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Cupcake Picks January 25, 2013

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For Bennett’s baptism I decided to have cupcakes instead of a cake.  I still wanted to make the cupcakes “special and personable” for the occasion, but didn’t find anything I could buy.  I thought I would try to make personalized cupcake picks to dress up the cupcakes we made.  They were nothing too fancy, but they added a little something to commemorate Bennett’s special day.



Religious Stickers

Circles cut from silver cardstock


Black Marker

Scotch Tape


I found these pretty Stickability stickers at Hobby Lobby.  I thought the different styles of crosses were a nice touch for the cupcake picks.


I cut circles out on my Cricut from the silver cardstock paper.  I placed a cross sticker in the middle of each circle and wrote around the edges using a black marker.


Here are the different styles!


Last, I used scotch tape to secure a toothpick to the back of each circle!  Easy!

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Bennett James, Child of God



stART ~ Snowmen at Night January 18, 2013

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We finally did another stART project this week.  It sure has been a while.  Will and I had a fun spending time together doing something creative.  I hope you like our project!

We read the book “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn and Mark Buehner.  It is a cute book that explores the adventures snowmen have at night.  While we are sleeping, snowmen have all sorts of fun playing which may leave them looking disheveled in the morning.  Will just loved the one snowman in the story who had a pickle for a nose instead of a carrot.  He just kept laughing and pointing it out on every page.

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For our project we made Melted Snowmen treats.  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here at Parents Magazine.

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These treats were quick and easy — just the right project for a 4-year-old and his mom while the baby jumped in his jumper!  Win-win for everyone!

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First, melt almond bark (or candy melts) according to the directions on the package.  After it is melted drop a heaping tablespoon of candy in a blob on waxed paper.  Use the spoon to spread out the candy and shape it.

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To Decorate:

Hat:  Wilton Light Cocoa candy melt with a Rolo attached (using a dab of almond bark)

Eyes and Mouth – mini chocolate chips

Nose:  Orange Tic-tac

I put each item in a small bowl to make them easier to get at since we needed to work fast before the almond bark hardened.

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Looks like our weather in the Midwest will be changing from melted snowmen weather to FREEZING in the next few days!


Handmade Baby Announcement January 11, 2013

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Handmade Birth Announcements

So this post is a “bit” delayed, but wanted to share it with you anyway.  As I’ve said before I tend to like to do things the hard, time-consuming way.  I handmade birth announcements for both of my boys.  My Bennett was born in June.  Prior to this I spent a lot of time on Pintrest looking for inspiration.  I found several ideas, but this was by far my favorite.


You can find the link here at One Canoe Two.

All of the baby’s information is printed on a cardstock slip of paper that is then wrapped around the picture.  I created a template of the baby’s information using Microsoft Word.  I printed them out using colored ink on white cardstock and then cut them into strips.


Next, I used a decorative edge punch on the long sides to make it more visually appealing.  This was the hardest part.  My hand sure hurt after completing this step.


Doesn’t it look better with a decorative edge?


Next, I added some color using stamps with blue and brown ink.



My amazing friend, Suzie, of Defined Impressions, took Bennett’s pictures shortly after he was born.  I used Pic Monkey to create a custom collage card to accommodate the paper band of information.

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Isn’t he too sweet?  Man, they grow up way too fast!

Last, I wrapped the paper band around the picture and used adhesive to secure the ends at the back of the photo.


If this wasn’t crazy enough I also decided to make my own envelopes using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  You know every new mom always has extra time on her hands, right?  HA!  Even though I’m a little nutty, I still really enjoy making handmade things.  It is actually a stress-reliever for me (most times).


Here is my Bennett James this week turning 7 months old!  I just love his baby blues and those chunky thighs!


Initial Frames January 7, 2013

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Initial Teacher Frames

I wanted to share with you the gifts I made for Will’s preschool teachers and a slight variation on this gift I made for my office co-worker friends.  I did hi-jack this idea from my friend, Tanya, when we were gone on our annual scrapbooking trip to Minnesota.  She was doing the same for her sons’ teachers and her co-workers.  I loved the idea so much I had to copy her. 😉


First, I found two 8 x 10 frames.  I found these frames at Michael’s Crafts.  Next, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the frame.  We found this super cute paper that looks like handwriting paper at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud, MN.  I wish I would have picked up a few more pieces.  It was just perfect for the teacher gifts!


In order to turn the frame into a hanging piece I added two prong hangers to the back of the frame and strung it with hanging wire.  This was the hardest part of the whole project.


I attached the prongs right to the cardboard backing piece of the frame rather than the wood of the frame.


One on each side.


I found ribbon that matched the paper I used to cut out the teacher’s initial  for the frame.  I cut them about 4 inches long.  I think I used about a spool of each color for each picture.

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I tied one end of the hanging wire to the frame, but left the other end untied.  I started tying the ribbons to the wire in a pattern.  I tied them really close together to create a fuller look.  When you get close to the opposite end tie the other end of the wire to the prong.

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Here are the finished teacher frames.  I cut the initials out of another piece of scrapbook paper using my Cricut machine (Alphalicious cartridge).  Lastly, I hand wrote the teacher’s name below the initial.  I have to add here that we are so thankful for Mrs. Tams and Miss Congdon who have enriched our little guy’s life with so many great learning experiences at preschool!


Here is the variation on the initial frame that I made for my co-workers in the office.  I used a 5 x7 frame and cream paper with black stripes for the background (Jo-Ann Fabrics).  Instead of making it a hanging picture, I added three ribbons tied around the base of the frame.  The frame just stands on its own.  I also used their first name initial instead of last name.


Pic-bit! January 4, 2013

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New Year


Crock-pot Hot Chocolate January 3, 2013

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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

This year we celebrated New Year’s Eve “in”.  We threw together an impromptu party with some friends and their kiddos!  We even got really wild and rang in the New Year Eastern time (instead of Central time) so we can get the kids to bed (aka – us) earlier.  HA!  We decided we are all getting old.  I wanted to share the recipe for Crock-pot Hot Chocolate I got from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots.  It was a hit at the party.  So easy and so, so rich and yummy!

Crock-pot Hot Chocolate (serves 4-6)

I doubled the recipe for the party and used a bigger crock-pot

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp white chocolate chips
1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
whipped cream
mini chocolate chips for serving
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Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together in your crockpot.    Add in the milk and vanilla and whisk everything together until smooth and well-combined.  Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
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After a couple of hours it will look frothy on the top like this.
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After 2 hours, add in the heavy cream, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Stir until chips are melted.  After about 10 minutes, serve in mugs.
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I created a hot chocolate bar for the guest to enjoy.  I offered whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, caramel pieces, candy canes and mini marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate.
A big thank you to Maggie for posting this recipe on her blog!  It was fantastic!  Not a drop was left at the end of the night.

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