Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Candy Decoration

Cheyanne and I made this starlight candy decoration today from a Frisbee.

We used:White Frisbee, red paint, plastic wrap and ribbon.

If your Frisbee has writing in the center, just cover it with white paper like we did.



Paint stripes along the side. Allow to dry.



Lay out a long piece of plastic wrap. Place the Frisbee on top. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap.



Twist the side and tie with the ribbon.









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Monday, November 28, 2011

Super Easy Bird Feeder for the Winter

I just saw this great idea for a Bird Feeder.


You will need: Bagel, peanut butter, birdseed and twine or ribbon.


Instructions:


1.Tie a piece of twine around a bagel.


2. Coat the bagel with peanut butter and roll it in bird seed.


3. Hang the bagel outside and watch the birds.



I can not wait to try this idea.




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Sunday, November 27, 2011

One of My Family's Favorite Christmas Traditions

My family has done this tradition for many years (I think I post it every year as well). It is always one of my kids' favorites and they always ask when we are going to wrap the books.

I have about 25 Christmas and winter books. We wrap each one and place it under our craft Christmas tree ( that is our tree that we hang only kid-made ornaments, do not worry our other tree also has plenty of kid-made ornaments too).

Each night we pull one of kid's names out of a bowl and they get to unwrap the book and read it. They love pulling the names and unwrapping the book. And this year the older kids have said they wanted to read the books (well at least Caity did, but I am going to make the other 2 as well).

The girls wrapped the books this year. It is also a good way to teach the kids to wrap.

Don't you love the soldier cyclopes gingerbread man ?




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Friday, November 25, 2011

Our Thanksgiving and My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

Our Thanksgiving was great. It was a quiet peaceful day with the kids and good food.

Caity and Cody helped peel the pototoes. I love when the kids help.


Here are my happy kids.

My beautiful turkey. Iam NOT a good cook by any means, so I was very happy my turkey looked and tasted good. It was even done. No microwaving required.




My family waiting to eat. "WAIT " I have to take a picture first.




This is one of our favorite holiday recipes. My kids ask for this on every holiday. My BFF Beth gave it to me.

YUMMY SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE


Ingredients:


4 cups sweet potato, cubed

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp salt

4Tbsp butter softened

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup allpurpose flour

1 Tbsp butter, softened

1/2 cup chopped pecans


DIRETIONS:



1. Preheat over 325 degrees. Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with cold water to cover . Cook over medium heat high heat until tender, drain and mash.


2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9x13 in. baking dish.


3. In medium bowl, mix sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.


4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until topping is slightly brown.





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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Felt Creations

Caity, Chey and I went to a local shop that we just love called "Simply Pink" and purchased these cute owls to go on the girl's hats this winter. After looking at them, I said we can make these.



And so Caity and I did.



These are my 2 favorites. I did the penguin and Caity did the snowman.





We used felt, scissors, hot glue gun, assorted colored thread, needles and sequins.





We cut out the shapes we wanted. Caity cut out the mushroom and Cheyanne cut out this package.



Then we sewed and glued them together.














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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yummy Monster Cookies


Cheyanne and I just made these Monster Cookies. They were easy to make and taste great. These would make a great addition to your Christmas Cookie Favorites.

Ingredients

1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix

1 pouch Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

3 eggs

2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate candies



How to make it

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir all ingredients except candies until soft dough forms. Stir in candies.

2. On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 1/4 cupfuls dough about 3 inches apart.

3. Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Store in covered container at room temperature.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I just made some Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. Super duper easy and very cheap.

1 cup Baking Soda or washing soda

1 cup Borax

1-2 drops of scented oil (optional)

Told you it was easy.


I am also making homemade Laundry Detergent, I really love it !!!! Go here for the recipe



Friday, November 11, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

I love this dessert, so I thought I would repost it. I am going to make it tonight. Yum !!!




Oh My Goodness, this is a wonderful tasting dessert. Even if it was not so super easy to make, I would still love it. This is so easy the kids can make it !!!!!!! And only 3 ingredients.




Ingredients:


-Pumpkin pie mix (different than canned pumpkin, it has all the pumpkin spices all ready in it. I bought it at Wal-mart)


-Marshmallow cream


-Whipped topping


Just use 2 tablespoon of each ingredient and stir.


It may not seem like it makes a lot, but it is very rich.
The kids, my husband and I all love it !!!


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween Pics

Caity, Chey and Colton

Cheyanne and Sarah



Cheyanne in Cody's Costume




Cody and Will




Our neighborhood kids.



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