Jan 262015
 

Snack mix with a bite! If you like hot and spicy snacks, consider upping the cayenne pepper to 1 Tablespoon. I’m not that daring personally.

I made this for Christmas and it was a big hit! Everyone seemed to really like it, so I’ll be making it again soon.

If anyone has suggestions on what I could replace the nuts and sesame sticks with for a nut free version, I’d love to hear from you.

Snack Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  3. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
  6. 1 cup olive oil
  7. 1 pound bag mini pretzels
  8. 1 12-oz can peanuts or cashews
  9. 1 cup sesame sticks
Instructions
  1. Whisk together Ranch dressing, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and olive oil.
  2. Pour 1/3 of the pretzels, nuts and sesame sticks in a container with a lid. Pour 1/3 of the seasoned oil over the top. Put the lid on the container and toss. Repeat until all ingredients are used and well coated with seasoned oil.
  3. Leave lid on and allow pretzel mixture to sit for 2 to 3 hours in container. Shake gently every 15-20 minutes.
  4. Line baking sheets with paper towels. Pour the pretzel mixture on the lined baking sheets and dry overnight.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Jan 092015
 

I make this a lot around Christmas and often give it as gifts. I haven’t done anything creative with the packaging yet, but I’ll post pictures when I figure out something I like. For now, I just use pretty tins I’ve collected over the years. Eventually I’m going to run out, so I better come up with something soon.

Puppy Chow freezes pretty well, so leftovers always go in the freezer to be enjoyed later. It’s especially yummy frozen in the middle of the summer.

Be very careful, it’s addictive!

Puppy Chow
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 cup chocolate chips
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 9 cups Rice Chex
  6. 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Place Rice Chex in large bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in gallon ziplock bag.
  3. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for one minute. Blend thoroughly.
  4. Add vanilla to peanut butter and chocolate mixture. Stir well.
  5. Pour peanut butter and chocolate mixture over cereal and toss evenly. Make sure all cereal is coated.
  6. Dump half of cereal into gallon bag. Add last cup of powdered sugar and dump in remaining cereal. Shake until cereal is well coated.
  7. Pour cereal on waxed or parchment paper to dry.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

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Nov 292014
 

Twisted Chain Bracelet

This was the first twisted chain piece I made. I gave it to my daughter along with the Twisted Chain Necklace for Christmas 2013.

Like the Twisted Chain Necklace, this bracelet was made from 8mm jump rings in a twisting pattern. It’s a little easier to see here than in the necklace picture.

I really enjoy making the twisted chain pieces and hope to make myself some in the year to come.

Nov 262014
 

The first project where I combined jewelry making and crochet. I made these for my daughter for Christmas 2013 to match the Twisted Chain Necklace.

These are very fast and easy to make. Just single crochet twice, then add a 8mm jump ring, single crochet around the jump ring and repeat. I finished it with a bead tip to hide the thread. You can choose to single crochet as many times between jump rings as you like to get the look you want.

Crochet Jump Ring Earring

Nov 252014
 

Twisted Chain Necklace

I made this necklace for my daughter for Christmas 2013. Made from aluminum jump rings with a lobster claw clasp in a twisting pattern.

I was upset when my jump ring order came in because the red jump rings were actually hot pink. I made it anyway and hoped she would still like it.

It was difficult to get the twist to show up right in the picture, so I hope the pattern comes through. The jump rings tried to stack on top of each other instead of keeping their twisted shape when I put it down.

One of the days, I need to invest in a necklace display for taking pictures if I’m going to keep doing this.

Jan 132014
 

I wanted to make something a little different for my mother for Christmas and ran across a pattern for a chain bracelet I thought was pretty interesting. Since I used different size jump rings, I had to modify the pattern and here’s the result:

Chain Reaction

It’s difficult to see in the picture, but there are four different colors of aluminum jump rings. It’s actually not easy to see in person. I guess the colors were too similar. Here’s a close-up, so you can see the pattern and colors a little easier:

Chain Reaction Closeup

The jump ring colors were actually black, gunmetal grey, silver, and bronze.

I wasn’t completely satisfied with the finished product, but it was different and interesting.

Sep 252011
 

Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife…

A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer. The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety…?? WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home… I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another. The directions said that: a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best. I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, ‘Don’t do it stupid,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and… HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHAT THE… !!! I’m pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again.

I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a Tazer, one note of caution: There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor! A three second burst would be considered conservative!

A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair. I’m still looking for my testicles and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!

PS: My wife can’t stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it! If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!

Jul 282011
 
6 cups grapefruit juice 2 cups grenadine
3 cups orange juice 1 or 2 cups amber rum
1 quart cider 3 or 4 drops bitters
12 whole cloves 8 drops red food coloring
2 (2 inch) pieces cinnamon stick
  1. In 6 quart saucepan, combine grapefruit juice, orange juice, cider, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.  Strain to remove spices.
  2. Return mixture to large saucepan.  Stir in grenadine, rum, bitters, and food coloring; mix well.
  3. To serve hot: bring to a boil, covered.  Optional – garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice.
  4. To serve cold: serve in chilled punch bowl over ice cubes.  Optional – float orange slices and cloves on top.
  5. To give as a gift: pour into pretty decanter.  Keep chilled in fridge.

Makes 4 quarts.

Can be served as a non-alcoholic punch.  I’m not fond of grapefruit juice, so I used 6 cups orange juice and 3 cups lemon-lime juice instead.

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