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Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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(Used in this project: Small Oval Tags in Bouquet style, Large Oval Tags in Custom style and Paper Tin-Tie Bags.) One of my earliest childhood kitchen memories comes from the day my father baked a batch of cookies for my sister and me using the recipe from the bag of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE chocolate chips. The cookies were magical, of course, and I can remember to this day the way the dough tasted, and the smell wafting from the oven as they baked. Since then, I’ve experimented with several … [Read more...]

Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub

Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub from My Own Ideas blog

(Used in this project: Beer Labels in Greenfield style.) It's BBQ season again. Finally! While some can get out and grill all year long, the real fun is in hosting a group and dining in the gorgeous outdoors. Oh, and trying new recipes! We can't forget how much fun it is to experiment with all that there is available for the grill. Veggies, grilling baskets, and even cake recipes are now commonly cooked on the deck. The old standby for me is a some BBQ chicken or ribs, with a big punch of … [Read more...]

Buckeye Bark

For Father's Day

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(Used in this project: Large Labels and Fancy Diamond Labels in Aunt Lorraine style with Small Tin-Tie Bags.) I have a tendency to decorate most candies and treats in a frilly and feminine way— not typically a bad thing. However, when looking for ideas for Fathers Day, I wanted to make a treat that wasn’t overly sweet, still rich, and absolutely masculine. Dark chocolate fits that description completely— and is a great place to start. I saw this recipe for Buckeye Bark over at … [Read more...]

World’s Best Dad Beer

Plus free printable Father's Day coupon tokens!

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(Used in this project: Rectangle Photo Labels, Collar Labels, Small Circle Labels and Coasters in Football style with a 4-pack Bottle Carrier.) My dad loves sports, especially football, so for Father's Day this year I decided to dress up his favorite beer with an old photo of him from college. I packaged up the bottles in a 4-pack carrier and also ordered some matching coasters. I know he will be so surprised to see himself on his favorite brew and will want to share stories of playing sports … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Sugar Toast Topping

A Father-Daughter Treat

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For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to make my dad a gift that brings back memories of some of my favorite childhood father-daughter moments. So while sifting through memory lane last night, I came to the realization that it was my dad who taught me my favorite tricks in the kitchen. He was the one who first introduced me to chocolate chip cookies and homemade doughnuts, and it was because of him that I discovered the simplicity behind a delicious slice of cinnamon-sugar toast at the end of … [Read more...]

Personalized gift ideas that will put a smile on Dad’s face.

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. Show your love and appreciation with a gift that is homemade and personalized just for him - mix up a batch of his favorite spice rub for summer grilling or gift him his favorite beer with his very own label. Whatever you decide to give, it’s easy to make it extra special with personalized labels, gift tags, and coasters from My Own Labels. Here are some of our latest homemade gift ideas and recipes … [Read more...]

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Now that it is summer, and barbecue season is officially underway, my fiancé and I find ourselves barbecuing dinner at least twice per week. As a result, I finally decided it was time to experiment with my own homemade barbecue sauce. I've always loved the taste of barbecue sauce as an addition beef and chicken, but I tend to find the sauce offerings at most grocery stores cloyingly sweet. So, in looking for the perfect recipe, I wanted something erring on the side of hot and spicy with, of … [Read more...]

Homemade Catsup & Mustard

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It's here! It's here! Summer is finally here! Us pacific northwesterners don't get very long summers, but when they come we take full advantage of them and that means grilling. I wanted to do something special for the first bar-b-cue of the year, so I made my own homemade ketchup and mustard! It was pretty simple and it made the hot dogs and hamburgers we had even more of an occasion! Here are the recipes for both…the ketchup takes a little longer to make, but boy oh boy is it worth … [Read more...]

Rustic Spice Rub

A homemade Father's Day gift!

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My dad loves steak. In fact, I'm pretty sure all dads love steak. The problem is my dad can't cook a steak at all. No matter how hard he tries it turns out bland. Well not anymore, because this Father's Day, with a little help from this fantastic spice rub recipe, my dad is going to make us perfect steaks. The spice rub is absolutely delicious, so easy to put together, and it makes every piece of meat you put it on fantastic. Use this for all cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, even portabello … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Beer and Crochet Cozy Pattern!

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With Father's Day right around the corner, I want to give my dad a gift I know he'll love - his favorite beer. And while I know the beer will be well appreciated on its own, I want to make my gift to him extra special, so I've decided to dress his favorite brand of brew with personalized beer labels. To top it off, I've made my father a couple simple crocheted beer cozies to accompany the rest of his gift. I wasn't able to find a pattern for this project on the internet, so I created my own. … [Read more...]