Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Activity Placemat

Recently, Kristen Duke of Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke asked me to work up an activity sheet for Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving Activity Placemat was fun to work on and I'm excited to print it out for the little kiddos in my family this Thanksgiving!
Check out Kristen's post here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Candy Corn Blessings - Your Home Based Mom

I'm excited to direct you to Your Home Based Mom today. She had me put together a design for such a cute and fun family tradition she has. I love this idea. She has a wonderful website. I swear I gain 10 lbs every time I visit her blog and her food photography is drool worthy! Check her out after you see this Candy Corn Blessing post she shared!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pop Up Pizza

I'm all about easy, quick and cheap. If you're looking for something that fits that, then this pop up pizza recipe is for you! 

Here's what you need:

Pillsbury Biscuits
Pizza Sauce
Favorite Toppings
Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins. Press biscuits into the tin and drop a tablespoon of pizza sauce. Put your toppings in and top off with cheese. You want the cheese to cover the top, it doesn't need to thick but you want it to create a nice seal on the top. Bake for 12 - 5 minutes until biscuits are golden and the cheese is all melty. Let the pop up pizzas cool for a minute or two and then pop them out of the tin with a spoon.

Super fast and delicious. They stay in a cute little cup that's perfect for individual servings. My husband likes extra sauce so I serve with a side of warm pizza sauce. This is kid (and husband) friendly and prefect for a quick meal at a the end of a long day or busy night. It's faster and so much cheaper than ordering a pizza, which makes it a keeper for me. You can keep it simple or you can make it a fun activity and let everyone make their own little pizzas. Even my own little 2 year old can help! Serve with a side salad and some fruit and it makes a nice and hearty meal. 

I hope you enjoy this pop up pizza idea! We've had this in the rotation for years - well before our kiddos came along. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards - Free Printables

I've got a fun printable for you today that I shared over on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke! These Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards are sure to add some fun and festive flair to your dinner table this year.

I came up with six different turkey designs to keep it colorful and to give you a variety of choices. 

This is seriously easy. Just print, cut around the edges and then follow the cut and fold marks, write in the names and you are done!

When folded, the place card will have a little tail that keeps it standing. They are very light way and easy to work with. I printed mine on photo paper but any paper, thicker than copy weight will work well for this. 

I seriously love how these turned out and I hope you do too. 

I've been working with Kristen on various projects since this summer and she is so inspiring and positive so I am thrilled to be a new contributor on her site! I'll be sharing a fun printable once a month. This was my first post. If you want to check out the original post, you can see it here

Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY Clip Board Display

My mom gave me the idea of adding a clip to a wood easel or wood piece to display my printables that I feature here for free from time to time and also what I am selling in my Etsy shop. I was thinking through that idea and envisioning a crafted DIY clip board display. Elevate Everyday, another contributor over on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke shared a post with a similar idea of a DIY Art Display. That really gave me the inspiration to actually make this thing and I have to say, I love how it turned out. 

I went to Lowe's and got a 10" wide board. They come in different lengths so you can pick whichever fits how many you wish to make. I had them cut the boards in 12" lengths. 

When you get home, you'll want to paint or stain them. I plan to use these as a display and sell them in my Etsy store. I picked neutral colors of paint and stain so they would easily go with changing pictures and still match. 

Here's a tip when painting boards like this. Always paint the sides first. You can hold the board and worked your way around. 

Then after you can lay the board flat on the table and work on the top. It makes things more efficient so everything can dry together and get done faster and I am all about that. I'm a pretty messy painter so don't mind the marks on my table. They scratch off easily, which I'll take care of later :)

I like things to look rustic and vintage so after the paint is dry, I sand the edges and brush a little stain over the painted boards to rough it up a bit. Once everything is dry, I used gorilla glue to glue a bulldog clip on the board. I found my clips at Walmart but have seen them at craft stores as well. I added a sawtooth hanger to the back so I can hang this on the wall but it would sit nicely in an easel as well.

I really love the way this DIY clip board display turned out. I'm excited to hang one in my house to put up some of my printable designs. This would make a great gift. If you don't feel like making one on your own, I'll be adding them to my Etsy shop soon I can just ship one over to you! Here are the other colors I made this in. I hope you like this idea.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turkey Apple Sandwiches

I have an excellent, tasty and super quick sandwich for you. It's filling and great for lunch but also would be good for dinner with some soup on a brisk fall day. This turkey apple sandwich will mix things up if you are in a food rut and you'll love how easy it is.

All you do is take some deli turkey and lay it out on a cookie sheet. Top with provolone cheese and bake in the oven for about 5 mins at 350 degrees.

While the oven is doing it's job, cut up some veggies and apples. I love gala apples, they are my favorite but have had this with many different kinds and they all work great. The turkey apple sandwich is made special with the flavor combo but also the texture, especially of the apple. At first the idea of fruit on a sandwich seemed just wrong but I promise this works and it works well!

You want the cheese to be melty and the turkey to be hot. Toast a couple pieces of bread and you are ready to assemble to your liking. I like this with tomato and mayo and my husband likes it plain. You want to eat this while it's still warm. I've tried it with untoasted bread and it's just not the same. It would be very tasty, although different textures, with some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner.

When I was working full time in an office, I would bring this for lunch every couple of weeks and prepare it in the microwave. Although the oven always tastes better to me, that works and really adds some variety and more gourmet feel on the sandwich in the brown bag lunch.

This turkey apple sandwich has become a go to for us but we try to rotate it so we don't get burnt out. Isn't that always the way it seems to go, there always comes a time when things feel so overdone and you need to shake it up a bit. Hopefully this gives you another idea to add to your arsenal of food ideas.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DIY Party Hat Kids Activity with free template

My little boy just turned two! I don't know where the time has gone but it has been a blast! For his birthday, I wanted to do an activity that was a little different than our day-to-day stuff and something he would enjoy. This kid LOVES TO COLOR. I mean he really really really loves it.