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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Handmade Berrylicious Popsicles!!

16 Aug
Hey TT&J readers!!! I’m Cheryl,
aka TidyMom! When I am not baking, crafting or running around with my camera
you can find me over in my little corner of the universe at
TidyMom.net
Like all of you I’m a HUGE fan of
Jen’s and SO impressed with how much that girl can do!! I’ve had the pleasure
of meeting Jen a few times, and let me tell you, she’s every bit as sweet, if
not more, in person as she is on her blog.
I share a lot of stuff on my blog,
everything from my favorite
recipes to my favorite household tips.
I like to share
photography tips and blogging tips, crafting , being thrifty
and
makeovers and a little bit of everything in between. I host a weekly
link up party on Fridays where you can share your great ideas, project or
anything you are loving, called
I’m Lovin’ It.

I thought since Jen was having a
summer soiree, and I loooove to bring food to a party…….what’s a summer
time party with out popsicles?!
These berrylicous popsicles are so
easy, even the kids can join in on the fun!

What you will need:



Berry
Blue Popsicles
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons berry blue gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 cups cold water, divided
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry gelatin
  • 18 Popsicle molds or paper cups (3 ounces each) and
    Popsicle sticks
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin powder and
    1/2 cup sugar in 1 cup boiling water. Stir in 1 cup cold water.
  2. In another bowl, dissolve strawberry gelatin powder and
    remaining (1/2 cup) sugar in remaining (1 cup)boiling water. Stir in
    remaining (1 cup) cold water.
  3. In a small bowl, combine half of the berry blue gelatin
    mixture and half of the strawberry gelatin mixture. (so you now have 3
    bowls of gelatin)
  4. Place all 3 bowls in freezer for about 2 hours or until
    slushy.
  5. In a large bowl, lightly swirl the three colors as
    desired.
  6. Fill each mold or cup with 1/4 cup gelatin mixture; top
    with holders or insert sticks into cups. Freeze.

Yields: about 10-18 pops depending
on the size.
Enjoy!!

Big thanks to Jen and all of you for
letting me stop by today!! Enjoy what’s left of your summer! We started school
this week already!

Cheryl – those look delicious!!
Thank you for sharing them with us! I’m going to make those tomorrow with my kids – they’ll think I’m supermom 🙂

Not only are Cheryl’s recipes beautiful, but they are family-friendly and yummy! Like this Italian Grilled Pizza!

Or this Pina Colada Sorbet – delicious!

And not only can Cheryl cook, but she also makes some fabulous DIY projects!! Like this T-Shirt Scarf – one of my favorites!!

And this DIY Burlap Covered Bulletin Board – fabulous!!

I love following along with Cheryl at TidyMom to get great recipes ideas and so will you!!

xoxoxo

PS — will you be attending SNAP? It’s a fabulous conference in Salt Lake April 19-21,2012. I am thrilled to be helping with the conference and we would love to have YOU attend!! Plus, if you would like to speak at the conference, we are accepting applications for speakers.

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Guest Project — Make a Charming Fruit Tray

22 Jul
 

There are so many great fruits in season at the grocery store, the farmers market, and at roadside stands right now. It’s the perfect time to put them all together into a yummy fruit tray. You can to take it to barbecues and parties or just have out on your counter for snacking. And if you’re going to put in the effort you might as well make it look pretty too.

Wash and dry a head of leafy green lettuce and cut off the bottom part. Cover the base of a large serving tray with the lettuce, layering and covering every bit of the tray.

Pick a rainbow of colored fruit–it will look better and give you more variety. Cut the big fruits into bite sized pieces. Cut the grapes into small clusters of 4 or 5 grapes. I like to leave the stem on the strawberries (or cherries if I’m using those).

Avoid putting two fruits of the same color next to each other. For even more color try sprinkling some small berries on the top, like raspberries and blueberries.

Then serve to your guests for everyone to enjoy.

 I’d like to introduce you to Brittany from One Charming Party. I don’t know about you, I can whip up a wreath no problem — but the thought of planning an entire birthday party makes me break out in a cold sweat! 
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Enter Brittany — her blog {One Charming Party} is the party Go-To place!! She takes all of the pressure off by coming up with the most creative, fun party ideas. Plus she has tutorials on how to make the favors, invitations and decorations.  
Awesome!!
{Wizard of Oz Party ideas}
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{Crayon Party ideas}
{Diego Jungle Party ideas}
{Mad Scientist Party ideas}
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{Raggedy Ann Party ideas}
I could go on and on — go over to One Charming Party and see for yourself and you will be hooked! And be sure to sign up for her Party School 101 newsletter, so you won’t miss out on any party ideas!
Have a Happy Thursday!
I am off to explore the lighthouses in Rhode Island today!
XOXO

Guest Project — Make a Charming Fruit Tray

22 Jul
 

There are so many great fruits in season at the grocery store, the farmers market, and at roadside stands right now. It’s the perfect time to put them all together into a yummy fruit tray. You can to take it to barbecues and parties or just have out on your counter for snacking. And if you’re going to put in the effort you might as well make it look pretty too.

Wash and dry a head of leafy green lettuce and cut off the bottom part. Cover the base of a large serving tray with the lettuce, layering and covering every bit of the tray.

Pick a rainbow of colored fruit–it will look better and give you more variety. Cut the big fruits into bite sized pieces. Cut the grapes into small clusters of 4 or 5 grapes. I like to leave the stem on the strawberries (or cherries if I’m using those).

Avoid putting two fruits of the same color next to each other. For even more color try sprinkling some small berries on the top, like raspberries and blueberries.

Then serve to your guests for everyone to enjoy.

 I’d like to introduce you to Brittany from One Charming Party. I don’t know about you, I can whip up a wreath no problem — but the thought of planning an entire birthday party makes me break out in a cold sweat! 
 https://i2.wp.com/barryegbert.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/MG_2727nicole.jpg
Enter Brittany — her blog {One Charming Party} is the party Go-To place!! She takes all of the pressure off by coming up with the most creative, fun party ideas. Plus she has tutorials on how to make the favors, invitations and decorations.  
Awesome!!
{Wizard of Oz Party ideas}
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{Crayon Party ideas}
{Diego Jungle Party ideas}
{Mad Scientist Party ideas}
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{Raggedy Ann Party ideas}
I could go on and on — go over to One Charming Party and see for yourself and you will be hooked! And be sure to sign up for her Party School 101 newsletter, so you won’t miss out on any party ideas!
Have a Happy Thursday!
I am off to explore the lighthouses in Rhode Island today!
XOXO

Dinner Dilemmas: Part 5

26 Apr
How did dinner go at your house last week? Ours was hit and miss. I am still loving my new Food Nanny system. The kids love making picking out their dinners and making them. I love it because I get more help and everyone seems to like the meals much more when they can pick them out.
I have a guest blogger that is going to talk about Meal Swapping next week! I am excited to hear more about that. It sounds like it would save tons of time! I will be lining up some more guest posters to share their great ideas. If you have an idea you would like to share, let me know!
Today I would like to share a quick recipe from 
Diane @ Created by Diane.
Created by Diane
Diane has a wonderful food blog and was recently named one of the Top Mom Food Blogs – congratulations Diane! This is a great way to use left over meat from another meal during the week. (you can substitute chicken instead of steak)
I chopped the steak up and gave it a quick toss in a hot pan to heat it,
placed it on heated corn tortillas with lettuce, tomato, Cotija cheese and lime juice squeezed on top.
Heated up some black beans and made Mexican rice.
I think I finally made Mexican rice I like. I always like everyones and can’t seem to get it right, 
but this time….
this time I did it.
I took One cup white rice, and heated it in two tablespoons oil
 then added two cups water
One 8 oz can tomato sauce
3 scallions diced
dried cilantro (I prefer fresh but was out of luck today)
Chicken bullion (I use the powdered Knorr brand)
Powdered tomato (Knorr brand)
brought it to a boil with the lid on and then turned it onto low for 30 minutes.
YIPPEE! It was so good! 
She also has a wonderful recipe for vegetable pizza, I think I am going to try it this week!
Thanks Diane!
I also had a few people ask me to share the crepe recipe that we made last night. HERE is the link to that! We had some fun recipes we tried last week. Here’s one of the hits: German Pancakes:
And speaking of making meal-time fun, have you seen these Birthday Dinner Boards from How Does She?? So cute! I am going on Studio 5 tomorrow to show this awesome project for them, and the How Does She girls {I just love them!} have given me an extra one to give away to YOU! I will be doing a post about it this week with the giveaway!
It’s getting warm and I am getting excited to grill! 
Do you have any great grilling recipes that you can share? 
How did your dinners go this week? 
Do you have any ideas or recipes to share?? 
Please comment here and link them up to the Dinner Dilemma Forum! There are great ideas over there to help us make Dinner Time easier! Let’s help each make meal time less stressful!
Have a great night!
XOXO

PS — I have a great giveaway starting in the morning. I will be announcing the winners of the Cardigan Empire giveaway and the Crimson Clover giveaway at midnight.

PPS — And stay tuned this week, I have a bunch of new crafts to share, the How Does She birthday board giveaway, a guest blogger with a great project and giveaway, another installment of Wenderful’s Photography series, and a new and improved Weekend Wrap Up Party! Whew – should be a fun week!

Spooktacular Halloween Munchies

28 Oct
Are you looking for something festive to make for a Halloween party, to take to your kids’ school event, or just for fun? Here are some of my favorite Halloween munchies.
Ghost cupcake from My Sweet Saucy
Mummy Cupcakes from The Daily Southerner
Creepy Spider Cupcakes from Kraft Canada
 
Eerie eyeballs from Chica and Joe.
Taste of Home’s Ranch Snack Mix.
Creepy Deviled Eggs from Divine Dinner Party.
Easy Halloween Truffles by Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Salty Bones Breadsticks
 
and scary apple bites from Disney Family Food
 
Ghostly Halloween petit’s
Bootiful cake
Poison apple – I love how they use real branches and small apples From who else — Martha!
Witch Hat Cupcakes from Cupcake Take the Cake
 
And when you’re through, print off these free adorable Halloween tags from Paper Glitter. 
 
Or make up these free Halloween picks from Accent the Party – aren’t they cute?
Or make these wonderful cupcake wrapper from Skip to My Lou
I don’t know about you, but looking at all of these great munchies makes me want to make something fun with my kids. And speaking of kids, this one had crazy hair day today!

(she wanted more pretty than crazy hair…)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
XOXO

PS – Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my kitchen re-do – you guys are so nice! I have been working on more burlap projects and pillows. I will fill you in tomorrow!