Archive | December, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up Party — What was YOUR favorite project of 2010???

31 Dec
I had such a wonderful time going through all of my projects from last year to find my favorites. And I know there are a lot of Favorite Project linkies going around this week, but instead of the usual Weekend Wrap Up Party this weekend, I thought it might be fun to have you link up Your Favorite Project from 2010.
[heading+pic.jpg]
I will go through them this weekend and do a feature post of my favorites with a special prize for my #1 favorite.

I will make the winner a custom Rolled Fabric Brooch in your choice of fabrics!!
I can’t wait to see your projects!  
Thanks for being such wonderful bloggy friends and thank you for inspiring me every week with your wonderful projects by linking up to The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! 
Seeing your projects every week was my favorite part of 2010.

xoxo

<img alt=”” width=”1″ height=”1″ src=”http://ads.havenhomemedia.com/image_serve.php?cid=2581&t=1&ch=hhm.totsandjello%2Fdiy.homepage%2F300x250″ />

My 5 Favorite New Year’s Eve Party Dips {and printable}

31 Dec
Classic Spinach Dip

 
I can’t resist this classic spinach dip. I love it served inside a Pumpernickle loaf of bread. Yum! I always make it with “light” versions of the Mayonnaise and Sour Cream. And if you want to mix things up, you can substitute marinated artichoke hearts for the water chestnuts.
Italian 7 Layer Dip 
7-layer Dip, Italian style
Seven Layer Dip is always a crowd pleaser. But how about an Italian Twist? Add basil and Italian cheese and serve on Crostini for a different take on a classic. Grab the recipe at Ms. Adventures in Italy!

 Spinach & Artichoke Dip

photo

 Have you ever tried Costco’s Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip?? It is pure deliciousness. And so easy to make. Just pop a dish of it in the oven or microwave and you are ready for a party. But if you want to make something equally as good, The Pioneer Woman has made an amazing Hot Olive and Artichoke Dip that is heavenly.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like buffalo chicken wings. I love those!! It’s best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Get the recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip at TidyMom!
Tangy Queso
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/cheesedip.jpg?w=300
Here’s a quick and recipe that is just like Chili’s Queso Dip from Just Simply Cook!
https://i0.wp.com/theheritagecook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Dill-Sauce-Crudites1-968x1024.jpg
And you can download these free printable place cards from The Knotty Bride and use them as recipe markers!!
https://i2.wp.com/theknottybride.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/blush-ECmint1.jpg
Do you have a special dip recipe that you love to make?
xoxo

Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo

Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo

Looking back at 2010 {my 10 favorite projects}

29 Dec
 [first+picture.jpg]
2010 has been so fun!! 
I have met so many great friends and really feel so blessed. 
The year started off with this Burlap Wreath.
[heading+pic.jpg]
Then I went a little crazy making Valentine’s projects. 
Starting off with this Cupcake Wrapper Wreath.

[small+art.jpg]
This Valentine Subway Art project started my subway art obsession – lol.
[heading+pic.jpg]
I made some Playing Card Coupons for our Valentine’s dinner.
[from+the+left.jpg]
In the Spring I combined my love of burlap AND ruffles with a Flirty Runner.
We had such a fun time making Giant Bubbles this summer!
When the weather got better I got outside and made a DIY Bench out of an old crib for our porch.
I spent the summer working on my Beachy Laundry Room
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TC0BHZmZjCI/AAAAAAAALew/vWkBwArWrUk/s1600/view+from+the+front.jpg
I loved making frugal clothing refashions this year like this 
I am so excited for 2011!!!
Some projects that will be starting soon are: 

Kitchen Cabinets painted
Entertainment Unit DIY makeover
Family Room Nook makeover
and maybe I’ll finally finish my Master BedroomI hope so!! 
Thank you so much for all of your love and support this year.
I feel so lucky to know you!
xoxo
I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Top 10 Projects party and 
The CSI Project’s — Project of the Year Challenge. 
Come over and see the amazing ideas!!!

Looking back at 2010 {my 10 favorite projects}

29 Dec
 [first+picture.jpg]
2010 has been so fun!! 
I have met so many great friends and really feel so blessed. 
The year started off with this Burlap Wreath.
[heading+pic.jpg]
Then I went a little crazy making Valentine’s projects. 
Starting off with this Cupcake Wrapper Wreath.

[small+art.jpg]
This Valentine Subway Art project started my subway art obsession – lol.
[heading+pic.jpg]
I made some Playing Card Coupons for our Valentine’s dinner.
[from+the+left.jpg]
In the Spring I combined my love of burlap AND ruffles with a Flirty Runner.
We had such a fun time making Giant Bubbles this summer!
When the weather got better I got outside and made a DIY Bench out of an old crib for our porch.
I spent the summer working on my Beachy Laundry Room
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TC0BHZmZjCI/AAAAAAAALew/vWkBwArWrUk/s1600/view+from+the+front.jpg
I loved making frugal clothing refashions this year like this 
I am so excited for 2011!!!
Some projects that will be starting soon are: 

Kitchen Cabinets painted
Entertainment Unit DIY makeover
Family Room Nook makeover
and maybe I’ll finally finish my Master BedroomI hope so!! 
Thank you so much for all of your love and support this year.
I feel so lucky to know you!
xoxo
I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Top 10 Projects party and 
The CSI Project’s — Project of the Year Challenge. 
Come over and see the amazing ideas!!!

Ideas for 5 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Theme Parties!!

29 Dec
{Silver & White}
Make Hanging Bubbly Ball Decorations out of cupcake liners @ Martha Stewart
https://i2.wp.com/familyfun.go.com/assets/cms/crafts/paper-fortune-cookies-craft-photo-420-FF1203ALMEA06.jpg
Use some left over cupcake liners to make these super easy Fortune Cookies for the party.

https://i0.wp.com/olivet.squarespace.com/storage/122909%20new%20year%20image.jpg
Set a pretty white table @ Olivet

Print off some free pretty Silver Printables @ Anna and Blue Paperie

{Tropical}
Make an Paper Parasol Topiary @ Craft Stylish

Flip Flop Basket: Dancing Shoes :  wedding flip flops dancing shoes flip flop basket black green pink bridesmaids diy reception Smallamy0391

Have a basket full of $1 flip flops at the door for guests @ Wedding Bee

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_A8HUkO9Ne9k/S_ah1z8DfKI/AAAAAAAAAp8/tMoMcqTadI8/s1600/IMG_5995.jpg
Print up some free Luau Cupcake Toppers @ Paper Glitter


{Tiffany Blue}

Beautiful Blue Printables from Piggy Bank Parties @ Catch My Party

https://i1.wp.com/ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.128892162.jpg
Bake up some Tiffany Blue Cake Balls or order them @ Audrey Kate Rae

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/puffballsmartha1.jpg?w=240
Make some super easy Tissue Paper Pouffs @ Martha Stewart
https://i2.wp.com/www.delish.com/cm/delish/images/2r/new-years-favors-070102-xl.jpg
and some Personal Party Poppers @ Delish



{Mad Men}

https://i2.wp.com/blogs.amctv.com/mad-men/itunes-playlist-composite.jpg

Set the mood with music —  iTunes offers Mad Men playlists based on your favorite character for less than $5 per list.

Easy Deviled Eggs & Ham
Serve some iconic 60’s appetizers like Deviled Eggs or
 

Baked Alaska

https://i2.wp.com/www.beautifullife.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/11/1960%20Ford%20Sunliner.jpg

Party Game — As your guests arrive, hand them a list of advertising slogans with a pen or pencil and have them guess what product each slogan advertises.

 {Teeny Tiny}

 I am throwing a “tiny” New Years Eve theme family game night, based on Lindsey @ Pleated Poppy’s party she threw for her daughter this year.

{cake bunting tutorial @ Eat Drink Pretty}

mini bunting printable

{free printable mini cake bunting @ Team Awesome}


More New Years Eve Tutorials and Ideas 
coming up this week!

xoxo




<img alt=”” width=”1″ height=”1″ src=”http://ads.havenhomemedia.com/image_serve.php?cid=2581&t=1&ch=hhm.totsandjello%2Fdiy.homepage%2F300x250″ />