Incre-doh-ble Play-Doh Valentines

If you’re short on (valen)time! Here’s a quick Valentine idea that the whole class will enjoy! Grab a Play-Doh mini pack and 2″ Avery circle sticker labels. Avery’s website has a ton of free templates to use which makes the designing the label super easy. Add a clever play on words and hit print. There…

Batman & Robin

I know. I know. You’re wondering “Why in the world would I make a Batman and Robin costume.” My mother thought the same thing. But my kids really wanted to take the streets as the Dynamic Duo and I still wanted homemade Halloween costumes! So it was a win-win (ok and lose for my mom)…

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

These grilled stuffed jalapeno peppers are the perfect appetizer when hosting an outdoor BBQ! Make them ahead of time and when your guests arrive toss them on the grill for a few minutes!  They are no muss and a lot of fuss appetizer! Fuss = people are guaranteed to talk about how good they are!…

Super Hero Birthday Party!

My kids are getting to the age where they want (ok demand) a say in their birthday party theme. Sigh. So the future 4 year old’s request: Batman. Mother’s compromise: Super Hero Birthday Party done on the cheap and easy. Cheap & easy Birthday Party location? A public park with a splash pad (July birthday)!…

How to Build a Pergola (attached to a house)

I’ve been determined to make our backyard space more inviting. I also went down a slippery slope when deciding how to accomplish this task. Basically I went from needing a new patio umbrella canopy, to then needing a tilted umbrella (to block the setting sun), to wanting a retractable awning, to building a pergola. Makes…

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

I mean who doesn’t love Cookie Monster?! My kids are obsessed with Sesame Street and these Cookie Monster cupcakes were a cute addition to my son’s 2nd birthday party! Just grab your favorite boxed cake mix, a can of vanilla icing, blue food coloring, Oreo cookies and some candy eyeballs – and you too will…

How to Install a Paver Patio

Our backyard needed work (and it still does)! But one of our first decisions when making-over our backyard was to install a paver patio. Like all things – I researched the cost of having someone install a paver patio. The result = expensive. This didn’t seem like a “hard project” so I talked my husband…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Easter around here means homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs! These things are dangerous! Dangerously good! And super easy to throw together since they only involve a few items (that you probably already have in your kitchen)! Word is – even the Easter Bunny enjoys them! So why not leave a plate of these out for…

(Hot) Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Aren’t these (hot) chocolate cupcakes adorable!? They look like they take a lot effort – but they are…(you guessed it)…so easy to whip up! Especially when you grab your favorite chocolate box mix! You’ll add a personal touch with a stabilizing whipped cream frosting, dark chocolate curls and paper mug handle. Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients 1…

Candied Pecans

These Candied Pecans are our go-to holiday gift giving treat! We’ve been supplying them to teachers, co-workers, neighbors and hostesses for years! And what do they always say? “Thank you and can I have the recipe?” So here it is! Ingredients  16 ounces pecans 1 tablespoon water 1 egg white 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon…

Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pies

It’s the holidays. You’re in charge of a dessert. You’ve been there, done that with bringing a pumpkin pie, apple pie, brownies – you name it. Then you’re like, “Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pies could be fun!” At least this was our thought process. So “Whoop Here It Is” – How to make Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie…

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

We *were* the kind of family who served canned cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that. We love the stuff. But the only reason we continued to serve it was because we thought making cranberry sauce was hard. Ha! Making homemade cranberry sauce is the easy part. The hard part is coming to terms…