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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sweet Saturday and Blog Awards!

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! :o) I hope your weekend is bursting with love and happiness.

Unfortunately I'm still working on my newest card, so I can't include it in this post. But I like posting yummy recipes for my Sweet Saturday feature, so once again it'll just need to be Cricut-less. Maybe one day I won't be the World's Pokiest Crafter. I shall keep hope alive! ;)

Before I post this week's treat, I need to answer a question about last week's gorgeous water fountain picture. Some of you asked where it was from, and if I wasn't in a post-concert haze for so long I would have answered. Oops. That gorgeous fountain is in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Funny town name, but one of my favorite cities in all of Michigan. It has the sweetest main street area (where this fountain bubbles about) and the biggest year-round Christmas store in the world. You know my love of Christmas... so I try to get there once every month or two. I absolutely love it! :o)

Now onto some goodies! Even when it's 100ยบ outside, sometimes you still need to make a homemade treat... such was the case this week. It was an oven outside so I had no interest in turning on the oven inside. No-bakes to the rescue!

The perfect way to get a chocolate fix when it's too hot for anything lengthy or steamy. Plus they're fun to make if you have kiddos racing around the house... they just love baking these things. :o) Despite the ease, there still is conflicting tips out there regarding how to get the perfect no-bake cookie. So I'll tell you how mine reached this perfect texture. Boil for exactly one minute and do not start timing those sixty seconds until a rolling boil has been reached. If you start early and therefore don't boil it long enough, you get cookies that will not set and you'll be eating them with a spoon off of the parchment paper. If you boil too long, they get dry and crumbly. A few people are convinced you need to boil for five minutes... but I couldn't disagree more! These shouldn't be hard and crumbly. Creamy, delicious, and chewy is how these beauties were intended... and I've found that this is reached with one minute of boiling. :o) (And be sure to use quick-cooking oats!)

Also, if you're already a fan of these cookies, you might think mine are a little dark. There is a reason for that. I'm *serious* about my chocolate... so I used European Dutch-Processed cocoa powder, as opposed to regular cocoa powder. I wanted the richer, deeper chocolate flavor this time around. It was absolutely delicious and I'll certainly be making it that way from now on, as long as I have some on hand. :o)

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Cookies
Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies

½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use Dutch-Processed, but regular works beautifully too)
½ cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats

Add the first four ingredients to a 4-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil. Stop stirring and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper. Let cool until set.

Source: Barely adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

And now for some long overdue blog award thanks! :o)  You girls spoil me something silly and I am so grateful and honored that you thought of me. Everyone who passed these on to me has such a creative spirit and their blogs are just bursting with all things beautiful. I encourage you to check out each and every one of them... you will leave their sites full of inspiration and joy, just like I always do. :o) I was so excited to receive them and am still beyond thrilled, despite not having time until now to post this. Thank you girls so much... you made my heart ultra sparkly! :o)

I am so honored to have received the Best Friend Blogger Award from Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts and Amy of Redheaded Crafter! Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart. What's blogging without making sweet friends along the way? This means so much to me! :o)

I am so ecstatic to have received the Cricut-tastic Award from Sabrina of Scrappin' with Sabrina and Amy of Redheaded Crafter! You both have such fabulous crafty blogs and I'm so excited that you thought of me for this lovely award. :o)

Okay, how adorable is this sweet award?! I'm a lover of all things cute, so I'm tickled pink to have received the Stinkin' Cute Blog Award from five incredible ladies. How could I not be glowing at being thought of as having a cute blog? I'm thrilled! :o) Thank you to the following sweethearts:
Amy of Redheaded Crafter
Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts
Nita of Nita Notes
Pam of Crafty Cards 4 u 2
Tiffany of Sparkled Memories

The rules for the Best Friend Blogger award are to tell something about myself, pass it along, thank the person who gave it to you (thank you again, Lisa and Amy!), and pass it along to at least 5 friends.

Something about myself is that I absolutely love New York City! I haven't been there in far too long, but some of my favorite (and long-lasting) memories are from there. You just can't beat the overwhelming plethora of artistic brilliance, in so many forms. From Broadway plays and musicals to flawless dancing at Lincoln Center to the incredible museums, I can't help but feel at home when in NYC. Not to mention the beauty that is Central Park and the countless fabulous places to dine. The city just has an energy all its own and I love it. :o)

The rules for the Cricut-tastic award are as follows:
* Your Blog has been deemed as Cricut-tastic!
* Wear this badge proudly on your Blog. Share it with friends! Since Cricut is 5 years old and they have an E2 out, share this award with 10 people who you think have Cricut-tastic blogs!
* Tell 5 Cricut related things about yourself.

Here we go!
1. I received my cricut in April from my super sweet boyfriend. I sometimes still can't believe it!
2. My favorite cartridges are Elegant Edges and Create a Critter. I don't really know how CAC will ever be topped!
3. I'll soon be decorating my Cricut with sparkles to make it a bit more personalized... plus it's an excuse to use more sparkles.
4. I don't yet have a Gypsy... but I am craving one something fierce.
5. When I'm out and about and see something I particularly like, I find myself thinking, "Can I Cricut that?" It makes me giggle. Hehe!

The rules for the Stinkin' Cute award are that there are no rules! Just pass it along. :o)

Thank you all so much, once again! I'm passing along all three awards to the following fabulous crafters! Not to make it simpler or quicker, but because every individual creates beautiful projects, has cute blogs, and has hearts of pure gold and give so much support to their bloggy friends. :o) I encourage you to visit them and show some love. :o)

Amy of Redheaded Crafter
Candace of My Passion 4 Scrappin
Catarina of Docerela Creations
Karen of Crafted With Love By Karen
Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts
Nita of Nita Notes
Pam of Crafty Cards 4 u 2
Sabrina of Scrappin' with Sabrina
Shen of My Curious Crafts
Tiffany of Sparkled Memories

Thank you so much for dropping by today, friends! I wish I'd had a card for you. Have a beautiful evening, with lots of smiles. :o)



  1. You are so awesome and sweet, my super-sparkly friend! CONGRATULATIONS on all of your so-deserved awards and THANK YOU so much for thinking of me! I am honored and will add these to my blog with pride! Thanks also for another yummy recipe, Karen! I love Sweet Saturdays :) And I can't wait to see the card you are working on! I hope you have a happy, fabulous, awesome weekend and thank you again :D


  2. Sweet Saturdays have become part of my weekend ritual. My husband and I both eagerly anticipate each and every delicious recipe you feature. In fact, lately, whenever I mention your name, my husband gives a "thumbs up". ;)Congrats on your deserved awards and thank you so much for thinking of me.

    Big Sparkly Hugs, Nita :)

  3. You have become such a sweet friend in this huge blog world. Your words of encouragement mean the world to me every time you visit. Thank you so much for including me in the passing on of these awards. You are just so sweet :)) I was going to tell you these cookies I have been making my entire life! That's a long time too! My sister and I would make them with our mom when we were really young because they were no-bake. I started making them with my grandchildren when they had to stand on a chair to put them on the wax paper. Good cookie!! I am going to try your cocoa, we always used Hershey's. Hugs, Pam at

  4. Karen, your such a wonderful person. I'm so glad to know YOU. Thank you for your cute and adorable awards.


  5. Hi Karen, congrats my dear sweet super spectacular crafty friend. Your work is absolutely amazing. You ROCK! I love coming over to visit because you are so FABULOUS! ~Shen

    P.S. Thanks so much for thinking of me, you are very kind.

  6. Congrats on your awards (you totally deserve them all!) and thanks so much for being so sweet to pass them on to me. I'm so thankful to have a fabulous blog friend like you!!!

    P.S. Those cookies look so yummy :)

  7. First of all those no bakes look so delicious! I will definitely be giving those a try... and soon!!! Also, thank you so much for sharing these awards with me! I feel so special and honored, and I'm not surprised so many people passed them onto you! :)

  8. These cookies look REALLY yummy! Congrats on your awards. And thanks for sharing them with me! :)


  9. Congratulations my sweet Karen! I know you touch so many people's lives in so many ways, and I want to thank you for passing the awards on to me! And those cookies look so scrumptuous, I will have to try those too! xo Sabrina :)

  10. No-bakes and NYC all in one post?!?! AHHHHHH!!! I've died and gone to heaven!!!


    OMJ! Sunshine! Those cookies look sooooooooo divine!!! I am SO trying those this week. I can almost smell their fabulous aroma right this very second. I WANT SOME!!!!!!!!! *drools all over myself* Oopsies! Tee hee hee.

    I couldn't be more proud of you Sunshine and all these incredible awards you have received for your most beautiful work. So much hard work and so much heart put into every single one. I love you so much sis. *hugglers you madly*

    And when are we booking our trip to NYC, sis? How about tonight!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!! I'll go pack my bags, ok?

    *counts down seconds until my Sunshine will return to her beloved NYC* I promise it won't be long, misses you wayyyy too much!

    *forever mega squishies for my forever Sunshine*

  11. OMG!! Thank you soo much for thinking of me to give me 3 blog awards!!! I will be posting my receipents very soon.



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