Teacher Appreciation Week Continued…Muffin Bag Topper!

Well you and I both know there’s ‘muffin’ like a great teacher!  Day 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week continues with this FREE, cute printable from yours truly.

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Full disclosure: I stole the muffin saying from my school where we were treated to muffins this morning for Teacher Appreciation Week. Too cute. Love it. So cute that I decided to make my own version to send to school for my daughter’s teachers. And my team (shhhhhh!).

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I bought muffins at the grocery store, wrapped it in wax paper (to avoid the seep through oily paper bag look), and placed it in a brown paper sack.  I printed and cut out the bag topper and folded it over the top of the bag.  Make your fold a little towards the blank side of the topper so that the front of the bag has more topper than the back. Make sense?  Once the topper is on, punch two holes near the top (but not too close) to the top of the fold.  Thread a piece of ribbon through the front of the holes so that both ends are coming out at the back of the bag.

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Take each end and thread it back through the opposite hole to the front. This make a cute little bow with no tying.

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Trim the ends and it’s ready to give!

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You can download the printable HERE!

New ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week! Updated Tea-riffic Teacher

It’s been a little while since I last posted.  A long while, really.  I went back to teaching this year.  It’s been great…and hectic…and my little blog has been the most neglected.  But it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and I just couldn’t let myself miss this opportunity to share some new ideas I’ve been thinking about.  I asked my daughter this year if she wanted to do one big TAW gift or a little gift each day.  She decided on a little treat each day.  Personally, I think that’s the best way to go.  Teachers are not a picky people.  A candy bar or some new post-it notes always excites :)  Plus, she’s in 5th grade this year and I know this is pretty much it.

First up…the updated tea-riffic tag.  These water bottle covers were the original tea-riffic idea. It’s a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  This year I wanted to do something just a little different.

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I bought individual sweet tea bottles (found them at Target) for her teachers, tied them up with a cute paper straw and added a tag.  I think they turned out adorable.  Still a cute, easy, and inexpensive idea.  And although I’m a little late getting these up, you can still make these and send them to school this week.  I’ve set up two downloads…one has 3 ‘for my tea-riffic teacher’ and 3 ‘for a tea-riffic teacher’ tags, the other download is ‘for a tea-riffic person.’  I get so many requests to change wording that I thought I would try and make something a bit more generic for some of you. Hope that helps. I, of course, signed Lauren’s name to the tag, but the download is blank for your little cutie to sign for themselves.

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Happy printing!

p.s. my teacher teammates are getting a tag on some sweet tea tomorrow, too!

{Lifestyle Crafts} Cupcake Bunting

It’s been a hectic week.  Just one of those weeks where everyone needs to be in a different place dressed in a uniform (or some other kind of ‘special’ clothes) all on the same day at the same time.  So I made cupcakes.  And, because I like cute things, I made my cupcakes cute using my new goodies from Lifestyle Crafts.  These would work for really any occasion, like Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or, like today, just Friday.

 

Here are my goodies…

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I got to play with letterpress paper, the Quickstik (super love), and the new detailz dies in banners and flags.  The new detailz dies cut AND emboss at the same time.  They cut clean and the embossing is very pretty.  The paper is nice and thick and the embossing shows up well.  And the Quickstik…?  Well it’s genius.  You can use it to pick up tiny pieces (has a little sticky tip), place your items, and poke out the detailing on your dies.  Love it.  I can see lots of uses for this thing.  I even used it to thread the baker’s twine through the banners!

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Back to cupcakes.  First, let me say that I am a cupcake purist.  I like white cake and white icing.  Like wedding cake.  And you can’t beat wedding cake.  Second, a cupcake serving size is not one cupcake.  Please.  You need at least two.  So my cute cupcake bunting uses two cupcakes.  So you have to eat them both.

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Taaaa-daaaa!  Cute, right?  I used baker’s twine and long lollipop sticks.  I know they’re white, but I think you can see the embossing detail.  I just wanted to use that yummy paper.

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Perfect cuts.  And love how the die cuts the little slits for the string, too.  I used my Quickstik to thread those through.  I wanted to use the flag dies, too.  Especially the one with the embossed THANKS on it.  Very cute.  I can see this being used on bunches on things.  Quick, cute, and easy.  Just the way I like it.

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It’s a super sunny day (hallelujah!), so the pictures don’t so these dies justice.  Trust me…pretty, pretty, pretty.

As always, Lifestyle Crafts lets my readers have a 20% discount…just use the code LADY.  And there’s a linky on the sidebar.  I’m off to eat my cupcakes and celebrate Friday.

{tried it Tuesday} Parm Ranch Chicken

I’m totally hooked on Pinterest.  I love to pin new things, but often forget to go back and actually look at the things I wanted to pin.  I’ve started doing this…and I found a recipe to try.  The Krazy Coupon Lady calls it Breaded Parmesan Ranch Chicken.  We call it Ranch Chicken for short….oh, and we also call it YUMMY!  It’s not exactly the super healthiest.  I tried to make it a bit better by using the ‘better for you’ butter, but it is truly yummy and it’s something the whole family will eat (MIRACLE!).

The original link.  My Dinner Plan board.

You can grab the recipe from Krazy Coupon Lady, but just make sure you have chicken breasts (or tenders), corn flakes, shredded parmesan cheese, a packet of Ranch Dressing Mix, and a cube or so of butter.

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{12 Days} Staching Through the Snow!


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It’s my turn!  Welcome everyone following the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas!

December is a busy month for us.  We have all of the usual happy, merry craziness and my daughter’s birthday is only a few days before Christmas.  {That’s good story, but for another time}  Many years, school has already let out for the holidays by the time her birthday comes.  This year she will still be in school…which means we have put much thought into what will be taken to school for the birthday treat!

My daughter is kind of obsessed with mustaches.  I know it’s a trend…they are everywhere.  So we came up with a cute treat that’s holiday-ish, birthday-ish, use-for-what-ever-winter-themed-thing-you-have-going-on treat….chocolate mustaches!  And with the cute tag, we’ll be Staching Through the Snow!

I found all of the supplies at the craft store (I would even check Wal-Mart first).

Mustache candy mold

Candy melts

Lollipop sticks

Cello bags (I used shaped bags)

Ribbon

Staching tag (FREE printable!)

These were really easy.  Basically melt, pour, fridge, wrap, and tie.

Fill half of the candy cavity with melted candy.  Gently tap the mold on a hard surface, so that any air bubble will rise to the top.  Insert the lollipop stick into the groove on the mold and turn the stick to coat it all around.  Continue to fill the mold until full.  Place the mold in the fridge to harden.

When you take the mold out, give it a gentle twist and the mustache will pop out.  Place in the bag, tie with ribbon and tag.

 

Prepare to have one happy mustach-i-oed camper!

 

You can ‘stache through the snow, too, with these free printable tags!  Enjoy!

 

We’ve been ‘staching everything aorund here…

Need to catch up on some posts?  See all of the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas posts…

Day 1 with Pam…free stuff!

Day 2 with Mari…giveaway!

Day 3 with Laura…giveaway!

Day 4 with Kelleigh…link coming soon!

Day 5 with me…free stuff!

{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

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*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.

 

Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{roundup} Welcome, February!

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It’s February…already.  And we’ve had unseasonably warm weather around here, which makes me bittersweet.  I love the weather (and not freezing to death), but it makes we think that Mother Nature has something coming.  My friend predicts a March blizzard.  We’ll see.  I’m all for blizzards when they have chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in them :)

Since it is February now, I thought I should get out some of my February stuff…

Groundhog Day Pudding Cups

The Valentine Wreath

those cute leopard print bags

And to decide what Valentines we’re going to make this year…will it be

or these (or maybe both?)

And don’t forget to grab this one, too!

I’ve got lots of great things planned for February, so be sure to sign up for email updates, subscribe in a reader, check out FB, and follow on Twitter!

 

{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

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Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
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{my real life} Birthday Cup Cakes…literally

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I play bunco with a nice group of ladies.  I think bunco is an Army wife staple…that, knowing where to stuff the TA50, and knowing how to make a green bean casserole.  Anyhoo, it’s a fun excuse to get out of the house.  And I always say, if it’s something I can do with a drink in one hand and while carrying on a conversation, then it’s pretty easy.

This month was my good friend’s turn to host.  And it was also her birthday.  So I made birthday cup cakes.  Not cupcakes.  Cup cakes.  I think we were talking one day and I was saying how I saw some cute clear cups on Pinterest that had been personalized with stickers from Frog Prince Paperie.  Then we started talked about what you could put in the cups.  It might have even been the birthday girl’s good idea to put cupcakes in cups.  And then I remembered this pin, too, from Lisa Storms.  We thought it would be a great idea for kid birthdays…no papers to mess with and maybe a bit less messy.  So I decided to try it out on the bunco ladies.  I’m pretty sure they were a hit with the crowd :)

I found the ‘crystal cut’ plastic cups at Target. I made a simple happy birthday tag for each one, printed them on sticker paper, and cut them out with a 2-inch circle punch.  I loaded each cup with a bit of icing so that the cupcake would stick (plus it’s a nice little treat to get extra icing in the bottom of your cup!).  I plopped the cupcakes in and iced them.  I gave each cake a candle (like I did here) and a bit of yellow frosting for a flame.  The cups actually made it really easy to transport them, too.  I lined a basket with tissue and loaded the cups…the cupcakes didn’t touch each other and it made for a nice little display, too.

And a party just isn’t a party without party favors, so each bunco lady got a little something to take home, too.  And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin!

 

And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin from Poca Cosa via Be Different Act Normal!

 

And the birthday girl was happy with her chocolate cake!

{FAIL} Maybe not such a good idea…

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Just to let you know that not every idea I have necessarily works out…

I bought candy corn and Hershey’s hugs to make these cuties for Halloween

from baking and creating with Avril via cake info and pinned to my board :)

Well, they never got made for Halloween.  But I thought I could maybe change them a bit and use them for Thanksgiving.  I thought the hugs could be bodies, the candy corn could be a beak, mini chocolate chips for eyes…just need something for the waddle (is that what it’s called?).  They could be TURKEYS!  At first I looked at jelly beans for the waddle, but too big I thought.  Then standing in the Walmart checkout I spotted Tic Tacs, in red.  I just knew it would work.

It did not.

Poor guys look kinda like wounded snowmen.

The kids still ate them :)

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