Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fruit Skewers For After the Tennis Match

I made two trays of fruit skewers for after the tennis match on Thursday.

The trays were garnished with a few sprigs of mint.

Quick tip - if you don't have time to cut a pineapple, watermelon and cantaloupe into cubes buy the precut fruit in the produce section. I know it is more expensive but often the convenience is worth it!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Substitute teaching 1st Grade Religion Class This Week

Jesus said come follow me and I will make you fishermen of men Luke 5:1-11.

This is first grade so to reiterate the lesson I made the kids these little graham cracker treats. These were super simple to make! I just spread 3/4 of the graham cracker with blue tinted melted white chocolate. While the chocolate was wet I sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of the graham cracker and added the goldfish with little sprinkle balls.

The kids loved the graham cracker treats. I used cinnamon graham crackers which made them so sweet. 

We also learned about St. Blaise because the feast day of St. Blaise was February 3rd.  To reiterate the lesson of St. Blaise I made the kids some candle cookies. We watched a short movie about the life of St. Blaise and since he is the patron Saint of throat disorders Monsignor John came by the classroom and blessed the children's throats. It was adorable.

I simply cut a small marshmallow on the diagonal. Press the sticky portion of the marshmallow into sprinkles and using melted white chocolate adhere the marshmallow to Pirouette cookie. Adding a few white chocolate candle type drippings. They dried on a piece of wax paper.

Once the chocolate is dry they can be packaged into pretzel bags. The kids loved taking home a little reminder treat of St. Blaise.

This week we also started learning a little bit about Lent. Ash Wednesday is next week on February 10th. It is so early this year. 

God Bless all of these darling first graders.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mini Chicken Tarts for After the Tennis Match

I was unsure if we were going to have a tennis match yesterday morning. But we played - it was super windy. I organize the after team lunches for the Captain of the team. I said that I would bring mini chicken tarts. However, it was raining and super windy - so I decided to use my Whole Foods frozen phyllo cups and ran to Trader Joes before the match and bought some chicken salad.

I stock up on these mini shells. They are in the Frozen section at Whole Foods. They are so handy to have in your freezer. 

I picked up three different kinds of chicken salad at Trade Joes.

The curry chicken salad is garnished with rosemary, the wine country chicken salad is garnished with a pecan and the standard chicken salad is garnished with two chives. This took me about 10 minutes to make 36 mini tarts! 

It was super cold and windy during our tennis match! I am subbing for a team on Thursday and have a rain makeup on Friday - I have checked the weather and it should be a lot nicer toward the end of the week!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine Lollipops Made from Candy Canes

I make these Valentine lollipops every year! I buy mini candy canes on sale after Christmas knowing that I am going to make my Valentine lollipops!

Simply preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.  Layout the candy canes into a heart shape.

I baked these candy canes for 5 minutes.  Bake until they are pliable. Depending on the brand of candy canes they might need an extra minute. Once the candy canes come out of the oven - quickly twist a lollipop stick into the bottom of the heart.

Once the lollipops have hardened - they can be packaged into little plastic bags and tied with a ribbon. I found the red lollipop sticks at Hobby Lobby. 

These look really cute presented standing up in a vase! Remember to buy the mini candy canes on sale after Christmas!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Valentine m&m Tubes

I started making some Valentine m&m tubes for after the tennis match tomorrow. It is raining on and off today so I am unsure if we are going to play tomorrow. But if I am not prepared I will hate myself in the morning.

I used Valentine m&m's and I separated them so that I could layer them into narrow cellophane bags.

Then I simply layered the m&m's and added a Valentine sticker at the top!

This is an easy party favor and they look really cute standing in a small vase.

I hope we get to play tennis tomorrow morning.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentine Treat for Meals on Wheels

I found this fun idea on and Dandee gives the printable for free.

I bought the magnifying glasses at Party City.

I printed out the white pice of paper ( from Dandee) and used a glue stick to ahere it to different colors of card stock.

I used tape to adhere the magnifying glass to the Valentine!

I packeged these little Valentines in cellophane bags and they are ready to be delivered. They are perfect for Meals on Wheels because I am not susposed to give them food treats because so many of them are on special diets. I think a little magnifying glass is cute and could also be useful!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

St. Timothy Cookies

This week when I substitute taught 1st grade religion class one of the lessons we were susposed to teach was about St. Timothy. The feast day of St. Timothy is January 26th. So I made the kids some St. Timothy cookies. St. Timothy is the name of our church. That is why the lessons plans for this week included learning about the life of St. Timothy. The children also got a St. Timothy prayer card.

I just made some sugar cookies and cut them out with a round cookie cutter. St. Timothy had a beard - so I piped on some hair and a beard. Onece that was dry I added the eyes, mouth and nose.

The kids loved them! And while they were eating the cookies they learned a little bit about St. Timothy.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

St. Tmothy Candy Bars

This week I am going to substitute teach 1st grade religion class at St. Timothy. Since the feast day of St. Timothy is on January 26th - we are susposed to teach a little lesson on St. Timothy. 

Since I am teaching 1st grade I decided to make the kids some St. Timothy candy bars - so that they can actually see what St. Timothy looks like and have a little treat to take home. 

These are so simple to make - they can be made for the feast day of a Patron Saint, a baptism or first communion.


Hershey bars

Wrapping paper in coordinating color



Picture of Saint 

Heavy scrapbook paper in coordinating color

Scalloped punch


Wrap the Hershey bars in wrapping paper that coordinates with your saint picture.

I used the standard sized Hershey bars - but in the past I have used the snack sized. I guess it depends on the size of the saint picture.

The first step is to wrap each of the candy bars. I like to wrap them with the ends showing. 

For this project I used silver wrapping paper. 

I cut out my St. Timothy pictures and using double stick tape adhered them to a silver piece of heavy scrapbook paper that was punched into a scallop shape.

Then using double stick tape simply adhere the scalloped shape to the middle of the candy bar.

I think the kids are going to like these little candy treats!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I have a confession to make - I really don't like broccoli. They only way that I like broccoli is in soup.  Actually only in soup with cheese! And sprinkled with bacon.

This soup is so yummy even the broccoli haters in your family will love it!


1/4 cup butter

3/4 cup yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup flour

3 cups vegetable stock

1 cup of milk (I used 2%)

1 cup half and half

4 cups of chopped broccoli

2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated

garnish ideas:


shredded cheddar cheese

crumbled bacon

finely chopped broccoli


In a large soup pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until they soften about 3 or 4 minutes. Add garlic and stir for a minute.

Add the flour a little at a time to the onion mixture. Continue stirring until the flour "lumps" are smooth.

Whisk in the vegetable stock. Next stir in the milk and half and half. Increase heat and bring the mixture to simmer.

Reduce the heat and add the broccoli. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

While the soup is simmering I usually fry a few strips of bacon. And finely chop a few broccoli florets. Crumble the bacon and set aside. I like to make an extra piece of bacon for the chef (me).

Once the soup has simmered for 20 minutes and broccoli is tender remove the pot from the heat.

The soup can be put into a blender for a creamy texture. I was lazy and used an immersion blender and it worked perfectly. All of the broccoli was perfectly pureed and creamy.

Put the pot back onto the stove over a low heat and add the shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Oh melted cheese I love you!

Ladle the soup into bowls and add garnishes. Yum! Perfect on a rainy day.

I didn't have croutons so I added some oyster crackers.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Resolutions 2016

A bad habit I'm going to break: slouching

A new skill I'd like to learn: knitting and golf

A person I hope to be more like: Audrey Hepburn

A good deed I'm going to do: I try to do good deeds everyday

A place I'd like to visit: Wimbledon

A book I'd like to read: The Bible

A letter I'm going to write: Thank you notes

A new food I'd like to try: brussel sprouts

I'm going to do better at: lowering my perfectionist tendencies

Monday, December 21, 2015

Music Balls - Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Ornaments

I Modge Podged some craft balls with music paper.  I love Christmas music! So I always make a music themed ornament.

Using some music themed scrapbook paper or wrapping paper - cut them into small pieces and narrow strips.

I simply started Modge Podging the little music strips onto these craft balls with a foam brush. I am now officially out of Modge Podge.

While the Modge Podge was drying - I hung them onto a chandlier. 

In the little brown patches - I went back with some Tacky glue and a few extra pieces of music paper. It would also look nice to write the recipients name on the dried ornament with a black Sharpie pen.

My favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ugly Sweater Ornaments

I made some Ugly Sweater ornaments - Day 9 of the twelve days of ornaments. This project is taking me FOREVER! And I had my sweet friend Tina helping me with many of these ornaments.

This project is so simple to make. And the sweaters come out looking so fun!

Supply List:


Shirt template

Stickers, rhinestones,  small beads

Embroidery thread



Wire or Christmas tree hook


Cut out two shirts using the template. The shirt on top gets decorated with all sorts of rhinestones, pearls, beads and Christmas stickers.

Then the two pieces are sewn together using a whip stitch. At the top sew a Christmas tree hook or a small piece of wire twisted into a hanger shape.

The stickers adhere to the felt without any additional glue! 

There is no pattern - I just used  a lot of stickers from my craft cabinet. These would be darling party favors for an Ugly Sweater party or even make cute inviations to an Ugly Sweater Party.