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Paul asks…

What do I get my boyfriend for Christmas?

My boyfriend is 17 and I have no clue what to get him for christmas! Any ideas?
We’ve been going out for a year

LoveKnots answers:

How long have you been going out?

Framed picture of the two of you

Laminated bookmark – pick a picture or a few of the two of you, glue to construction paper, laminate at Staples, cut, punch a hole and tie a piece of twine through it and knot it.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/HowToFold.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Buy a stocking and fill it full of a bunch of small things – cologne, flashlight, key chain, DVD, CD, T-shirt, movie tickets, microwave popcorn, his favorite snacks

Make cookies, fudge or brownies:

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pout out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Spicy Oatmeal Crisps
Pepper may sound like an odd ingredient for a cookie, but it complements the other spices well (although you can omit it if you prefer).

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup regular oats
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through pepper) in a medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in flour mixture and oats.

Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until crisp. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

William asks…

What Christmas present can I give my two Syrian Hamsters (male and female)?

You see, when i was at my granny’s having a Christmas vacation, i realized that i still haven’t got a gift for two sweet-little HAMMIES!! and when we returned i immediately, turned the computer on and searched for such things….

i was wondering, a gift that’s cheap, and can be found in the Phillipines….. or something that homemade!

LoveKnots answers:

You can always buy a new toy or treat for them…
But homemade treats are the best!

Banana Fruit balls:
This is a fun and easy recipe to make and the ingredients can easily be changed to give your cute little critter lots of treat variety.
Mash some banana in a bowl. Add enough dried whole wheat bread crumbs until you can shape the mixture into tiny balls that are a good size for your hamster to hold. You will want this mixture on the dry side, but still moist enough to shape into little balls. You can also add some finely chopped carrots or apples, ground plain oats, wheat germ or flax seed to your mixture. Refrigerate the balls until you are ready to use them.
You can make endless variations of these hamster treats by using mashed potatoes or any type of baby food that is safe for hamsters as the base of your treats and then incorporating any types of hamster safe finely chopped or ground fruits, veggies, sunflower seeds or dry ingredients into the baby food until it is dry enough to form into balls.
Please note: Before incorporating any ingredients into this recipe, be sure to do some research to be certain that the ingredients that you plan to use are hamster safe. For instance, Peanut butter has been known to cause choking in hamsters as well as get stuck in their cheek pouches and should be avoided.
I hope that your little hammies love this healthy rodent recipe!
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Ingredients:
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup rolled oat or porridge oats
1 (100 g) jar berry baby food
1 egg white
water, enough to moisten the mix

Hamster Cookies:
Baby food note: I used Organix’s Apple, Strawberry& blueberry compote; it’s apple puree, water, blueberry puree, strawberry puree and ground rice.
You can change this to make different flavored cookies – just avoid any baby food that contains leeks, onions, chives, spices, garlic or lemon juice as these ingredients are not good for hamsters.
Measure out dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together. Add in the baby food and about half a jar of water- If you’re mixing by hand, rub and press down the mixture with the back of your spoon while mixing.
This makes a very thick and solid dough mixture but it will still be sticky.
Roll the mixture into tiny little balls about half an inch or so wide and flatten them slightly.
Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 175C (non fan oven) or somewhere in between 175 and 150C for a fan oven.
These don’t take long to bake because they’re so small – only bake them until they go a light brown around the outer edges.
This took about 8 minutes in my oven (fan oven) to give you an idea of the length of time.
Cool then store in an airtight container or in the freezer in a freezer-appropriate container.
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Homemade toys!

Tube Swing:
Fix a long bar on top of the hamster’s cage. For ex. Cut notches in a strip of wood. Take a can (one of cardboard and foil, not of metal), and cut off the bottom circle with a saw or a scissor. Poke two holes in the can with a scissor or a drill. Take a piece of rope through the holes, and attach it with knots inside the can. Make sure the can almost reaches the floor of the cage if you loop the swing over the bar above the cage.

Food Hanger:
Fix a long bar on top of the hamster’s cage. For ex. Cut notches in a strip of wood. Tie a length of yarn onto a clothes hanger, and tie the other end to the bar. Great for hanging leafy veggies and for giving the hamster treats. Just make sure the clothes hanger isn’t so strong as to hurt the hamster

Water Bottle Habit Trail:
I am not going to tell you how to make this one since it really just involves creativity and pure smartitude! There is a pic of my water bottle habit trail (it’s just for playing) But i will tell you some things about it: like hamsters wont realize they can chew through the plastic wrap (lid) and if you cut a piece of card board and tape one end the the end of the box it’ll make a door and for the corners of the tubes (the ones out of the cage) i used the cut off ends of the water bottles and just taped em, and i cut a hole in one side of the box and added a little house

Peep Hole:
Take a small box and cut off all the flap pieces so that there a complete open space with out any flaps getting in the way then turn it over so that it now has a longer width than height then right in the middle of the flat surface cut a hole that’s large enough for your hamster to crawl through.

Tissue Box House:
This is the simplest toy of all! Take an empty tissue box or any other cardboard box with an opening in it, and place it in your hamster’s cage.

Play Nook:
Another really simple toy! Just give your hammy an empty coffee- or cocoa can and put a little bit of hay or shav

Michael asks…

Making a gift basket for my boyfriend?

I have some tshirts, boxers, candy and like a little stuffed toy. What else should I add? Like little cheapy things? It’s for valentines day we are 18 amd we’ve been together for 4 years <3 :D thank you!

LoveKnots answers:

A flower
A card
homemade cookies
Movie tickets
Chapstick
Cologne
Hat

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pout out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Make a laminated bookmark: find pictures of two of you – it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper (you can make it two-sided), make sure you know how wide you want it to be before you start with the glue, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages
http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Susan asks…

What is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for someone who has everything?

LoveKnots answers:

Make a laminated bookmark: find pictures of the two of you or pictures she would like – it can be a few small pics or just one. Cut the construction paper to the size you want and start gluing the pictures on, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot. You can even skip laminating it.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Bottle Full of Hearts
Fold hearts or cut out extremely small hearts and put them inside a bottle. Tie ribbons around the top of the bottle of many colors. Attach a note.

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pout out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Jumbles

3 large bananas, mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup oil (I use walnut oil)
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, let set 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Daniel asks…

What are the most popular Italian desserts?

LoveKnots answers:

A
Affogato

All Soul’s Day Cookies

Almond Cakes
Carrot and Almond Cake
Chocolate Amaretti Cake

Amaretti Cream

Amaretto Cheesecake

Amaretto Truffles

Apostles’ Fingers

Apples, Baked with Amaretti Cookies

Apple-Caramel Coffee Cake

Apple Crostata

Apple, Crumb Cheesecake

Apple Fritters

Apple, Italian Cake

Apple, Pear Tart

Apple Pie with Streusel Topping
B
Befana Cake

Biscotti, Cherry

Biscotti, Nutella

Biscotti Recipes
Neopoliatan Biscotti
Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti
Orange Chocolate-Chip Biscotti
Espresso Biscotti
Anise Biscotti
White Chocolate-Macadamia Biscotti
Polenta and Sesame Biscotti

Biscotti Recipes for Autumn and Christmas
Pumpkin Biscotti
Cranberry Biscotti
Gingerbread Biscotti
Grand Marnier Biscotti
Christmas Biscotti
Chocolate-Peppermint Biscotti

Bolognese Rice Cake
C
Candy Recipes
Crunchy Chocolate Toffee
Caramel Corn
Chocolate Cherry Surprises
Peppermint Chocolate Bark
Candied Candy Canes
Amaretto Truffles
White Christmas Mix
Chocolate Torrone
Peanut Butter Fudge
Croccante

Cannoli Recipes
Cannoli Shells
Ricotta Filling
Pastry Cream Filling
Pastry Cream Variations
Baked Cannoli Shells

Carnival Fritters

Cartellate (Fried Honey Spirals)

Cheesecake, Amaretto

Cheesecake, Nutella

Cheesecake Strawberries

Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies

Cherry Custard Ice Cream

Cherry Zabaglione Tart

Chestnut Tortelli

Chocolate Chestnut Cake

Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Super Chocolate Brownies
Black Bottom Cupcakes
Black Forest Squares
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pound Cake
Death by Chocolate
Boca Negra

Chocolate-Filled Kisses

Chocolate Torte

Cookie, Giant Chocolate Chip

Cookies, Italian
Chocolate and Almond Meringues
Sardinian Lemon Meringues
Pine Nut Cookies and Cherry Rosettes
Chocolate Filled / Baci
Florentines
Venetian Layered Cookies
Apricot Bars
Chocolate and Black Pepper Cookies

Cookies, More Italian
Amaretti Cookies
Lemon Drops
Pignoli macaroons
Chocolate Almond Macaroons
Italian Love Knots (Tarelli)
Cappuccino Drops
Sweet Salami Cookies
Ugly but Good Cookies
Orange Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Puffs
Cream Puff Pastry Dough
Pastry Cream Filling
Whipped Cream Filling
Easy Pudding Filling
Chocolate Glaze
Caramel Glaze

Croccante

Custard Pie
D-F
Fiadone / Ricotta Pie

Fig Cake, Sicilian

Figs, Chocolate with Amaretti Cream

Fig Crunch Galette

Fried Dessert Recipes
Cinnamon Zeppole
Carnival Fritters
Bow Ties (Farfellette)

Frittelle

Fruit Dessert Recipes
Mascarpone with Peaches
Figs with Chocolate and Almonds
Strawberries in WHite Wine
Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Fruit Pizza
Frullati (Fruit Whips)
Baked Amaretti Plums
White Peaches with Raspberries
Skillet Blueberry Crisps
Grilled Pineapple with Nutella
Berries with Cannoli Cream
G
Gelato Recipes
Vanilla Gelato
Chocolate Gelato
Mascarpone Gelato
Pistachio Gelato
Grape Gelato
Banana-Rum Gelato
Custard Gelato
Cinnamon Gelato
Peach Gelato
Pizzelle Cones

Granita Recipes
Coffee Granita
Strawberry Granita
Lemon Granita
White Zinfandel-Raspberry Granita

Grapes, Cake with WIne
H-M
Heart Tarts

Ice Cream, Cherry Custard

Ice Cream, Pumpkin

Knot Cookies

Ladyfingers (Savoiardi)

Lamb Cake
Lemon Ricotta Cake

Limoncello Babas

Limoncello Cheesecake Squares

Limoncello, Homemade
N-O
Nutella Recipes
Easy Nutella Fondue
Nutella Amaretto Mousse
Crescent Pastries
Nutella Biscotti
Nutella Cheesecake
Nutella-Banana French Toast

Orange Cake

Pan di Spaga (Sponge Cake)

Panettone
Panettone Bread
Panettone-Orange Bread Pudding
Panettone with Mascarpone Sauce
Panettone French Toast

Panforte

Panna Cotta with Caramel Sauce

Panna Cotta, Pumpkin with Candied Walnuts

Panpepato

Pardulas / Formagelle

Pasta Ciotti

Pasta Frolla (Short Crust Pastry)

Pear and Apple Tart

Pistachio Cake

Pizza di Crema

Pizzelle Recipes
Pizzelle made with Vegetable Oil
Pizzelle made with Butter
Chocolate Pizzelle
Pizzelle with Hazelnuts
Almond Pizzelle
Cappuccino Pizzelle
Black and White Pizzelle

Polenta Pound Cake

Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin Tiramisu
Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Easy Pumpkin Cannoli
Italian Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Semifreddo Recipes
Semifreddo al Amaretto
Semifreddo al Torrone
Bailey’s and Macadamia
Tiramisu Ice Cream Logs
Mini Chocolate Logs
Raspberry Hearts
Toasted Almond Tortoni
Banana Semifreddo
Nutella and Toasted Coconut Semifreddo

Raspberry Tarts

Rice Cake

Rice Pudding

Ricotta Filling for Cannoli

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Fritters

Rum Baba

Semolina Cake

Sfinci

Sfogliatelle

Sgroppino

Spumone

Strawberry Desserts
Strawberry Almond Tart
Strawberry Gelato
Strawberry Spumone
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry-Rhubard Pie
C

Sharon asks…

what should i get my mum and dad for christmas?

I’m on a fifteen pound budget as I lost the other 15!
Anyway, idon’t know what to get them:/
Any ideas?
Oh and please don’t say ‘give them love‘ or ‘give them a picture of yourself. Or wine, I’m only 14 and can’t buy any.

thanks.x

LoveKnots answers:

Make a laminated bookmark: find pictures or photos that they would like – animals, sports, flowers, hearts, cars, pictures of family or you two – it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper, make sure you know how wide you want it to be before you start with the glue, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/HowToFold.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Use an empty jar or soup can to make a pen/pencil holders – take the label off and wrap them in fabric or colored paper and decorate them with pictures the two of you.

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pout out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Jumbles

3 large bananas, mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup oil
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, let set 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Spicy Oatmeal Crisps
Pepper may sound like an odd ingredient for a cookie, but it complements the other spices well (although you can omit it if you prefer).
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup regular oats
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through pepper) in a medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in flour mixture and oats.

Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until crisp. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

Chris asks…

Homemade Christmas gift for my boyfriend?

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost two years and it’ll be our second Christmas together. We live in opposite states at the moment and I need ideas for Christmas present. Please all help is appreciated:)
Thanks<3

LoveKnots answers:

Sew a shirt
Quilt a blanket

Make a laminated (or non-laminated) bookmark: find pictures of the two of you or pictures he would like out of a magazine or inspiring words- it can be a few small pics or just one. Get stock paper and cut the paper to the size you want and start gluing the pictures on, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot. You can even skip laminating it.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Use an empty jar or soup can to make a pen/pencil holders – take the label off and wrap them in fabric or colored paper and decorate them with pictures the two of you.

Small box with Kisses.
You can get a small box like a small gift box and fill it with 365 chocolate kisses! Then add a little note explaining that he now can have a kiss everyday of the year from you. This is a great idea especially for those long distance relationship.

Pictures.
Another great gift idea is to take a picture of you and your boyfriend or even just one of yourself and have it framed nicely.

Little gift box.
Most local dollar stores offer little gift boxes that are decorative and inexpensive or a stocking. Then just be creative! You can fill it with his favorite chocolates, candy, coffee, a small stuffed animal, and even add something pertaining to his hobbies (like guitar picks or drum sticks, even sports memorabilia, depending on what he’s into) Wrap it in cellophane and add a card and bow.

Bottle Full of Hearts
Fold hearts or cut out extremely small hearts and put them inside a bottle. Tie ribbons around the top of the bottle of many colors. Attach a note.

Puzzle
Make him a homemade puzzle. Draw a picture and cut it out different ways and let him work it to read what it says!

Photo Collage
Draw a bunch of things on small pieces of paper and tape them to construction paper or poster board.

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pour out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

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