Friday, March 24, 2017

Cadberry Dip

 I LOVE Cadbury eggs.  A lot.  I discovered that they sell a chocolate bar with Cadbury filling down the bar of chocolate.  I bought as many as I had pounds at the time, and I don't understand why they don't sell them here.  Why?  I read about this time here and I had to give it a go.  I brought it to a work event and I think we all agreed it's a keeper.  So, if you love Cadbury Eggs....give it a go.

Cadbury Egg Dip
Ingredients:  9 Cadbury Eggs, 8 oz cream cheese (softened), 1/2 c. butter (softened), 1/4 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. powdered sugar, 2 t vanilla, 1 t. salt, chocolate graham crackers
1.  With a beater, mix cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until well blended.
 2.  Roughly chop up 8 of the eggs and stir them into the mix.  Place the 9th egg on top.
3.  Chill and serve with chocolate graham crackers.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scrap Wreath

I saw a few wreaths made out of scraps on pinterest lately and I just so happen to have lots and lots of scraps....
 I adapted it a bit and used a foam wreath I had on hand from the dollar tree.  I found this little hello chipboard at Hobby Lobby (I used a coupon) and then I just started gluing fabric and tying on scraps of ribbon.
 Not too shabby for two dollars in supplies.  It's a bright little wreath in my craft room made with the remnants of projects past....see....I knew I need to save those scraps!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Honey Bunny

 Last year I needed a gift for multiple mentees at work.  The mentors decided to divvy up the months so we could surprise them each month.  I started the year, and got another turn in March that I split with one of my teammates.  We decided to put little coffee drinks and breakfast in their box.  I saw this cute ideas for packaging up honey buns.
 I typed up the message and printed it on tan cardstock.  I cut the inner ear shape on pink paper and then glued it to white, and I trimmed out the earshape so that they would poke above the card.
I glued the whole thing together and then attached each card to some honey buns.  You can staple them directly to the package, or put each bun in a cellophane package and add some cute ribbon.
 Incidentally, had there been an extra one and had I eaten it-I would tell you that they are really delicious if you pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds.  I'm not saying that happened, but if it did-that would have been advice I gathered in my experimental study.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Pinata

I made these little leprechaun hat pinatas this year.
I used toilet paper rolls and green construction paper, so....low budget for sure! 
I traced the circle on the paper, cut a little larger circle and then created a fringe I could fold down/glue onto  the tube. I then cut a fringe around the tube as well and added more green to cover the sides of the leprechaun hat.
At this point I filled it with treats and added a coin with a string tied/taped to it that would become my pull.
I taped the hat 'flaps down to another pieec of paper I cut to be the shape of the brim of the hat.
I took a second piece of the same width (that I cut a circle out of-tracing the width of the tube again) and placed this over all of my tape.
I decorated and added a 'pull' tag to my string.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No Bake Monster Bites

I needed something sweet....I use that term "needed" very loosely, but the struggle was real in the moment.  I didn't want to invest a lot of time, but I wanted something homemade.
These little monster bites are so easy to put together and they really are tasty without a ton of different ingredients.  I recommend chilling for an hour or so before eating, but they are really delicious straight from the spoon as well.  Whether they chill are not often depends on my craving.  I like to half the recipe (half makes about 10).
So, for my future self when I'm craving something quick, easy, and tasty and forget everything I ever knew in my pursuit of hunger quenching desserts-self, make these again.

No Bake Monster Bites
1 1/4 c. quick oats, 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/4 c. honey, 1/3 c. mini M&Ms, 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips
Mix, Roll, Chill for about an hour (until the peanut butter is more firm).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Corn Casserole

I brought this to a Christmas Pot Luck last year.  I forgot to take a picture before, was a popular dish.  It really was delicious and easy to throw together.  Is corn ever really a bad idea?  So....this one is a keeper in my book....a keeper and a repeater!
Corn Casserole
Ingredients:  2 cans whole kernel corn, 1 can creamed corn, 1 c. sour cream, 1 box corn muffin mix, 1 stick of butter
1.  In a bowl, stir together the 3 cans of corn, muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter.
2.  Pour in greased 9x9 pan.
3.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or until golden brown).  Sprinkle with grated cheese and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes (until the cheese is melted).

Friday, March 10, 2017

Felted Heart Banner

 I became obsessed with felting these days.  I bought some packets of flt at a local dollar (50) store, but you can also find them at any craft store.
 I took out bundled....
 Unfolded and divided them into two pieces.
 I then spread apart the fibers.
 Next I folded one.
 I took the second piece and folded it around the first piece the opposite direction.
 I bought a felting needled (a special needed with barbs-again they sell them at craft stores) and I saved some Styrofoam (not necessary, but it prevents me from stabbing myself!)
 I started by stabbing the middle a bunch of times to create the v.
 It will look like this after about 30 stabs.
 Then I took the needled and started stabbing it around the sides.
 You just poke it to form the shape.  When it starts to get firm you can then thread it onto string.  I tied a knot, took some rubber cloves to 'pull' it through the hearts (it helps with grip).
Once I threaded the heart I tied a knot on the opposite side and then repeated until they were all strung off.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

I tried out these potatoes a few months back.  I halved the recipe, but man....they were time I'm making the full recipe.  I actually made them the night before because the recipe takes awhile to bake.  I heated it up for about 5 minutes in the microwave the next evening and they were still delicious.  This will definitely make my potato rotation!
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Ingredients:  4 russet potatoes (sliced in 1/4 inch slices), 1 onion (sliced into rings), salt and pepper (to taste), 3 T butter, 3 T. flour, 1/2 t. salt, 2 c. milk, 1 1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese (grated) (plus 1/4 c. more to add at the end)
1. Heat oven 400 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
2.  Layer half of the potatoes on the bottom of the dish.  Top with all of the onion slices.  Add the remaining half of the potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.
3.  In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in flour and salt.  Use a whisk and continue to stir for one minute.  Whisk in milk.  Cook until the mix has thickened.  Stir in cheese all at once.  Stir until cheese has melted (about 1 minute).   Pour cheese mix over potatoes.  Cover  with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.  During the last five minutes of baking, toss a sprinkling of cheese on top and continue baking until the cheese has melted.

Monday, March 06, 2017

 My Mom has a thread holder that her great uncle made her for her wedding.  I love it, and I needed it in my scrapbook room, BUT....I also needed something that would hold all my embroidery threads.
I bought this one at JoAnns, but the natural wood didn't go with my vintage/funky/electic/randomness, so....I used a light yellow spray to give it a little character.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Mickey or Minnie Baby Shower

 In the fall some coworkers and I planned a shower for our pal, Jessica, who was expecting in October.  She did not know the gender, so we decided to incorporate something she loved (Disney) to throw her a shower.  We had lots of plans for playing up the Mickey or Minnie theme, but baby Miles had other plans.  The shower was planned for a Thursday and he arrived on a Monday-more than a month before his due date.  He spent a month plus in the NICU, but is now home safe and sound, growing and loving life, so....we celebrated Miles and Momma a little after the fact.
 One of my favorite sign in ideas (especially at work-we are teachers) is a guest sign in with a book-we got a Disney book this time to give baby Miles.  He still had to be really careful about being around germs, so I had Jessica send me some pics and one of our talented staff members made some adorable pictures banners that we hung around the place so everyone could see Miles.
 We went ahead and let Minnie make an appearance in some of our shower prep-we had a salty (Mickey) and sweet (Minnie) side to the food.
 I dipped some pretzels and oreos in red chocolate to look like Mickey Bellies (and added some mini m&ms for his buttons).
We had planned to make all the other guest make a Mickey or Minnie headband to wear and take pictures of each group, but....we will take pictures of Miles and a healthy little boy any day over a few party activities.