Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine Treat on a Stick!

Anytime you put a treat on a stick, it is just so much more fun {We've all experience the cake pop phenomenon}! So when I saw these yummy red velvet {Twinkie-like} cakes at the store a few days ago, I knew that I just had to put them on a stick! And my theory was right! They were cute in the package but they are so much cuter on the stick...and the sprinkles are helping a little too:)
I started with a couple of packs of Red Velvet Bingles, white chocolate candy coating, sprinkles, and lollipop sticks.
 I started by melting my chocolate in a tall microwave safe glass. I have found that the tall glass makes it a lot easier to cover the whole cake. Just microwave based on the instructions on your package. I also thinned my  candy coating a little with a small spoonful of shortening. Just make sure to follow the directions on your particular package because not all candy coatings can be thinned this way.
Dip one end of your lollipop stick into the candy coating and then insert into the end of your cake. Place them in the freezer to harden up a little so the sticks don't slip out when you are dipping them. 
After about 20 minutes in the freezer you are ready to dip. 
 Make sure to cover the entire cake with the candy coating. Use a spoon to scoop up the coating and cover the end if needed.
 Place the cakes on a sheet of parchment paper and shake on some sprinkles while the candy coating is still wet.
 These little treats on a stick are SUPER cute from the outside, but they are even cuter on the inside!



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kaleidoscope Valentines

Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday! I have so many great childhood memories of making Valentine boxes and passing out cute cards in class. And as fun as store bought cards are, I really love making and sending more personalized Valentines to my boys' classmates. {You can look back HERE and HERE to see other examples of the cute Valentine's that I've come up with for my boys to send to school.} This year, I struggled a little with finding a fun {and original} idea...mostly because there are SO many great ideas on Pinterest these days! Anyway, as I was browsing the aisles of The Dollar Tree last week, I came across these packages of cute Kaleidoscopes that I knew would make adorable Valentines. And the major bonus here is that I made enough for Eli's whole class for around $2.00!
I started with these little kaleidoscopes. I picked them up at the dollar store and they came 8 in pack for $1.
Then I used my Silhouette to cut out these little tags that say "Love at First Sight". If you don't have a Silhouette, you can easily just print the saying on card stock and then punch them out with a decorative hole-punch or even just cute them out scissors.
I tied the little tags on with some red and white bakers twine...and ended up with these adorable Kaleidoscope Valentines!
And a bonus with these Valentines is that the kiddos are getting a little toy to play with instead of even more candy!
Simple, easy, and SUPER inexpensive Valentines from just a few supplies and a little trip to the dollar store!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

January Recap Via Instagram

We started January off by working on the chicken coop. And I promise to post more of the {almost} finished coop this week!
 I lounged around in my Christmas pjs and avoided taking down the tree:)
 We took the boys ice skating for the very first time...it was a learning experience for sure.
 But I think they had fun!
 I painted the chicken coop. This is pretty much what it looks like now except Jason has added electrical and plumbing stuff and he is working on putting the run together.
 Eli and I had a lazy Monday at home.
 Jason and I started P90X again.
 This silly boy took his new puppy to school for show and tell.
 I tried to eat healthy...oranges are yummy, but ice cream still taste better:)
 I did laundry.
 Henry and Grant got their report cards. All A's for both of them.
 The boys stayed the night at my parents, so my Saturday consisted of a nice quiet cup of coffee and a pedicure.
 We cleaned out our shed and I sorted through all our old paint cans.
 Preschoolers at church make such pretty messes with paint:)
 Eli and I had another lazy Monday  morning.
 Snow was in our forecast...but it didn't happen! We were kind of sad!
 Henry worked on his reading fair project.
 I made some fun snacks for the 100th day of school.
 Grant made a Froot Loop necklace at his 100th Day of School party.
 Pretty blue skies and a county road.
 I made a yummy malted milk chocolate cake for my mom's birthday.
 We bought another Airstream...I'll have to do a post about this soon!
 Dirty dishes started to overtake my kitchen.
 I made another cake for another birthday. This was Neapolitan for my Grandfather's 77th birthday.
 Eli played outside all day and then had a picnic lunch. It has been feeling like spring here lately!
 I pulled out my old elliptical machine and did a little bit of working out while watching Rachael Ray.
 I gave into peer pressure and joined Vine. Come find me!
 I took a much needed trip to Hobby Lobby and bought all kinds of pretty fabric and ribbon!

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