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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Few Last Minute Gifties

Well, I can see ya'll (my readers) are dropping like flies left and right, unsubscribing and snoring out there, so I thought I'd better put something paper-crafting related on here before ya'll get too traumatized by the uncrafty stuff that's been going on around here. I've got this post today and another SWEET post for tomorrow and then it will be back to business with cards, stamping and other fun projects. For those of ya'll still on the edge of your seat and hanging here with me, HI!!!

I have two little projects to share. The first one are these extremely fun little Smarties Santas. Another instructor at Scrapper's Boutique, Sharon Cheng had brought one of these in to the store to show someone, except it was a little scarecrow man like THIS one. She casually mentioned that she was thinking of doing up a Santa and that she was possibly going to make up some kits for them. I HAD TO HAVE THEM and ordered them sight unseen! You see, Audrie's little first grade class' nickname is "The Smarties" and it was the perfect treat for me to make for her "Winter" party. (It's a shame they can't call it a CHRISTMAS party anymore even though I'm allowed to show up with these and every year, they do Santa USA where he arrives by helicopter and lands in the school playground with every child out there to see him and give him hugs. hmmm....) Anyway, I bought 20 kits from Sharon and had so much fun putting them together. She's got an awesome tutorial and instructions on her blog HERE. Thanks, Sharon!

Some of ya'll may have read on my Facebook post that I was making candy. Again. My friend, Eileen (waving!) had brought some goodies up to Scrapper's for me and Jen last weekend and she had made this awesome candy and popped it in a cute bag with a big red polkadot ribbon tied to it. Hello--LIGHT BULB MOMENT--neighbor/teacher/coworker gifts! I loved the candy so much that I decided to make it myself and with a recipe I found online, a few tips from Eileen (and her phone number just in case), I have been making this candy for days now and each batch yielded about 3 of these bags for me! (because I am only making 2 batches a day and also because my family keeps eating it before I can get enough for the gifts done.) It's seriously the best Christmas candy-snacky thing I've had in a while! This is what I made for my neighbors and for Eric to give to his coworkers up at the U.S. Attorney's Office. I stamped the bag toppers with a mixture of a cowboy letter set I've had forever and the Banner Day Alphabet set from My Favorite Things. Then some of the bags got a mistletoe treatment (stands for the LOVE part, right?) and some got the snowflake. I like them both so much, I can't decide which one is my favorite!

Ok, gotta go--we are having Feliz Navidad over here tomorrow and I have TONS of enchiladas to make...oh and more candy....

Here's the recipe:
Soda Cracker Chocolate Candy
35 soda crackers (saltines)
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar (I found that Dark Brown was better)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1.Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper. Place crackers in rows on foil. In a saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Pour over crackers and spread until completely covered. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes (crackers will float). Remove from the oven. Turn oven off. Sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers. Return to the oven until chocolate is melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven; using a greased spatula, spread chocolate (now melted) and sprinkle walnuts into chocolate. Cool completely in refrigerator. Coarsely break up when hardened.


  1. so adorable...did you know that these US smarties are called Rockets in Canada? The name Smarties was already taken with our chocolate coated candy (similar to m & m's). This also reminds me when one of my students does something smart, I'll say, "did you wear your smartie pants today?" LOL Merry Christmas!!!

  2. I'll never leave ya Susie!!!! Too much fun to read and you ARE a SUPER AWESOME GAL!!!!! I am SO glad we are friends!!!

    Your family have one GIANT BLESSING TO CELEBRATE!!!!!

    Peace,Love and God's Blessings to you!


  3. I always enjoy your matter what the subject matter is!

  4. love love love the Smartie Santas! I must remember that for next year! thanks so much for sharing!

    I make that candy all the time, it is always a crowd-pleaser. We call it Cracker Toffee. YUM! I just may have to make some this I have a taste for it!

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your beautiful creations with us - I am alwyas inspired by your creativity!

    All the best to you and your family in the New Year - love, laughter and GOOD HEALTH!



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