Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ooey Gooey CherryMan Granola Bars – Gluten Free

At our house, we love Maraschino Cherries and Cherry Man has some fantastic cherries!  We also love granola bars.  Here is an ooey gooey homemade granola bar recipe that is easy and yummy and the kids can even help!    granola bar
I used Bear Naked Bearly Processed Granola.  It was flavored with Honey and contained almonds.  And it was filled with protein!
cherries and granola
I removed the stem from each of the cherries and chopped them up.   After everything was mixed, I folded my cherries into my batter.  Oh yeah, I also added Nestly Toll House Chocolate Chunks!  
I buttered a baking dish and mashed my granola into the the dish.  I popped it in the oven and baked.  Once it was done, I let it cool and then cut it into bars.  My boys loved it.  From one, I heard “This is the best granola bar I have ever had!”  

Ooey Gooey CherryMan Granola Bars - Gluten Free
A simple and yummy homemade granola bar. The kids can even help!
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. 3 cups Granola (or you can use plain oats)
  2. 3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
  3. 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  4. 1/2 cup chopped Maraschino cherries (I used CherryMan)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 3/4 cup light corn syrup or honey
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks
  1. Mix granola, flour, baking soda, softened butter, vanilla, corn syrup together. Add the chocolate chunks. Chop cherries and then fold them into the mix.
  2. Butter a baking dish and press the mix into the dish.
  3. Bake, let cool for 10-15 minutes and then enjoy!
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Tulip Paint Decorated Gift Bags

Christmas is just days away and I know that everyone is busy doing some last minute wrapping!   Here is a super easy way to spiff up some plain gift bags!    Final
I got these adorable little gift bags from World Market.  They came in a pack of six and are perfect for small gifts.  I used Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint to decorate them with a monogram and snowflakes and holly!   Super easy! 
bags and paint
The decorated gift bags were perfect for these ornaments I made using my Sizzix Eclips2, a glass ornament and vinyl.   ornaments
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy gift bag decorating idea!    Merry Christmas!

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Udderly Smooth Gift to a Teacher for the Holidays

Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign by Udderly Smooth.  All ideas, experiences and opinions are my own.

As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, the dry skin immediately seems to happen.  Udderly Smooth lotions and cream definitely helps to ease the dry skin and itchiness!  Udderly Smooth is a staple in our house and everyone here uses it!  

My children are in year round school and are out for the month of December and do not return to school until after the new year.  So, holiday and Christmas gifts have to be given out to teachers before school tracks out at the beginning of December.  Udderly Smooth creams and lotions are a great gift for Teachers!  They are constantly washing their hands or using antibacterials.   And those dry your skin out like crazy.

I love this gift idea of Udderly Smooth Hand & Body Lotion and this adorable cow coffee mug.  I’ve paired it with a bag of Mexican Coffee Beans and some Baileys Irish Cream so now that the teachers are tracked out and home with their families, they can enjoy a nice mug of Irish Cream Coffee!  And while they drink away, they can keep their skin nice and smooth!   How about that little Udderly Smooth Squeeze Cow and the cute little Winter Hat Note Card?!?!  They go great with the gift too! UdderlySmooth1
Udderly Smooth has a variety of creams and lotions.  One of my favorites is the Foot Cream.  It is AMAZING!!   You can even get a Dispenser Pump/Lid for the tub of cream.  We keep a tub of the Body Cream on our bathroom counter and use it daily.   It works great on our youngest son’s eczema.   He is always asking “Can I have some of the cow lotion?”
This tube of Udderly Smooth is perfect for your purse or your car or even at your desk.   I always have one with me.   It can be given as part of a gift or even just by itself.  
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The little Winter Hat Note Card in the photos was made by me.  You can check out how I made those by click on the photo below!  
Winter Hat Note Cards
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Winter Hat Note Cards

This is the perfect time for an adorable little Winter Hat Note Card.  The weather is getting colder and the holiday gift giving has started.  This cute little note card would be perfect for attaching to a gift to give to someone special! Winter Hat Note Cards
This is how I made them!
Sizzix Big Shot
Laura Kelly’s Snow Hat Sizzix Die
Aleene’s Tacky Line Runner or other glue
Plain white printer paper 

  1.  I cut my red paper to 12″x6″.  For my white paper, I cut it to 2″x6″ and roughly 2″x2″.

die and papers
2.  I folded the red pieces in half and placed it on the hat die just at the top edge of the pompom so that it cut just a little “v” into the top of the hat, but didn’t cut all the way through the top curves of the pompom.   red cardstock 3.  Using my little white pieces of paper, I cut just the pompom and the bottom of the hat out.  Then I trimmed at the perforation marks, leaving just the bottom of the hat and the pompom.   
4.  Using my Aleene’s Tacky Line Runner, I attached the bottom of the hat and the pompom to the folded piece.
bottom of hat and puff
5.  Using regular white printer paper, I folded and cut it the same way that I cut the red folded hat.   Once it was cut, I opened it and cut it it in half so that I had half of the cut out.
6.  Using the Aleene’s Tacky Line Runner, I attached the printer paper cut out on the inside of the card.   The white printer paper is to have a place to write your note!
I hope you like these adorable little Winter Hat Note Cards!  I love them.  They were perfect little gifts for my children’s teachers.
Winter Hat Note Cards

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Happy Holidays!!!

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