Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Tree Brownies

These Christmas tree brownies were fun and easy to make for our 4th grade Christmas party!

I made a pan of brownies (I always make boxed brownies and they are always a hit - the trick is to not overcook them!)  Once the brownies were fully cooled, I used the technique from this PIN to cut the brownies into triangles.  Then, I broke the hook off of small candy canes and inserted the remaining straight peppermint stick into the bottom of the brownie.  I used a frosting bag with star tip to pipe on the green frosting and added sprinkles and a yellow candy star!  So cute!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Star Wars Trunk or Treat

Our church does a Trunk or Treat event for the community every year.  We decided to participate as a family this year.  I hoped it would be something fun for us to do together since my kids are getting older and less "into" Halloween (well, at least the teenager!)  It was a blast and we are already talking about / negotiating what theme we will do next year!

For this year, we decided on the classic, never-fails Star Wars theme.  I focused less on the trunk itself and more on our costumes and the photo booth.

Here's the whole group!  My husband was Darth Vader, I was Princess Leia, my 13 year old was Hans Solo, my 10 year old was Luke Skywalker, and our dog was Yoda!  Everyone loved seeing the dog dressed up! 

For the trunk, I covered the back in black using black plastic tablecloths and black felt.  I added the Death Star inflatable hung from the ceiling (Amazon).  I made a Star Wars banner with silver foil cardstock.  But, the center of attention was Yoda!

 My next favorite thing (besides the costumes) was the photo booth!  I borrowed the PVC backdrop frame from a friend and added starry plastic tablecloths as the backdrop.  Then I had tons of quotes and masks for people to use and take their own Star Wars pictures.  I purchased the masks HERE.  I made the quotes and you can download them HERE.  For photo booth props, I usually print them on white card stock, laminate them, and hot glue a wooden skewer to the back.  This was a big hit and created lots of cute photo opportunities!


Trunk or Treat was so much fun!  I can't wait to do it again next year!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Movie Gift Card Thank You

Teacher Appreciation Week is this week at my son's middle school.  For each teacher, I purchased a Fandango gift card and a box of M&M's.  I attached the Fandango card to the cute movie Thank You card and then put it all together with baker's twine.  I love the way it turned out and I think all of the teachers will enjoy a movie gift card & candy!  You can download the movie Thank You cards HERE.

Herb Markers

I wanted a cute way to mark my herbs but didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on the markers!  So, I took a plain wooden popsicle stick, stamped on the letters, and wrote in the groves with a black pen.  I already owned the stamps from a previous project (see HERE), so creating the markers was definitely cheap and easy!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Grillin' Basket

This Grillin' Basket turned out so well for our school silent auction!

Here are the items included:
Char-Broil Deluxe Portable Propane Grill
Char-Broil 3 Piece Tool Set: Spatula, Tongs, & Basting Brush
Grill Brush


12 inch Bamboo Skewers
16 ounce Propane Canister
Burger Press with Storage
Meat Thermometer
Bean & Sauce Pot
Sauces: A1,
   Rib Rack Sweet Honey,
   Sweet Baby Rays Golden Mustard, &
   Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ
Seasonings:  Rib Rack Dry Rub,
   McCormick Memphis Pit BBQ Rub, 
   McCormick Montreal Steak Marinade,
   McCormick Garlic Pepper IPA Marinade, 
   McCormick Southwest Chipotle Sauce Mix-in, &
   McCormick Brown Sugar Boubon Mix-in
Large Wooden Black Tray

I purchased the grill on Amazon, the black tray at Hobby Lobby, and most of the other items at Walmart.  Such a great idea for camping or tailgating!


Banana Bread Thank You

Our local Farmer's Market generously allowed our church Food Pantry to collect produce donations all summer!  I wanted to say "Thank You!" to the farmers who donated to us and to the proprietors of the market who enabled us to be there!

I made some mini banana bread loaves and let them cool completely.  Then I wrapped them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to keep them fresh.  I wrapped all of that in a cute napkin (Pioneer Woman at Walmart) and tied the ends with jute twine.  Next, I added burlap ribbon, tulle, and a gift tag.  The gift tags can be downloaded HERE.  I also made matching clothespins as an extra "happy"!  (instructions for those can be found HERE.)  I gave these to all the farmers and vendors who had been so kind to us!

For the proprietors, I made a small gift basket with the wrapped banana bread, candle, coasters, and other local or homemade items!

Being at the farmer's market was a great experience and we are so thankful for the fresh produce we were able to provide to the needy in our community!

Taco Birthday Party

My 10 year old son is OBSESSED with tacos!  So, of course, we had a taco themed birthday party!

Here are the invitations I made.  If you would like to purchase the clip art I used to make these, you can find it HERE.  The fun font in green is "JI Chimichanga".

For food, we had a taco bar obviously!  I was surprised how much the kids liked this but I guess they are used to pizza only at parties!  They LOVED the taco bar and the queso!
Here is all the food we had:
Crunchy taco shells & tortillas
Ground beef & grilled fajita chicken
Shredded cheese
Lettuce, tomato, black beans, corn, & jalapenos
Mexican rice
Sour cream, salsa, & guacamole
Queso & chips

For dessert, we had taco cupcakes!  To make the taco, I cut sugar cookies in half and "glued" them together with chocolate frosting.  I sprinkled crumbled brownies over the chocolate frosting.  I piped green "lettuce" frosting over the brownies with a star tip and added lines of white "sour cream" frosting with a small round tip.  For the yellow "cheese", I melted white chocolate and colored it yellow with candy color (you can NOT use normal food coloring).  I piped it in long thin lines on wax paper and froze it.  Once it was frozen, I cut it into the shredded cheese shapes and added it to the tacos.  The red "tomatoes" are mini M&M's.  These were SO cute and yummy too!

For the favors, we did paper tacos with lollipops and fidget spinners with taco stickers on them.  I got the fidget spinners & taco stickers on Amazon.  I made the paper tacos by cutting yellow card stock using THIS pattern on my Silhouette.  I folded the tacos up and taped them on the sides.  I added brown shredded paper in the bottom and brown, green, red, and yellow lollipops around the top.  I used double sided tape to secure the lollipops if needed.  The gift tags said "Muchas Gracias" and can be downloaded HERE.

I hope you have as much fun at your taco party as we did at ours!