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{Christmas} Giveaway!

25 Nov
Christmas red & white with a sprinkle of green lil DIVA Set
{Giveaway closed — winner is #155 Heather @ The Farm Princess}

 Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

I am off to bake some pies, but first —
I have a fun Christmas giveaway from lilsteinstyles for you!!

lilsteinstyles is a super cute etsy shop with 
great children’s gift ideas!! 
SUPER lil dude yellow STAR red and white polka dot cape tee size 6-8M
{I love these Superhero Cape Tees}
Boys aka lil dude blue baseball print tie tank or tee size 2/3T, 6-7, 6-8M boys
{Awesome Tie Tanks}
Newborn Spunky Pink Flower Hat
{Hats!}
Cute little funky scrappy green and taupe fabric rosette clips
{these clips would make a great stocking stuffer}
Cristil from lilsteinstyles is giving away YOUR Choice of 
  A Girl’s Christmas Set (Tee & Tutu) 
OR 
A Boy’s Surfer Santa Tee
Christmas lil DUDE Vintage Surfing Hang Ten Santa tee
Thanksgiving DIVA TUTU MTM Vintage Disney lil DIVA tee
So fun!!!
Here’s how YOU can win: 
*Go to lilsteinstyles — Let me know which Tutu set or Tee you would choose*

for more entries: 

*”Like” lilsteinstyles on Facebook*
*Heart lilsteinstyles etsy shop*
*Follow Cristil’s cute blog*

These tees and tanks would make adorable gifts too 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
PS — The etsy Design Challenge is up, go over and vote for your favorite.
XOXO

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Ooey Gooey Fall Goodness

9 Oct
Growing up in Michigan, one of my favorite childhood memories is going for long drives as a family to see the Fall leaves.
We would drive into the Amish Country and stop at a huge barn where we would buy hot steaming sugared doughnuts and fresh hot apple cider. Those hot doughnuts were so heavenly.
And for some reason sugared donuts always remind me of those wonderful Fall excursions. So to celebrate Fall, the kids and I made a new version of those heavenly doughnuts.

Chocolate Doughnuts with Caramel Centers
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flou
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups sugar (one for recipe one for coating doughnuts later)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tabelspoons, melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package caramel squares, unwrapped (about 30)
  • 5 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Sift dry ingredients together – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, butter and eggs. Then stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into rounds using either a cookie cutter, or I used a small glass. The diameter should be about 2 1/2 inches. 
  3. Put a caramel on top of each round and fold the side up around the caramel. Roll it around in your hand until it is a round ball.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Then fill a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Use a heavy pot or big frying pan and fill it with the oil. It needs to be about 4 inches deep. Heat the oil until it is about 350 degrees. Fry the doughnuts in small batches depending on how big your frying pan is. I did mine in about 10 donuts at a time. You might want to try one first to be sure the oil is at the right temperature. One the doughnut holes are in the oil, turn them frequently so they cook evenly. I cooked my for about 3 minutes. Then transfer them to the cookie sheet. Let them cool for about 4 minutes. Then roll them in the bowl of sugar.
  5. Serve immediately!

Amy @ Keeping up with the Schultz Family is hosting a Round Robin of Fall ideas today. Go on over and check out all of the clever things!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

XOXO

Ooey Gooey Fall Goodness

9 Oct
Growing up in Michigan, one of my favorite childhood memories is going for long drives as a family to see the Fall leaves.
We would drive into the Amish Country and stop at a huge barn where we would buy hot steaming sugared doughnuts and fresh hot apple cider. Those hot doughnuts were so heavenly.
And for some reason sugared donuts always remind me of those wonderful Fall excursions. So to celebrate Fall, the kids and I made a new version of those heavenly doughnuts.

Chocolate Doughnuts with Caramel Centers
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flou
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups sugar (one for recipe one for coating doughnuts later)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tabelspoons, melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package caramel squares, unwrapped (about 30)
  • 5 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Sift dry ingredients together – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, butter and eggs. Then stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into rounds using either a cookie cutter, or I used a small glass. The diameter should be about 2 1/2 inches. 
  3. Put a caramel on top of each round and fold the side up around the caramel. Roll it around in your hand until it is a round ball.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Then fill a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Use a heavy pot or big frying pan and fill it with the oil. It needs to be about 4 inches deep. Heat the oil until it is about 350 degrees. Fry the doughnuts in small batches depending on how big your frying pan is. I did mine in about 10 donuts at a time. You might want to try one first to be sure the oil is at the right temperature. One the doughnut holes are in the oil, turn them frequently so they cook evenly. I cooked my for about 3 minutes. Then transfer them to the cookie sheet. Let them cool for about 4 minutes. Then roll them in the bowl of sugar.
  5. Serve immediately!

Amy @ Keeping up with the Schultz Family is hosting a Round Robin of Fall ideas today. Go on over and check out all of the clever things!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

XOXO

Childhood Flashback

13 May
There’s something about being on a schoolbus that brings back vivid childhood memories for me. Maybe it’s the smell – a mixture of old PB&J’s and bananas. Or the sites – sitting up high you have a different vantage point. Or the feeling – being squashed in with about 100 other hot, sweaty bodies while bouncing around. Or the sound – of a hundred kids talking and laughing. Some of my best childhood memories were on a bus: whispering secrets with my best friend Kristin in 3rd grade; and worst: having a group of 8th grade boys make fun of me on the way home from junior high.So when Hannah said she wanted me to come on a field trip last week, I jumped at the chance to spend time with her, explore nature and ride around on a big, yellow bus.What brings back childhood memories for you?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
XOXO

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Favorite Childhood Toys

4 May


Amber at {ae Filkins} is hosting Friend Makin’ Mondays this week. If you don’t know Amber, she is an amazing girl. She is so creative, funny and a really good friend.

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This week the question is what are the 5 games that remind you of your childhood? Well, my childhood was kind of old school.

  • Barbie

One year my dad made an incredible barbie house for us. It was three stories and had an elevator. That barbie house moved with us through 4 states. It was awesome. My sister and I sent endless hours dressing those barbies up and taking them on dates with various Kens.

  • Lite Brite

I thought this was the coolest thing when it came out. Punching through that black paper and seeing the plastic tubes light up was so cool. I used to leave it on at night in my room and watch that glow as I fell asleep.

  • Bike

I got a banana bike one year. It was the ultimate in grade-school cool. The neatest part was I could let one of my friend’s sit on it with me and drive them around.

  • Roller Skates

I probably spent most of my childhood on my roller skates. I was convinced that roller skating as going to be an Olympic sport. I spent hours skating around the neighborhood with my best friend Kristin. And then at the local roller rink, round and round we would go while the DJ played “YMCA” in our Jordache jeans with a comb in our back pocket. Oh, those 4th grade memories.

  • Atari


The Christmas of my 6th grade year I begged Santa for an Atari video game system. I really wanted a cool game called “Asteroids”. I was so surprised and delighted Christmas morning to see that Santa had come through. I spent the rest of that year happily shooting asteroids and playing space Invaders, thinking life could not get any cooler!

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So, what are the games that remind you of your childhood??
Go on over to Amber’s to link up!

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Have a Super Monday!
XOXOXO