Month: August 2016

Homemade Granola Bars

Who does’t love a good granola bar?

My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!

They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!

Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.

And she would eat like one a day.

So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.

I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?

I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.

I wanted something with chocolate chips.

But still chewy.

Must be toddler approved.

I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:

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Olympic Crafts

We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!

These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!

It’s been so fun sharing it with them!

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Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.

They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.

Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:

Torches

This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.

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They were quite simple:

Two toilet paper rolls

Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)

Glue

Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames

And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition

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Recipe Share: Peach Jam

Back in May, we went peach picking at our neighbor’s orchard.

I spent a week cutting and pitting and freezing and cooking and baking peaches.

Last month, I decided I wanted to attempt to make Peach Jam. Usually, I make my strawberry jam in a bread maker, but it always comes out a little to runny for our family’s tastes.

So, this time, I decided to make it on the stove.

I attempted to make a no-pectin recipe, but it was looking too liquid to me, so I added pectin to it (following the directions on the pectin)

Here’s what my recipe ended up being:

One gallon-size Ziplock bag of frozen peaches (when I bagged them, it was probably 3-4 peaches)

2 1/2 cups sugar

Juice from 1 lemon

2 teaspoons fruit pectin

Cook down the frozen peaches, add sugar and lemon juice. Once all ingredients are melded in the pot, I poured into a mason jar and have been enjoying it on toast, PBJ and more!

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DIY: Stand-Up Craft Table

I’ve been asking for a craft table for I don’t know how long. 

For my birthday, my husband came home with wood. LOL

And built me a craft table for my new Cricut.

For the legs of the table, he used 2X2s. For the top piece, he went to a local lumber yard, Lakeland Lumber, and got a 22×36 piece of white wood.

We (meaning he) attached the legs of the table with these nifty little things:

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You screw these plates to the bottom of the table. Then, you pre-drill holes in the 2X2s and screwed in the threads. After that, you just screw the legs into the plates. Easy peasy!

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At first, I thought I wanted my table to be 40″ from the floor. Once we put it in the room, I changed my mind (it’s a woman’s right!) and decided I wanted it to be 36″ so we took it back to the garage and out 4″ off the legs with a mitre saw.

My craft room is teal and white, so we bought spray paint and are going to paint the top teal and the legs white.

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Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!

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This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.

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Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.

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Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!

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Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.

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For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.

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Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading

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Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz

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Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio

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Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!

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If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Contributing Blogger!

Guys! I’m super excited to reveal that I have been asked to be a contributing blogger for a local Tampa Bay mom’s group, Everyday Moms. 

I recently published my first blog over there on some back-to-school DIY “Pinterest Picks.

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Head on over there to check it out! And keep a lookout for more DIY blogs from me!

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