Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Couple MORE Critters...

I think it is safe to say I am "hooked" on making these little guys. LOL Here are the latest two (made last night and this morning), given to a couple of great kids, Aaron and Julia.




Aaron got the lion (isn't that mane the cutest?) and my girls insisted Julia would love a hot pink kitty (they were absolutely right). I tried a new pattern for the kitty and made a few modifications from the pattern, like using safety eyes instead of felt, adding the mouth and making the collar a little wider than just a chain stitch. Becky, the mother of these great kids makes us yummy sticky buns every year. She also made this lovely ornament:


I tried to get a picture of it on the tree, but the camera wouldn't focus for some reason. The colors are three of CTMH's  new colors, Creme Brulee, Tulip and Juniper. She used the stamp set Victorian Snowflake.  Thanks, Becky! I love it!


I've not done any serious baking for the family yet (hopefully some will get done today), but the girls and I worked on decorating gingerbread houses and making Puppy Chow yesterday. I've never made the Chow before, but it's super easy and oh so yummy! I saw the idea on a blog somewhere, but I know the recipe has been around for ages, I had just never tried it. Here's Amy shaking the powdered sugar onto the coated cereal.

Puppy Chow

1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips (or whatever kind you want to use...I made a batch with Butterscotch chips and one with semi-sweet)
3/4 cup peanut butter
8 cups Crispex or Rice Chex (rice type cereal)
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt the butter, chips and peanut butter in the microwave. Mix. Pour over the cereal. Stir to coat the cereal. Put coated cereal into a large bag with the 2 cups of powdered sugar and shake, shake, shake, to coat. 

That's it! Enjoy!


The girls are just starting on their houses in this photo....they'd work for a bit, get tired of it, play something else, come back to it for a bit and so on. I'll take a picture of the finished ones and share a bit later.

One last photo before I sign off and start wrapping presents (yes, I KNOW....Last Minute Lucy, remember?). The Bunny Slippers are DONE!!!!


Yes, as of about 5:30-5:45ish am. I worked on the other one last night, but it just wasn't coming out right and I had to pull it apart. I went to bed and got a good night's sleep and this morning it went together so smoothly! Yea!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Thanks so much for the encouraging comments and for plain and simply reading my ramblings!

Big Hugs!!



Clearly Inspired said...

These new critters are great! Wow! You can make these guys fast! Very cute!

Looks like you and your girls are having a lot of fun.

Merry Christmas!

Barb W said...

Such fun little critters! You are a very speedy crafter. So, I'm going to have to try that Puppy Chow, sounds fun to make.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Kathi Carlson said...

You amaze me, my friend. And, I LOVE puppy chow!