Thursday, January 24, 2013

Picture Books for a Cold Snowy Day

It has been freezing here almost all month long. When I say freezing I mean 10 degrees and below almost every day.  I am so done with January. We have been spending most of our time indoors so I thought I would share some of our favorite cold weather picture books. These are not about Christmas which is a little harder to find.

Sneezy the Snowman We love this book. Cute ryming book with fun colorful pictures. Be careful with this one, you may be asked to read it about five times a day.

Red Sled This book is mostly pictures with a very few words but the illustrations tell a wonderful story about what happens during the night with a little red sled.

A Very Special Snowflake Short book about losing a white puppy in a snowstorm. Addie loves pointing out the dog in every picture.

The Snowy Day Classic snowy day book. This book gets Addie so excited to go out and play in the snow. Even when it is FREEZING

What are some of your favorite books?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I'm back.  I've had a hard time getting into the real world after such a wonderful Christmas break. We spent a lot of time with family and friends, and even more time as just a little family of four. It was wonderful.

I've been living in a hole reading a lot of LDS romances, doing puzzles  and watching movies.

Now the christmas decorations are finally put away and my house is looking empty. Perfect time for a fresh new year and a fresh start.

I'll have some new posts up soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

This is a seriously good cake. I saw the picture of this cake on pinterest and pinned it right away but didn't think about it again until we were invited to a party and asked to bring a dessert. I knew this was the dessert I wanted to try and I was so happy to find out how easy it is.

This is the perfect cake to make for a holiday party or anytime.  Reed and I would have been happy to finish off the entire pan ourselves after putting the girls to bed.

In the original recipe she used these ANDES Peppermint Chips, which I saw at Walmart at the beginning of the Christmas season but I couldn't find any last week when I made the cake. I used this Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bar that I found at Walmart in the holiday baking section. The original recipe also mixed in some of the candy into the pudding. I left this step out but I'm sure it would be good that way.

Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
All Ingredients to make Cake Mix (Oil, Eggs, Water)
4 oz Package Chocolate Instant Pudding
2 C. Cold Milk
1/4 t. Peppermint Extract
1 Cups Andes Peppermint Chips or Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bar Chopped
8 oz Container Cool Whip, Thawed

1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions in a 9 x 13 pan.
2. When the cake comes out of the oven use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.
3. Mix the pudding, milk and peppermint Extract for two minutes and then pour the pudding all over the cake while it's still warm.
4. Put in the fridge and chill until completely cooled.
5. Frost with the Cool Whip and then sprinkle on the Candy.
5. Leave in the fridge until ready to eat.
6. Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from I Wash You Dry.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Strawberry Santas

These are my new favorite Christmas treat.  Addie and I made them for a little party and they were so much fun to make and eat. We ended up making them again the next day just for us.  

Fist you cut off the top of the strawberry so they can sit flat. Then you cut off a little bit of the point to create the hat. Squeeze a dollop of whipped cream on the strawberry for a face. I put the whipped cream in a ziploc bag and squeezed it onto the strawberry but you could just use a spoon. Then decorate with sprinkles. I used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red sprinkles for the nose. 

First seen on Leanne Bakes. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Easy Christmas Treats


Remember when I posted about these Pretzel, Reese and M&M bites? They happen to be a perfect little Christmas gift. One that I would eat up in about two seconds. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homemade Gift Bow

This is a repost from a post I did about 2 years ago. I still wrap all of my presents this way so I wanted to post this again with better pictures. 

Have you been wrapping all your gifts? I've started and I'm about half way done, now I just have to wait for the rest of them to arrive. My favorite tip about wrapping presents is making your own bow for the top. My mom has made these bows for as long as I can remember and her mom before that. It is one of those things I just kind of thought everyone did, until people started asking me how to make them. So here is the easy bow tutorial.

 Wrap your box.

       Find a scrap of wrapping paper.  I usually just cut off a rectangle and fold it in half.

Now just start cutting strips, you can make them as wide or as thin as you want. Making them thicker or thinner will change the look of the finished bow. I usually cut them about 1/2 inch wide.

When all of your strips are cut, open the scissors up and glide the paper across the blade. I always start in the middle and go in opposite directions. As you glide the paper it should curl the paper. You may have done this with ribbon, its the same thing. Don't push to hard because you could rip the paper.

Now group all of the strips in the middle along the fold line. Secure with a peace of tape with the edges hanging over the paper to attach to the box.

Tada! You're done. Easy, beautiful, and inexpensive. Admire your cute festive bow then start on the next one. 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Easy Visiting Teaching or Friend Gift and a Download

I wanted to make an easy little gift for my visiting teachees. If you don't know what visiting teaching is it's basically assigned friends that you visit every month.  


In each bag I put a package of popcorn, a package of Extra gum, a little bottle of hand sanitizer, and a Christmas candle. 

Then I added a little tag that says:
"Popping by to wish you an Extra special Christmas. May it be clean and bright."

These could also be a cute little friend gift. 

If you want to download and print these gift tags just click here.  I just cut them out using my large circle punch and then glued them on some cute striped paper.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Faux Porcelain Reindeer

 I found these two Paper Machie reindeers at Michael's last week. I loved how big they were but wasn't crazy about the gold finish they had. They were 50% off so I decided to get them and see what they looked like painted white.

This is what they looked like when I brought them home from the store, very fancy with the gold finish.

And here they are after one coat of primer spray paint and two coats of glossy white. I love how they turned out! When I spray paint anything I hate it after the first coat and wonder if I've ruiend it.  The second coat starts to look better but by the third coat I'm usually in love. 

They look so elegant on top of my hutch and fill the space in nicely. 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dollar Store Berry Wreath

I wanted to make a large red berry wreath to put on my wall. I had heard that the dollar store had some cute berry branches, so I headed there today to get some. But when I got there they only had two green berry bunches left. I didn't know what I wanted to do with them yet but I snatched them up anyway before someone else could take them. 

Here is what I used to make the wreath. Everything for only four dollars. 

I pulled the berries off into bunches and broke up the silver plant.  Then I just started gluing them on.  Next time I use my glue gun someone needs to remind me it is a HOT glue guns.  Every time I use that dang gun I burn something. This time I burned three of my fingers. So be warned. 

This is where the finished wreath is going to go. I've wanted to find something to fill this space over my stove and I think this is the perfect fit!  

I taped the wreath onto the tile just to see how it will look and it fell off after about an hour. I'm thinking I'll just use one of those 3M hooks or sticky putty.  Anyone have any other ideas?

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Activity Game

I found these cute activity cards last year on Oopsey Dasiy. Addie loved playing with them last year and when she saw them last week in one of our Christmas tubs she got really excited to play with them again.

Last year I just printed off the cards and glued them on card stock for more stability. This year I laminated them using my favorite toy because some of the edges had bent.

We take turns picking out a card and then acting out the action. Addie really loves it when I start acting goofy. Grace has also had a lot of fun doing this game. She doesn't understand what's going on but she tries to imitate us.


Click Here to download your own copy of the cards.


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