Saturday, August 29, 2015

S'more Desserts in Little Jars

A few weeks ago on vacation we had an awesome s'more dessert in jar. So a few weeks ago I made some little s'more jars for a pool party and the boys loved them! 

The jars had 4 layers:

1. graham craver crumbs mixed with a little butter

2. chocolate pudding

3. marshmallow fluff

4. mini chocolate chips and broken pieces of graham crackers

The layers look really pretty from the side. 

I added a little label on the top of each jar!

Extra tip - when I was filling the jars I set them on a dish towel so that the crumbs and pudding didn't get all over my counter.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School Bus Made with Popsicle Sticks For Meals on Wheels

 I made 50 school buses for a Meals on Wheels September party favor. These would be cute to make for a back-to-school party! I also think they would make fun decorations for teacher appreciation week.

Supply List:

jumbo popsicle sticks

small popsicle sticks

yellow paint

foam paint brush

glue gun

glue sticks

large rhinestone


thick black scrapbook paper

circle cutter

Exacto knife

black Sharpie pen


Paint all of the popsicle sticks that you will be using. Each school bus needs 4 jumbo popsicle sticks and 4 small popsicle sticks.

I found the jumbo sticks and small sticks at Michael's. 

Since I was making 50 buses - I had to paint a ton of popsicle sticks.

I paint while I watch my favorite television shows.

While the popsicle sticks were drying - I used a circle cutter and cut out all of the wheels. Using an Exacto knife make a small hole in the center of the circle and add the brad.

The first step is to hot glue 3 jumbo sticks together. 

Turn the jumbo sticks over and glue the four small sticks - yellow side facing down.

Once the four sticks have set turn the popsicle sticks back over.

The final steps are to add the large rhinestone to the middle jumbo popsicle stick. Glue on a jumbo popsicle stick to the top of the small popsicle sticks. Using a black Sharpie pen write school bus or the name of your school. And finally glue the wheels on the bottom jumbo popsicle stick.

Once I made 50 of these buses - over a three day period. I needed to take a little break.

I am going to label and package these buses next week. Hopefully I will remember to take photos of the packaging!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Backyard BBQ Photos

Okay - last week we had some friends over for a Backyard BBQ! Unfortunately the only pictures I took were of the table with candles and flowers and a few appetizers.  I get caught up in conversations and giving my husband the kabobs to grill.

I love eating dinner outside.

I have been making olive tapenade all summer - my husband loves olives! 

I serve the olive tapenade with toasted baguette slices.

The other appetizer I always serve is hummus with celery and warm naan. My husband also loves hummus. 

I wish I had additional photos! Maybe next time!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Backyard BBQ Menu

Tomorrow we have some friends coming over for a backyard BBQ.  So here is my easy and make ahead menu! I will try to remember to take some photos tomorrow!


olive tapenade (made a few hours ago)

hummus (store bought)


spinach strawberry salad (will make dressing in the morning)

chicken and vegetable kabobs (chicken is marinating in fridge)

twice baked potatoes (did the first step a few hours ago)


key lime pie (will make in the morning)

watermelon cake (if I have time)


beer, wine, ice tea, soda

We are going out in a little bit - but if we get home early enough I might even make the salad dressing and key lime pie later on tonight.

Fingers crossed that I can post some pics!