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Easter Peep Basket- Pinned it, Did it

The other day I was drooling over Pintrest posts (and I only say drooling because in all honesty I am obsessed with that site! I love the fabulous ideas people have, I love to see what people have done and figure out ways to improve upon them, and frankly I love to organize them). I saw the cutest Peep basket on there and immediately thought of my grandpa! The 83 year old man has a mean sweet tooth and he can put away several Peeps in one sitting. Thing is though, he doesn't like them fresh and soft....he likes them stale and chewy or almost hard. Goofy man! He came over to our house last week after my lil' princess had her surgery to meet my lil' king at the bus stop and I thought I'd surprise him with a Peep basket as a thank you for his help! Oh man he was so excited!!! It was really easy to do. I simply spent $2 at the dollar store (1 for the basket and 1 for the Easter grass). We had some sticks and Peeps already purchased and waiting for us at home. We filled the basket … [Read more...]

Best Ever- Spring cookies

I'm going to let you in on a little tip.....ok, more like a secret. My grandma's recipe book was given to me before she passed away (I begged her for it, and since I'm the only one in the family who cooks and bakes she ablidged) and I found the most amazing, tasty, fabulous recipe for cut out cookies. They are really easy and bake up incredibly fluffy. Here's the recipe: Mix the dry ingredients together first: 1 3/4 C sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 baking soda pinch of salt 5 1/4- 5 1/2 C flour In a large bowl mix your wet ingredients: 1 C butter, softened 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 C sour cream   Add your dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Sprinkle POWDER SUGAR (yup, you read that right...not flour) on the surface and roll out your dough. Bake the cookies at 350 for around 8 minutes (give or take a couple based upon your individual oven). Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

Easter Krispie Treats

We all know the awesomeness of  Rice Krispie Treats®, right? Oh seriously, they are one of my all time favorite vices treats. Just in time for spring add a little fun to them!Here's what you will need:4 T butter1 package of marshmallows6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal®Prepare as directed....but once the marshmallows are melted add a drop or two of food coloring (I used pink). At the same time you pour in your cereal add some fun, festive, and fantastic "sprinkles" that soot your mood (I used a fun spring time mixture). It's nothing crazy or unusual but my kids LOVED it! Hope yours do too! … [Read more...]

See Through Easter Egg Window Decorations

If you've been reading our blog long enough you know that we love to make crafts out of contact paper.  We also love to make window decorations for holidays.  See Through Easter Eggs combine the best of both!They are fun and easy to make too.  The only things you'll need are contact paper and things to decorate your eggs with such as glitter, paper, ribbon, and foam shapes (or really anything else you think might work).If your kids want to make a framed Easter egg, help them to cut an egg shape out of paper.  Fold it in half and cut out most of the middle to make a frame.  Put the frame on the sticky side of a piece of contact paper then decorate the inside of the frame.If your kids want a frame-less Easter egg, help them to cut an egg shape out of paper.  Lay a piece of contact paper sticky side up on top of the paper egg.  Decorate the sticky side of the contact paper only where the egg is under it.Once the eggs are decorated, put another piece of contact paper, sticky side down (or … [Read more...]

Easter Hot Cocoa and Cocoa Mix Recipe

*jamie had a lot going on this weekend, so our posts are a little disorganized this week...you'll be fine =)This is a "two for one" post! You're going to get my favorite recipe of Hot Cocoa Mix and a little Easter fun too! Here's the recipe just for you! (We drink a lot of Hot Cocoa in our house, we live in the frozen tundra, so we make it in bulk. If you want to make a smaller batch just divide the ingredients in half).3 Cups nonfat dry milk powder (powdered milk)2 Cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)1 1/2 Cups Cocoa powder (we use Hershey's cocoa)1/2 tsp saltTo make the hot cocoa stir in 3 Tablespoons of mix with 1 Cup hot milk. Top with mini marshmallows or for Easter fun, top with a Marshmallow Peep! … [Read more...]

Embroidery Floss Eggs- Pinned it, Did it

Jamie and I have always said we'd be honest when we "failed" at something...so here's another one of our honest posts.Here's the original pinhere's mine Here's what you SHOULD do:Blow up a balloon (pretty small), use GLUE to wet your embroidery floss and then cover the balloon with the gluey floss, After it completely dries pop the balloon and remove it. You will be left with a great looking Easter egg!Here's what I did WRONG:Instead of using glue, I used Mod Podge. I thought that it would be OK but it turns out that the Mod Podge left an additional shell on top of the balloon and didn't give me the effect I was hoping for. … [Read more...]