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Valentine's Day - Sweetheart Crackers

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been awhile since I posted anything and that's because I ran out of things to say or do AND have been busy offline! But with Valentine's Day tomorrow I decided I needed to post something to celebrate the day. I love chocolates but not everyone does (hard to believe, I know) so here's a recipe to share with your sweetie or all by yourself.

Goes down a treat with cheese, pate, peanut butter, hummus, or salsa.


Makes around 3 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter! For other occasions, use whatever cookie cutter you fancy. Don't over handle the dough as it will toughen up if handled too much.

  • 1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use whole milk)
  • Sesame seeds, cracked pepper, sea salt (optional)

  1. Heat oven 10 325 F deg. In food processor whith chopping blade, process flour, baking powder, and butter until coarse crumbs form.
  2. Divide down in half. On floured surface, roll one dough half until paper thin, lifting dough often to dust with flour to prevent sticking.
  3. With 3-inch heat-shaped cutter, cut rolled dough into crackers. If desired, lightly sprinkle crackers tiwh sesame seeds, pepper, or salt. 
  4. Gently roll rolling pin over the dough to press the seeds, pepper, or salt onto each cracker.
  5. Transfer crackers to ungreased baking sheet. With fork, pierce each cracker 4 or f5 times.
  6. Bake 10 minutes; turn crackers and bake 10 more minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Cool crackers; store in airtight container.
  8. Repeat with 2nd half of dough.


Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was little, we used to make these plastic wreaths out of green plastic trash bags that we sold at Christmas to family and friends to raise money for school outings. They are still fun(and oh so easy) to make if you have plastic bags you would like to recycle. The complete wreath will last forever (unless someone pinches as happened to me a couple of time when I decorated the garage doors with them!!).

Of course I wouldn't dream of going and buying plastic bags for this project (I recycle, remember?). Instead I used four clear plastic dry cleaning bags that I scrounged from the neighbours and friends and a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form.

As I said, these wreaths are really simple to make and you can even get your own kids to help out. The following are instructions for making the wreath out of clear dry cleaning bags, but you can use whatever plastic bags (e.g., bread or produce bags??) you have on had. You'll just have to adjust how many bags you will need.

What you need: 3 to 4 plastic dry cleaning bags (if you have to use plastic bread bags, you will need about 20 to 30 bags), one wire coat hanger and scissors

How to do it: NOTE: You may get a lot of static when cutting the plastic strips so work somewhere you don't want to find bits of plastic when you're done.

  1. First, bend the wire coat hanger into a circle (doesn't have to be perfect) and set aside.
  2. Next, cut the plastic bags into strips 1/2″ wide and about 5-6″ long. Don't worry about getting the strips perfect - the wreath actually looks better when the strips aren't perfectly cut.
  3. When you've cut out all the strips, take a one and tie it around the wire circle.
  4. Keep doing this with all the strips until the wreath is fully covered.
  5. Fluff the finished wreath up a bit to add volume.

For added sparkle, I pulled a copper wire scouring pad apart and decorated my wreath with it. I made the star garland using empty cereal boxes and glued these to more of the copper wire.

That's it.

Last Minute Halloween from the Recycling Bin

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a last minute table top Halloween decoration you can make with what's in your recycling bin - glass bottles!

Grab a few bottles from the recycling bin and decorate with horrifying Halloween labels. You can find loads online or make your own. These are best for your grown-up parties.

Halloween Apothecary

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fun and frugal idea way to create little treat boxes for any little Halloween visitors in the form of apothecary containers and it's almost all from your recycling bin! I got the idea when I pinched a discarded candy display case from a local store (I get most of my cardboard boxes there!!). I made the containers from toilet rolls and added labels I found online. Of course, each one is filled with goodies.