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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Banana Instant Oatmeal

My big guy has decided that he LOOOVEs  "Oitmeal" Kinda like Ointment but with 'meal' at the end....

BUT he only loves the Banana Cream version which comes 2 in a box of 12 others. I WILL not buy hundreds of boxes of variety and have him eat 2.

SO I searched for a recipe...none. Lots of brown sugar, lots of cinnamon but no banana....

My take on the Banana Oatmeal...

5 cups Quaker Minute Oats
1/3 cup of Dry Milk
2/3 cups of Brown Sugar
2 T of Banana Instant pudding mix (DRY)
1 cup of freeze dried bananas

First pulse 4 cups of the Oats to a finer consistency.
Add 4 pulsed cups of Oats to a container and add in the final cup of Oats as is.
Add the Milk, Brown Sugar and pudding mix.
Pulse the Bananas to smaller pieces. Size depends on the kid.

Add all together and mix.

When it is time to cook add 1/2 cup of mix to a bowl and add water. My kids like it chunky so I added about a 1/3 cup of water.


Eat and enjoy banana oatmeal without having to waste 10 packets!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Farm Birthday Party

For my littlest Troublemakers birthday we had a Farm theme party. This guy loves animals. He sleeps with 2 plastic ones (a giraffe and zebra) so it seemed fitting. His favorite song was Old MacDonald. So Old McJoseph had a farm!

Dog and Pig Nose chocolate

Chicken Cake Pops

Pudding and Oreo dirt with a gummy worm

Rabbit food

We had lots of goodies!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Birthday Shirt

My Munchkin (or littlest Troublemaker) turned 2 this year and we did a Farm themed party. I try to have a special T shirt for them ON their birthday so to go with the theme I used my Silhouette and Heat Transfer Vinyl to make a sheep :)

 It quite a few chuckles at school. He just loved picking at the eyeballs!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Guest Bathroom

I have been slowly personalizing my house (we moved in almost 2 years ago).  The whole house was the same exact beige flat paint.  The color was nice and neutral but it was ALL flat. Bathrooms are flat paint. Kitchen is flat paint. Pantry is flat paint. Hallways are flat paint. Bedrooms...yup you guessed it...flat paint.  So my first task was the tackle the places with the most traffic and the most dirt.  The boys bathroom was first. Next was the guest bathroom. It was the boring beige and in a room with no windows or natural light it was just dingy! I saw an idea for stripes and thought it looked divine! My idea was to make it into a beachy paradise. Brighten it up a bit. 
My beige bathroom

So as with all projects I started with paint.   I painted the entire bathroom a bright white. That alone made SUCH a difference.  Next up stipes. 
See, much better....
I fell in love with a bright aqua. With the help of my very patient geek we marked lines and taped using a laser level. Three stripes later and I LOVED it. 

I know I know, you are thinking, "Hey, I thought she said this room had no windows?!?"  And you'd be correct! BUT, I said to myself, "Self, that is no excuse!" A quick Amazon search and I found this great window to the beach.  A lil glue and some patience (again with my Geek's help) we had our very own beach view. My plan is to put up a valance and curtains to frame the window and give it a bit more Oomph. 

Just a lil taste of the room....

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Candy Molds How I love thee

So as I mentioned in the earlier post I bought a blank candy mold for my sister's party.

She is a Red Hot Chilli Pepper fan and her recent 30th party was RHCP themed. I knew I could make something...and it turns out we made a few things...I will post them here....

First I printed out a basic RHCP symbol on computer paper.

I put a piece of wax paper on top and then using red melts in a squeeze bottle I drew the symbols.  I just made a billion of them.

I let them dry and then they just peeled off the wax paper.

Next step, I got my blank candy mold. I tried this a few ways and found that filling the candy mold with the white chocolate and then carefully placing the shape on the Back worked the best. The red chocolate would melt a bit and blend in with the white and it left a perfect shape.  Let that dry and then we had perfect RHCP candy.

Monday, April 30, 2012


My bestest friend is a 4th grade teacher and I made it my mission this year to make her the COOLEST teacher in the school. I have created wreaths for her door for a handful of the big holidays.....

The Back to School Wreath (contents: crayons, sharpener, rulers, erasers, fake flowers)

The Halloween Wreath (contents: lots and lots of google eyes, and a sign)
(Ack, tracking missing picture.....)

The Thanksgiving Wreath (contents: lots and lots of tulle, and a sign)

The Valentine Wreath (contents: old red T Shirt, Felt hearts, heart ribbon)

The Spring Wreath (contents: old jeans, felt flowers, felt banner, twine, ladybug ribbon)

Next year I plan to create:
* a Winter one (ran out of time this year but I had the stuff to make a white yarn pom pom snowman on a cute snowflake fabric)
* a USA one
* St Patty's Day one

Friday, April 27, 2012


So, I had my very first order for Cake Pops. A friend asked if I could make Ewoks for her 5 yo son's birthday party. I was up to the challenge...I looked for images and found one that looked doable. But it has no instructions. I used it as a starting point and went from there...

I used a basic Chocolate cake mix and a Funfetti cake mix and used my handy dandy Cake Pop maker. I LOVE this thing. 

Once they were made - I froze them. After a day in the freezer I stuck them with a lollipop stick and put them back in the freezer for an hour or so. 

Next comes the fun part!

I got some Candy Corns and cut the tips off. Using a lil melted chcolate and attached them to the top of the head and let those dry. 
Next dip the whole thing in chocolate...

These could be great base shapes for anything with ears (cats, bears..the list is endless)

By this time it was approaching 10pm so the pictures get a lil sparse...

I dipped the back of the head in a darker chocolate and then using a toothpick drew it around the head in the shape of a hoodie. Then with the dark brown I put a dot for eyes and a slash for a nose.
The final touch was fur. To do that I put lil lines of chocolate (two different colors) around the hoodie line and when the were a lil dry I used a toothpick to make them messy.  With a dry toothpick I just went through the line of chocolate . make sense?
And a closeup....
The final box was a painted Amazon box with a styrofoam block painted and covered with grass.  The background picture is an actual print of the Ewok forest, tree huts and all.

I hear the lil guy loved it!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I have been away and have found a new love. CAKE POPS and Chocolate Lollipops. Oh FUN!

I have made pots of gold for St Patty's day, bunnies for Easter and now Ewoks for a lil boy's birthday party. Oh they are addicting...

So let's start with the Pots of gold.  I am thinking they can be turned into lots of things (seeing as I am sharing this late....)
1. First follow the standard Cake Pop Rules (roll or bake, stick and dip) BUT for this one don't shake off the extra chocolate. Turn it upside down on a sheet of wax paper. This will make it pool at the bottom and make the rim of the pot.

2. Once they set, pick up your perfectly shaped pot!

3. Now with a little bit of melted chocolate make a circle on the top of the pot, I used a little baby spoon to scoop it out and smear it on.
4. Sprinkle your gold sprinkles or sugar and you have a Pot of Gold
(you can see the many other colors I created in the background...I was aiming at all the colors of the rainbow)

The final product...
 Next up Bunnies....

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bunnies take 2

So last Easter I made Bunny can tell it was my first attempt at candy blotchy...almost like the lil guys had some disease!

So take two was a little different but my year of experience paid off!

I made three different versions...

The first: Bunny nose mold for the Teachers.

Don't have step by step pictures for this...just melted pink melts, white melts and then combined some brown and white. Piped in some pink for the nose, let that dry.
Piped in some brown for the forehead, let that dry
Dumped white over them all and put a stick in it!

The second: The Oreo Bunny
I had a box of White Chocolate Oreos calling out to I made them for my Munchkins Spring Party.
First, cut ears out of Marshmallow stackers
Melt pink candy to attach the jelly bean nose
Melt white candy to attach mini chips for eyes
Melt white chocolate candy to attach the ears
Draw ear centers with Red Food Coloring (wish that it was not so RED)
and Tada!

The third: The  Bunny Lollipop
I had an aha moment that the White Fudge covered Oreos given to me by my SIL would be perfect! But I only had 3. After searching 3 stores and coming up empty I knew I could have to have a second item for Lil Man's class.  In a moment of pure genius I remembered the blank lollipop mold I bought for my Sisters party (more on that later). I could make a bunny out of that!!
 First step, pour white chocolate into mold and stick it.
Once set pull out.
Melt pink candy to attach jelly bean nose.
Melt white  candy to attach mini chips for eyes
Then I was stumped...ears...The marshmallows would not work...too big..
The great Bakerella used Pipe Cleaners for ears...but I did not have white.
Then another aha....I needed to bag them, why not make those into ears. So poke the stick through the bottom of the bag and gather the bag around the bunny. Using the pipe cleaners wrap it around the top.
Cut down the middle of the excess to minic ears and use the pipe cleaners to separate it.

A bunny was born!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Table

It was the first time I was hosting the whole family at my house for Thanksgiving so I went a little overboard...

I wanted to share my table setting for posterity :)

I used my Cricut to cut cute Thanksgiving themed vinyl shapes and adhered them to the bottom of my acrylic plates for a little fun.

I cut felt boats and filled them with Candy Corn for the center of the table.

I created a Tossing Turkey for my 4 year old's share toy at school so it sat in the center of the table with a cornucopia of pumpkins.

And just for a splash of color I had a orange and yellow felt runner down the center of the table.

Super simple but makes a great statement!

See you Next Holiday :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I have tried and tried to upload pictures to my posts but it is being the dilemma... do I post without pictures or just stop this all together....I am pretty much talking to myself! :)
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