Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Plastic Ware Keeper

We bought some of these.....

for part of a gift basket we put together last week. I was left with the sweet little bottle carrier. I had to put it to good use, of course.

I cut a sturdy piece of cardboard to place in the bottom to add stability. I slid it into the bottom and secured with hot glue. Also, held in place with hot glue are the bottoms of plastic cups in the four corners of the drink carrier. I cut down four plastic cups to about an inch tall. That way the plastic forks and such will stay in their little compartment. I left the middle open for napkins.

Ta daaaaa

We are campers. Cheating campers, since we have a travel trailer with a full bathroom! The plastic ware keeper is a perfect fit for the trailer and camping trips.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wintery Decoration

The Christmas decorations had to come down. I was very tired of those. Not quite ready to let go of the lights and snowflakes though.

So I went on a little branch hunt in the back yard.

Spray painted them with silver paint.

Stuck on some snowflakes that I bought at Target for a dollar.

Those are my battery operated lights with the built in timer that I love so much.

It's a cold, misty, grey, gloomy day here today.
Winter for certain.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Monkey Bread

Sooo easy and everyone loves it.

3 packages refrigerated biscuit dough
3/4 cup white sugar
3 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together sugar and cinnamon
3. Quarter the biscuits with kitchen sheers or a pizza cutter. Dip each piece in the sugar/cinnamon mix. Place in greased bundt pan.
4. Pour melted butter and left over sugar/cinnamon mixture over the biscuits.
5. Bake for 35 minutes.


1. I added pecans to one half of the pan.
2. Some folks like to add an extra 3/4 cup sugar to the butter. I just eyeball it, add more if needed. I don't like it terribly sweet.
3. I use buttermilk biscuits.

Yummmmmmm
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Chalk Holder

This is part of a very short hallway between our garage door entry and laundry room door.

1. There is the table that I love, made from a sewing machine base from Grandma's basement and a top that my brother made from cedar he milled with his own two hands.
2. Another chalk board that I made from a Good Will piece of art using these steps. Pardon the current art.
3. Some other random objects including a photo of little one.

What I'm proud of is this......

Yeah, that is a drawer pull placed upside down to be used as a chalk holder. I don't know if anyone will find it as exciting as I do but I love it. I did see it done somewhere, but of course, can't recall where. I marched myself to Lowe's and bought a 3 dollar drawer pull today. When I got home I glued it on with old fashioned super glue.



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Marker Caddy

We were all packed the car on a little trip last Sunday. We happened to acquire this drink holder.

My wheels went to turning.

I hot glued all the seams on the bottom for added strength. It would easily fold up otherwise.

Hot glued in some disposable cups by adding a good ring of glue around the bottom of each cup.
Painted the sides with chalk board paint. My favorite.
This drink carrier happened to not have any markings at all so I could have left it alone. Everything is better with a little chalk board paint though!

Filled with the boy's markers, pencils, and twist up crayons.

It won't hold them all since they have a tub full but it will make for one trip to the table to draw and color up a storm. It won't last for ever, for now it's useful and cute.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Glitter Ornaments

These were so fun it's a good thing I ran out of glitter.

You will need:
Floor wax
Fine glitter
Clear glass ornaments
I totally copy catted this from Greenbean's Crafterole!

Who would have thunk it.

1. Squirt some wax into your ornament and swish it around, coating the entire inside.
2. Dump out the wax and let the excess drain out by letting them stand upside down. I gave it just a few minutes.
3. Dump in some glitter, using a funnel if needed. Swish the glitter around coating the entire inside of the ornament.

This is my favorite one. I happened to have everything I needed on hand so I used whatever glitter I had. Next time, red and white swirled glitter will look so fab!

I let them dry overnight.

Here I let the kids put their hand prints on and turn their prints into snowmen. This idea is all over blog land.

Little snowmen with big eyes.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Pretzels & Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is the only way to go in my opinion.

We made some of these crazy easy treats today. Big girl came up with this a couple of years ago. I'm sure she saw it somewhere. She does them in the microwave but you can do many more at a time in the oven.

Pretzels.

Dark chocolate kisses.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
Top pretzels with kisses.
Warm your pretzels and kisses for about 4 minutes in the oven. They will look shiny.
Smoosh another pretzel on top of the melty kiss.
Place in the fridge to cool off and then slide right off the parchment paper.

Eat a few. Give the rest away.

The last batch I pulled out of the oven about half way through and placed a baby marshmallow. Returned to the oven for the remainder of the time. Then smooshed on the top pretzel. How much better can it get than pretzel + dark chocolate + marshmallow?!

On a side note....
I attended two holiday parties today. One for a preschooler for which I am the elected room mom. The other for my first grader. I just want to let you know that if you are a teacher, I love you. I really really do. Thank goodness you have taken on the task of teaching our children. There is no way I could handle it.
I love you!

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