After Christmas Scrapbooking

Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s about time to start working on those holiday scrapbook pages.

If you need some supplies, you might want to check out the supply section of The Scrapbooking Source. You’ll find lots of different stores listed, all broken down by category. Doesn’t matter if you are looking for digital, traditional, or other types of supplies, there is a store listed to meet your needs. You can also read our overviews of each store so you don’t waste time searching sites for supplies you don’t need.

Time to get busy!

Discounted Candles

More “After Christmas” sales! You know, I’ve been surprised I haven’t seen more. But at least the ones we did find were some pretty good ones, right?

This one comes from our sister site, Prairie Soy Candles. While the list isn’t quite done yet, I figured I would go ahead and give you the link now. On the discount shelf, you can find all the overstock candles at a discount price. Once I finish adding them all, you’ll have a huge selection of 12oz, 8oz, and 4oz candles that will ship immediately after ordering.

Some of the scents on this list are ones we plan to discontinue, but most are just candles we have already made up. We want to clear out our stock to add new scents in 2008.

Happy Shopping!

New Years Resolutions

With New Year’s almost here, many of you are surely thinking of what your New Year’s resolution will be. While I tend to set goals all year round, I know many take the new year to make a new start.

A few weeks ago we put up a brand new page specifically for help with setting goals. We hope this will get you started on your new years resolution!

As always, if you have something to add, please be sure to use the form on the page. We’re always looking for additional ideas to feature on the site. 😉

Fabric Sale – 20% Off

As promised, we’re posting the After Christmas sales as we find them! This first one comes from Fabric.com, one of our favorite places to shop for fabric online. They always have some pretty good deals on nice fabric, and their clearance area isn’t bad either.

If you are a new customer, you can get $2.95 flat rate shipping. But for everyone they are offering 20% off everything until Jan 3rd. All their available coupons can be found at Fabric.com Coupon Corner
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Happy shopping!

Quick Sewing Projects

If you are needing a few last minute gifts and want to sew them yourself, hopefully this post will give you some ideas.

Scented Dryer Pads
My favorite sewing project this year had to be the scented dryer pads.  It was so fast and easy to do these, they can be done at the very last minute. Heck it might even take you longer to wrap it! You can see the details of Scented dryer pads here.

Pillows
These are so easy to make, it really doesn’t take but an hour or so to get them done. Especially if you do a simple pillow with only two pieces of fabric. Who doesn’t use throw pillows?

Doll Quilts or Blankets
These work nice if you have left over fabrics or batting from big quilts. Because they are much smaller than normal size blankets and quilts, they can be finished a lot faster.

So these may not be any new projects, but they ARE fast ones. Since there’s only a few days left before Christmas, we really have to hurry!  There’s no time to start a big project now, so the idea of this post  was to give you a few ideas of some really quick projects. Hope it helps you out! 😉

After Christmas Deals

While you can get some pretty good deals right before Christmas, there’s also some pretty good sales right after as well. This is a perfect time to shop for things like trees, lights, decorations, and other seasonal items.

Lots of stores are busy planning their big after Christmas sales, so it’s important to keep an eye on them as they are released. For example, we’re planning to do an overstock sale at Prairie Soy Candles late next week. You’ll see a lot of our Christmas scents sitting on the discount shelf, as well as other candles we had made up for all the craft shows we did in November.

Be sure to sign up for blog updates if you haven’t already, because we’ll be posting the best deals as they are released next week. For now, be sure to enjoy they holidays!

Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake

I was put in charge of pie/dessert for Christmas dinner, so I found it funny that I found this recipe in my email today. I have a whole lot of chocolate in just about every form left over from our baking last weekend, so I think this recipe will be perfect.

This recipe was sent in by Gina, a visitor browsing the site.
Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake
by Gina

Crust
6 ounces graham cracker crumbs, crushed fine with rolling pin
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Filling
2-1/4 lbs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
12 ounces chocolate chips

Prepare crust: Combine crumbs, sugar and butter, and fold until thoroughly mixed. Lightly grease interior of a 9-inch springform pan or 10-inch heart-shaped pan. Cover entire inside of pan with crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 4 minutes.

Make filling: Beat cream cheese with electric mixer and gradually fold in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, and continue mixing. Add mayonnaise and vanilla, and mix. In double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips, stirring frequently. Fold melted chocolate into cream-cheese batter, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl.

Pour batter into baked crust and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate overnight.

Thank you for the recipe – I will most likely be using this one for Christmas!

Recipes Using Stale Bread

Bread doesn’t usually last too long in this house, especially if it’s homemade. The kids love to snack on it and when it’s homemade, I don’t feel guilty. It really is good for them, and I’d much rather them be eating bread instead of candy.

I actually only have one recipe using stale bread, but it’s a good one. Honestly I have to make it the day after the bread is made before it’s completely gone.

This recipe is best when used with a great bread to start with – such as homemade bread or french bread. Actually, the recipe calls for french bread and that’s all I’ve ever made it with. But I’m sure it can be made with any stale bread you have on hand.

Garlic Croutons
1 loaf day old French bread
1 Tablespoons garlic powder
2 Tablespoons dried basil
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400* F. Cut bread into small cubes and place onto a shallow baking pan. Drizzle oil over bread to lightly cover and sprinkle with garlic powder and basil. Bake for 5-10 mins, or until lightly brown and toasted.

These are terrific on salads, or to just munch on. YUM!

Last Minute Christmas Cards

Did you forget someone on your Christmas card list? I know it’s easy to do sometimes. Especially when you are trying to remember all your family, friends, and neighbors.

If you are in need of one more quick Christmas card and don’t have time to send it, why not send an eCard? They can be just as personal and perfect for last minute (and we mean at the VERY last minute!). You can even wait until the day before Christmas to send an ecard and know it will get there in time.

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