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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Craft

To go along with my daughter's Winter Wonderland Party we allowed the party guests to make a craft.  I used these $1 frames from Michaels Arts and Crafts, scrapbook papers, punches, stamps, and ribbon.  Everyone had a blast!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Winter Wonderland
Here is a winter party I threw for my 9 year old a few years back :).  All of the tree cones are made out of stapled poster board and random craft supplies I had in my house.

This paper tree is made out of poster board and tissue paper.  I cut out bazillions of tissue paper circles and stapled stacks of them all over the cone.  Once stapled I fluffed the circles.

The silver cone is just scrapbook paper.  The blue star on top is also scrapbook paper with a wooden kabob stick holding it up.

This tree was spray painted silver and then I adhered these clear beads.  I have no idea what the clear beads are and have been storing them for years...from the dollar tree.  This one makes for messy storage but I am still using these cones today.  I believe I used hot glue...sorry I don't remember :).

This is what it looks like...furry yarn tied around a cone.  Make sure you glue it here and there so it doesn't slip.

This leaf cone is made by gluing white spray painted fake leaves onto the cone.  

More scrapbook paper!  Those ones are the easiest!

I placed silver snowflakes under the cones and put silver ornaments around the table.

For the place settings I used snowflake paper plates and chevron napkins.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mango Raspberry Crunchy Delight

Mango Raspberry Crunchy Delight

Here is a delightfully refreshing dessert I created for my husband on his birthday 6 years ago :).  Everyone gobbled it up :).  This dessert can be served in a myriad of ways.  We preferred each pastry filled with cream and almond crumble with additional cream and almond crumble on the side.  Experiment...have fun!

Mango Raspberry Crunchy Delight 

1-2 pints fresh Raspberries

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.  Gently mix in the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Mango Puree
1/2 cup pureed mango
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon honey (or less if your mango is really sweet)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine in a small bowl and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Almond Crumble
2/3 cup almonds, finely chopped
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons butter 

Combine ingredients and bake ~8 minutes on an un-greased baking sheet until golden brown.

Puffed Pastry
1 package puffed pastry
sugar and milk

Pre-heat oven to 350F or temperature indicated on the pastry box.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or use non-stick cooking spray; set aside.  Unfold the pastries and slice each one length-wise.  Then, slice each long piece into half or thirds at an angle as pictured above.  Brush each piece with milk then sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned; allow to cool. Slice an opening into the side of each piece and fill with the cream and almond crumble mixture.  

Drizzle mango puree onto each plate.  Arrange 3 prepared puffed pastries on each plate.  Then, sprinkle with additional almond crumble.  Put a dollop of cream on each plate as well as fresh raspberries.  Serve immediately and enjoy.

Yields: 10+ servings

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pirate Party!

Pirate Party Birthday Fun

Hello one in all!  I have set a goal to catch up on all the posts I have in storage that have never seen the sun :).  We'll start with this pirate party I threw together in just 2 days on less than $20! 


My pirate banner is created from disassembled pirate flags.  I took the sticks out of each flag and then taped each flag around a piece of white yarn.

The place settings were simple and quick.  I folded red bandanas into hats and adorned with pirate eye patches.  A simple hat folding tutorial can be found at  I secured each hat edge with a paper clip. 

This lovely card-stock creation was done by my husband on our cricket machine.  He felt he needed a break from law school studies and boy was I grateful!

My candy filled boats were made out of medium sized raisin boxes :).  I will post a tutorial soon.  The boat sail is created with a spray painted kabob stick, a paper sail that I hole punched, and a homemade paper flag.  The sticks are inserted into the center of the loot to keep them upright.

My cake was two circular bunt cakes flopped in and next to each other (as shown below), frosted, and then smothered with graham cracker crumbs.  The palm tree was made out of a wrapping paper cardboard roll, tissue paper, and tape.

What a delicious disaster.  Anyone can do this...just make a mess and frost it :).

Using a small bread pan I tried to create a treasure box :).  I sliced the top of the cake off and laid my treasures on the bottom portion of the cake.  Then, I replaced the top of the cake and piped some yellow frosting along the edges to resemble a treasure box. 

My palm tree was created using a wrapping paper tube, tissue paper, scissors, and tape.  I cut out tissue paper leaves and then taped them on varying parts of the top of my tube.  Then, puffed the leaves out and trimmed the awkwardness.

My table is never large enough for our group size so here was an extra kid table I decorated last minute.  It is a fun way to use the components you aren't able to incorporate into the larger table.

My bag is paper pieced.  I cut out paper boat/earth pieces and inked around the edges.

Toilet paper tube filled with pirate painting supplies and a paint brush. 

The dice game from Pirates of The Caribbean (Liar's Dice).  You can buy sets of colorful dice at the Dollar Tree as well as the cups.  Instructions for the game can be found on-line.

Arrr Matey!  
Thanks for stopping by.  Watch out for 
them pirates...they'll getcha!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tree of Life Conference Cake

Hello long lost friends.  It has been awhile and I have accumulated many ideas as well as an inspired new direction!  The exciting new change will hopefully aire soon.  Maybe in between now and then I can post some long overdue posts.  Some of these posts are five+ years old...yikes.  

For those reading my blog for the first time know that this site is almost 100% me and my little family.  For the most part, we do not post others ideas or ever steal ideas from outside blogs tweaking a few things to call it our own...nope...we are lowly creators that post creations from our own brains.  We don't make money, generally speaking, but post to inspire those around us FOR FREE!  We were poor college students from 1998-2014. We finally have a job and are trying to act like regular job faring citizens.  My posts from the past reflect the kind of life we lived while students.  We turned a lot of trash into treasure :).  What fun!  We feel blessed beyond words and pray you do too!

We just had a bi-annual conference in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I was assigned to bring a dessert to our family get together and decided it had to be fun and appropriate for the occasion.  I am posting this cake as it is still fall and maybe fun to make for a family night.  You could change out the candy around the bottom of the cake to match your season of choice.

I did not want to use chocolate icing so I tinted my regular white icing with cocoa to get the brown color.  I used the cake tip with jagged edges to get the texture on the trunk of the tree.  The white balls are Sixlets, found in a regular grocery store cake section.  Graham cracker crumbs surround the 3 layered cake.  Those were tricky to adhere...good luck :).  I had to push the graham cracker crumbs into the icing.  I believe everything else can be figured out...if not contact me.  

Since we don't make money, and I don't have a lot of time, there will be many mistakes in this blog.  It is part of the creative process.  Mistakes often lead into more treasures to be shared!  Happy Fall!