Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

I spent the entire day cooking last Saturday.  Homemade salted caramels, No-Bake Biscoff Balls, peanut butter cup and truffle cookies and gluten-free lemon bars are all piled in abundance in my kitchen.  Even after a family Christmas party and making a plate for my husband to take to work at the police department, there’s still plenty of sugar.   And this year though, I added some sweet, salty, bacony goodness.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies by Crafty Staci

It was time for something new and different.  I decided to really go for it, and my Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies were born.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 package Heath bar bits (with chocolate)

6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1 1/2 cup crushed, ridged potato chips

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies - ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the flour and baking soda and stir until combined.  Stir in the Heath bits, bacon and potato chips.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookie dough

Drop by spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet 2” apart.  Bake about 8 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.  Cool.

You could also make these bar-style by pressing the dough into an ungreased jelly roll pan, baking for 15 – 20 minutes and cutting into bars.

Makes about 7 dozen 2 1/2” cookies.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies on Crafty Staci

The bacon flavor is pretty subtle in these, which is what I wanted.  If you want it to be more apparent by all means, add more bacon.  You could also go with half the package of toffee, which will make the other flavors stand out more.  You really just can’t go wrong here.  I mean, come on – bacon.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks

I love giving a little something handmade with something store bought.  It makes it just a little more personal and special.  I don’t know how many coffee cup sleeves I’ve given along with a coffee shop gift card or travel cup.  So many, in fact, I think just about everyone I know has one and it’s time for something new.  These bookmarks can be made from fabric scraps, take no time at all and would be great paired with a book or bookstore gift card.

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I made about two dozen of these, just using pieces of fabric from my scrap box.  You need two 4” by 4” pieces of iron-on interfacing and three 4” by 4” squares of fabric.  Cut one of the interfacing squares in half diagonally and save one half for your next bookmark.

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Iron the triangle of interfacing onto the fabric you want for the corner.  Iron the square of interfacing onto the piece you want to face the front behind the corner.

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Fold the fabric with the triangle in half diagonally, where the interfacing edge is, and press.

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Lay the square with interfacing on it face up.  Add the triangle on top in the upper right corner.

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Lay the other square on top, face down.  Pin.

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Stitch around the outer edge with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 1 – 1 1/2” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners.

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Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Stitch all the way around, close to the outer edge.

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Slide a gift card inside or slip it onto a book.  This would also make a great little gift all by itself!

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Friday Favorites–Quick Gifts to Make for Kids

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We’re getting down to the tinsel-covered wire, but if you’re like me there’s still Christmas making to be done.  Even when I feel like I’m getting an early start it seems like things keep popping up.  If you have little ones left to craft and sew for, I’ve got a few ideas here that can be completed before you can say jingle bells.

Quick Gifts to Make for Kids - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Ice Skating Rink from an Altoid Tin by Small World Land is a great idea, and I think the idea she mentions about using tiny photos of your kids would be adorable.

Ice Skating Rink from Altoid Tin from Small World Land

I think the reason this Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun folds open so you can easily see what’s inside, but I think that makes it a great portable play mat as well.

Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun

With a little decorating of the cardboard, these Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crates would make a cute gift for a little musician.

Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crate

These Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations would be fun to make with your kids to give their friends.

Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations

This CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy would be a great activity to keep in the car – providing you don’t have the quick-to-get-carsick kidlets that I did.  What a great way to recycle old cases!

DIY CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy

If you’re looking for a gift for a little DIYer in the making, why not give them a Puppet Making Kit from Childhood 101?

Something about this Mini Foosball Table from U Create just cracks me up.  How fun would this be to make?

Mini Foosball Table from U Create

These Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado can also double as a memory game.  I love that you can store them on a ring to keep them from getting lost.

Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado

These last two projects only qualify as quick if you already have a bit of sewing experience under your belt.  Sew Can She shares the pattern to make this handy Bike Messenger Bag.

Bike Messenger Bag from Sew Can She

This DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After would be fun and cute in a little one’s room.

DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After

Bacon Wrapped Turducken Roast Review

This Bacon Wrapped Turducken Roast was provided by Echelon Foods in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

I know from the recipes I’ve shared here it looks a little like my family survives on sugar and snacks.  Cookies are my kryptonite, but we eat normal food too.  Sometimes we even get a little adventurous with it, which is why we recently had our first taste of Turducken, courtesy of Echelon Foods.

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If you’ve never heard of Turducken, let me fill you in.  The name is a composite of the different birds used in preparing it – turkey, duck and chicken.  The way I understood it was done was that the chicken was stuffed inside the duck, which was then stuffed into the turkey.  While that is one method, thankfully the one we received was a little different.  From the Echelon Foods website:

“These turducken roasts are composed of turkey breast that is wrapped in bacon and layered with boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, boneless, skinless duck breast meat, more bacon inside and stuffed with an Italian sausage mixture.”

No bones, some of each kind of meat in each slice, dressing inside and wrapped in bacon.  Bacon.  We were so in.

The turducken arrived frozen, wrapped well in a styrofoam cooler and surrounded by dry ice.

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We decided this was the sort of thing that should be shared, so we invited a couple of our friends over to join us.  I was at a fabric shop teaching a class that day, so my husband was in charge of cooking.  He went with the low and slow cooking method for the roast, so you can imagine how my house smelled when I walked in.  He also made homemade cheesy bread rolls and oven roasted potatoes and squash.  Sorry ladies, he’s all mine.

The roast said it would easily serve 10.  I was skeptical, but they’re absolutely right.  There were four of us, and we had more than half of it left over.  I have to say, I’m not normally a fan of duck, but this was delicious.  Three out of the four of us liked it, with the holdout being the guy who spent the day cooking it.  He thought is was okay.  Our friends said it would be a great addition to a Superbowl party or other special event. 

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The turducken is definitely on the spendy side.  It’s not something you’d have for Tuesday night dinner though, but at a time when you’d splurge on a special item anyway.  Our cook thought the directions could have been more clear.  He wasn’t sure whether to cover it or not, but cooking it for the first hour covered, then the rest uncovered, seemed to work out fine.  It was a little difficult to slice because the different meats wanted to fall apart.  However, we all tried each kind of meat and a bit of dressing.  I wish we would have thought to make some gravy from the drippings in the pan.  I’m sure it would have been fantastic.

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This was definitely a little out of the norm for us, but my thanks to Echelon Foods for letting us try something new, unique and tasty!

Friday Favorites–Gifts for Guys

I’ve been writing Friday Favorites for years now, and some of my most popular collections are the Gifts for Guys.  Take a spin in the Way Back machine to see the 2011, 2012 and 2013 versions.  See, guys aren’t that tough to make stuff for!

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Make a hanging rack from hammers for your guy, like this one from The Family Handyman.  Just make sure you don’t use the good tools – maybe old hammers with broken handles.

Hammer Hanger from Family Handyman

There are all kinds of fun games to be played with these Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue.

Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue

I can only imagine how fantastic this Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family smells.

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family

Add to that these Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew for a fun shaving set.

Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew

My favorite thing about this Dad’s T-shirt from She Knows is that little established year.  It’s a cute touch.

Daddy T-Shirt from She Knows

It would be nice to have a couple of these Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Sets from ManMade around for beer tasting with friends.

Custom Rough Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set from Man Made DIY

If you want to expand that beer theme, try this Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker.

Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker

No matter how hard we try, we always seem to have several remote controls around.  Keep yours confined to one place with this Remote Control Pillow from Make it Handmade.

Remote Control Pillow from Make It Handmade

Bags don’t get much more manly than this Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home.  Unless you rub some dirt on it.

Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home

Cashew are delicious, and bacon is bacon, so what guy wouldn’t love this Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell?

Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell

Disney Movie Quote Ornaments

I’m just popping in today to tell you about the holiday ornaments I’m sharing over at Undercover Tourist today.

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Each of the ornaments features a quote from a Disney movie.  They can be printed out on your home printer, and are sewn with straight lines, so they’re really easy.

Disney Movie Ornaments - Crafty Staci

Hop on over to the Undercover Tourist blog for all the details!

Disney Movie Quote Ornaments by Crafty Staci

Felt Camera Ornament

Business in the front:  today is the last day of the Holiday Sale in my Etsy shop – free shipping on any order over $10 within the U.S.!  Enter coupon code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  International customers receive a $4 discount on your order with code WORLD2014. 

And party in the…Christmas tree.  I was playing with some felt recently, and thinking about all the camera fans I’ve met through my shop.  I know I like to have some ornaments on our tree that reflect the interests of the people in my house.  I’ve noticed a couple of camera ornaments in stores, but nothing all that cute, so I thought I’d see if I could come up with something better. 

Felt Camera Ornaments - Crafty Staci

These take a little time with all that stitching, but they aren’t particularly difficult.  In fact, if you don’t mind losing the look of the stitching, you can simply glue everything together!   

To make one of these, you’ll need this pattern, felt in black, white, grey and your choice of color, a button no larger than 1/2”, ten inches of 1/4” wide ribbon and embroidery floss. 

Felt Camera Ornament ingredients - Crafty Staci

Cut two of the camera body pieces, two of the flash (one is shown in the photo below, but you need two) and one of each remaining piece.

Felt Camera Ornament Pieces - Crafty Staci

Stitch the top and bottom pieces (green, in my case) to the top and bottom edge of a body piece.  Stitch only along the inner edge of each, as shown.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 1 - Crafty Staci

Sew the button on with the smallest circle underneath on the left.  Sew the viewfinder on the right.

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Sew the white paisley-shaped reflection onto the black circle.

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Stitch the black circle onto the grey circle.  While I used white thread for most of the stitching, I did this in black to make the reflection stand out.

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Stitch the lens onto the body with a straight or blanket stitch.  I did one of each and I actually like the plainer straight stitch better.

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Sew an asterisk shape onto one of the flash pieces.  You might want to draw it onto the felt first.  I didn’t, and it turned out a little wonky.  Stitch the two flash pieces together with white thread.  Make sure the knots are either in between or near the bottom edge.

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Pin the ribbon near the edge of the back body, 1” down on each side.  Pin the flash next to the ribbon on the left, 1/4” down.

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Pin the camera on top.

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Stitch all the way around the outside edge through all layers.  Make sure to hide your knots between the layers and stitch through the ribbon and flash as you go.

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These would make a great gift for the shutterbug in your life – maybe that’s you!

How to Make Felt Camera Ornaments by Crafty Staci

Friday Favorites–Counting Down to Christmas

Most of us are either eating leftovers or standing in Black Friday lines today (or maybe both?).  If you’re shopping at home, remember my Black Friday Weekend Sale starts in my Etsy shop today!  Shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday with FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10 within the United States using the code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  For international customers, use the code WORLD2014 for $4 off any order over $10.

Black Friday Weekend Sale - Crafty Staci

I’m part of that crowd that’s putting up Christmas decorations today.  In fact, most years it’s all I can do to wait until Thanksgiving is over, so today is a little victory for me.  I usually blame my hurry on the fact that the Christmas countdown needs to be up before the 1st.  Works every time.

Countdown to Christmas - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Speaking of Legos, skip the expensive, pre-filled advent calendars and make your own Lego Gingerbread Path Countdown with Frugal Fun for Boys.

Lego Gingerbread Path Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

This Mousetrap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs might be one of the most unique I’ve seen.  It can also double as a card holder!

Mouse Trap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs

This Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou looks fun to make.  If you wanted to get fancy, you could add some embroidery stitches onto the felt.

Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

It doesn’t get much simpler than this DIY Advent Calendar from Third Floor Design Studio.

Paper Bag Advent from Third Floor Design Studio

These fabric links from Stitch/Craft are so cute, and the daily countdown activity inside each one is a nice touch.

Countdown to Christmas from Stitch Craft

Technically, this project from Skip to my Lou is called Advent Calendar for Boys, but I see no reason why this wouldn’t be great for girls as well.  Just ask my daughter.

Yardstick Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

This Paper Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo is a fun way to use some of the pretty paper you find in the craft stores.

Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo

If you have any toilet paper rolls left from those Thanksgiving projects, this DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity would be a great use for them.

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity

This Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley is pretty amazing.

Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans – can I get a hallelujah?

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans

Black Friday Weekend Sale Preview

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow?  We’re going to celebrate twice.  I’m cooking dinner for my boys on Thursday, then my daughter and son-in-law are joining us for leftovers and some Christmas decorating on Friday.  I’m not sure I warned them about the decorating part, so that might be a little surprise.  They can work on assembling the Lego Christmas village.  That’s less like work and more like play.

After everyone has spent the day with family and friends on Thursday comes Black Friday and the official start of the shopping season.  Like every year, I’m having a four-day long sale in my Etsy shop.  What’s different about this year is that I’m including my custom items!  Here’s the deal:

Black Friday Weekend Sale - Crafty Staci

Shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday with FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10 within the United States using the code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  I haven’t forgotten my international customers, so use the code WORLD2014 for $4 off any order over $10.

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That means you sewists out there, or those of you encouraging others to sew, can get two of my new Coffee Cup Sleeve Sewing Kits for $10 shipped!

Make Your Own Coffee Cup Sleeve Kit - Crafty Staci

The coupon codes will be active at midnight on Thursday through Monday.  Have a great Thanksgiving and happy shopping!