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My blog details all the fantastic "pins" I've actually made! Enjoy!

Huge Balloon Lollipops June 30, 2012

I love this idea!  You have just about everything you need at home to complete this project.  The only supply I had to purchase was cellophane which cost me $4.50.  I already had yarn, balloons, and paint!  Save cardboard wrapping paper rolls for this awesome decoration.

 

My daughter helped paint the wrapping paper tubes, so it was a fun project for us to do together.  I plan to line my front walkway with these lollipops for Sophie’s Candyland birthday party.  I want to make more, but I have to locate more wrapping paper tubes!

 

Supplies:

1.)  Cardboard wrapping paper tubes.

2.)  Large foam paintbrush.

3.)  White acrylic paint.

4.)  Yarn, string, or ribbon.

5.)  Scissors.

6.)  Balloons.

7.)  Clothespin.

8.)  Tape.

9.)  Cellophane.

 

Project Steps:

1.)  Paint the cardboard wrapping paper tubes with white acrylic paint.  Let dry and apply a second coat.

 

2.)  Cut ribbon or yarn to a length 6″ longer than the wrapping paper tube.

 

3.)  Tie one end of the yarn to the balloon where knotted.

4.)  Attach the other end of the yarn to the clothespin.

 

5.)  Drop the clothespin down the tube.

 

6.)  Pull the yarn tight and tape to the inside of the tube.

 

7.)  Cut off excess yarn.

8.)  Cut a piece of cellophane 3′ x 4′.

9.)  Wrap the cellophane around the balloon.

10.)  Tie a piece of yarn around the cellophane to attach to the tube/balloon.

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878644487/

Project Link: http://go.tipjunkie.com/pa/943/www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/themes/candy/

Time:  It took me 45 minutes to paint 5 tubes (including 20 minutes drying time).  The remaining steps probably took 5-10 minutes per lollipop on average.

 

– Lisa

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Candy Cupcake Toppers

I saw these candy cupcake toppers and knew they would be perfect for Sophie’s Candyland party.  They turned out really cute and were really easy to make!

 

Supplies:

1.)  Small foam balls.  I got mine at Michaels.  A bag of 16 balls, size 15/16″ cost $3.99.  USE A COUPON to get 40% off!

 

2.)  Tissue Paper

3.)  Scissors

4.) Glue

 

Project Steps:

1.)  Cut small pieces of tissue paper.  I used pieces about 4″x3″.

 

2.)  Place a dab of glue on a foam ball.

 

3.)  Roll the tissue paper around the ball.

 

4.)  Secure the tissue paper with a second dab of glue.

 

5.)  Allow the glue to try for a few minutes.

 

6.)  Twist each end of the ball.

 

7.)  Trim the tissue paper down so it looks like a candy wrapper.

 

8.)  Fluff the ends.

 

9)  Insert a toothpick into the center of each ball.

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878644165/

Project Linkhttp://cakejournal.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-candy-cupcake-topper/

Substitutions:  I did tie a few pieces with thread, but then I decided I was wasting time.  Also, I didn’t put glue on the toothpicks.  I just pushed them into the styrofoam ball.  I felt they were secure enough!

Time:  One minute per ball.

 

– Lisa

 

Sidewalk Chalk Favor – Wrapped Like Candy

I’ve spent months pinning ideas for Sophie’s 5th birthday party.  Her birthday isn’t until September, but I’m getting started because there is lots of work to do.  Also, I have two vacations between now and then and my daughter Molly’s 2nd birthday party.

 

Sophie is having a  Candyland inspired birthday celebration.   We are going to have a sweets table.  The table will have jars filled with candy for the kids to take home as their party favor.  Well, the Candyland idea is fun and cute and the kids will love it.  And, I’m having fun planning it.  It’s the parents that I’m not so sure will love the aftermath (sugar crazed hyper kids).  So, when I can toss something in the candy jars that isn’t candy (such as the sidewalk chalk), I’m going for it!   I’ve also seen rock candy soap and candy stick erasers.

 

I was at Michaels yesterday and saw these adorable polka dot sidewalk chalks.  Since they looked like taffy, I grabbed 3 packages for $1 each.  Each package had 5 pieces of chalk, so each piece was 20 cents.  When I got home, I wrapped the sidewalk chalk in cellophane and secured the cellophane with double sided tape.  Then, I tied off the ends with curling ribbon.  To do all fifteen pieces, it took less than 20 minutes.  And, it cost me only $3 since I already had the cellophane and curling ribbon.

 

   

 

Pinterest Pin: xxx

Project: http://mightygirl.com/2010/02/15/1000-lovely-things-sidewalk-chalk-party-favors/

Substitutions:  I used cellophane instead of waxed paper.  Also, I tied the ends closed with curling ribbon.

Time:  20 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Cake Batter Pancakes

I’ve been wanting to try out this recipe for a long time, but I never seemed to have cake mix on hand.  Well, I’m making cake batter rice krispie treats tomorrow (stay tuned), so I happened to have a box of yellow cake, so today is the day!

 

 

The girls really enjoyed these pancakes. My 22 month old pretty much just licked off the glaze.  My 4-year-old opted for syrup.  I have to say that I thought these were amazing; however, for breakfast, the glaze made them too sweet for breakfast.  I think these cake batter pancakes are great for a special occasion, but not for a routine breakfast.  We will make them again, possibly for my daughter’s birthday.  Also, these would be an awesome dessert.  I’m thinking warm pancakes, with vanilla ice cream on top with the whipped cream and cherry on top!

 

Cake Batter Pancake Batter

Cake Batter Pancakes – Cooking ‘Em Up (with a toddler pulling on my legs)

 

Here are a few notes about the recipe.  The recipe says it makes 12 pancakes and I came close with 14.  I used 1 cup of milk (the recipe calls for 1-2 cups) and I thought my pancakes were to thick; however, 1 cup was probably right for the recipe since I yielded close to 12 pancakes.  Next time, I will add more milk to get a thinner pancake.  My glaze turned out way to thick.  I added more milk until the consistency was just right.

 

Powdered Sugar Glaze

 

This recipe has inspired me to try other new pancake recipes.  Maybe I’ll try another next week!

 

Pinterest Pin: xxx

Recipe: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/cake-batter-pancakes/

Time:  30 minutes

Substitutions:  I added some whipped cream and a cherry on top!  Also, my glaze came out too thick, so I added more and more milk until it was just right!

 

– Lisa

 

Reporting VS Tattling Poster June 28, 2012

Oh how I despise tattling and my daughters do a lot of it, even my 22 month old!  I saw a Pinterest pin of a “Reporting vs Tattling” poster.  The link took me to a first grade teacher’s website.  She had written out difference between reporting and tattling.  Since my daughter can’t read yet, I decided to add clipart to my poster so she could understand the differences.  I included a link to my Reporting VS Tattling poster in case anyone wants a copy of my work!

 

I introduced it to Sophie and hung it on the side of our kitchen desk.  I faced the poster toward our family room, the place where most of the tattling occurs!  Sophie seemed to like the poster until I hung it up and told her it would be there for a long time.  She started to cry.  We will see how it goes!

 

Mrs. Tehune’s Poster:

 

My Poster:

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878632299/

Inspiration: http://mrsterhune.blogspot.com.au/search?updated-max=2012-03-03T20:57:00-06:00&max-results=10  (you will have to scroll down to the bottom to see her image).

Time:  One hour to find the images and 10 minutes to put together the word document.

 

– Lisa

 

June Date – Arlington Park Race Track June 24, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our June date was awesome.  The weather was perfect for a day at the racetrack!  It was really nice to relax, just the two of us.

 

The date card read “On this date… we’ll watch the horses out of the gate.  We’ve talked about going to Arlington Park.  Now or never.  Sun, Horses, Lunch, Bets, Beers, Fun.  Love, Lisa.”  In the June envelope, I included the date card and cash for our day at the park.

 

 

 

We stopped for lunch on the way …

 

We made some bets …  (That’s my sweetie in the white striped shirt surrounded by a bachelorette party.  Haha!)

 

We watched the races …

 

 

We listed to the band and had a few beers …

 

We got some sun …

 

And explored the park …

   

 

 

We didn’t win one race!  Boo!  After our date, we decided to bring the girls next time.  I think they would really enjoy seeing the horses.  There is an awesome lawn area at the park where you can pack your own picnic lunch and hang out.  They also setup a petting zoo and pony rides on Sundays!

 

Until next month…

Lisa

 

Check out our previous dates…

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

It’s all over Pinterest these days, so I had to give it a try!  I was super excited to try this recipe!  How awesome would it be if it turned out and I had a healthier alternative for pizza!  Well, it was good, but not amazing.  So, I was disappointed.  It tasted pretty good (not as good as regular pizza dough), but I do have a few complaints as you will read below.

 

 

 

I pinned two different cauliflower crust recipes.  The first was for a cauliflower pizza and the second for cauliflower cheesy garlic bread sticks.  I made the bread stick recipe.  I noted that the directions for the crust were different in the two recipes although they called for the same ingredients and measurements.  The bread stick recipe said to steam the cauliflower and then use a ricer to create the riced cauliflower.  I don’t have a ricer (nor do I know what it is), so I used the pizza recipe which said to use the food processor and then microwave the cauliflower.

 

My husband doesn’t like cauliflower, so I decided to put this recipe together and keep the cauliflower a secret.  Well, the overwhelming smell in the house gave me away!  When I microwaved the cauliflower, the smell was very strong.  Perhaps if I steam it next time, it won’t smell as strong?!?  The house smelled for at least a day. For this one reason, I may not make it again!  I like cauliflower, but when I went to bed and all I could smell was the microwaved cauliflower, the smell was just too much for even me.

 

Also, I found that the crush was not crisp enough.  Maybe if I don’t use parchment paper next time and lay the crust in a generously oiled baking sheet it would be crispier?

 

I did love that the dough was easy to thin out and held its shape unlike real pizza dough.  I spread the dough too thin, so next time (if there is a next time), I would make a double batch and have a thicker crush.  The recipe says that one head of cauliflower yields three cups of riced cauliflower; however, my head only produced 1 cup of riced cauliflower.

 

I thought the crust tasted good, but I prefer real pizza dough.  My daughters didn’t eat it, my husband didn’t eat it, but my sister and I enjoyed it.  My sister said that she would make it again.  I’m not sure if I will try again, but if I do, I’ll update this post with any changes I make.  If you have made this recipe, please leave me a comment and suggestions.  I’d love to try again.  Did your house smell for a day?  Did your crust come out crispy?  Did you microwave the cauliflower?  Did your head of cauliflower come out to only 1 cup of riced cauliflower?  Thanks!

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878602385/

Recipe #1 – Pizzahttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Recipe #2 – Bread Stickshttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Substitutions:  I used the directions from the pizza recipe to make the crust.

Time:  1 hour

 

– Lisa