Thursday, October 23, 2014

French Themed Wrapping Paper

I often use this pink themed French wrapping paper to wrap birthday gifts.  Today I used three types of ribbon. A black sheer, black grosgrain a thin silver ribbon. And added a big pearl in the middle of the ribbon.

I wrapped some candy bars in the same wrapping paper and added a big pearl. 

Opening a beautifully wrapped gift is a lot of fun!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini Pasta Salad jars for After the Tennis Match

Today I made some little pasta salad jars for after the tennis match. I bought some little 4-ounce jars at Target. I filled them with some homemade pasta salad. Every time I make pasta salad I change the recipe a little.

With this pasta salad I added some sliced olives, chopped cucumber and some chopped grape tomatoes.

Once the jars were filled I added the lids and decorated the lids with some yellow scrapbook paper.

This pasta salad is the perfect little snack along with a sandwich for an after the match lunch. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hair Ties for the Tennis team

I made some hair ties for the ladies on my tennis team. It just takes a few minutes to make these hair ties. They can be made for any sports team. The colors of our tennis team uniforms are black and berry. So far we have played three teams with the exact same colors. 

First you will need to find some 5/8" fold over elastic. This is usually near the velcro at fabric store. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

For this project your will need:

5/8" fold over elastic 

Sharp scissors



To make these little hair ties  cut the elastic into 9-inch pieces. Then tie the ends with a small knot.

I just cut a piece white card stock to the size I needed. If you are adding three or four colors your card stock with need to be longer. I added a tennis ball sticker and wrote Good Luck! on the tag. But you could also make these for party favors or Halloween treats in orange and black. 

I hope that our tennis team has a good match this week!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Candy Bars

My son made the high school basketball team! Thus, the fundraising starts! All of the boys on the basketball team had to sell 120 candy bars. Fortunately they were only a dollar each. We sold them to his Grandparents, an Aunt and two Uncles.  Last night when I paid his math tutor I also gave her two candy bars!

I was also asked to substitute  teach a 5th grade Religion class. And whenever I substitute teach a Religion class I always bring a little treat (or bribe) for the kids.

In an effort to get rid of these candy bars I wrapped them in a polka dot Halloween scrapbook paper.

Because the candy bar is so narrow I was able to add a spider ring at the top of the candy bar. Plus I had extra spider rings left over from a Meals on Wheels project. The kids loved them and I was able to get rid of a bunch of candy bars! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Spooky Halloween Treats for Meals on Wheels

I made a second Halloween treat for Meals on Wheels. It is a spooky treat bag and has a spider ring and skull beaded bracelet.

The skull bracelets are on stretchy bands so anyone can get it easily on their wrist.

The spider rings look a little scary! I think the Meals on Wheels recipients will like this spooky treat.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Banana Bread Filled With Cream Cheese

The layer of cream cheese brings this Banana Bread recipe to the next level! I found this recipe on the Averie Cooks website ( I tweaked it a little) and she has some fantastic recipes.



1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup mashed ripe bananas 

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

Cream Cheese Filling

1 egg

4 ounces of brick style cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons flour


Set out the cream cheese to soften. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x5" loaf pan with a floured cooking spray.

In a large bowl add the egg, brown sugar, canola oil, sour cream, vanilla and whisk to combine.

Add the mashed bananas and stir to incorporate.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with a spatula and gently fold in with a spatula until the mixture is just combined.

Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Make the cream cheese filling by adding all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and use a hand mixer or an immersion blender to mix the filling.

Evenly pour the cream cheese filling over the layer of banana filling. Use a spatula to get the filling evenly over the banana bread. Top the filling with the rest of the banana batter. Smooth the top lightly with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. You will know when the bread is done - when the top is golden brown and domed up a little. The toothpick test isn't accurate because of the cream cheese layer.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Then turn the bread onto a wire rack to continue cooling then onto a cutting boat to slice.

I placed the loaf on a large serving platter! Perfect for breakfast or an after school snack.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Silly Halloween Treats for Meals on Wheels

I made some silly Halloween Treat bags for Meals on Wheels.

Each bag has a little Halloween pinball game.

And a little pumpkin Slinky.

And some little pumpkin yo-yo's.

And lastly a small bottle of pumpkin themed bubbles. 

Each goodie bag is tied with an orange ribbon and little tag made out of scrapbook paper. I hope that the Meals on Wheels recipients  like these little nostalgic Halloween novelties.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Food for After the Tennis Match

Last week I made some snacks for after the tennis match.

I made a big platter of pinwheel sandwiches with a small bowl of olives in the middle. A pinwheel or two is the perfect size snack for after a tennis match.

I also put a handful of chips into a sandwich bag with the fold over flap instead of the zipper top bag and tied it with a ribbon and placed them in a basket. This is a nice way to serve chips.

Perfect for after the tennis match or to serve during football or baseball games. We are excited that the Angels are in the play offs!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tennis Themed Granola Bars

I wrapped some scrapbook paper around some granola bars and added a little tennis ball tag for a good luck treat for the team.

For this project you will need:

Granola bars

Scrapbook paper (solid yellow and two patterns)

Circle cutter

Scalloped circle cutter


White Sharpie pen


I used some Kashi Granola Bars.

Using one of your patterned papers - cut a pattern to wrap around the granola bar.

Tape the scrapbook paper around the granola bar.

Cut out the yellow tennis ball circles and draw the white line with the Sharpie pen. Cut out a scalloped circle. Tape the tennis ball to the scalloped circle.

Simply tape the tennis ball tag to the granola bar. I always keep granola bars in my tennis bag. It is so easy to grab a quick bite on the change overs.

This is a cute treat to make for any sports team! Soccer, baseball, basketball, softball would all be cute to make with this project.

Granola bars come in so many fun flavors! I like the Kashi and Luna bars.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maraschino Cherry Bread

This time of the year I am usually making pumpkin or apple bread - but we are experiencing  an unbelievable heat wave in Southern California. And I felt like making something fresh and light. So instead I woke up early and made this Maraschino Cherry Bread.

I love Maraschino Cherries!


3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tablespoon salt

2 jars (10 ounces each) maraschino cherries


2  1/2cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice

1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 5" loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl stir together the sugar, milk, oil and egg. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Drain the maraschino cherries. reserve the juice to make the glaze and some Shirley Temples. Coarsely chop the cherries and gentley fold the cherries into the batter.

Pour the bread batter into the loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread should come out clean. Allow the bread to cool for at least a half hour and tuen it out on a wire rack.

Place some foil or wax paper under the wire rack. Combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, cherry juice and almond extract. Sttir until a thick glaze forms and spoon it over the Maraschino Cherry bread.

 Let the glaze set and then slice the bread.

This is a wonderful bread to serve as an after school snack with a big glass of milk or a Shirley Temple!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tennis Themed Lollipops - A Good Luck Treat for the Team

Today I made some tennis themed lollipops - a good luck treat for the team. I was going to make another treat like a homemade granola bar. But today was so hot - there was no way I could turn the oven on!

Fortunately - I had everything I needed to make tennis ball lollipops.

For this project you will need:

Yellow lollipops

Yellow scrapbook paper

Circle punch

White Sharpie pen

Green scrapbook paper

Scalloped circle punch

Double stick tape

I bought my yellow lollipops at Party City.

Then cut out yellow circles and green scalloped circles.

On the yellow circles - I used the white Sharpie pen and made the white line.

Using the double stick tape - tape the yellow tennis ball to the green scalloped circle.

Then tape the yellow tennis ball to the green scalloped circle. Now tape the circles to the lollipop.

This is such an easy project and I have made these lollipops to look like with both baseballs and basketballs.

These lollipops would also make cute place cards by writing the players name on the tennis ball for a tennis banquet or luncheon.