Friday, February 26, 2021

Dare to Share #457

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

And just like that, it is March.  All the Valentine decorations have come down, and the St. Patrick's Day shamrocks and leprechauns have gone up. I have not had the chance to make any new St. Patrick's Day crafts yet, but I  have shared some of my favorites of the past on the blog.  

You can see my Leprechaun Marshmallow Pops and more on my post St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Treats that I shared earlier this week.  

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  What types of traditions do you do? When my brothers and I were kids, we would search all day for leprechauns.  I really did think they were real for a few years.  Now my son likes to call me leprechaun because I am a bit on the short side. (barely over 5 feet tall)  

Well it is looks to be about that time.  Time to get this party started.  

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

St Patrick's Day Crafts and Treats

I am feeling like I am in a time warp again.  Wasn't New Years Eve just a couple weeks ago?  I was talking to someone this week when I realized March is only days away.  While time does feel like it is going too fast, I am glad that spring and St. Patrick's Day is almost here.  That means warmer temps and no more snow! 

I do have a few St. Patrick's Day posts on my blog, that were a lot of fun to make. I thought it would be a good time to re-share them in case you have not seen them yet.  One of my favorite St. Patrick's Day treats that I made were my Leprechaun Marshmallow Pops

I used a plastic Halloween cauldron and a few items from the dollar store to make my Pot of Gold.  I used it to display my Leprechaun pops, but there are other ways you can use it as well.  

These cute Leprechaun Treat Boxes, make a great party favor or a group craft.  I filled them with gold wrapped candy.  

I had an idea to make Lucky Cupcakes, when I found these plastic Leprechaun hats.  The hats made a great container for cupcakes that looked like gold.  When you were done eating the cupcake, you got to keep the hat as a party favor.  

What "lucky plans do you have for St. Patrick's Day this year? 

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Dare to Share #456

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

I mentioned in my post activities and treats for a snow day, earlier this week that we got close to a foot of snow on Monday night, so we had a snow day off of school on Tuesday.  Over the last couple of days we got about three inches more, making our snow total close to a foot.  While it seems like a lot, I live in Michigan, and we are prepared for the storms that hit the country this week. Just this afternoon my mom asked me if we were snowed in. She currently lives in southern Missouri, which does get some snow, but not usually as much as they did this week.  I told her that no, we were not snowed in. In fact after one day, it was back to business as usual. For my nieces and nephew that was not the case, they were out of school all week. I have a couple of relatives who live in Texas and I can not even imagine what they are going through right now. Every day on the news I see they have no power, freezing temps and burst pipes, no running water, and now no food at the stores. I am sending lots of prayers to all involved, and hope things get better as soon as possible. 

Have you or someone you know been affected by the winter storm this week? 

Maybe seeing some of your shared posts will make everyone feel a little more hopeful. Let's link up and HAVE FUN! 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fun activities and treats to do when you are having SNOW DAY

Currently, much of the country is being buried under several inches of snow.  Even places like Texas, that rarely sees snow, is seeing a few inches of the white stuff and freezing temps today.  Where I live we have received 7 to 8 inches, a SNOW DAY off of school, and more snow in the forecast.  

Several years ago, when my kids were younger and still in school I threw them a SNOW DAY PARTY.  It has been awhile since I shared it, so I thought today would be a great day to share it again.  

I lined the table with a roll of white paper and the kids drew winter scenes all over it.  This was great because not only was a fun activity, it doubled as a table cover.   If you do not have a paper roll, a white plastic table cloth from the dollar store would be a good alternative. 

Another activity my kids really enjoyed was cutting scrap paper into many different kinds of snowflakes. It was fun to experiment with different techniques. 

One of my favorite activities was the make a snowman station.  I love both art and working with food,  and making a snowman you can eat is the best of both.  I filled styrofoam cups with different kinds of candy, mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, fruit roll ups,  chocolate chips, and food markers. 

The final results were pretty cute. (more pics on the original post) Added bonus, they tasted pretty yummy! 

All of the food was snowman themed, like these English muffin snowman pizzas

Banana snowmen on a stick with chocolate chip eyes and buttons, and pretzel stick arms. 

We also made large pretzel rod snowman treats, and ate sledding bear yogurt bowls. 

Our snow day party was a really fun memory for the kids. You can read the entire post and see all of the pictures here.

More snow themed treats I have shared over the years that  you might enjoy 

For kids who like to craft 

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Dare to Share #455

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

Happy Valentine's Day weekend! Are you doing anything special? I am not sure what we are doing yet, but we plan to do something.  While we are expected to get a little bit of snow again this weekend, I am back on my regular visiting schedule with my boyfriend. Most of the weekend looks to be okay, but we do have our eyes watching the weather forecast. It is looking like a snowy week next week, and a high possibility of at least one snow day.  

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Ox.  While this is a not a new post, I thought you might like to see a past post with ideas on How to Celebrate the Chinese New Year.

It was a long week at school, and I am pretty tired so I am going to get this party started.. 

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Dare to Share #454

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

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! My usual Friday routine is a little off again this week, but I remembered to post the party on time!  This morning, I woke up to our first school snow day.  While I am a little bummed that we did not have school (I do not get paid on snow days) but at the same time grateful I did not have to go out in the snow, high winds and freezing temps. It was much nicer staying home wrapped in a warm fuzzy blanket.  Since I was home from school today, I had time to write another blog post.  I am so excited about the Super Bowl because really like both teams.  I do have a bit of a dilemma though, which you can read about in my Super Bowl Party Food and Yummy Appetizers post.  In that post you can see find recipes to 10 of my favorite things I serve for groups and special occasions.  They have all become family favorites at our house.  

My question this week is who are your rooting for in the Super Bowl?  Do you plan on watching the game? 

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Super Bowl Party Food and Yummy Appetizers

As you may know if you follow my blog I am a huge football fan.  This year I am very excited about the Super Bowl, but it also giving me a dilemma.  Here is why...

 I have three favorite quarterbacks. Joe Burrows of the Bengals who if from my home state and played at OSU, and these two. I also love Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.  My boyfriend was so sweet and gifted me shirts for all three of them.   Now my dilemma.  I have NO IDEA how I can choose who to root for during the game.   Brady is the older goat, and Mahomes is the baby goat. I want both of them to win. Which team are you rooting for this weekend.  

While you are watching the game, here are several food ideas if you are having a get together, or just enjoying with your family at home.  

Here are a few more party recipes that I make that do not have their own post.   

Party Meatballs 

I make these super easy to make meatballs for birthdays, holidays, and pot lucks in my slow cooker.   All you need is a bag of frozen meatballs, bbq sauce, ketchup and grape jelly.  I don't have specific measurements on how much to put in, but guesstimate according to how much I am making.  Add a small bottle of bbq sauce, a few squirts of ketchup and a few spoonfuls of grape jelly on the frozen meatballs, and turn on the slow cooker.  I tend to cook on high heat for a few hours, because I do not remember to start them earlier. 

Cheesy Bacon Tator Tot Skewers 

These are also easy to make. I made them for a Super Bowl Party (which you can see here) but also on ordinary days. You can cook the tator tots in the air fryer or in the oven without the skewers, your preference. Once cooked let cool for a few minutes before putting them on the skewers. Lay them in a pan.  Add cheese, and bacon bits.  Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders 

This is another family favorite that I make often.  I buy a package of Hawaiian rolls (I use Aldi brand because of the price). I slice through the rolls in one piece horizontally to make the sliders.  Add your favorite meat, cheese and condiments.  I use miracle whip and mustard on mine.  Once the top portion  of the rolls back in place, I brush on a little melted butter and occasionally some seasoning depending on my mood, and who is eating them.  In the bottom picture I used Italian seasoning.  I bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. My kids love when I make these for dinner. I have also served them at a birthday party, and graduation party. 

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