Skip To My Lou http://www.skiptomylou.org Craft, Create, Celebrate! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 Make Ahead Holiday Recipes http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/19/10-make-ahead-holiday-recipes/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/19/10-make-ahead-holiday-recipes/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45795 The holidays are busy, every single night has a concert, recital or party! Here are a few make ahead holiday recipes that will save the day! Make ahead holiday recipes Toll House Pie is the easiest recipe I have, keep one in the freezer and serve it in a pinch!   Crock Pot Baked Potatoes […]

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The holidays are busy, every single night has a concert, recital or party! Here are a few make ahead holiday recipes that will save the day!

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Make ahead holiday recipes

Toll House Pie is the easiest recipe I have, keep one in the freezer and serve it in a pinch!

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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes are perfect for setting it and forgetting it.  Make them in the morning, they will be ready in the evening.

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Homemade Kettle Corn is great to make ahead, bag up and have a handy snack!

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Make Breakfast ahead or take in on the go with this Egg Muffin Cups Recipe

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Freeze ahead this Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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This slow cooker chili is easy to whip up and makes a hearty warm meal any time of day.

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Need a party recipe, make Monster Cookie Dough Dip, it freezes perfectly! Watch out it’s addictive.

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The holidays always have chex mix, but did you know you can make it in the crock pot?

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Got Candy Canes? This white chocolate and Peppermint Popcorn is a real winner!

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Crock Pot Mac & Cheese, make the classic ahead of time and skip to out of boxed taste! This was is all homemade!

Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

 

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DIY Child’s Artwork Candle http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/18/diy-childs-artwork-candle/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/18/diy-childs-artwork-candle/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45767 If you are looking for an easy DIY Christmas gift that your child can make, give these child’s artwork candles a try. Easily transfer your child’s drawing to a candle for a meaningful handmade gift. We love making homemade gifts and this candle was super fun to make! What a stunning and heartfelt gift! Really these candles will […]

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If you are looking for an easy DIY Christmas gift that your child can make, give these child’s artwork candles a try. Easily transfer your child’s drawing to a candle for a meaningful handmade gift. We love making homemade gifts and this candle was super fun to make! What a stunning and heartfelt gift! Really these candles will make great gifts anytime of the year!

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Easily transfer your child’t drawing to a candle with just a few supplies.

Child’s Artwork Candle Supplies

candle
tissue paper (like what you use for gift wrapping)
markers
heat gun (or hair dryer)
wax paper
scissors
glass candle holder (optional)

Childs artwork candle supplies

 How to transfer child’s drawing to a candle

Cut a piece of tissue paper that fits all the way around the candle.

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Have child draw a picture on the tissue paper. They will need to color carefully.

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Place tissue paper around the candle. Wrap candle with wax paper allowing enough extra wax paper to hold.

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The next step gets hot so put on a glove to protect your fingers.  Use a heat gun to slightly melt the wax. It doesn’t take much heat for the tissue paper to melt into the candle. The candle should not become drippy. Look for a slight color change and move gun to next area of drawing.  Continue all the way around the candle until the tissue paper is completely adhered to the candle.

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The drawing will be totally transferred to the side of the candle. Beautiful!

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Crock Pot Candy Recipe http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/17/crock-pot-candy-recipe/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/17/crock-pot-candy-recipe/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:41:29 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45750 I have made this crock pot candy for a couple of years now. It is easy and makes the most delicious peanut clusters. It is adapted from a recipe found online called Mr. Bud Candy. During the busy holiday season the crock pot can make easy snack and meals. From Crock Pot Chex Mix to […]

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I have made this crock pot candy for a couple of years now. It is easy and makes the most delicious peanut clusters. It is adapted from a recipe found online called Mr. Bud Candy. During the busy holiday season the crock pot can make easy snack and meals. From Crock Pot Chex Mix to perfect Crock Pot Baked Potatoes the crock pot will keep your family well fed.

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Crock Pot Candy Recipe Ingredients

1 – 16 ounce container salted dry roasted peanuts
1 – 16 ounce container lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
1  package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 – 4 ounces German’s Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar (green package), broken into pieces
2 pounds good quality white chocolate candy coating (also called Almond Bark)

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Crock Pot Candy Recipe

Place ingredients into a 4 or 5-quart crockpot in EXACT order as listed. This recipe is made best by following the recipe ingredients!  Cover and cook on LOWEST setting for 3 hours. I cook my candy for 1 hour on low setting and then on warm setting for 2 hours.  DO NOT remove lid! Mixture will not be melted but will be soft. Mix thoroughly.

crock pot candy recipe

Scoop candy onto wax paper or place into candy cups. Let cool thoroughly. Makes approximately 125 pieces.

slow cooker candy

Not all crock pots and slow cookers are created equal. Slow cookers can actually cook hotter and burn the candy. Be sure to choose lowest setting.  If your crockpot is below 275 watts (look on bottom of crock pot for wattage), you should not have any problem with the candy burning if you follow the ingredients and the directions.  Candy should not smell like it is burning.

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Holiday Cream Cheese Mints Recipe http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/16/cream-cheese-mints-recipe/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/16/cream-cheese-mints-recipe/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45711 Cream cheese mints add a little something sweet and delicious to a party! Just four simple ingredients and a holiday mint mold and you can treat your guests to festive Christmas tree mints! This is a classic mint recipe popular at weddings but really they can be made for any occasion. Don’t miss my yummy chocolate cream cheese […]

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Cream cheese mints add a little something sweet and delicious to a party! Just four simple ingredients and a holiday mint mold and you can treat your guests to festive Christmas tree mints! This is a classic mint recipe popular at weddings but really they can be made for any occasion. Don’t miss my yummy chocolate cream cheese mint recipe perfect for Easter. Really they can be made for any occasion.
holiday cream cheese mints recipe

 

Cream Cheese Mints Ingredients

4 ounces cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar
flavoring (I love cheesecake flavoring)
coloring
granulated sugar for rolling the balls
rubber silcone mint mold

cream cheese mint supplies

Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

Mix the powder sugar, flavoring, cream cheese and coloring together with a mixer. Mixture will form a ball. It should be the consistency of a stiff playdough. Roll cream cheese mixture into balls. Roll balls in the granulated sugar to coat.

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Press the sugar coated ball into the rubber mint mold. Immediately turn the mold over and gently flex so mint falls from the mold. Sometimes if the mixture gets too warm it will not release well. Chill the mixture before proceeding. Sometimes during the process the mold might become sticky causing the mints to not easily release from the mold. Wash and dry the mold and begin again.

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How to store cream cheese mints

Place mints in an airtight container in single layers. Place parchment paper or wax paper between each layer. Keep mints for up  to two weeks in the refrigerator or up to three months in the freezer. Before serving allow mints to come to room temperature before opening the container. Cream cheese mints can be left out of the refrigerator for a few hours. They will form a crust on the outside but will be smooth and creamy on the inside. Delicious!

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Made by you Monday http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/15/made-monday-5/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/15/made-monday-5/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45685 It is getting cold where I live here are 7 winter hacks will save you time and frustration this winter! Check me out over there! It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or […]

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It is getting cold where I live here are 7 winter hacks will save you time and frustration this winter! Check me out over there!

It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay!Made By You Monday



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Free Christmas Printables http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/14/free-christmas-printables/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/14/free-christmas-printables/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45658 Are you looking for Free Christmas Printables this year? If you need a cute neighbor gift try this hot chocolate recipe. Do you want to whip up a Holiday decoration? Make a lighted sign. How about teasing your kids with snow man poop? These tic tac labels are hilarious.   I have also shared free printable […]

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Are you looking for Free Christmas Printables this year? If you need a cute neighbor gift try this hot chocolate recipe. Do you want to whip up a Holiday decoration? Make a lighted sign. How about teasing your kids with snow man poop? These tic tac labels are hilarious.   I have also shared free printable tags to wrap up pretty packages and a free printable 2015 Calendar that you can print and gift, enjoy!

Free Christmas Printables

Hot Chocolate and Gift Tag  @36th Ave Peppermint Cotton Candy and Hot chocolate, sounds amazing!

free christmas printables

 

DIY Lighted Christmas Sign   This ideas looks simple and totally unique. @Idea Room

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Tic Tac Labels will have everyone giggling!@Somewhat Simple

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Want, Need, Read Gift Tags work great if you are going for this meaningful Christmas theme. @30 Handmade Days

christmas printables

A Letter To Santa is a fun way to let Santa know what you want @Homemade Interest

christmas printables

Free Lunch Box Jokes are perfect to sneak in your kids lunches @Just Peachy Designs

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Hanging Towel Tutorial http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/13/hanging-towel-tutorial/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/13/hanging-towel-tutorial/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45605 Hi Everyone,  It’s Becky from Patchwork Posse.  Home of fun sewing projects, quilt alongs, and a lot of chit chat! Nothing is worse than needing a towel and finding it on the floor….and stepped on a few times.  I sometimes wonder how long that was there and how many feet passed it without picking it up?!  If you have […]

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Hi Everyone,  It’s Becky from Patchwork Posse.  Home of fun sewing projects, quilt alongs, and a lot of chit chat!

Nothing is worse than needing a towel and finding it on the floor….and stepped on a few times.  I sometimes wonder how long that was there and how many feet passed it without picking it up?!  If you have the same problem, today you are in for a treat.

Let’s make a few quick and simple hanging towels.  They are made with store bought towels– to make our sewing time short.  For the hanging loop part you can use matching fabric, co-ordinating fabric, or something with a little pop.

For mine, I found Christmas fabric that was the same colors as the towel to make them festive and fun.  You decide what you’d like yours to be.

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These would make great house warming presents, bridal shower presents, or just for fun to update those ones that you’ve had since the beginning of time!  Whatever the occasion may be, they are perfect to have on hand.

Let’s get started shall we?!

How to make a Hanging Towel

Materials Needed:

tea towel- store bought

2- 6″X 6″ fabric can match or not

1- button

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Hanging Towel Tutorial~

1)  Pin right sides together the 6″ X 6″ square fabrics

2)  Sew all the way around the four sides, leaving a 2″ opening for turning

3)  Snip corners and turn right sides out and iron

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4)  Fold towel in half to find the center of the long edge

5)  Pin the square in place with on corner up– the opening for turning will be along the bottom so when you do the next step it will close this at the same time

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6)  Sew the two sides to secure the square to the towel

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7)  Draw a line with pencil and ruler across the square — line up the ruler with the hem stitching of the towel

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8)  Stitch on the drawn line

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9)  Mark size of button on the top point and stitch button hole

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10)  Hang on oven and mark where the button should be placed (mine weren’t checked before this step and they are a little tight!)

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11)  Stitch on button, hang and use

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For more sewing projects for the kitchen- stop by Patchwork Posse for fabric napkins.

Becky

 

 

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Top Ten Hair Braids (tips and tricks everyone can do) http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/12/top-ten-hair-braids-tips-tricks-everyone-can/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/12/top-ten-hair-braids-tips-tricks-everyone-can/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45575 I love hair braids! Braiding is one of my favorite hairstyling techniques because it makes you look so put together and stays in place.  With movies like Hunger Games and Frozen featuring braids, they have become one of the most popular styles for your hair at the moment. I have been scouring the internet for hair braiding tutorials […]

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I love hair braids! Braiding is one of my favorite hairstyling techniques because it makes you look so put together and stays in place.  With movies like Hunger Games and Frozen featuring braids, they have become one of the most popular styles for your hair at the moment.

I have been scouring the internet for hair braiding tutorials to practice (yes it takes practice) and try out! Here is a great list of my top ten hair braids. These are perfect for almost any occasion.

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Top Ten Hair Braids (tips and tricks everyone can do)

Here you go in no particular order…

Waterfall Braid by Hair Romance

water fall braid

French Braid (this site has so many amazing braids) By Missy Sue

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Laurel Braid By Girly Do’s

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Katniss Braid by Make Up Geek

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Elsa Braid from Make up wearables.com

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Easy Braided Bun by Babes in Hairland

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Fish Tail Braid by Missy Sue

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High Crown Braid By Hair Romance

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Wrapped Braids by Babes in Hairland

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Wrapping Feather Style Braid by Babes in Hairland

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Don’t miss Becky’s Book Amazing Hairstyles from Easy to Elegant for more great hair styles! (affiliate link)

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Delicious White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/11/white-chocolate-popcorn/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/11/white-chocolate-popcorn/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45552 This white chocolate popcorn is AMAZING! Smooth and creamy and takes only two ingredients. It is the simplest of recipes but don’t let it’s simplicity fool you. You will not be able to stop eating it! My friend Lori makes this for our get togethers and we finally named it crack corn (I know..a little […]

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This white chocolate popcorn is AMAZING! Smooth and creamy and takes only two ingredients. It is the simplest of recipes but don’t let it’s simplicity fool you. You will not be able to stop eating it! My friend Lori makes this for our get togethers and we finally named it crack corn (I know..a little inappropriate name choice, but it is addictive)! Since it uses corn puffs…. this stuff MELTS in your mouth. Totally delicious! It would make a wonderful edible gift! If you are looking for more homemade gift ideas be sure to check out my handmade gift guide.

white chocolate popcorn

The secret to making this white chocolate popcorn melt in your mouth is to use corn pops. I have also heard it called chester corn.

art and marys corn pops

Ingredients for white chocolate popcorn

1 bag corn pops (not cereal)

1 -12 ounce white chocolate chips

white chocolate chips

How to make white chocolate popcorn

Slowly melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler. Place corn pops in a large bowl. Pour melted chocolate over the corn and stir to coat evenly. Pour corn out on wax paper and let set. Keep in an air tight container.

How easy is that!

 

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2015 Printable Calendar http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/10/2014-printable-calendar/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/12/10/2014-printable-calendar/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=45519 My free 2015 printable calendar is here! I can ‘t believe the year is almost over! Time does seem to fly! If you are ready  to get prepared for a new year I have a beautiful calendar for you. For more free printables try my free christmas tags! Each month there is a beautiful design. Download the […]

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My free 2015 printable calendar is here! I can ‘t believe the year is almost over! Time does seem to fly! If you are ready  to get prepared for a new year I have a beautiful calendar for you. For more free printables try my free christmas tags!

 2015 Printable Calendar free

Each month there is a beautiful design.

Free 2015 Printable Calendar

Download the file, print in color on white cardstock. Cut apart. Punch a hole at the top and secure pages together with twine or ribbon.

2015 Printable Calendar

2015 Free Printable Calendar

I emailed the calendar file to my local copy shop and had them print. I then cut the pages (they can do this for you if you like). For about $3.00 I had them put a white wire ring across the top.

Make your own 2015  Calendar

Now I am off to a beautiful new year!

free 2015 calendar

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