Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful is an Attitude...

I had downloaded the above Facebook timeline cover
When I added it to my timeline, my mom posted this comment:

Thankful is an attitude we choose which has the power
to keep us from growing bitter or angry with life.
It's hard to stay grumpy when you
take time to count your blessings.
In "before amen" Max Lucado says, "To say thanks
is to cross from have-not to have-much,
from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims,
'I'm not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized,
scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.'
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts.
It flushes the self-pity out of our systems."

Let us all remember to be THANKFUL.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bake Yourself Silly Gift Basket DIY

Dashing through the dough,
with a broken spatula...
O'er the pies we go,
noshing all the way...

And so it has begun...
the season of eating baking, right?

Today I have a great gift idea for you,
and it's pretty simple to put together.
Perfect for the bakers in your life.
The Bake Yourself Silly gift basket.

Start with a nice glass batter bowl.
This one is from Anchor Hocking and I
picked it up at Wally World for about $8.
I like the shape of it, it has a lid and can be used in the oven.

Find a cute kitchen towel or two, HomeGoods is your friend.
I included some easy Betty Crocker mix packets...
peanut butter cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip, and some blueberry muffins.

I also made up a  DIY gift sack with the dry
ingredients from my favorite pumpkin bread.
Don't forget to add a can of pumpkin.

Add a stack of muffin was close to Halloween
when I made these, that explains the candy corn.
Throw in some hand stamped bamboo spoons for little extra personalization.

Put a little tissue filler in the bottom of your bowl, 
arrange all items for the best fit and presentation.
Find a fabulous gift basket bag wrap thingamabob big enough
to fit all your goodies, tie it with a cute tag and some twine...

And you're ready to give an awesome
afternoon of baking to someone you love.

You can download and print the tags here.

You can customize this for any occasion...
just think...sprinkles, cupcake decorating tools,
cookies cutters...make it your own.

I recently made these two fun baskets as door prizes
for a chili cookoff my mom and I organized.
They were a big hit.

I've been trying to get this post up for some time.
It's just been crazy around here.
We've had some wild family stuff going on since summer
and I, for one, am ready for it to calm down.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?

I've got several fun holiday themed projects waiting to be shared.
And, by George, I am going to do my best to get them out to you!
I hope all you lovelies have a wonderful
week and a blessed Thanksgiving!

Re-gifting here: