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

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting November 5, 2012

This was probably the BEST cake I’ve ever made.  I will make this again and again and again.  Growing up, my mom made spice cake often.  It was a family favorite.  Well, this cake reminded me of souped up spice cake!  Don’t skip the pecan topping, it really made the cake!  This would be the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving.  It was great with a cup of coffee for breakfast, too!  🙂

 

Recipe http://www.jamhands.net/2012/09/apple-and-cream-cheese-bundt-cake-with.html

Time:  It took half the day to complete this cake.  As far as prep work, dicing up the apples was the most time-consuming part.  Other than that, the baking and cooling times were long, too.  It was worth it though!

Substitutions:  I baked mine for one hour.  The recipe says to let the cake cool for 15 minutes and then remove the cake from the pan.  I had to wait much longer (an hour) and I still ended up losing some of the cake.  Ugh!  Also, the recipe shows a thick white icing on top of the cake.  The icing actually attracted me to the recipe; however, my icing was more of a glaze.  It didn’t matter because it was so delicious!!!

 

Batter poured into pan. The white you see around the edge, is the “Bake Easy” spray I used to coat the pan.

I added the cream cheese mixture. As you can see, I couldn’t keep it an inch away from the sides as instructed in the recipe.

I added the remaining apple batter.

Baked!

Finished cake!

Ready to eat!

 

DIY Halloween Spider Hand Print and Ghost Foot Print Canvas October 30, 2012

A friend of mine created some Halloween canvas art using her son’s hand print and foot print.  I’ve seen this project posted on Pinterest, too.  She did two separate pieces of art (one hand print spider and one foot print ghost).  Since I only had one canvas per child, I decided to combine the spider and ghost on one canvas.

 

Supplies

1.)  Canvas – any size that will fit a hand print and a foot print.

2.)  Acrylic paint – I used purple for the background, white for the ghost, and black for the spider.

3.)  White paint pen.

4.)  Paint brushes.

5.)  Googly eyes.

6.)  Glue

7.)  Wooden letters – optional.

 

Steps

1.)  Paint your canvas in any color you like.  I chose a deep purple.  I ended up doing 6 layers of paint to get a good background.

 

 

2.)    Draw a spider web using the white paint pen.

 

3.)  Using a foam paint brush, paint your child’s hand black and stamp it on top of the spider web.  Make sure to paint on a good thick layer of paint and stamp immediately for best results.  It’s helpful to have a second adult on hand to quickly whisk away your child to clean off their hands and feet.

 

4.)  Using a foam paint brush, paint your child’s foot white and stamp it on the canvas.

 

5.)  Allow time for the ghost and spider to dry.

6.)  Glue googly eyes on the spider and paint on a mouth.

7.)  Paint eyes and a mouth on the ghost.  I used purple, but black would look good, too.

8.)  Personalize the artwork by writing your child’s name and year at the bottom.

9.)  Use a paint pen to write “BOO” or “EEK” somewhere on the canvas.  I didn’t trust my handwriting, so I painted some wooden letters black and glued them on.

 

 

 

Hand Print Spider Halloween Craft October 19, 2012

My daughter’s preschool class is having a Halloween party and I’m in charge of coordinating one craft for the party.  I searched Pinterest for some cute ideas and decided on this adorable hand print spider.  I decided to try it out before the party.  The girls enjoyed getting a little dirty.  I’d recommend rolling up the sleeves and having a bunch of baby wipes on hand for the mess!  For the party, I went ahead and cut all the paper, drew the spider webs, and wrote in the year.  All the kids will have to do at the party is stamp their hand prints and add the googly eyes.

 

 

Supplies

1.)  Orange construction paper.

2.)  Scissors or paper cutter.

3.)  White colored pencil, crayon, or paint marker.

4.)  Black paint.

5.)  Sponge paint brush.

6.)  Googly eyes.

7.)  Glue.

 

 

Steps

1.)  Cut a piece of construction paper in half.

 

2.)  Using a white writing tool, (I used a colored pencil) draw a spider web.

 

 

3.)  Cover your child’s hand in black paint (do not paint the thumb).

 

 

4.)  Carefully place your child’s hand on the paper, partially covering the web.

 

5.)  Repeat with the other hand.  When you stamp the second hand, overlap part of the palm.

 

6.)  Glue two googly eyes on the spider.

 

7.)  Once the black paint has dried a bit, you can draw on a smiley face.

 

8.)  Add the year and your child’s name to the bottom of the paper.  I added my kids’ names after I snapped the picture!

 

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879428291/

Inspiration http://happeningsoftheharperhousehold.net/2010/10/hand-print-spider-halloween-card/

Time:  20 minutes

 

 

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

 

Father’s Day Tie Banner June 17, 2012

I downloaded this FREE Father’s Day printable from Amanda’s Parties TO GO!  I loved the colors of this banner and I thought the ties were super cute.  My husband was surprised and loved it!  I also used the Mother’s Day printable by Amanda’s parties TO GO.  Check it out by clicking here.

 

 

Project Supplies

1.)  Download the free printable.  To download, you must “like” Amanda’s Parties to go on facebook and then from her facebook page, you can download the file.

2.)  White paper or cardstock.

3.)  Scissors.

4.)  Ribbon.

5.)  Hole Punch.

6.)  Double sided tape or tape runner.

 

Project Steps

1.)  Print banner

2.)  Cut it out.

3.)  If you print it on regular paper (as I did), tape the tie pieces to a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.  I fit three ties on each piece of 12×12 cardstock.

4.)  Cut out the ties again with an outline of cardstock.

5.)  Use your hole punch to punch two holes in each tie.

6.)  Thread ribbon through the ties to create your banner.

 

Link to Free Downloadhttp://amandaparkerandfamily.blogspot.com/2011/06/freebie-fathers-day-printables-are-tie.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878550208/

Time:  45 minutes

Substitutions:  Since my printer doesn’t feed heavy paper, I had to print the banner on regular printer paper.  I wanted to banner to last a few years, so I opted to outline each tie with brown cardstock.  You could certainly print it on cardstock or glossy thick paper and skip the extra steps I took!

 

– Lisa

 

Some Bunny Loves You Card June 8, 2012

I pinned this idea a while back and decided to use if for Father’s Day this year.  We each stamped our finger prints on the card to create three bunnies.  This was a simple, fun, inexpensive, and thoughtful card to create.  I also love that this card is very versatile.  You could use it for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday, really for any occasion.

 

 

 

Supplies:

1.)  Cardstock

2.)  Paper cutter or scissors

3.)  Markers

4.) White acrylic paint

5.)  Father’s Day Questionnaire – click here to see the questionnaire I replicated.

 

Project Steps:

1.  I folded a 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half.

2.)  I cut the folded piece of cardstock in half.

3.)  I wrote out “Some bunny love me!” on the card, leaving room for the fingerprint art.

4.)  I typed up a Father’s Day Questionnaire and taped it inside the card.

5.)  I interviewed my four-year old about her dad and wrote in her answers.

6.)  I poured just a little bit of white acrylic paint into a paper bowl.

7.)  I stamped each girls thumb and index fingers to create the bunnies.

8.)  After the bunnies dried, I used markers to draw in the eyes, nose, and whiskers.  I also wrote our names underneath the bunny we each stamped.

9.)  I will let my daughter’s draw something on the back of the card and I’ll write a nice message inside.

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878492598/

Project Link:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/thumb-bunny-card-662916/

Time: 20 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Father’s Day Gift Tag June 7, 2012

In my search for Father’s Day ideas on Pinterest, I came across this adorable FREE gift tag printable.

 

 

Project Steps:

1.)  Download the free printable.

2.)  Print on regular white paper or cardstock.

3.)  Cut out the gift tag.

4.)  Tape the tag to a piece of colorful cardstock.

5.)  Cut out the tag, creating an outline.

6.)  Write a note on the gift tag.

7.)  Punch a hole.

8.)  String a ribbon or thread through the hole.

9.)  Tie to gift.

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878488545/

Link to FREE printablehttp://amyjdelightful.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-printable-tags.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t print directly onto cardstock because my printer can’t handle it.  So, I opted to print on regular printer paper and then to make it more sturdy, I outlined it in an orange cardstock.

Time:  Less than 5 minutes

 

– Lisa