Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sweetheart Jello Popcorn balls

I have a fun little treat to make today. Jello popcorn balls! Now I know you are thinking ewwww fruit with popcorn, but don't knock it. When I first made these I thought the same thing, but here I sit with keyboard sticking to my fingers licking my lips because they are soooooo darn good. In honor of valentines day I made them heart shape. This is a fantastic treat to make with the kids. They are super simple and the kids will have no trouble making them, even the 3 year old does just great! Today he kept saying, "uh oh that piece fell off I better just eat it." He doesn't want to waste it!


Jello Popcorn Balls



1 cup corn syrup (not to be mistaken for maple syrup this is clear)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 4 serving package of jello any flavor (We have had strawberry, the watermelon tropical fusion and cherry all fantastic
12 cups popped popcorn unsalted and unbuttered. (you could try the salty stuff but that doesn't sound good to me but hey it is your recipe)




1. I usually pop my popcorn first because this will go super fast. I use the cub scout unpopped kernels they really are the best and an air popper.





2. Combine the corn syrup and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat stirring occasionally until it comes to a nice rolling boil. Boil for one minute.






3. Remove the syrup from the stove and stir in the jello until dissolved.







4. Pour the syrup over the popcorn and stir well to coat evenly.







5. Let it cool for a few minutes so you don't burn yourself. Dip your hands in water to keep the popcorn from sticking to you. If you want to shape them simply dip a cookie cutter in water and press the popcorn into the cookie cutter. If you are forming balls simply roll them in your hands like play dough. Place the finished balls on wax paper. Once they have cooled they will lose some of the stickiness so you can store them easier.




Cute huh!



Enjoy-


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trash to Treasure Table

I have been stalking a few of my favorite blogs that turn old outdated furniture into adorable new pieces, and I found a beauty of my own today! Go check out http://www.inthefunlane.com/ her stuff is AMAZING!!! On my way to workout I just happen to glance in the neighborhood and saw this little table. I was going 35 mph so it was literally just a glance. I decided after I got done working out if it was still there I would stop. Well it was and I am so glad. I picked this cute little table up for the best price. FREE BABY!!! As soon as I saw it I knew I had the perfect spot for it. The powder room really needed some personality, and this table was the perfect size. It was fate!





It wasn't on horrible shape just needed some new life. It is actually a piano bench so the top opens up but I think it is really cute as a table.


See pretty darn cute. It only took about 1 hour to peel off the waxy finish, sand a bit, paint and distress. I added the cute little handle just for affect. Isn't it darling??? I had everything I needed at the house so it was 100 percent free! Pin It

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Racers Start your engines

The oldest prince is a cubscout and this weekend was the big pinewood derby. I am the cubmaster so that means I am in charge of 50 sugared up kids! No really I have a ton of fun with the boys I made my very own car phone this year. I don't go for speed I go for cute! I hear all the dads moan, sorry that is what you get when you let a girl make a race car!






We always have a ton of snacks. This year I made 60 race car brownies. I used mini oreos for the wheels and a mini teddy graham driver. They were a big hit, but super easy to make. Pin It

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Birthday

This was a really busy weekend. The middle prince had his 4th birthday party. He is super car crazy so logically we did a Disney cars theme. We did it a little more low key this year not quite so many people, food was a little more simple but we still had a blast. I was able to use my Disney Cars cricut cartridge which if you know me that in itself is super fun.



I made our cars look like real life Disney cars, super easy but very cute!



This is what I had above the island where I display all of the food.





I turned simple soda bottles into Filmore's Organic Fuel.




My other hobby is cake, I used to do them for the public but it is too hard with three little ones running around.



I used my cricut to create this really fun happy birthday banner, I love all of the colors and patterns.

I can't believe another year has come and gone, well technically he doesn't turn 4 until this upcoming Saturday, but like every year in the past it goes way to fast!

















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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sweet Valentine Treat

I recently happened upon these cute little lip gloss packages, and I knew they would be perfect for Valentines day. Each little box opens to reveal 9 different shades of luscious lip gloss. I created them with my favorite tool, my cricut. I lovingly created every detail, including the custom box.

I have listed these in the shop, I got a great deal on them and I am passing that savings on to you! It won't rot your teeth like candy but it is about the same price. I hope you enjoy them. I can also create these for birthdays, bridal shower favors, stocking stuffers you name it I can do, just ask!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heaven in a pocket

Friday night is pizza night at the castle. It is a fun tradition and it really makes meal planning a cinch! This last Friday the oldest prince said he wanted pizza pockets, to be a little different. I thought it sounded like a great idea. I had a hankering for some chocolate, and then it hit me dessert calzones. I was so proud of myself this recipe is entirely mine, nobody helped, I created all on my own. They are warm and gooey and soooooooo yummy. I wanted to share so you can try them too.


Chocolate Cheesecake Calzones

I make my own dough from scratch but you can use refrigerated too I am sure. Here is my dough recipe.

Dough (this is the best darn pizza crust and pretty fool proof too)
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp oil
***If I am using this for pizza crust I also add garlic powder and Italian seasoning, about 1-2 tsp each, I don't measure I just dump. If you happen to have a beer laying around you can substitute that for the water, just warm it in the microwave in a measuring cup.
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2. Place all of the first 5 ingredients into a stand mixer using a dough hook knead until it forms a soft smooth elastic dough, about 5-6 minutes. If it is too soft and is sticking to your dough hook at just a bit more flour.

2. Grease a medium size bowl using the oil, place the formed dough into the bowl and turn the dough to coat. Cover the dough with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area, to rise until doubled in size or about 45-60 minutes. I usually just put it on top of the stove and the heat from the oven makes it rise lovely.
While your dough is rising it is time to make the filling

Filling:
1 8 0z block cream cheese room temperature
1/2 package semi sweet chocolate chips or about 1 cup
1 egg yolk(save your egg white to make an egg wash)
1 tsp vanilla

1. Place the chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. I put them in for 1 minute on high, stir and then add another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
2. Add the cream cheese, egg yolk and vanilla beat until smooth.

3. Place this in the refrigerator until you dough is ready.

Put it all together:
Divide your dough into 4-6 equal pieces depending on how big you want your calzone to be. I made mine big they were delish, but now my ball gown doesn't fit! But I digress!

Roll each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface until they are about 7 inches around if you are making them big or about 4 inches if you are making them small. Be sure to keep them covered under a damp towel while you are rolling the rest out.
Once you have rolled each round out take about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate cheesecake filling and spoon it into the middle. Using your egg white that you saved from earlier add a tsp of water and whisk to create an egg wash. Place a small amount of egg wash on the edges of one side of your round. Fold this side over pinch the ends together to seal. If you want to make sure it stays use the tines of a fork to press it together. Place the calzones on a greased baking sheet, brush a bit more of the egg wash on the tops and bake for about 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool a bit before enjoying since they will be hot.
If you would like you can drizzle a vanilla glaze over the top when you are ready to serve. Here is my simple recipe:

Glaze:

1/2 powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1 tablespoon milk (add more or less to reach your desired consistency) You want a little bit thick not too runny.

We served ours with raspberry sauce. I just used some homemade jam that I had made and melted in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Are you still here? This seems so long when you put it into words but I promise I made our dinner calzones and our dessert calzones in about 20 minutes not including rising time and baking time.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ran out of walls to vinyl moving to cars


Prince charming jokes that our entire house is going to be labeled with vinyl, so I thought maybe I will move to cars. I guess when my car looks like a hippie mobile covered with vinyl I will have to find something else to vinyl. If you live near the castle look out you may come out and find your car has been covered with cute emblems by some crazed lady! I made this really fun custom vinyl sign for my brother for Christmas. That is his logo that I used. It has been so darn cold here he just now got to put it on. I love love love it! I hope he does too! I tell you I love my cricut it is the best invention since sliced bread! I know I am silly, don't you get a rush from crafty things? My heart was all a twitter when he sent this to me. It must be the Martha Stewart in me!





Enjoy!

Can you tell I am excited I used 5 exclamation points in one paragraph. I am sure all the grammer police are freaking out! Oh look there is one more. Pin It

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fabulous reversible shopping bag!

Some of my most favorite projects are the ones where I get to combine my new found love of sewing and my cricut. How can it get any better than that! I wanted to get my fairy godmother a little something. I know she doesn't need anything but I just want her to know that she is loved. So for Christmas I decide to make her a swanky new monogrammed shopping bag. Yet another thing I want to make for myself! Mine are old and starting to tear the clerks look at them with distaste! Well they won't look like that when I walk in with one of these beauties! I made this awhile ago so I will try my best to remember all of the instructions!





Supplies:
about 3/4 yard fabric in two different coordinating fabrics
Scissors
Thread
Pins
Tape Measure

1. First you can use a bag that you already have as a template. Fold it flat and measure the front, and the bottom, and the gusset(I am no seamstress but I am pretty sure that is what the side is called when it folds in)

2. I transferred those measurements onto paper since I knew I would be making these in mass quantities

(sorry for the cruddy picture it is dark in the highest tower!)

3. Cut out your pieces. You will need a front, a back, 2 sides, 1 bottom and then enough to make handles. You will do this for both of your fabrics. Make sure to either adjust your pattern by 1/2 inch on each side before you cut or make sure you cut 1/2 wider than your pattern pieces on the fabric to allow for your seam allowance.

3b. If you want to add the optional monogram you should do this before you start sewing all the pieces together. To do this you will apply iron on adhesive to the back of your material. Then you run it through your cricut just as you would paper. Then following the manufactures instructions you apply your letter to your bag. I used sewable adhesive because I like to go back over the letter once it is on the bag with an applique stitch to really make it look finished.

4. Once you have your fabric pieces you will place one of sides right sides together on the front piece and pin in place, then do the same with the other side. Next attach the back to that side making sure all of the right sides are facing each other. Then attach the back to the side you started with.

5. Sew your sides creating a big open rectangle. Do the same for both sets of fabric. Then attach the bottom with the right sides all still facing together. You are almost done. Sorry I don't have a picture for this one.

6. Now we need to make our straps. I used 4 pieces of fabric 2 inches wide and about 20 inches long you can adjust this however you would like. Place 2 of the pieces with the right sides together and pin. Sew a small seam along this side. Now unfold it and turn it so the wrong sides are now together. Turn a small seam allowance under on both pieces of fabric, pin and sew. Now I know I could have just sew both sides while the right sides were facing in, but have you tried to turn a tiny tube inside out???? PAIN in the you know what! I did sew a few extra lines in the middle of my handle to make it sturdy.


7. Now you should have two bags and two handles. You will want to take the inside bag and place it inside the outside(wow that is clear as mud). It will make sense when you are doing
it. Fold the top of each bag down and to the inside. This will give you a nice clean hem at the top. Pin all the way around with the exception of where you are putting your handles. You will need to slip that between your two bags where they have been folded down and pinned in place. Now just sew all the way around and your all done. You might want to sew and few extra lines where your handles are connected to give them strength.

Happy sewing!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Family

I don't know how everyone keeps up with their blog so much. I am trying but if I am blogging all the time how can I be doing all my fun crafty stuff? I try! Now that we are past the holidays I can share a few of my favorite projects. I had to wait until they had all received them since I know they check out my blog. I made a few adorable wooden family name signs for my friend and my sister in law. I used a few more of my doors that prince charming got for me. I am so in love with these, but I used all of my doors up so I will have to see what else I can do because I want one too!! My list of things to make for me is getting really long. On a postive note I have already started my shopping and crafting for next Christmas. I swear I am going to be done in June. (If I say that maybe I will be done by Decemeber) No before shots it was just your basic cabinet door, that I painted black and used vinyl to create the name.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I'm Back!!!

I didn't plan on being away so long but then life happens. We had a wonderful white Christmas. We ate way too much, played, stayed up late it was great! We rang in the New year with some friends which was a ton of fun. Speaking of the new year. Do you make new year resolutions? I do and most of the time I stick to them. This year I really want to work on menu planning. I do it every now and then, but then I get lazy and then there is the 4:30pm mad scramble to see what I can throw together with flour, one chicken breast, and a can of tomatoes. Well I hate that and so do the kids. I thought just maybe if I had a cute place to write my menu that might help! So this is what I came up with. I LOVE IT!!!! My sister in law got one for Christmas I hope she likes it as much as I do!







I used my cricut and Sure cuts a lot to create the menu. I cut it in vinyl but in reverse so I could place it on the back of the glass so it would be easy to clean. Way more stylish than a piece of paper right?








I originally used magnets on the back but they weren't holding it the way I wanted so I thought I would give these babies a try. Another fantastic invention way to go 3M. These are the best, you can hang stuff where ever you want and remove it later without ruining the surface. They are so strong and super simple to use, I give 5 crowns up!

Here is what I am having for dinner this week just in case you wanted to know. I use my crock pot as often as I can. Here is one of my favorite blogs to check out recipes
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ You can see I am using 3 of her recipes.

Pizza Roll Up
Pasta E Fagioli soup
Roast Chicken and homemade crescent rolls
French onion burgers and fries
Pizza
Beef with Broccoli
Turkey(I bought 2 when they were on sale and I can use it all month)

Hope you like this, this maybe another one for the store if you like it! Pin It