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Coaster Art

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Several months ago, I blogged about getting some discarded beer coasters from a local brewery.  I used them to crap up for gift tags, and the making of the tags has been quite addictive (https://crapsmanship.com/2019/10/12/recycled-beer-coaster-gift-tags/). Just about everyone I know got hand-crafted gift tags for Christmas.  But I didn’t stop there! Read the rest of this entry

Last-Minute Xmas Cards

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Those who know me well know that I don’t do anything at the last minute. I was always the first one to have a paper turned in to my professor, the first one to have their shopping list made for Christmas dinner, and the first one to have all my purchased gifts wrapped and under the fully-decorated tree. So I must confess, I didn’t do these cards at the very last minute. But you could! Read the rest of this entry

Christmas Crapsmanship

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Over the past several years of publishing this blog, I have done a number of holiday projects. Some were successfully completed at the outset, some needed a touch of crapsmanship to be presentable, and a few were only appropriate for the trash. Below are links to a few of my favorite Christmas projects. Merry Christmas! Read the rest of this entry

Easy Gift Bag & Box Decorations

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In Christmases past, I’ve spent lots of care and time decorating cheap and plain gift bags and boxes from Dollar Tree. This year, I simply don’t have the inclination. But I also don’t want a bunch of boring gifts under the tree. So my stash of old Christmas cards have come in handy. I’ve trimmed the card fronts, used glue or double-sides tape to adhere, and now I have colorful packages for under the tree. Easy peasy, and no crapsmanship at all! Read the rest of this entry

Yes, It’s Really a Cheetos Cake!

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My BFF retired last week, and her daughter and I conspired to surprise her with a couple family celebrations. When I asked what kind of cake I should make to celebrate, Daughter said that BFF really doesn’t care much for desserts but she loved Cheetos. I was up for the challenge!

After a quick search on Pinterest, I found a recipe that sounded interesting, maybe tasty, and definitely do-able. (I can’t relocate the original recipe to give credit to the creator.) I started with a 17-1/2 ounce bag of regular Cheetos. I opened the bag and then started crushing the pieces into smaller pieces. I poured the bag’s contents into a large bowl.

On the stovetop, I melted 3 tablespoons of butter and one 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows until they were thoroughly melted. (Yes, this is like Rice Krispie Treats.) I poured the marshmallow mixture into the Cheetos bowl, stirred to combine, and then patted it out into a 9X13″ pan, already sprayed with cooking spray.

I could have stopped there, but why not take it over the top? Remember, I’m married to a pastry chef. I had Dan the Man make a marshmallow cream icing (he called it Italian meringue), which I spread over the Cheetos. Dan the Man then used his mega-torch to brown the top. Yum! I then used a second bag of Cheetos to write a message (I tried to fit ‘Congrats’ without any luck), and the cake was now one of a kind for BFF. Surprisingly, it was a pretty tasty treat!

 

 

 

Recycled Beer Coaster Gift Tags

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Dan the Man and I have a favorite local brewery, and when Dan was there several weeks ago, one of our favorite bartenders was ready to discard some custom-made beer coasters that contained old info. Being the good husband, Dan brought two big stacks home to me. Read the rest of this entry