Happy Thanksgiving from IB Designs, USA

Been awhile since I posted as life seems to get in the way at times. Although it’s a bit early wanted to wish all my friends and followers a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Wishing you a peaceful day as we start the holiday season!

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It’s a Candy Cane Christmas & Holiday Recipes

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We have been busy little elves and working on lots of orders during this busy time. While we work we enjoy listening to music and listened quite a bit to internet radio. No matter what station we put on it seemed they kept playing the same songs and the same people. We then decided to use Media Player and put our whole collection on there especially the Christmas songs. We have been listening to song that we loved back in the 60’s,70’s….etc.

One CD is called Homemade Christmas and has some really funny songs. Yingle Bells, Santa got caught in the Chimney and Candy Cane Christmas. Really glad that we can create our own playlist while we are working away and lets us listen to a variety of artists and listening to songs that we haven’t heard in awhile.
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Although I haven’t made this I thought I would post a picture of Homemade Candy Canes that you can make. Just click on the link for the recipe. It would be a great project for the whole family to enjoy.

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Another recipe that I have made and tastes delicious is Peanut Butter Balls. If you love Reese’s this recipe is for you.

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls


1 (1 lb) box powdered sugar
1 (16 oz) jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 (13 oz each) bags of chocolate chips

Cooking Steps:

1.    Mix the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and peanut butter together until creamy (try not to taste too much along the way).

2.    Melt both bags of chocolate chips in microwave.

3.    Roll mix into small (or large) balls.

4.    Dip the balls into the melted chocolate and place on a cookie sheet.

5.    Put cookie sheet in freezer for about 1 hour,

6.    After the chocolate balls harden, put them, in the fridge until served. Enjoy!!

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Last recipe is Cranberry Walnut Relish. This is delicious.

Cranberry Walnut Relish

1 lb fresh cranberries
2 c sugar
1 c chopped English walnuts
1 c orange marmalade
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 Tbs)
I also added one 11 oz can of mandarin oranges, chopped

Wash and drain cranberries. Mix with sugar. Place in a shallow baking pan (I used a Pyrex 9 x 13). Cover with foil. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Toast walnuts for 12 min. Add marmalade and juice to cranberry mixture. Add chopped oranges. Stir in nuts. Place in container. Chill before serving.

Below is one of our vertical signal flag banner that spells JOY! Wishing you Joy this Christmas season. IB Designs, USA

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Signal Flag Cartoons

I think that there is a bit of child in all of us. We thought it would be fun to put together some cartoons with signal flags. Through the magic of Paint Shop Pro (PSP) we added some signal flags. This is something you won’t see everyday.

The first picture is parade of ants carrying leaves plus our signal flags. They have a heavy load but they are managing it.

signal flag ant cartoon

Most of us remember “Lady and the Tramp” and this famous scene of them eatting spaghetti with our signal flags getting in the way. The banner spells LADY!
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Next comes Goofy and it looks like he wants to go fishing. Since I think he will be successful catching a fish I gave him a BZ banner which means “Well Done” in the Signal Flag world.
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Lastly I loved the Chipmunks and you can see how glad they are to have a banner that spells HAPPY!
signal flag banner happy chipmunks
This post was fun to put together.

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