Thursday, April 23, 2015

In Party Mode ...

Sorry I am MIA again, between work being crazy busy it's Cole's 11th Birthday party. And those who know me know I'm a little nutty about themes and parties. So I'm in planning over drive right now.  Here is what we have going on so far for the Pokemon Party next weekend.

A big Happy Birthday to Cole!  I can't believe you are already 11 years old! You're becoming an amazing young man!


Projects going on :


Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

College Dorm Survival Kit Gift Idea

My bosses amazing daughter has been excepted into Providence College and I wanted to give her a fun college themed gift for her birthday. This could be a GREAT  going away to college gift also. I found several ideas on the internet for $100+, I figured I could do this myself.

What you Need:
Shower Caddy (Water proof perfect for showers - Amazon $39.99 on sale $12.95)
College Dorm Survival Guide Book (Amazon $11.73 Paperback)
College Tshirt (Providence College for my gift)
Shower Products (Bath Gel, Lotion)
Personal Products (Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, deodrant)
Cotton Balls / Q-Tips
Hair Spray / Mouse
Brush
Gum / Candy etc

Fill the bag with tissue paper to make everything fit nicely. I filled the side pockets with all the fun stuff I bought. Buy things that they will need or special items they like!  I love the book to tie in the theme.  The Tshirt was perfect to tie in the college she was going to also!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Future Film Maker Gift Basket Idea

My bosses son just had a birthday and he's all into making video's and films.  He's brilliant I must say, technology these days and kids blow my mind! I wanted to do something fun for his birthday and thought a Future Film Maker Gift Basket would be perfect for him.


What you Need:
Popcorn Bucket (Dollar Tree $1)
Bugles 
Assorted Candy (Whatever you want to add)
Popcorn
Caramel Corn
Chips
Action Magaphone (Amazon $5.37)
Hollywood Director's Film Movie Slateboard Clapper (Amazon $8.99)
Award Trophy (Amazon $3.64)

Add your items into the pop corn bucket and tada easy and cool gift!


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Olaf Cupcakes (Made with Modeling Chocolate)

As most of you know I make cakes/cupcakes for a nonprofit that brings birthday's to homeless kids. Birthday Dreams is an amazing charity (they have a live auction going on now also to raise money).  I've done a Olaf Cake (click to see) for them so when I signed up for another one I went for cupcake decoration instead. I found inspiration on Pinterest of these Olaf's no person to give a shout out too. Her mouth's turned out so much better than mine, still working on that one!


What you Need:
Frosted Cupcakes
White Modeling Chocolate
Orange Modeling Chocolate
Black Modeling Chocolate
Candy Eyes
Circle cutter or fancy cutter
Small Circle Cutter for mouth
Small square Cutter for tooth

For those who have not seen my previous post on how to make modeling chocolate (aka candy clay) all pictured but the orange.

Modeling Chocolate
12oz Candy Melts
1/4 Cup light corn Syrup

Melt your Candy Melts in microwave (mine takes about 2 minutes). Stir them to become smooth and add the corn syrup.  It will become thick and form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit out and dry.  Takes a few hours or over night is best. (Alexis note: I found to roll this out use a little powder sugar (like you would do with flour), also you have to kneed it a little like you would dough to make it easy to roll out).


Roll out modeling chocolate in white for the heads, cut out the rounds.  For the nose I took the orange modeling chocolate and formed a nose shape. The mouth I made a round circle and took a square to make a tooth spot. The white I took a square to form a tooth. I use Wilton candy eyes and took a small piece of the black to make eyebrows. 


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Easy Light Breakfast ... Egg White and Spinach Cups

Making light breakfast I found to make these ahead of time and they were perfect for a light breakfast.


What You Need:
Egg Whites
Spinach
Turkey Bacon (Can add in also)
Sea Salt
Cooking Spray

Take a muffin tin spray with cooking spray or use coconut oil which is great for you. Fill muffin cup with 3/4 cup All Whites top with spinach.  I like to add a little sea salt on top but it's up to you!  You can always add a little turkey bacon if you want. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes depending on your oven. If you can stick a knife in and it comes out clean your ready to go! Have breakfast and put the others in tupperware for other mornings.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Healthy Pasta and Turkey Sausage Bake

Another yummy recipe that wasn't the prettiest but it sure tasted yummy!!  I found a version of this Pasta and Turkey Sausage Bake on Food Done Light. It is perfect during these cold nights we have been having. I find I can make put in the oven on delay and when we return from the YMCA and all our activities it is ready to go!


Prep time:  
Cook time:  
Total time:  
Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Halloween pasta or any small elbow pasta
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped green or red peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 oz. pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage, chopped
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ cup (5 oz.) 2% fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 11 x 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions. Drain.
  3. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, coat pan with cooking spray. Sauté onions, carrots, mushrooms, and peppers for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add sausage, marinara sauce, ½ tsp. salt, pepper and Italian seasonings. Cook for about 2 minutes or until most of liquid has absorbed.
  5. Add pasta to sauce. Pour into baking dish.
  6. In a small saucepan, whisk together milk, flour and ½ tsp. salt. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in ¾ cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Pour cheese sauce over pasta.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
Nutritional value per serving: Cal 410/Fat 15 grams/Carbs 43 grams/Fiber 4 grams/Protein 24 grams
ALEXIS NOTES: I skipped the mushrooms we are not fans here. I used Turkey sausage. Organic noodles and marinara sauce.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese (WW 9 Points)

And for a yummy meal that is on the lighter side.  I found this recipe for Tomato Soup Mac and Cheese on my favorite weight watcher recipe site Emily Bites.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb (16 oz) uncooked wheat or otherwise high fiber elbow macaroni or pasta shells
  • 3 tablespoons light butter, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ¼ cups fat free milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot brand)
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot Seriously Sharp)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While the water is boiling for step one, melt one tablespoon of the light butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil and thyme and raise heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. While the tomatoes are simmering, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of light butter in another saucepan. Add the flour to the butter and stir to combine. Add the milk a little at a time and whisk the flour mixture into the milk until smooth. Add the mustard powder and salt and stir to combine. Add 4 ounces of the shredded cheese (set aside 2 ounces for topping) to the milk mixture and whisk together until smooth. Make sure heat is on the lowest setting and warm cheese sauce for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. When the tomato mixture is done simmering, pour it into a blender (or use an immersion blender – one of my favorite tools!) and blend until smooth. Add the tomato mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Mix in the cooked pasta until well coated. Pour the pasta mixture into the reserved baking dish and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through and bubbly.
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:9 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
NUTRITION INFORMATION:
330 calories, 48 g carbs, 10 g fat, 15 g protein, 7 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
It may not be the prettiest meal but it sure was yummy and the kids and the husband ate all on their plates so that is a winner to me!


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pizza Buns Featured on Great Idea Thursdays 93

What a GREAT week another feature. I so needed a boost this week and to see a recipe featured made my week. This recipe was so yummy the boys and I actually made it for a second time this week.  Most of you know me and I'm crazy about repeating meals I usually never do, but this was so simple and easy. NOW the second time around I did switch it up a bit by using the mozzarella and added some black olives but still yummy! 

A big thank you to Joy Bee for featuring the Pizza Buns I made on her Great Idea Thursdays 93.  
Thank you again!

Joybee, What's for Dinner?



Have a GREAT weekend!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hoppy Easter ... Jelly Bean Bark

And last on our Easter list is Jelly Bean Bark, I saw several different ideas but came across a Spring Candy Bark on Three Kids and a Fish. She used M&M's but I had jelly beans on hand so I used that instead. I think next time I'll make with the M&M's, I really like the look of hers!

What you need:
White Candy melts (I used 2 bags)
Orange Candy melts
Yellow Candy melts
Jelly Beans or M&M's
Parchment paper

Melt your candy melts in microwave safe bowls (I use my glass pampered chef bowls). I melted white first and spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I then did drops of yellow and orange. Using a knife I swirled making a marble look. Put the Jelly Beans on top of the melted candy (you may want to push them in a little bit).  Let the bark set up and then break it up and serve. I found bags at Micheal's and put them in that to hand out.



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Monday, April 6, 2015

Hoppy Easter ... Bunny Bait Polish

And again yes I'm late with this post but save it for next year  .. lol. I found this perfect idea on Homemaking Hacks for Bunny Bait Polish. Super easy to make and was a perfect gift for our tutor and my best friend!

What you need:

Orange Polish
Green Construction Paper
Clear Bag
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
White Card Stock
Peep (optional add on)

Wrap the green construction paper around the top of the nail polish.  I used a glue gun to glue it down. I folded my construction in half so it gave a little extra paper to work with. I then made cuts on the paper to look like the top of the polish.  Fluff it up so the paper separates. Print the free printable Dawn made, I printed on card stock then took a hole punch to add to the bag with a piece of ribbon. I use the clear bags (25pk $1) from the dollar tree. I added a extra peep into one bag. Easy and perfect gift!


Hope you all had a GREAT Easter!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hoppy Easter ... Easter Coffee Gift

I was grand plans to post this Sunday AM, well it of course got a little busy .. lol.  I know I'm a bit late but this will be a great one to save for next Easter. I wanted to do something fun and easy for the Teachers and came across Bunny Brew Mini Coffee Cup Easter Treat Holder on Sue Stampfield's blog for Stampin Up. NOW I love stamps but that is not one of my strong suits so I took her idea and created it with my Cricut machine.



What you need:

White Coffee Cup (Target 6pk $3.99)
White Coffee Lid (same pack)
White Card Stock
Pink Card Stock
Cotton Ball
Blush
Pink ribbon
Black Sharpie
Glue
Hot Glue

You can use Oval cutters or punches to do this.  I'm on the let's make this quick so I used my Cricut.  I used my George and Basic Shape Cartridge that came with my machine. I swear I use this cartridge for almost every project.

With your white card stock cut 2 large ovals (I used the skinny oval option - 4") for bunny ears. 2 medium ovals (I used the fat oval option - 2") for the feet.  I also cut a tag out (it even cuts out a dot for you to put the ribbon through). 

With your pink card stock cut a small heart (I used the skinny heart option - 1") for the nose. 2 medium ovals (I used the skinny oval option - 2") for the inside of ears. For the dots on the feet I couldn't get a circle small enough so I printed a B (4") and used the bottom dot of the B for the dots :).

I attached the heart for the nose.  Then using a sharpie I made a mouth and eyes.  NOW her's were perfect and amazing mine had a little character .. lol.  I wrote Hoppy Easter in the card tag.

I glued the pink on the white for the ear, then added the pink on the oval for the feet.  I then glued the ears (the back outside top of the lid) and feet on to the cup. I took my hot glue to glue a cotton ball on for the tail. I made a bow and hot glued it to the top lid.

I took some blush and a cotton ball to add the cheeks. I then took a hole punch to a Starbucks gift card made a hole and a then made a hole in the top side of the cup. I then attached to my tag and gift card with a ribbon to the cup. Put the lid on and done!


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Madness ... Basketball Oreo Cookie Cupcakes

Cole played basketball at the YMCA and we just wrapped their season. We had an award ceremony with a potluck meal. I thought it would be fun to bring cupcakes for the kids.   I saw these Basketball Oreo Cookies on The Domestic Rebel. I knew they would look perfect on top of a cupcake!  I love serving cupcakes in a clear cup that is wrapped in a clear bag with ribbon. It's perfect for parties so people can take them home away with them.



What you Need:
Frosted Cupcakes
Oreo's
Orange Candy Melts
Chocolate Chips
Plastic Cup (Optional)
Clear Plastic Bag (Optional)
Ribbon (Optional)

Bake and frost your cupcakes.  Melt your orange candy melts, I put mine in my glass pampered chef bowl and place in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. I stir the melts to make them smooth then place an Oreo in the candy melts. Using my slotted spoon I take the Oreo covered on to some parchment paper to dry.  Once dry I melted some chocolate chips in a pipping bag. I then pipped the lines to look like a basketball on top of the dipped Oreo.

You can serve this way or you can place on top of a frosted cupcake like I did. Now I like to serve cupcakes in a easy transportable way. I do this for a lot of parties so ppl can take cupcakes home. I place the done cupcake in a clear cup (12 pk dollar tree $1) then take a clear bag (25 pk dollar tree $1) and put the cup/cupcake into it.  I tie with a ribbon (Roll Dollar tree $1). BAM done!



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Peep S'Mores ... Easy Classroom Treat

Easter is just around the corner and I had big plans to get the treats for the class done in advance. I also had an idea to do one for Caden's class and one for Cole's class. WELL time has gotten the best of me and I'm done to the wire and having only one project to do!

I kept seeing Peep S'More's all over pinterest, so forgive me if I don't link the right person but I'll post the one that came up the most. Peep S'mores found on Confetti by Lexi. Since I needed to make like 45+ of these I needed a print out that had a lot on one page. I searched and searched but couldn't find the exact one. WELL I found some on Etsy but I didn't want to pay for a class gift on top of what I've bough already. My husband is already all over me for making treats for every holiday. So I found a great free printable on Craftibilities for Peep S'More's I copied her one square pasted into a word doc and made it the right size to have 6 per page. I added a text box and typed the boys name and put on top of the printable next to the From:. 

What You Need:
Peep's (12 Per Pack $1 Dollar Tree)
Graham Crackers
Hersey Bars (I used Crunch Bar's)
Plastic Bags (25 pk $1 Dollar Tree)
Ribbon ($1 Michael's)
White Card Stock Paper
Whole Punch
Scissors
Ink Jet Printer

Add one Peep to your plastic bag, add 2 graham cracker squares to the middle of the botto of your bag and then add a chocolate bar.  (I couldn't find Hersey bars, after 2 stores I resorted to Crunch Bars). Cut your tag out and add a whole with your whole punch. Tie up bag with a ribbon and add your tag to the bag. BAM your done!



Any Easter Treat Plans?

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pizza Buns ... Easy Meal

This weekend I found on Facebook a post from Twin Dragonfly Designs for pizza buns! I just knew the boys would love and I had everything I needed. I happened to have pizza dough in my freezer from a pizza and movie night at a friends house that was canceled but not before I had already made the dough. 


  • White bread dough (I made my own pizza dough using Recipe found on Deliacreates).
  • Tomato paste (not as runny as pizza sauce).
  • Sliced pepperoni (I used Turkey Pepperoni)
  • Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I had low fat cheddar I used)
Roll out your dough, top with the tomato paste (I agree pizza sauce would be too runny). If you want a little extra spice add some Italian seasoning. Top with sliced pepperoni and cheese. Roll up like a jelly roll and then slice into 1" sections. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 35 for 20-25 minutes.

ALEXIS NOTES: I used a whole wheat flour for my dough, turkey pepperoni and low fat cheddar cheese.  I tried to cut out some calories where I could.


VERY yummy and perfect for snacks and dinner!

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