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Robot Birthday Party – Three Year Old Boy

(Shon made these adorable Robot costumes out of cardboard boxes – he did a wonderful job!)

Raleigh’s 3rd Birthday!

Robot Style

Robot Cake (I made it.. lol……)

Robot Center Piece

with a secret compartment in the back for a special toy

Drinks – with a sign GREASE, OIL & LUBRICANTS

NUTS & BOLTS, COMPUTER CHIPS

Robot Balloon

Happy Third Bithday Raleigh Banner that Dad made… thanks, love. we love it!

Nice Vegan Spread!

Veggie and tofu tacos… yummy. really nice!

Holiday Gift IDEA: Custom T-Shirt Blanket $125

Custom T-Shirt Blankets

Take your older t-shirts from your sorority, bands, sports, college, high-school, girls/boy scouts, ANYTHING.. take those t-shirt and gather them up.

You can gather: boxers, handkerchiefs, scarves, socks, fabric..anything fabric and I’ll sew them together in a unique, custom-made t-shirt blanket that you can keep forever and cherish those memories by hugging them on the couch at night.

Keepsake…Heirloom… you can even pass it down.. how sweet…

Time Frame:
I normally ask for two weeks once I receive the shirts. However, I can finish a blanket sooner if needed.

I take pictures of every step and ask for approval before going on to the next step.

I will make the blanket however you want. Anything goes. One fixed price.

Price includes:

- Cutting of shirts
- Sewing, thread, time
- Fabric (if needed)
- Batting (1/2 inch padding)

I can work in payments if needed.

I accept: PayPal, Personal Check, Money Order & Trade

Please ask me anything. I am open and have fun doing this. I am approachable and flexible.

Thank you for your interest and time.

~Krista Lawhon
(Krista.Lawhon@gmail.com and on FB)

Spiced Christmas Cookie Cutter Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

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Krista’s Spiced Christmas Cookie Cutter Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

Ingredients for the cookies:

  • 1 C Vegan Margarine
  • 1 C Brown Sugar
  • 3 ½ C Flour
  • 2 “Eggs” (Recommended: Ener-G Egg Replacer – a potato and tapioca starch blend)
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 2 tsp All-Spice
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Christmas-Shaped Cookie Cutters

Directions:

  1. Beat the margarine and sugar on high until creamy. Add in “eggs” and vanilla and blend thoroughly. Add in the flour and all of the spices and mix well with a spoon until all of the dry ingredients are blended in well. Separate the dough into three large balls and wrap in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for one (1) hour.
  2. Once the dough has been chilled, remove and roll it flat on a lightly floured surface to your desired thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for approximately ten (10) minutes. Cool on a rack and decorate!!!

Peppermint Frosting

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Ingredients for Peppermint Frosting:

  • 1/3 C soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 C sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 C crushed peppermint candy
  • Food coloring (optional) (I didn’t use it)

Directions:

  1. Blend soy milk, peppermint extract and salt.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar
  3. mix in some candy crumbs. Mix well
  4. Frost cake, Sprinkle with crushed candy

Krista’s Christmas Granola Recipe

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Krista’s Christmas Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat germ
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup finely chopped cashews
  • 1 cup finely chopped pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried dates

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.Combine the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and pine nuts in a large bowl.
  • Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, oil, apple sauce, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. dsc00459
  • Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes.dsc00468
  • Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the dried fruit.dsc00471
  • Store in an airtight container.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Separate the seeds of a freshly carved pumpkin from the stringy membrane. Rinse the seeds just until they are free of any membrane matter. This may take several washes and rises.

The last wash, keep the water in the bowl with the seeds and add salt.

Soak for 20 minutes.

Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the seeds on a towel and let them dry for a few minutes.
Place the seeds back into a dry bowl.

Drizzle olive oil over the seeds and sprinkle with sea salt.
Put the seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Put the baking sheet in the oven. Cook the seeds for 16 to 20 minutes, or until brown and slightly crisp.
Allow to cool before eating.
Store seeds in an airtight container.

Halloween Decorative Ideas with Oranges

Halloween Spiderweb with Spider Pizza – Recipe

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Halloween Spiderweb Pizza

Note: I thought this pizza was vegan, but the cheese I used has an animal enzyme in it. However I did find the product that is vegan. Read below….

Ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, I had left over dough from last week that I had put in the freezer.  However, if you you don’t mind non-vegan, you can use just any pizza crust.
  • 1/2 cup Pizza Sauce, this recipe I made up this morning. Yummy!!!
  • a few sheets of Vegan “cheese”. I used Veggie Slices, Smoked Provolone Flavor.

Note: I thought this “cheese” was vegan, but it is NOT!!!  However, they do have a product that is:

  • 4 pitted black olives

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place rolled out pizza dough on a baking stone or sheet, pre-sprinkled with corn meal to prevent sticking.

Top with Pizza Sauce.

Cut “cheese” into stripes and place around pizza like a web.

Bake pizza for 10 minutes until cheese has melted.

***Note: You may want to pre-bake your pizza dough for 5-7 minutes before putting the pizza sauce on.

Cut one whole olive in half for the body and abdomen. And slice an olive and then, slice again one slice in half for legs. Cut two smaller pieces for the pedipalp ( the two front end thingys). Assemble spider on the pizza.

Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween Spider Treats – Recipe

Halloween Spooky Spider Treats

This is a fun way to spend a Sunday morning in the month of October. Or, prepare the Spooky Spiders for a Halloween party that you will be attending. No baking involved. Blend the ingredients together and mold. Here, let me show you:

This recipe will make approximately 24 spiders…

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8oz) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 package (9oz) chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup soy milk, vanilla
  • Sugar Crystals, color of your choice
  • Mini-Tootsie Rolls
  • Sunflower seeds – I used plain, but it’ll be cute to use Candy Covered-Sunflower Seeds (Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

Place almonds and sugar in a food processor (or what you have to grind up) until coursely ground.

Crumble cookies into almond mixture; add cocoa powder and mix into crumbs.

Add corn syrup and soy milk; mix to combine. (I used a mixer)

Set the mixture aside for 30 minutes.  For the spider legs, use 1 mini-toosie roll for each spider. Tear candy into 4 parts. Roll each piece in the palm of your hands to a 3 1/2 inch rope. Line together all four ropes and connect in the center and press together. Separate the legs how you desire.

Press mixture into a Tbsp measure or roll with your hands; shape into the spiders body. Roll in sugar crystals. For head, repeat, but smaller…tsp measure…and roll into crystals.

To connect the body and head, I used a tooth pick. Place the spider onto the legs.

Insert two sunflower seeds into the head for the eyes.

Place on a decorative plate and surround with Candy Corn…

Wha la!!! Halloween Spiders to munch on!!!

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