Fall Inspired Homemade Labels

Fall is a great time for making homemade treats. If you love to bake or give homemade gifts, these Fall Inspired Homemade Labels are for you! The round ones are 2" which fits perfectly on top of a mason jar. The oval labels are perfect for the side of a mason jar or a beautifully tied cellophane bag full of treats! 
 Just click on the picture below to access your free files. They are available in either pdf or png. Just print on sticker paper then they can be cut with your cutting machine or by hand. 
Fall Homemade Labels free from www.createdhomemade.com

These cute images were purchased at The Hungry JPEG

Candy Corn Cookie Bars

Nothing says fall like candy corn! And these Candy Corn Cookie Bars are a perfect dessert to take to a Halloween party or share with your co-workers! This delicious recipe comes from Renee at Two In The Kitchen.

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1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1  1/2 cups candy corn


Preheat oven to 375.
Line a 13 x 9" baking pan with foil. Then spray bottom of foil with cooking spray.
In a medium size bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar and vanilla. Then add eggs 1 at a time beating well after each addition.
Add flour mixture into wet ingredients 1 cup at a time mixing well after each addition.
Mix in 1 cup of candy corn.
Spread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining candy corn on top of batter and press them down gently.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let them cool completely before cutting.

 For other delicious cookie bars try these!

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Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo I've created this Tortilla Warmer Tutorial. Simply slide your tortillas inside then pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Your tortillas will come out nice and warmed!
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1/3 yard of print fabric ( I used this chili pepper fabric)
1/3 yard of muslin
1/3 yard of cotton batting
matching thread
I used bright yellow fabric for the back of my tortilla warmer because I already had some in my fabric stash. However, you can make the front and back from the 1/3 yard print fabric.


Trace circles on your fabric.  I used one of my dinner plates which are 11" in diameter to trace the circles onto the material with a marking pen. Then cut out all of your circles.
       - 2 from your print fabric
       - 2 from your muslin
       - 2 from your batting
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Pin fabric, muslin and batting together in this order:  batting, print fabric right side up, then muslin on top.
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Sew around the circle with a 1/2 inch seam. Be sure to leave a 2"-3" opening for turning the fabric.
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Next, trim the seam then clip the curves. I used my pinking shears to trim the seam then I clipped around the circle at about 2" intervals right up to the seam line. This helps the fabric lay flatter after you turn it. Be sure not to cut the stitching!
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Reach inside the opening and turn it right side out so that the muslin and print fabric are on the outside and the batting is on the inside. Then you can either stitch the opening by hand or machine stitch it closed. Since this was just for myself I wasn't worried about making it look all nice and neat!
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Repeat all of the above steps with the second piece of fabric, muslin and batting. Your will then quilt each finished piece by marking 1 ½" intervals on the fabric then sewing along those markings. Since my fabric was dark, I had to use a white marking pencil to make the lines.
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Be sure to quilt both the front and back pieces.
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Finally, sew the front and back pieces together with a ¼ inch seam, muslin sides together. You will sew about ²⁄3 of the way around leaving an opening to slide your tortillas into.
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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That is just darling! What a cute idea.
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This is a great idea! I like the idea that they keep from getting rubbery in the microwave and will also stay warm until you use them.
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This is a fantastic idea. What a perfect little gift for a shower, or in a Christmas stocking. Pinning.

I love this! I have some that I bought a few years ago and they are absolutely the best way to warm tortillas. I’d rather make my own though AND wouldn’t this be a great part of a wedding or housewarming gift? You could add all kinds of ingredients/tools to create a Mexican meal!

This is such a great idea! We love taco nights at home and this would be perfect for those dinners. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Such a neat idea!
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This is just so cute. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party.

Great idea! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.
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This is so clever I need to get my sewing machine out

What a great idea! I’ve always just placed my tortilla on a paper plate to heat it, but this is much, much better. Thank you for sharing it! Pinned!

this is a cool idea – I have seen these for baked potatoes, but the thought never crossed my mind to use them for tortillas! Brilliant and just in time for Cinco de mayo – which of course has already passed at the time of my comment – but still great idea… Also, Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this past week.
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This is a terrific idea! I never thought of making one of these! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂

This is a nice way to keep them warmed if you heat them on the stove too! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

These are wonderful and easy to make.
They also make great gifts!
The only thing I would add, is to only use 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting if you are putting these in the microwave. Using anything else could be a fire hazard.

Thanks for the tip Tina!

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Dressing

Cilantro lime chicken, when added to a salad makes a great summertime meal.  After the meat marinates it only takes about 10 minutes of cook time so it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.  You could also grill the chicken outside or use a cuisinart griddler.  I use dried cilantro in my recipe because it is too hot in my area to grow this herb right now! Did you know that fresh cilantro is known to be a natural cleansing agent, cleansing toxic metals from your body?  To read about more health benefits of this herb, check out Medical News Today.

Cilantro Lime Chicken & Dressing
Grilled cilantro lime chicken salad with cilantro lime salad dressing
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For the marinade
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. ¼ cup lime juice
  3. 1 T lime zest
  4. 1-2 tablespoons dried cilantro
  5. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  6. ¼ teaspoon liquid stevia
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
For the salad dressing
  1. ¼ cup olive oil
  2. ¼ cup lime juice
  3. 1 tablespoon dried cilantro (or substitute equivalent fresh)
  4. 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. ¹/8 teaspoon liquid stevia
  7. a few dashes of red (cayenne) pepper
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  1. 3 boneless chicken breasts
  1. Slice boneless breast into thin cutlets so that you have 6 pieces.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag.
  3. Add your chicken cutlets and marinate for several hours.
  4. Use a grill pan or frying pan and cook chicken about 4 minutes per side.
For the salad dressing
  1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Make a salad with ingredients of your choice.
  3. Top with cooked chicken.
  4. Serve with cilantro lime dressing.

Free Inspirational Summer Planner Stickers

I used to have a paper planner.  Then everything went electronic.  Remember when everyone was sporting a new palm pilot – the “personal digital assistant”? That was in the mid 1990’s! However, it now it seems paper planners are back in fashion.  At least in the teaching world they are.   There are life planners that cost $100 or more to have personalized or you can find nice ones at Walmart for under $10. I’ve also noticed them in the craft stores with all sorts of decorating options. That’s when I decided to create these inspirational summer planner stickers. 
Just click on the picture to download it.  It is a png file.  Just upload to design space for cricut where you can do a print and cut on sticker paper. Furthermore here are the directions to use a png on your Silhouette. In addition you can just print on sticker paper and cut your own if you do not own a cutting machine.
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Washable Milk Crate Seat Cushions

Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion
I got a text from my daughter at the beginning of summer - "Mom, if you are not too busy this summer I have a few projects for you to do".  My daughter teaches pre-k and  I teach 5th/6th grade.  During the summer months I do like to work on "projects".  Sewing, baking and gardening are how I like to spend my time.
Milk crate seats (5 of them) for her small group table was one of the projects she asked me to make. I looked online and found quite a few websites with directions on how to make them.  The only problem was all the milk crate seats seemed to have the cushion attached to a piece of wood which was then laid on the milk crate.  If you've ever worked with or been around 4-5 year-olds you can see why this would be a problem.  Spills, accidents, boogers ... you get the picture.  The cushions I made for her classroom are both removable and washable.  My daughter really liked that the crate chair cushions would be washable!
If you don't have a mom that will make milk crate seats for you, I decided to do a tutorial of my process so you can make them for yourself.

Materials for Seat Cushions -

Makes 1 removable cushion for milk crate size 15" x 13 ½"
½ yard Foam - depending on how much money you want to spend you can buy 1" or 2" thick
1 yard Cotton Material, washed and dried
5 sew-on snaps or velcro


1. Cut foam to fit the top of the milk crate. These crates go open side down.
2.Place foam in center of fabric and trim fabric so that there is 9 inches of fabric on all sides of the foam.
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3.  Leave foam in center of fabric (wrong side up)  and using a washable marker draw squares coming off of each corner of the foam.  These squares should be 9" x 9".Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 2

4. Cut 8 strips 1" x 12" for the ties.   Pin ties lengthwise right sides together and sew with a 1/8" seam across one small edge and down the length. Turn right side out.   Here is a great tutorial on how to turn skinny tubes of fabric. You could also skip this step and use grosgrain ribbon for the ties.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 3

5.  Take 2 ties and pin unfinished end on right side of fabric about ¾" down from the right angle you drew.
6. Fold fabric right sides together matching the lines of the square. It will form a triangle.
7. Sew down the line. I reinforced the area where the ties are by reversing my machine back over that area.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 4

8.  Use pinking shears to trim off the extra piece of fabric that forms the triangle.
9. Press the seam open.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 5

10.  Make a 1" hem around all the edges.  Press under 1" and then fold edge under and press that down so you have ½" seam. Sew along the edge of the inner fold.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 6
11. I put a thin layer of batting on top of the green foam so the green didn't show through the white on the fabric. This is optional. With batting side down place foam inside fabric. Pull fabric around foam so that the top is smooth.
12. Add snaps or velcro along long edge of opening.  Also add snaps to the points that fold over.
Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 7
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Enjoy your new milk crate seats!

Living With Raynaud's Disease

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What Is Raynaud’s Disease?

Today while shopping in Walmart my fingers started to go numb.  Mind you it was 95° outside.  But inside Walmart it was probably 25-30° cooler.  The contrast in temperature was enough to trigger my Raynaud’s  symptoms.  Raynaud’s Disease occurs when the small arteries in your extremities narrow, which can limit blood flow to those areas. When you have an attack the arteries go into “vasospasms” which limit the blood supply and oxygen. I have secondary Raynaud’s which is associated with my lupus, sjogren’s and rheumatoid arthritis.  I do not get severe symptoms but one or more fingers will go numb and turn white.
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I was playing with a new app on my phone and created this cool picture.  You can really tell where my hand was not getting circulation!
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What Causes Raynaud’s Disease?

The things that trigger these symptoms for me are the contrast in temperature as I experienced in Walmart, touching something frozen, or temperatures below about 45°.  I’ve read that stress can also trigger the symptoms for some people.

What You Can Do To Help?

There isn’t a cure for Raynaud’s Disease but there are medications that can dilate the blood vessels as well as surgery to lessen the symptoms. Since my symptoms are not severe I choose not to use either of those options. One option suggested online is to move to a warmer climate.  I think the south Texas area where I live is about as warm as I like it so that is not an option! Fish oil is a supplement I take and it has been shown in some studies to improve your tolerance to cold. I always wear pants or a jacket with pockets so I can put my hands in to warm up.  In the winter I have a pair of gloves in every coat and sweater. Hand warmers that I’ve made from this tutorial are also in my coat.
In addition, I just recently came across this circulation rub made from essential oils from Camp Wander.  I’m definitely going to give this a try!

11 Replies to “Living With Raynaud’s Disease”

  1. Thanks for sharing this on the Coffee and Conversation Link Party. I’m pretty sure I have Raynaud’s just not confirmed by a medical professional. But I get all the symptoms you described. Glad to know some others with it.
  2. I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension caused by my scloderma, and also have arayanuds, antibodies of lupus, plus acid reflux and they think I have syoegens syndrome too and also have seizures.
  3. I have Raynaud’s and Cold urticaria ( which is an allergy to cold of all things ) I carry gloves with me wherever I go and try and keep warm !!

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