Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fried Pickle Dip - Dare to Share Feature of the Day


I love pickles, so when I saw this link for "Fried" Pickle Dip, I knew I had to check it out.  It turns out I really love all of the ingredients in this dip by Lemons for LuLu. This dip would be good for a party, pot luck or just because. It is definitely not your usual boring dip. Be sure to stop over to Lemons for LuLu for the full recipe. 
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Make Your Own Candy Themed Decorations


Today I am going to share with you how easy and inexpensive it can be to make candy decor for a candy themed party.  I picked up these items at the dollar store. neon straws, colorful balloons, a 2 pack of styrofoam circles, bright colored wrapping paper, and cellophane.  I already had the tissue paper on hand, but they have a large assortment of that as well. 



Instead of painting the styrofoam, the easiest way to make large lollipops is by wrapping them.  I found it easier to work with the tissue paper than the colored wrapping paper, but I like the thickness of the paper.  Wrap the circles as tightly as you can. All of the tape is on the backside of the circle. 



I used a toothpick to form a small hole big enough to fit in one of the straws.  Depending on were you want to use the lollipops you can also use skewers or thin dowel rods.  


To make hard candy, wrap cardboard tubes with bright colored paper. I had the candy cane striped one leftover from Christmas. 




Wrap the candy in cellophane and ribbon.  You could use plastic wrap if desired, but I think the cellophane is easier to work with.   The orange piece of candy is wrapped in cellophane as well, I just taped down the sides for a different look. 




A balloon lollipop centerpiece is a fun touch. I made a simple version with balloons, ribbon and colorful pipe cleaners. Additional embellishments like tall sprays that look like candy can be added to really make it stand out. 




I made these felt M & Ms a few years back for our Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. party.  they can be used as decor or for party games which will be shared in a later post. 


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Dare to Share #200



It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!! 

Welcome to the I am too tired to move edition of Dare to Share.  

I had a big post planned on sharing tonight..   The problem is I am currently very, very tired.. I taught K-4 art today and was on my feet the entire day except for the time I was eating my lunch, and driving home. I was only  home for about an hour, when it was time to go meet members of church life group to help set up  at a community event. Tomorrow in my county they are giving away a lot of free services to people in need. My church is in charge of setting up all of the clothing portion of the event. .  For three more hours tonight I was on my feet helping to un-bag, sort, organize and set up many tables of free clothing, shoes and household goods. I felt fine on the way home. Once I got home and sat down though, my very long, busy day caught up with me. I am now too tired to move, and I can barely keep my eyes open. As I write this it is about 10:30 pm and I need sleep now. On a normal Friday I can easily stay up way past midnight, so this is kind of weird for me...  

To make sure that the party goes live on time, I am going to add the link now, and then update the rest of the post after I get a little bit of sleep..

Link up and HAVE FUN (and I will see you in the morning with the rest of the post!) 


UPDATED Saturday 2/6..   Thank you for being understanding about last nights exhaustion..  I really needed some sleep after the crazy week we had. A funny thing happened going to sleep much earlier than normal. I woke up in what I thought was the middle of the night. I saw the hall light on, and thought my daughter fell asleep with the lizard. (long story) I went to go check up on her, and saw that she was lying down, but still awake.  I had no idea what time it was and thought she had stayed up most of the night. She looked at me like I was crazy, and said, "mom it is only 1 a.m. and I am trying to go to sleep.  She had already put the lizard back in her cage, she just forgot to turn the hall light off. I took my tired self back to bed, and slept almost 9 more hours.  Today I had the chance to  some quality time with my daughter.  We went to the craft stores to come up with some fun new ideas we will be sharing soon, and taking advantage of some of the Super Bowl party food deals. We also had the opportunity to see this.  



It was definitely a gorgeous site, with the sky a mix of pink and purple  We saw it at the perfect time because a few minutes later it was gone.  


   


I shared our favorite tip for a quick and easy pizza appetizer or weekday meal.. 


I featured this awesome looking Apple Cinnamon Dougnut French Toast Bake by Lamberts Lately


My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations has several football post ideas on her blog this week. You will especially like them if you are Broncos fan. 

Now back to Dare to Share! 





   

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Super Simple Pizza Bite Appetizers


While making pizza is not a new thing, I am going to share a quick and easy trick we use when make pizza bread that can be used when you need food quickly for a crowd of easy weeknight dinner. Instead of taking the time to roll a crust, there is something much easier.. garlic bread or Texas toast.  What I like about using garlic bread as a pizza crust is that it is already preseasoned with garlic and very often cheese. 



Add a little sauce, pepperoni, and cheese, and in literally a few minutes,  yummy pizza bread.  If serving to a crowd set up an ingredient station for each person to customize their own.  



I got a little impatient with this batch.  I should have waited a couple of minutes for the oven to preheat.  Instead of threw it in a cold oven, so the cheese was almost melted but not 100%. It still tasted great though.   Cut into bit size pieces for a super simple appetizer.   
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Doughnut French Toast - Dare to Share Feature of the Day

 

I love breakfast casseroles, especially ones that are easy to put together. They are great to serve for holidays, company, and busy weekends. If you would love to really impress your family and friends check out this Apple Cinnamon Doughnut French Toast Bake by Lamberts Lately.  The mix of flavors, textures and that icing is sure to be a big hit.  Make sure you go to Lamberts Lately to get the recipe.   




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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dare to Share #199


It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time for the end of the semester Dare to Share!
If you have followed me for awhile you will know around this time of year, my life and that of my children get a little crazy.  For eight semesters my oldest daughter took a mix of online and in school classes  Every single semester without fail, she would fall behind and have to basically work non stop for a couple of weeks ti finish in time. I was really hoping now that she graduated the end of the semester would not be that difficult. This year I had not one, but TWO kids rushing to get last minute work done. My son has his German class online and he needed to be at least 60% complete to at least pass. As of a few weeks ago, he was only 41% done. German took over his life the last few weeks, but at least he finished over 22% of his classwork in a short amount of time. He passed, but did not get the grade her deserved 
( a B+ on work completed) but  D because he had only 63% of the semester work complete My youngest daughter has also had to have a huge last minute surge of work to complete.. For the last couple of weeks I have been helping her almost 24/7 to make up a lot of work she missed while out with her migraines. Today as of 3 pm, she was DONE.. We wont know the final grades for a few more days, but we are all very grateful that the semester is over, and she can start fresh next week.  On top of all of the homework that needed to be done, I have been working almost every single day lately. After today, things should get a little bit easier, that is until the end of next semester.  


The only non homework post I was able to get posted was It's a Spectacular Snow Day. Now that we have a three day weekend WITHOUT homework,, I will  be able to work on those Candy Party post that have been been wanting work on. 



Now it is time for this week's party. You are welcome to link up anything that you want to share.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day, your post will be shared n the blog and my social media. This party is seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure.  Kim also chooses features for her blog and social media. 

Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

   
   
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's a Spectacular Snow Day


I was asked to be part of the Spectacular Snow Day by Wayfair.com who sponsored this post. All opinions in this post are 100% mine. 



A few years ago, I posted ideas for a Snowman themed Snow Day Party.  We had many snowman treats such as snowmen pizza, snowmen banana skewers, snowmen pretzel rods,  and Teddy Graham sledding bears. We had a marshmallow snowman building station and a craft area.  In the years since I wrote  that post I have shared many other winter/snow posts that would also be a great to do when you are stuck inside.  If you live on the East coast and were in Winter Storm Jonas this past weekend, you might even still be snowed in from the blizzard today.  


If it is too cold to go outside and make a real snowman, use a few circle pretzels, white chocolate, and chocolate chips to make one you can eat.  You can see more  on the post  Snowman Pretzel Treats


If you have tortillas and powdered sugar you have all the ingredients you need to make Sweet Snowflake Treats



Feeling crafty?  You can make a yourself a little snow buddy with socks from the dollar store in the post Sock Snowman


When the movie Frozen came out, Anna and Elsa had the ultimate snow day thanks to Elsa's special powers. You can have a Frozen themed Snow Day and  build your own Olaf the Marshmallowman or make Elsa's Ice Candy


So the next time you car looks like this and you are stuck inside,  hopefully you will find a few ideas to make it the best Spectacular Snow Day  to remember.  


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dare to Share #198


It is Friday night, and you know what that means... 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

This week went very quickly for me, probably because it was all over the place.  Monday was the calm before the storm, so to speak. We had a day off of school for Martin Luther King Day/teacher development day. Both of my kids are/were behind in their homework, and neither got any done om their day off.  The rest of the week my daughter had headaches and was late for school the last three days.  I had a sub job Thursday morning, but woke up sick, so I had to cancel it.  Luckily I canceled early enough that someone else picked it up in time. I felt really bad doing that, but you can't teach 4th graders all day if you feel like you are pass out, and possibly have to reach for the trash can.  I ended up taking a 4 hour nap, which really helped me feel better. It was also my oldest daughter's birthday that day, but we did not get to celebrate.  She is currently out of the state, and we missed having her home Today I had a sub job in the media center  where I used to volunteer.  It ended up being a great day. I will be called to fill again, because I knew the job well due to helping out there for so long. It felt like I had never left, even though it was three years since my volunteer days.   My son passed his online German class the last minute today. I was quite stressed about it, because if he did not finish it in time, it could have messed up his graduation.   Now this weekend we have a lot of make up work to finish up on that my daughter missed when she was out of school with her headaches.   Whew.. Next week have to worry about several midterms. 

This week I shared some of the great Party Finds I found for a Candy Land Party.  I have a few projects planned, but did not have a chance to work on them with all the school craziness.  


In honor of my oldest daughter's birthday, I did a flashback post to the year she wanted a Sushi birthday.  I shared How to Make Candy Sushi that I put on top of her cake. It's hard to believe how quickly the years went by.  


With the freezing temps and all of the snow hitting a big portion of our country this week, I chose this cute Paper Mache Penguin craft by About Family Crafts as a Dare to Share Feature this week..  Are you in the storm where  you live?  



My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations is in a snow mood. Her posts this week have a snowman theme like these Snowman Oreo Pops

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to share anything that you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day, your post will be featured on the blog and my social media.  This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for about the exposure.  Kim also chooses post to feature on her blog and social media.  

Link Up and Have Fun! 

   
   



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Thursday, January 21, 2016

How to Make Candy Sushi


Four years ago my daughter wanted to have a Sushi birthday.  We went to her favorite sushi restaurant, and I made her Sweet Sushi birthday cake. If you have never made candy sushi before, it is actually not that difficult. You can see how I made mine on my post Sweet Sushi here.

I am feeling a bit sad about this years's birthday. Not only is my daughter all grown up and 19 now, but this is the first year we will not be spending her birthday together. She is currently in another state.   I will be busy with work  most of the day, but I will sure by thinking about her. Maybe I will just have to make a cake, so we can celebrate anyway. 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Paper Mache Penguin - Dare to Share Feature of the Day




With the freezing temps and snow in many parts of the country, it definitely feels like winter is here. If you are looking for a fun winter themed craft, About Family Crafts shared how to make this cute paper mache penguin using items you might already have in your craft supplies. It would make a cute winter decoration, and possibly ornament for next Christmas.  Be sure to stop over to About Family Crafts to see how to make it. 
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