Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Are you loving all things Dr. Seuss too? So many of us grew up on Dr. Seuss books, and are excited to now share them with our own children. My kids learned to read on Dr. Seuss books, and all 3 of them are looking forward to watching the new Lorax movie. My 15 year old even wants to go see it. While I did not make anything special for Dr. Seuss's birthday or the opening of the movie (yet!), I did want to share a fun discovery. Did you know that Dr. Seuss has an official website called Seussville? It has games, activities, printables, and all of our favorite characters from the books. Check out the fun at http://www.seussville.com/#/home
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I then twirled the marshmallow against the back of a spoon, to give the chocolate a smooth look
I allowed them to dry in my homemade pop holder and added another marshmallow on the side for the head. Some of the marshmallows started to slide because of gravity, so I went back and coated the bottoms with more green chocolate.
I drew on green eyes and a nose with edible markers. I added a very light coat of pink glitter gel with a toothpick to make the cheeks.
To make the hair and beard, I used a tube of Wilton Decorating Icing and the "hair" tip. It worked well for the first 6-8 pops. After that the Icing was low in the tube and hard to squeeze out. I then took off the tip and place it in the microwave for a few seconds and was able to use the rest. If you make more than 12 pops, you will need more than one tube.
Using small tubes of gel, I added the mouths, buttons and whites of the eyes. Some of the pops have icing eyebrows, a few have drawn on eyebrows. I drew them on when the icing was running low. I also added some green gel after added the mini marshmallow hat to make it look like it had a rim.
The Pot of Gold makes a perfect display
I will be linking up my Leprechaun Marshmallow Pops up at these parties here
A fun craft for St. Patrick's Day is to make your own Pot of Gold. I pulled out a small cauldron we had used for Halloween, found some yellow/gold paint from my craft stash, and picked up few supplies at the dollar store.
If you have a Kohls nearby, I recommend you stop by this week. Right now they are having their final clearance sale all over the store. I found rack after rack of items that were up to 90% when you took an additional 25% off the clearance price. I also had a 15% off my entire purchase coupon AND a $10 Kohls cash to spend. I was hoping to find a winter coat for me to wear next year, but the only ones left were not my size. I decided to look in the women's and juniors dept, and found quite a bit I liked well enough to try on.
Sonoma Gray Cords ticket price $44.00, clearance price $8.80, final price $6.60
Apt 9 jeans, ticket price $50.00, clearance price $10.00, final price $7.50
Gray Sonoma pants, ticket price $48.00, clearance price $14.40, final price $10.80
Gold Apt 9 Sweater, ticket price $60.00, clearance price $6.00, final price $4.50
Brown AB Studio top, ticket price $48.00, clearance price $9.60, final price $7.20
Purple SO thermal, ticket price $20.90, clearance price $6.00, final price $4.50
Blue Sonoma Thermal, ticket price $24.00, clearance price $7.20, final price $4.50
The subtotal came to $46.50. That price would have been amazing as it was, . but I was able to make it even better.
They subtracted the $10 in Kohls cash, and then another $5.48 with a 15% off coupon.
Final price for all 7 items was only $32.88. I saved $262.98 or 89%!!!
Having a party blog, I guess it makes sense that have a lot of baking supplies. I love to bake and create. In my kitchen, I have two lazy Susan type storage areas. While they are convenient where you can see everything, the space is not ideal for storage.
My baking supplies are all kind of jammed into the space, and I was having trouble finding things
I took everything out, and realized I had more than I thought I did.
I combined like items, and removed the extra packaging
I then organized by like items into smaller bins
I placed all of my sprinkles, toppings and icings in this cute pink bin from the Dollar Tree. This bin is going to go in my project for this upcoming week.
While the lazy Susan is still not the ideal space for my supplies, I can now see everything at a glance.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Last night we made some strawberry banana muffins using our favorite banana bread recipe. Our family loves this particular recipe, which also works well with bonus ingredients. Some of our other versions have been blueberry banana bread, and chocolate chip banana muffins which are also posted on the blog
Basic Banana Bread Recipe
First mix the dry ingredients
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Then add the wet ingredients
2-3 ripe banaas (I cut into to small chunks and mash slightly. We like the chunks of the banana in the bread)
1/2 cup softened margarine
2 Tbsp milk
If adding a bonus ingredient, add it at this stage. We added about 8 large strawberries, cut into small pieces
Mix ingredients well
Bake at 400 degrees
The mini muffins took only 15 minutes, and the regular size muffins 20 minutes.
Let cool, and enjoy. These muffins disappear quickly!
Friday, February 24, 2012
I am so excited to share this post. This is our first day posting "Cooking with Kyle". Recently Kyle has acquired at new nickname in our house. He is taking a health class in school, and has turned into the food police almost overnight. I wrote about our grocery store adventure in my shopping with the food police post last week. Since he wants everyone to eat healthier, I came up with the idea that he could share a healthy kid friendly recipe each week. Today we had a snow day, so he decided to make us lunch. This is his own recipe.... Chicken Salad Surprise.
Chicken.. We used a can of 97% fat free Hormel chicken breast
Miracle Whip.. I did not have the lower fat version, and was not going out in the snow to get it
Minced onion... you might be able to use real onion, we did not have any on hand
For the sandwich bread, we used a Crusty French Baguette that was on sale this week for only .99. I followed the directions and cooked it at 400 degrees for 20 mins. It cooled, while he made the chicken salad.
He opened the can of chicken and drained out the liquid. He then placed the chicken in a mixing bowl
The sandwiches were served with a side salad made with all the veggies I bought on sale at the Meijer Dollar Sale.
This chicken salad was delicious. It had the right mixture of sweet and tangy. I knew that the spinach was in the sandwich, and I didn't even see it or taste it, so the surprise spinach idea worked. Kyle was proud that he made something that tasted so good all by himself.
He also had these words of wisdom, that he wanted me to share. "Busy moms can make chicken salad surprise quickly, and also get their children to eat some fruits and vegetables at the same time."
Because of the success of his first recipe, he is really looking forward to sharing another next week, on the next "Cooking with Kyle'.
We will be linking this recipe up on these linky parties
We have our first snow day of the year today. It really isn't that bad at the moment, and we got less snow than expected. I think the powers that be decided it was better to err on the side of caution especially since we have not used any of our snow days yet. I can not remember another year like this with the one and only snow day at the end of February. We live in Michigan, we normally have 3 or 4 at this point. I am not complaining though, the day off is allowing us to do some fun projects today.
Kyle will be cooking us lunch in his "Cooking with Kyle" post today. I will also be working on something really fun for St. Patrick's Day. Look for those posts later today.
PaintspotsnSplinters. She was the sponsor the week I won the Crafterbowl at Pinkapotamus. I was very excited when I opened the box this morning. I also thought the bunny card was such a nice touch.
Etsy store and blog at Vicky-myart.blogspot.com. Thanks so much Vicky!
Canvas People are once again offering special deals on their picture canvas. One of their best deals is the 16 x 20 for only $37 shipped. They also have a free 8 x 10, or $35 off a larger canvas, , and a 11x 14 canvas for $27 shipped , These would make a great gift, or to keep in your own home.
I have bought two in recent months, and I LOVE them.