Saturday, February 8, 2014

{The Best Ever} Caramel Corn Recipe

{The Best Ever} Caramel Corn Recipe @ Made it on Monday

I love caramel corn. Like LOVE caramel corn. So when a friend of mine shared on Facebook back at Christmas time that she was making the best ever caramel corn, I had to try her recipe. She wasn’t lying. This stuff is incredible. We couldn’t stop eating it. It’s a perfect layer of crispy sweetness that perfectly preserves the fluffiness of the popcorn within it. Wow. I’m getting poetic about caramel corn. It’s just that good.

{The Best Ever} Caramel Corn Recipe @ Made it on Monday

It makes a huge batch, so feel free to half it if you don’t want to over indulge in this yummy treat.

Lindsey Austin’s Carmel Corn
2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Dark Karo Syrup (although I’ve made it with light because that’s all I had on hand)
1 C Butter
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 C unpopped popcorn

Pop your popcorn (I used an air popper and popped it into my large stainless steel bowls that I use for bread dough. A turkey roaster also works great for this recipe). Set aside.

Preheat oven to 250.

Combine brown sugar, butter, syrup and salt in a pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, stir in soda, blending well.

Pour over popcorn and stir. Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine Special

We’re pretty snowed in here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. My town is usually in the hot spot where we hardly get touched when a once a year snow storm comes through. But this year we’ve decided to be special with 6 inches back in December and a good 13 inches between yesterday and today. And the snow is still falling! I seem to have the worst luck with choosing craft fairs to be a part of because both snow storms have hit when I’ve been scheduled for one. The Valentines Bazaar I have been prepping to participate in this weekend has been postponed until after Valentine’s Day, which means I have a whole bunch of red, white and pink cuteness desperately wanting to go to new homes. I can keep all this until next year, of course, but I’d rather see it handed out this year. So if any of it catches your eye, use code VALENTINES to take 20% off in my SHOP.




Three Crochet Hearts Headband. These are my absolute favorite. They come in sizes newborn-adult.


“You have a hold on my heart” elastic hairband valentines. These come in hot pink, red and and lavender pink.

Multiples are available for every type. And each individual valentine comes wrapped in a cellophane bag so they present beautifully.


I also have sewn fabric hearts strung on twine garlands available. I love these cute decorations! There are a few different fabric combo options available.


And one last item is the crochet heart garlands. These are made of 9 crochet hearts in red and white with pink in the middle.

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Hop on over to my shop if you’re interested and don’t forget to take 20% off by using the code VALENTINES.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Favorite Things: Craft Tools Edition

I find it somewhat comical that I last posted a month ago and said I was going to get back on top of blogging and then proceeded to be silent on here. But now as I’m in my third round of the flu since the new year, I’m hoping we’re heading into a healthy season. And despite the lack of what you’ve seen here on the blog, there has been a WHOLE LOT of crafting and creating and sewing going on in my house. If you follow me on Instagram (HERE) you’ll see I kind of mini-blog about all the projects I’m working on as well as day to day life around my house.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday
Orders all packaged up and ready to mail out. Zipper Pouches (will be listed soon!), Polkadot Hair Bows, 3 Heart Crochet Headband, Wire Hearts, Heart Garlands, Heart Clip Valentines, Boot Cuffs.


And as I’ve been working like a madwoman on projects for an upcoming Valentines Bazaar (that is now postponed until after Valentines Day due to snow…) and my shop, I keep thinking about my favorite crafting tools and that maybe you’d like to know about some of them. These are the in-addition-to-the-obvious tools. Clearly, I love my sewing machine, hot glue gun, and a great pair of scissors. But there are other items I find myself reaching for over and over again and utilizing like crazy yet they rarely seem to get talked about.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday


Back in December I was sent a pair of Skil Ratch-n-Lock Pliers. They’re an impressive all in one tool—you can use them like regular pliers, or as a clamp to hold things together, or as a ratcheting tool for tightening bolts. They’re great for complex projects or even something as simple as opening a stuck tube of E6000 glue (anyone else have huge problems with this?). We were so impressed by them that we had to give a pair to my father in law for Christmas. He’s quite the handy man and gifted wood worker who has a large shop full of tools. They’re like the perfect gift for the guy (or gal) who already has everything. It’s nice because they’re affordable too and you can get them HERE from Home Depot.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday


My mom gave me a Sizzix Big Shot for Christmas several years ago. I didn’t start actively using it until a few months ago though. With all the excitement of Cricut and Silhouette you wouldn’t think this would be as useful of a tool anymore. But I love using it to cut fabric and felt. It’s great for paper too when you don’t want to deal with your computer and cords and all that hassle. I use it to cut out the hearts for my Heart Garlands and my Polka Dot Bows. While you do have to buy the individual dies for cutting, you can get so much use out of them. Brand new, one of these at Joann’s is on sale for about $90, but you can find the older models (like mine) on Ebay for a lot cheaper.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday


Shortly after we complete constructing my craft closet (I need to share it with you still!) I realized that I would love to have a measuring guide on the desk in there. When I had my sewing machine set up at the dining room table I’d rest it on my cutting mat and liked having a ruler to do quick measurements on while making my garlands. I thought it would be really cool to find an adhesive measuring tape that could be stuck to my desk. It took a little searching but I found exactly what I wanted on ebay. For under $5 (including shipping) it was perfect and beyond affordable. I LOVE it! You can find it HERE.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday


My other favorite craft closet feature is an Over the Door Ironing Board. I have it hanging on the inside of the door so while I’m working I can lower and utilize it, but when I’m not in crafting mode and the door is shut you don’t see it. I love not having to pull out a full ironing board. My poor husband has to do it himself if he wants his clothes ironed and has also enjoyed the ease of pulling this out. It also makes a great work surface for me at the perfect height. I bought mine at Walmart for just over $20. You can find it online HERE.


Favorite Things: Crafting Tools @ Made it on Monday


And finally another favorite was a Christmas gift to me from Nolan. It’s just a simple crochet hook case, but after a few years of having crochet hooks in several different places in the house and having to buy new ones because the one I need is missing, I love having them kept in once place. Unfortunately, Reese loves the thing too so I have to keep it out of sight from her or else she yanks the hooks so hard the straps to hold them break. You can find the one I have HERE but there are all sorts available in your local craft store.

How about you? What are your favorite go-to tools that don’t get talked about much?


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***I was sent a pair of Skil Ratch-n-Lock pliers for review but was not compensated monetarily for my review. The opinions expressed here are all my own. The rest of the businesses/companies listed here have no idea I’m sharing their products.***


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