Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter Card featuring Egg Shaped Bunny and Chick

My son and I worked on putting together cute Easter egg shaped bunnies and chicks from a felt and foam activity kit I bought at Michael's craft store.  An easy and fun afternoon craft project for Easter.
After we made a few, we decided they would make cute Easter cards. So we got out brown cards and cut pastel green paper into grass. To save time, we only cut grass where you could see it when the card was finished.

Here's our Happy Easter card with an Easter egg shaped bunny and chick.

My preschooler is working on all sorts of writing and drawing activities to develop his handwriting skills. So he was in charge of writing Happy Easter inside the cards.

I love the egg shaped Easter critters. If you can't find a similar Easter themed felt activity kit, you could make cute egg shaped bunnies and chicks out of paper.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Layered Watermelon Fruit Cake - First Birthday Cake made of Fresh Fruit!

This is one fruit cake everyone will love to eat! Since we had a small family get together on the weekend with a traditional birthday cake and mini smash cake for our one year old. We wanted to have something special for my daughters actual birthday during the week. I decided to make one of the watermelon “cakes” that are popular now. So I came up with an idea for the design and purchased fruit at the grocery store.

To my surprise, I cut the fruit and built the cake in way less time than it takes me to make a traditional homemade birthday cake. Here’s how the fruit stacked up. The base is made of a small round seedless watermelon and the top tier is a section of fresh pineapple. I topped it with whole strawberries and decorated with blueberries around each layer. Since my daughter was born in February, I added sweet little pineapple hearts cut out with a mini heart shaped cookie cutter around the watermelon layer that are attached with toothpicks.
I decided not to add whipped coconut cream or traditional whipped cream for frosting. I thought the leftover fruit would keep better without it. Since my baby girl is too young to blow out a candle, I made a number 1 pick on the computer that I punched out with my scallop punch and attached to a wooden kabob stick with a glue dot. The long kebab stick went through the layers of fruit on the cake and would help to keep it stable if you were to try to transport it to a different location.

I love the way this watermelon fruit cake turned out! In fact, I would be thrilled to have one of these for my birthday. The best part was the birthday girl loved it and thoroughly enjoyed sampling all the different types of fruit on her cake. If there are any leftovers, they’re healthy and pack up nicely for lunches or easy snacking.

I wish I would have took a picture of the aftermath of this creation. Lets just say there were watermelon rinds, pineapple pieces and various other chopped fruit scraps scattered across the kitchen island like a real live fruit ninja game. Even so, this birthday fruit cake was totally worth it.

Happy 1st Birthday Our Little Sweet!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Space Themed Kids Bedroom Inspiration - Reading Rocket Ship T-Shirt

While searching the internet for space and solar system inspiration to decorate my son’s space themed kids bedroom, I stumbled across this super cute Reading Rocket Ship T-Shirt.

I love the creative design. It features a rocketship made out of stacked books and a couple little astronauts reading, surrounded by planets.

I wish they sold this design as a print. I would frame it and hang it by a bookshelf or in a reading nook area. Oh well, it makes a pretty great t-shirt too.

Source: - Reading Rocket Ship T-Shirt (Kids, Men’s, Women’s)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels

When making our Valentines boxes to mail to family this year, we decided to include a few homemade goodies. Cookies are always a favorite and we decided something chocolate covered would make a nice addition. We considered making chocolate covered nut clusters, but when I found a big barrel of organic spelt mini pretzels at Costco, we decided Chocolate Covered Pretzels were meant to be.

We used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips and simply melted them over a double boiler (glass bowl over a pot of simmering water) on the stove, but they could also be melted in a microwave. After the chocolate is all ooey gooey, simply hand dip a pretzel into the warm melty chocolate and place on wax paper to set.

I started by holding a pretzel at the side and dipping half of the pretzel into the melted chocolate. Then I tried holding the bottom of the pretzel and dipping just the top. We preferred the look of the pretzels dipped by holding the bottom. This method was so fast and easy compared to covering entire pretzels in chocolate.

To fancy up our chocolate covered pretzels, we melted white chocolate chips in an attempt to add drizzles across the top of the pretzels. We bought Ghirardelli white chocolate chips to melt as they did not have partially hydrogenated ingredients, but they just didn’t melt well enough to drizzle (it was more like glops than thin drizzles). The milk and semi-sweet dark chocolate would have worked for drizzling, but we decided to just sprinkle a few pretzels with cute valentines themed sprinkles, sugars, and toppings instead. We used the melted white chocolate to dip more pretzels and changed our plan to make three varieties of chocolate covered pretzels: milk chocolate, semi-sweet dark chocolate, and a few white chocolate covered pretzels. It was fun to have a variety of chocolate covered pretzels to include in our gift boxes, but my favorite hands down was the milk chocolate covered pretzels. Love that classic salty chocolatey crunch!

It was quick and super easy (too easy really) to make homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzels! There will definitely be more chocolate covered adventures around here. All I can say is watch out, anything that is not nailed down may get dipped in chocolate...too much fun!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Heart Shaped Post It Notes - A sneak peak at an item in our Valentines Gift Boxes

I was recently on a shopping mission to find items to fill Valentine's Treat Boxes only to realize either I waited way too long to start Valentine's shopping and everything was picked out, or the stores just didn't sell the kind of things I had in mind. Determined not to exit another store empty handed, I decided it was time to venture outside the traditional Valentine's Day aisles.

This self imposed challenge led to a fun find in the office supplies section of the store, heart shaped sticky notes!

There were two styles to choose from and each pack had 2 heart shaped post it notepads. I also purchased a package of red pens to pair with the notes.

To gift, I tied a heart shaped sticky notepad and red pen with a ribbon.
One way I would use these notes is to add a special message in a lunchbox. I’ll share the rest of our Valentine's Gift Boxes soon.

PS: I want to give a special thanks to my sweet husband who was willing to stay in the car to watch our baby and preschooler while I shopped. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

String Cheese Snowmen - Winter PreSchool Snack’s cold outside. With negative temps and snow in the forecast, we decided to build snowmen inside in a fun food way. After I spotted a picture of Snowmen Cheese Sticks, I knew they would be an easy and fun snack to make for my son’s preschool class on his snack day.

Other than the cheese sticks, we had all the supplies on hand to create string cheese snowmen.
We used black card stock for hats, blue ribbon for scarves, and a couple sharpies (orange and black) to make faces. After cutting out the black top hats, we decided to add a strip of red card stock and a small snowflake punched out of white paper with a glue stick. Finished hats were then adhered to each cheese stick using a glue dot.  Next we drew faces with sharpies, tied on scarves, and drew three more black dots down the front of each snowman.
As a safety precaution, I drew a snowman face on a cheese stick in advance and stuck it in the refrigerator overnight and opened it the next day to make sure the sharpies didn't bleed through onto the food.

My son enjoyed sharing string cheese snowmen with his class along with some baby carrots for snack time.  A string cheese snowman would make a cute lunchbox surprise too.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Tealights - Makes a Cute Ornament, Magnet, Pin, or Package Topper!

I was busy making a small army of snowman tealights last week with a friend. She found this idea at a craft fair and decided they would be a great craft to sell as a fundraiser at the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar. They were super easy to make and I think they turned out pretty cute.

She made snowman faces by dipping the back of a paintbrush into black paint and dotting the tealights to create each snowman's eyes and mouth. An orange Sharpie helps make the snowman's nose look like a carrot even when the tealight is turned off.

We cut out paper hats and attached them to the tealights using glue dots. I made traditional black hats with a red band and cutout snowflake. She found a great deal on red and green scrapbook paper and used it to make hats that also featured a mini pom pom on top.

Magnets were added to the back of a few to help decorate a refrigerator or maybe a file cabinet at work and ribbons were added to the rest so they could be used as light up Christmas ornaments. You could even add a pin to the back and wear one or use one as a package topper for a special holiday gift.

I may make a few snowmen tealights with my kids so they can hand them out as small gifts to friends and family. If I do, I’ll share a picture of the results.