Category Archives: For Fun

Being that I have been an avid blog-hopper and I love getting ideas from the “www”, it should be no surprise that Pinterest has become my latest addiction.  It used to be that when I found a craft, recipe, kid’s activity, or anythings else that I wanted to come back to again and again, I had to bookmark it.  I think I had like 200+ bookmarks on my computer.  So hard to manage that.  And THEN, last February I “discovered” Pinterest.  It was, and has been, my best book-mark saver EVER.  You can read about the purpose of it HERE, to save me from having to explain it all.  Essentially it’s a virtual pinboard to pin ideas and projects that you find out there in computer land.  It’s awesome.  And very addicting.  I have over 300 pins attached to 14 different boards and that number increases almost daily (see it HERE).  Like I said, it’s addicting.

Anyway, today I implemented one of those pinned ideas (see, it’s useful!!) to make these for the kids’ lunch:

This is how mine turned out:

Fun right?  Maybe a tad bizarre, but the kids loved them!  Something I never would have thought of, if not for Pinterest! :)

Not only is it a gorgeous sunny day here, but signs of spring are popping up everywhere…and one of the places is the small evergreen tree in front of our house. For about a week now I’ve been noticing some small birds hanging out in and around the tree, dodging in and out of it’s thick branches.  On a whim this morning I thought I’d see if there was a nest in there and look what I found…

Baby birdies!

Aren't they cute? Tom says they are ugly as sin, but then that's Tom for ya.

I try not to bother them too much, but I feel a little like their guardian now.  The mommy bird is tiny (have no idea what species of bird she is…maybe a sparrow?) and the annoyingly large and loud crows seem to be eying the tree.  Am I paranoid?  Do birds eat other birds?  (my biology teacher would be so proud just about now…)
Anyway, it’s a neat highlight in the week before Easter.  Oh, and here’s *my*baby bird enjoying the spring too:

 

So, I’m not really a fan of St. Paddy’s Day…meaning the holiday. The man, St. Patrick?  Good Christian Saint whose death somehow became synonymous with green beer.  I’m sure there is a whole history lesson in there but mostly what I remember about St. Pat’s Day is being pinched a lot for not wearing green.   How mean is that, seriously?!   I’m also not Irish and do not like corned beef or cabbage, so there you go.

BUT I do like the fun fun dessert-y variations of St. Pat’s Day.  Today, browsing the blogosphere, I found this great ideafor those of you who actually make special treats around this holiday:

I love the idea of cupcakes in a jar, and actually tried it with red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day this year.  Lesson one learned:  that mason jars aren’t ideal for this project (they CAN work in a pinch though), and lesson two:  the spoon tied to the jar with twine finishes the look.  I ran out of time making them and wound up giving cupcakes in bare mason jars to friends who most likely thought it was odd at best.  I seem to get worse at time management the longer I am a stay-at-home-mom…real world skill sets quickly atrophy when you’re home with munchkins all day.  *sigh*
Anyway, instead of making anything like this, I thought I’d pass this recipe on to true over-achievers to try.  And, if you get a chance, check out her entire blog, she is so hilarious!  She also has some other great recipe ideas and tremendous creativity.  A new fave for me.

Oh, and before I run to stop my 2yo from mowing over dog poop mounds with her toy lawnmower, check out this fabulous  “Goldilocks and the 3 bears” birthday party idea.  I find things like this a bit over the top, but still have to share the amazing way it all turned out.  I am seriously impressed with that kind of dedication to kids who would rather jump on a bed than eat at it, and it gives me some inspiration for E’s next b-day party.

One of my favorite online digital scrapbook stores is Little Dreamer Designs. I absolutely go nuts over many of their kits, and have amassed quite the library on my computer…with the hope of someday assembling the scrapbooks I want need to make!

But that is a blog post for another day.

In the spirit of Christmas giving, LDD is offering *free goodies* for each of the 25 days of Christmas (you can sign up hereto start getting them daily via e-mail).  Today I received these adorable recipe cards that can be printed and written on with favorite holiday recipes for friends and family:

Fun and festive!  Unfortunately I am not able to redistribute these for downloading (I pleaded asked).  BUT if you sign up now, there will be more in the future…along with other fun items you might like.
Oh, and for the record, none of this shameless promotion benefits me.  I just like to share the things I get excited about! :)

Happy Holidays!

I recently went to a party where someone made candied apples.  Yum, right?  I love candied apples, especially in the fall season.  BUT I just don’t like how big and messy they can be.  Not only that, but I like to have the coating with every bite of apple and end up wasting much of the apple.

So, you can only imagine how excited I was to find this recipe for (wait for it) mini candied apples!  This would be a great activity to do with the kids, or even for a Halloween party.

You will need:
4-inch lollipop sticks
Melon baller
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch, chocolate, or peanut butter chips*
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (or whatever your heart desires!)
Small paper candy cups

   *caramel may not adhere to the apple without the peel, per a comment on the website
 
Instructions
First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). 
With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. 
Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.
Melt the chips according to the package directions. 
Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. 
Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.

Enjoy!

p.s. Ok, so I read the reviews and found that many had problems with the coating sliding off. Someone recommended using caramel sheets instead. At any rate, this is definitely a “trial & error” recipe!