
season and "spread" around the joy!

Jello Mousse Mix — Merry "Chris-mousse" to you!

Pancake mix and syrup —We're "pouring out" Christmas wishes and hoping you
have a Christmas to "flip over!"

Bounty paper towels — This season may the "absorbing" spirit of Christ
"blot" out your problems, "soak up" your sorrows, and "wipe" away your
difficulties and may the new year bring you "bounteous" blessings all the
year through!

Car scraper and brush — May you be free from life's "scrapes" and shoves and
"see more clearly." May life's problems just "brush" away. We wish you a
happy holiday.

Soup mix — We wish you a wonderful holiday "simmering" gently with love!

Bean soup mix — You've "bean" such good neighbors!

Sending warm hugs to everyone!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bookmark Printable

I couldn't resist playing with the image from the blog hop again!
I made a bookmark for sisters.
Just click to open in a new window and save it to your own computer...

wordart, flower element and digistamp
are from Paulette at Create with TLC
Template is my own

Happy Fall Ya'll