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Ice Cube Tray to Freeze Cookie Dough November 12, 2012

I love to bake cookies!  There is nothing better than a freshly baked warm chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.  The problem I have with making homemade cookies is that the recipe yields dozens of cookies that I don’t really want to eat up in just a few days.  I’m not a huge fan of cookies that are a few days old.  They just don’t have the same fresh flavor!

 

I found a way to make a batch of homemade cookies last much longer!  I saw a pin on Pinterest that gave me the idea to freeze cookie dough in an ice cube tray.  I baked a few sheets of cookies and then spooned the rest of the cookie dough into an ice cube tray or two.  I let the dough freeze for a few hours and then placed the frozen cubes in a ziploc bag.  I stored the bag of cookie dough in the freezer.  Now, when my family is craving cookies, I already have the dough ready to go.  I just added a minute or two to the baking time since the dough was frozen.  I’m very pleased with the results of this experiment!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

October Date – Paint by Numbers October 22, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  I’ve always wanted to do a paint-by numbers painting.  My husband is great at drawing.  I’m not such a great drawer, but I thought it would be fun to give this a shot!  Our date was relaxing!  I purchased two paint by numbers kits for us to paint.  We painted while listening to music.  We also enjoyed a bottle of sparkling wine that we purchased during a recent trip to Napa Valley!

 

The date card read “This will be a low key date at home.  We’ll drink wine and paint by numbers.  Love, Lisa.”  We worked on our paintings after the girls went to bed.  We WAY underestimated the amount of time it would take.  Take a look at what we accomplished after 2 hours (see photos below).  I have 22 different paint colors in my kit and I only finished 1/3 of one color in 2 hours!  Yikes!  I guess this will be the gift that keeps giving.  It might take a year, but we will get these done!

My Painting

Hubby’s Painting

 

Kit Includes – Canvas, Paint Brush, Paint, Instructions

Sparkling Wine

My Blank Canvas

Hubby’s Blank Canvas

My Painting – 2 Hours of Work

My Painting – 4 Hours of Work

 

Hubby’s Painting – 2 Hours of Work

Hubby’s Painting – 4 Hours of Work

 

Until next month…

 

Check out our previous dates…

September 2012 – due to a busy September, (birthdays, trip to Denver, etc.) we will be going on this date at the end of October (if my 2 year old will start sleeping again and I can leave her with a sitter).

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

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

 

 

Snow Cone Garland – Perfect for Candyland or Sweet Shop Party August 28, 2012

Another decoration I made for the Candyland party is this precious snow cone garland.  I’m going to hang it from the mantle of my fireplace and place the gifts below it.  I plan to take apart the garland after the party and use the individual snow cones to decorate wrapped gifts!

 

 

Supplies:

1)       1.5 or 2″ styrofoam balls.

2)      Acrylic paint

3)      Scrapbook paper

4)     Paper Cone Template

5)     Scissors

6)     Glue gun

7)     Paint brush

8)     Toothpicks

9)     Styrofoam block – to hold balls while they dry.

10)  Clear glitter

11)   Yarn

 

Steps:

(1) Collect all of your supplies.

(2) Place toothpicks into each styrofoam ball.

(3) Use brush to paint each ball with acrylic paint.

(4) Insert balls into styrofoam block to dry.

 

(5) Cut out as many paper cones as you need using the template.

 

(6) Warm up your glue gun on the LOW setting.  If you use high, your fingers will burn.

(7) Create a cone shape and glue it together.  Repeat until you have enough cones.

(Note:  Once Sophie placed all the cones on the balls like so, I thought these would work good for a Circus themed party as clowns).

 

(8)  Place a ring of glue on the inside of the upper portion of the cone.

 

(9) Quickly insert painted styrofoam ball in place.  Repeat for all cones.

 

(10)  Measure out the amount of string or yarn you need.

(11)   Start gluing the the top of each ball directly to the yarn or string.

(12)  Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes and you are all done!

 

Inspirationhttp://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/home/2012/6/5/diy-faux-snow-cone-party-garland-gift-embellishment.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879062491/

Time:  20 minutes to paint 12 2″ balls, plus 25 minutes for the rest of the project.

 

 

Gumdrop Wreath for Candyland Party

I made this cute gumdrop wreath for Sophie’s Candyland party.  It was a very simple project.  All you need is a foam wreath, a few bags of gumdrops, and hot glue.  Make sure to use the “low” setting on your glue gun or you might end up with some burns!  I didn’t glue the gumdrops all the way around the wreath because I’m going to display it on King Kandy’s Candy Castle table with all the sweets.  Check out the fun sign that I placed inside the wreath.  I used a few sewing pins to attach the sign to the wreath.

 

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879062281/

Inspirationhttp://www.thoughtfullysimple.com/sweet-shoppe-candy-themed-party/

Time:  45 minutes max!

 

 

Family Footprints in Sand 2012 August 26, 2012

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I got this idea from Pinterest, of course!  While visiting our land this summer, my family took a photo of our footprints in the sand on our lot.  We plan to hang this photo on the wall of our lake house when we build in a few years.  It will be a nice way to remember how big the girls were when we first bought the land!  From LEFT to RIGHT:  Sophie (4.5), Molly (2), JR (32), Lisa (32).

 

 

 

Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to try these cupcakes for a long time.  Aren’t they adorable?  I want to make these rainbow cupcakes for my daughter’s Candyland birthday party, but I wasn’t sure if the rainbow airhead would actually stay in an arch once placed on the cupcake.  The candy is very flimsy, so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out.  To my surprise, these worked out great.  I made a box of yellow cake and divided it into four bowls.  I added food coloring to each bowl and scooped one spoonful of each color to make each cupcake.  The colored batter was a fun surprise for the kids, very rainbowesque (yes, I’m making up words).  I’m definitely going to make these for the party.  Oh, and I was lucky enough to find some Funfetti canned icing that was already blue.  It saved me some time!

 

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727879048318/

Sourcehttp://monicajoy.tumblr.com/post/1264292112/late-post-but-i-finally-made-rainbow-cupcakes

Substitutions:  I used marshmallows for the clouds instead of icing.

 

 

August Date – Shopping, Six Flags, Dinner

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our August date was “great”.  We had free tickets to Six Flags Great America that we intended to use with the kids.  I realized; however, that JR and I had never rode a roller coaster together and that it would be much more fun to leave the kids behind.  The weather was HOT, so we didn’t last the entire day.  We intended to go to the water park (attached to Six Flags) for half the day, but it was closed!  Boo!  It was fun to walk around Great America.  It really brought back memories.  I hadn’t been there in probably 15 years!  Although there was lots of new rides, we opted to ride the roller coasters that we remembered as kids (Batman, American Eagle, and Demon).

 

The date card read “We have free Six Flags tickets, so let’s be childish and have some fun!  We can enjoy the water park and roller coasters.  We can shop at Gurnee Mills, too.  Love, Lisa.”  In the August envelope, I included the date card and our Six Flags tickets.

 

 

We spent part of our day shopping at the outlet mall across the street from Six Flags.  We both purchased a few items.

 

We stopped at Lake Zurich since it was on our way home.  JR grew up in Lake Zurich and we both lived there for a few years after we got married.  We sat on the beach and relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner at Lucky Monk!  We got home just in time to tuck in the kids.  We had a really great day!

 

Until next month…

Check out our previous dates…

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

July Date – Beer Drinking Lunch and Hit Golf Balls

Before we had kids, JR and I spent a lot of time at the driving range.  It was something we really enjoyed doing together.  Now that we have two amazing daughters, it’s nearly impossible to get to the driving range.  I have thought about taking the girls, but I fear they could get hurt.  There are just too many FAST moving parts.  We have often joked that one of these days we are going to have a “beer drinking” lunch.  We go out to lunch often and observe customers enjoying a beer at lunch time.  I often wonder if they are headed back to work, or if they have the day off.  It always seemed like it would be nice to sit outside on a nice day and have a few beers over lunch.

 

So our July date kind of never happened.  We had planned to go and have a long “beer drinking” lunch and hit golf balls.  The problem was that it was over 100 degrees the day we planned it.  So, we went to lunch, but didn’t sit outside.  We ended up having a quick lunch and never went to the driving range.  We hope to make it up sometime in the upcoming weeks.

 

The date card read “We’re going to spend a long lunch hour hitting golf balls and enjoying a “beer drinking” lunch.  Love, Lisa.”  In the July envelope, I included the date card and cash to spend on the golf balls.

 

Until next month…

 

Check out our previous dates…

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012