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Liz’s rant: Social networking undermining craftdown

OK, so maybe I exaggerate. But the verdict is still out. Regardless, here’s what I know. Shortly after our now-famous craftdown to Christmas began, I wrote a post on Facebook, as to the next step in submitting a craft, recipe, etc. for this grandest of grand ideas. Things went downhill from there. A reader had submitted a recipe by clicking onto the Facebook link to this site. But not only could Kate and I not see her her comments, her recipe was nowhere to be found. So I decided to click on the link to Coffee Break that I’d offered up on Facebook. And, voila – her comment was there. (Although I still didn’t see her recipe). It was only after several hours of time and a lengthy email exchange that I had … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – While I was sleeping…

Let me tell you about the ridiculous dream I had last night.  It was one of those really, really awful dreams… full of panic, anxiety, desperation. A nightmare, if you will. But let me also tell you that you’re going to get a kick out of this, I think. And it serves  as a perfect segue into the whole holiday season for me. So in my dream… It was about 10pm and everyone was nestled all snug in their beds with visions of…well, I’m probably better off not knowing what they were having visions of, but my point is…I was the only one awake.   I was sitting on the couch wrapped up in a blanket reading a book, and all of the sudden it dawned on me that it was Christmas … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Deck the Walls…

Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday.  It’s the big grand finale celebration of the year…the other holidays scattered throughout the year just serve as dress rehearsals for the big show in December. The season is full of happy music, bright lights, delicious treats, and general merriment.  But it is also a season filled with busy schedules, crowded stores, high expectations, and extra stress.  Through a process of trial and error over the years, I’ve discovered some tips and tricks that have helped me to simplify and survive the season, with my sanity relatively in tact. Today I’m going to share with you a quick, easy and inexpensive decorating tip.  It’s one I happened upon in the early years of my marriage, when money was tight and we had very few decorations.  … Read entire article »

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Craftdown to Christmas (with an update)

Well, here we are – the day after Thanksgiving – and the clock is ticking, people.  Gifts to make, food to eat, homes to decorate, yet I have nothing to offer you from your peers this week. Thank God I’m creative (insert peels of laughter). Which brings us to this week’s craft. Note that “craft” is singular because for reasons that I’m sure can only be attributed to the internet not delivering, I’ve yet to receive your emails and comments for this week’s craft, festive food or to-die-for decoration. I am sure it’s just the internet, though. Have no fear. So, without further ado, I found this on Kaboose.com’s website and we are giving it a whirl in the a.m., so photos will have to follow. Please overcome. Here are the recommendations for creation: An … Read entire article »

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Craftmas count down continues!

I know I’ve got a tough act to follow with peanut butter and honey from Louis and a 12- pack from Grant (Hey! Maybe that’s what we’ll leave out for Santa!) Nevertheless I’m gonna give it my best and see if we can’t get those guys in a competitive spirit, urging them to come up with some more ideas in these final weeks leading to Christmas. Let’s start with something the kids and I made this week – chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows. I suspect it’ll be the first of many batches. Here are the ground rules: Chocolate-coated Treats 1 package pretzel rods 1 package large marshmallows Sprinkles of choice 2-12 oz. bags of chocolate chips or other melting chocolate (white, dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate – your pick. For those who want to use more than one type … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Peanut butter, honey and a 12-pack

So I know I’m a couple days early in regard to our weekly “Craftdown to Christmas.” Nevertheless, there’s something I’d like to address so that any of you men out there have a say-so in all of this. Let’s start with my high school buddy Louis, who I recently challenged to come up with a craft. Here’s part of his response: “Will a peanut butter and honey sandwich do? The trick is to let the sandwich sit for about 10 minutes. It lets the honey crystalize & gives the sandwich a crunchy texture.” Louis, Louis, Louis… Then there was Grant’s response: “I think a 12-pack of beer’ll do it.” Men… Can’t live with ‘em, can’t shoot ‘em. Just sayin. But in all honesty, it really is the thought that counts, here. So I think you male … Read entire article »

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Crafting down to Christmas: Salt dough and table displays

Well, here we are. Week one of Crafting down to Christmas. And I already feel like deckin’ the ol’ halls. Note to crafty readers at this point: I’m looking for ideas for magic fairy/Tinkerbell dust. I would prefer nothing with sparkles. Any thoughts?? That said, I’m gonna start things off here, and share one of my favorite crafts: salt dough ornaments. This is one I’ve shared with all of my children (25, 17, and 8), so with the great age difference, you know it has to be a winner. When we put the tree up (traditionally the day after Thanksgiving) I will post one of my favorite all-time ornaments that my daughter made when she was about 4. Keep in mind that most people probably use this dough by rolling it out … Read entire article »

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Plea from Liz: Help us craft our way to Christmas!

OK, Coffee Break listeners. Kate and I have been talking behind your back. That’s right, we’ve been scheming/plotting/planning and generally cooking up mischief (which we’re pretty good at, if I do say so myself). As we are well aware, many of us struggle this time of year in many ways. We struggle to find the right gift, finish all the baking and decorating and caroling wrapping, not to mention financing all of the above. In fact, it’s really easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. Fear not. That won’t be the case here at Coffee Break, if we have anything to say about it. So here’s the plan: Each Friday between now and Christmas, we’ll bring you the best crafts, decorations, recipes and gifts we can find. Won’t that be fantastic? So… … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Woohoo!
It’s (Harry) Potter-time!

Harry Potter fans have been waiting for 2 long years AND 4 days for the release of the next Harry Potter movie installment…Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  It opens at 12:01 July 15.  Some crazies in my neighborhood (and I use that term affectionately) my family and myself included, had a pre-pre Harry Potter premier party…because we just couldn’t wait one more night. Here are some ideas for your own Potter Party. We made quick and easy wands from tree branches.  Just shave off the bark (or leave some on in a spiral) and then decoupage.   Great for casting spells.  Expelliarmus!!! (Which by the way, is a disarming spell which produces a jet of scarlet light, in case you didn’t already know that.) We also made Snitch hair clips out of spray-painted … Read entire article »

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