Mar 30, 2014

Pieces of My Puzzle 3-30-14

Happy Sunday Internet Friends!  Time for another Sunday Catch up post.

I am going to keep this pretty short and sweet. 

I am struggling trying to juggle work, family, blogging and building our new house.  For the last two Saturdays, I have been at the new house, laying tile and grouting tile.  While I am sure I will love the final product, dudes, it is HARD WORK.  I hurt in places of my body that I did not even know I had.  Last Monday, I could hardly walk, by tush hurt so much, not my thighs, not my leg, my tush! What is up with that?  I am sure I was moving in ways my body is not used to, but I did not like it.  By the end of the week, I was feeling better, but I am sure I will be hurting again tomorrow.  Not looking forward to that at all, but my husband and I decided to build this house together, so build it we must.  We have 1,500 square feet of tile to lay, so I guess I better get used to it.  He promised I could have next weekend off, and I am soooo looking forward to it.

I did get a little TV time in this week.  Scandal was well SCANDALOUS! much went on, I watched it is total shock.  I have to say, it is my favorite show on TV right now.  I have not seen the first season, but I am in love.  Grey's Anatomy was odd this week, not sure if I liked this episode, it was just, well, odd.  That was about all I watched this week, that I can think of that is worth talking about.

I am now on the six book of the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber.   To say I am totally hooked is an understatement,  I have no idea how many books are in the series, but I could read about this small town in Washington forever.  Why did I not know about these books before.  They are well written, captivating, and clean, no sex, no foul language, I love that.

So...what happened on the blog this week?

 I made this yummy Orange Creamsicle Fudge!  
Easy, quick and easy adaptable.  Must try for sure.

I had a special guest poster this week too, Melissa from My Recent Favorite Books.
She talked about a Autism Walk she does every year, and is doing a Thirty One Fundraiser
to raise money for the Walk.
You can read her post Here.
You can read about the Walk Here
If you would like to place an order for a great cause, please click Here

Saturday, I had the great honor of being a guest co-host at
This was my first time ever hosting a link party, even if I was just a guest, and I 
LOVED it.  Thank you so my ladies for having me.

Please hop over and look and all of the wonderful links, I am still in shock at 
all of the amazing post people do!

So....there you go, what I have been up to!
What did you do this week?
What are you doing next week?
Is it finally Spring where you are at?
One day it is Spring, the next day it is Fall, Missouri weather is so weird!

Until next time


Mar 29, 2014

Show Stopper Saturday Link Party

Happy Saturday Internet Friends!  Today I have a special something to share with you.



I am happy and honored  to be co-hosting the 
Show Stopper Saturday Link Party 

Here are your hosts!

Gloria from Simply Gloria!

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Krista from Joyful Healthy Eats!



Lyuba from Will Cook For Smiles!



Here is what the host have been up to this week.

Host Featured Posts Skinny NY Style Cheesecake, Fried Dilce De Leche Cookie Dough, Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce, Autism One Step at a Time

Skinny Strawberry Topped NY Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles

Fried Dulce de Leche Cookie Dough from Simply Gloria

Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce from Joyful Healthy Eats

Autism: One Step at a Time from The Cookie Puzzle

Most viewed link from last weeks party.

My favorite link from last weeks party was these yummy
 Spring Surprise Cookie Cups from
 Shaken Together .

An easy treat for Spring - Spring surprise sugar cookie cups!

Now....lets get this weeks party started.  Have fun....and remember to visit other blogs, it
is not a party unless we all mingle.

Mar 27, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 3-27-14

Happy Thursday.....Here is what has been on my mind lately.....

American Horror Story: Freak Show    This kinda weirds  me out a little...but in a good way.

If you are driving in heavy traffic, and someone lets you the the little hand wave is the polite thing to do, especially if they are in a bigger vehicle then you.

Carrot Cake M&Ms....that is just 18 times of me...DO NOT DO IT!  EWWWWW

Thirty-One products....I can not stop looking at the many decisions...I want to place an order, but not sure what to get....anyone have any suggestions.  If love their products, and want/need to place an order, please consider placing an order with my friend Melissa, she is hosting a party, and part of the sales go to support and Autism Walk.  You can read all about it Here

I have been busy gearing up for is Autism Awareness prepared to see lots of puzzle pieces next month.

There you go...what has been filling my mind this week.  What about you...what has been keeping your mind occupied.?

Mar 26, 2014

Autism: One Step at a Time

I am so happy to turn over my blog to a special friend of mine.  Melissa of My Recent Favorite Books, is a blogger, and avid reader, and a Autism Mom Warriors. She is so kind and giving, has helped me find books to read, and has commented on each and every blog posts I have ever written, now that is support!

Welcome Melissa...I am honored and excited to turn my blog over to you today.


Thanks Kim for allowing me to be your Guest Post today!

Autism: One Step at a Time

My son's name is Nicholas, and he was diagnosed with Autism in 1993.  He will soon be 23 years old and is considered “non-verbal”, but he communicates in his own way.   I can remember the day the doctor told me that he was Autistic; he was about 2 ½ years old; and at the time, I knew very little about Autism.  In the past 20 years I have learned a great deal about Speech Therapy, Behavior Issues, Medication and Case Management.
Autism One Step at a Time

We value the support that we receive from my daughter, my son-in-law, the school that my son went to for 9 years, and several close friends that help us along our journey.

Nicholas has many abilities at home and in the community.  He loves to grocery shop, especially if we are getting his favorite things!  Just yesterday we went to the grocery store, and as I was heading towards the check-out, I turned around and he was gone!  He had been right behind me!  I immediately wondered which aisle we might’ve walked past that would’ve caught his eye.  I very quickly went back down the main aisle, looking down each aisle as I went.  In just a moment, there he was, walking towards me with a bottle of his favorite shampoo.  He had a smile on his face that said “I need this, is it OK if we get it"?  Even though the shampoo was not on our list, I understood what he was doing.  Although we have several other full bottles at home, I have realized that Nicholas is helping in his own way.

Next month, we will be participating in the AutismCare Walk, in Wichita, KS.  This will be our fifth year participating.  It is an event that helps raise funds and awareness for local individuals and families affected by Autism.  I look forward to the Autism Care Walk every year! 

Autism: One Step at a Time

I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of love that the families and the community show at each year’s Autism Walk!

Autism: One Step at a Time

This year, I'm having an Autism Walk Fundraiser thru Thirty-One.  I will be donating 20% of all sales from my fundraiser to this year's Autism Walk.   If you would like to make a purchase towards this fundraiser, please go to my Thirty One Website, and then click "My Parties" , and then click "Shop Now'.

I want to thank Kim for having me Guest-Post today on her blog!

Autism: One Step at a Time

Autism Care Walk


Thank you so much are a true Autism Mom Warrior!  I know I will be placing an order with you for something at your Thirty-One Fundraiser....because no one can ever have too many bags....and ThirtyOne bags are so cute!

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Mar 24, 2014

Easy Orange Creamsicle Fudge

Easy Orange Creamsicle Fudge

I want to take a minute to talk about the proper way to answer a question.  See, it is really quit simple.  Someone, say your wife, asks you a question, say, a simple Yes or No, question, you should answer either YES or NO.  Pretty simple, right?  I think so.  What is NOT an acceptable answer is "That's fine".  What the heck does "That's Fine" mean?  Let me give you an example.

Wife:  Would you like cheese on your hamburger?
Husband: That's Fine
Wife: So, no cheese?
Husband: That's Fine
Wife: So, you want cheese on your hamburger?
Husband: That's fine

See the problem?  "That's fine" is the problem.  A YES or NO question NEEDS a YES OR NO answer!
That's fine is NOT Yes or No!

Example number two

Wife: Want me to pick up a newspaper while I am out?
Husband: That's fine?

 This is how I interpret the response.  Don't pick up a paper because you never have change and it is a pain to run into the store and get change, then go back outside and get the paper, you are tired, so "THAT'S FINE", don't worry about it.

This is how husband interprets the response.  Hey, wife is going out to run some errands, she might as well pick up a newspaper while she is out. "THAT'S FINE", grab a paper while you are out running around.

See the problem?  So...Please people (husbands), learn to answer a question properly!  It is not that hard, ya'll (my husband) are smart, you are capable of answering simple questions.  These are skills you learned at a young age, put them to practice.

Let's give it a little practice, shall we.

Easy Orange Fudge

Wife: Do you like Creamsicles?
Husband: Yes I do.
Wife: Would you like to try some Orange Creamsicle Fudge?
Husband: No, I don't like sweets.
Wife: What kinda weirdo doesn't like sweets?
Husband: The one you married.
Wife: Fine, I will eat it all myself.

See how smoothly that went....MUCH BETTER!

So...I made Orange Creamsicle Fudge....and plan to eat it all myself!

This is quick and easy...only has two ingredients and can be customized to any flavor combination you want.
I used Orangesicle Supreme Frosting, and white chocolate chips...OMG YUMMY!

Orange Creamsicle Fudge
Easy Orange Fudge
by thecookiepuzzle
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Creamy Supreme Orangesicle Frosting
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles (optional)
Line a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with waxed paper, this make removal easier, or spray with baking spray. In a microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Stir in frosting, mix until completely combined. Pour into dish and smooth to edges. Immediately sprinkle with sprinkles if desired and gently press them into fudge. Cover and refrigerator until firm, about one hour. Remove from refrigerator and cut into squares. Store left over fudge in the refrigerator.
* this recipe can easy be changed up using different flavored frosting and chips.*
*Adapted from Betty Crocker*
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Mar 20, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 3-20-14

Happy Thursday my Internet Friends!  Here is what is rattling around in my mind this week

I have become totally addicted to Etsy.  You can buy just about anything supplies, cookie cutters, cake is like a virtual Estate sale or swap meet.  LOVE IT!

Because of Etsy, I have been trying to make a Friendship Bracelet.  Do you remember those?  I used to make them when I was younger, I remember them being fun and easy.  Well, 30 years later...not so fun...and definitely NOT easy!  OMG Ya'll....12 strands...complicated pattern, forward and backward knots. I have started and tossed 2 so far...but I am a person on a mission.....I WILL DO THIS!  Stay tuned!

Are you ready for March Madness?  Me...Nope..not a fan of Basketball...sorry...hate all you want, but I will not be watching, no filling out a bracket, not watch parties, unless you want to come watch a Real Housewives of Wherever marathon, then I am totally down with that...come on over!

Did you hear the rumors about the next season of American Horror Story?  Circus?  What?  Really?  Umm..not sure I feel about that.  Clowns kinda creep me out.

Today is the first day of Spring!  Woot Woot!  Now....could it please REALLY BE SPRING, because I am kinda sick of 30 degrees in the morning.....thankyouverymuch!

There you go...what is keeping me up at Thursday Thoughts!

Until next time...


Mar 18, 2014

Easy Rolo Cookie Bars

Rolo Cookie Bars

I totally wanted to post these yesterday, but I had 4 dozen cookies to bake and decorate on Sunday when I got home from church.  So...I had to do what I had to do, but better late then never, right?

Our church hosted Alan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers Saturday night.  If you are a fan of Bluegrass Gospel music, I highly recommend them. They put on an amazing show!  To have award winning musicians in our small church is such a blessing.   You can find where they are going to be playing on their Facebook page.  Our church hosts them a few times a year, and it is always such a wonderful show.  We host a small reception after the concert, and we all bring desserts to share.  I always try to come up with something new and fun.  So I made a quick and easy Rolo cookie bar.

Rolo Cookie Bars

These are the perfect combination of a cookie and cake, so I called it a bar.  The Rolos are really the star of the show though.  Creamy, chocolaty, caramaly (is that a word?), with a rich bar base. These bars have four ingredients in them, how cool is that?  Really, if you happen to have Rolos in the house, you can make these.

 I picked up a ton of candy after Valentine's 30 bags!  I could not walk away, bags of Rolos, Kissses and Hugs for $1.00 and M&M's for $0.75!  As a baking blogger, candy always comes in handy, and seeing at such a discount, I took the opportunity to stock up.  Yes the Rolos and Kisses were wrapped in Valentine colors, but that does not matter if using them in a recipe, right?  

That is my blogging/baking tip for candy when it goes on sale after a holiday.  It is usually highly discounted and if you are using them in a recipe, no one will know.  You save money and get to bake with products that are usually pretty expensive.

Make will not regret it!

Easy Rolo Cookie Bars
Rolo Cookie Bars
by thecookiepuzzle
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35
Keywords: dessert cookie

  • 1 cake mix, I used a yellow cake( I used a 16.25 size box, see note)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 35-40 Rolo Candies, unwrapped, cut in half
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, milk and butter, mix well to combine. Mixture will be thick and a little sticky. Place a little more then 1/2 of the batter in the pan, spread evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 9-10 minutes until, until just set. Remove from oven. Press the Rolo Candies, cut side down into cookie bar. With a teaspoon, drop remaining batter randomly over the Rolo Candies. Return to oven and bake 24-26 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cool completely, cut into bars, serve.
 *Inspired by Baker Lady
* I used a smaller 16.25 size cake mix rather then the 18.25 size used in the recipe that Baker Lady used, so I got a more cookie type of bar, then a cake bar, hence the name change.  Using a large size cake mix, will yield a more cake like bar.

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Rolo Cookie Bars

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Mar 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 3-13-14 it is Thursday, and I thought I would try a new feature here at The Cookie Puzzle.  I enjoy blogging, I really do, but if you have been here before, you know that I am NOT a full time Blogger.  I don't make my money blogging, never have, never will.  I decided a long time ago that blogging was a hobby, and a little bit of my online journal, that I share with the world.  I am a real person, I have a full time job that takes me out of the home from 8-6, I have a husband, a special needs son, a home, two dogs and an aquatic turtle and we are building a new house.  I have a life, outside of my blog, but I have "blog think" all the time, I will spend my entire commute each day mentally writing blog posts.  That is great, because when I sit down to write a blog post, I know exactly WHAT I am going to say.  

I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking "If you mentally write out blog posts five days a week, why are you only posting 2 times a week, and only one of those post are actually recipes or crafts?"  Well, I will tell you why, it is because I don't have time to bake or craft everyday.  I don't have time to take 8 gazillion photographs and edit them.  Sorry...if I COULD I WOULD!  I like baking, I am starting to enjoy taking photographs, I just can not do it every day.  Well, I am "free" on the weekends, but I like to spend a little time with my family on Saturdays, Sundays are filled with Church and house cleaning, then before you know it, it is Monday.  

So..since I like blogging, and wish I could do it more, I thought I would start a new feature here at The Cookie Puzzle.

Thursday Thoughts

What  are Thursday Thought?  Well...they are random thoughts that pop into my little mind throughout the week.  They could be comments on TV shows, life, books, people. Pins, Facebook, Questions...just whatever pops into my mind...and I feel compelled to share with you,  Right now there will be no rhyme or reason to them...totally cute little charts, or polls or giveaway...just me...talking....venting...sharing.


1.  I am sooooo ready for Spring and Summer....I want to see GREEN. But what I am not looking forward to is having to mow the grass...yuck.  I secretly want a fake grass yard.  Is that possible?

2.  I am in desperate need of a hair color!  I normally get it done every 8 weeks, but have stretched it out, because I am planning a DRASTIC color change in April, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, BUT, Collin graduates in MAY, so I will have to re-color it in May to my normal color, so I need to let it rest a bit.

3.  I am NOT a cute dresser.  I want to be, I strive to be, but I am not.  I tend to pick the same color and style all the time.  I see people who dress cute, and want to be a Cute Cool Person, but I just don't have it in me.  I am not a girly girl, I don't own Statement Necklaces.  I don't own a pair of high heels, unless you count the 2 inch heel on my cowgirl boots.  I don't own a pair of skinny jeans, as they will not fit over my cowgirl boots, and I can not wear my jeans inside my boots, because I have abnormally skinny calves and it looks all kinds of weird. I tried it once at Old was NOT pretty!

4.  I did not watch this season of The Bachelor, but I did watch the finale and the After the Finale Rose.  My thoughts?  Juan Pablo is a little blond girl that he picked.....RUN!  There is no language problem, no cultural problem....he is a JERK!

5.  I HATE peanut butter!  Wish a passion!  I would starve before I ate a peanut butter sandwich or peanut butter and crackers.  It is just NASTY!  YUCK YUCK YUCK. favorite candy is mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  NOT the regular size ones....not the King Sized ones..the MINI ones...the ration of peanut butter to chocolate is perfect....and they have to be COLD!  If they are room temperature....I will not eat just grosses me out.  Now...I love me some Nutella...but peanut butter...I will pass!

There you go...5 totally useless and random thoughts!  A little peak into the crazy brain behind The Cookie Puzzle!

Until next time.....

Mar 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Snack Cake

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  I don't really, but as a blogger, I pretty much HAVE to make something for each and every holiday, it is a rule or something.  I don't want the Blog Mafia to come get me, so I made a simple quick and easy snack cake.

St. Patrick's Day Cake

This is one of those quick, I need something sweet type of desserts.  You know those time when you want a little something sweet.  This is perfect for my house, because my weirdo husband and son are not sweet eaters.  Makes me crazy!  I like me some sweets, and they don't, so when I make sweets, I am forced to eat them all by myself, this is a little cake, so my hips thank me.  For this cake, I cut it in half and froze the other half, so I can have a treat next week.

I baked this in a 7x10 baking dish, but you can use a 8x8 or 9x9, or even a 9x13, whatever floats your boat, you just might need to adjust the baking time.  I also like to line the baking pan with foil, for easy removal for cutting, of course, this is not a needed step, just a personal preference of mine.  You can skip this step and simply use baking spray on the pan.  Now, what I really like about this, is that it is totally customizible, you can use any type of sprinkles in the cake and on top you want.  Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthday's, Christmas, Fourth of July, the possibilities are endless.

Easy Snack Cake
by thecookiepuzzle
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30
    For Cake
    • 1 cake mix ( I used a white cake mix0
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup sprinkles (I used shamrock sprinkles)
    For Frosting
    • 1/4 butter, softened
    • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    For Cake
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking dish (I used a 7x10, you could use a 8x8 or 9x9 also) with foil, spray foil with non stick spray. Combine cake mix, melted butter, egg and milk, stir until combine. I stopped at 1/3 cup, but you could add up to 1/2 cup of milk. Gently fold in sprinkles. Spread in baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until middle is set. Remove from oven, cool completely. Using the foil, remove cake from pan and frost. Cut into squares and serve.
    For Frosting
    In a medium bowl, combine, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar, stir in milk. Spread onto cake, sprinkle with additional sprinkles if desired.
    *This is a very versatile recipe, you could use any flavor cake and any color or shape of sprinkles. For a chocolate frosting, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and add an additional Tablespoon of milk.*
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    Mar 9, 2014

    Pieces of My Puzzle 3-9-14

    So...last night, I we lost an hour of sleep.  We are now on Day Light Savings time.  How do I feel about that?  Well, it sucks.  Yesterday, I left the house at 8 am, and other then a few quick moments, I was gone from the house all day yesterday.  When I finally got home at 9 pm last night, I was tired, then I remembered that I was loosing an hour of sleep. I was not a happy camper.  I am posting this a little later today, sorry about that..a girl has gotta have some sort of life, right?

    I have not watched much TV this week, so not much to say on the TV front.  Loving Grey's Anatomy still, and Scandal is REALLY bringing the  The new cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced this week.  My girl Nene Leaks is on the cast this year....let the drama begin.  Ok...Charlie White and Meryl Davis are on the cast, you know the Olympic Gold medal winning Ice Dancing Couple, dude...why even do the show?  They are ice DANCERS!  I see them both going far.  I will be rooting for Candace Cameron and Dancia McKellar, love me some DJ Tanner and Winnie Cooper!  Then there are some other people that I am not even sure who they are, and DREW CAREY, who I can not see with out shouting "CLEVELAND ROCKS", I can not help it, I love the Drew Carey Show, is that on in rerun anywhere?

     I did not watch much TV this week because I did a lot of reading, I started and finished 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber, and have started 311 Pelican Court.  I am LOVING these books so much!  Romance, mystery, family, community, these books have them all.  They are quick reads, that have me staying up way to late at night to see what happens next.  If you are looking for a good book series to wind you down at the end of the day and relax, I can not recommend these books enough.

    Another slow week on the blog...just one post...and to tell you the truth, I think this "slow week" formula is going to be my new normal here.  Working full time, managing a home and family, building a new house, life and stuff...I think one post a week is what I am capable of.  I know there are blogs that post daily, but I just can not do that, sorry peeps...I got to keep it real.  I am toying with the idea of another post on Wednesdays, quick and simple filler post, but we will see how that goes.  

    So, yeah...there it is, what I did to occupy my time this week....what I kinda sorta want to do next week and in the future...and all that jazz.

    In case you missed it...I got my craft on.

    Rainbow Suncatcher

    One thing that I have been really loving is Link Parties.  You can see the ones that I follow and join Here.
    Do you host or join Link Parties?  What are your favorite ones?  What makes a good party?  How do you decide which ones to join? number one question is...If a Link party is a Wednesday party, why does it go live on Tuesday night?  What is up with that?  If it goes live on Tuesday night, shouldn't it be a Tuesday link party?  Should I put it under Tuesday or Wednesday?  Help a girl out please.

    Until next time...Hugs!

    Mar 3, 2014

    Pony Bead Rainbow Suncatcher

    Who is ready for sunshine.  How about a nice spring rain that is followed by a beautiful sky and a colorful rainbow?  Doesn't that sound pretty?  It does to me, it really sounds good to me, because this weekend it was cold, and we had ice followed by snow.

    Since it is the first of the month, it is also time for the monthly Inspiration Challenge hosted by Stephanie of Ellie's Bites Decorated Cookies and Melissa of Simply Sweets by Honeybee.  This month's theme is 
    "The Sky".  The first thing that popped in my head when I heard the theme was Rainbow.

    It was yucky outside, so I made a rainbow..and I can keep it forever!

    Rainbow Suncatcher

    You can have a suncatcher of your very own, and it is really simple.

    Melted Bead Suncatcher

    I arranged pony beads in a 9 inch cake pan, don't spray it or line it with anything.  I just lined them up, starting with the red, then the orange, and so on, following the curve of the pan.  I used the translucent ones rather then the solid ones, but that is just because I wanted to have the light shine through it.  Do what you want, not judging you at all.

    Now, I need to melt them.  Here is where I got a little creative.  This is not some new project that I created.  I can not take credit for it at all, there are 8 gazillion tutorials online to follow, just Google "melted bead suncatcher" or "bead suncatcher".  But, what concerned me about them all was the warning of a "melting plastic smell" that came from the oven when you melt the beads.  Now, I don't know about you, but that smell is GROSS..and it hangs out in your house for like a long time and as I mentioned, is is cold here, and snowing, so opening the windows is not an option that I had.  So..I moved to plan B.

    Pony Bead Suncatcher

    Plan B for me was taking my 'craft only' toaster oven outside and doing the melting out there. Yep it was cold, and I got snow on my, but that was ok, my house did not smell like melted plastic when I was done.  So, I set my toaster oven to 450, and let it warm up, then I placed my pan of beads in it, and closed it up.  Within a few minutes, smoke was billowing out, and yucky smell too.  I was happy with my decision to take this project outside.  I just watched carefully, and within 5-7 minutes, the beads were all melted.  I then removed the pan, and set it on my deck table on a hot pad to cool.  I high tailed it back in the house to warm up.  I went back outside in 10 minutes and with very little effort, I had this!

    Melted Pony Bead Suncatcher

    Pretty, isn't?  I raided Collin's fishing kit, and stole borrowed some clear fishing line and tied it around the rainbow ( you can barely see it in the picture in the middle of the rainbow), hung it from my arbor, took a few pictures and ran back inside just as the snow was starting to fall.  I plan on making more of these, as they are so simple.  My next project will be a tray or cake stand I think.

    Just a few notes

    *If you plan on using a toaster oven like I did, make sure your pan will fit in the toaster oven before you lay your beads out.
    *Once the beads are melted and cool, they come out of the pan pretty simply, but if needed you can GENTLY help it along with a sharp knife.
    *When the melted bead are cooling, you might notice some "popping" sounds, that is ok, that is the beads releasing from the metal pan.
    *You can drill a hole in the suncatcher with a drill, just make sure you don't do it too close to the edge, or it will crack.
    *If you do crack it with a drill or dropping, it can be "repaired" by placing it back in the toaster oven for a few minutes.

    There you so...simple easy and fun.  The kiddos would love this for sure, with a little adult supervision, you have a great project that can be used as a gift for anyone, because who doesn't love cute gifts from the kiddos?

    Don't forget to head over to Simply Sweets by Honeybee to see all the other projects this month.  You are sure to see some amazing projects.

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    Mar 2, 2014

    Pieces of My Puzzle 3-2-14

    Happy Sunday blog friends.  Another week has come and gone...not much as happened here, and I am OK with that.  It is early on a Sunday morning, and as I look out the window, I see March, and under that pretty snow, is a thick layer of ICE.  Our pastor just called and church had to be cancelled.  The department of transportation as issued  "No Travel" warning, so it looks like a lazy Sunday for us.  I have some cookies I need to bake for my mom's Historical Society Meeting, simple flowers, and maybe a recipe or two that I would like to try today, if I can move from the couch.

    I was able to get a craft project done yesterday before the ice and yuck came, and even some good photos taken, hopefully I can share it with you tomorrow.

    My two favorite shows started again this week.  Grey's Anatomy was back, I will not spoil it for you, in case you have not watched it yet...but I was very happy with how it came out.  Scandal was amazing as ever. I started watching it in the middle of last season, and I keep meaning to go back and watch the first seasons, but never have the time.

    What really has me excited this week is the book that I started last Sunday and only have 50 more pages to read before it is done.  Last week on the blog, I asked for suggestions on what I should read.  Melissa of My Recent Favorite Books, suggested that I try the Cedar Cove Series by Debbie Macomber. I downloaded the first book 16 Lighthouse Road, and was HOOKED!  It is set in a little town in Washington, and is simply AMAZING.  Melissa described it as a "clean" romance with a little mystery.  OH WOW was she right!  It follows the lives of the people in this small town, it bounces from person to person, from house to house, from couple to couple, BUT, it is so easy to follow.  I am hooked.  With me being stuck at home today, I am sure I will finish this one, and start on the second one.  It has been nice reading along with Collin the last few years, but I think I have read enough young adult books for a bit.time to read for ME.  Thank you so much Melissa, your suggestion really was spot on.

    Just one post this week here.

    Until next time...stay warm and stay safe.

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