Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Friday, December 15, 2017

FILL THOSE CHRISTMAS CARD BOXES AND GIVE THEM AS GIFTS

I have done a post about this before
but I wanted to do it again
just in case you need a
Little sumthin/sumthin to take along
to give as a little gift.

AND you can use those beautiful boxes
that Christmas cards come in---
you know the ones that are so pretty
you don't want to throw them out.
Here is a use for them.
It's the sweetest little gift ever!


This is 
THE EASIEST HOMEMADE
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
ever.
I wish I could tell you where
I got the recipe but I can't remember.



Here's how to take the box below
and turn it into a 
special gift.
Don't you hate to throw them away
because they have such pretty
"faces"?
They make wonderful little
Candy Boxes.
Open the box and line it with tin foil.
Butter the tin foil.
Then make this:
In pan over medium heat melt
2 sticks of butter
When melted stir in 
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy.
Like this.
Stir in one teaspoon REAL vanilla.
Add 2-3/4 cups CONFECTIONERY SUGAR
(not granulated)
(That old tin scoop belonged to my Mom-Good Housekeeping 1954)
I beat it quickly with a hand mixer
(it sets up fast) 
and then pour it into the 
buttered foil lined box.
Put it in the fridge to harden
and as soon as it sets up
lift it out and wrap it in 
parchment paper,
then wrap it with a piece
of ribbon and place it
back in the box.
 I pick up knives all year here and there
and include one in each box.
The fudge stays fresh
until they cut it.

Put the lid on and it presents
like this when opened.
Recipe:
SMOOTH AND EASY
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cups confectionery sugar
In saucepan:
Melt butter
Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Use hand mixer and quickly
mix sugar in. It sets up fast.
Place in tinfoil lined box and
set in fridge until hard.
This is the smoothest peanut
butter candy I have ever made.
This recipe makes two card boxes 
full OR 1 8x8 buttered pan.
It's quick, easy and just
a sweet little surprise.
Save a few pieces for your friends.
 Let them eat this while you sip
black coffee or diet Coke.
Remember...
The fatter THEY get the 
THINNER YOU LOOK
next to them!

It's nice to have some
HEALTHY SNACKS 
this time of year, too.
And-to finish up my blathering....
I have just a few
SNOWBABIES left in my
ETSY SHOP!
The little Snowgirls are all gone
but there are a few snowboys 
looking for a home.
You can find them here:
Have a GREAT DAY...
I will be finishing up a couple of 
Christmas gifts today and then
I AM DONE!!! 

CALGON--TAKE ME AWAY...
for all of you youngsters...
that is an old ad for relaxing 
in a bathtub!
(which I used to do while floating a
plastic bowl of M&Ms in the tub
while four kids were screaming
outside the door)...
now THOSE were the days!!!!

Have a wonderful Friday 
and a great weekend!




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Monday, December 11, 2017

SNOWBOYS AND SNOWGIRLS ARE WAITING FOR ADOPTION!

When I went to my friend's house
for her girlfriend party,
one of the hostess gifts that she received
was a cute little snowman.

I looked at that and thought
I CAN MAKE THOSE.

And-so- I did!!!!

Now--I am not bragging
but I think my own are 
CUTER than the one I saw....
Sorry-gift giver to Kris

I came home and started
STITCHING AND GLUING
and
TA-DAH!!!!!
You will find some sweet little
SNOWBABIES
over in my Etsy Shop

Each one is different and 
has its own
PERSONALITY AND A NAME!


Heads are sewn on 
and the bottoms are weighted
(kinda like my own...bottom that is)

I can't get any more of this material
so this is all I have.
My kids might have stolen a few!

I am off for an appointment
but got up early to get 
these posted to my shop.

Take a peek and I will be
back later tonight
to visit blogs and play catch up!
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Friday, December 8, 2017

A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON

You know me!
I see something I like 
and I go into
MAKE IT MODE!

I saw something last weekend
that I thought was 
SOOOO CUTE
so I got busy and 
being the copy cat I am
made a few of my own.

I JUST MIGHT
put some of these in my
ETSY SHOP
which has been 
ON VACATION
since Halloween.

Here are a couple of them
A SNOWGIRL
&
A SNOWMAN
As you can see,
He is still in Nana's Workshop!
By the way- 
I am missing a few bits and pieces
of SKIN as I have been working
with a 
HOT GLUE GUN.
The snowmen are 
HAND SEWN
but the accessories are 
HOT GLUED ON.
If you have ever used a
hot glue gun you know
all about 
THE BURNS!

I have a party at my daughter's house tonight
but will be working on finishing these up 
TOMORROW.

Have a 
GREAT FRIDAY.



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RUN TO THE DOOR AS FAST AS YOU CAN- FIND YOURSELF A GINGERBREAD MAN!

I have done this post

a couple of times.

Several people said 

they had never seen anything like it.



I thought I would post before it

gets any later in the season--

in case you want make these for 

your own home.

I have been doing this since my

own kids were small.



You know how a front door says 

WELCOME

when you come in?

By the way-

Those sleigh bells are off the horses my 

father drove as a young man.

So -there's my 

Happy Hello!

BUT I like my door to say

GOOD-BYE

when someone leaves, too.

And I like to say it NICELY

Unlike some people that will say-

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the 

way out.

How do I do that?

I let my visitors take a little memento

of their visit with them.

It is called 

Cut and Run Take

Here they are my sweet little

GINGERBREAD BOYS

hanging in a row.

Here's how to make this 

sweet little door hanging.

Roll out Saran Wrap about 2 feet longer 

than the side of your door.

Lay your Gingerbread Boys in a line 

on the center of the plastic wrap.

leaving about 4-6" between them.

You could also do this with any sturdy

cookie- like a sugar cookie cut 

like a snowflake or star.

Flip them upside down making sure that they

are still in the center

Pull the plastic wrap to the back

overlapping it so they are enclosed 

all the way around.

Gently flip them over and using ribbon

tie a knot above and below EACH one.

Hang some children's scissors on

some curly ribbon from the top

to cut the saran wrap.

When you cut them apart 

you will cut between the ribbons 

leaving each one fully encased 

In plastic wrap.


Here I am making a cut between the ties.

You start with the bottom one and 

each person can cut off a gingerbread boy 

to take along when they leave.

I hang them on a nail 

hidden on top of the door jamb.

shhhhh-MyHero hates nails anywhere

I dressed the top 

with some greenery and red balls.

I love  Gingerbread Boys, don't you?

Sometimes I feel sorry for them though.

Poor things.
pinterest image

The one on the right hears about like 

MyHero does-especially when it comes

to trying to get a chore done!


Now- get in that kitchen and start baking!

As for me..

Well, I am trying not to BAKE

so that I don't EAT

Gingerbread Boys!


OH!  And these are really cute with


SNOWFLAKE CUTOUTS

instead of 

Gingerbread boys.



Have a Wonderful Wednesday
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Monday, December 4, 2017

THE PARTY AT JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

For those of you that don't know
you are missing something special.

Once you visit her blog,
you will be hooked!
Trust me!

We met through blogging a few years ago.
Last year her hubby contacted me 
to invite me to
HER ANNUAL GIRLFRIEND 
PJ CHRISTMAS PARTY
unbeknownst to her.
He offered to pick me up at a local hotel
and told me to wear a nightgown!
Okay-he said PJ's but I wear nightgowns!

Let me tell you-
My son 
thought I was crazy
was a bit anxious that I meeting
A MAN I HAD NEVER MET
at a motel wearing
a nightgown 
when he picked me up.
He wanted to know if I had 
ever MET HIM.
Nope-haven't even met her yet
I told him!
Well, sometimes you just gotta take a chance-
and I am so glad I did!

Anyway.  THIS YEAR she invited
me and my daughters to attend.
Only my MIMI could go this time.
We had SO MUCH FUN!
We all donate to some charity 
by buying gifts to support our cause
and then exchange those.
It is a 
GREAT PARTY IDEA
and Kris outdoes herself
every year.

Let me tell you,
there were some tears shed
as the causes we supported were 
talked about and the weird connections
that happened were beyond understanding.
It is too hard to even explain
but it was a touching night.

What a 
GREAT GROUP OF GALS!!!
Of course there wasn't enough to eat...
I might have lied about that....
and no one laughed much---
I might have laughed about that, too....
but we had a good time anyway.

Before we left,
Kris's hubby took a picture of all of us..
I HATE having my picture taken but...
you know--
the hostess calls the shots (literally)

You can see Kris's 

Back later this week with some of my 
CHRISTMAS IDEAS.

Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BLOGGERS THAT ARE RETURNING TO THE REALM OF BLOGLAND

All of you bloggers know how hard it is
to build up a base of followers.
It can be disheartening at times
when you pour heart and soul into
A BLOG
and then no one visits
or comments.

I followed both of these ladies
for several years.
Many of you will remember

Many years ago she suffered
a tragic accident that resulted in
traumatic brain injury.
One of the worst problems
was with her vision.
AND she is AN ARTIST!
Can you imagine?

She quit blogging because 
she couldn't read blogs anymore-
nor could she see to paint.
While her vision is still not perfect,
they had discovered some treatments
that are helping her and..
SHE IS BACK!!!
Please go visit her  HERE
and sign up as a follower.
She is one of the
BEST STORYTELLERS EVER !

And the other blogger I want to 
tell you about is
She had some very serious family issues
and had to be away for a while
but now she is back and trying to
find her old followers.

She lives in the UK
and if you love all things ENGLISH
including things like
Cath Kidston's delightful collection--
well, you will LOVE Happy.
Wondering who Rosie is?
I'm not gonna tell you-
you will have to pop over to Happy's blog HERE
to find out!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Lord willing, I am on my way to my daughter's house
as you are reading this.
Just a 6 hour drive listening to news,
fighting Chicago traffic,
and drinking coffee 
which means SEVERAL wayside stops
because--well---you know....

If you have time,
please pop over and say HI to these two gals
and give 'em a little blogland love!
Thanks so much!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

LOOKING BACK- A STORY TO REMEMBER

Grab your coffee, tea or Coke
this is a ramble!

I did a post about this
early on--
when I first started blogging...
and....because I am going to
talk about a special
Christmas tradition later this week..
I wanted to acquaint some of my
readers with this first.

You have never seen a show
quite like a show
performed by
the one
the only
SWEETCHEEKS!

This happened several years ago..
and is as funny today
as it was then.

SweetCheeks is a performer of
extra-ordinary talent. It's a lot like
pay-per-view except she is
a lot more expensive.

Her best performances were usually
preceded by the words..
"Hey, guys..wanna see sumthin'?
(as if we had a choice)
She got the stunning new outfit you
see above for Christmas when she was three.

It seemed to fit her personality
which runs from flamboyant
to downright outrageous.
And, although she liked to pretend
she was a princess..
she was much better as her
own character.

Take a seat, ladies and gentlemen,
the show is about to begin.
This entailed lining up on the couch
in our assigned seats.

We always had to leave a space
(or two) for those "friends"
that we can't see.
(We knew they were there because
SweetCheeks told them where
to sit and they got the primo seats).

After we had plunked ourselves down,
the ticket collector took our stubs.
She looked suspiciously like the actor,
and director, and performer
of the show
we were about to see.

If it was an especially exciting show
we had to fasten our seat belts.
Don't ask because I don't know..
but I think "we" sometimes
had SHOWS and
AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES
a bit mixed up.
Makes no difference.
Here comes the announcement...
(told in present tense)

WADIES & GUNTULMANS..
WEWCUM TO THU SHOOW!
Now I gonna dance and sing
ouprah.
(that would be opera for those
in the know)
Oh Boy! I can't wait.

I am already laughing while
MyHero has that
deer-in-the-headlights-look
the one that means
OH NO-NOT AGAIN.
Buck up Buddy! This will
be over before you know it.

By the time the first few lines
of Jowly Old St. Nickkolus float out
I am suffused with laughter.

At this point
the show
STOPS!
THISSS PLAYH ISSS NOTT FUNNY!
NOW- Stay in yoah seats..
we are gonna haffta starht all
ovearh again!

This statement is accompanied by
a dramatic sigh and
an arm swiped across the brow.

The seat belts must be
refastened and tickets collected
once again.
The show resumes.
I look over at MyHero who
whispers out of the side of his mouth,
without moving his lips..
I can't wait for the intermission.
And, once again,
the strains of
JOWLY OLD ST. NICKOLUS
fills the room.

Every time I look back on that time
I am reminded of that precious little girl--
full of imagination and one that knew
she was adored.

She is a big girl now and 
adored just as much today
as she was then...
but-OH---how I miss that little girl sometimes.

All grown up---
and as you can see---
still performing!

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