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Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday—Good for You, Good For The Holiday Home

Available at Whole Foods

Foamy peppermint handsoap & homemade gift tags!

I don't know about you, but when I think of Christmas, I think of handsoap and gift tags, don't you?  Why, of course you do!  So, here are two nifty items that will satisfy your craving for holiday cleanliness and fashionable gift giving.

This refreshing foaming peppermint-vanilla handsoap from Whole Foods is just right for winter hands.  It's gentle and lightly scented, and it reminds me of candy canes.  I've been using it since the mother-of-all-cooking days, Thanksgiving.

Kim Klassen, our wonderful Beyond Layers Photoshop textures teacher, dropped a blank gift tags template on us last week, and I've been going bonkers over handmade gift tags ever since!  I want to pass on her links for freebie tags and add a couple of my own.  I made a set of tags from my collection of vintage holiday postcards (1905-1915), and I whipped up a set of tags with chalkboard textures.

So, have fun, and May You Have a Very Happy Christmas week!

Cute modern designs by Sass & Peril

Simple & charming hand-printed tags by Hey Look

Hand-drawn illustrated tags by talented artist, Oana Befort

Also, by Oana Befort_DIY paper houses_absolutely wonderful

Print on white or off-white cardstock_set on "photo paper"
A great way to use up small bits of ribbon & string!
Punch holes well into the tag to prevent tearing
Now, my own designs_freebies, of course_enjoy!  Click the link, then the downward arrow to download.

Vintage Christmas Tags Set1_by DSMP

Vintage Christmas Tags Set2_by DSMP 

Vintage Christmas Tags Set3_by DSMP

Vintage Christmas Tags Set4_by DSMP

xmas grocery list •  2012 + 1= 2013  • hohohohoho

These chalkboard tags look even more like a blackboard when printed!

You can download the freebie chalkboard textures from French Kiss Collections by Leslie Nicole on facebook (sweet!)

6 tags in the set
peace • merry • joy

Have fun!

Tuesday's Cupboard—Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy, healthy & delicious!
✓ Crockpot friendly ✓ Easy 
✓ Inexpensive

Butternut Squash Soup  
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Easy Slow Cooker Dinner © 2001

You'll need a large crockpot (I have a 7 qt. oval crock pot) & an immersion blender.  This is a soup staple at our house!  YUMmmm!


•  1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped
•  2  Mann's 20-oz. packages peeled & cut-up butternut squash
•  4 cups water
•  1 tsp. dried marjoram
•  1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
•  a few sprinkles of red pepper flakes
•  2 Knorr's double-cake chicken bullion cubes

•  1 8-oz. Neufchatel cream cheese

Make It:

1.  Put all of the ingredients except for the cream cheese into a 7 qt. crockpot.  Set on high for 4 hours.

2.  Drop the cream cheese into the soup mix & let it melt for 30 minutes.

3.  Use an immersion blender to hand blend the soup into a smooth consistency.  Serve immediately!

Peeled & cubed butternut squash
available at Safeway in the produce dept
Convenient double-size cubes

Use a hand blender to combine the cream cheese

Garnish with a little paprika and chive sprigs_Delicious!