Dec 042017

Make a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family on Christmas morning with these Christmas Breakfast Dishes. Many can be made ahead, too!

I love planning ahead for Christmas morning to have a wonderful breakfast for the family and me to sit down and enjoy after we open our presents. A lot of these recipes you can prep ahead and toss in the oven first thing, and once you are finished with presents you will have a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family. 

Christmas Breakfast Dishes 

Cowboy Christmas Casserole| A hearty dish to serve up, it has eggs, sausage, and more to add maximum flavor and leave you full until lunch. 

Hashbrown Casserole with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese| A crispy and savory dish you can make up to fill up all your bellies. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions for the ultimate flavor. 

Easy Breakfast Braid| Scrambled eggs, ham, onions, peppers and wrapped up in a braid crescent roll. The crescent rolls are perfectly flakey and act as the perfect crust for this. 

Overnight Praline French Toast| Here is a sweeter breakfast option. Prep this french toast the night before and then just heat it up in the morning. 

Gingerbread Waffles| Make holiday inspired waffles. A rich and spice filled gingerbread waffle will for sure get you in the holiday spirit this season.  Continue reading »

Dec 032017

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

I have a very distinct memory of making clothespin ornaments when I was in Girl Scouts. My troop had met up and spent an entire Saturday making the ornaments for a fundraiser. We made male & female ice skaters, snowmen and Mr. & Mrs. Santa. ornaments. Of course my mom bought one of each and they were hung on our Christmas tree for many years after that. As my sister, brother and I grew up and moved out, my parents downsized their tree and stopped putting up all of the mismatched ornaments that we made over the years.

After my mom passed earlier this year, my sister and I (and our spouses) helped my dad clean out his attic and we came across a box of their old ornaments. I only found the female ice skater and the snowman, so I decided that I was going to try to recreate the Santa one.  And that’s how I came up with this Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. Right now, it’s just a Santa clothespin, but I do plan on attaching a piece of string to the back and hanging him on my tree this year – along with the vintage ice skater and snowman.

Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Red and flesh color acrylic craft paint
  • Red felt
  • Cotton balls
  • Small googly eyes
  • Red puffy paint
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

Here’s what you do:
1. Lay out a couple pieces of scrap paper or newspaper before you get started (so you don’t get paint on your good surfaces).
2. Paint the top front 1/3 of the clothespin with your flesh colored paint and paint the bottom 2/3 with your red paint and be sure to let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Nov 262017

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

You leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, right? But what about Santa’s reindeer?  A little birdie told me years ago that if you sprinkle some Magic Reindeer Food outside on Christmas Eve, it will make it easier for the reindeer to find your house. We make magic reindeer food every year and my boys love running outside before bed to sprinkle it all over the ground for the reindeer.  It’s easy to make and you can even double/triple the batch to make enough for your kids to bring some into school to share with their friends.

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

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Nov 202017

 If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are incredibly easy to make and they are absolutely adorable.  I’ve made them a few times already this year and will undoubtedly be making them again and again before December 25th.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie Mix
  • Eggs (the number specified on the box of brownie mix)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Green Frosting
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Nonpareils (Round Sprinkles) or Christmas sprinkles
  • Star Sprinkles

If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!

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Nov 122017

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

If you are looking for a super easy treat to make for the kiddos this Christmas, how about making these Rudolph Pretzel Treats. They happen to be a favorite in my house because they contain that highly sought after mix of sweet and savory. I made them as an after-school snack for my boys, but they would be a fun snack to send into school with the kids or even to bring to a Christmas party you’re going to. One of the reasons I love these Rudolph Pretzel Treats so much is because they are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable.

Rudolph Pretzel Treats

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

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Nov 052017

If you are looking for simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal this year, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can add up really quickly. I have some simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal. If you are looking for simple ways to save some money, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Tips on How to Save On Your Thanksgiving Meal

Potluck Style
Create a menu and ask your guest to bring a dish. That way they can see what you are making as well as everyone else and picks a dish to compliment. This is a simple way everyone can help contribute to the meal and take stress off the host. When you have a list of what people are bringing you don’t have to guess what else you need to make.

Free Turkey With Purchase
Most stores will offer greatly discounted prices on turkeys and even free ones. Stores will run promotions free turkey with a select amount of money spent. Keep an eye out at your local stores to see when the low prices or freebie offers begin. Continue reading »

Oct 222017

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Thanksgiving is going to be weird for us this year.  It’s the first one without my mom and my dad said that he’s not doing holidays at his house anymore. I get it, but since most holidays have been held at their house since, well forever, it’s going to be weird to have them elsewhere. My sister is taking Christmas at her house this year, so I took Thanksgiving. I know that since it’s going to be the first major holiday without mom, it’s going to be extra hard for all of us.  That’s why I decided I wanted to try to make Thanksgiving as fun as possible this year.  One way that I am making it fun is by putting out some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys at each place setting. They are pretty easy to make and they are wicked cute!

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Chocolate Kiss Turkeys

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May 082017

Mother’s Day is going to be here before you know it (seriously – it’s this weekend)! Growing up, my sister brother and I always made my mom breakfast. Somehow over the years it seems that most people have transitioned from breakfast to brunch and that is a-ok by me. I love brunch and I am always on the lookout for great new things to try when I host brunch. Lucky for you, I recently found a bunch of great new recipes that are perfect for brunch. These Mother’s Day brunch recipes are sure to please mom (and everyone else) on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Crumple Doughnuts

Breakfast Tacos

Nutella Deviled Strawberries

Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast Continue reading »

Apr 102017

I’ve hosted several Easter dinners at my house over the years, but this year I am happy to say I’m just a guest. My parents are hosting this year, but of course I can’t show up to their house empty handed.  Since my parents are making the meal (and they are feeding 12 people, so I know it’s a lot of work), I offered to bring a dessert – actually, I had told them I would bring a couple of Easter desserts because I want to make sure there’s enough for everyone.

That left me with the big decision of what to make.  I spent some time searching the internet for festive Easter desserts and treats the other day and came up with more than I could ever possibly make – but they were sure fun to look at. Here are some of the yummy recipes I found:

Easter Blossom Cookies

Italian Easter Bread

Carrot Cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes Continue reading »

Apr 032017

Can you believe that Easter is right around the corner. This year is flying by, and soon we will be coloring Easter eggs and having scavenger hunts. I thought it could be fun to share some really inexpensive Easter inspired crafts that are from the Dollar Store. You don’t have to be super crafty to do these! Plus if you have children, they could really enjoy helping make some of these.

Below you will find a list of different Dollar Store Easter Crafts for you to create this year. You could give these as gifts to friends and loved ones, or use to decorate your home with. Either way they are fun to create and adorable to look at!

Dollar Store Easter Inspired Decor For The Home

DIY Spring Wreath (The Happy Housie): In five minutes you can create this simple, yet adorable spring wreath. Everyone will be asking where you bought this beautiful piece.

Easter Mason Jars (Mason Jar Crafts): These are beyond adorable, and would be great to display on your kitchen table or on a shelf! If you can’t find a mason jar at your store, just buy a neat jar! Anything will work!

Easter Nest Hurricane Glass (Salt and Pepper Moms): This is a stunning piece and would look gorgeous to display in your home for Easter. Continue reading »

Mar 262017

Confession: I have more broken crayon bits in my house than actual whole crayons. It goes something like this – We get a new pack of crayons, the kids use them once or twice, 2/3 of them break and all of those broken pieces end up somewhere in the abyss. And because apparently no one in my family knows how to clean up after themselves, I would end up finding these little crayon pieces all over the place and at some point I decided that enough was enough.  I grabbed an old shoe box and started putting all the broken crayons I came across in there….and there they have sat, collecting dust, for several years.

I was at the store recently and found a really cute bunny mold. I thought it would be super cute to make new crayons out of and that’s exactly what I did. I took out the box of old crayons and got to work making some bunny crayons with the kids. It’s a fun Easter activity to do with the kids and they seriously could not be easier to make!

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Mar 192017

I end up volunteering to bring desserts a lot when we have family dinners because I know that I can whip up a bark recipe and everyone will be really happy to see me walk in the door with it. Actually, a lot of people request it and when there is a holiday coming up, I try to get as festive as possible. This Jellybean Bark that I came up with for Easter dinner fits the festive bill and if your family is anything like mine, it will go like hot cakes. Plus it’s super easy to make and the best part is that you only need a few ingredients to make it.

If you signed up to bring dessert to Easter dinner this year, why not make this Jellybean Bark?

Jellybean Bark

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups white candy melts
  • Jellybeans
  • Easter sprinkles
  • Edible Easter grass

You will also need:
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Mar 142017

When I was a kid, as soon as I got home from school there was always a snack there waiting for me.  My mom loved to bake and nine times out of ten, my after-school snack was a delicious homemade treat.  Now that I am the mom, I like to do the same for my boys and I get especially giddy when there’s a holiday coming up because that means I can make fun themed treats for them.

There’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day treat recipes out there, but I found quite a few good ones and have a nice collection of them for you here today. I am going to make it my mission to make everything on this list for my boys. And for the record, I’m making all of the ones that use Lucky Charms as one of the ingredients first because that is just plain awesome.

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts and Treats:

Gold Coins

St Patrick’s Day Oreos

Lucky Charm Munch

Cake Batter Brownies

Shamrock Parfait Continue reading »

Mar 122017

I found myself babysitting some little ones recently and since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make a fun craft with them. We ended up making this Felt Clover Craft and the girls were so happy with them when we were done. This craft is pretty easy to make and with a little help from a grownup, real little ones can do most of it by themselves.

Felt Clover Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Green felt
  • Green craft paying
  • Paint brush
  • Threaded needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:
1. Cut out 4 identical (or as close as you can get) hearts (about 1.5″X 1.5″) from your green felt. Continue reading »

Mar 062017

Many of you know that I volunteer in my son’s 3rd grade class. It’s one of the most rewarding things I do and I truly love spending time with all the kids. I am at the school two mornings a week and they are the highlight of my week.

My son is in a pretty small class (18 kids including my son), which makes it even better. If you’ve been around here for a while you know about our struggle to get him diagnosed with ADD, but once we did he got placed in an inclusion classroom – and it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to him. He’s having the best school year he’s ever had and a BIG part of that is his teacher, the classroom aide and the awesome kids in his class.

But I digress…..

On the days I go in to the school, I arrive about 9 am. When I get there the kids are usually working on their “morning work” which is either a math worksheet, a writing assignment or sometimes it’s a puzzle. The other day when I was there, the kids were working on a puzzle. It was a winter themed word scramble and as I was helping some of the kids figure out the words, I thought to myself “I should make one for St. Patrick’s Day”.

So that’s what I did. Continue reading »

Feb 262017

If you’re looking for an easy, fun snack idea for St. Patrick’s Day, this recipe for Leprechaun Bark aught to do it.  It’s colorful and has a great mix of flavors in every bite. My kids love when I make this for them and yours will, too. Leprechaun bark makes a great after-school snack or pack it up and save it for dessert after your boiled dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.  Either way, it’s sure to be a big hit.

Leprechaun Bark

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Feb 192017

When I was a kid, I feel like I barely heard about St. Patrick’s Day. Sure there is a big parade in Boston (that my parents never took me to see despite my incessant begging) and in school we’d all wear green – but that was about it. It seems like as the years have passed, this “holiday” has picked up steam and nowadays, people go all out. So I am jumping on the bandwagon, too! I decided to make some Minty M&M Cookies, which are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because of the colors of the M&M’s! And c’mon, who doesn’t love a warm M&M cookie right out of the oven? Yummers.

Anyhow, they are super easy to make and will make for a nice surprise for the kiddos one day when they get off the bus.

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Feb 142017

I volunteer in my son’s third grade class several times a week. Although it’s shocking to me that not all teachers like parent volunteers, this year my son’s teacher loves when parents help out.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my little guy has had his fair share of struggles in school (before an ADHD diagnosis last year) and I am so happy to report that this year he is finally on the right track. It’s been so wonderful to see him blossom and his teacher is a very big part of his growth.  Seriously, I love her and I am so thankful that she lets me come in and spend time with the kids every week.

Since I am in the classroom so often, I have gotten to know all of the kids and spending time with them is one of the highlights of my week.  It’s a great group of kids and as I already mentioned, their teacher is great. In addition to my time, I try to help out in other ways.  I bring in tissues, supplies and other things from time to time & since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun if I made this Easy Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Craft to help decorate the classroom. Continue reading »

Feb 062017

My sister & her hubby just bought a new home in 2016 and do you know what they’re lacking in?  Decor!  Especially holiday decor. They had a great apartment before they bought the house, but now that they have a whole house to fill – I wanted to help them fill it. Cue this easy DIY Conversation Heart Frame for Valentine’s Day. Not only is it super easy to make, it’s adorable!

I actually ended up making them two frames so that they could have a matching set & you can, too!  This DIY Conversation Heart Frame is an awesome way to decorate your home or workspace for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what you need:

  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Conversation hearts
  • Craft sticks
  • White craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush

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Jan 082017

My boys are basically obsessed with anything emoji related. They both got a bunch of emoji paraphernalia for Christmas and I think for both of them, the emoji gifts that they received rank highest among their favorites. Especially those poop emoji slippers that my little man got….

The emoji obsession in my house got me thinking. I wanted to make a fun snack for my boys that was emoji related and then it hit me – Valentine’s Day is coming up and the heart eyes emoji would be PERFECT to put on Rice Krispie Treats. If you are looking for a fun Valentine’s Day treat, you seriously don’t have to look any further than these Emoji Rice Krispie Treats. They are really easy to make and trust me, they will be a huge hit with your kids like they were with mine.

Here’s what you need:

  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 4.5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup red Wilton candy melts
  • Black sparkle gel icing

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