Holiday Treats Recipe Contest

HomemadeHolidayTreats feature2 Holiday Treats Recipe Contest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  We’re celebrating the season with our friends at Imperfect Women by inviting you to share a favorite recipe for a holiday treat with us.  Recipes for appetizers, main course dishes, sides, cookies, desserts, drinks, are all welcome.  Share something traditional and treasured or fast and stress-free.  We love all kinds of goodies!  Simply add your recipe to the comments below this post.

In return, we will enter participants’ names or screen names once in a drawing for a $25 Target gift card. The last recipe accepted will be at Midnight on December 15th.  We will announce the winner on December 16th in the comment section of this thread, so dig out that recipe, and stay tuned!

Enter here at Imperfect Women


Last Minute Gifts via Bernat

I got this email from Bernat Yarns today and I wanted to share because these are great last minute gifts for yarn crafters to make:

Emergency Holiday Gifts!
Holiday Wine Toppers
It’s December already! If you’re falling behind on your Holiday crafting list, we have quick and easy gift ideas you can download and knit or crochet today.

Looking for last minute gifts in a pinch? A nice bottle of wine is often a good choice, but lacks a personal touch. Download these adorable wine bottle toppers to knit or crochet using Bernat Satin and make these last minute purchases stand out.

If you’re thinking accessories, it’s not too late to get started. Scroll down for some gorgeous, easy, fun, and fast fast fast projects in two of your favorite new yarns – Bernat Mosaic and Bernat Roving.

If all else fails, think about converting more knitters and crocheters to the cause! Fill a basket with yarn, an easy pattern from our Free Pattern Library, and the required needles or hooks. Volunteer a couple lessons to help the budding crafter get started. Don’t have what you need? Check out the Bernat Shop for yarn, accessories, baskets, and more.

Gingerbread Wine topper Holly Wine Topper
Roving Cowl Mosaic Scarf
No worries, the Bernat Free Pattern Library is loaded with projects you can whip up in an emergency. Here are just a few!
Gift Bag Coffee Cozies Market Bag Scarf and Hat
Doubleloop Cowl Crochet hat ZigZag Scarf LadderLoop Scarf

Remember that Bernat requires you to sign up for a free membership to download their patterns.

I am not affiliated with Bernat.

Holiday Giveaway at My Crafty Life– 12/4/10-12/15/10-Closed

Ok here it is! My Holiday Giveaway!

This giveaway includes a Basketweave Kitchen Towel by Corrina , A Tupperware Rectangular Packables in red, Kitchen Lemon antibacterial soap by Bath & Bodyworks & a Pocket Bac in Kitchen Lemon by Bath & Bodyworks.

It is an approximately $40 gift set. It comes with a snowman gift bag and red & green tissue paper. Use it as a gift or keep it! The towel is gorgeous.

Holiday Giveaway Gift Set

To enter this giveaway please read the instructions below. Good Luck!

To enter this giveaway you have 4 ways to enter.

*Tweet this giveaway and let me know in the comments.

*Like my facebook page, again let me know in the comments.

* Leave a comment.

* Enter the Linky below (you don’t have to use a website, twitter or facebook pages count, make sure you leave contact info please.)

*Bonus entry* Blog about it and leave a trackback in the comments.

Winner will be picked via on December 16th, I will email you privately for shipping info.

This is also listed on:

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Between work, sick kids, debilitating headaches and general life stress a lot of things have been put on the back burner lately. Crafts being a huge part which makes me sad considering how cathartic it can be. So tonight my legs were hurting from being outside at lunch in the cold with the kids so I took advantage of it and sat down for a minute and started a laptop cover for my new computer.

Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn Ultrasoft in Lotus Blossom

Just the name of the yarn made me happy. It reminds of coffee shop colors. I love it. I can’t wait to be able to put my laptop safely in it, protected from my 4 year olds prying hands!!!!

In two weekends I am also attending a Stampin’ Up workshop to see if a new business is in the works for me. Wouldn’t it be great to find a company I can work for and craft at the same time??? A girl can only dream. 🙂

Stay tuned for my giveaway. As soon as I can get a picture up I will start it.

Holiday Crafts Part 1

Here’s a few sites worth taking a look at going into the holiday season:

Cute Chair Cover

If you’ve got a few chairs that need protecting from holiday guests CraftBits has a great pattern in their DIY Craft Projects.  Chair Cover

They also have a great pattern for a laptop bag which would make a terrific gift.

You can also visit their Christmas Crafts section for more gift ideas.

Crafty Gifts

Christmas Craftivities at Family Fun

In the Christmas craftivities section at there are some cute crafty ideas for kids that could be made as teacher or grandparents gifts.

Cupcakes in a Cup are one of my favorites.

Beautiful Beaded Rings are another.

They also have some terrific gift wrapping ideas.

Visit for more christmas inspirations.

Part 2 Coming soon!


CraftyMom’s been down for the count lately with a batch of interesting headaches so many apologies for lack of posts. I have a few things up my sleeve so stay tuned.

And Happy Thanksgiving to those that are celebrating!

Fabulous Find Friday and my 101st post!

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Comfort Food at it's best.

I found this on and wanted to share!


Four Cheese with Bacon Mac

Makes: 10 cups (12 servings)

Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Broil: 3 minutes


  • 1 box (1 pound)  cavatappi
  • 6 slices  bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups  2 percent milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon  onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper
  • 1/2 pound  sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup  shredded colby-Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup  shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 8 slices  Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (6 ounces)


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan. Add butter.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-Jack and mozzarella.

4. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 11/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5. In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10 cups (12 servings)

* Amount Per Serving
* Calories 404
* Total Fat (g) 21
* Saturated Fat (g) 11
* Cholesterol (mg) 63(blame the bacon! LOL)
* Sodium (mg) 616
* Carbohydrate (g) 33
* Fiber (g) 2
* Protein (g) 20

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Enjoy! Definitely a caloric splurge, but it will be worth it to save it up for your cheat day!