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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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Dare to Share #453

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

Oops! Yes, the party is a little bit late today. This weekend my routine was changed, and because of that I forgot it was Friday last night. Does that happen to anyone else? I am also one of those people that have to go down the aisles at the grocery store in the same order and direction to know where everything is. In this case, because of the snowstorm that is going hit my area this weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to not see each other this weekend. (we live 3 hours apart) My brain is wired that it is time to post the party on the nights we see each other.  I also had a few seconds of panic when I woke up this early morning, thinking I was late for work only to realize it was Saturday.  Then around 1 pm, I realized, wait it's Saturday, I forgot to post the party.  So here we are posting the party on Saturday afternoon instead of Friday night.  On the plus side of staying home because of the storm this weekend, I have lots of crafting and project time.  

My first full week in my new subbing position went well.  While there are still a few things I need to get the hang of, I enjoy working with the kids, and have figured out the schedule.  The baby was born  last Saturday by C-section.  Mom and baby are happy and healthy. Yea!  

So with that let's get this party started. 

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Dare to Share #252

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

If you were at the party last week, you know last week was a crazy week.  I am happy to say, this week was a lot less crazy and a lot better.   Monday I had the day off school for MLK day.  It was nice to have an extra day to get some rest.  I planned some projects and changed my year round Christmas tree to a Valentine theme.   The teacher I will be doing the long term position for, still has not had her baby.  Since she is officially 5 days over due, the baby is being evicted tomorrow. I can't wait.  Everyone at school is so excited for her.   I also got some really good news.  Because it is a long term position I get a raise.  I also have a day added to my schedule.  Because of Covid we have a one virtual day of school, and four face to face days.. On virtual days building subs are off with no pay.  Since she does some virtual teaching, I will be now too for a couple of hours. The extra pay is going to be very helpful.  I officially start on Monday.  Since she had not had her baby yet, I was able to sub for the classes that I had already been scheduled for before we knew I was going to be asked to do the long term one. It was actually a good thing because we were short a few subs every day and had to call in reinforcements from other district schools. 

This week I shared a post on how to make a tiered tray. While this is not a new post, it is timely.  Tiered trays are all the rage right now.  I made this basic version 10 years ago for a birthday party.  I will be doing an updated version with different items shortly.  

Awww as I am typing this, my boyfriend messaged to say he was picking up some food and had already ordered what he knew I wanted. (and he was right!)  This guy may be a keeper. :) Since my dinner is almost here, I better get this party scheduled so it goes live on time.. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

How to make a tiered tray

 If you follow trends at all, you know the tiered tray is the current rage in decorating.  Today it hit me that I actually shared a tutorial on how to make one 10 years ago.   Back then though, I called my tiered tray a cupcake stand. If  you would like to have your own tiered tray without the high price, I am going to show you how to make for just a few dollars using products from my favorite store. It will not be a surprise to you if you are a regular reader, but that store is the Dollar Tree.😀  

To make a tiered tray all you need is 3 trays (plates, cake pans, etc..) two candlesticks or something similar, and some gorilla glue.  What is really cool about this project is you can really use just about anything that you would like that matches your decor to make your tiered tray.  I used silver trays and bronzish candlesticks in my original tray.  I am not sure where that tray is now, I think in storage, but I know it is still in one piece.  I am currently thinking of making another more colorful tray for an updated look.  

Putting together the tiered tray is actually pretty easy.  Start with the bottom tier. Outline the bottom of your candlestick with gorilla glue and center it in the middle of the tray. Let it sit for a few minute so the gorilla glue sets.  Outline the top of the candlestick with the glue and center the second tray on top. After the glue sets again for a few minutes, repeat with the next tray.  It is that easy. It cost me only $6 to make this which included the glue.    I filled this tiered tray with cupcakes for a friends big birthday.  Since it has been a decade, it is almost time for me to give her another big birthday surprise (that is if it is safe in a few months)  

What would you put on your tiered tray.  

If you are interested you can find my original post

If you would like to see more about the spring chick garden party I threw my friend, you can find that post here.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Dare to Share #451

It's Saturday, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Sorry I am a little late to get this party started this week. I know I say this a lot, but it was another crazy week. 

On Monday I subbed like normal, but that was the only normal part of the day.  As you may have heard my Buckeyes were playing in the National Championship, and it did not go our way. About 45 minutes before the game, I got a message from my boyfriend that said.  "My car just blew up"   Of course my first response was WHAT!!  I tried to call him back, but he did not answer.   I finally heard back from him about 30 minutes later. Thankfully his car did not blow up, but it did make a loud noise and die in the middle of a busy road near where he lived.  He was able to push it safely to the side of the road, and get is towed to his house.   This was also the first anniversary of my dad's death. 

On Tuesday when I got to school I thought I was going to be subbing for the teacher I had been subbing for since we had been back from holiday break who was under quarantine.  I was surprised when I was told that I needed to go shadow one of our special ed teachers, because I was now going  to be her long term sub while she was on maternity leave.  She is due this weekend, and could have the baby at any time! My boyfriend took off from work, so he could look at his car to see if it was worth fixing.  The night before he thought his car was probably a goner.  It turns out that one of his axles rusted out and broke in half while he was out driving.  Had it happened over the weekend when he was driving on the highway to come see me, we may have had a different outcome.  Instead of having to get a new car, he was able to fix it for under $200.  

On Wednesday, I got an unexpected bill in the mail.  
It is more that I have right now after not working for the two weeks over break. 

Thursday was a calm, normal day. 

Friday morning we got some heavy snow during the school day. It looked bad, but started clearing up in the afternoon.  At the end of the school day I found out that I was going to sub virtually as well as in person.  Since the roads were now clear, I decided to go visit my boyfriend.  I usually meet him a partway, so I don't have to drive all the way to his house.  We have two different places where we meet.  Last night we had some miscommunication, and were waiting at two different places.  It took over an hour before we figured it out, and met at the same place.  By the time we made it to his house, I was tired.  Tired enough that I didn't feel like unpacking the computer.  I just wanted to rest, and destress. 

I had planned on posting first thing this morning.  We were getting ready to go visit his mom when around noon I realized.. I forgot to post.  I jumped on the computer and now here we are. 

So now at 1 pm, it is time to get this part started. 

Hope you had a less crazy week than I did! 

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Easy Unicorn Valentine Box

This is one of my favorite Valentine's Day crafts.  I actually first posted it a couple of years ago, but I love so much I thought it would be a good time to re-share it. I am not sure what Valentine's Day will look like this year, or if schools will be able to have valentine exchanges with Covid, but this unicorn craft can be used for a class party or as a cute storage box. 

For the body of the unicorn you need some sort of box. I don't know if they will be available this year, but I found this one with a pre made slot on sale at Meijer for about $2, when I first made the unicorn.  It was already white, so I decided to make a white unicorn.  It is easy to change the color of the unicorn to whatever color you would like to make it using different colors of paper and paint.  

I painted four cardboard tubes for the legs. 

One thing that I love about the party section at the Dollar Tree is they have a great selection of various bows and tassels that would all be perfect for the mane and tail. For this unicorn, I chose the multi colored swirled ribbon bows on the right. 

For the head you and can as creative as you want to be.  There are several different things you can use depending on what shape head you would like to have.  I chose the pink cup because I liked the shape of it more than the rectangle floral foam. 

I had thought of painting the cup white, but chose to use white wrapping paper instead.  

I glued the legs to the bottom of the box with hot glue.  

This particular bow had more than one bow on the package. I wanted to have an extra full mane and tail so I bought two packages. 

I used four of the smaller bows on the mane, and two on the tail.  I think the curly bows look super cute. 

I know this year the Dollar Tree has glitter heart stickers in pink and red, that can be used as the snout.  When I had made my unicorn box I used some pink craft foam and cute it into small hearts. 

I rolled some pink craft paper into the shape of a cone for the unicorn horn.  I hot glued into place. I glued one some google eyes for it's eyes.  Eyelashes can be added as well. 

Your unicorn is now ready to go to the party, and be filled with Valetines and goodies. 

Some other Valentine's Day ideas you might be interested in.. 


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