Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Madeleine Cookies


I have been watching the French Open although my two favorite players are not playing this year (Roger and Maria). However, in honor of the French Open I made some Madeleine cookies. I used Martha Stewarts recipe and they were surprisingly easy to make and I had all of the recipe items in my pantry and fridge.

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

14 cup butter, melted and cooled

confectioner's sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the pans with a baking spray.

Beat the eggs, salt and sugar in your stand mixer on low for approximately 8 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour and lastly add the cooled butter.


Fill each cavity with the batter and bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.


Pop the Madelines out of the molds.


Sift some confectioners sugar over the Madeleines. The perfect snack to eat while watching the French Open! Bon Appetit!






Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pipe Cleaner Teddy Bears for Meals on Wheels




I have been fascinated by all the things you can make with pipe cleaners ever since I made Kate's engagement ring out of a blue and silver pipe cleaners. I love these teddy bears - they are so very simple to make.They would look cute made into pins or magnets. They would also look adorable glued onto a headband or barrette. And of course an awesome Christmas ornament.

Each teddy bear requires two pipe cleaners and three small black beads.

Cut the first pipe cleaner into three pieces - 2-inches, 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches.


Fold ears, arms and legs into the center.



Take the 2nd pipe cleaner and wind it around the ears four times. This creates the head.



Place the arms under the chin and the legs under the arms.


Wrap the long pipe cleaner from each shoulder though the legs on each side. Contine wrapping and tuck the final piece into the body area.



Place a toothpick into some Tacky glue and place the glue onto the eye and nose area. Add the small black beads onto the glue spots and let dry.


The black seed beads come in these little tubes.


Since I am making these for Meals and Wheels I must make 50! I made almost 30 in the blink of an eye!


Each Teddy Bear has a slightly different shape and personality.



Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Dinner Menu



I hope that everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day! I am hosting a Mother's Day dinner at my home. I  will make everything fresh and from scratch. And I am hoping that I will remember to take some pictures!

Appetizers:

Olive Tapenade with Toasted Baguette Slices




Chicken Salad Tartlets with Fresh Herbs






Dinner:

Spinach Salad with Pears, Pomegranate Seeds and Crumbled Feta

Fireman's Pasta Casserole

Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Cream Cheese Wrapped with Bacon


Dessert:

Vanilla Cake





Root beer Float Pie


Party Favors:

Mom Sachets

Fresh Flower Bouquets in Tin Cans












Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mom Sachets



I make these almost every year. They are the perfect Mother's Day party favor. I try to make them in different colors every year. They look really pretty in a basket or added to the top of a gift. Since they are all hand sewn they would be perfect for older kids to make.

Supply List:

Felt in a spring color

Coordinating embroidery thread

Coordinating button

Needle

Scissors

Two different sized heart cookie cutters

Black pen

Dried Lavender or other sachet filing


Directions:

Trace the hearts with a pen onto the felt. Each sachet needs two large hearts and one small heart.



I used this dried lavender to fill the sachets - I thought it was perfect with the purple felt.



On the small heart hand sew a MOM with a button for the "O." Then sew the small heart onto a big heart. Before the heart is completely sewn together add a tablespoon of the lavender.


Then sew the two large hearts together and before it is completely sewn shut add enough dried lavender to fill the heart and finish sewing closed.


These are so easy to make and a perfect party favor. Mom can put this in a drawer or linen cabinet. 


Tina's birthday is near Mother's Day  - so I added a Mother's Day sachet to her gift. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kentucky Derby Treats for Meals on Wheels



I made some horse necklaces for a Meals on Wheels Kentucky Derby treat. This year the Kentucky Derby is on May 7th.

Supply List:

Small plastic horses

Small flowers

Glue gun/glue sticks

Exacto knife

Screw eyes

Thin ribbon

Directions:


I bought my horses from Oriental Trading Company because I needed to make 50 necklaces. But they sell the horses in the tubes at any craft or party store - they tubes have 8 horses and are about $10. Be sure to use a craft store coupon.

Using an exacto knife twist a small hole and then twist in the screw eye.



I bought the screw eyes in the wood section of Hobby Lobby.


I also hot glued a little flower onto each horse.


I also found the little flowers at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section.


Now the horses are ready for a long piece of ribbon or twine to make  a necklace. 


I apologize for the photography - I made these late at night!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day Cookies


Tomorrow - April 22nd is Earth Day. Everyday should be Earth Day! Reuse, recycle, repurpose. These cookies were so simple to make. Using your favorite sugar cookie recipe and blue and green gel food coloring.

You can find gel food coloring at any craft or party store.



I made a batch of sugar cookie dough and divided the dough in half.


Kneed the blue gel food coloring onto one half of the dough and the green food coloring onto the other half. Gel food coloring will also stain your hands - I put my hands into plastic bags while I kneed the food coloring int each dough ball.


To make the cookies simply take a good pinch of blue and a good pinch of green and roll them into little balls.


The cookies come out of the oven looking like the Earth! 


Don't these cookies look adorable? After I made them I had the brilliant idea that I should have made them into hearts — which would have translated to "love the earth." 



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Substitute Teaching 1st Grade Religion

Today I substitute taught first grade religion class. We had a lot of fun! The lesson was on the Gospel of John 13:31-38 "Love one another, even as I have loved you."

First we colored a "Love one another" worksheet.



Then we went over the lesson and wrote who we loved onto little hearts and cut out a spiral. The kids were pretty good at cutting!

We had a snack and a religious word spelling bee. The take home treat was a Hershey bar decorated with a heart and cross. The label says, "Love one another."


The kids loved the Hershey bars!





Saturday, April 16, 2016

Homemade Carrot Cake




I found this recipe on http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/08/to-die-for-carrot-cake-recipe/ and it was a super easy recipe. I had everything I needed for this recipe in my fridge and cupboard except the can of crushed pineapple.

So yesterday I ran into the store to grab a can of crushed pineapple! And came home to bake an awesome carrot cake!

Cake Ingredients:

First Bowl:

1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

Second Bowl:

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Third Bowl:

2 cups grated carrots

1 cup coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup crushed pineapple in juice


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat two 8-inch pans with baking spray.

Combine the first bowl ingredients. Add the second bowl to the first bowl. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined. Add the third bowl and stir until the ingredients of all three bowls are combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.



 Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.



Let the cakes cool completely before turning them out to frost.

Frosting:

2 sticks of butter, (softened)

16 ounces of cream cheese (softened)

2 teaspoons of vanilla 

8 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

Beat the butter and cream cheese in your stand mixer until they are light and fluffy. Add vanilla and continue mixing.

Add the powdered sugar two cups at a time - continue mixing until the sugar is combined.

Place the first cake on a cake plate and spread a generous amount of icing on top and put the second cake on top.


Start icing the top and sides.


I usually sprinkle the tops of my carrot cakes with chopped nuts or toasted coconut - but I happen to have these icing carrots left over from Easter. So I used the icing carrots to decorate the cake.


This cake was so fantastic!


My husband loved it! He said it tasted like a Polly's pie. Note: I have never been to a Polly's Pie! I don't think he has either. And it was a cake - not a pie! He was doing his best to be complimentary.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Magnets for Meals on Wheels


I made 50 of these little Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Magnets. They were simple to make - I made these into magnets but they would also look cute made into bracelets or rings. Pipe cleaners are so fun! Give your kids a bag and let them create!



Supply List:

Multicolored pipe cleaners

Wooden or plastic pony bead

Sharp scissors

Small magnets

Glue gun and glue sticks

Directions:

Grab three different colors of pipe cleaners.


Twist the pipe cleaners in the middle and spread out like whiskers.


Twist the bottom color of pipe cleaners into little rounds.


Then twist the second pipe cleaner into little rounds.


Pop the pony bead onto the top of the remaining color of pipe cleaners and cut the pipe cleaner inhalf.


Turn the top pipe cleaner over into an antennae shape. 


On the back I hot glued  a small magnet.


I used the smallest magnet because  the pipe cleaners are so light. And I awlays package the treat into little bags so they can be attached to the meals.


These were so easy to make and would be perfect for girls to make at a craft or birthday party.