I created this blog so I would have somewhere to journal and share the things I make and do. I try not to steal other's ideas. Some of what I make I have seen in homes or in stores. Or I make a spin-off of something I have seen elsewhere. I will always try to give the proper credit where it is due.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2012 Primary Theme

Here's a little block I made~
I've already given this one away. But I really like it! I may make another one for my daughter's room.
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I {heart}naptime

Monday, September 5, 2011

2012 Mutual Theme

Here is where they announced the 2012 Mutual Theme.
And here is what I did with that~
All I did was paint a board chocolate brown, then an ivory over that. I sanded it down so the brown shows thru in some areas. I added some vinyl lettering and finished it all with a clear coat finish.
Then I tied some tulle around the bottom.
I LOVE this scripture and I think it's a great theme for the Mutual, as well as anyone!
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Tatertots and Jello weekend wrap up party
I {heart} Nap Time

Monday, August 8, 2011

What to do with an old window frame

My neighbor gave me this old window frame a few years ago. I wasn't sure what to do with it. Most the glass was missing and the glass that was there was cracked. So I punched out all the glass, and sanded the the whole thing down. Then I painted it black and distressed it by doing some more sanding.
I wanted to hang it up in the house somewhere, but couldn't make up my mind as to where.
I finally just thought I would see how it would look outside, somewhere.
I put it in my front flower bed.
I'm not sure if I want to maybe plant something that would crawl up it, or just leave it the way it is.
But I do like it in the flower bed!

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Be Different, Act Normal
I {heart} Naptime
Tatertots and Jello

Monday, July 4, 2011

S'more Cups

I was on the Pampered Chef website the other day,
and came across a recipe for these little guys~

S'more cups!
Isn't it a cute little thing?
 And soooooo gooooood!
I took some to a family bar-b-que and everyone loved them! Kids, adults, everyone!

Here's the recipe from from their website.
I only did 2 things different.
Instead of using large marshmallows, I used the little star shaped ones you can buy during the summer time.
I also just spooned the melted chocolate on top instead of dipping the cups in the chocolate.


S'more Cups ~http://www.pamperedchef.com/

S'more Cups
The campfire is optional--these little treats can be enjoyed anywhere.
7  whole graham crackers (1 cup/250 mL finely crushed)
1/4  cup (50 mL) powdered sugar
6  tbsp (90 mL) butter, melted
4  bars (1.55 oz or 43 g each) milk chocolate candy, divided
12  large marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place graham crackers into a large resealable plastic bag. Finely crush into crumbs using Baker's Roller®;. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter in Small Batter Bowl. Using Small Scoop, place scant scoop of crumb mixture in each cup of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan. Press crumbs to form shallow cups with Mini-Tart Shaper. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling. Meanwhile, break two of the candy bars into rectangles. Remove pan from oven; place one rectangle into each cup.

  2. Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using Professional Shears dipped in cold water. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are just slightly softened. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool 15 minutes. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely.

  3. Break remaining candy bars and place in (1-cup/250 mL) Prep Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute-1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate. Turn top-side up and let stand 40 minutes-1 hour or until set.

Yield: 24 cups
Nutrients per serving: (1 cup) Calories 100, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Carbohydrate 11 g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 60 mg, Fiber 0 g
Cook's Tips: Dipping the Professional Shears in cold water before cutting the marshmallows helps minimize sticking.

The time it takes the chocolate to set varies depending on weather conditions and room temperature. You can refrigerate the cups briefly until the chocolate is set; store them at room temperature.

Store the cups in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Freezing is not recommended.

For a richer chocolate flavor, substitute dark chocolate candy bars for the milk chocolate.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

4th of July Painted Window

I saw this tutorial a couple of years ago and have wanted to give it a try.
But I was too chicken.
Don't ask me why, but some crafts just really intimidate me!
Anyway, the other night I was up watching Masterpiece Mystery { which is one of my fav shows to watch!}
and I decided to pull an old window I had out of my garage and finally get this window painting done!
Here's the end result~
What do you think? I'm pretty proud of myself for doing this. And if I can do this, anyone can! So go here to see how to do this yourself!
Happy Independence weekend everyone!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Classroom Rules sign/Teacher Gift

My daughter graduated from Pre-School this month.
*sniff* Where has the time gone?
She has had such a fantastic teacher whom she loves!
So I wanted to give her teacher a nice gift at the end of the school year.
I know subway art is all the rage right now. And I have seen quite
 a few of these done up with 'Family Rules'.
Here's my version ~
'ClassRoom Rules'
It measures approximately 13x18 inches.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Welcome to our front door!

After wanting to do this for 2 years, I finally did it!
I added some vinyl lettering to our front door.
We don't have the fanciest door and screen, but the lettering still looks great on it!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Blossoms

mmmm....Chocolate and Peanut Butter....sooo good!
1 pkg, Hershey's Kisses

sift together:
3 1/2 cups flour                1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda

cream together:
1 cup butter                     1 cup peanut butter
gradually add:
1 cup sugar                      1 cup brown sugar
Cream well.
2 eggs                             2 tsp. vanilla

Beat well. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape dough into ball using a rounded teaspoon for each. These are smaller than I normally make my other cookies. But you don't want these too big! Roll balls in a bowl of white sugar and place on baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 10 minutes. remove from oven. Press a chocolate candy kiss in the center of each cookie.
Return to oven for about 2 minutes{ Don't allow candy to melt to much!}.