Category Archives: Christmas

Chocolate Town Pie


Chocolate Town Pie  is my new favorite pie and I think it will remain that way!  Yummy and so easy to make.  I could put whipped cream on it but I want you to see how it looks then you can add the whipped cream if you like.  It tastes like a pecan pie with melted  chocolate chips in it.  When I read this recipe it looked like to me that it would be a chocolate cookie in a crust but no… It is much better and has that soft gooey, yummy center like a Pecan pie.

Here is the recipe I got from a friend.



  • Ingredients

9 inch unbaked pie shell

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 eggs beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 cup chocolate chips (I used the big milk chocolate kind)

1 cup chopped pecans (you could use walnuts) but then, it wouldn’t taste like a pecan pie would it?

  • Directions

Prepare pastry shell; set aside. Heat oven to 350.  In a smallmixer bowl cream butter, add eggs and vanilla.  combine sugar and flour and add to creamed mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.  Pour into unbaked pastry shell.

  • Bake

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden .  Cool about one hour.  Serve warm, with whipped cream.

This Chocolate Town Pie is as “easy as pie”!  I can hardly wait to make it again.  I won’t even wait for a holiday for this one.



Measuring Tape Bow

tape measure box


It is pretty simple to just take a measuring tape and shape it into a bow, tape it together and add it to your package.  You might find other things around that house to make attractive bows out of like yarn, string, ric rac, strips of paper, belts or scarves.  create bow out of magazine pages and wrapping paper.  Just be creative and match your gift wrapping to the lucky reciever!

Here is a tutorial on creating your own bow out of magazine pages.


Shirt & Tie Wrap


Shirt & Tie Wrap DIY

Shirt and tie wrap! This just might be the most admired package under your tree.

First I found an old shirt My husband no longer wanted or else I bought it at the thrift store.

Found an old die also to use.

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Next put the box with the present in side it.  inside of the shirt and then trim away the extra fabric so you can size up the box and shirt together.  Just make sure you leave enough room for seams.  then take it off of the box and sew up the ends and the sides of the box.

Then put the present inside by opening it in the front with the buttons.  Of course, that is simple.  then you can use your needle and thread to take up any extra and see how the sew a piece on the corners up so that the shirt takes on a box shape.  You can get the idea from a folded  paper sack.  You might even just wrap the package with paper and not tape it.  Put creases where needed and follow that as your pattern.  Wish I had thought of that while I was doing it.  🙂


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Now do some stitching to make it fit snugly and there you have it.  a box that looks like a shirt.  It can be a dead giveaway for what is inside or you can put a complete surprise inside.  Either way, it is a bunch of fun.

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Finally add the tie to it as you see above.  I also used a tie pin without the back on it.  I just stuck it through the tie and the box and it stayed in place.

Happy wrapping.

Free Holiday printables or gift tags for Christmas

I created these these cute little printable gift tags with PicMonkey.  I inteded to so many more, but Christmas is seriously sneaking up on me. How about you? I blame this super unusually warm weather. I have been making these little printable gift tags for the Holiday to print whenever I need them, and wanted to post them for anyone to use. I ran out of time to take pics of gifts and post them as well. But, its the thought that counts right?

If right click and copy doesnt’ work, just email me and I will get it right to you.

Soapin dough survival kit TIdings

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Reversible Wooden Blocks.

I started this project by finding 7 2×4 pieces. These were scraps so I didn’t measure them at all. I just lined them up in an order that I liked and went with that.
First I painted them a light brown color that I thought would look good with either the Believe sign or the Give Thanks sign. I also painted the one side christmas colors and the other side fall colors. I thought this would be fun to have two holidays taken care of without having to put the Thanksgiving sign away and get the Christmas sign out of the box. I drew the letters on with pencil until I liked them then used a thin tip brush to paint it on.

I am already enjoying the Christmas side of these blocks. So far I still have thanksgiving stuff out but the only Christmas decoration I have out is this one.

The Best Sharpie art projects are now Dishwasher safe.

mug collagemarkers

I haven’t figured out why coloring on dishes is so addicting.  I just can’t get enough of these.  First of all lets talk about Sharpies.  Sharpies are permanent markers, Yes. But if you write on a slick plate its just going to wipe right off.  I have seen tutorial after tutorial about these, and I was so frustrated.  It looks like so much fun to design something so awesome, but I want to use those things, not put them on a shelf to collect dust.  Then I finally saw these OIL BASED Sharpie paint pens.  Oh WOW!  this is so much fun.   anniversary plateHere is a great gift for Grandparents.  I made a plate like this, at one of those ceramic shops for my parents about 2 grandchildren,  7 grandchildren in laws, and 3 great-grandchildren ago.  It was very costly and a little stressful, but very fun to make. I made them a new updated version (ahem, with a dollar store plate) for a fraction of the cost.
birthday plateThis is a birthday plate I made for my family.  We already used this yesterday for my birthday boy.  And it has been through the dishwasher.  I had a set of white mugs so I thought it would be a fun activity to let the kids decorate their own mugs.  They have been instructed this is their cup and that’s what they use, no more 10 cups a day.  So far so good.

Next I plan on trying a vase, a cookie jar, a frame….. What else can you think of?

Giftwrap for a Seamstress

Cleaver way to refashion what you have for Giftwrap.  

Every seamstress or would be seamstress has patterns laying around that will never again be used.   You can also find them at thrift stores for as little as a quarter.  You may even find old wooden spools with or without thread at the thrift stores.  Old buttons are everywhere. Give those items new life by creatively wrapping a gift for their next birthday or holiday.  They will be delighted.giftwrap-for-a-seamstress


1-An old pattern

2-Wide rick-rac

3-Old wooden spools of thread if you have them or other thread.

4-Any buttons in your stache.

Just wrap the present first with some plain white paper like butcher paper, newsprint or regular wrapping paper i nside out.

tie with ric-rac and string the thread together and tie to the ric tac bow

Thread a few strands of thread in the buttons and then hot glue them on the package.

Santa Gift Bag

Santa Gift Bag

Take a nice red gift bag.  put on a real belt and bells buttons and batting for beard.  This looks so festive under the tree.

this darling Santa gift bag was easy to make from some red wrapping foil.  You can make a bag by wrapping it around a box and leaving the top open.  You can also just wrap your gift in foil.  Find an adjustable belt so you can make it small enough to fit the bag.  Glue on some old buttons, Glue a little batting to the top and add a few bells to the belt.  You have the cutest santa gift a person could ever want!  It makes a great decoration for the house or under the tree too.

It is shiny, bright and cheerful.  Make several and pass them on to happy receivers.

Snowman DIY

Easy to make adorable snowman DIYSnowman DIY

I love this little guy.  He hardly needs an explanation.  He was made by my daughter, Becky.  Such a cheery little guy!


You will need

1- Two dowels about 1″ by 30″

2-Child’s Shoes or boots

3-Child’s socks

4-20″x about 30″ white  of fabric fleece

5-pillow stuffing or batting

5- buttons for eyes and front.

6- stocking cap and scarf

8- wood.  1/2″ thick and 8 or 9″ square.

Sew a tub of the white fleece and close the top.  20″ high and 30″ around or smaller if you wish. taper the bottom in a rounded curve leaving plenty of room for the two dowels.

glue buttons for eyes and on the front for shirt buttons

place socks in shoes and glue them into the shoes.

Glue them to a square of wood to fit the shoes.

place the tube of fleece on top and stuff it tight.

add the hat and scarf and you have an adorable friend to set by your door !

Pearls and Doily dress this gift up beautifully

A little doily adds a lovely touch to any gift.

Rich and and elegant. The crystal angel just didn’t show up on the package even though it was gorgeous with the gold and pearls but I ran across this doily and just slipped it under everything and there you go!  The red you see is just a reflections of the lights on the tree.