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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dessert Dip

Welcome to {Servin’ It Up Saturday}!  I am always looking for yummy desserts that would be good for when you have company over or you need something for a carry-in!  This is one of those recipes!


I found this recipe here.  What is not to love?  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!


(Picture from Fake-It Frugal)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ice Cream Play date

Last time my sister and I were able to get together, we both came up with a fun play date for the kiddies.  Remember her post on her Monster Play Date

My play date centered around ice cream.  We started out by reading a great Curious George book about ice cream, or course! =)


The kiddies had fun reading the book!  {Did you notice the matching outfits? =)  They were all decked out for the 4th of July!}


After reading our book, it was time for our craft. Each kiddo made a quadruple stacked ice cream cone using glue and some tissue paper.


They had lots of fun painting their tissue paper scraps with the glue mixture.  Kids always love anything messy, right?


With our ice cream craft drying, we headed outside four our ice cream relay race. 


Using their cone (brown cup), each kiddo had to race their ice cream (water balloon) to the other side of the patio. 


The one who got all of their ice cream to the other side of the patio first was the winner.

**This idea looked better in my head…when did they start making water balloon that aren’t round when they’re filled up?!  We rolled with it anyway and the kids had fun.** 




After the race, those participating got an ice cream medal.  {We lost one relay runner due to a temper tantrum!}


After the race, we headed to the kitchen for a well earned snack.  We had ice cram floats with a POP.  After each scoop of ice cream we added some rainbow Pop Rocks follow by some Sprite.




Watching their faces as they drank their float with hilarious!  We will definitely be making these fun floats again!

We had so much fun and our play date activities kept them all very busy as we waited oh so patiently for the fireworks that night.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog Swap with Curds and Whey {{Button Covered Rings}}

I’m swapping blogs today with Curds and Whey!  I {heart} Holly and her blog full of super creative projects!  I am over at her place today, so head on over and check it out!  But first, here’s Holly….


Hi Sweet Peas and BB readers. It's Holly from Curds and Whey and I am so thrilled to be posting over at this wonderful blog. These girls have such great ideas.

First I want to apologize for my pictures.  My camera is having some serious issues.  Anyway, today I'm going to show you how to make super cute and easy jewelry. I came up with this idea for my daughters birthday party. She is going to have a pirate party so I thought it would be so fun to do these rings as part of there goody bag.

Items Needed For Project:

Fabric with a small design

7/8 inch craft cover button kit

Ring with pad

Industrial strength adhesive like E-6000

Mod Podge (optional)

First you are going to lay your fabric out and take the clear template and trace the outside of it onto your fabric.  The inside circle is what will show on the ring.
Now cut it out and stick the fabric over the mold with wrong side up.  Now push your button shell into the mold.
Next fold all of your left over fabric down and put a back over it.  Take the pusher tool and push the back down until it snaps into place.
Now remove the button cover from the mold.  This is where you need to decide if you want Mod Podge on it.  I used Mod Podge on mine because I wanted it a little shiny.  After the Mod Podge is dry take your E-6000 and drop a little on the pad of the ring.  Stick the button cover on and let dry for at least 12 hours.
I also decided to make a few hair pins that match.  They turned out super cute.
Now go make some for you and your little girly.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I Made Wednesday #19

We are so excited every week to see all the amazing things you have created!  We have such GREAT followers! 
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Doesn’t this look inviting?  Such a beautiful front porch from Lookie What I Did!  Make sure to check out her blog…she is our Sweet Blogger of the week {{she wins FREE advertising on our sidebar for the week}}!!!
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Have I told you yet, that we have a HUGE weakness for artichokes?  These Artichoke Heart Hors d'oeuvres look absolutely mouth watering!  The Homemade Parade whipped up these yummy appetizers!
There are so many cute party ideas out there, but this one made it to the top of my list!  The sock monkeys are oh so cute!  Giggles Galore did such an amazing job with her Sock Monkey {Baby Shower}!
You cannot go wrong with anything with S’mores in the title!  Northern Cottage created these delicious looking snacks called, S’mores Croissants!  I seriously cannot wait to make these!!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Family Magnet Board

If you want the tutorial to make this super cute magnet board, you need to go check out my friend’s blog at Vanilla Bean Crafts!  I am guest posting on her blog today and I am SO excited!  Stop by and tell her I say “HI!”

Family Magnet Board

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Menu Monday

Monday~ Soup, Grilled Cheese

Tuesday~ Lasagna, Green Beans, Garlic Bread

Wednesday~ French Dip Sandwiches, French Onion Soup

Thursday~ Loaded Nachos, Green Salad

Friday~ Calzones, Green Salad

Saturday~ Green Bean, Tomato & Feta Pasta

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Sunday~ Grilled Chicken Breasts, Mushroom Rice, Corn On The Cob


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lovin’ Summer {{Vacation Style}}


We had to chance to visit the Children’s Botanical Gardens in Cheyenne, Wyoming last time we got our families together and it is truly amazing!!  If you are ever near Cheyenne, you have to take your kiddos here…they will absolutely love it!  And what’s even better is the price of admission…FREE!!!

**Also note that this post contains A LOT of pictures…I was feeling a little snap happy when we visited! =)**


The botanical garden is filled with plants, small rivers, and kid sized waterfalls.  Perfect for little ones on a hot summer day!  {Don’t you just love our girls’ coordinating outfits?!  I’m pretty sure if we lived closer they would be dressed the same A LOT! =) }


Even Alisa’s littlest one got to join the fun…and the binky came along too!


I’m pretty sure they could have entertained themselves for hours in the water…but there was so much else to do so we had to move on!


The kiddies helped pull themselves across the floating bridge while Alisa tried to keep them all balanced!  Good news, no one got wet! =)



Our next stop…the secret garden!


In and around the secret garden were beautiful plants and flowers.  And, I’m not even going to attempt to name any of them because I would undoubtedly be wrong!!  {Any gardening gurus out there that can help?}



Next to the table the kiddos sat at was this adorable checkers board.  What a great idea!


All of the kiddies had to stop and touch the Lamb’s Ear…so soft!  {And on a side note, I’m VERY proud of myself for knowing the name of a plant!}


They even had some of my favorite flowers growing at the botanical gardens….I absolutely LOVE Bleeding Hearts!!!  My Grandma used to grow them in her garden when I was little and I’ve continued to love them ever since.



Among a rock pathway full of quotes, I found this one.  As a teacher and mother, this quote really left a lasting impression on me!


Our kiddos were definitely worn out after our busy day at the botanical gardens.  Especially Alisa’s little guy!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer and have found some time enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

 Happy Sunday!


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