Friday, April 29, 2011

Kid Friendly Mother's Day Brooch

Simple, adorable, and not the typical gift. All the makings of a perfect mothers day gift.
See how to make these at LaughPaintCreate!

Pumpkin Pasties

Here's another recipe for my Harry Potter friends. This may be the one Harry Potter treat I've wanted to try most. The recipe is from The Geeky Chef.

Homemade Parmesan Potato Chips

These look like something you'd get at cool, trendy restaurant. I can't wait to try them. The recipe is at Think they would be good with a pinch of garlic? I'm nuts for garlic. I really could eat it on everything.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

eBook: 31 Days To Clean

Author Sarah Mae, recently released an ebook, 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. You can get it for free today if you post on Facebook or blog about it yourself. Check out for more info on the book. Or go to this blog for more info on getting it for free. I can't wait to read it. I'm always struggling to figure out how to keep the house tidy with 2 crazy kids running around all day.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I love me a good cupcake. The problem? They don't transport well individually. I found a solution.
Cup-A-Cake is a cupcake holder that keeps your yummies in perfect condition. At $2.99 each, it's not a bad price either. They have lots of colors. There's a page to look for local retailers.

Clever Kid Dinner

Spaghetti Hair Sausage. Cut sausages into slices and put spaghetti crossed. Cook them in salty boiling water until they are tender. That's it. Really. And you get this
heck, I'd enjoy eating that! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Frozen Butterbeer

This one's for my Harry Potter friends! I've always wanted to try a butterbeer. how amazing would this be on a hot summer day.... *sigh*

Frozen Butterbeer
For the butterbeer:
1 1/2 cups cream soda
6 tablespoons butterscotch schnapps
2 cups ice

For the foamy topping:
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon butterscotch schnapps

Combine cream soda, schnapps and ice in a blender. Blend until slushy. Pour into a glass or mug. In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and schnapps. Using an electric mixer, whisk together until almost whipped. You want the cream mixture to be slightly loose, not as firm as whipped cream. Top the butterbeer with the foamy topping and serve immediately.
Serves 2

Spring Decorations

Pom-Pom Branches by The Crafts Dept.

Butterfly Mobile by Twig and Toadstool
Coffee Filter Butterflies by My Kids Make

Wallpaper Decals by Apartment Therapy

How To Make Butter

I can't wait to try this out. Maybe we'll have fresh butter when we have our family over for dinner next week!
See how with a photo tutorial at Omnomicon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Skittles Vodka

I just have no words of how genius this is!
You can use each Skittles flavor and infuse vodka with each flavor. Add that to some Jell-O shots and I think I might be in heaven. See how at

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Bread

I think I can handle this one. And my oldest might actually eat it! See how to make this at Picky Palate. It's my new favorite recipe site.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Jewelry Deal

I have an awesome deal to share. Darcus Tori sometimes sends out emails with promos for their jewelry. I happened to have gotten one today and want to share the deal. I've bought from them before and I was very satisfied. Any of these items you can get for only the price of shipping! Just use code 0801. I believe you can order up to 3 of the items free. Make sure you sign up with them to receive their emails so you get their offers.

Simulated Pink Diamond

Lavender Alexandrite

Prayer Box Locket

(disclaimer: I was not compensated for this in any way)

Italian Egg Drop Soup

From Cooking With Sugar

  • 1 48 oz container of chicken stock
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 (9oz bag) of fresh spinach chopped or 1 (10oz box) of frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup of pastina pasta (the little stars)
  • Salt and black pepper
In a stockpot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic and the onion. Season with salt and pepper and sauté on medium high heat until onions are transparent (but not brown) about 2 minutes. Then add the chicken stock and bring to a light boil. Add the spinach and the parsley and turn down the heat slightly and cook for about 5 minutes while you make the egg mixture. In a bowl, combine the eggs and the cheese, and mix well with a fork until blended.
Turn up the heat on the stockpot and when the stock comes to a boil, add the pastina and give it a good mix so it doesn’t stick together. Cook for about 2 minutes and then whisk in the egg mixture with a fork and reduce heat immediately to low. Continue whisking lightly for a minute or two until eggs set. Remove from heat and let the pot sit for a minute or two. Then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with some extra grated cheese.

Window Stars

A little something to spruce up a blah window!
See how to make these over at Mom's Crafty Space.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

PEEP Specimens

Look what I made! PEEP specimens for our wall. It needed something cheery.

Find a simple frame and remove the glass. I used a green piece of foam, just because it was the right color. You can use construction paper or copy paper too. For the bunnies, take a sharp pair of scissors and cut the back half off. Feel free to eat the butts. For the chicks, I cut about two thirds off the bottom layer, but only a thin amount. I didn't cut any of the tail underside since they stick up.

They stuck pretty decent on their own, but I put a line of Elmer's Glue in between to make sure they stuck. Let the whole thing sit for about an hour before hanging.

My original plan was for all of them to be bunnies, but I went to 3 stores and couldn't find them in pink. So chicks it is. Now that it's done, I thought it might be funny if one of them had their head bitten off. I may make this change later.

What do you think?

Yarn Eggs

These are so bright and cheery. And my 2 year old can help make these (if she doesn't steal the balloons first).
See the how to on Disney Family Fun.

Cadbury Deviled Eggs

So fun! Let's see grandma's deviled eggs compete with these! The how to at Serious Eats.

Bunny Crepes

I've never tried crepes, but I think this may convince me to try this out. It looks delicious and so cute.
See the recipe at

Paint Chip Garland

I foresee a trip to Home Depot in my near future!
It's so easy and cute. They almost look like the little plastic eggs with the line in the middle. See the step by step at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Egg Decorating!

Crafts By Amanda has 7 cool ways to decorate eggs. Marbled Eggs, Speckled Eggs, Drip Eggs, Rubber Band Eggs, Colorful Chinese Tea Eggs, Stenciled Eggs, & Tie Dye Eggs. Here's a couple photos of her creations:
Gorgeous! I also found a great How To on Disney Family Fun on making leaf print eggs.
It's so easy to do! I wonder how well it'd work with feathers.

Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

One of my favorite Easter treats! You can learn to make your own at Instructables!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Geeky Family

I'm sure you've all seen those cutesy family vinyl car clings. They show each family member, usually attired with their profession or hobby. Cute, but not for me. If I'm going to have a set. I want them geeky. I found Kelly Kreations on Etsy. Her items fit the bill exactly!
And my favorite:
Add bows to the mushrooms and it's perfect!!!

Fabric Silhouette Wall Art

Make something that can easily become an heirloom for your kids. And even better, you can do it out of mostly recycled items.
That yellow fabric was a dress, and the wood circle was the end of a spool. Just think how cute it'd be for a cluster of these, one for each family member. Maybe going up a staircase. Find the detailed instructions at Curbly.

Stay Tuned

Tomorrow will be an Easter themed day! I have a ton of crafts and treats that are Easter themed to share with you. So be sure to check in tomorrow. I know you'll all find one or two things you can use.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ABC/123 Printables

Sprik Space has made freaking adorable printable illustrated alphabet and numbers! I'm framing one of each for our playroom.
She made them in multiple colors to match any room! Go HERE to select your poster and color to download.


Check out these two delicious recipes for breakfast.

French Breakfast Puffs by The Pioneer Woman

Banana Bread French Toast by Real Mom Kitchen

Friday, April 1, 2011

GummyLump Givaway!

GummyLump is giving away a fully stocked Melissa & Doug Lemonade Stand/Grocery Store! Enter before April 15th. There are lots of ways to get extra entries.

What kid wouldn't love to have that? Go HERE to enter today!

Recycled Crayon Art

Perfect for a kids room or craft room!
See the full How To on Dollar Store Crafts.

Stuffed French Bread

Check out this great comfort food recipe from Meal Makin Momma.

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