Tag Archives: Holidays

St. Patrick’s Party

15 Mar

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!!!

We are getting ready for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and to keep the celebration going, we will be going to the O’Rourke’s for their annual St. Patrick’s Day party.

Here are some ideas for you to help celebrate the occasion with your family and friends:

Candy Bar

Check out all the cute ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day candy/dessert bar from http://party-wagon.com/childrens-party-blog/2012/3/15/sweet-st-patricks-day.html

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St. Patrick’s Day Printables

Found these through Pinterest and thought they were great:

http://livelaughrowe.com/irish-blessing-printables/

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St. Patrick’s Décor

Check this out for the fastest way to decorate with great colors:

http://www.twotwentyone.net/2011/02/thrifty-hurricane-tutorial/

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The real staples of a St. Patrick’s Day event – Corned Beef and Cabbage and Scones

Corned Beef is a really easy meal to make – and it definitely tastes better the next day.  Check out this super simple recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corned-beef-and-cabbage-i/

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And being a 1st generation Irish American girl, I would never offer up a recipe for traditional Irish Scones off the internet – it’s just not done in my house.  You have to use my Aunt Bridget’s recipe to make scones

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!!

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Last Minute Christmas To-Do’s

19 Dec

It’s Not Too Late!

OK, it is just a week before Christmas and you are not ready.

Where do you start?

What do you do?

busy christmas

Before you throw your hands up and surrender, stop for a minute and evaluate what you CAN get done to make this holiday memorable. Here is a step-by-step guide on guide you through so you get the basics done before the holiday.

santa - xmas list

Make a List and Check it Twice

The first thing you should do is make a list of what you need to do. Let’s face it, you don’t have time to run around like a chicken with your head cut off!  Every minute counts and the more organized you are, the more productive you will be.

I am including a copy of a last minute To-Do list to be sure you get the basics done.

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Last Minute Decor

It’s not too late to make the house look festive

There are just a few simple steps (ok, except the step abut putting up the tree) that can be done in just a few minutes of your time.

Hang Wreath on Door – 5 minutes – tops

Hang Stockings – another 5 minutes

Candles in the Windows – 10-15 minutes – depending on how many windows you have in your house…

Set up Tree – whether real or artificial, this is a ‘must do’ for the holiday! Although this isn’t a 5 minute project, setting up a tree this weekend is a perfect opportunity to spend time with family

Cookies for Santa – don’t forget to put the cookies out for Santa! And a glass of milk! And don’t forget carrots for the reindeer!

Gifts Under the Tree – the final touch to make Christmas morning special

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Last Minute Errands To-Do

The better you are organized when leaving the house, the more effective your errands will be. Before you leave the house, make sure you take with you any coupons or lists you have. One of the biggest time-savers I have found is being able to buy stamps AND gift cards for many retailers right at the grocery store. So you may have to be a bit flexible when it comes to store selections or gift card amounts, but seriously, IT’S JUST A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!

Get Tree – chop one down, get one pre-cut at a lot, buy an artificial one – whatever you prefer

Pick Up Christmas Cards – if you ordered them online, swing by the retailer that is printing them for you

Shop for Gifts – If you live near a Wal-Mart or Target, you can seriously knock off a bunch of your list in these type of department stores…

Shop for Meals (don’t forget cookies for Santa & carrots for reindeer!) – Hmmm, one trip to the grocery store can help you with: food, beverages, items to include in a gift basket for a hostess, gift cards, stamps

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Last Minute Correspondence

Last Minute Correspondence For everyone that thought it was just way too later to properly wish your family & friends a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – it’s not! The US Postal Service is working really hard to help folks spread their holiday cheer, but you need to ACT FAST so your wishes get there in time.

Christmas Cards – If you live near a store that offers a 1 hour photo service (Wal-Mart is my favorite for price, quality and speed) you can easily create a Christmas card in the comfort of your own home on their website. Don’t think you need to go through all the hassles of taking a picture of the kids all dressed up in their Holiday finest to get this card done. Lot’s of folks use family pictures from their vacation, or from when they cut down their tree, or any other time of the year when everyone looked happy. My standby holiday card includes a collage of my son playing basketball, baseball and football…

Facebook/Twitter Post wishing everyone a Merry Christmas – While Christmas cards can be sent to your closest family & friends, a lovely heartfelt post on Facebook or Twitter can reach more distant friends.

Thank you notes to staff – A must-do for this time of year. Taking a few moments to write a heartfelt card expressing the gratitude you have for your staff goes a long way for making them feel appreciated. The key here – handwritten notes. Your staff will know and appreciate that even at this busy time of year you took the time to focus on them.

Thank you notes to customers – Another must-do for this time of year. A heartfelt card expressing the gratitude you have for your customers is necessary to maintain relationships you have taken all year to build. If possible – handwritten notes to your largest customers. For companies with many, many customers, a printed card will have to do – if possible, a handwritten signature perhaps?

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Last Minute Miscellaneous Tasks

Last Minute Miscellaneous Tasks You could probably write a list of things you want to get done that is a mile long, but there is no sense getting caught up in the miniscule details that won’t let you enjoy your family time this holiday. Focus on the biggest things and be happy! Key words there – FOCUS and HAPPY!!!

Write up a menu and shopping list – remember, the better your list when leaving the house, the more productive your time will be while you are out and about

Wrap gifts – prioritize your gift wrapping by doing the gifts that need to be handed out first – teachers, bus drivers, staff – and then move on to the gifts for your hostesses and finally your family since those gifts will be given out last. And yes, you won’t be alone if you are wrapping gifts after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve!

Put out cookies for Santa & carrots for reindeer – don’t forget to do this before the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve! You don’t want to give anyone an excuse to get out of bed on Christmas Eve because they realize they forgot to leave a treat for Santa. Especially if the elves are still wrapping gifts!

Follow Santa on a Santa Tracker – There are several apps and online websites that track Santa’s journey around the world on his way to your house. This has proven to be the best way to get kids to bed on Xmas Eve! They have to be asleep so Santa can actually come!!!

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Last Minute Gifts

Sorry, I had to save the biggest task for last…

Last Minute Gifts Gift buying can actually take the longest time of all the tasks you have left to do. Remember that the most memorable gifts you can give are possibly to most unexpected. A generic gift card is nice for most folks, and I certainly love to get a gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks, but have you ever thought to give a gift certificate book to the local car wash, or how about the local movie theater? Gas cards are also a nice treat that most folks might not think of.

Keep in mind that people who get gifts from many folks (teachers, bus drivers, hair dressers) might very well appreciate even the ‘generic’ gift card over a tchotchke (aka chachki) item like a Worlds Greatest Teacher mug filled with hot chocolate fixings… although the hot chocolate might be nice, they really don’t need 30 mugs from this Christmas alone….

Here is a list of the people you may want to remember at this time of year:

Hostesses

School Teachers

Religion Teachers

Bus Drivers

Nanny/Babysitters

Cleaning Lady

Postal Worker

Garbage Removal

Hair Dresser

Door Man

Parents

In-Laws

Kids (from parents)

Kids (from Santa)

Friends

Co-Workers/Boss

Grab Bag Gifts (Gift Exchanges)

Don’t forget to have a few extra gifts stashed away for that awkward exchange when someone hands you a gift and you just weren’t prepared to give them something…. some items that you can have ready include – bottle of wine, gift cards, tin of cookies and nice ornaments. Go as far as actually wrapping these gifts (including a bow) and marking them with a post it note with the contents. This will help to disguise the fact that you didn’t think there would be a gift exchange with them this year….

Merry Xmas-Happy New Year from BGP

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Thanksgiving Recipes

21 Nov

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just one week from today?  Now is the time to kick your Thanksgiving dinner preparations into high gear!

Here are some recipe ideas that should help you out – whether you are cooking the whole meal for your family and friends, or if you just want to bring something to the hostess so you don’t walk in empty handed.

Appetizers

Turkey Vegetable Tray

Turkey Vegetable Tray

http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/10/turkey-vegetable-tray/

Turkey Veggie Platter

Turkey Veggie Platter

http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/turkeyveggieplatter.html

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie en Croute

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie en Croute

http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/holiday-brie-en-croute/

Creamy Artichoke Bruschetta

Creamy Artichoke Bruschetta

http://www.culinary.net/recipes/RecipeDetail.aspx?ID=3512&CourseName=Appetizers&CourseID=1

Soups & Salads

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-butternut-squash-salad-with-warm-cider-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/pumpkin-soup-with-chili-cran-apple-relish-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Main Course

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/A-Simply-Perfect-Roast-Turkey/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Sage

Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Sage

http://www.marthastewart.com/1038824/olive-oil-mashed-potatoes-garlic-and-sage?czone=food%2Fthanksgiving-center%2Fthanksgiving-center-dishes&gallery=274448&slide=1038824&center=276949

Quick Skillet Garlic Green Beans

Quick Skillet Garlic Green Beans

http://magpiesrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/02/quick-skillet-garlic-green-beans.html

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29030-sausage-stuffing

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

http://southernfood.about.com/od/sweetpotatoes/r/bl40329j.htm

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

http://www.katiekayskitchen.com/2013/02/honey-glazed-carrots.html

Desserts

Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pear-apple-and-cranberry-crisp-recipe/index.html

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-blackberry-cobbler-10000001816143/

Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/double-apple-pie-with-cornmeal-crust-10000001831980/

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-pie-recipe/index.html

We are so grateful for our loyal customers and friends and we wish everyone a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Are You Hosting Thanksgiving?

24 Oct

Although Halloween has not yet passed, now is the time to think of Thanksgiving — especially if you are hosting the holiday.

Modern Family Thanksgiving

Plan your menu now including appetizers, main course (turkey, of course!), dessert and beverages.   Purchase any non-perishables early since many of these meal items are on sale now.  Cranberries can be bought and frozen and butternut squash can be stored in a cool place.  Beer, wine and soda can also be purchased in advance.

Thanksgiving Day Menu

If you are serving dinner for a crowd, designate which food items are being contributed by your dinner guests.  Ask them to bring items that require advanced preparation so they will prepare them before arriving at your house.  This will free up more kitchen space and time for you!

family at dinner

Finally, if you are having overnight guest, now is the time to prepare the guest room.  Change the sheets, dust and find some pretty towels.

guest room preparation

Most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff and have a happy Thanksgiving!

May your Thanksgiving be

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year?  What preparations can you possibly do in advance to prepare yourself so you can enjoy the day and not be as stressed out?

 

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Step by Step – How to Make a Bow

10 Oct
Make a bow - step by step guide

Ever wonder how folks make beautiful bows out of ribbon? Turns out, it’s not nearly as hard as you might think. Here is a step by step guide for you to follow so you too can make beautiful ribbon bows for every holiday or occasion.General things to consider before you begin:
• How many ‘loops’ do you want in your bow? When making a bow, you make it from the center outward (and backwards) – the more loops, the fuller the bow
• What kind of ribbon do you want to use? Wired ribbon can be molded and will keep its shape
• Is your ribbon one sided or two? One sided ribbon means that there is a front side (with a pattern or glitter) and a back side (that is plain). Two sided ribbon is the same on both sides. In the instructions below, two sided ribbon doesn’t need to be ‘twisted’ between loops since both sides are the same. 

make a bow - supplies needed

• Spool of ribbon
• Scissors
• Floral wire – green or silver – I prefer to use the wire that blends the best with the ribbon

Make a loop with the ribbon and then twist the one sided ribbon a 1/2 turn so it's ready for the next step.

Depending on how large you want your bow to be, make the center loop by making a circle with the ribbon that will be proportional and hold it with your fingers (front side of ribbon showing). For one sided ribbon, you will need to make sure that the top of the ribbon is facing upward before you start the next step. Where you are holding the ribbon loop together, you need to twist the ribbon a ‘half turn’.

Make the left side of the loop - like when you make the loop when you are tying your shoes...

This first loop will sit on the top of the bow – next to the center loop – so it should be the smallest of all the other loops. Other ‘left side loops’ will be slightly larger than this loop and will sit ‘behind’ this loop. This loop of ribbon is similar to the loop you make while tying your shoe. Hold the loop with your thumb and pointer finger.

If you are using one sided ribbon, you need to twist the ribbon a 1/2 turn so that when you do the next step the pretty side of the ribbon is face up.

On the back side of the bow (the side away from the center loop), twist the ribbon so that the front side of the ribbon is facing upward and ready to make the right side loop. If you are using a double sided ribbon, you can skip this step.

Make the right side of the loop - remember - like tying your shoes...  and don't forget to twist!

From the back side of the bow, make the loop for the right side of the bow – same loop as when you tie your shoe. Hold the loop with your thumb and pointer finger.

Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 to add as many loops as you would like to your bow - the more loops, the fuller the bow.

Continue to make as many loops as you want for your bow
Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 as many times as you want (left loop – twist – right loop) for your bow.

Make a large loop with the ribbon which will eventually represent the "tails" of your bow.  The loop will be cut in half so make the loop as large as you'd like so that 1/2 it's length will become one "tail".

To make the part of the ribbon that hangs down, you need to make one larger loop from the back of your bow. This single loop of ribbon will become 2 ‘tails’ that hang from the finished bow, so the length of this loop should be twice as long as a finished ‘tail’. Secure this loop to the rest of the ribbon by using approximately a 5 inch length of floral wire. The floral wire should be thread through the center loop of the bow and twisted several times (10x or so) at the back of the bow. The bow can be cut away from the remaining spool of ribbon. Any excess floral wire can also be cut away.

To separate the ‘tails’ of your bow, stretch the bow, press the bottom of the tail flat, fold in half(so there are 4 layers of ribbon) and cut the ribbon diagonally from the center of ribbon toward the outside edge.  If you are working with a wired ribbon, you are cutting from the plain edge toward the wired edge.  When you unfold the ribbon, you will have 2 tails that have a triangular cutout.

To separate the ‘tails’ of your bow, stretch the bow, press the bottom of the tail flat, fold in half(so there are 4 layers of ribbon) and cut the ribbon diagonally from the center of ribbon toward the outside edge. If you are working with a wired ribbon, you are cutting from the plain edge toward the wired edge. When you unfold the ribbon, you will have 2 tails that have a triangular cutout.

Did we inspire you to get creative and make your own bow for something special?  Please share what type of bow or where you are planning to add one in the comments section.

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Fun Foods for Memorial Day

23 May

Memorial Day is upon us, and in our house we are having our first get together of the Summer season as we celebrate my son’s 12th birthday.  In planning the party, I went straight to Pinterest to check out all the fun things I’ve been ‘saving up’ for just an occasion.

I thought I’d share with you a few of the ideas that I will be including in our celebration, in the hopes that you might find one or two things that you might want to try to make your memorial Day weekend a bit more festive!  As I go, I will be including the links to the source of these recipes so you can check out what other ideas these authors have that you may like.

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Fruit Flag

Fruit Flag

Strawberry, blueberry and banana kabobs line up beautifully to salute the grand ol’ flag. The berries are the perfect colors for this no-fuss patriotic dessert (marshmallows make perfect white stripes, too). A drizzle of chocolate syrup goes great with these, but either way, kids and grown-ups alike will eat ’em up!

Source:  http://www.partycity.com/content/patriotic+food+ideas.do

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Shirley Temple

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Bring Out the Stars

Bring out the stars – Fun Drink for Kids

A little summer fruit in your party cups is a quick, easy way to turn even the most basic beverage into a festive party drink. Whether it’s sangria or a Shirley Temple, make it U.S.A. all the way by adding sliced star fruit, sliced strawberries and a handful of blueberries. Red, white and blue all the way!

Source:  http://www.partycity.com/content/patriotic+food+ideas.do

Shirley Temple-Drink

1. Add 3-5 ice cubes to a highball OR martini glass.

2. Add 3 ounces of lime juice.

3. Add 3 ounces of Ginger Ale OR substitute it with 7-Up or Sprite.

4. Add a dash of grenadine.

(The grenadine’s function is to serve as color more than taste. Adding too much can make your drink painfully sweet)

5. Add a cherry (or two) and a straw.

6. Stir…and enjoy!

Source:  http://www.squidoo.com/shirley-temple-drink

Red White and Blue Berries

Red White and Blue Berries

Red, White and Blue Berries  (I can’t wait to try these – they look so easy and yummy!!!)

You’ll need:
Strawberries- As many as you plan to dip
1 pkg.white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (bark)- found with baking supplies
Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles (The kind you decorate cookies with)

Directions:

1. Wash your strawberries and let them dry thoroughly. Pat dry if necessary. Set aside.

2. Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper or nonstick foil.

3. Pour about half of the sanding sugar into a small bowl.

4. In another small bowl, melt white chocolate according to directions on package. I usually melt it in small increments in the microwave on low power until about 80% of it is melted. I then stir it until it is completely melted. If it is too thick, add about 1/2 teaspoon shortening (like Crisco) and stir until melted and smooth.

5. Holding a strawberry by the leaves on the stem end, dip into the white chocolate to cover about 2/3 of the berry. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. (If there’s a “glob” of chocolate on the end of the berry, scrape it off onto the side of the bowl.)

6. Dip the bottom third of the chocolate covered berry into the blue sanding sugar.

7. Carefully place each berry onto the prepared tray or baking sheet to set. (They will set quicker in the refrigerator.) Refrigerate until time to serve. These are best served the same day they are prepared!

Source:  http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/06/red-white-and-blue-berries.html

Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

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Berry Cream Cheese Flags

Berry Cream Cheese Pastries

Ingredients

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar (or more)

4 Tbsp. butter, softened

2-3 cups strawberries, hulled

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 cup fresh blueberries

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Lay out thawed puff pastry on a floured surface, and gently using a rolling pin to even out the creases. Use a pizza cutter or a large knife to cut the pastry into your desired shapes. (I made about 16 squares with one sheet, and 6 rectangles with the other sheet, but you can also use cookie cutters or cut different sized shapes.) Lay out the cut pastry dough on a baking sheet or two. Then use a fork to then poke numerous holes into the middle of each piece, to minimize inflation.

3. Bake pastry according to package directions until it is puffed and very lightly golden, about 12-15 minutes. Remove and let cool.

4. While pastry is baking, use a blender or food processor to puree strawberries and sugar. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat.

5. Meanwhile, whisk together (or use an electric mixer to combine) the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar on medium-high speed until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if you would like a thicker cream cheese spread.

6. Assemble the pastries by topping the cooked puff pastries with the cream cheese spread, then layer with the drizzled strawberry mixture and blueberries. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to a few days.

Source:  http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/berry-cream-cheese-pastries/

Please share with us what your plans are to make this Memorial Day special!!!

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What I Want for Mother’s Day…

9 May

Well, I got the text I was waiting for a few days ago from my husband…. “anything specific you want for Mother’s Day from your boys?”

text message

After 20 years of marriage, and 11 years of being a mom, my husband knows that randomly picking a gift for me doesn’t always work.

wedding ring

I’ve received several gift certificates to a “spa” for a massage, or facial, or some other luxurious service where I can be pampered for an hour or two, to emerge feeling like a new woman.  Problem is, I’m a busy woman, and ‘pampering myself’ usually falls to the bottom of my very long to-do list.

gift certificate

My greatest satisfaction is doing things for others so I have never enjoyed splurging on something just for me.  I guess the thought of feeling selfish overpowers the ‘relaxing’ feeling of the spa service itself.  I find it hard to actually unplug and relax – and often find myself just running through my ‘to do’ list to figure out what I should be doing once I finish with the treatment I’m in the middle of ‘enjoying’.

to do list

I’ve actually let gift certificates pile up unused for a period of years.  Feeling guilty about not using them, I decided I would procrastinate no longer and actually set aside a day to use them.  I made the call to get an appointment, only to find out that the salon I had these gift certificates for actually closed their doors and were out of business.  Now I had the opportunity to feel guilty that we were losing the money that my husband intended me to enjoy…

massage

Time seems to get away from us… I am always busy running my own business and volunteering countless hours for our town’s Little League organization by running a concession stand and being Parents Auxiliary President.  My husband is Secretary of Little League, coaches our son’s baseball & football team’s and is President of our town’s Youth Football league.  Did I forget to mention he also works full time?  I find that our family is rarely home at the same time.

baseball coach                    football state champshot dogs

This year’s text from my husband made me stop and think about what I really want.  After just a few moments, I decided what I want for Mother’s Day.

Landscaping stones.  Yes, you read that right – what I want for Mother’s Day is landscaping stones… Well, not just landscaping stones, I want landscaping stones AND the time from my husband and son to work on our landscaping together and get this project done.  They aren’t glamorous, they aren’t luxurious, but none the less, it is what I want for Mother’s Day.  I told my husband what I want when he came home for lunch that day.  He just grinned knowing that as ridiculous as it sounds for a Mother’s Day gift, it is what will make me the most happy.

A girl wants what a girl wants…

red landscape stones                    oh well shrug                    Kevin mowing lawn

What are YOU hoping for on Mother’s Day?  Share your thoughts with us by commenting on this post.

Anne-Marie Dunn is the owner of www.BaptismalGownsPlus.com

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An Easter Story – Gift Mix

28 Mar

I found this wonderful gift idea that I found on clubhousemagazine.com.  This can help you teach your younger children about Easter – it’s a super simple mix that you can put together with your children.  After you bag the mix up, you can have the kids hand this out to grandparents, aunt & uncles and friends.  Each time they hand a gift out, the kids can explain the significance of each of the ingredients.

Easter Story Mix

by Grace and Liberty from Nebraskacross with flowers

 

Gather the ingredients

pretzel sticks (represent the Cross)

Hershey’s Kisses (God’s love for you)

dried cranberries (the blood He shed)

vanilla wafers (the stone that rolled away)

gummy bears or jellybeans (your new life in Christ)

Get to work

1. Mix equal amounts of ingredients in large bowl.

2. Put into fun bags with the poem below. Give them to friends and neighbors as an Easter gift:kids with grandparents

The Cross where Jesus died,

The love for you He felt inside,

The stone He rolled away,

The life He brings today.

 

Easter is a gift, it’s true,

A special present from God to you.

We hope you enjoy this special treat

That makes this holy day extra sweet!

easter

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Easter Fun

23 Mar

Easter is a time of renewal and new beginnings.  It’s a time that hints of spring and all the promise of re-birth.  Get the supplies together and spend some time with your family and try some of these fun projects to make this Easter more memorable!

So Easy! – Chicks in a Nest CupcakesEaster-Cupcakes-Coconut-Jordan-Almonds

Bake any flavor cupcakes according to package directions and let cool.  Lightly toast coconut for the ‘nest’.  (Spread shredded coconut on a baking pan and put in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for no more than 5-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes for even toasting.  Sweetened coconut will toast faster due to the higher sugar content.)

Now the fun begins!  Using food safe decorating pens, you can draw eyes and a triangle shaped beak on Jordan almonds.  Families with nut allergies can use Cadbury mini eggs or candy coated malted milk balls to make their chicks.  Generously frost the cupcakes and roll them in the toasted coconut to make the nest. Press three ‘chicks’ in each toasted coconut nests and enjoy!

Easter Colorincoloring Easter pictureg Pages

Fast and free printable Easter coloring pages – Here are some of my favorite sites to print Easter coloring pages.  Print as many pages as you need – whatever pictures you kids like.

http://www.easter-coloring.com

http://www.coloring-book.info/coloring/coloring_page.php?id=27

http://twistynoodle.com/coloring-pages/holiday/easter

Polka-Dot Easter Bucket

This project can be used for Easter, or just a fun project that can be used for spring or summer accents.  The fun polka dots lend themselves to all sorts of décor, and can be tailored for any occasion or use.  I like this for a basket to use in an Easter egg hunt, to display candies in, or to hold silverware wrapped in napkins for a fun deck party.  The endless sizes of buckets and colors that can be used make this a very versatile project.

Materials Needed:Polka-Dot-Easter-Bucket

galvanized bucket

white glossy spray paint

round foam brush

craft paint

Directions:

Spray entire bucket white; this will take several coats. Let paint dry in between coats.

Add colorful polka dots by choosing a paint color and dip round foam brush into craft paint.  Push round brush straight down onto surface of the bucket.  Allow to dry over night before using.

Color Easter Eggs:

I know this isn’t a totally radical idea, but the options for coloring eggs today are as varied as the chickens that lay them.

Here are some of the favorite options that I’ve seen:

  • Kids’ Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals

http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/kids-craft-dyed-easter-egg-animals/index.html?soc=hgtvcom6327524

  • GlittGlittered Sticker Eggsered Sticker Eggs

This is an awesome alternative to dying eggs – no muss, no fuss – and has beautiful results.  You can find glittered stickers at and major craft store like Michaels or Jo-Ann etc. or at any scrapbooking section of a department store like Target or Wal-Mart.

  • Tissue Paper Eggs

Materials Needed:

Tissue paper
Crafter’s punch – flower shapedTissue Paper Eggs
Tweezers, optional
Decoupage gel
Paintbrush

Directions:

1. Fold tissue paper four times and punch tissue paper with crafter’s punch.  Separate layers of flower with tweezers or fingers.

2. Paint a thin layer of decoupage gel onto egg.

3. Pick up punched-out shape with paintbrush. Starting from the middle of the punch-out and working outward, gloss over punch-out using paintbrush with thin layer of decoupage gel.

4. Place egg on drying rack and allow to dry completely.

Easter Bunny Mask

This is a classic Easter project for the pre-school, early elementary school age groups.

Materials Needed:easter bunny mask

small paper plate

pink card

scissors

elastic

craft glue

white card

large fawn colored pompom

3 x white chenille sticks (pipe cleaners)

pink paint pen

Directions:

1. Put plate up to face and mark holes for eyes and holes at the sides for the elastic. Cut out eye holes and little holes. (if you are too little for scissors an adult can help you with this). Thread and tie the elastic.

2. Cut out ears from the white card and glue to the top of the mask. Cut smaller ears from pink card and glue in the center of the white ears.

3. Twist the three chenille sticks together in the center and glue to the mask for whiskers. Glue the pompom nose on top. Draw a mouth using the pink paint pen. Now have fun wearing your mask.

Easter Bunny Ears

easter bunny earsMaterials Needed:

Construction paper in white and pink

Scissors

Glue

Stapler

Directions:

  1. Use white and pink construction paper to cut out bunny-ear shapes: two white and two pink, the pink being slightly smaller.
  2. Glue the pink ears onto the white ears.
  3. Glue the ears onto a long strip of construction paper, measure to fit your child’s head, and staple the ends together to form a headband.

Please share your favorite Easter projects or decorating ideas with us by commenting on this post.

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