Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Fun Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is around the corner and many are preparing for parties to celebrate.  Here are some ideas to get you started:
  
Source: Spoonful.com
These colorful treats are made from ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles.  Easy and sure to be a hit. Add by hand or pour sprinkles in a dish and roll the sides.
 
 
 My niece Debbie sent a photo of Memorial Day pillows she made from burlap. She used old pillows she already had and covered them with burlap she painted with patriotic designs.  This girl is the repurpose queen.
Source: The Frugal Girls.com
 Love these fruit Kabobs.  How easy is this to make with skewers and red fruit (like strawberries and red grapes),and blueberries, and white marshmallows.
Source: Skinny Taste
                          
Look at this Luscious trifle!!  Can you believe it is weight watchers? The perfect dessert for Memorial Day and healthy too.

Happy Memorial Day to Each of You

(Craft Fail) Halloween Gloves Filled With Candy

Craft Fail!!! Not happy at all with the way these Halloween candy gloves turned out and can't believe I'm posting this. The gloves where  HUGE. 3 times too big for my hands. So much for one size fits all.  Well back to the craft...lol.  One roll of sweet tarts should fill the finger of the glove, and  you can add a spider ring.  Fill the rest of the glove with your favorite candies, tie with a colorful  ribbon (I only had black) and hopefully it will look much better than this.  Learn through my mistake and buy small or medium gloves and the clear gloves would show the candy much better.  I guess the Kids at Fall Fest won't mind how they look, if I can get up the nerve to pass them out.  I do have a reputation to protect here.

UPDATE : These gloves were a hit at a Halloween Party, and it was the adults loving them.  You just never know!!

How to Color Easter Eggs the Easy, Cheap Way


With Easter not too far off, I thought this was a great idea from Hey Jen Renee.  She colors her Easter Eggs with Kool Aid.  It's such an in your face idea that it makes you wonder why we didn't think of it our self. (Well you may have thought of it, but I sure didn't). 
She has a great tutorial showing step by step how to make these beautiful eggs.  Egg coloring kits are so expensive and there is never enough for large crowds.  This is super way to save money coloring Easter eggs.

Candy Filled Bunny For Valentines or Easter

Here is a bunny I  made filled with colorful pink, red, and white M&M  candy.  Here are the instructions to make this tasty, tasty, kid's craft. Cute way to wow your kids at Easter or Valentines.
What you will Need: 


  • M&M's
  • 1 pink pipe cleaner
  • 1 small foam pink heart
  • 1 small pink pom pom
  • 1 large pink pom pom
  • Pink foam to cut ears and mouth
  • Brown or Black foam for whiskers
  • 3 wiggle eyes
  • Glue (I used clear)

  1. Fill the corner of a pleated  sandwich bag with M&M candy.
  2. Twist and Tie with a rubber band.
  3. Glue the bag to the heart so It will stand up.
  4. Cut the top of the bag leaving 1/2 inch, fan out.
  5. Tie a pink pipe cleaner around the rubber band.  Bend to make a bow.
  6. Glue small pom pom in center of bow
  7. Glue pom pom in the top of the bag
  8. Glue eyes and ears on pom pom
  9. Cut a strip for the whiskers from the black foam.  Cut 2 or 3 slits and glue in place.
  10. Break one of the wiggle eyes open and use the black circle for the nose.  Glue in the center of the whiskers.
  11. Make a smile with the pink foam and glue in place.
  12. Let dry before handling.
You have the perfect Easter Gift for your children or grandchild's Easter basket or a great Valentines gift.


Free Printable Easter Candy Wrapper

SAMPLE CANDY BAR
 Free Printable Easter Candy Wrapper that is great for Easter Baskets and Easter Events.  Follow the instructions below to make your wrapper.
 



  • Supersize the wrapper above and cut all the white away
  • Wrap around a regular size Hershey candy bar
  • Easter Image should be on the front
  • run a line of glue (glue stick) on the top of wrapper &and sides
  •   Crimp the ends for an Easter favor(closed end wrapper)

  *You can find crimping tools at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and AC Moore.

4th of July Cake (Red,White, and Blue)





 What a gorgeous cake this is.  The perfect cake for a Fourth of July celebration or a birthday.  The recipe is below, but you can visit
 Recipe Girl to get more tips on 4th of July cake decorations.  Love the sprinkles and I know kids will.  That was one thing that my children loved when they were growing up.  Their cakes and  cupcakes had to have sprinkles.  I have to admit, they add a festive flair to any dessert.
What a sweet mom, she set up a website for her 10 year old son.  Be sure to visit Recipe Boy too.

 



Red, White and Blue Cake Recipe



Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
A festive cake for a red, white and blue holiday celebration...

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • red and blue gel paste coloring

Directions:

1. Center two racks in the oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 8 or 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Add a spoonful of flour to each, shake it around and tap out the excess.

2. To Make Cake: Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together buttermilk and egg whites in a medium bowl. In a large separate, large bowl, use an electric mixer to blend together butter and sugar; beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the mixture is very light. Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the buttermilk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the buttermilk and eggs, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2 minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Divide the batter evenly between three glass bowls. Color two of the bowls of batter- one dark red and one dark blue. Just add the color a little at a time until you reach the hue you'd like. Scoop each of the batters into their own prepared pan.

3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for 8-inch rounds (15 to 20 for 9-inch), or until the cakes have risen and are springy to the touch- a toothpick inserted into the centers should come out clean. Transfer cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up on wire racks. When cooled, frost the cake as you would a 3-layer cake, frosting each layer before adding the next, and then covering the whole cake with frosting too.

Fruit Kabobs for The Fourth of July

This  4th of July Idea is from Frugal Girls and I like it. I'm dieting and trying to add more fruit into my diet.  I have to trick myself into eating fruit .I  think  marshmallows may help. Anything with sugar helps.  We have a blueberry bush in our yard and I hate them, but with a marshmallow right behind it, I just may be able to swallow it.  They used colorful star marshmallows and it  really sets this dish off. To all fruit lovers, enjoy....to the rest of us good luck.

5 Tips for New Years Resolutions

         5 Tips For New Year's Resolutions

Making a lasting change in behavior is rarely a simple process, and usually involves a substantial commitment of time and effort.

 1.  Be realistic- make your goals attainable. Instead of resolving to never each desserts again, strive for a goal to eat less of your favorite sweets. Don't set yourself up for failure.

 2.  Dealing with Temptation- have a plan to deal with the temptations to come (and they will). Call a friend, think of the rewards of reaching your goal, have activities in place to take your mind off the temptation.


 3.  Reward yourself along the way but make sure it's not a 10 pound box of chocolates if you are trying to lose weight.


 4.  Focus on Positive New behaviors-start a journal and keep yourself accountable for the behavior you are trying to change.


 5   Forgive yourself-slip ups are normal, learn to forgive yourself and get back on track. This is the place that makes or breaks a resolution. When you slip up,it's valuable lesson, we know where the flaw is, and we can fine tune our resolution. For example if we eat something we know we shouldn't, you have two choices in the future.  Refuse to keep junk food in the house or replace these foods with more acceptable choices.



 



Mini Cake Loaves for Christmas Gifts

I have been in the kitchen all day cooking cakes for Christmas gifts. Boy am I tired.... I cooked German Chocolate, Carrot Cake, and Cranberry Nut Loaves. 15 cakes in all. They are great to give to unexpected guests, and also our special friends. I made the cakes from box mix but made the frostings. The carrot cake was a deluxe mix with the carrots and rasins in a separate package. I loved it....The Cranberry Nut loaves were from scratch. Tonight I start on my buckeyes, 7 layer cookies, Peanut butter brownies, chocolate covered orange slices, peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate....I can almost feel my thighs growing as I type this...lol. Did I say I'm tired?? Off to chocolate land, gift wrapping, and getting something for dinner. 

Christmas Centerpiece and Room Freshner


This is the centerpiece I made for my dining room table. I put pine cones and cinnamon sticks in a clear dish and added a pine cone pick in the center.
If you have pine cones in your yard you are in luck. They can be spray painted and twigs and greenery can also be added. Then add cinnamon sticks for a great aroma all through the room.

I added a pick in the center. I have held onto this pick for years thinking something would come along that I could use it in...and it finally did. The pick has small pine cones, a small wrapped gift, and crystal balls.
It is a really simple center piece but it gets a lot of attention and the room smells fantastic.

Snowmen Christmas Treat Bags

I found these cute bags at Dollar Tree this weekend. This is my favorite because I have a obsession for snowmen. The others were cute too, most had a sequin on the tag or somewhere on the bag. I used the bags to make gifts for the kids in my Sunday School class. I stuffed each bag with candy and little items I thought the kids would love. I also found cross suckers that I added. We will give them to the class this week end at our class Christmas party.

Tip for Wrapping Large Gifts

Do you have a Christmas gift that is just too large to wrap? You can take a picture of the actual gift and put it in the box with a small gift related to it. I like this idea because you are sitting in front of the child or adult and have the opportunity to see their expression when they see the picture. This is also a good idea to throw someone off track when they just know they have Christmas figured out...
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