Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Whimsical Bird Feeder

My latest project...a whimsical bird feeder for garden. I have had fun scouring the resale shops for unique glass wear.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Basketball Oreo Pops

I run the concession stand at my daughter's school and today is the semifinals of the girls basketball tournament. I have been wanting to make oreo pops for awhile now and thought of making them into basketballs. I'm going to sell them at the stand today.

The pops were a bit difficult to make. The biggest issue was the cookie falling off of the stick when dipping into the melted chocolate. After doing some research, the trick is to open up the cookie, dip the end of the stick in the melted chocolate then sandwiching the cookie back together over the stick. The melted chocolate acts like glue. Would I make these again? Probably, but it doesn't look as easy as originally thought.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Piano Bench Makeover

I bought this piano bench at
a garage sale for $10. It has a few chips on the top so I decided to paint it rather than refinish it.

Original finish

I first painted it blue and destressed it. It was ok but the color didn't match my room. Then I heard about chalk paint! Looked at tons of you tube videos and went to Michael's to buy some paint!

I bought grey chalk paint and then decided to paint it that color.

I finally visited the store Sandpaper in my town which sells all kinds of chalk paint and refinishing tools.I bought some wax to finish my project. Great place!
Our local store.....Sandpaper

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Handmade Birthday Cards with stickers

Birthday cards are so expensive now. I would much rather receive a homemade card than a store bought one. At our local Dollar Tree and Five Below store, they have 3 dimensional stickers. I put them on brown notecards and they turned out really nice. I purchased the brown notecards and envelopes at Michaels.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jello Flavored Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks as a child was Jello flavored popcorn. My mom would make different flavors and it didn't last long in our house with 4 kids! This would make a great Super Bowl Party snack. Just choose the colors of your favorite team and find a flavor of Jello that matches!

Jello Flavored Popcorn

(I'd triple or quadruple this recipe for a party)

8-12 cups air popped popcorn

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 small box of flavored gelatin
3 tablespoons of corn syrup

In a small pot melt butter, add sugar, gelatin and corn syrup. Stir constantly until sugars are dissolved. In a large bowl, add 12 cups of air popped popcorn making sure there are no kernels. Pour jello mixture over the top of the popcorn and stir until coated evenly. Pour out popcorn onto a parchment or aluminum lined baking sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Christmas Tags from Christmas Cards

I remember years ago my mom making Christmas tags from Christmas cards. This past December in our 4H group, we brought in old cards and made tags for the Catholic Charities Angel Tree gifts. Today my daughter and I made more tags out of the cards we received this year. You need decorative scissors, regular scissors, punches and ribbon. Cut out parts of the card you think would be nice for a tag. I always hated throwing away everyone's card or storing them. Now they are put to good use. 
Our finished tags! 

Christmas Cards ready to be cut

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

My daughter saw this and begged me to make it for Christmas morning. It was very good! Maybe this will be a yearly tradition.

1/4 cup Butter, melted (I omitted this)
cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing 
1/2 cup half and half
teaspoons ground cinnamon
teaspoons vanilla
cup Chopped Pecans
cup maple syrup


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; place pieces over butter in dish.
  2. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in cream, cinnamon and vanilla until well blended; gently pour over roll pieces. Sprinkle with pecans; drizzle with 1 cup syrup.
  3. Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove covers from icing; microwave on Medium (50%) 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle.
  4. Drizzle icing over top; sprinkle with powdered sugar. If desired, spoon syrup from dish over individual servings. Serve with the additional 1/2 cup maple syrup.