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Monday, July 6, 2009

MFT Monday--Gone to the Dogs

Well, if ya'll will remember, I told you the other day when I shared my "Purrfect Treat Jar", that I had a fun little project for those of you more on the dog-world side of the pet spectrum. So here it is! I used the Puppy Chow Label set, one of the newest stamp sets from My Favorite Things and wrapped a ribbon around the jar to help secure it. This stamp set is made to coordinate with the Perfect Packaging jars also available on the MFT site and there are several "label" sets to choose from as well and I'm sure more to come. It's a great idea for inexpensive, but cute and easy gift ideas! We're only six months out from Christmas, you know!

I added some extra fun on the lid with the Bling Bet set and experimented with some red mini ball fringe tied around the neck of the jar. Luckily for me, I don't plan on giving this to anyone. That means two things. #1, We get to eat the Puppy Chow and #2, I only tied the red ball fringe to the jar and I will definitely be re-using it! Just me, thinking about the environment again, recycling my little heart out. Anyway, on to what's inside the jar...It's not what's on the outside, but what's inside that counts, right? Teehee. It's not REAL puppy chow for dogs, but the human kind, sometimes also referred to as Muddy Buddies.

I am going to happily share the recipe with you, but I have a little side note before we get started (of course, right?). First off, I just HAD to take a picture of the ingredients, mainly to show ya'll this box of cereal. Yes, I bought the off-brand kind, but take a look at the name of it! Crispy Hexagons? Really? They couldn't come up with a more original idea for the cereal name? I seem to think that the people in the marketing department that day they came up with this name were all hungover, burnt out, or all called in sick and left it up to the janitors to decide what the name should be. It really struck me as funny. I don't know, how about ya'll? Ok, sorry about that, I just had to get it off my chest and possibly share a giggle. Here's the highly addictive recipe:

Puppy Chow
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor)
1-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Stir well.
3. Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal in a very large bowl.
4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.
5. Coat with powdered sugar, sprinkling evenly over the cereal and tossing as you sprinkle to cover each piece well

SUSIE Q-TIP: A workspace idea that I employ and love: Hang a magnetic strip in a convenient location near your desk. Hang scissors, paper piercer, hammer, hole punches, craft tweezers and a needle and thread (or whatever your faves are) on it for quick access and quick cleanup. I got mine at IKEA (also where my extra large stainless steel bowl came from in the picture above) for about $7 (I see they are $9 now). I use THIS ONE. Do ya'll want to see a picture? Want more storage ideas?

Stamps: Puppy Chow Label, Bling Bet (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black (SU!), Pure Poppy, Bitty Dots, White (PTI)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel (SU!), Pure Poppy (PTI)
Accessories: Scallop and Circle Punches, CM Circle Cutter, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Copic Markers, Puppy Paw Ribbon, Mini Red Ball Fringe, White Gel Pen (Ranger), Jody Boosters


  1. So cute Susie....mmmmmm, Puppy Chow!! LOVE IT!!

  2. Yes, absolutely, would love more storage tips and pictures. I love seeing how other crafters organize their work area. Love your creations. Thanks so much for sharing. (I don't have a google account or blog, so must be anonymous for now until I get with the program.) Lisa.

  3. Crispy Hexagons! I totally agree with your comment about the cereal and the marketing department, but my first reaction as a first grade cereal was cool - a snack to help my students remember what a hexagon is! :) Tamera

  4. Yes, please, more storage tips. One cannot have too many good storage ideas!


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