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Great Ideas — ♥ Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas!!

13 Feb
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 {Easy Heart Coffee Sleeve @ Smile Monsters}
{Love Bug Gifts @ 30 Days}


[Love Letter Corsage @ Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss}
{Salted Caramel Cupcakes @ TidyMom}
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{Sugar Cookie Pops @ This Little Nest}
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 {iPhone Valentine @ Living Locurto}
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{Fabric Fortune Cookie Valentines @ Coco and Cocoa}
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 {Raspberry Meringue Drops @ Hoosier Homemade}
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 {Oreo Love Bugs @ It’s a Tradition}
{Sweet Paper Box gift idea @ Craftberry Bush}
 {Soda Valentine gifts @ Blue Cricket Design}
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 {Lunch Box Valentine Love @ Three Pixie Lane}
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{Decorated Cookie Pops @ the audzipan anthology}
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{Love Bird Chapstick Gift Printable @ My Computer is my Canvas}
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{DIY Photo Blocks @ Funkymom Cards}
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 {Lollipop Flowerpots @ Social Salutations}
 {Dollar Frame gifts @ The Single Nester}
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{Easy Valentine Heart Pins @ Create}
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{Valentine Bubbles @ Crafting and Creativity}
{Homemade Dipped Valentine Marshmallows @ a pretty cool life}
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{Coconut and Chocolate “Mounds” Cookie Bars @ madigan made}
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 {Oreo Truffles @ Amanda’s Cookin’}
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{Chocolate Truffles @ Everyday Art}
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 {Nutella Chocolate Pretzel Bites @ Savory and Sweet}
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 {Book Page Flowers @ Yellow Blackbird}
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 {Printable Sucker Covers @ Silly Precious Piggies}
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 {Marshmallow Valentine Treats @ The Sweet Life}
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{Chocolate Dipped Cookies @ The Tidy Nest}
{Friendship Bark @ Living with Punks}
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{Cocoa Mocha Marshmallows @ Apple Loves Orang}
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{Strawberry Dipped Marshmallows @ Nap Time Journal}
 {Snicker Surprise Cookies @ Under The Table and Dreaming}
{Valentine Bouquet @ Caits Creates}
{Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes @ Kusak’s Closet}
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{Homemade Chocolates with Buttercream Filling @ Our Seven Dwarfs}
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{Cookie Pops @ Smile Monsters }
{Homemade Twix Bars @ Fudge Ripple}
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{valentine Skewers @ Red Couch Recipes}
[Popcorn Valentines @ Ladybird Ln}
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{Fudgy Valentines @ Kristy Makes}
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{Homemade Valentine Oreos @ Domestic Sugar}
Woo hoo — so many fun ideas have been linked up so far!! This is my favorite part about blogging – seeing all of your inspiring ideas!! come link up your ideas and you can win $35 to Fabric is my Bag
Another Great Ideas feature post is coming up soon! 
xoxox

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!
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Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
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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

Great Ideas — {Holiday Treats}

18 Dec
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Serve some Snowmen Smores  @ Relatively Reagan
 
 Create some Simple Snowman Snacks @ Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM
Throw a Peppermint Party @ Moore Minutes
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These Candy Pouches would make fun party favors @ Peppermint Plum
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Fun neighbor gift idea — Peppermint Fudge Cupcakes in a Jar @ The Farm Girl
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Bake up some Double Decker Fudge Brownies @ Feathers in Our Nest
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Or this Super Simple Fudge Recipe @ While He Was Napping
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Make Oreo Cookie Pops @ Kindergarten Crafter
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These Santa Cookies make me happy @ Kiki Creates
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Bake up some Rice Krispie Treat Ornaments @ The Finer Things in Life
Get the 411 on how to make Grandma’s Homemade English Toffee @ Red Couch Recipes
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Make these Reindeer Bite Cookies @ Inside BruCrew Life
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Bake up these Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies @ Still Waters
These Santa Sugar cookies are beautiful @ less cake {more frosting}
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Grab the recipe for these Super Easy Peppermint Patties @ Just for Love
 Or these Festive Homemade Mint Patties @ The Domestic Sugar Bake Shop
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 Find out how to make Oreo Truffles @ Poppy Seed Fabrics
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 Your kids will love handing out “Reindeer Poop” LOL @ Mine for the Making
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This Peppermint Bark makes a great neighbor gift @ A Pumpkin and a Princess
And another fun neighbor gift idea – Candy Covered Marshmallows @ Kirsty Makes
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Gingerbread Cookies are a must at Christmas – grab the recipe @ Michelle-esque Fashion &Stuff
 
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 Bake up some Candy Cane Oreo Brownies @ I Heart Naptime
Great idea for Christmas Breakfast — Dutch Babies @ Joseph’s Grainery

There are so many more great recipes and fantastic ideas linked up to the Weekend Wrap Up this week!! I wish I could feature them all. Come over to get the great ideas!! And link up YOUR ideas to win this awesome Jewelry Stand from Frou Frou Decor!!
Jewelry Stand
Another Great Ideas post is coming up tonight!! 
AND, are you looking for some great neighbor gift ideas? Or to make some last-minute gifts this week??? Come check out the almost 450 Handmade Gift Ideas linked up this week!! AMAZING ideas! I will be featuring some of my favorites this weekend!!! 
xoxo

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