Frozen Corn Treats for Your Chickens

I loved this idea that I found on how to make your very own frozen corn treats for your feathered-kind.  I know all too well, that our chickens can easily overheat or dehydrate if not careful during the summer months in the South.  So this idea, was just perfect for us & simple too!

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 15 ounce can of kernel corn

a large tablespoon

a muffin pan

Directions:

(1) With a large tablespoon, equally divide the corn into each of the cavities in the muffin pan.

(2) Double back with the liquid and evenly divide it among corn.

(3) Freeze for 3 hours or until frozen solid.

(4) Allow 5-10 minutes to thaw before trying to serve the chickens.  This allows the edge of the ice to melt just enough for you to fit a butter knife in an lift the frozen corn cupcakes out.

 

*Notes: This can also be done with an ice tray or with a silicon muffin pan to make for easy removal.

I hope that your chickens will enjoy.  I know that mine will come the 90+ degree weather that is in the forecast for today.

10 Minute DIY Popsicle Flower Pot {Magnet} Gift Idea for Mom

I whipped up some of these fun Mother’s Day popsicle flower pots for some of the special “mothers” in our lives.

The supply list is rather simple, and it can take all of 10 minutes to complete, from start-to-finish.

Supplies:

4 wide popsicle sticks

2 bottles of craft paint

a paint brush & paint plate

glue gun

glue sticks

4 magnets (can be found in the craft section of Walmart)

a 5 X7 photo or print out, cut to size

3 green pipe cleaners

scrapbooking paper for flowers

a glue stick

clear packing tape or scotch tape

You will start by painting the front and back of each of the popsicle sticks.

While you are waiting on these to dry, cut out three 3 inch flowers, and 3 yellow circles and assemble together with your glue stick.

Then once the popsicle sticks are dry, hot glue the ends together forming a box.

After you have your box in place, hot glue one of each of the four magnets to the corners of the frame.

(I did all of this before adding my picture).

Next, add your picture.  I used a 5 x 7 printout of a color copy of my photo on copy paper and actually had to cut it down to size.  The inside of this box is bigger than a 4 x 6, but smaller then a 5 x 7.  So I took just a portion of the background out from the 2/3’s line (in width) of the picture to make it fit and then secured it with clear packer’s tape to the sides of the popsicle frame.

Once you have your photo in place then hot glue the cardstock flowers to the pipe cleaner stems and then add them to the back of the photo.

After that step is complete, you are done!  Here you have these adorable popsicle fridge magnet flower pots that mom, grandma, neighbor, friend can look at year round.

Popsicle magnet flower pots also make a great homemade gift idea for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and more! Whip up a few in about 10 minutes for a thoughtful handmade present!

 

 

 

9 Awesome DIY Gifts for Teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and it’s that time again to put your time & creativity to let all of the teacher’s in our lives know that we care.  Below, I have rounded up nine of my all time favorite teacher appreciation gifts.  Some require a small purchase, a printable & time.

How special will your child’s teacher(s) feel when they receive this gift.  Best of all to know that you care and took the time to let them know that they are in fact making a difference.

  1. A Decorative filled candy jar

2. A Bundlet (or two or three…) with printable at Eighteen 25

 

3. An apple-theme painted mason jar at Tilly’s Nest

I will also put this one on my list for a great “back-to-school” gift.

4. You’re SO-DA bomb soda pop at Glue to My Crafts

 

5. “Muffin” like a great teacher bag at The Domesticated Lady

 

6. Berry Nice Teacher, Thank you Printable at Sweet Metel Moments

 

 

7.  DIY Sharpie Marker Mug at The Princess Pinky Girl

 

8. “Thank you for helping me grow” at Snippets of Creation

 

9. Free Donut printable at Happiness is Homemade

Chemeeka

 

10 Handmade Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is literally right around the corner.  I have become so intentional about having a game plan together before the day (or the day before) arrives.

I have put together this list of easy, thoughtful, creative and equally heart-warming hand-made gifts that you can make for mom or grandma this Mother’s Day.

  1. Sending hugs card at Montando Minha Festa 

 

2. Handprint Flower Bouquet at  Glued to My Crafts

 

3. The Noodle Card at  Crafty Morning

4.  Pom Pom Flowers at The Best Ideas for Kids

 

5. Handprint Coasters at Crafty Morning

6. The Doily Bouquet at The Healthy Happy Teacher

 

7. The Handprint Princess

8. Bloom A Smile at Paging Supermom

 

9. Thumbprint Butterfly Mugs at The Best Ideas for Kids 

 

10. Button Bouquet at Customizando

 

All of these ideas are fun, creative & most of all, easy-peasy.   So what are you making for Mom this Mother’s Day? 

My Giant Samoa Cookie

I made this version of a giant Samoa cookie for our Girl Scout End Year Celebration last year & have made it again, this year.  Now, I  want to share it with you!

Giant Samoa Cookie

Ingredients:

Cookie Base-

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Samoa Topping-

  • 3 cups shredded coconut, sweetened

  • 1 1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted

  • 425 grams soft caramels

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until combined. Add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

  2. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Watch the video here to get a visual of this technique.

  1. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch-thick. Use a bowl or plate to cut it into a large circle (make sure it will fit on your baking sheet!). Transfer the circle to a sheet of parchment paper, then place on a baking sheet. Slice a smaller circle out of the center to create a ring. Prick the surface with a fork, then bake at 325F for 20 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to brown. Cool completely on the baking sheet.

  1. Evenly sprinkle the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, until the coconut is toasted. Set aside.

  1. Spread about half of the melted chocolate onto the underside of the shortbread cookie, completely covering the base. Transfer the cookie to the freezer or fridge for the chocolate to set, while you make the topping.Place the soft caramels, milk and salt in a pot and set to medium heat. Stir constantly until the caramel has completely melted. Pour the caramel into a bowl with the toasted coconut, reserving about 1/3 cup of caramel. Mix the coconut and caramel mixture together.

  1. Spread the remaining caramel onto the non-chocolate side of the shortbread cookie. Generously spoon the coconut caramel mixture on top. Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top of the coconut. Enjoy!

So that’s it!  These are all pics from my very own creations.  All of the pictures in this post were from this year & last.    I hope that you enjoy & that you make it for your next Girl Scout celebration!

 

 

FREE {printable) Spring Stickers for your Happy Planner

I’m so excited about my VERY FIRST set of FREE Spring Happy Planner Stickers!

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I have long been a fan of the Michael’s brand Happy Planners & now I (and you do too) get to decorate them for the seasons with my new free printable stickers.

If you’re not familiar with the Happy Planner, you can find them at Michael’s, sometimes Walmart, at Joann’s and of course on Amazon.com.

I prefer to get mine from Michael’s and actually did get the one that I have from there because I like using my coupons.

I designed these printables with spring in mind: pale pinks, greys and some green, sure to brighten any day.

I also wanted to use some inspirational quotes like, “Seize the Day” and “Now faith”; things to remind you to remember you, “Why” and to help, give you that push and sense of meaning to get you through the day or week.

I have used these in my actual planner.  So I wanted to make sure and pick and theme with colors that I actually loved.

To adorn your planner with these happy stickers, just click on the files below, and save them to your pc or flashdrive.  You can either print on to regular paper and use a double-sided adhesive tape or a light glue, OR you have it printed directly on to full label sticker paper and then cut each sticker to size as needed.

I hope that you enjoy these fun printable stickers as much as I do.

Download your free stickers here now:

Page 1:

and Page 2:

 

Happy Planning!

~Chemeeka 

 

Sweet Cream Cookies

I love making homemade cookies.  Each year, usually around Christmas, Thanksgiving or holidays (or anytime), I break out a batch of cookies & every now and again, I hit on a favorite.  THIS particular cookie has been a real favorite of the ones that I’ve made for my own family & relatives alike.

I call it my Sweet Cream Cookie because although the originally recipe says that it’s “Stawberries & Cream”, I have used so many different varieties of fruit fillings to fill the center with.

 

I’ve done these cookies with guava, blackberry, strawberry, apricot, blueberry, and lime.  They’re absolutely delicious with whatever fruit flavored filling, you fill them with.

Where did I get the original recipe?  From this Cookie Magazine here:

It was one of those $9.99 magazines that you see at the checkout counter that actually looks different from the rest, and I don’t mean in just the content.

It’s the quality of the cover & the quality of the image of the recipe.  And if you’re used to cooking & baking, then you can sometimes just look at the cover image that’s on the magazine & know that the recipes that are inside are going to be GREAT.  Then, you’ll usually look down to check the price of said cover and it’s, oh, $9.99 or $10.99….and in this case, totally worth it! 

 

I have been making cookie recipes out of this magazine for almost ten years (since 2009)!  And, I love them every time.  There are old favorites that are tried and true to my repertoire and this is one of them.

You start this cookie, just like you would any rich & buttery cookie, with butter and cream cheese.  And then it all goes uphill from there!

 

My dad asked me to make this cookie the other day, so I wanted to start out with a new variety of flavors. First I went with the recipe original,

which is strawberry, and then I added the apricot jelly to it, and last but not least, I got lucky at the new LIDL’s by us and found this nice blueberry jelly.

You don’t often see blueberry jellies or jams sold in stores.  I don’t ever have a problem finding strawberry, blackberry, grape or apricot, but when I can find something like peach or blueberry, I grab it!

I made a single batch of this recipe (which yields about 5 dozen cookies–that’s if you don’t eat the batter along the way, lol!)

I grabbed my cookie containers for $1/each from the Dollar Tree (and that includes the top and the bottom of the container), and I made one to send to a friend & one to my dad.

They were absolutely delicious!

 

~Chemeeka 

Valentine’s Day Toffee Crackers

I loved making the Christmas toffee crackers with my kids, so much that they inspired me to make them in this sweet Valentine’s Day version.

All of the steps in the process are pretty much the same.

 

Except, you will want to substitute out pink vanilla wafers for your chocolate chips.

 

Add in your Valentine’s sprinkles & your good-to-go!

 

Now was that easy or what for a Valentine’s treat?

So what are you making for the kids this Valentine’s Day?

 

xo- Chemeeka  

Christmas Toffee Crackers

I have seen this cookie recipe so many times.  Moreover, I had tried this cookie so many times and LOVED IT!  The first time that I had it was at a Christmas Cookie Swap with a mom’s group years ago.

I knew then how easy it was, but had just never tried it for myself until this past Christmas.  Big Mistake!  My intentions were to make these & give them out to the neighbors, but what actually happened was the little treat bags that they were in never left my kitchen.  Well, except for one neighbor.  His did make it (see the one in the container pictured above).  Let’s get into this recipe.   It’s super simple & super delicious.

You start out with lining a shallow baking pan with parchment paper & not aluminum foil.  Why do I tell you that?  Because it will be far easier to remove your crackers once the toffee has been cooled from the parchment paper,  then from the aluminum foil.  It’s just that simple.

Next, you want to dissolve the brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan and over medium high heat.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did, of melting the butter first and then adding the brown sugar to it, the second time that I made these.  The brown sugar & butter won’t become the lovely bubbly caramel that you’ll need if you do!

 

Next, pour your toffee over your parchment lined pan of crackers & let it sit for a few minutes.  Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes on 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and immediately add the chips.

If your chocolate chips don’t melt for a while after sitting there, then you can put the pan back into the warm oven for 2-3 minutes.

Spread your chips evenly with a spatula or a clean butter knife, sprinkle on toffee pieces, sprinkles or nuts.  Chill for 2 hours then break to enjoy!

 

If you’re planning on sharing these with friends or family DO NOT sample before doing so.  Otherwise, they may not get any, as they are just that good!

Sincerely,

Chemeeka from Things She Makes

Old Fashioned Pancake Recipe

One of my favorite things to make, is a batch of fluffy, buttery, homemade pancakes.  My kids absolutely LOVE it when make them my homemade pancakes & syrup and I do too!  Often times, I will whip up a batch following scrambled eggs & sausage, or on an occasion we will just have the pancakes with eggs, for breakfast OR dinner.

(Sorry for the blurry pic).

The crux of these pancakes, is all in the whisk!  Here are a few tips:

(1) Make it by hand, and with a hand whisk.

Call me old-fashioned, but pancakes and waffles are one semi-baked item (if you’re making waffles) that you don’t need any equipment.

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(2) Take the time to make sure that your dry ingredients are blended well, before adding the wet ingredients.

I know that we all have that moment that we just want to, “get it done!”  Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a dessert, lots of times, we’re ready to just throw it all into a pan or a bowl and let it go.  Whisper, “You can do that with this.”

It is always best to combine your dry ingredients fully, first.  Why?  Because the arduous task of trying to back-peddle those clumps of un-combined flour aren’t worth it.  And they’re going to turn your fluffy, butter pancakes into, “Hmm, what was that?  Hmm, that was just a hardened clump of cooked flour.”  You don’t want that!

(3) If at all possible, use a pour-able bowl.  It just makes it easier when it’s time to make your pancakes/waffles.  I am using one that I got from Pampered Chef years ago.  If you don’t have a local PC rep, you can also try using one of these:

Mainstays BPA-free Plastic 6pc Mixing Bowl Set

Cake Boss 2-Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Set

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow

Next, you’ll want to use a hot pan or griddle.   For my pancakes, I use a flat metal griddle, like this one.  However, a portable cook-top style griddle could work just as well.

Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
When it comes to serving, we’ve had everything from fresh fruit and whipped cream, to chocolate syrup & chocolate chips.

However, sometimes old classics never go out of style.

 

-Chemeeka 

Printable copy here: Old Fashioned Pancake Recipe