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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Doughnut Seeds {Quick April Fool’s Day Trick}

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I needed something for my kiddos to trick their friends with at daycare tomorrow and came upon this cute and {very} quick idea from Family Fun.  {Totally love that website!} 

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Doughnut Seeds printable from Family Fun
  • Box of Frosted Cheerios
  • Glue or tape

Simply print and cut out the envelopes.  Then, either tape or glue the edges and wait {patiently} until they dry.  Finally, fill them up with your doughnut seeds {AKA Frosted Cheerios =) } and tape closed.  So simple and I know it will be a hit tomorrow!  What do you have planned to fool your family tomorrow?!?!

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{Guest Posting} Over at Night Owl Crafting & A Fool’s Meal

I’m thrilled!!!  Today I’m over at Night Owl Crafting talking about a new craft tutorial I just finished.  Check it out and let me know what you think!!

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A Fool’s Meal

We are seriously loving that our kiddos are old enough to enjoy the fun holidays, like April Fools’ Day!  We both have some meal tricks up our sleeve for tomorrow that we wanted to share with you before the big day!  What tricks go on at your house?!?!

**The Colorful Cupcakes & Fakin’ and Eggs recipes and pictures are from one of our favorite websites, Family Fun!  Check out their amazing website for more ideas to fool your family.**

For Breakfast:

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We will be getting up a little early to put a few drops of food coloring in their bowls before we pour in the cereal!  Add the milk at the table and it will be a colorful surprise! We can’t wait to see their faces!

For Dinner:

Now this is where the fun begins!  We are having a delicious meal of cupcakes, green beans and ice cream with caramel syrup……is it bad that we are grinning from ear to ear already?

We know when our kiddos look at what is on their plates, they are going to have HUGE…and I mean HUGE smiles on their faces! We can’t promise that the smiles will last through the whole meal……ha ha ha ha (Does that make us mean Moms?)

Main Dish:  Colorful Cupcakes

Ingredients

MEAT LOAF

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

POTATO FROSTING

  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • Food coloring

 

Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full).

  3. Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

  4. Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings. Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake. Makes 12 cupcakes.

 

Side Dish: Ice Cream with Caramel Syrup

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  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Brown Gravy
  • Pork Gravy
  • Cherry tomato
  1. Place mashed potatoes in a ice cream dish.  Mix brown gravy & Pork Gravy (makes a caramel looking colored gravy) and pour over mashed potatoes
  2. Top with cherry tomato if desired.

Now you can see why we think our kiddos are going to LOVE LOVE their dinners until they take a bite….so much fun!

Now for dessert…..

 

Dessert:  Bacon and Eggs

Time to fry up dessert!  After the main dish, our families won’t quite know what to expect, but they’re sure to love this treat!

Ingredients

FOR THE EGGS:

  • 3 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 12 yellow M&MS

FOR THE BACON:

  • 1 square caramel
  • 1 Tootsie Roll Midgee

 

Ingredients

FOR THE EGGS:

    • Melt the white chocolate chips according to the package directions. Transfer the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip off a corner.
    • Squeeze nickel-size portions of the chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper, then gently press a yellow M&M, letter side down, into the center of each. Let the candies cool. Makes 12 eggs.

FOR THE EGGS:

  • Remove the wrapping from a square caramel and a Tootsie Roll Midgee. Microwave the candies for 4 seconds to make them soft. Use your thumb and forefinger to slightly flatten each Fakin' and Eggs Step 4candy piece, then press them together.
    • Halve the candy, then stack and press the pieces into alternating layers.

    • Fakin' and Eggs Step 5 Slice a 1/4-inch-wide piece from the stack. Pinch and stretch the piece lengthwise into a flat bacon strip, then cut it in half. Add ripples to each half by gently bending the edges. Makes 3 strips (6 pieces).

 

Happy April Fool’s Day Tomorrow!!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Link It Up Wednesday #2

Wednesday is possibly my favorite day of the week on our blog!!!  Wednesday is the day I get to see your SWEET projects on our {{Link It Up Wednesday} post!  I literally cannot wait to see what you all have created!  I am SO excited to be doing our 2nd Linky Party on our blog….keep the projects coming!
We had some SWEET projects last week! I just wanted to take a minute and share with you the projects we absolutely LOVED and of course….can’t wait to make!
Ladybird Ln made these SUPER CUTE baby & toddler towels!  The towels….cute, adding the ribbon….even cuter!!!

All I can say is YUMMY!!!!  I think I may have drooled a teeny tiny bit just looking at the picture! I am definitely adding this recipe to my recipe collection!  Thanks Extreme Personal Measures for sharing this with us!
Now on to this weeks {{Link It Up Wednesday}}! 
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  • Link up to your specific post - not your main blog.          (Please no Etsy shops or giveaways)
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fabric Flower Necklace

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I stumbled upon the tutorial {by Little Miss Momma} for this super cute necklace made from simple fabric flowers and knew I HAD to make one!  After making this one tons of other ideas are filling my head to make it even more unique…..smaller flowers with one of a different color?  A longer chain with a single flower?   Stay tuned!  Follow this tutorial to make your own! 

~Thanks Torrie for modeling my creation! =)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Menu Monday 3/28/11

I always feel so much better and more prepared when I get my menu completed and my grocery list written down for the week.  Life is just not as hectic when I have an idea what I am making for dinner!

Monday~ Porcupine Meatballs, Salad

Tuesday~ Ramen Noodle Lasagna, Green Beans

Wednesday~ Soup, Grilled Ham & Cheese

Thursday~ Tuna Rice Muffinettes, Peas

Friday~ Cupcakes, Green Beans, Ice Cream with Carmel Syrup (Some of you may be wondering…uhhhhh, what????, but keep an eye out for my April Fools post………It is going to be SO MUCH FUN!)

Saturday~ Shredded Chicken & Lime Rice Burritos

Sunday~ Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday {By Briana}

Every Friday, we’ll be spotlighting 5 great, amazing, creative ideas that we have found out there in the blogger world.  This week is my chance to show you all of the projects I’ve been obsessed with this week.  All of these bloggers are so darn creative and I hope you are as amazed as I am!
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How cute is this!?!?!  I’ve been into everything ruffled lately so this fits right in with my newest obsession! =)  Homestitched’s tutorial is perfect for beginning sewers such as myself and I’m definitely adding it to my to do list.  “Sew” cute!


2. Cedar Chest Upcycle {By {Show & Tell}}
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I am now on the lookout for an outdated cedar chest!  Garage sales and Goodwill here I come! =)  This is such a wonderful upcycle and is beautiful!  What an amazing project!!!


3.  Picture Window Project {By House of Smiths}

I saw this project and instantly knew I wanted to share it on our blog!  This is an amazing project and I already know where I would put it…..great post!


4.  Cupcake Tower {By She’s {kinda} Crafty}

My daughter’s birthday is next month, so I’ve been on the lookout for cute party ideas.  This is a cute and simple way to dress up a cupcake tower and will definitely be on my list for the upcoming party.  So cute!!!


5.  Shutter Headboard {By Classy Clutter}

This headboard is amazing!  I’m a big red fan, so that originally caught my eye, but the design is also very creative.  I have big plans for our master bedroom and I’m adding this to the list.  Thanks for the great idea Classy Clutter!


After this post, I’m officially inspired…time to get crafting!  =)  Also, don’t forget to grab our button if you’ve been featured!
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vinyl Wall Saying With Pictures

I have had framed pictures of my kiddos that I have wanted to hang up with a saying in vinyl above them for some time.  I couldn’t come up with quite the right saying until one day….It came to me!  I have been excited about this project ever since!  And guess what????? It turned out even better than I had envisioned in my mind!   I am now pondering what else I want to write with vinyl on my walls…..the ideas are limitless!

I had a large wall in my house that has not had anything on it for 2 years now….and it just seemed….so empty!

So, I had my pictures printed at mpix.com (they are amazing) and put them in a nice picture frame.

I then hung them on my wall.

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I decided on the saying “All because two people fell in love” and went to work with my cricut and the Sure Cuts A lot 2 software.  I purchase all my vinyl at Expressions Vinyl, they are so wonderful to work with.

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(Tutorial coming soon on cutting vinyl with your cricut & using the Sure Cuts A lot 2 software)

Once I cut my vinyl, I weeded it, applied my transfer tape and centered it on my wall over the photos and….

TaDa……

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I am in LOVE with my new wall!!!

 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Link It Up Wednesday #1


 
We are SO excited to start doing a Link It Up Party!  There are so many amazingly crafty people out there that we can’t wait to see what you come up with.  We look forward to seeing all your creations!!!
Rules:
  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to your specific post - not your main blog.          (Please no Etsy shops or giveaways)
  • Please post our button or link back to our blog so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them a comment to show your LOVE!
  • We hope you LOVE our blog...if you do, please become a follower!
Link It Up Wednesday will be open Wednesday-Thursday.
Next Wednesday we will highlight some of our favorites from this week's party as well as host a new Link It Up Wednesday !

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dirt Cups

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I’m constantly trying to impress my kids with new desserts.  I’m pretty sure they’d be happy with a plain old cookie…so maybe it’s just me that likes the cool desserts! =) 
Since my little ones love gummy worms, I thought this would be the perfect treat.  Plus, it’s SO simple to make.  Here is what you’ll need:
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Start out by making your chocolate pudding using the directions found on the back of the box.  While that sets, finely crush about 15 OREO Cookies.  I used my food processor to make them very fine.
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Fill the bottom of each of your cups with some of the crushed Oreo Cookies. 
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Then, in a bowl mix together pudding, 1 tub (8 oz.) of whipped cream and 1/2 cup of cookie crumbs.  Mix together until combined.
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Spoon the pudding mixture on top of the cookie crumbs and top with the remaining crushed cookie crumbs.  Add your gummy worms so they are sticking out of the cups.
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Time to eat!  I hope your kiddos (or you) enjoy it as much as mine did!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Menu Monday

Mon: Pulled Pork Salad

Tues: Lasagna, French Bread, Green Beans

Wed: French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries

Thurs: Fajitas

Fri: Pizza, Salad

Sat: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese

Sun: Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Rolls

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kid’s Door Vinyl

I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the vinyl related projects out there, but being a newbie to both vinyl and my Cricut, I was feeling a little overwhelmed.  So, for my first project I decided to stay simple.
For my little girl’s door, I wanted something girly but also simple.
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For my little boy’s room, I also wanted to go simple but to incorporate his current love for super heroes!
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Several months ago I purchased a bunch of vinyl and transfer tape from Expressions Vinyl.  When I bought it, I didn’t have any projects in mind, but I’ve been brainstorming ever since.  So, or my first attempt at using vinyl, I decided to put my kid’s names on their doors. 
Using my new favorite software, Sure Cuts A Lot 2, I cut out all of my vinyl…so easy!  I’m pretty sure I’ll never cut out anything on my Cricut without it again!
Here are the steps I followed for this project for Macie’s door (sorry I don’t have pictures to go along with my tutorial…this was done prior to my blogging days):
1.  I searched online for crown clipart.  Here is the one that eventually caught my eye.
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2.  Using Sure Cuts A Lot 2, I turned it into an .svg file and printed it out using yellow vinyl using my Cricut.
3.  Using my all time favorite font, Pea C-Squared, I cut out the words using a light pink.
4.  Once my pieces were cut out, I weeded them and applied transfer tape to the images.  I started with the crown.  Once it was down, I applied the word, “princess” on top of it.  Then, her name was applied below the crown.
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I think I may add some flower accents around her name once I get some more time.
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Here are the steps I followed for this project for Aiden’s door (sorry I don’t have pictures to go along with my tutorial…this was also done prior to my blogging days):
1.  I searched online for “superman initials”.  Here is the one that I ended up using:
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Using my Snipping Tool (if you haven’t heard about this tool, it’s amazing!!!) I isolated the A and brought it into Sure Cuts A Lot 2.
2.  Using Sure Cuts A Lot 2, I turned it into an .svg file and printed it out using red vinyl using my Cricut.
3.  Using a chunky font, I cut out the words using a a dark blue.
4.  Once my pieces were cut out, I weeded them and applied transfer tape to the images.  I started with the superman initial.  Once it was down, I applied Aiden’s name above it. 
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Whew!  My first vinyl projects are complete…now I can move on to bigger and more complex projects.  Stay tuned!
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday {By Alisa}

Every Friday, we would like to spotlight 5 great, amazing, stupendous ideas that we have found out there in the blogger world.   We love looking at other people’s ideas & dream about making them & hope you do as well…..
1. Vinyl for your Toes (by Craft o Maniac)

When I came upon this idea, I was instantly AMAZED!!!  Who knew vinyl could be so versatile!  As soon as the weather warms up, I will definitely be trying this out!
2. Ruffled Rugby Dress (by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff)

I found this cute little dress & instantly knew I was going to have to make one!  Now off to the store to find a cheap & adorable baby shirt….
3. A Button Egg and Stuffed Bunnies (by Auntie Lolo Crafts)

I am in the Spring/Easter mode now….so cute!
4. Rainbow Pudding Pops (by Sandy Toes and Popsicles)

My daughter is going to LOVE LOVE these!  Can’t wait to try them…..
5. Wool Felt Hair Accessories for Baby (by Make It and Love It)

These are the most adorable baby flowers I have ever seen!  Now I need to have another baby girl!

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