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Shamrock Garland March 16, 2013

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One of my favorite blogs I follow is Smashed Peas and Carrots.  When Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots posted a tutorial on how to make Shamrock Garland, I knew I had to make this!  I also thought it would be a project Will and I could do together.  It was so quick and easy.  I just love how it turned out!

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This project takes very few supplies:

green cardstock paper

Paper-Cutter

Stapler

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I started with 8-1/2 x 11 inch pieces of green cardstock (three shades of green).  I folded each piece in half (like a hamburger bun) and had Will cut 1-inch strips the long way.  Will loves using the paper-cutter.  (he did lose interest in the project once the paper was cut, but at least there was a little bonding time)

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Each shamrock takes four strips of paper (three for each leaf and one for the stem).

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Here is how you make each leaf (heart).  Take one strip and crease it at the fold.  Pull the open ends towards the middle (see arrows) and pinch/hold with your fingers.  Staple the ends together and viola a leaf!  Repeat this for the other two leafs.

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Staple the two leave to the third.  Leave the bottom two leaves open (not stapled together) so you can attach the stem.

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Staple the stem between the bottom two leaves.  Using your fingers slightly curl the stem.

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To turn the shamrocks into garland I just stapled each shamrock to the next.  I really wanted to hang my garland from my fireplace mantel, but couldn’t figure out how to do it.  I ended up pinning with mini-clothespins to a piece of twine I have strung in my kitchen dining area window.  I love how it jazzes up the blinds for the season!  Thanks, Maggie, for the cute idea!

All this talk of shamrocks is making me hungry for a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!  I hope I can get at least one more before they are gone for the season.

 

St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie Treats March 15, 2013

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St. Pats Rice Krispie Treats

These St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie treats were a hit at daycare this week.  The idea came from none other than Pintrest.

I made the regular recipe for Rice Krispie Bars.  I put them in a deep cake pan, but maybe should have made a double batch to get the thicker bars like shown in the Pintrest picture.  These turned out nice, too.

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I bought some cake pop sticks at Wal-Mart.  I punched out squares from green cardstock and stamped on them.  I punched a hole at the top and bottom middle of the square.  I then put the paper on the stick by threading the stick through the holes.  I guess this was the kids’ favorite part of the treat.

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I pushed a stick into each cut Rice Krispie square.  Then I dipped it in chocolate (light cocoa candy melts).  I just dipped the bottom and sides in the chocolate.

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I immediately shook green sprinkles over the melted chocolate.  First, I was going to dip the bar into the sprinkles, but then thought that would coat them too much.  It worked better to just shake the sprinkles on.  I set them on waxed paper in a cake pan for easy transport to daycare.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Treats March 15, 2012

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These dipped Oreos with a little St. Patty’s Day feeling were super fast and easy to make. 

 

 

There are only 3 ingredients required:  Mint Oreos, White Almond Bark and Green Sprinkles.

 

 

We melted the almond bark in a mini crock pot so that it would stay warm and not harden in the middle of dipping.

 

 

Dip half of the Oreo cookie in the almond bark and place it on a piece of waxed paper.  Immediately sprinkle the part of the cookie dipped in almond bark with green sprinkles.  That’s it!  EASY, EASY!

 

 

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These shamrock pretzels were very easy as well!

 

 

Again, all you need is 3 ingredients:  Mini Pretzels, Hershey Kisses and Mint M&Ms.

 

 

Heat your oven to 200 degrees.  Place the pretzels on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper.  Place one Hershey’s Kiss on the top of each pretzel.  Put them in the oven until they are melted through. 

 

Immediately, place 3 mint M&Ms like the picture above (pushing the chocolate down).  I needed to put these in the refrigerator to help them set up quickly.

 Yummy, O’Yummy!

 

 
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