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Even Dogs Deserve Delectables!

I am writing this post in honor of my featured artist for the week on my website- Nora Bartlett with Lollypaws Dog Bakery. I found the cutest 4th of July dog treat gift box in her shop that made me just laugh out loud while thinking of how much my dogs would LOVE something like this! My dogs aren’t very spoiled- key word “very”. My dogs get to sleep inside (not something most of my dogs as a child got to experience). They get to eat the occasional leftovers from our dinner plates. They get to run around our property for hours chasing birds, gophers, and our goats and pig. And our dogs get a treat before we leave the house each day. That’s not too spoiled is it? The way I figure it: Even dogs deserve to have a delectable moment!

I am definetaly saving Nora’s shop information for future reference. For example- we may decide to celebrate one of our dogs’ birthdays! 🙂 Or Christmas boxes would be great!!! Why don’t you check out the information I posted for Nora here: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer? You can also visit her Etsy shop directly… http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lollypaws.

Happy 4th and hope your pooches enjoy the day too! Let Nora know I sent you!



DIY Delectable: Mom’s Too Hot To Bake Cookie Mix- Website Update

I will never forget the taste of gooey peanut butter chocolate covered oats melting in my mouth on warm summer days. Mom was famous for her “no bake cookies” that she’d put together for us because they were quick, tasty, and didn’t need a hot oven to make. I remember mom putting some in my lunchbox when I was 6 years old and because they were so delightful, there would be bully boys in my class who would steal them and eat them out of my lunchbox before I’d get to eat them.  Oh I’d get so mad.

I like to continue the tradition of this sweet treat in my household too. As I was making them, I came up with the idea of putting a “mix” together and using it as a teacher appreciation gift for my daughter’s teacher. I’ve included instructions for you to use this idea too. A cookie mix makes a great neighbor gift, teacher appreciation gift, hostess gift, or housewarming gift (among other ideas). Enjoy!


What you’ll need to create this gift mix:

  • 1 half pint canning jar*
  • 2 larger canning jars* (you may want to experiment which jars you have that can hold the ingredients well)
  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup peanut butter candies
  • Cute small basket
  • Ribbons for décor
  • Recipe card
  • Fine line permanent marker

*You may also use recycled jars from mayo, pickles, spaghetti sauce, etc. Make sure they are super clean!

What to do to create this gift mix:

  • Pack the oatmeal into a quart canning jar.
  • Pack sugar into other quart canning jar.
  • Pour cocoa into the half pint jar and pour peanut butter candies over the cocoa.
  • Place all 3 jars into the basket and make a pretty ribbon handle to present it with.

Write the below recipe onto the recipe card with a fine line permanent marker:

Mom’s Too Hot To Bake Cookies

  1. In a medium saucepan mix together ½ cup butter, ½ cup milk, and the sugar, cocoa, and peanut butter candies included in this mix. Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for one minute before adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Pour in the included oats and lower heat to medium. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Lay out aluminum foil and spray down with non-stick cooking spray. Drop large tablespoons of cookies onto aluminum foil and let cool before eating.
  5. Will probably be gooey and chewy! Enjoy!

Include recipe card with jars and cheerfully gift your mix!

Check out my website for an easy DIY 4th of July table centerpiece: www.delightfullyperceptive.com

My Birthday Bash with Breakfast, Bouncing, Cake, and Candles

I am a little late on posting about my birthday bash with my husband, daughter, and son. But that’s the thing about getting older- all of the time that is supposed to be spent living needs to be divided around to dreams, goals, wants, and obligations too. But here I am now because I wanted to share. So- another thing about getting older- even though you know you shouldn’t junk out for a whole day- because your body just isn’t the same as it used to be- a birthday is one of the greatest excuses to just give in.

On my 25th birthday, oops- I mean 27th birthday, food junking started late. I wanted to have raspberry and whipped cream topped pancakes for brunch and I was set on making it. Well, my husband had to “run to the bank” (key words for last minute shop) and he took our daughter with him, so brunch was going to wait until they got back. That ended up being about 12:45pm… so this ended up being more like a lunch. Doesn’t that just look good though? It was too- a pancake buttered down and topped with raspberry jelly before placing a glop of thawed out frozen raspberries and topping it all off with whipped cream. I could eat these any time of the day.

Our next activity was to put together the trampoline we got as a Father’s day gift for my husband (and the family obviously). We couldn’t wait until Sunday to do it because it was such a nice day out- so up it went! Building it helped our tummies settle from brunch before we all bounced away!

So, while my husband was “at the bank” I baked a chocolate cake, as I had planned to, so my kids could decorate it for me and it would be like them “making” me a cake. How fun does that look? And a total satisfier of all the choclate cravings that have come up over the last year!

But of course, when my very thoughtful husband came back from “the bank”, he bought a cake so he could save me the trouble of making one. Too late. 🙂 Still- very sweet gesture. Or was it just because he didn’t want to eat my cake? I don’t even want to know… I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for just being sweet.

Later in the evening we had our little “birthday bash junking” with a bunch of snack foods and cake and ice cream. I had made these candle holders as a sample of a customizable item to sell in my gift shop, but after I started cutting the cakes up my husband insisted that I light candles up and blow them out. So I gave in and had him take a photo too. After the photo was taken I thought it should be deleted- but changed my mind. It will serve as my reminder that you’re never too old to junk out and have a birthday celebration- even if its mostly centered around breakfast, bouncing, cake and candles. Here’s to a great year for me! 🙂

Treats For Dad Only- Featured Do It Yourself and Food Artist

I don’t know how your household works, but here we do have a set of unspoken rules in regards to who eats some certain treats or snacks. Of course, everyone gets their fair share of craving satisfyers… but there are some snacks that go on the grocery list that need to be set aside for Dad only. My husband, in particular, likes Cheezits, Potato chips and cheese dip, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, chocolate chip cookies, oreos, and a few other items.

So… my Father’s Day do it yourself gift idea on the website this week is making Dad a container to hold his goodies and have his name label them. You can find the instructions for this gift idea on the website for this weeks theme: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/do_it_yourself_perceptive_delectable

Does dad like chocolate? You can probably find a great “Dad’s Goodies” jar filler at Seven54’s shop on Etsy. They are my featured food artist this week on on my website because they have GREAT chocolate items- even chocolate covered oreos that would be perfect to fill my husband’s jar! Take a look at my website this week for different ways to find them: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer