Lemon Buddies

Sometimes called “muddy buddies” sometimes called “puppy chow”, there are so many ways to make this yummy snack! Just do a quick search on Pinterest for “muddy buddies” and you will find lots of recipes for different flavor combinations. I love lemon – I think I may have mentioned that in this post for Lemon Lemonies. 🙂 So when I found this recipe for Lemon Buddies Chex Mix I knew I would have to try it!

It only takes 4 ingredients – Rice Chex cereal, white chocolate chips, lemons, and powdered sugar. Click the link above to get all the details. It’s a quick and easy snack to make!

Here it is ready to eat! 

A couple of tips for things I did a little differently from the recipe directions.  I used a 12 ounce bag of white chocolate chips – just seemed like I needed more to coat the cereal. Also, I melted the chips in the microwave and then stirred in the lemon peel and lemon juice before pouring over the cereal. The recipe says to melt them all together. I think the melted chips come out smoother if you melt them by themselves. 

A great after school snack or something to munch on while you watch your favorite movie.🍋

Happy Snacking!!


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Crochet Candy Cane Bag for Gift Cards

Last week I shared this cute Mini Crocheted Shopping Bag that is the perfect size to hold a gift card for Christmas. Today I have another cute way to make giving gift cards or cash a little more fun.

The crochet pattern for these fun drawstring bags can be found here at AllFreeCrochet. I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby in white, red, and bright green.

They work up quickly and could be made in any color combination. I’m planning ahead for Christmas, but I think they would be so cute in bright colors for a birthday, or soft pastels for a baby shower. Or maybe orange and black for Halloween filled with treats.

These bags are big enough to hold some yummy chocolates along with a gift card or cash. They are also the perfect size for a small gift.

Christmas will be here before we know it! 😳 But you still have plenty of time to make several of these sweet bags!

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A Simple Thank You

Sometimes a simple Thank You is just the thing. Even though this is a clean and simple card, the heartfelt “Thank You” can’t be missed. Add your own handwritten message inside to thank them for their kindness.

The large “Thank You” is from the So Very Much set from Stampin’ Up. It was a special set during one of their Sale-A-Bration promotions, so it is no longer available. There are all kinds of thank you stamps available from lots of different companies or you could even find a fun font on your computer and print it out onto card stock. The heart washi tape stamp is from the Washi This Love set from Unity Stamp Company.

To make the card, stamp “Thank You” with pool ink on a white card stock panel. Stamp the washi tape stamp with orange ink, stamping off the left edge. Layer the panel to pool card stock and attach to a white card. Attach 3 gold sequins.

A clean and simple card filled with heartfelt thanks!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I love making cookies! My Dad used to call me the Cookie Monster because I rarely meet a cookie I don’t like! 🍪 🙂

If you don’t have time to bake several cookie sheets full of cookies, but still want that fresh, homemade taste, cookie bars are the answer! Mix up the dough, press it into the pan, and put it in the oven – 25 to 30 minutes later and your cookies are done. Takes less time out of your day and you still have a tasty treat.

I found this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars here on Pinterest. You may have everything you need to make these yummy bars in your kitchen right now! The recipe says you can use semi-sweet chips, milk chocolate chips or a mixture of both. I used all semi-sweet chips because that’s what I had in my pantry. I saw some comments on the blog post from Tastes Better From Scratch about substituting peanut butter chips for half of the chocolate chips – I may have to try that next time, sounds yummy!

Here they are fresh from the oven. My kitchen smells so good!! It’s going to be hard to wait until they cool so I can sample one…

Finally cool and ready to eat!! These bars are so delicious, gooey, and chocolatey! They would be great with a cup of hot coffee or a big glass of ice-cold milk…and they have oatmeal in them so that makes them healthy, right?!?! 😉

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars would make a great after school treat or a tasty dessert to take to your next potluck. Enjoy!!

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Mini Crocheted Shopping Bag

This is the cutest little shopping bag!! The pattern, which you can find here at Little Monkey Crochet, is actually a mini beach bag. I started thinking about Christmas (it will be here before we know it 😳) and thought it would be so fun to make it into a shopping bag to hold a gift card or cash. 

So…here’s my take on this cute pattern!

I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby in red and white. I added a sweet little gingerbread charm – you can find all sorts of fun charms at your local craft store. 

A gift card or cash fits perfectly inside with room to add a mini chocolate bar or two. 🙂

Here’s a closeup of the little gingerbread charm I added. 

These work up so quickly and add a little something extra when giving gift cards or cash. Change the color combo and charm to make the shopping bag for any occasion!!

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Happy Birthday Flowers 

The name of this stamp is Happy Happy from Unity Stamp Company so of course I needed to make a birthday card with it. 🙂

I stamped the jar with flowers on white card stock with brown ink. I colored it with Copic markers and layered the image to kraft card stock. I stamped “happy birthday” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set from Stampin’ Up with brown ink on turquoise card stock and punched it with a word label punch. This punch is discontinued, but Stampin’ Up has a similar one here.

To put the card together, I embossed a panel of orange card stock with the Dotted Lattice embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. I attached a doily to the orange panel, overlapping the left edge and trimming the excess. I tied the panel with twine and attached it to a turquoise card. I attached the flower image with foam tape. The sentiment is attached to the card and I finished it off with two orange gems.

Change the sentiment and this would be a great thinking of you card. I’m sure whoever receives it will be Happy Happy! 🙂

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Crochet V-stitch Baby Blanket

This has been my go to pattern whenever I need to crochet a quick baby blanket. It works up very quickly using worsted weight yarn in a simple v-stitch. Any soft yarn works great. I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in Pastel Yellow to make this one. The pattern is in this booklet Crocheted Layettes for Baby from Leisure Arts. It’s a really old booklet and I was happy to see that it is still available from Amazon!! Click the link above if you’re interested in getting your very own copy. 🙂

I changed the border slightly from the pattern. The pattern has a ribbon woven through the border and although it looks pretty, it makes me a little nervous to have something that could easily be pulled out by a sweet baby. So I simply added another row of the 2nd border row listed in the pattern. Here’s a closer picture of what my border looks like.

This is such a fun pattern to work with. And it’s one of those “mindless” patterns, so once you get started you can watch your favorite show on Netflix and just crochet away!!

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