Monthly Archives: August 2013

Coffee Filter Wreath

thanksg wreath

I planned on posting this a very long time ago, like last Thanksgiving!!  I love these wreaths and they are so cheap and easy.  They take quite a few coffee filters but you can get these for a buck a box at the dollar store. (I think there were 200 in the box)  I change what embellishes it depending on the season. I first saw and fell in love with them at Thanksgiving Point.  They were offering a class on them, but it was like $50, I just started asking the person that teaches the classes a few questions about the wreaths and she was so nice and just explained how to do them and even let me take pictures.  She must not be paid for how many she has sign up the for class.  When I came home, I googled tea dyed coffee filter wreaths and found this tutorial that helped me also.   The only thing that was different, was when making the one at Thanksgiving Point, they dried the filters in the dryer,  This worked great and kind of wrinkles them, which I like a little better.

When I was searching for the tutorials on this, I found another really cute wreath.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but I can’t wait.

paper flower wreath

Link to the directions and some fun versions of this wreath. http://   The possibilites are endless.  I am starting the redo on our guest bedroom and this is going to look so cute in there.  These are the colors I am using. I am having an old barn wood headboard made.  Can’t wait to get started.  Jordan is going to start stripping wallpaper next week.  I will post our progress.

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Posted by on August 3, 2013 in DIY, Uncategorized


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Grandma Cheltina Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

1976.3 Cheltina in Chair (#97)

For some reason I have been on a blast from the past fixation.  Maybe it has been my fascination with the wonderful gift that Mike and Barry have given us.  They have taken all of the old pictures and documents from Mom and Dad’s house and scanned them and put them on a hard drive for each of us.  I know that they have spent hours on this and it is so precious. They have scanned everything, old letters, report cards, dance cards, newspaper clippings, everything!!!! And the pictures.  They are amazing.  I have been spending hours reviewing them and each one seems to elicit some fond memory.

Mike started a file for each of us where he scanned pictures or documents that pertained to our families.  I have been inspired to start on the boxes of stuff in the attic and scan them in and make a hard drive for each of the kids.  I would love to have it by Christmas but I know that is not possible, especially since I am redoing the guest bedroom.  But I can start and maybe have it done by next Christmas.  Then I would love to do the same for Dave and all his pictures, mission stuff etc.  Alot of work but it will be so good to have it all on a computer.  I love going to the old pictures and pulling them in for my blog, etc.

For mom’s birthday, I purchased some  printableblank note cards at Office Max and put a different picture of her and dad on a dozen of them.  Tied them with some old ribbon—-so cute.  I gave them to her to use, but I don’t think she will.  They sit on her kitchen table, right where she sets down to eat each day.  I don’t think they are going anywhere.

Well back to the purpose of this post.  Grandma Cheltina’s cookies.  I really don’t have alot of memories of Grandma cooking or baking but I know this is her recipe from the note on the original recipe card in mom’s file.. My memories of these were when mom made them.  I can remember coming home on Primary night ( that was when it was during the week) and she would have a big plate of these.  She always made a big batch and I loved the dough. it has been a treat the past few years to make them for her. With the whole wheat you have to be careful how many of these you eat at a time.  We didn’t call them “poop cookies” for nothing.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is the dough.  It is so good.

cookie dough

oatmeal cookie

“Find the Layne nose!!!!”

He doesn’t understand “photo shoot”


1 cup oil

1 ½ cups brown sugar

2 eggs

5 TBS canned milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp salt

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup raisins

Chopped walnuts optional


Combine the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and canned milk.  Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the oil mixture.  Add the oats, chocolate chips, raisins and nuts if using.  Drop by Tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Do not over bake.   Freeze what you will not use quickly.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Recipes


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