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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Kids Painted Valentine Pillows

Kids Painted Valentine's Pillows

We had a girls night-in this weekend when the boys were on a campout.  While potty training a baby, 3 of my 4 girls painted Valentine's pillows :).  It was quite the adventure but well worth the effort!

Painted by Penelope, Age 8 1/2- She is not done and would like to add a lace doily to the front. We used scraps of fabric and did an opened fold-over back to avoid buttons and zippers.  We used acrylic paints.

Painted by Olive, Age 11- She traced a heart onto her fabric and then carefully filled in the shape with metallic gold, acrylic paint.  She used a pencil's eraser to paint on the white polk-a-dots.  She sewed her actual pillow all by herself!  Yeah for Olive!  Some of these pillows are stuffed with plastic bags :).  Stuff them with anything you can find.

Painted by Genavieve, Age 6 1/2.  First, we traced a large heart onto the pillow.  Then, we put painters tape around the edges so that she could go to town and not worry about painting in the lines.  She swirled her paint brush to make roses...sort of.  

Confession- She had a few rose swirls and then also some words that didn't all fit on the pillow.  After day one of potty training I decided to add some more swirls and "accidentally" covered up her words.  My older girls laughed at me. I decided I got voted worse mom of the day award...ha ha.  The next day she showed her dad the pillow and said, "My painted a pillow last night and when I woke up it looked like the whole thing was covered in roses and my words disappeared."  What?  There must be some Valentine magic in that pillow!  We all survived day one of potty training, with the 2 year old, and survived :).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Years Service Notebook

New Years Service Notebook

January is not over yet so I am not tardy :).  Here is a fun cheap gift to give those you love, visit, or live with.  This notebook could be used by one or shared by many.  Simply, copy and print the text below and attach to a notebook or notepad (choose a book you can tear pages out of).

New Year’s

To live a year that is blessed,
Use these pages to serve your best.

Use every page of this notebook to bless someone’s life and you will inevitably bless your own!

Ideas Could Include:
-Give a note to someone you see
-Record what you are thankful for each day
-Record inspirational thoughts and share them with others
-Write down short spiritual lessons and write them in your journal or give them to someone you know
-Record a service you will perform
-Use this as an individual or as a family

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