Monday, March 26, 2012

Energy Bites

Energy bites (no bake)

This recipe was inspired by pintrest.  There are many variations you
can use, but this is the way I have enjoyed it!

1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
 Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll
into balls of whatever size you would like.  (Mine were about 1″ in
diameter.)  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for
up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rainbow Birthday Party

For Lydia's 5th birthday I threw her a rainbow birthday party.

This cake was actually a lot easier to make than it may appear.
I made 3 cake boxes and separated the batter of each cake into two 9" rounds.
Mix a different color of food coloring into each cake round.
Layer the cakes with wax paper and stick it in the freezer for a few hours.
Layer it with icing and cover the outside with frosting and sprinkles. 

The decorations are a bit random, but everything I made Lydia was able to help me with :)

- sand art centerpieces

- skittles with rolos (The idea here is gold at the end of the rainbow...)


- Treasure Hunt
I took pictures of various things in the yard and put each picture in a number envelope.  Then I hid each envelope in order.  I gave the first envelope to the kids which led them to the next envelope and so on.  They were all pictures with no words because not all the kids could read.  The first child to the clue got to open the envelope.  The final picture led to the treasure...the goodie bags.

- pinata
You can't have a party with out a pinata!  I have always bought one from the store (which I would probably still recommend). Lydia and I had fun in the process of making this pinata out of paper mache. We blew up a balloon and mixed flour and water (and a little salt). 
Then ripped long strips of newspaper and smoothed them onto the balloon.  It took about 48 hours to completely dry.  Then we glued crate paper on it to add color!

- pin the Clouds on the rainbow
I colored a rainbow on poster board.
cut out a few clouds and glued cotton balls to them. (This is also something that Lydia enjoyed helping with).
I put velcro on the back of the clouds and on the poster board where the clouds would go.
For the game I put a blindfold on one child at a time and then gave them a cloud and they tried to get it in the right place.


I made these for Lydia's birthday snack at school.
It was a good alternative to cupcakes or cookies :)

I have found that if you want kids to get excited aboutk something, just put googley eyes on them! :)

Materials Needed:
Individual applesauce containers
Individual juice boxes
mini raisin packs (you could also use nerd packs)
Tootsie rolls
Plastic spoons
Googley eyes

Just hot glue it all together.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Yummy St. Patricks Day Treat!

I have finally perfected my cake pop recipe.
I have been trying different recipies becasue I really like the taste and there are so many ways to make them.  These are good to use as goodies at a shower or birthday party if you put sticks in them and wrap them in plastic.
This particular one is good for a St.Patricks Day treat!

box of white cake mix
(ingredients for that...eggs, milk, oil)
1/2 cup of whipped white frosting
melted white chocolate with food coloring OR easy melt tablets

Make the box of white cake as it tells you on the box.
Try to take it out before it gets brown on the edges.
Let it cool.
Crumble it up in a large bowl.
Mix in whipped frosting with hands.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper in a baking dish
Place the balls in the freezer for a few hours.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl.
dip the balls in the chocolate using a spoon (cover it on all sides)
Place back on wax paper and pour some sprinkles on top.
Place in refrigerator until hardened.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Easter Egg Wreath

I did this project today with my craft girls, Jenny Stinson, Michelle Husbands and Jen Bolen.
It turned out to be a very fun and simple craft.

You need:
- Cardboard
- plastic easter eggs
- easter grass
- hot glue gun
- ribbon

Cut the cardboard into a wreath shape.
Glue two rows of eggs on the cardboard with the smaller ends facing out.
Stuff the grass in between the eggs then glue another layer of eggs on top.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rubber Duckie Diaper Cake

I have found a new project passion...Diaper Cakes!

In a previous post I had shown the first one I made.  I put a "how to" link in that blog post as well.

This is my most recent diaper cake.
It is "rubber duckie" themed.

If anyone knows of anyone needing a diaper cake let me know! :)

Ready Made Snacks

My children are always wanting a snack after rest time or when we are on the go, so I decided to make them little snack bags that they can get for themselves or that we can take with us when we go out. The kids like to think they are in control of getting their own snack but I get to be in charge of what goes in them :)

- pretzel twists
- freeze dried fruit (pineapple, pear, and strawberry)
- animal crackers
- peanuts
- snack size zip lock bags
- basket or bin

Friday, March 2, 2012

Baby Shower - Diaper Cake

I had so much fun helping plan a baby shower for my friend Michelle Husbands this past week!
I thought I would share some of the decorations that I did. (with the help of Jenny Stinson!)

Diaper Cake:
I had SO much fun with this...I definitely want to make more of these!
I found a tutorial online that helped me to get started.
It is fun to find a theme and run with it.  For this diaper cake I went with butterfly/pink theme.

Crate Paper flower boquet:
This is a great, cheap craft that I found on pinterest.
It was a little time consuming, but once I got the hang of it then it was easy.
We used these as centerpices by setting them on top of vases and putting clear rocks in them.
Another idea is to place them on top of upside down wine glasses.


Napkin roses:
I got this idea from the crate paper flower boquet.  I used the leftover napkins and made them into roses and added green pipe cleaners as stems.

I also used the flowers around the diaper cake for a centerpiece...

Jenny made the punch with the rubber duckies in the bowl...SO cute! :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Picture Frame Dry Erase Board

Picture frame dry erase board...I love this project! 
I have made a number of these for around my house or as a gift.
The nice thing about this project is you can put to use an old picture frame that you have around the house!

...On this frame I hot glued the leftover paper to the frame.

If you were to make this as a gift for someone, you could just personalize it with their name using scrapbook stickers or any kind of letters.

Basic materials needed:

Picture frame
Scrapbook paper (or fabric)
Dry erase pen
velcro (optional)
Ribbon (optional - to hang)
Scrapbook stickers or letters (optional)

Decorate the scrapbook paper (example: "Remember" or "I love you because..." etc.)
Frame the paper.
Put velcro on the marker and side of frame. ( is best to place the marker upside down on the side so the marker does not dry up)
Hot glue ribbon to the back of frame to hang (optional)

Masterpiece Wall

This was my attempt at making a "Masterpiece Wall".  I saw an idea like this on Pinterest and decided to try it with my own little twist.

Materials Needed:
A wall that can be painted on
strips of magnet with sticky backs
child's artwork

*If I did this project again I would definitely use a stensil for the writing on the wall.