Wednesday, January 21, 2015

He was a Fisherman of Men

I substitute teach elementary Religion classes. Today I taught 5th grade and the lesson was according to Mark - He was a Fisherman of Men. So I made some little treat bags for the kids.

Each cellophane bag had a package of Pepperidge Farm  Goldfish, a KitKat bar, Smarties and a Tootsie Pop.

Then I folded a piece of scrapbook paper and stapled it over the cellophane bag and added a label - "He was a Fisherman of Men" The kids really liked their treat.  I really like the 5th graders they are so smart and such good readers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

I made 50 of these little sleds for Meals on Wheels. They can put them on a coffee table, mantle or end table as a little decoration. When I started making these the weather was rainy and really cold. Now we are experiencing warm weather.  January, go figure! They were really easy to make - just many steps!

These sleds would look adorable tied onto Christmas packages.


colored popsicle sticks

wooden popsicle sticks

half size wooden popsicle sticks

metallic silver paint

paint brush

glue gun, glue

silver cord, twine or ribbon

winter themed stickers

cellophane bags


Buy the colored popsicle sticks - then you don't have to paint them!

 Layout the colored popsicle sticks in a sled pattern.

Use  a very small amount of hot glue between each popsicle stick. 

Paint the wooden popsicle sticks and half size popsicle sticks in the metallic silver paint on both sides.

Hot glue the half size silver painted sticks near the top and bottom of the sleigh. Then hot glue the blades on and let set.

The last step includes adding a coordinating sticker and glueing a piece of twine or cord to make a loop.

I made these sleds in every color and I was thinking how cute they will look on my tree next year. 

I was originally thinking about cutting some mitten shapes out of polka dot and striped scrapbook paper and Modge Podging the mittens to the sled. Maybe I will make the mittens when I make these again in December!

So I ended using some snowflake and snowman stickers to decorate the sleds.

I started lightly sanding some sleds to give them a distressed look.

I think the red sleds are my favorite. 

Even though Christmas is over I still enjoy making ornaments! I hope that the Meals on Wheels recipients enjoy these little sleds.

This would be a good project for classroom or craft group.

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Resolutions

I can't believe I forgot to post my 2015 Resolutions! I like to look back on them throughout the year and by posting them on my blog I somehow feel more accountable.

A bad habit I'm going to break:

Starting and not finishing projects

A destination I'd like to visit:

Napa and Sonoma

I'm going to work harder at:

Exercising everyday

A project I'd like to finish:

My screenplay

A class I'd like to take:

Cooking and baking classes

I'd like to spend more time:

Reading and writing

A food I want to eat more of:

Drink more water and eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies

I want to wear more:

Dresses - I need to break my jean habit

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sweet Scrapbook Paper Doves

Yesterday I gave the lesson on the Baptism of the Lord and I made some little Doves for the kids in the class out of scrapbook paper.

Despite the fact that I do not scrapbook - I have a ton of scrapbook paper. I use the scrapbook paper to make gift tags and my tin can vases. 

When he had been baptized,  Jesus came up immediately from the water, and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove alighting upon Him.

                                                         Matthew 3:16

The class I substituted for yesterday was 5th grade - so they were really smart and we discussed the symbol of the Dove in the Bible and the they also knew that Doves were also a universal symbol of peace.

After I cut out the Doves, I glue sticked on the wing and added a rhinestone sticker for the eye.

Then I Modge Podged The Doves onto a thick piece of paper. Once the Modge Podge dried - I cut out the Doves.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Heart Lollipops Made with Candy Canes

Every so often I get called to substitute teach an afternoon Religion class. I almost always bring a little bribe for good behavior. Yesterday I bought some mini candy canes at Target. I bought the fruity primary colored candy canes and some red and white candy canes to use for Valentine's Day.

This box of 60 candy canes (which will make 30 lollipops) was on super sale at 70% off. So I think I paid sixty cents!


Box of mini candy canes

Parchment paper

Lollipop sticks

Small plastic bags

Coordinating ribbon


Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Lay a piece of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. Lay the candy canes in a heart formation with a lollipop stick.

Bake the candy cane lollipops for 3 to 5 minutes. Watch them carefully. Mine took 4 minutes. Take them out of the oven and squeeze the lollipop stick and top of heart - so that the stick is firmly in place.

It will take the lollipops a few minutes to set - then they can be packed into the little bags and tied with a ribbon. 

This would be a fun birthday party favor! I used to make the Valentine ones for the classroom and sports teams. I also like to pass them out to neighbors.

Get your mini candy canes on sale this week! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mini Hot Chocolate Cookies

I saw these cute little Hot Chocolate cookies on and I knew that I had to make them. I added a little heart sprinkle to each cookies. But a little Christmas tree or flower sprinkle would also look really cute. I simply used some melted white chocolate I used to adhere the heart sprinkle to the front of the cookie cup.

I used a homemade sugar cookie recipe to make the cookie cups but the recipe link suggested using the Pillsbury Sugar cookie dough.


1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 mini pretzels

1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bites

1/2 cup white chocolate


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with a non-stick cooking spray.

Roll the sugar cookie dough into 24 1' balls and press them into the mini muffin tin.

Bake for 11 to 14 minutes.  Press the middle of the cups down again after a few minutes. The let them cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.

Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil - stir in the hot cocoa mix. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth.

I put the cookie cups on a large piece of foil. Then spoon the ganache into each cookie cup and sprinkle with the Mallow Bits.

Break the pretzel into little handles. Melt the white chocolate and use it to glue the pretzel handles onto the cookie cup.

Then gently place the cookie cups onto a serving tray.

Should you eat this cookie with your pinky out?

I have made this recipe twice!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's All About The Bling

I found these blinged out rhinestone lollipop sticks at Hobby Lobby and they elevate my simple Rice Crispy Treats to a whole new level! My Rice Crispy treats are ready for the holidays!

I am going to go back up and pick up some more of these lollipop sticks and use them for some sort of Valentine's Day project! Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tennis Ball Christmas Tree ornaments

Tomorrow is our tennis team is having a holiday round robin and lunch. Fingers crossed - no rain and that the courts dry enough so that we can play. I made everyone a tennis ball Christmas ornament. But you could make these ornaments into almost any sport I could easily make them into baseballs, basketballs or soccer balls.

I was really looking forward to playing tennis today but the ladies that went to the club before me said that the courts had huge puddles. So our match against San Clemente was cancelled.

Supply list:

wooden round and heart shaped pieces


large sponge brush

fine paint brush 


paper clip

hot glue gun/glue



vinyl letters/sticker

Modge Podge

coordinating ribbon

I bought these wooden pieces at Michael's  I think they were something like .29  each.

On top of pieces of recycled cardboard - I painted the front and back of each wooden piece in yellow.

With a fine tipped paint brush I painted a white squiggle line.

On the back of each ornament I hot glue gunned a paper clip.

On the back of each ornament I Modge Podged a label with the club and team name.

On the front of each ornament I Modge Podged some vinyl letters and tied a ribbon onto the paper clip.

Here is picture of an ornament on my tree!

I think these ornaments came out really cute and they have that imperfect homemade look!

I made both heart and round shaped tennis balls!

Merry Christmas! I hope that between chauffeuring my son to basketball tournaments, games and practiced that I can still play a little tennis.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Handmade Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments

One of our family's favorite Christmas movies is "A Charlie Brown Christmas." It is also the soundtrack that we listen to when we decorate the tree and open presents on Christmas morning.

 One year we took our kids to Knott's Berry Farm when they were very young. Before we left we took the kids into the giant gift shop and told them that they could pick out a treat. Our son picked out the Charlie Brown t-shirt and wore it until it was threadbare. At one point he refused to wear shoes - but I took him to Nordstrom and showed him the shoes that Charlie Brown wore and sure enough he wore his Charlie Brown shoes with his Charlie Brown shirt.

So I was looking on Pinterest one day and saw these adorable Charlie Brown ornaments on I fell in love with her felt ornaments and decided to make my own. The only problem was that she hand embroidered the faces but used a sewing machine for everything else. I do not have a sewing machine. So I hand sewed my entire project. I followed the A Little Gray's tutorial and improvised. I could have asked one of my friends if I could come over and use their sewing machine. Actually I think I only have one friend with a sewing machine (FYI it is Julie!). But I get frustrated with the needle and the bobbin and the curved lines of the faces would probably send me over the edge. If you want to learn how to make these ornaments - click on the above link. She even has the pattern you can download.

Just cutting out all of the pieces was a long process.

However,  I had a wonderful and relaxing time sewing these little ornaments. I worked on them for one entire rainy day (no tennis match) so I crafted all day! Plus I don't like to drive in the rain unless absolutely  necessary.

I went a little overboard and made a few extra sets to give away.

I just love it when Linus tells Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas. Because I sometimes (no I always)  think that the true meaning of Christmas is lost when everyone is shopping and running around. Instead we should have quiet time everyday to pray and reflect.

Hockey Stick! My little Charlie Brown is now 15 and 6 feet tall. He towers over his older sister. Where did the time go?

Hark the Harold Angels sing! Glory to the newborn King!