Recipe Swap - A NEW "No Bake" Cookie

So glad that you stopped by today - this post has the BEST 
"no bake cookie" recipe EVER...
(in my humble opinion)   
- it's a NEW flavor and the odds are very much in your favor that you will like this recipe A LOT!  

The standard chocolate oatmeal "No Bake" cookie is one of my favorite cookies - BUT it is not always something I can cook up and it turns out pretty.  My family has often ate this "cookie" from a spoon because it didn't set up... BOO!  

After reading this blog and discovering a NEW product - W.O.W.  We had to try this and the new cookie recipe!

They had me at... salted caramel!! LOL  We found this product at Walmart just above the regular JIF peanut butter - and it is SO GOOD!  My family tried it - all with our spoons - and it wasn't long before we had to make the cookies.  And then a second batch to share at work...  It's THAT good!  So now, I'm sharing this recipe with you! 

"No Bake" Salted Caramel Hazelnut Cookies
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread
2 cups "Old-Fashion" Oatmeal
2 Tblsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 stick of Butter
1/2 cup Milk
A dash of Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla

On the stove, over medium-high heat, melt together butter, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt.  Bring to a FULL BOIL and boil for 90 seconds - stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in the salted caramel hazelnut spread, vanilla and oatmeal; mix well.  Scoop out by spoonfuls onto wax paper or foil - Let cool completely before removing the cookies.  Makes 24-30 cookies. 

Would love to hear your reactions to this product...  There is a new sunflower seed cookies to try and also a new "bread machine" dough that I'm working on for a copykat recipe - will post soon!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you an AWESOME weekend ahead! T.G.I.F. !!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Hello April 2014!

The month of April has arrived safe and sound!  

How are you? Hope all is well!

We've been juggling the boys activities, daily chores, along with STAAR testing at school and preparing for the LTC trip at Easter - loving SPRING time!  

Both boys run in TRACK; Aric had a major set-back with a painful pulled hamstring.  He was running the sprint relay when it occurred.  Now, it's been 3 weeks and he still is hurting when bending down or over...    Alex is running well; Friday he brought home a 1st, 1st and 2nd medals from his races!  Here are some random pictures of the boys during their track season.

Alex is also manager for the CHS Baseball team and on the FFA Poultry judging team (We have high hopes to return back to State this year with this team...).  This kid is definitely keeping busy - learning to prioritize and budget his time wisely with school and college classes - I hope!  Both boys are active with the church LTC activities - our trip is in 3 weeks to the Anatole in Dallas, Texas; always a fun time for all involved!

We've also had a birthday at our house (but I wasn't suppose to mention it...) - He found this on his breakfast plate and I did make a "card in a box" for the celebration.  We did go eat some enchiladas and cheesecake... but never sang the "official" song - LOL!  "Happy birthday, Kyle Vannoy!"  I love you!  

Well, that's about all for us this week.  Hope you are healthy, wealthy and wise...  Thanks for stopping by!  Next post is a Recipe Swap and that's something you NEED in your life is this cookie recipe - O.M.Goodness, it is goooood!  Check back by Friday for that!

Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

March 2014 Card Swap - Baby Cards

Welcome! This post will feature the cards from this month's swap.  

The challenge was to create a card and envelope with a BABY theme, incorporate a chevron pattern and NOT use the colors pink or blue...

We had 5 ladies this month rise up to the challenge!  These cards are so CREATIVE...  you will be inspired!


This card is so pretty - needs to be displayed in the baby's room!  The focal point on the card in the black baby's dresser on a polk-a-dot background of green and black.  Check out ALL the intricate details on the dresser with baby supplies...  hanging baby onesies, teddy bear, baby blanket and bottles - all cut-outs from the Cricut machine.  The dresser opens up to the card part - featuring the chevron embossed on the inside!  Such a special card!


This card  features a yellow chick (transformed from the SU's owl punch) with a fun yellow "plume" of feather for hair!   The color scheme of yellow & green features a woodgrain chevron printed paper and a textured banner with "Bundle of Joy".  With an multi-dot eyelet punched edge and stamped inside - finishes this card to perfection!


This card is packaged perfectly with a chevron printed sack that holds the card-tag inside.  The outside features a variety of brown schemed paper cut-outs; - a large B for baby cut from the Cricut and is embellished with hemp string.  The decorated stamped layered card-tag inside, also created in a brown color scheme, features a multi-string tassel and "Congratulations" tag and room to include your own written sentiments on the tag surface. This is an elegant card for any baby!


This card features a red/yellow color scheme with a touch of white punched eyelet trim and red ribbon.  Along with colored brads and an embossed chevron paper - the punched art monkey finishes the front of this card with a smile!  Here's a link for the "monkey" layout!  Inside the card carries on the color scheme, eyelet punched edge  along with red ric-rac embellishment with stamped baby icons and wording.  This card is a cute greeting for any newborn!


This card has the ultimate W.O.W. factor for the homemade card.  This card is FABULOUS!  It's a "card in the box" and it features a fold-up card that fits into an envelope - upon opening up - the card blossoms out with a variety of stamped, colorful icons and sayings that will sure to please anyone opening up this sensational card!  With a variety of colors, textures and patterns - including the chevron printed paper in the envelope - this card was the one that received the most - oooohhhhhs and aaaahhhhhs of the evening!  


Inspired yet?  Next month will be "pet condolence" cards that have 3 layers...  Here is a link to the February Card Swap.  Be sure and check back soon! 

Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

I see "MONKEYS"!

I see MONKEYS... 

Here are some "monkeys" - LOL!  

Okay, these aren't the monkeys that I'm talking about...  just part of the "A Team" 

- Arin, Aric and Alex!  

My!  How they are growing up!  Arin's Spring Break was a week after ours and she came up from Lubbock to visit Ging!  We grabbed this picture while eating out on her last night in Childress!  

Ok - THESE are the monkeys that I've been seeing...

Aren't they the cutest?  I had fun making these - makes me smile!  This is just a sneak peek of what I'm creating for my card swap this month!  That post will be coming up next week - stay tuned!   Love, love, LOVE how my cards are turning out!  Here's the "detail sheet" for punches here in this pic for the punched art Monkey...  Add pastel smuggishes for  blush and highlights.
The card swap is next Monday for a BABY card - will be sure a post the cards asap!  Hope you are having a great weekend!  One more week of March - can you believe it?

Thanks for stopping by, remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Recipe Swap - Kentucky Derby Pie

Wishing you a FANTASTIC day today!  
This post holds a VERY easy, very good pie recipe!  It's super quick and looks so good - with the taste even better! LOL

Found a pie crust in the freezer that prompted the search of what I could make...  found this recipe - had all the ingredients and - Man, O' Man - are we glad that we have this recipe now!  Even baked one up for my sweet mother-in-law for her birthday!  

Kentucky Derby Pie is the name!  Looked up the history - actually it's only a Kentucky Derby pie IF you use walnuts instead of pecans...  but pecans was all that I had and we sure did like them in this recipe!  Let me know how you like this pie!   

Kentucky Derby Pie

1-6 oz package Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Self-rising Flour

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 Cup Pecans; chopped

2 Eggs; beaten

1 Cup Coconut

1 stick Butter; melted

1-9" pie crust

Mix sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and butter.  Add chocolate chips, coconuts and pecans.  Pour into pie shell.  Bake at 350 degrees for 42-45 minutes.  ENJOY!

Just a small scoop of vanilla ice cream along with a slice is HEAVEN!  Thanks for stopping by - remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wishing you a blessed 
St. Patrick's Day today!

March Family News

Hello!  The month of March has been full of activities for the Vannoy family.  It's one of the special months that we love because of "Spring Break" week!
What did we do this week - although we stayed mainly in Childress - we spring cleaned the WHOLE house.  

I can honestly tell you - TODAY - that every corner in my house is clean...  now tomorrow??  - that's a new day!!  With all this Texas dust flying around, it makes it that much harder to keep things presentable!  

Track season has started and we are traveling "twice" a week for meets (one for CJHS / one for CHS) to catch all the races!  Oh!  Alex also received his CHS Bobcat Letter-jacket!  Check out these pics...

With some days cold and other days hot - haven't cleaned out my closets and switched seasons yet - have you?  That's on my agenda soon; might wait until after Easter this year!  

Thanks for stopping by - will be posting a recipe swap for our new favorite PIE that we found and fell in love with during the break for the next blog post!  Please stop by soon!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

February 2014 Card Swap

Hello there!  

Glad you stopped by today!  

Boy, are you in for a treat!  This month's card swap had 9 (nine) beautiful ladies come to the table - and each of their creations are truly fabulous - as well as - unique!  You're going to L.O.V.E. these cards and find some inspiration for some of your own designs!  

This month's challenge was to create a BIRTHDAY card that incorporated a BANNER in the design!  Our artists included:  Charlene, Kimberly, Maria, Margie, Pam, Angie, April, Melissa and our newest member Sarah!  ENJOY looking at these...  

CHARLENE  The picture does not do this card justice... on the front features two types of textures - makes for a very sophisticated look - along with the floral eyelet punched bottom edge , ribbon, brads - creates to make an awesome looking card! Love the color scheme - and the banner is on the inside!

MARIA This card features an intricate branch & floral cut-outs that compliment the unique heart-shaped WISH banner on front.  Color scheme choice along with the embellishment of ribbon & net makes this a stunning card!

 ANGIE This adorable card is an easel style format that features white stamped images on a chalkboard-like background.  **The banner has recycled paper triangles as the base - that is also carried over to the inside banner and embellishments with using recycled paper.  This card design is fun and makes you smile!

**If you are interested in using recycled paper in your crafts and artwork, I have FREE encyclopedias to give away for this purpose - compliments of Kimberly's library!  Just let me know, I might even deliver! LOL!  In Childress only - of course!  

Kimberly This card is looking sharp with its earth-tone color scheme that features a multi-layered banner on front; embellished with eye-lash ribbon in the crease!  Note the fancy-lined envie - (this is #1 on my wishlist ...); lined with a chevron print inside  - love this look and presentation in an envelope!

 MARGIE This card is so DETAILED... all the little, intricate cut-outs and doo-dads makes this card a true celebration!  And she made NINE of these - W.O.W.  The banner is cricut cut-out hats & flowers with stamped lettering and hand-drawn string!  Also check out the inside with the punched cupcake!

SARAH This card features a raised border banner that pulls the focal point into the Happy Birthday theme and is balanced by the 3-D flowers.  I got the "red blossom" style; Sarah had a variety of color schemes that coordinated with different types of flowers.  Very nice card!

APRIL This whimsical card features a fun color scheme of different colors and patterns of a horizontal banner in varied links that grabs your attention and is embellished with a stamped image and button!  The outer edges are trimmed in a vibrant pink that completes this "shabby chic" birthday card!

PAM This card is so elegant - just perfect for the lady celebrating her birthday!  With it's gleaming gold embellished black net gown to the glitz brown ribbon truly makes this card fabulous!  And check out the inside - she embossed her ribbon banner - GENIUS!  Love, love, LOVE this card!

MELISSA This card features a "magic" factor - the stamped image, as it's pulled up, turns into a colorful image... "Happy Birthday" is printed multiple times over the card (front & back)  & the banner is a 3-D double layer paper ribbon at the bottom front - hopefully this card will make you smile and make a wish for the day!  Dawn Griffith gets the credit here...  here's a link to her tutorial and video in making a "Magic Card"!! 

Thank you for joining us and letting me share with you this month's card swaps.  Here is a link to January's Card Swap.  Next month, the challenge is BABY; can NOT use pink or blue and have to incorporate a CHEVRON in the design of the card...  

Have a great day!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Daily Bible Verse

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