Rolling with Libby

For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:
Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent
of three thousand miles per gallon.
~Bill Strickland


Bicycle GORP Push Pop


Yay! It’s time for Libby Hickson’s Tour de Craft, Libby’s annual craft homage to the Tour de France (the 21-stage, 3,660 km bicycle race). Joining Libby and her stamp-happy, bicycle-bonkers friends to honor the Tour makes me happy as a down hill racer!




Have you noticed the Tour riders grabbing snacks out of their sweaty back pockets in the middle of the race? I decided to go a little off the map with a look back to the snack of champions – GORP.

Bicycle Pillow Box


Remember GORP? It was popular in the 1970’s with hikers because it was lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious and, well, because powerbars weren’t on the scene yet. I used to pack GORP in my bike bag for quick fuel between food stops. That combination of salty and crunchy, sweet and chewy is just magical.



Although GORP is short for granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts, let’s be honest, granola and oats sounds like something you’d feed your horse. I make mine with nuts, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, pretzels, and most importantly, M&Ms.

Bicycle GORP Push Pops

The carbohydrates in the dried fruit give a quick energy boost while the fat and protein in the nuts provide sustained energy. The M&Ms are just tasty! And, like their ad says, M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your bike bag.

For giggles and grins (and, hey, maybe a fun party favor), I packed my GORP today in decorated pillow boxes and plastic push pop containers. They’re stinkin’ cute and yummy, right?

GORP Bicycle Push Pop


tips and techniques

I found these plastic push pop containers in a fun store in Austin, Texas: Make it Sweet. Just Google “push pop containers” to find a retailer or click on the link below. Filling, decorating and eating from them is just so much fun! For some other ideas for these containers here’s a great article from the fabulous Tip Junkie:  14 Amazing Push Pop Treats {recipes}.

What you put in your GORP is really just a matter of personal preference. Here are some ideas:

  • nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans
  • dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, banana chips
  • breakfast cereal: Chex, Grape Nuts, Cheerios, granola, rolled oats
  • seeds: pumpkin or pepita, sunflower, sesame
  • pretzels, popcorn, Goldfish crackers
  • shredded coconut
  • yogurt chips
  • M&Ms or other candy-coated chocolate that won’t melt in the sun

Besides the groceries of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and candy, here are the rest of the ingredients to my GORP tribute.

That’s all for me. Thank you, Libby, for letting me roll with you!


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oh snap!

Family faces are magic mirrors.
Looking at people who belong to us,
we see the past, present and future.
~ Gail Lumet Buckley

I’m so excited about this simple tag – mostly because of what’s inside the box.

MFT Reel Life Tag

Do you remember View-Masters? When I was a kid (I’m vintage, but NOT antique) the closest we came to seeing a movie in 3D was through the stereoscopic effect of a View-Master. I was entranced, especially with my beloved Sleeping Beauty reel.



Fast forward to this week . . . Mr. Catered Crop’s five siblings all live in different states now – they’re spread all over tarnation. Every two to three years all of us invade some unsuspecting town and do what middle-aged siblings do best – reminisce. Our reunion is this week so I can finally share the surprise goodies I have for the sibs.

Image 3D Reel

I found a company who will make custom View-Master reels. Each white box contains a 3D viewer and a custom reel of family memories.

Oh Snap Image3D Reel Tag

Oh Snap! We just took reminiscing to a whole other dimension! That’s Reel-y Fun! (Sorry, bad puns.)


tips & techniques

Working with Image3D and their on-line “Build a Wheel” tool to create the reel was a dream. I just uploaded seven pictures, and cropped and resized as needed. We ordered seven viewers, and each of them arrived in a white hand-out box with the custom reel already loaded and ready to view.

I made the tag with My Favorite Things  stamps, ink and dies. It’s easier to glue the black reel onto the kraft paper before cutting the tag out out of the kraft paper. Doing it that way created a nice embossed edge all around the tag.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

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Operation Write Home Blog Skip

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
~William Shakespeare

Birthday 2013 Banner Sept25-PLHey everyone. Welcome to Catered Crop and my little stop on the Operation White Home Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Perfect Papercrafting. If you’ve been skipping along with us from home base, you just joined us from Laura’s place at Perfect Paper Crafting. If you just found us, you’ll want to go just two hops back to the Operation Write Home so you don’t miss a thing (like some yummy blog candy).


I’m so exited to be part of the blog hop today because it lets me sing praises to two amazing ventures: the fabulous work of the Operation Write Home (OWH) volunteers and my favorite paper crafting tool, Perfect Layers.

Happy Sixth Birthday to Operation Write Home! Congratulations to you and all your volunteers.

If you’re not familiar with OWH, they support our armed forces and their families by sending blank handmade cards to the troops to send back to their loved ones. It’s as American as apple pie and a lot more healthy for you. If you’d like to know how you can donate cards (including guidelines and tips), just click here or here.

MME Chalboard Greeting

OWH is already taking cards for Christmas and even Valentine’s Day, so I made a couple of gender-neutral cards that would work for Valentine’s Day. Besides being a great organization that does great things, OWH is also a terrific source of inspiration. – like the current Sketch Challenge #191 I used for my first card.


That little hint of black framing in both the cards is all made with the Perfect Layer tool. This puppy stays on my crafting desk all the time because I use it with just about every card.

I love my layers, but I had to careful not to add so many that mailing this would create problems for OWH. That’s almost as big a challenge for me as not adding glitter – another no, no for OWH cards. They need our envelopes, too, so I made some to match my cards – just for more giggles and grins.

Friends Make Good Times

Below are all the ingredients I used in my cards and envelopes and that’s it from me. Thanks so much for joining me, and I hope you’ll consider making some cards to send to OWH.

Now . . . off you go to the next skip . . . Pam Sparks’ Expressions With Heart.



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