Friday, December 28, 2007

Successful Cookie Exchange

The cookie exchange was wonderful this year. We had a wonderful time eating and drinking. Ana made a pork tenderloin and everyone else made the sides and/or appetizers! We had Chicken Pate, Ramen Salad, Fruit Salad, Mushroom Salad, Carrot Souffle, Zucchini Casserole, Corn Casserole plus little smokies and Appetizer Extraordinaire. Some lovely wine and lots and lots of cookies to taste for dessert. Everyone had their cookies done up pretty! It really was a wonderful evening!
These are the cookies:
Dianne - Jan Hagel
Randi - Peanut Blossoms
Yvonne - Biscotti
Renee R - Egg Nog
Ana - Choc. covered Carmel almonds
Paula - Chocolate Yummies(I put my recipe in a safe place! I call them this)
Renee L - Assorted
Marnie - Ricotta
Maybe Dianne will share more pics of the cookies I know she had the camera out! I'll be emailing additional pics to everyone look for them soon!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Cookie Exchange day! Hopefully everyone is about ready or making last minute touch ups! I know I'm in prep mode for every one's arrival. I finished cleaning up from the party I had Sat. so now I can hostess another one. In case your still in a crunch for ideas check out this Hallmark article on packaging! See you tonight! The wine glasses are ready! Put your party hats on!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ok, Love the idea I found here at the Oh Happy Day Blog! It would be a lot to do it individually for 12 cookies but an envelope filled with cookies would be super cute!

Well the day is almost here!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Scrappers Wrapping!

There are some cute/creative ideas at Rocky Mountain Hobbies gallery for Christmas Wrapping! Some of these could be converted to cookie packaging just add a little food safe/storage product! Run over and take a look you just might find some inspiration!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Starting to Wrap it Up!

Here at Southern Living are some very creative packaging ideas for you cookie exchange cookies!

This wicker bird cage is way toooooooo cute! I also love the tea cup! Maybe for a little nibble?

Chocolate Dipped Post!

So you want a super easy way to make a fabulous cookie? Check out Kraft Foods for instructions how to dip Nutter Butters, Chips Ahoy and Nilla Wafers. I'm sure you could expound upon this list to anything in the cookie isle and have a fabulous looking tray of cookies in no time!

Don't forget only 5 more days until the cookie exchange!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Don't want to bake?

This is my favorite cookie company Dancing Deer. All-Natural you can sometimes find them at Whole Foods around here. They have the best Molasses Clove Cookies chewy and crunchy all at the same time. There is a tin filled with yummy shortbread! Then there is Snickerdoodle, Ginger Almond Cherry and Chocolate Peppermint the list could go on and on! You can't go wrong here! Everything is always beautifully packaged and shipped without delay!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ok my mouth watered!

When I saw this recipe for Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints! OMG!!!!! I'm sure you've been to All Recipes by now! But I couldn't help but send you back once again it sounds too good!

Now we should be planning our baking if we are in fact baking our treats to be exchanged so here's a link to a great source for kitchen gadgets just in case there is some sepcialty pan you depserately in need of Chefs has a vast collection!

Hope your Holiday Happenings are going well!

Monday, December 10, 2007

30 Days of Cookies

Check out Good Housekeeping's 30 Days of cookie recipes! There are a bunch of good recipes here!

See I would eat them all and my hips would be bigger than my house! YIKES!

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Brownie Thins! YUMMMMMY these are adorable and there packed just beautifully! Makes me very hungry!

Check out the Epicurious site for many more lovelies!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Don't have time to make Cookies?

How about a candy like this Microwave Peanut Brittle? Or Pretzel Turtles! Yummmmm All Recipes has an entire section on Candy as well as Cookies!

You can even finish up some gifts with Homemade Food Gifts they have a section on that!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Online Cookie Swap Great Ideas!

Food Network is hosting an Online Cookie Swap! This is where you share you swap your ideas/pictures online for everyone to partake in. There are some Wonderful ideas! Check it out!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wrapping Organization

There are some very handy ideas here at this site for wrapping all sorts of gifts. Home Made Simple

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

Renee sent me this link! WOW tons of cookie recipes from Mrs. Claus herself!

Creative Cookie Packaging Ideas

Check out this site for creative cookie packaging ideas. I personally love the Martini glass idea! Why didn't I think of that?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Peppermint Fudge Anyone?

Becky Higgins has posted a recipe & Pictures for Peppermint Fudge on her blog that look very very YUMMY! Check it out!

Also Clearbags now sells food grade bags if your in search of envelope type bags and shopping bags etc. etc. They have great prices and quick turn around!

Recipes & Tips

OOOOH I found this website TipNut there are recipes and clever craft creations including an oragami box that might be good for cookies depending on the size!

Check it out!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Banner Issues

So I'm working on the template and banner. I created this banner but can't seem to make the title go away! FAR FAR AWAY!As soon as I figure it out it won't look quite so WONKY! Sorry!

Frugal Cookie Packaging Ideas

Check out this site for some Frugal Packaging ideas for the cookie exchange.

Also check out this cool wine cork wreath! What a great gift idea! Not that that has anything to do with cookies! But it's fun!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Cookie Exchange

I've emailed the cookie exchange details to everyone! Be sure to check it out! December 19th 6:30pm

Are you looking for a cookie to make? Check out this link to All Recipes there are tons of good ones here! The Coconut Jays look very yummy! I'm making a Ricotta cookie I found the recipe there as well!

Be sure to check back for more tips and ideas!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dipping Toes

Here I am, dipping my toe into the blogosphere. A year ago I would have said, "Not Possible!" After all, why would I need to blog? But then again, two years ago it would have been laughable to suggest that I would spend my days knitting, going to places like Joann's, swapping most of my busness magazine subscriptions for craft, design and decorating publications. I was a Serious Business Woman with Serious Goals -- to provide Serious Strategic Solutions to my clients. But after several life altering events and a Serious Look In The Mirror, I realized none of that was fun or lucrative anymore.

To pass the time while I thought about the "what nexts" . . . and deal with my mother's stroke recovery as well as husband and father both fighting bladder cancer . . . I began to knit again. And if the adage of doing what you love means anything, since I LOVE purses, they seemed like the logical thing to knit.

Besides regaining some of my sanity (much more work to do on that front still), the entrepreneuer in me woke up. So I dipped my toe into trying to make this a business.

One year later, so far so good. (But, not without help and support -- Marnie and Dianne if I haven't said thanks recently, I'm saying it now.)

And then one night this summer I asked if Marnie would mind if I came over during the Wed night scrap or crop or whatever it is called. It would be a toe dip -- and I'd probably not become a regular. I knit but it doesn't matter. There it's not about the end point -- it truly is about the journey.

And tonight I'm putting another toe in the water (or perhaps the whole darn foot) when I go over to Marnie's for a little Card Making 101.

It may take a village to raise a child. I do beleive that. But it takes a lot of toes that have walked where you are going to walk to stand on your own two feet.

We are lame

But Randi is coming to save us from being sooooo very lame! I've invited her to post! Can't wait to see what she shares!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Snockered Scrappers....Come and Visit!!!!

I'm so glad that we have an Schnockered Scrappers all we need are some bloggers in it! :):):)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Paintings by Paula!

For information on how to purchase the art you see here! Contact.................

Ok so last night we broke out the paints paint brushes and paper! Can you tell it was like ART Class revisited! Very fun and non stressful play time! Here are Paula's works of art! Some to be uesd a background paper some to be used in her soon to be newly painted kitchen!!! Clever Clever girl!

Monday, June 04, 2007

It's Not You It's Me! Dear John!

NO Sorry just kidding!

Ok so this Wednesday we will be painting background paper do not wear your best clothes! I'm putting out some cool supplies to play with!

See you then!

Is It My Mouthwash?

Or my deodorant? Where are you scrappers???????

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Great Day

Got a beautiful Anniversary card from Marc today. It just kills me that he spent $4.99 on it he needs to ask one of my scrapping friends to make one and pay them instead. He liked the card I made him last night at stamp camp. So far our anniversary has been great. We slept in until 10 and then I made us cinnamon rolls. He has spent the day working in the basement and I spent all day making my April Christmas cards. I've attached a picture. I LOVE THEM!! I'm so glad I bought that stamp set...I don't think I'll ever get tired of it. So many possibilities. I just ordered our pizza from Giordano's and we are going to sit down and watch the movie "Click" with Adam Sandler.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

And For Tonight - New Challenge!

Here is a hint! I'm going to make this one a suprise! But lets see if you can guess? No worries you don't need to bring anything with you to work on it!

Swap Cards Coming In

The current swap cards are rolling in! I have 3 sets so far only 7 more to go! You ladies are so on top of things! Here is a preveiw! Trying not to give it all away! And Paula is the winner of the PRIZE this month for getting hers done first! WOO she is speedy quick!

OOOOH we're behind!

So far behind a week since anyone posted! OK here's what's happening! Stamp Camp was this past weekend +++. I'll post those details on my own blog. April Camp is on Friday the 13th! Woooo Scarey Mothers Day projects! HA

So back to the message at hand! Her is my U-G-L-Y card I made for last weeks challenge! All Ana could say was "It's getting better......." as I kept adding stuff to it! But it has buttons darn it! I think maybe ribbon will make it look better? NO? And I got to use my new sizzlet! It's the little things!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

***Challenge*** Tonight

I'm issuing a challenge for tonight! Use Buttons on a project! It doesn't have to be a large project nor will it be timed but in honor of the fact that I found my lost(staring at them for a week right in front of me) buttons! I'm challenging everyone to use some buttons tonight. No worries if you don't have any as you can see I have enough to go around and then some! Once we're done with our projects we can post them here! Have fun! See you tonight! Marnie

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Feb Mini Swap Cards

I did a mini swap with Susan and Jennifer P. it was the first time for both. So it was a get your feet wet kind of swap! We did Birthday Cards! Here are the results! --Marnie

Saturday, March 10, 2007

From Schockers last night

OK, here's a couple of layouts I finished up at Schnockers last night.

30 Minute Challenges

Here are the two layouts I did in 30 minutes a week or so ago. The one on the right says "So the Drama" unfortunately I forgot to turn off the flash so imagine Abbigayle behind the flash looking at Olivia as if to say "What is your problem?"

Last night at Ana's......

I had a great time last night Ana....your house is beautiful, the food was terrific (I mean...homemade crabcakes and shrimp cocktail and then all the goodies everyone brought!)...and it was fun to see everyone and enjoy all the talk and laughter together. I think it's something we all need....Thank You! (And I actually got some work done, too!)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

March/April Swap Started Up

So yesterday I sent out the call for the March/April swap it's Thank You/Sympathy we had 5 spots in each open. Only one Sympathy spot left! Be sure to email me to sign up!

February Swap Large Group

Our February Swap cards 10 in all. This was the large group that swapped. There was a smaller group of 3 that swapped. I will post those as well in a bit!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

My 30 minute layouts...

I loved the idea of being able to see all of our 30 minute layouts in one place. Here are can see where I added some rubons on Jim's birthday layout.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Welcome Back Everyone


Now that I've invited 3 other authors for this blog maybe between the 4 of us we can keep it going!

Tonight we will talk about Slap and Tickle! Which I'm sure is something dirty in the real world but in our little corner of the world it is the timed layout challenge with our Reigning Chairwoman/Announcer Ana! So for our first challenge of the night we had to use an unloved snapshot(unloved meaning it didn't make a layout cut. that one lone photo that ends up not working for whatever reason, too much like another, not enough room, wrong size etc.) you know you have these unloved photos and usually just one left over. So for the first challenge we are using one of these, paint(because I keep meaning to use paint and never do) and some chipboard. Once your at the table you choose your cardstock from the bin and your paint of choice then the timer will start for 30min! There is a tray in the middle of the table with emmbellishments piled high including chipboard. Ana, gave us countdown time as we went along! It was great fun! We each finished a layout in 30 min and then we moved on to Challenge 2 which was to use Patterned Paper from scraps! Same supplies in the middle of the table and same time. We chose our cardstock and our pp before the timer and went to town! Another layotu done in 30min! It was all fun and we had a lot of laughs as well!

These are my 30min layouts from last night!