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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cardboard Tube Monsters...

My husband always cringes when I decide to start saving toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.  And I can't say as though I blame him.  When I do, one corner of our office looks like an episode of hoarders.  And now I'm hoarding them even more because one brand of TP has gone tube-less and I've heard rumors that others are going to follow in their footsteps.  I don't blame them.  It is better for the environment, but where will crafters like me get their tube fix??;)

The girls and I made these the other day (Yes, I joined in the fun also) and they turned out super cute!  I showed the girls a picture of what we were making and let their imaginations take charge!

All you need are TP rolls...or paper towel rolls, cut in half..or you could leave them full size if you want a giant monster and any and all craft supplies you want to add to your monster.  As you can see in the pic below, I just pulled a bunch of stuff out of the craft closet and the girls went to town!!

Mel and B decided to wrap theirs in felt wrap that already had adhesive on the back.
 I used construction paper for mine, so I had to break out the hot glue gun.  Torture I know...I love my glue gun;).
Here is my creation.  I also used hot glue for the pipe cleaners because I couldn't get them to stay in place with regular glue.  As always, use caution when using a hot glue gun!

 B's...
 Mel's...
 (Jo didn't get to participate in this craft because I thought it was a little too advanced for her)

Spooky cuteness!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ghoul Pretzels...

Last week was Fall Break for us.  We had a whole week with nothing planned!  More on that later in another post...hopefully!  We managed to create several crafts and one of the things we made were these adorable ghoul pretzels from Family Fun magazine...

All you need are yogurt pretzels, candy melts in the color(s) of your choice and various sprinkles.

Begin by laying the pretzels on waxed paper...

 Melt the candy melts according to package directions.
 Once the melts are melted;)...spoon into a plastic bag.  Allow it to cool for a minute or two...or five.  Caution: It's pretty warm!  Cut a tiny slit in one corner of the plastic bag and add the melt to the top two holes of the pretzels, then add sprinkles.
 So easy and fun!
 How cute are these?  On some, the girls decided that they just wanted to add one eye;)


Ghoul Yogurt Pretzels...

Ingredients
  • Yogurt Pretzels
  • candy melts, various colors
  • sprinkles
Cooking Directions
  1. Arrange the yogurt pretzels on waxed paper.
  2. Melt candy melts according to package directions.
  3. Spoon candy in plastic bag and allow to cool for a few minutes. Cut a tiny slit in one corner of the bag.
  4. Add melt to the top two holes of the pretzels and add sprinkles. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy Corn Poke Cake...

Wow your little goblins this Halloween with this easy to make candy corn cake.  It only takes 5 ingredients and is so simple to make, but everyone will think you worked your tail off creating this masterpiece!  

Don't like candy corn?  No biggie!  It's just a basic white cake mix  with food coloring to make it look like candy corn and you can leave the candy off the top, or just let the non-candy corn lovers scrape them off the top like I did ;).

First, mix up your cake mix according to the package directions and divide your batter into three bowls...

 Next, add yellow food coloring to one bowl and red and yellow to another to make orange.  Leave one alone...
 Spread the yellow batter evenly into a 9x13 pan and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.  This will keep the colors from mixing and creating a tie-dye effect...
 After 20 minutes, remove the pan from the freezer and spread the orange batter evenly over the yellow layer.  Return to the freezer for an additional 20 minutes...
 Last, add the plain batter...
 Let it sit on top of the preheating oven for about 30 minutes.  (I have a built-in oven, so I just placed it on the counter top for about 30 minutes and it was fine).

Bake according to package directions.  When it is finished baking, poke holes in the warm cake with a wooden spoon and pour the sweetened condensed milk in all the holes.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours...
Combine sugar, cream cheese, and cool whip and spread evenly over cake and add candy corn to the top, if desired!





Candy Corn Poke Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 Box of white cake mix
  • food coloring
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • candy corn
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix cake batter according to directions. Then divide the batter into 3 equal parts. Color one yellow, one orange and leave one alone. Make the colors as bright as you like!
  2. Spread the yellow layer evenly in a greased 9x13 pan. Place pan in freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from freezer and spread orange layer evenly over yellow. Return pan to freezer for an additional 20 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from freezer and spread the white layer evenly over orange layer.
  5. Leave pan on top of preheating oven for about 30 minutes (or counter top).
  6. Bake according to package directions.
  7. Poke holes in warm cake with wooden spoon. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over cake, filling each hole.
  8. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  9. Mix cool whip, cream cheese, and sugar together. Spread evenly over cake.
  10. Top with candy corn, optional.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Craft Time: Paper Plate Pumpkins...


 Jo is finally to the age where she can sometimes participate in Craft Time, but now it starts to get tricky.  You see, when I find a craft that Jo is able to do, which usually involves something to enhance her hand eye coordination, it's usually not in B's age group.  B hasn't said anything, because she's too sweet, thank goodness, but I can tell she gets a little bored with some of the crafts.  We still do some "big people" crafts while Jo is napping so that helps!

This was a Jo craft, but the girls used their imagination to create their pumpkin faces which helped.
First they painted small paper plates orange.  Can you tell we go through a lot of orange paint this time of year?
 Once the paint was dry, they painted their faces however they wanted.
 Just look at how happy Jo is to finally be making crafts with her big sisters!
 I pre-cut Jo's face out of black construction paper so all she had to do was place the cut outs on top of the dot of glue.  The older girls painted their faces.  Once the paint was dry, we added a stem out of glue construction paper and glued it to the back.

Mel made a tiger..
You can see we have quite the array of faces on our pumpkins.  Can you tell which one is Jo's?



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Craft Time: Footprint Ghost Canvas...

If you've been following along with this little blog of mine for some time then I probably sound like a broken record to you when I say that whenever I see a craft that involves hand prints or footprints, I swoon.  I think of it as a moment frozen forever in time.  Kind of like a photograph.  I can always look back and remember how small their hands or feet used to be.  So, when I saw this craft, I immediately knew I wanted to make it...
 It was fairly easy to make.  The hardest part was the footprints because the girls wanted to drag their feet when they took them off the canvas.  Once again, I enlisted Brad's help with that part!  He loved every minute of it;)  Thanks, Bradley!!!

First I painted an 11x14 canvas orange.  You can use whatever color you like!

Allow the paint to dry, then paint the bottom of the kids' feet with white paint.  I preferred to paint them rather than having them dip it into the paint so that the paint wasn't "gloppy" on the canvas.  Once the footprints are dry, then add eyes and a nose.  I used a small paintbrush for this step.  

At this point, I thought I was finished with the canvas, but I thought the background looked kind of blah, so I added some black dots with a circular sponge brush that I found in the craft department at Wal-Mart.  Every once in a while I would have one of the dots run off the side to add some more dimension.  Then I added the year on the bottom right corner because, while I would like to think I will remember the year we did this, let's be honest...I won't!:)

Now, I have something to hang on my wall for Halloweens to come and I will always remember how small the girls were.  This canvas came in a two pack and I'm already making plans for a Christmas canvas! Christmas is only two weeks away, ya know!  Not that I'm counting or anything:)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesdays...

I love my days spent at home with just her.
 Even on days when she refuses to wear pants.
 And insists on having candy corn and a hot dog for breakfast.



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Craft Time...Pumpkin Shovel...

 First, a little reminder: If you haven't entered my Gooseberry Patch Cookbook giveaway, you still have a little bit of time to enter!  Giveaway ends on Friday.  Click the link above to enter.  Go ahead...I'll wait!



On my list of fall crafts to complete, I have several crafts that aren't kid's crafts.  I've decided that I want to start making some crafts to enjoy myself.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching my girls be creative and decorating with their creations brightens our home, but sometimes it's nice to do something for myself...besides shopping.:)

I was at a store last year and saw a shovel with a pumpkin face torched in it.  My first thought was, "Oh!  I want that!"  But then, after I looked at the price, I thought, "Brad could make that!"  So I took a picture and texted it to him (isn't modern technology great...sometimes) and asked if he could make it for me.  He said yes as if I had any doubt that he could;)

My MIL even had a shovel lying around that she was willing to give me and it was painted black.  The shovels at the store were rusty, which was fine, but I thought I would like the look of it painted black.
Now, I will tell you, you have to use a torch to cut through the metal of the shovel.  If you don't have one, find a friend that does!

The first thing I did was draw the face on the shovel with a piece of welding chalk.  I'm sure regular chalk would work just as well,but my husband handed me the welding chalk and I didn't ask any questions because he knows more about metal than I do:)
 Then Brad went to work cutting with the torch.  I thought this step looked pretty easy and that I probably could have handled it, but then I remembered I'm pretty accident prone and I probably would have just set myself on fire!
Next, he sanded it down because the torch makes some rough edges...
 Then I spray painted the shovel black to cover up where the torch had burnt the paint...

After the paint dried, I added a canvas bow and set it outside for display...



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