Wednesday, January 11, 2012


   This recipe comes from www.bakerella.com .  Very cute and interesting.  Bet you can't eat just one handful!  Good Luck.

Coraline Cookies


These bite-size peanut butter buttons are super easy to make and fun to eat. Keep your eyes on them, though. They’ll disappear quickly.


You’ll need one peanut butter cookie mix and the ingredients to make… egg, water, oil. Yep. I said easy. Mix up the cookie dough and roll into small balls. Use the photo as a guide. They should fit right inside the top of a 2-liter soft drink bottle cap.
Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.


Then, as soon as you remove them, use the same bottle cap to press the cookies down forming a raised outer edge.


And then, this is the fun part. Use a straw and poke four holes in the center of each cookie. Poke and twist and the circles will fill up the straw leaving a vacant hole. Cute, huh.
To make sure you have enough time to press the centers and poke the holes before the cookies cool, bake them in three batches of fifteen cookies. While you are baking the first batch, keep the remaining dough refrigerated until ready to bake. If they are chilled, I think that helps them spread apart less on the baking sheet.


There you have it. Little bitty buttons.


But, what if we covered them in chocolate.
Dark chocolate.


Yes, I think so. I used some dark chocolate candy melts to cover the buttons because the candy melts will harden better than baking chocolate.


Grab a button and dip the top in some of the melted candy. Lift and holding over the bowl, shake quickly from left to right to knock off any excess. When you look at the coated side, the chocolate will look kind of clumpy. To smooth it out, turn the button right side up and swirl your hand in a circular motion. The coating will even out smoothly.


And you’ll end up with a bunch of cute chocolate-covered peanut butter buttons.


   This diy comes from www.craftaholicsanonymous.net .  It doesn't have to be Christmas to hang pinecones in the house.  It's more like a piece of art and can be left up for all year round if you wanted to.  Good luck!

Framed Pine Cones
Tutorial Week: One of my fabulous readers, Jodi, sent me a link to a project inspired by Country Living’s Pine Cone Door Hanging. And needless to say, I fell in love with the concept. So here’s my twist on a CL classic. {This was a last minute addition to Tutorial Week.}
Ok, back to tutorial mode. Where was I? Oh, this would be a great project for the kiddos to help out with: they could round up the pine cones and help hot glue (with assistance!) the ribbon on. This should take you all of 5 minutes to do or so.

Supplies needed:

  • 7 Pine Cones, cleaned off (you can do more if you want)
  • Ribbon, cut into seven 18″ strips and one 6″ strip (I used 5/8″ ribbon)
  • Frame (mine is an 11″x14″)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Take each pine cone and put a dot of glue on the top.

And press ribbon in place. Leave about 3″ over hang. You can trim it later if you don’t like the look or want a shorter over hang.
Then arrange and stagger your pine cones so that they hang at different lengths. Determine how far you want them to hang down (measuring with your frame) and pinch the ribbon at your chosen length.

Now take your 6″ strip of ribbon and wrap it around the ribbon and tie a knot.Then trim your ribbon as necessary.

To hang your pine cones, hammer a pin or tiny nail through the ribbon and into the wall right below the knot. Be sure to catch all the ribbon strands with the pin/nail.You’ll probably want to arrange your pine cones a little. Mine got jumbled in the hanging process. After you have your pine cones situated, hang your frame. I found it was easier that way, than trying to redo the pine cones if I hung the frame wrong.
I just love this simple wall hanging! So simple, so gorgeous!


The Battle of the Oranges is a carnival and festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy.

History of the Festival

    The festival's origins are somewhat unclear. A popular account has it that it commemorates the city's defiance against the city's tyrant, who is either a member of the Ranieri family or a conflation of the 12th century Ranieri di Biandrate and 13th century Marquis William VII of Montferrat. This tyrant attempted to rape a young commoner (often specified as a miller's daughter) on the eve of her wedding, supposedly exercising the (possibly fictional) droit de segneur. His plan backfired when the young woman instead decaptated the tyrant, after which the populace stormed and burned the palace. Each year, a young girl is chosen to play the part of Violetta, the defiant young woman.

    Every year the citizens remember their liberation with the Battle of the Oranges where teams of "Aranceri" (orange handlers) on foot throw oranges (representing ancient arrows and stones) against Aranceri riding in carts, representing Arduino's allies. During the 19th century French occupation of Italy the Carnival of Ivrea was modified to add representatives of the French army who help the miller's wife. The carnival may have started in the 12th century and also includes a large bonfire.

The Celebration

    The core celebration is based on a locally famous Battle of the Oranges that involves some thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams,who throw oranges at each other....with considerable violence...during the traditional carnival days: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The carnival ends on the night of "Fat Tuesday" with a solemn funeral. Traditionally, at the end of the silent march that closes the carnival the "General" says goodbye to everyone with the classical phrase in dialect "arvedse a giobia a 'n bot", translated as "we'll see each other on Thursday at one", referring to the Thursday the carnival will start the next year".

Miller's Daughter

    One of the citizens is elected Mugnaia. The legend has that a miller's daughter (a "Mungnaia") once refused to accept the "right" of the local duke to spend a night with each newly wed woman and chopped his head off. Today the carriages represent the duke's guard and the orange throwers the revolutionaries. Spectators are not allowed to throw oranges, but visitors are allowed to enlist in the teams. if they wear a red hat they are considered part of the revolutionaries and will not have oranges thrown at them.

    Originally beans were thrown, then apples. Later, in the 19th century, oranges came to represent the duke's chopped off head. The origin of the tradition to throw oranges is not well understood, particularly as oranges do not grow in the foothills of the Italian Alps and must be imported from Sicily. In 1994 an estimated 580,000 pounds of oranges were brought to the city, mainly coming from the leftovers of the winter crop in southern Italy.