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Sparkle Wishes from Heather

This blog is one part craftiness, one part foodie things and a whole lot about me and my ADD world!

Updated: 2014-10-06T18:47:12.776-05:00


My Baby turns 12!


OK since I was going to post this 2 weeks ago and did not, I will go ahead and add this now!MY BABY TURNED 12! My little Y2K Millenium baby is 12 years old. In one more year he will be a fledged teenager! I am WAY TOO YOUNG to have a teenager! Even worse, he already beginning to act like one sometimes. I would post a picture of my baby from his party, but alas, we had battery problems with the camera, so I used Cole's camera, but the card I used in it has mysteriously gone missing, which is code for, it is probably hiding on my craft desk and I cannot find it! But when I do find it, I will put them up.We had a lot of fun, my boy has an awesome group of friends and we did his party with a Mission Impossible theme because we went to see MI at the theatre for his birthday. So in honor of that we had a Mission Impossible Hot Dog Bar.As much as my boys loved the elaborate birthday parties I threw them as younger kids, the older they get the less elaborate they want them. I am hoping that this passes soon so that I can do another BIG BANG UP PARTY!Here are some menus we had for the kids to make different dogs, and I sure wish I had pics to show you the HOT DOG BAR! I renamed all the items to secret agent names!So Since I do not have party pics because I need to find that other card, I'll just show you his BOMB cake!I cooked 2 cakes in a bowl, but I took it one step further, I made one batter Black and one batter Green , then I layered the cake batters into the bowl so it had a striped effect when you cut into it.Here is top view of it after I cut the end off of it so I could level it on the cake board. the inside cut looks way cooler, but again it is on the missing party card!So anyway here is the cake before it was done, obviously. Since I still had Pneumonia when I made this I did not want to fool with Fondant, so I iced it real smooth with some buttercream and bough black Spray paint for cakes and I was just going to spray it black and save me a lot of time, mess and nasty flavor of black food coloring. Well that was an epic fail, it only turned the cake purple and I was sinking fast with being tired. So I Improvised, and I will say that I paid a little more at Michael's for some Duff Brand food coloring, but it was so worth it! That stuff is amazing, it has no funny taste like wilton's and he has an awesome black, but I digress, so back to my problem at hand, a purple bomb! I got inventive and did not have any more icing so I mixed up some black food coloring with lemon juice and used a pastry brush and painted it black, and it worked like a charm! I also added a touch of silver glitter for cakes to the mixture which I think helped. If you looked closely you could see the brush marks, but ass Cole said, that made it look more authentic like brushed steel painted black :) I love that kid! I added some pipe cleaners for the fuse and VIOLA a bomb. If I had not been sick, I would have gone and gotten some sparklers and lit them when we sang but I was too tired, but I will say that cake was the BOMB! And a group of 12 year old boys agreed![...]

Craft Masters Competition


WOW! So much has happened since I last posted!Ok, I did not go away, I was just so overwhelmed with what was happening in my life that I could not form the words to post! About 2 weeks ago, I got an e-mail from Michael's advertising for a new show they were doing called Craftmasters. It was a crafting type reality gameshow. They wanted a 30 second video submission for anyone who was interested. I deleted the e-mail and went and took a bubble bath. By the time I was out of the tub, I 2 Facebook messages and 3 forwarded e-mails from friends telling me I should try out. Ok, I thought, what the hey. They were only looking at the first 300 submissions to come in and the deadline was 2 days away. thinking I probably would not even make it into the top 300, I sent a text to my sister asking her if she would come over to film me. Well she had a stomach virus so would not be able to come over and I thought that was an omen I should not do it, but then Matt came home with a fancy video camera that night to film me. Took me a bit to get it 30 seconds and not 2 minutes long, but I described my new menu board and ended it with "There ain't nothing I can't craft" So here is the video I submitted I hope it shows up on here, I am a little computer illiterate: width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>So, thinking I was too late but still holding out a glimmer of hope I checked my e-mail relentlessly all day Thursday and friday, even though the deadline was Friday the 8th. Matt and I went out friday night and when we got home I logged on to check my e-mail, do my usual prowl of FB and Pinterest and then I was going to bed. I saw I had an e-mail from Michaels and before I read it I was sayin"Oh look, an e-mail from Michael's I bet they want me on...." and then I just stopped short because it REALLY WAS AN EMAIL SAYING I HAD BEEN ACCEPTED TO BE ON CRAFTMASTERS!I can honestly say getting to do this show marked a few things off of my bucket list.Now Fast Forward one week to this past Tuesday and that was the day of the competition. Now I cannot post all the pics, because you cannot know who the winner is until it airs, but I can tell you a bit about it and show you a few pics.The premise is, there are 3 contestants. We are brought into a room and each given a box inside each box we are given the same items and a theme and we must be overly creative to do something with those items. we are also given a Gift Certificate and 10 minutes to come up with an idea and shop for other items to help us to complete our project.Well our theme was OFF THE PAGE because most of us were paper crafters. inside our box was a plain shadowbox and 6 skeins of Yarn. We must use those items. We have about 2 minutes to formulate a plan and then they handed us each a $50 Gift Certificate, other groups got $100 and some got $30 it just depended on the theme. We then had 10 minutes to shop in Michaels to get anything else we might need to complete the project. My first thought when opening the box was "OH CRAP" I put in my write up I can't knit or crochet but can do anything else. But then I quickly formulated another plan. I had gone to scope out this Michael's the day before and saw some knobs I liked. I decided I was going to turn it into a jewelry display and possibly use the yarn to help be earring hangars.So they set us up with a basket that has a camera on it plus my own camera man to follow me as I run through the store shopping, he kept encouraging me to talk so I did even though I felt silly. When they announced time is up, whatever was in my basket I got to keep if I had something in my hands I had to drop it. then we went to check out. I knew I had more than $50 worth of items n my basket, so I made sure to put up what I wanted first in case I ran out of money before I got to all my stuff and sure enough I was left with 5 items in my basket and I was not all that upset about that, but they made me refilm myself being sad about it :) I[...]

The Boys New Chore Charts


So with the New Year, comes some new responsibilities for the boys. We have tried different chore charts but they normally become forgotten, get messed up, or we need more spaces for chores than are allotted. So, being laid up left me alot of time to peruse the internet for a great chore chart that would fit our needs. Guess what there aren't any, but with a little ingenuity and ideas from several places I came up with one for us.Now, first off, let me say, I think these are cute, but I was really wishing my boys were girls so I could have added some polka dots or flowers or even smaller so maybe I could have put a baseball or a dinosaur on them, BUT since they are TWEENS I could do nothing about that, but I did get some ribbon on it!So I will explain how I made them and then explain how it works incase you want to make your own, OR I CAN MAKE IT FOR YOU! ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT FLOWERS OR POLKA DOTS! LOLI started with a $.96 cookie sheet from Walmart and a few cans of Krylon spray paint. I have mentioned that I am really into spray painting right now, haven't I???Here is a hint when doing these, you may want to alot 2 days to the spray paint process, ALSO if you would rather, you can use the chalk board pray paint on this and just write your chores in chalk and not have to deal with the magnets, but I like the magnet idea. Paint your first coat, your main color all over cookie sheet, I did one red and one blue.Then after it dried over night, I used painters tape to tape off the area that was to be painted black and then added press and seal to cover the rest from over spray.then I added some white detail to the trays on the edges, wrote to do and done. Painted some chipboard letters and adhered them with E3000 glue.the next step I probably could have done easier by going to buy some round disc and using my printer on clear labels, but I did not have those on hand and I couldn't leave, so I made chore buttons out of Sculpey, some magnets and a sharpie. I made a ton of different ones because sometimes I need them to mow the yard, but not every day. Here are a couple of pics of them done and the best is I can store the extra chore magnets on the back of the cookie sheet and trade them out!I also made 6 days of the week buttons ( because Sunday is Jesus Day, according to Peyton, so no chores on that day) without magnets that I glued on and 6 Good job magnets.The final part to the chore chart is the money jars. yet again, I could not add bows or flowers or polka dots, but I did match the ribbon to their chore charts, so take that!So here is how it works:Each day the boys will be giving 5-6 chores to do when they get home, one of them will be homework or reading. They also start each week with their full allowance in their jar. $1 for each year old they are. Once they have completed all of their chores, they move the magnet to the done side. If they have done their chores to our satisfaction, they will get a good job magnet under that day. If they decide to not do all their chores, or do a poor job of it, they do not get a magnet for that day and money will be deducted from their allowance jar, so Cole would loose $2 since he is 12 and Peyton will loose $1.50 since he is 9. With the allowance jars sitting out they can see that money stay the same or diminish. At the end of the week (Saturday) once all the chores are done they can get their money from the jar. I will refill the jars on Sunday night.So what do you think? Is it ingenious or what?!?! The boys are excited about it right now, but we will see how they feel 2 weeks into it...LOLHave a Happy and Blessed New Year!Sparkle Wishes,Heather[...]

Cowboy Caviar Recipe


So I kind of over did it yesterday, all by just going to Walmart. I thought I was doing better since having the Pneumonia, but about 10 minutes into my shopping trip I realized I was wrong, so I turned tail, waited 109 minutes to check out, headed home and gave Matt the rest of my grocery list. Tonight it a big night, it is Cole's ANNUAL Birthday party/ New Years Eve Party, he is turning 12, his last year as a non teenager. Where did my baby go??? Anyway we are having a Mission Impossible themed birthday party for him because we are going to see Mission Impossible tonight, but before then we will be having a hot dog bar. Pictures from the party will probably be up around 1:00 a.m as I am sure they will still be too loud for me to sleep. Anyway, I made some Cowboy Caviar, that probably only Matt and I will eat, but Oh well. I saw the recipe on Pinterest so of course I made it and it is super easy and YummY!

i should probably let Matt take pictures of my stuff, sine he is the professional, but I get to anxious and i do it myself so sorry if it does not look that appetizing. Here is the recipe in case you want to make it. I ti s really easy and would be great for you to take to a party.

2 cans of Mexi Corn
1 can of Rotel
2 C of shredded cheddar cheese
1 c of Mayo
1 c of Sour cream

Mix together and there you have it.

I think next time I will add a little chili powder and some fresh jalepeno, but all in all it was good, especially served with Fritos.

My new Menu Board!


So saw this Weekly Calendar on Pinterest a few weeks ago. A lady had gone to Walmart, bought a $10 Frame, added some scrapbook paper inside the frames and writes on it with a dry erase marker. So I pinned it, thinking hmm.. I could make this better and Blingier, because, well, I do everything with more BLING! Fast forward to Christmas break and I sitting on my butt for hours on end with Pneumonia and nothing to do but watch movies and surf Pinterest. So one of the many early morning hours that my medicine woke me up I stumbled on Menu boards and decided sine I was working on redoing my kitchen little by little and I cannot afford the Giant knife and Fork from Pier One I would start trying to add those things to my kitchen as well as add a Menu Board. Now Being ADD means I am not the most organized person, well let me rephrase that, I am organized in my own Chaotic way; in fact my class laughs at me when I clean my desk up at school because they know I will not be able to find the next worksheet we will be working on, os I try to just keep my piles neat looking and confined to 2 areas so at least you can see wood on my desk top when tours come through. But I digress... I made this because I have been getting really good at planning our weekly meals, so I save money at the store, PLUS I am teaching my boys to cook and I make them each cook one meal a week, which means we get a lot of Sloppy Joes,Chicken and Dumplings, Hot Dogs and Pizza bites.So anyway, I decided If I can't leave and I can't do housework, I must craft instead, so I set out his week with a few Pinterest inspired crafts. My first was to marbalize my fingernails, the next was to make a menu board. I snuck over to Walmart after a doctors appointment to find a frame to fit my needs, not intending to use this one, but I am standing there in a steroid daze, inspiration struck and I grabbed it then ran over to the flatware dept. , bought $ worth of forks, spoons, and Knives and then grabbed 2 $.96 cookie sheets for the chore charts I will be making later today.I got it home, spray painted it black, it was an ugly brown color, ( did I mention I am addicted to spray painting crafts ever since I found the Krylon craft website?) Then I roughed up the edges to make it more Chic, or used looking. Sent Matt to Michael to buy me some scrapbook paper since I was not allowed to leave the house.With a few sheets of scrapbook paper, some pearls, ribbon ( did I also mention that I am a ribbon whore? yes 97 spools and counting) and some hot glue and I have a brand new Menu Board! i am thinking about selling these on Etsy and at the store in Sangar for $25- $30. If you want one, let me know I can make it in any colors or style you want.Sparkle Wishes,Heather[...]

A gift for a friend


So my partner in crafty crimes, aka my sister April, and I needed to make a gift for one of our friends for her birthday. Ok, so we will be almost a month late in getting it to her, but I think she will be happy once she gets it. With that being said, our friend just moved into a new place and know ing her roommate, we figured she needed something with style to add to her place. With it being right after Christmas, and April saving money to buy her house and me not having money because I spent it all on my kids for Christmas, we decided to refurbish an expensive mirror my parents had, with an idea I saw on the Krylon craft websites. OK did you know Krylon (yes the spray paint) had a craft website? Well I found it this fall and since October I think I have spray painted a few 100 crafts :) Ok, so back to the craft. Here is a picture of the mirror, pre refurbish:See it is in great shape with the exception of the corners where the nice espresso color paint had chipped off. Not having paint in that color, I knew we would have to repaint. so I taped the mirror part all up. and took it to my now, spray painting table out back. I sprayed it with one coat of Satin Black and let it dry, since it was already painted nice and I knew we were going to rough up the edges so it would look more Shabby Chic, that is all it needed. I sent April out for some knobs to add to it and some Vinyl.we roughed up the edges with some sand paper, had Matt drill us 4 holes for us to add these great square ceramic knobs april got, and then added some vinyl quote that April got on Sale at Hobby Lobby, so that saved us time I did not have to cut any Vinyl with my Cricut. Here are the pictures. Now I do have a warning my husband is a photographer, and no he did not take these pictures, and no I have no talent in shooting pictures, besides do you know how hard it is to shoot a picture of a mirror?? Everything shows in it!The final productThe Vinyl at the bottom of the frameLive Laugh Love!Sparkle Wishes, Heather[...]

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer


Hold the Phone people, Heather is posting again! I think I was inspired by watching Julie and Julia Last night. I am sure I won't post this often once school starts and I have crafting dry spells, but hey, I am here today. And speaking of which, you see that wonderful mug of Coffee above??? I am enjoying that mug right now as I type! I got a Kuerig for Christmas. Now I am not much of a coffee drinker, but I am a drinker of hot beverages such as tea and Hot chocolate and some coffee to go along with my creamer (tee hee) The problem with liking coffee with my creamer and my two boys liking coffee with their creamer is that we run out of creamer really fast. So this past Fall, I decided since I did not have anymore Starbucks gift cards and I could not find Pumpkin Spice creamer on the shelves at the Grocery store to make my own ( OK that will have to be another post without the pictures) but it turned out so good I began trying my hand at other syrups and creamer flavors. well a few days ago i stumbled upon a recipe for French Vanilla Creamer and decided to try it out today and I have to say Cole and Peyton Approved it, so it has to be good!

Here is what you will need:

14 oz. of Sweetened condensed Milk
14 Oz. Of milk (I used 2%)
2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Mason jar or a bowl with a blender but Jar works best.

You pour all these into your jar.The you Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake yo Booty! Till it is good and mixed up.

Now if you know me, you know I am not going to serve this out of a mason Jar, because that is not just pleasing to the eye. So, Since for some UNKNOWN reason, I have like 40,000 Salad dressing cruets, I just poured mine into one of those, corked it and put it in the fridge. this should be good for 2 weeks, if it last that long. ENJOY!

Sparkle Wishes,

Has it really been almost 2 years?


Almost 2 years since I posted! Wow! Alot has happened during that time, and I could write this big long boring post about everything that has happened, but I won't, but I will try to to add a few highlightsLets see, I have a new job at a wonderful new school, it is a private School for kids with Special and behavioral needs. I am going on my 2nd year there and I love it, no paperwork or ARDS just get to teach and help those kids that have gotten lost in the public schools. The best, part, I come home happy every day and my family loves that!Then I began selling Stampin' Up products! I loved that and had tons of Stamping parties and made tons of cute stuff I never posted here,(but I intend to add them) But after a year and the economy being so bad, people quit being able to buy so many products and I was footing my stamping addiction by buying my quota, so I stopped selling it and now I buy from someone else. I have to say it is nice not having to stress once a month about what we were going to create at each party and prepare for it.Matt and I now have one kid in Middle School and one in 4th grade! My boys are getting to be so big, I need my BABIES, but I do kind of like their independance now, except that comes with a lot of money for bikes, cell phones and I know soon, their own computers and then **GASP** a CAR! Matt's Company has finally moved closer to home and he is getting a dream photography studio to go with it. he is also now diving into the world of Video filming and editing, which has been scary for him, but he has done an AMAZING job!Let's see, My In laws moved back from Canada, My Brother and sister are back from California and my sister is buying a house, so now I have a crafting accomplice to get into trouble with.I started selling my crafty stuff to a store in Lewisville, but they went belly up so now I am selling mainly hand painted wine glasses and few other crafty items to a store in Sangar.My year has been good with the exception of a few minor(expenisive) repairs to both cars and I am ending the year with pneumonia, but I guess I can look at that as a good thing, because I am so tired of sitting around watching reruns, surfing Pinterest (,y new secret obsession), and reading I decided it was time to start my Blog again, possibly open an ETSY store and place it on Facebook. Well I know I am going to work on the blog, we will see about the other 2 :) With all that being said, i have a ton of crafty items from the past 2 years I need to upload, but unlike last time, i will not be including all the instructions on how to do them, just message me if you want them and I will be happy to share, but my ADD brain could not handle all that organized writing everytime!Here is a sneak preview of things you will see:Oh yes, and since Pinterest is my new obssession feel free to pin anything you see, I want one of my crafts to show up some day on the popular page!Until I post again, which might just happen next,Sparkle Wishes,Heather[...]

Altered Canvas for a Special Teacher



Being a teacher, I know how wonderful it feels to know that not just the students appreciate you, but that the parents appreciate you as well. Both of my boys have had the same 2nd grade teacher, and next to Cole's Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cullen, by far, has been the best teachers they have had. 2nd grade was hard for both of them. 2nd Grade is when we realized that Cole had Dyslexia, and any other teacher would have kept telling me to let him wait it out another 6 weeks, that it was normal for my child to be as frustrated as Cole was with Spelling homework, and let me tell you, he was FRUSTRATED! But Mrs. Cullen REALY listened to me as a parent and helped Cole so much, and made what could have been a horrible year, one of Cole's best. We have hit a few snags this year as well with Peyton, his though, is more laziness than anything, although she has had his best interest at heart and suggested testing for dyslexia, because the precious boy cannot write a number in the correct direction if his life depended on it. Thankfully he tested above normal in everything, so I guess he will just always write his 2's and 5's backwards.

Anyway, I have jumped at the chance to do whatever I could to show Mrs. Cullen how much I appreciate what she has done not just for my boys, but all the 2nd graders she has ever taught! This year the class gift to her is a gardening theme and I had all the students in her class make fingerprint flowers. I then wrote their names as the stems, and added them to my altered canvas. I will also be including the final frame at the end with an inspirational quote. I hope that she likes it, I'm not 100% sure I like it, I mean sometimes I look at it and go Yes, I like it, then I look again and go, is it missing something or does it have too much and should I hang a ribbon from it so she can use that to hang it by???? Any feedback you want to give me would be appreciated, I have another week to fix it if I need to.

Well I am tired, so I am going to bed, but hope to see you again real soon!

Saturday's Stamp Club


If you are still undecided about coming to Stamp Club on Saturday or just want a Sneek Peek at what we will be making......Then VIOLA! We are making a Post it Note Stand and a matching Birdie card!

Hope you like them! And I hope to see you Saturday!

Hugs, Heather

Last Set for tonight


I have too many to upload tonight and I am sleepy this will be last set set before I do Stamp club post. I will definately try to upload more this weekend and take some new pics of some stuff I have made and post directions as well!

Here is another batch!


This will teach me not to blog for 6 months! :)



I guess it will only let me post 4 photos with each Blog Posting. I'm tired because I waited till 11 to get on tonight! But I am determined to get some of these photos up!

Ok! So it has been a LONG while...


For those of you near me, know the road I have been traveling since September, and you know that road has been steep and rocky! I did finish my schooling in Applied Behavior Analysis, but it seems as if Satan has decided things were getting to comfy and happy for me and decided to try to block my path with a few, rather large obstacles. I am not around all of them yet, but I feel as if I am very close. I am so thankful to God for the love of my family, with out them I am not sure where I would be. That being said, I have crafted a few things here and there and even started selling some of my items in a craft store in Lewisville, but ; like I said, Satan has been taking up much of my free time with some very tedious ordeals so I really have not made much and some of the stuff I have made, I did not take pics. I have a few pics of things I have made. Some of my Facebook friends have already seen these items, but I plan to take pictures of the items i have made now. This time I won't post much about the items just the pictures.On another note... I am selling my items, making custom cards,announcements and invitations as well as signs, frames notebooks or anything you are interested in let me know the colors you want these items in. School is almost out and I hope to be opening a new chapter in my life so that maybe I will have more time to craft. I am also hoping I can start selling at some craft fairs in the Fall. I met a new friend in September that loves to craft and wants to help me mass produce items, hopefully after April we will be able to sit down, make a plan of attack and get to work. I also hope that since my beautiful sister has moved back she might want to join us, but I'm not sure she will. She is young and has a life outside of her house :)I also have started a once a month Stamp club with a few ladies where we make crafts and stamp cards, this has been very theraputic for me as well as a boost to my ego! These ladies think I am so talented! I sure wish my 8th grade art teacher could hear them. She once told me at the end of the semester, that I really did not possess an eye for art and I should look towards other areas of studies. Ummmm... Do you think what she said stuck with me a little? I married an artist and have always worked my butt off at trying to make something good. I guess I am my own worst critic though, because I really don't think the stuff I make is all that good, well maybe one or two things I am proud of, but for the most part I am very critical of what I make, but at least I have fun trying.Well I need to upload some photos, and make another post for Stamp club members to see what we are making Saturday and then I need to go to bed, I have school tomorrow and I heard 2 of my paras will be out, but that is another story and if you want to hear about that joy, give me a ring and we can go chat about it for a few hours:)Thanks for looking and have a BLESSED Week.[...]

SO Sassy


OK one more card made with the Good friend set. I actually copied this card from another lady on Splitcoast Stampers. She used a couple of different colors, but basically it is the same layout. This is a very simple quick card, I have to remember this design when I need a bIrthday card and only have 5 minutes to make one, because this one definately took me MAYBE 10 minutes to make! Still cute!

OK I have a few more cards to upload but I have not taken the pics of them yet and I am going to try to make a few more tonight, and then I might be done until after school starts, I have stuff I really ned to be focusing my attentions on, like making cookies to send to my sister while she is in Cincinati. Speaking of cookies if you have some unique, non chocolate cookie recipes let me know, i don't want to send anything that will melt, so far I have come up with Lemon Melts, Green Tea Cookies, Milano Cookies, Marshmallows and my Key Lime Pie cookies. I will post pics and recipes if anyone is interested next week.

Another Fun card made with the Good friends Set.


OK, sorry I took a couple of days to post a few more items, the boys came back from camp so I spent Wednesday with them and then yesterday we went to school to move my classroom ( which we did not finish) and then I had some lectures to do. I should be doing lectures now as well but I think I will make one more card then do lectures, they boys are at the GI Joe movie.

So I did not originally plan on this card looking like this, I just happen to lay down some paper on the card I was working on and got up to do something, when I got back to the desk I saw what it looked like and finished it that way. I wish you could see the ribbon better, it has these cute little green dragon flies on them.

I used the Good friend Stamp set, Certianly Celery, Brocade Blue and Bahama Breeze Inks and papers. Hope you like and thanks for looking.

A Little Blue Bird


So I got this stamp set ( Stampin up's Good Friend)a month ago but have been too busy with school and what not to stamp, but the other night I sat down and made 3 cards with this set. her is Number one. He is a little blue bird. If I were a better photographer you would be able to tell that he was 3 dimensional. Anywho, I hope you enjoy. I have to go study for my test and go take it before Matt gets home.

Camp Cards


Well, I have finally made a few more cards, I think I have my mojo back because I was actually getting to make something for me! The boys are leaving for camp tomorrow for 3 days and in the past when Matt has gone out of town I try to send him a card a day from me for him to read, so I thought I would do the same for the boy and include some scripture for them, especially Peyton who is extremely nervous to be away from us.Card #1 is this one:That tent is 3-d , I had so much fun figuring out how to fold that, but it is way cuter in real life. I used the Happy Camper Stamp set from SUThe inside scripture I included was Isiaha 43:5 Don't be afraid for I am with you and a note from Matt and I, I hope this helps Peyton with his fears.Day Number 2:This was done with a very old SU set called fishy friends, but I love it. The fish says Jesus Glubs You, because when fish talk they say Glub Glub! and the crab is holding a sign that says and so do I. I was going to type these out on the computer and make them look neat but Cole kept coming in and getting my computer, so I just wrote the words, too bad they would have been cuter if I could have printed them out. I wish this pic did the card justice because I made the Jelly fish irredescent with embossing powder and I used Crystal Effects on the fish and crab and to make the water bubbles, but I just don't photograph well.The verse in this one is Proverbs 30:5 Every Word of God is True! I just wanted the boys to realize all those Bible stories and lessons they learn at camp and in Sunday school are all true stories and not just made up and how AMAZING our God is!.Day 3 and their last day:Are 2 different Spinner cards I made with another really old retired set of SU called Good Sport. In the Football card when you tilt the card the foot ball spins into the Goal posts and on the baseball card (Peyton's) when you tilt it the ball flies into the outfield. Again, Cole had my computer so I just hand wrote the sentiments on the front.The verse on this one was:1 Corinthians 10:31 What ever yu do, do everything for the glory of God.After I finished all these I then pulled out my new set that I have had for a month and made 3 more cards, but I will post those pics tomorrow! Enjoy![...]

My "Ice Cream" Cupcakes


So I was surfing some food blogs looking for a good and easy Chocolate recipe that I could take to a couples house who just had a baby and I found the "Ice Cream" Cake. Ok I hate Ice cream and cake together because the ice cream melts and my cake becomes soggy and then I just cannot eat it, it is the same reason I can stomach Trifle, Blech! I almost skimmed past this entry when I say that the pic was a Cake, so I had to look further into it. It seems this is a pretty Easy Semi Homemade kind of cake and could really be jazzed up with different flavored cake batters and exotic Ice Cream flavors, but alas, I did not want to venture out on that limb when I was making them for someone else. BUT I am thinking next time to use Cookies and Cream ice cream and put an oreo in the bottom of the muffin cup for the ULTIMATE Oreo Brownie.

Anywho, I just used a simple Dark Chocolate cake mix and a pint of melted Dutch Chocolate Ice cream, and since I was delivering these, I did not want to ice them and have the icing messed up so I sifted powdered Sugar on top of the cupcake and then injected it with my icing so it would be cream filled.

Here is the recipe:

1 Cake mix (any flavor)
3 eggs
1 pint of melted ice cream ( I think raspberry would have also been good)
1 C. water

Mix all together and pour into muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 17 minutes. It makes 24 cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 8oz. block of cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 c. butter (room temp)
2 C. of powdered sugar
Mix well....YUMMY!

My Labor of Love...Wine Cork Wreath...



Well, it has taken me many years to save all these wine corks, but my quest began 14 years ago on our Honeymoon when Matt I visited Napa Valley, 4 of the corks on this wreath are from Bottles we bought in Napa and brought back. I saved the corks not knowing what I would be making with them, then about 5 years ago, the mailman delivered me a wine catalog that was suppose to go to another address ( which happens more times than I care to mention, I often wonder what I am missing out on in my mailbox) So I saw this wine cork corkboard and went OOOHHH I want to make one of those, then I Turned the page and saw this wreath, that sold for over $80, but it was kind of blah then I saw another one for over $100, but it was still BLAH, so I decided right then and there I could make one even better and I did, but let me tell you, it takes along time to keep the dream alive when you are saving wine corks from wine you drink. I did get a little bit of help from a few people, but mainly, most of them were from bottle Matt and I have shared and LIKED, there is not a cork from any bottle we did not like.

Another REALLY cool thing about this, that I absolutely love is that I am thrifty and I try to recycle anything I can for my craft purposes and this wreath, was one, I know this is gross, but was one someone was throwing it out and I took there stuff off of it, and the greenery, is greenery I bought 14 years ago right after Matt and I married to put on the curtains in our bedroom and they have been stored in a closet since we moved into our house and i stumbled ont hem when I was cleaning out my closet last week! And the grapes were a great stumble as well when we went to The Dollar Tree to buy some gag gifts for Matt and I saw these on the shelves and they looked exactly like the ones I was going to buy at Hobby Lobby for for $4 apiece and I got them at Dollar Tree for $1 a piece! What a deal!

Anyway, Thanks for looking and I would love any feedback you have for me!

Homemade PopTarts!


Watch Out Kellog, you ain't got nothing on mama.

So poor Matt has felt really mistreated the past few mornings because I have been staying in bed and then getting up at 8:30 or 9:00 and making the boys nice breakfast's, such as Muffins, french toast etc. So I dragged my tired Booty out of bed this morning and made him homemade PopTarts, which he loves, but I think they taste like fruity cardboard and are gross. Good thing about these, I have made a convert out of my boys, the bad thing about these, I have made a convert out of my boys and now they will always want these, I need to see if I can freeze these so the boys can toast them on school mornings.

These are also VERY easy if you use a refrigerated pie crust.

Pie crust, refrigerated
Jam or Preserves
Sparkling Sugar ( only if you want it to look like a pop tart)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Unroll one of the pie crusts and square the edges. Cut into rectangles. Place 1 tsp of jam in the center of a rectangle and top with another piece of crust. Crimp all four edges. You can seal with a little melted butter if you want it to look more like a pop tart and not a fried pie. Repeat until all of the pie crust is used. I also took the rounded edges that I cut off and rolled them together to form more pop-tarts. They weren’t as “pretty” as the others but I did not waste anything.

Bake for about 7 – 8 minutes or until slightly brown. Once cool, pour glaze over and decorate with sugar.

To Make the Glaze:

1 cup powder sugar
milk to thin
Place powdered sugar in bowl. I find that a milk capful and half is usually enough to make the perfect glaze.

Lemon Mousse


Here is another Easy recipe that Cole made last night, I actually go this in an E-mail from McCormicks and Cole made is all by himself, even made it look pretty in the glasses we served it in! although he would not let me garnish with a mint leaf or a rasberry to make it look smashing ! I have had a blast with the boys in the kitchen these past few days, teaching them tricks such as how to make real whipped cream, EVOO, Deglazing pans, and how to turn fresh garlic into a paste, no garlic was used in this recipe :) They are so proud of their creations and can't wait for Matt to come home at night to try them. Speaking of I need to go search the pantry and see what they can make tonight!

Here is McCormick's recipe, BTW I used Light Cream Cheese and it tasted just fine!

Makes 6 (1/2-cup) servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy.

2. Beat heavy cream, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice and extracts in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Add 1/2 of the whipped cream mixture to cream cheese mixture; stir until well blended. Gently stir in remaining whipped cream mixture. Cover.

3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon or pipe into dessert dishes to serve. Garnish with lemon slices, fresh berries and mint leaves, if desired

Cole's Cheesy Biscuits...Better than Red Lobsters!


Yes,I said it! Cole made Cheesy Biscuits better than Red Lobsters! and they were so yummy and did not come from a can, which is how my family prefers their biscuits, sad, but true.

So since I have been spending more time in the kitchen those boys have been right by my side wanting to cook as well.. I am so happy, they will be able to cook more than hot dogs and Mexican casserole for their wives and enjoy doing it, I'm not knocking Matt, don't get me wrong, he just does not care to be in the kitchen and besides he is much better behind a camera than I ever could be :)

Anywho, these Biscuits are super easy to make, even a 9 year old can make them!

1 pack buttermilk biscuit mix (I used Bisquick, about 1 1/2cups)
1 1/2cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oregano
3/4 tsp garlic salt1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray cooking sheet with non-stick spray.

2. Put biscuit mix, cheese and milk in a bowl and mix well to form a sticky dough.
3. Using spoon, drop lumps of dough onto cookie sheets 1.5in apart. Bake for 10min.

4. In a bowl, melt butter and mix with oregano and garlic salt.

5. When the timer goes off, take them out and brush with butter mixture and bake 5min at 400F and another 5-6min at 350F.

6. Remove immediately and serve hot!

MMMMMMM.....Cinnaminamy Frenchalicious Muffins



Muffins..yes, I may not be crafting but I was determined to try to make some muffins that were better than donuts, my all time favorite food. These were so simple to make and yes, they almost melted in my mouth. OKAY so they are not a plain glazed donut, but they are fewer calories, not by much, but hey every little bit helps. I am going to keep working on these recipes to try to make them lower in fat and calories, when I just get scared to exchange sugar for Splenda when baking, because if it is not good then I have wasted all the ingredients, but these were so easy and had so few ingredients this will be my perfect victim.

Here are the boys enjoying the muffins with a nice cup of Coffee!

We will call these: Cinnaminamy Frenchalicious Muffins, because well it makes them sound more extravagant! Anyways, eat them warm, they are so much better when they are warm! YUM!

1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 c. AP flour ( self rising flour works well also, then you do not need the salt or baking powder)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a medium-large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Don't overmix. Scoop batter into muffin tins that have sprayed with cooking spray. I got 10 muffins out of this batter. Bake for 20-25 muffins, or until they just start to turn a bit golden at the edges.

For the topping, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place melted butter in another small bowl. Dip the warm muffins in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar.

I disappeared again!


Yes, I did disappear again, and it is summer! This school thing is kicking my Butt. But I do know it will all be over in October, I have to just keep telling myself that and then hopefully I can get a job next school year helping out all these special needs kids, instead of tethered to one classroom or at least away from the principal I tend to clash with. SO some things I have been working on is helping my friend with raising money for her Susan G. Komen race for the Cure. I have been making her booby Cards and some collections cans like this one, although this is a crappy picture and not the best can I made. In between studying and doing this I think I lost my crafty Mojo this summer because I felt like I was ignoring my family so I would up taking a few weeks off from everything to give it all to my family, but the boys go to Children's camp on Aug 3rd so I plan to take a couple of days to use my new stamps and create for me before I go back to making Booby cards.

OH yes, I did sign up to sell Stamping Up stuff, but not for a profit really just so I can get my supplies in a timely manner if if I make a few extra bucks from people then OK, I am planning to do a Christmas card swap and maybe just a crafty get together, that way if people want to buy they can but there is no pressure , I am so not the salesperson, I hate being pressured, thus I do not pressure myself.

On another note, I always love to cook, but since the craftiness has taken a break the cookingness has gotten larger and I have tried new techniques in the kitchen so maybe I will post a few of those and recipes. Enjoy!