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  • Marshmallow Creme & S’Mores Day—The Perfect Combo!

    It's National S'Mores Day! Let's celebrate! Do you remember making s’mores as a kid? We used to go camping every summer when I was little, and we always sat around the campfire made them with graham crackers, chocolate bars, and giant melted marshmallows. S’Mores were also a staple at Brownie and Girl Scout cookouts. Unfortunately, as hot as it’s been outside this summer, I don’t think I’m going to be making traditional s’mores today…but, luckily, I’ve found an upscaled recipe in an old Leisure Arts book that I can make in the oven. Check out our recipe for Cookie S’Mores featuring a chunky peanut butter crust that’s layered with marshmallow creme, chocolate candy, and peanuts!
    Cookie S’Mores
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
    1 large egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
    1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
    3/4 cup salted roasted peanuts
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; add sugars, beating well. Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla; beat well.
    Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well.
    Press dough into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Spread marshmallow creme over dough. Sprinkle chocolate pieces and peanuts over marshmallow creme. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until marshmallow creme is lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars.
    Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
    Happy National S’Mores Day! Hope you enjoy our free recipe! How are you planning to celebrate the occasion? Do you have a fav S'Mores recipe?
  • Depression Glass — My Junk Update

    I’ve been putting away the newest additions to my collections and thought I’d share some photos to get Sunday off to a good start. I’ve had really good luck with depression glass lately and have managed to acquire a few nice new (old) pieces from auctions and estate sales!

    This is Mt. Pleasant pattern black amethyst depression glass. It was made in 1920s-1934 by the L.E. Smith Glass Company. This is very cool glass! It looks black until you hold it up to the light…then, you can see amethyst! 
    From MacBeth-Evans Glass Company, circa 1929-32, here’s a stray Dogwood patterned pink depression glass sugar bowl. Now I’ve got to find the creamer!
    I really scored on my two crystal Iris & Herringbone pattern depression glass footed tumblers. They were made by the Jeannette Glass Company in 1928-1932, and I’m thrilled to add them to my growing collection of this pattern. (This is a hard pattern to collect because so many pieces of it have been reproduced!)
    Not sure why, but I just had to have these crystal Oyster & Pearl pattern depression glass candleholders. (The markings sort of look like octopus tentacles to me…) They were made in 1938-1940 by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation.

    I also picked up a few pieces of Jeannette pink Cherry Blossom pattern depression glass. It dates from 1930-39.
    This Moonstone pattern is also by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Well, this isn’t technically, really, depression glass at all (it does show up in some depression glass guides) since it didn’t start being produced until 1941, but I really like it! It looks cool in the cabinet with my milk glass.
    What’s your favorite depression glass pattern? How do you display it? I’d love some inspiration!
  • Vintage Goodies from Auctions & Estate Sales!

    I’ve been going to auctions and estate sales way too often lately! It’s sort of getting out of hand. Last Saturday, we drove 3 hours from Little Rock to Memphis, so the Love-Of-My-Life could bid on a ukulele banjo. He didn’t get it. I bought a bowl (a vintage jadite Swirl pattern mixing bowl), and then we drove another 3 hours home. (It actually took longer than 6 hours total ’cause we got lost in Memphis!) I didn’t even get a Krystal burger…
    It was evidently a weekend for green vintage purchases…
    I also came home from assorted estate sales lately with a green mailbox bank & a green teapot!
    Other folks crave chocolate, I indulged myself to a bag of assorted crochet hooks, knitting needles, bottle openers, and a green shoe button hook! (Plus, I was tickled to find a Reynolds Metals Company paperweight! My Daddy retired from that company many years ago!)
    From other auctions, I acquired some of those wonderful old green canning jars plus some neat vintage Hazel Atlas jars and Ball jars.
    Couldn’t resist these rusty, crusty vintage implements…

    I’m liking this claw-looking tool in my green button bowl!

    And to break my green streak, I had to have this red Tonka truck…
    It’s a Jeep (and I’ve been driving Jeeps for around 15 years now)!
    What have you been adding to your vintage collectibles collections?
  • Knooks, Duct Tape, Deals & Downloads!

    Happy Friday Y’all! We’ve got a lot going on at Leisure Arts today! We’ve got new Knook how-to videos, a Knook & Tell Design Contest, a Duct Tape Festival, and it’s National Flip-Flop Day! Check out the details and the deals!

    Knookers! You’re going to love our brand new, better-than-ever, FREE how-to videos for the Knook:
    How To Knook Videos - Left Handed
    How To Knook Videos - Right Handed

    Knook & Tell Design Contest
    Knook Fans! Have you entered our Knook & Tell Design Contest yet? Combine your Knook and your imagination to create an original Knook design for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, a yarn package from Bernat, & assorted Knook products! Entry period ends July 15!

    Knook Bundle Summer Special
    If you haven’t discovered the art of knitting with a Knook yet, check out our Knook Bundle Summer Special! Learn to knit with a Knook this summer with our Knook Bundle! Receive *free shipping with your $50 purchase of Knook soft cover pattern books and tool kits with coupon code: KNOOKPROMO! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Limited Time Only! Ends July 5!

    Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival
    Can you go? Patti Wallenfang, designer of all the cool duct tape projects in the Just Duct Tape It! & Go Crazy with Duct Tape craft pattern books from Leisure Arts is going to represent Leisure Arts with the Duck brand folks at The 9th Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, starting June 15, 2012, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio. Check out the official Duct Tape Festival web site for more info!

    Duct Tape Product Special
    Buy our Just Duct Tape It! & Go Crazy with Duct Tape craft pattern books & get *free shipping with coupon code: DUCTTAPE! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Duct Tape special ends June 30!

    Last but not least and definitely the most fun—Today’s National Flip-Flop Day! Are you wearing your flops? To be really unique, you could make your own! Get a copy of our craft pattern book—Just Duct Tape It! to find out how! 

    Bonus! Shipping on Just Duct Tape It! is only $3.99 with coupon code: JDTIFS! 

    You can also get reduced shipping on Go Crazy with Duct Tape with coupon code: GCWDTFS!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! You might check back here at Everyday Life at Leisure later today for an update! We’re working on a last minute weekend BOGO deal for eBook & ePattern fans!

  • Happy Memorial Day!

    I first posted these images on the Everyday Life at Leisure blog on last Memorial Day, and I think they’re just as appropriate today…

    And know that all of us at Leisure Arts wish you and yours the happiest of Memorial Days ever! Eat something good, visit with family and friends, do something creative with a hook or a needle, enjoy the day off if you’ve got it, and REMEMBER!
  • After 25 Years, Carol Mulach Retires from Leisure Arts!

    Yesterday, we threw a party at Leisure Arts! A sad and glad party all rolled into one because it was a retirement party for our beloved, always smiling, “I’ll get it done!”—Carol Mulach!
    Carol started at Leisure Arts in February 1987 in the Consumer Service Subscription Department. In May, she moved to the sales department working for Rich Tignor—and, eventually, she simply took over running the place! Any operational day to day office situation that came up, Carol has been the go-to gal. If something needed arranging, Carol has been the right woman for the job. She arranged breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, company parties, put together travel arrangements for people going out and people coming in, right along with everything else, from ordering floral arrangements to stocking the office supplies. Carol also became the “Voice of Leisure Arts”—if you ever called Leisure Arts during the holidays or inclement weather, it was Carol’s voice you heard in those recorded phone announcements!
    The retirement extravaganza kicked off with Carol’s choir group—the Sweet Adelines, singing her down the elevator…
    Carol, a bit teary-eyed, joined in to sing along.
    And we indulged in a Mexican potluck!
    Carol opened going-away gifts and told stories…
    While we ate some more!
    And then we ate a little more!
    We all wish Carol well as she ends and begins her “Life of Leisure.” She’ll be missed by one and all!
  • Leisure Arts Beach Party 2012

    Yesterday afternoon was our annual Leisure Arts Beach Party! We logged off the computers and headed for the Leisure Arts patio for food, games, dancing, and some good fellowship!

    Here we are in the buffet line…chicken, shrimp, catfish, hush puppies, fries, slaw, beans and all the trimmings!

    This was my plate…YUM! And aren’t you proud of me? I didn’t go back for seconds!

    Of course, while we ate, we visited!

    The DJ played tunes…(The green lawn chairs were door prizes!)

    That’s Rick, our CEO, getting ready to throw the beach ball through a hoop!

    That’s the hoop…hanging from a skytrack!

    Check out the decorations that doubled as door prizes…

    I actually won a beach towel!

    And a good time was had by all! Thanks Leisure Arts! We truly enjoyed our beautiful afternoon in the sunshine!

  • Celebrating Fat Tuesday & National Pancake Day

    Happy Fat Tuesday Everybody! Did you know that today’s also National Pancake Day? I may have started the morning with King Cake for breakfast, but now I’m zeroing in on pancakes! In fact, look at what you, too, could be eating if you had a copy of our Celebrating Pancakes cookbook by Avner Laskin:

    Light & Fluffy Pancakes
    (It’s the whipped egg whites that make them fluffy! No need to let the batter rest!)

    Layered Berry Pancakes
    (This decadent dessert in made with layers of delicate pancakes, sweet berry confit & tangy crème fraiche!)

    Fresh & Festive Pineapple Coconut Pancakes
    (Fresh pineapple, a bit of liqueur, and ricotta pancakes…oh my…)

    Jam & Granola Pancakes
    (Just in case you need a little something more wholesome!)

    Butter & Berry Jam Pancakes
    (Ahh, the simplicity of basic foods like better, jam, & pancakes!)

    Orange Jam & Crème Fraiche Pancakes
    (Orange & crème yumminess…)

    Pancakes with Strawberries & Crème Fraiche
    (How pretty is this?)

    And last but not least…for something on the savory side—Pancakes with Bacon & Eggs!

    Be warned! Those are just a few of the pancakey delights in Celebrating Pancakes…I’m feeling compelled to try all of them!

  • Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Sunset

    Just wanted to share a pretty picture with you that I snapped somewhere between Shannon Hills and Sardis, Arkansas. I’ve been taking a little vacation from Leisure Arts during the holidays…taking the time to appreciate things like sunsets!

  • The Deco Mesh Trend for Christmas

    {Leisure Arts in-house designer Anne is our guest blogger today on Everyday Life at Leisure! She’s seeing Deco Mesh everywhere and wanted to share!}

    Deco Mesh

    Maybe you don’t know what it’s called, but I am almost sure you have seen it used. Deco Mesh! It is one of those products that started showing up in Christmas decorations about fifteen or so years ago. However, it still continues to gain in popularity. A craft company that Leisure Arts works with said it steadily grows in sales year after year. Amazing. We keep wondering when we will see the Deco Mesh trend fade…not this year! It seems to be hitting the peak of its glory. It has transitioned into other seasonal use such as Halloween and Easter décor, too. It is also being used for wedding and shower decorations. Deco Mesh is now available in a rainbow of colors and has started being shown in plaids and stripes as well. Deco Mesh is offered retail starting at about $15.00 a roll; it goes up in price depending on where you buy it, and if it has glitter or pattern.

    Let’s face it; you get a lot of bang for your buck. You can create a very full wreath with one roll of mesh, without anything else added. Or add it to last year’s wreath to fill and update it for this year.

    This is a tree found in my neighborhood. The homeowner has used Deco Mesh to fill the tree without the huge expense of multiple ornaments.

    This is a mailbox welcoming you with Deco Mesh. The mesh is used here as the background to build the arrangement. The larger scale ornaments are then added in clusters to the mesh base. The arrangement is crowned with a blend of both mesh and balls at the top of the mailbox. Nicely done.

    Another mailbox coordinates with a gorgeous entry arrangement. These two are very well done. The scale is kept consistent with ornaments, fullness of mesh loops, and sizeable door entry. To me, this is a great example of use and scale.

    It seems that with the mesh, scale is so important. It literally can swallow up a door and entrance in an over use of the product. The same, though, goes for wreaths, mantles, and trees. So as you wrap, fluff, and loop your mesh this season…remember, a little goes a long way.

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