Friday, May 21, 2010

cArNiVaL bake sale

My daughter's school had a carnival tonight and they also had a bake sale, so, I volunteered to bake something. I had received the Betty Crocker website from a friend awhile ago and decided to look there for ideas. Sure enough, there were these cute, green little froggie cupcakes staring at me and saying, bake me, bake me! So, I gave it a try. I had to go a step further than what the recipe called for. They had used mini GREEN Nilla wafer cookies for the eyes. I couldn't find any in the store other than orange & purple. So, I bought the original wafer and dipped them in green melting chips. (see picture above) They weren't perfectly round, but, they did the job.

I used green buttercream frosting and stuck the cookies in standing up.

Then, I used white chocolate melting chips that I had left over from my pretzels and did that as the background of the eye. The red center is a Red Hot.

I probably should of used red icing instead of the red gel for the mouth. It wan't very bright, but, again, that is all I had on hand and I think it worked out just fine.
I also dipped some pretzels too.

I packaged 6 pretzels in a clear party favor bag.

Here are my guys sitting on the table waiting to be bought. They all went to some happy kids home.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs

O's class was learning about BUGS these past 2 weeks, so I decided to expand a bit.

I had saved all these TP rolls for some future project and this was a good time to use them. We decided to make bees, ladybugs and a butterfly.

This was the image on the paper after we painted a coffee filter. Pretty cool!



LADY in RED!!!

The gang!
We checked out some books at the library to go along with the BUG theme.

Spray painting

Well, I found another GREAT website to follow, I found her thru facebook actually, another one of my faves. ;)

We decided to make some ART! We took spray bottles and put in some acrylic paint and added some water to dilute it. At first, I put in too much water, so, I had to add more paint. I wish I had some more bottles for more colors.

I'm not sure what kind of paper would of been best, but, we just had some big Crayola paper laying around.

O. really got into it after awhile. I told her she was creating ART! She loved it!

I thought this was cool looking. All the colors pooled at the bottom of the easel.

It happened to be a very windy day, hence the tape on the paper.

We have these hanging in our house by our ARTIST!

Mother's Day 2010

I usually never keep pictures in my camera that long, but, this time I did. These are a little late.

The TomKat Studio had these FREE printables for Mother's Day. I thought I would give them a try and they were so cute to add to our cupcakes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I can't believe that tonight is the last regular episode of LOST before Sunday's big finale! BOO-HOO!
I will miss you Sawyer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New blog logo

I wanted something special for my blog that no one else has. I asked my talented friend Gretchen, who is a Graphic Designer to come up with a logo for me. I told her I like to do crafts and bake and this is what she came up with. All designed by her. I LOVE it! I can't thank her enough for her time and talent! You can check out Gretchen's Graphics here.

Mom's chocolate jar

This is from that wonderful blog I was talking about. I did buy one of the treat jars at Hobby Lobby-but, for myself. Selfish I know. I fell in love with the mustache probably because I am working on a Circus party and I recently purchased some stick on mustaches from the dollar store. Now, I see mustaches all the time. I sooo want a mustache candy mold! Anyway, the free printable is here and I will be putting my favorite candy bar in here--Green & Black's 85% Dark Chocolate--YUMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For mommy's hands ONLY!!!

Teacher Appreciation week 2010

I stumbled across this blog last week and fell in love with it! I saw these free printables and thought how cute to make for O's 3 teachers. I didn't want to go and buy the jars, I had everything at home except the candy. So, it was an inexpensive and easy put together.

Sneaking a peek into our greenhouse...

I had to take a look inside to make sure things were happening in there. This is 4 days after we planted them. It looks like this all the time--moist inside.

There are actually sunflowers starting to sprout in there. Yippee!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


I saw this cute little garden at Bed Bath & Beyond at the checkout lanes. It was only a few dollars, so I thought this would be a good thing for my daughter to do. I do not have a green thumb, so if it comes in a box, the easier the better.

You just add water to the flat discs and they expand up. They are little patches of soil.

You then put in your seeds...

and cover. Voila! Place them in sunlight and watch them grow--hopefully.