Monday, January 21, 2013

A Finish And A Snack

It's been fun participating in the Grow Your Blog party, organized by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  As far as I'm concerned, it's still going on because there was no way I could go to all of the listed blogs in just one weekend!  So it's going to be an ongoing process for me.  I'm doing a giveaway drawing on February 1st in connection with this event.  You can still sign up for the drawing by commenting on my Grow Your Blog post. You don't have to be a follower, but I will need a way to contact you if you win. 

Welcome to my new followers!  I appreciate each and every follower that I have and I welcome all comments.  Especially the nice ones.  I've also found a bunch of new blogs to follow myself, and you can see my list if you look on the right of the screen and scroll down.  Looks like I've found something new to collect, right?

Yesterday Mark said that he wanted to watch the big playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and some other team.  So I made a delicious snack to munch on while the game was going on.
I found this spicy cracker recipe on Pinterest and then saw variations of it in other places.  Sometimes they were called Firecrackers.  This is the version I used:

1-1/2 boxes of Premium Mini Crackers
1 Package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
2 Tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes
1 Cup Canola Oil

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix oil, red pepper flakes, and ranch dressing mix in a big bowl.  Add crackers and stir around until the crackers are well coated.  Let stand for about 5-10 minutes.  Stir around one more time and then spread crackers on a large cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Stir around on cookie sheet and bake for 5 more minutes.  

You can also use regular sized crackers for this, and I've seen where someone mentioned using Cheez-Its.  Mmmmm.  You can also adjust the heat by using more or less pepper flakes.  So go and make some.  And then make some more in two weeks for your Super Bowl (which the Falcons will not be playing in) party.  

In all the busyness of the last couple of weeks, I forgot to show you a stitching finish!  Yes, I actually finish stuff once in a while.
Here's Holiest of Nights, all ready to be framed for next Christmas.  See how organized I am?  I already have a Christmas finish for next Christmas!  And those of you who know how long I've been working on this are probably smirking right now. 

I'm also working on LHN's Singing The Blues for the Facebook group I'm working with. 
As you can see, I've got a long way to go.  So I think this afternoon will be dedicated to working on this.  I'm using DMC variegated threads for this.  I hope to make at least two other squares for this very special project.  You can find information on this group here.


  1. Hello

    Just found you!
    Your finish is beautiful!
    Those crackers look delicious!

  2. Gorgeous stitching!! I just love Holiest of Nights!!

  3. Great finish and I am loving the colors in Singing the Blues.
    I will have to try the cracker recipe, it looks yummy.

  4. Love the Holiest of Nights, bet it'll look even more gorgeous with the frame, can't wait to see it!

  5. What a great finish! Congratulations!

  6. I love your Christmas finish. Looking forward to finding some new inspiration.

  7. Your cross-stitch is lovely. Doesn't it feel great when we get a project finished? :)

    The recipes sounds delicious. Have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    blessings, denise :D