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MONSTER COOKIES! A Mom’s Best Friend During the Dog Days of Summer!

Here it is summer and we are homebound do to our pooch hurt with stitches (thanks to a unforutnate run in with two large dogs) and the weather being to0 chilly and foggy to take off some steam in the pool.  So what is the next best activity to do with two little girls?  BAKE COOKIES!  I found this recipe via the EVERYDAY HOME COOK and they turned out delish!

4th of July Party on a Budget!

I love to throw parties and when ever I can I will, but no matter how you slice it or dice it, parties can get a little out of hand in the price department.  I just hosted a 4th of July party where I had about 20 in attendance.  I made all my decorations with mostly what I had on hand already in my craft room and shopped the ads for the food.   We kept it simple with burgers and dogs.  For cocktails I found a really good pre-made margarita mix at Costco for $11 a bottle (Kirkland brand).  A friend over asked if I had Grand Marne on hand and she added a shot of that to each “rita” and WOW were they good!



I put American Flags that I got on clearance last year in this jar and added a tag I made from my Cricut Celebrations cartridge (3 inches). Paper was from Die Cuts with A View Summer Stacker


Label was made from Cricut Storybook Cartridge (2 inches)

I wrapped these tin pails I had from a previous party with some patriotic material I found at Jo-Ann’s at 75% off.  I also used this same material for table runners.

I made these stars from Plantain Cricut cartridge the star is 2 .5 inches and the layer star is 2 inches.  I added little “pom-poms” to the center and attached with hot glue to 2 inch white tin pails I had from a previous party.

I made the Pom-Pom by using a method I found online.  The only thing I did do, is I layered different colored paper to get the multi-colored effect.   They were so easy to make.  I did use zip ties instead of stapling the center.  That seemed to work amazing!

For my tables I wrapped the kiddie tables in brown butcher paper and then wrapped the star garland on both ends.  I cut the table runner to fit and taped down with painters tape.

Card Making and Cooking; When Two Perfect Worlds Collide!

This week is VBS for my three-year old! While volunteering in the classrooms,  I volunteered to bring a dish for one of the nights for the volunteers.  Last night was my night and I made a recipe that I more or less made up with a little help from our local Trader Joe’s. 

Since the dish would appear non- descript, I decided to make a fun “calling card” for the dish.  Apparently the dish was a huge hit, and was gobbled up in no time flat.  So if you are looking for a fun and yummy dish to take to your next potluck, here is an idea!


Chili Corndog Bake


  • 1 Box of cornbread mix (follow the directions of the box to make)
  • 2 packages of hotdogs (16 dogs) * I used turkey dogs
  • 1 cups of shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.  You can substitute  jack cheese.  I like mine super cheesy that melts smooth and creamy so I use mozzarella.
  • 3 cans of chili with beans of your choice. * I used turkey chili with beans.
  • Diced red onions (optional)
  • Diced jalapeno for garnish (optional)



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a large casserole dish or aluminum throw-away bake and serve dish with oil spray.
  • Empty contents of chili cans into the dish.
  • Cut hot dogs in threes length wise and dice into small pieces and place in dish.
  • Add 2 cups of shredded mozzarella or  jack cheese to dish.
  • Combine all ingredients and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle top with 1 1/2 cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese.
  • Follow the directions on cornbread box and make cornbread in a seperate bowl.
  • Spread cornbread evenly onto chili mixture.
  • Place in oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.



  • Base: I cut a piece of white cardstock down to 12 inches wide and 8 inches long and scored it to fold in half (new measurements 6×4)
  • Paper: I cut down a piece of design paper from Die Cuts with a View, Summer Stacker to 6×2 2 1/2.
  • Cricut cartridges: Simply Charmed (Shadow setting on hotdog and hot dog bun and mustard set at 3 inches)
  • Cricut cartridges: Schoolbooks Plantain.  Typed in the words “chili corndog bake” at 1 inch setting.
  • Stamps: Peachy Keen Big Eyes Boy
  • Stamp Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black
  • Ribbon: Used some scrap I had.
  • I attached the hot dog with dimensional.