I always get Christmas gifts for my granddogs, but this year I have avoided unnecessary shopping due to Covid-19. So, poor dogs, this year they get my cooking. This recipe was given to me by Dan the Man, who has made these before, complete with rolling out the dough and cutting them into bone shapes. My dough was too wet to roll out, so I settled for scooping them onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. They don’t have the same uniformity or iconic shape as Dan’s, but by naming them Bowwow Bonbons, I think they’re just right! Here’s the recipe.Read the rest of this entry
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Last September, I saw these cute gnomes for a good price on Amazon (https://amzn.to/39JhSLb), and I knew I could make a quick addition to each one to customize these ornaments for 2020.
I got some T-shirt yarn from my knitting stash (excuse Dan the Man’s feet in the pic!), and cut out pieces about an inch and a half each.
I used white thread to gather the ends, and then I tacked a “mask” to the face of each gnome.
I was asked if I was going to write “2020” somewhere on the ornament, but I don’t think any recipient will misunderstand the mask reference or forget about the COVID-19 pandemic. So, here’s to friends and family! (You know what you’re getting for Christmas!)
For the last several years, I’ve created this little Christmas village in a jar using a delicious gingerbread recipe. I made this year’s village yesterday (see photo above). It’s a fun project from Better Homes and Gardens, and if you’d like to give it a go yourself, directions are included at this link: Gingerbread in a Jar | crapsmanship
For years now, Dan the Man has
complained griped commented on our Christmas mantel decor. The fullness of the garland blocked our remote’s access to the TV, and a man can’t be happy without immediate access to his favorite show. So last year, I promised I would re-do the mantel since my sole goal in life is to make him happy. (Eye-roll.)
I got a new garland from Etsy and repurposed the candlesticks and lantern. I covered some books with white butcher paper and stamped Christmas-themed titles on to the spines.
CRAP ALERT: I did a crappy job with the stamps, doing so poorly as to get a couple letters turned sideways. The titles are:
-Santa: A Memoir
-Maps of the Top of the World (I meant it to say “Maps of the North Pole” but I stamped a T instead of an N — Crapsters are nothing if not flexible!)
-Santibodies — Fighting Covid
I may re-cover the books and re-stamp the titles, but my garland hides much of the crapsmanship. Plus, who’s gonna see it this season? Nobody but Dan, and he’ll be looking at the TV!
Stamped Holiday Cards
About a year ago, I bought a Speedball linoleum cutter and accessories, and I finally started playing with it as I’m prepping cards for Christmas sales. I decided to start easy since I am a newbie, and this straight-lined Christmas tree seemed to be a good pattern to try. Read the rest of this entry
World’s Easiest Meal!
Ok, yes, there’s a slight degree of hyperbole in the title of this post. This meal isn’t as easy as a peanut butter sandwich or a bowl of cereal, but it’s damn easy for a homecooked dinner.
This is a version of SOS (shit on a shingle) that my mom used to make. You need:
Store-bought biscuits — any kind will do. I like these.
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups whole milk
salt and pepper
1 jar dried beef
Get your biscuits in the oven and then start the dried-beef gravy. Remove the meat from the jar and cut into small strips. Set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan and add the flour. Mix and stir for about five minutes, long enough for the flour to cook some. You don’t need to darken to roux. Then add two cups of whole milk and stir, stir, stir, until the mixture thickens. Add a good amount of pepper but just a little salt. (The beef will salt the mixture.) Add the dried beef, stir, and taste. Add more salt and pepper, if needed.
Once the biscuits are baked, slice them open onto a plate and cover with gravy. Serve with a bagged side salad or frozen veggies. Fast, easy, and a family pleaser!
Pop Art App
I played around with an app I purchased called PopArt. The photo below is one of my sweet granddaughters after eating something berry-flavored at Dairy Queen. Cute, huh?
I sent the photo to PopArt and converted it into this image within the app.
I saved the pop photo, sized it, and sent it to my printer. I then used a printed copy and a light box to trace the photo onto mixed media paper. Painting the picture was a pain, but here are two versions.
The colors of the bottom photo match her bedroom. The picture is now framed and ready for Christmas!
Our Own Art Masks
Who wouldn’t love their own face mask designed from their own art? With a side of Chardonnay, of course. Here’s BFF and me in masks purchased from simply to impress.com.
I love zinnias! I grow them from spring to fall in my side garden, and they’re so easy. Just strew, rake, water, and wait. I have cut flowers for months. Enjoy several of my pix from when the butterflies were gorging on them!
Chicken and Dumplings
The other night, BFF mentioned being hungry for chicken and dumplings. That sent me looking to past blog posts to search for my yummy recipe. After several friends asked for the how I made it, I decided it was time to revisit it on my blog. This is truly a delicious meal for a cool evening.