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Yellow Cake Homemade Cinnamon Rolls July 24, 2012

I just returned from a 10 day vacation in Florida.  I spent the time at my parent’s house with my kids, husband, siblings, niece, nephew, and parents.  My sister and I made these together; I thought that was cute considering I found the recipe from the Six Sisters’ website.  There is a lot of waiting time (for the dough to rise), but the recipe is rather simple and the results are heavenly!  The recipe yields 24 cinnamon rolls, (2) 9×13 pans.  It seems like a lot, but they were great leftover, too!  Next time, I’ll prepare the cinnamon rolls the night before, refrigerate, and take them out an hour before baking (to rise) and bake in the morning.  I’ll update this post once I try that out!


Dough – Ready to Rise

The Dough has Risen

The Dough Rolled Out – Not Exactly a Rectangle 🙂

Buttered and Sprinkled with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Rolled Up and Ready to Cut

Cinnamon Rolls Baked and Iced

Ready to Eat!


As you can see in my pictures above, I did not roll out the dough in a perfect rectangle.  I just quickly rolled it out.  Any tips on how to get a nice rectangle shape to the dough?  Thanks!


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878820554/


Time:  10 minutes prep, 1.5-2 hours for the dough to rise, another 20 minutes prep, and 15 minutes bake time.

Substitutions:  The recipe yields 24 cinnamon rolls (12 in each pan).  We iced one of the pans with the cream cheese frosting when the rolls were still warm, so the icing would melt into the rolls.  We let the second pan cool completely and then iced them.  It was kind of an experiment to see which way tasted better.  I preferred the warm gooey cinnamon roll with melted icing, but they tasted great both ways!  🙂



Travel Treat Box July 19, 2012

As you know, I’ve been researching ideas for smooth traveling with the kiddos.  One idea I stumbled across is this travel treat box.  The idea is to use a bead organizer or tackle box as a treat box.  Fill up the compartments with different snacks.  At the beginning of the road trip, each child gets a box.  It is up to each child to eat their snacks, but once they are gone, no more snacks.


I’ve had my eye on this Dr. Sears Nibble Tray for a few years now, but have never pulled the trigger and purchased it!  Well, I purchased two of these pineapple shaped snack trays for each of my girls. These trays are awesome.  Not only do they look cool, but the green part of the tray is removable and can be frozen to keep dips cold.  I packed these up for our recent airplane flight.  I ended up having so many other projects on hand that I didn’t need them, but the girls sure enjoyed them when we arrived at Grandma’s house in Florida.




Project Inspirationhttp://pmkcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/travel-treat-boxes.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878778575/

Substitutions:  I used the pineapple snack tray instead of a bead organizer.



Cookie Sheet Travel Tray with Magnets

My family will be spending a good amount of time traveling this summer, so I’ve been researching ideas for keeping the kids happy in the car, airplane, at dinner, etc.


The first project I prepared is this cookie sheet magnet board.  I had a bunch of these wooden figures (animals, bugs, nature, etc.) on hand as wells as some magnets.  I just hot glued the magnets to the back of the wooden figures and placed them on a cheap cookie sheet.  I purchase a set of three at WalMart for about $5.  I’m going to hide it away and only bring it in the car when we have a long trip ahead of us.


The best part of the cookie sheet idea is that they can be used for many purposes such as magnet board, dinner/lunch tray, a hard surface for coloring, etc.  I’m going to spray paint two of these cookie sheets with chalkboard paint and the kids will use them as mini chalk-boards.  I will definitely keep a pair of these cookie sheets in our car for long road trips.



Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878778184/

Project Linkhttp://kasiascrafts.blogspot.com/2012/06/road-trippin.html

Time:  10 minutes.  This was a really fast project.



School Work Organization – by Grade July 18, 2012

My daughter just finished her first year of preschool.  I saved a few of her projects and have been trying to figure out how to preserve her school work.  I have taken digital photos of many of her projects, but I wanted to save some originals, too.  These crates are perfect for saving your child’s projects, artwork, report cards, awards, class pictures, etc.  I found Sophie this pink crate at the Goodwill store for $1.50!  I had the rest of the supplies on hand, so this was a super inexpensive project for me.  I’m storing it in Sophie’s closet.





1.)  Crate for hanging file folders

2.)  Your child’s name – I used my Cricut to cut out Sophie’s name

3.)  Ribbon

4.)  Hanging folders.

5.)  School work, papers, report cards, class pictures, awards, certificates, etc.


Project – It’s a very simple project.  First, hang file folders (one for each grade).  I ended up with 15 folders (2 years of PreK, Kindergarden, and 1st thru 12th grades).  On each hanging folder, I placed an address sticker on the outside.  I labeled each folder like this….



2011 – 2012

Mrs. Sarnwick

I will fill in each teacher’s name as the years pass.  Then, I placed Sophie’s papers in the first hanging folder.  I cut out her name (in pink) on my Cricut and glued it to a black piece of cardstock. Then, I used some leftover ribbon to affix her name to the crate.  Isn’t it pretty!


Project Linkhttp://www.brownpaper–packages.com/2011/09/back-2-basics-somewhat-simple.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878769512/

Substitutions:  I’m going to create an interview sheet to stick on the front of each folder.  I will interview Sophie the first day of each school year and place her answers on the file folder.  I think it would be nice to add her school picture on the folder, too!

Time:  20 minutes



Candyland Party Centerpiece – Dum-Dums July 15, 2012

I’ve been working on decorations for Sophie’s Candyland Birthday party.  This dum-dum centerpiece turned out really cute!  Sophie and I made this together.  She was able to stick the dum-dums in the ball.  I counted the number of dum-dums we put in the ball for a game.  We used 167 suckers.  The kids at the party are going to guess how many dum-dums are on the ball.  They will win a smaller version of the centerpiece as their prize!




– A large round styrofoam ball.

– 4 pounds of dum dums (we used 167).

– Candlestick

– Ribbon



1.)  You will need to cut down the dum dum sticks a little bit.  I cut off probably 2″ of each stick.

2.)  Stick the dum dum’s into the styrofoam ball, covering the ball entirely.

3.)  Place the ball on top of a candle stick.  (Hint:  make sure to use a candlestick that will hold the ball.  Mine is a little close, the ball barely balances on the candlestick).

4.)  Wrap the candlestick in a pretty ribbon.


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878752384/

Project Link:  There was no link, just a picture.

Time:  I’m guessing an hour.



Red Wine Sangria

One of my greatest pleasures is enjoying an ice cold glass of sangria!  I especially love red wine based sangria, so I had to make Sangria! Sangria! from allrecipes.com (one of my favorite websites).  I had the chance to make a batch for my family last night.  It was a hit and it was gone in no time!  I don’t like using a good bottle of wine in my Sangria, so I opt for a less expensive bottle.  In this recipe, I used Barefoot Pinot Noir.  I will be making this again in the next few days, it was that good!  One thing to note about the recipe, is that it suggests that you let it sit overnight.  I let mine sit for about 5 hours.



Recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sangria-sangria/detail.aspx

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878752241/

Time:  15 minutes prep, and hours of waiting

Substitutions:  I added Ginger Ale just before serving instead of carbonated water.


Homemade Jello Fruit Snacks

My girls love, love, love fruit snacks!  I saw this post for homemade jello fruit snacks and thought it would be fun for my girls and I to make together.  My 4-year-old helps me cook all the time, but this is the first time I let my 23 month old get into the action!  Molly really seemed to enjoy dumping the jello into the bowl and mixing!  Most of all, she enjoyed eating the fruit snacks.  This was a really fast recipe to make and fun, too!  The texture turned out to be fruit snack like and they tasted exactly like Jello (as expected).  I would be interested in making another homemade fruit snack recipe that isn’t Jello flavored.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Jello; however, I don’t really like my fruit snacks tasting like Jello.  I will definitely make these for the girls again!






1 (3 oz.) package Jello (pick any flavor)

2 (1/4 oz.) packages of unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup of water



1.) Dump your water into a small saucepan.

2.) Sprinkle the gelatin (unflavored and Jello) over the water.

3.)  Heat over medium heat and stir until dissolved.

4.)  Pour mixture into ice cube trays.

5.)  Wait 20 minutes for the fruit snacks to form.

6.)  Enjoy!


Recipe Link http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/06/homemade-jello-fruit-snacks-recipe.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878752068/

Time:  5 minute prep and 20 minute wait

Substitutions:  None


Red White and Blue Dipped Strawberries July 6, 2012

You’ve seen this recipe all over Pinterest.  Since I was making lemon-lime cookie dough truffles, I already had the vanilla candy coating melted.  Oh a whim, I pulled out some strawberries and sprinkles and finished off the vanilla candy coating.  I brought these to my family’s 4th of July BBQ.  They were a hit!


All you do is dip the strawberry in the melted candy coating (the coating sticks easier on dry strawberries).  Then, dip in sprinkles.  Once again, the sprinkles were my daughters job.  Place the strawberries on a wax lined cookie sheet to harden and store in the refrigerator.



Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878683308/

Recipe:  I didn’t follow a recipe.  I just dipped strawberries in melted candy coating and then again in sprinkles.

Time:  5 minutes


– Lisa


Loaded Baked Potato Dip

This is my new favorite dip!  It is very quick to put together.  The most time consuming part of this recipe is cooking the bacon.  At first I was thrown off that this dip didn’t have any potato in it at all.  Ah ha… pair it with a potato chip (Ruffles are my fav) and there is your potato!  Just dip and load it up!  If you like onion, bacon, and cheese, you will love this dip!




Recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/01/31/loaded-baked-potato-dip/

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878683262/

Substitutions:  I didn’t have 16 slices of bacon, so I used 10.  I used green onion instead of chives.

Time:  15 minutes


– Lisa


Lemon-Lime (Key Lime) Sugar Cookie Truffles

My husband loves anything key lime.  We have tried it all including pie, cupcakes, and cookies.  I saw a pin on Pinterest for Key Lime truffles and knew I had to make them for my husband.   The recipe took a while to complete; however, the hands on time wasn’t too overwhelming.  I used a tube of Pillsbury cookie dough from the refrigerated section of my grocery store.  My daughter enjoyed helping with the sprinkles!  I’m happy to report that the key lime (aka lemon-lime sugar cookie) truffles turned out amazing.  Very sweet, but amazing!




Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878683152/

Substitutions:  I made a few substitutions.  I used 1 block of cream cheese.  The recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 blocks, but I though that was too much.  Also, I used vanilla candy coating instead of white chocolate.

Time:  It’s hard to say because there were a few steps to this recipe.  I’d say a total of 40 minutes hands on time.  The cookie dough has to bake and cool and that took over an hour.


– Lisa