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valentines 2010

Here are the valentines Chloe is giving out this year:

I found the idea on a blog somewhere and I can’t find it again to give credit! oops…

I took the picture, then fancied it up on Picnic,  then sent the print off to Walmart for a bunch of copies.  (here is the actual photo, taking a photo of a photo doesn’t translate too well eh) …what a cute girl!

Then I rounded the corners with my fancy schmancy corner rounder punch thingie, then I used an exacto knife to cut slits at the top and bottom of her hand and inserted the oreo pops. Fun and easy!

Love it!


candy land

“Who can take a sunrise
Sprinkle it in dew
Cover it in chocolate
and a miracle or two?”

“The candy (wo)man can cause she mixes it with love and makes the world taste good”

I am having fun making sweet treats for school valentines parties. -and for our own eating pleasure of course!

First up: oreo cookie pops

These are soooooooooo good.  Really – you need to make some.  I found the tutorial here on How Does She?
I first made these for Christmas.  The older kids gave them out to their friends and Chloe gave one of these to her teacher:

Her name is Mrs Ball so it said “B is for Ball” – cute huh?! – and she now uses the block for pencils and pens.

A few tips and tricks about these cookie pops;

1.  All oreos are not created equal.  Ug!  The first time I made these I used mint filling oreos and chocolate filling oreos – both fantastic.  Those oreos separated easier and didn’t break very much.  Also there seemed to be thicker filling to accommodate the stick better.  This time I used regular oreos, and EVERY SINGLE ONE broke.  It is ok because most of the time the chocolate holds it all together, so no stress if they break.  Just “glue” them with the chocolate -usually the chocolate you are putting in the inside to hold the stick will be enough to hold it together… You can’t even see the breaks when they are smothered in delicious chocolaty goodness

2. I like to use the longer sucker sticks – the 6 inch ones – they look great and are extra fun.  Rotate the stick back and forth to get it down into the filling easily.

3. The white chocolate ones, in my humble opinion, are the best.  Make sure to use good tasting melts.  (I love Guittard Melt n Molds)  ***if you happen to live near a Winco, in their bulk section you can get the melting wafer/disks  for a great price that are really good too.

Next on the dessert menu: Pretzel Button Candies

I actually posted about these last year, but could not for the life of me find the ring shaped pretzels.  I have made them a few times with the square grid ones.  But lo and behold my friend had to order some online, and had to order more than she could use, so she ever so thoughtfully gave me a bag! (insert halleluja chorus here)
et viola!:

how to

pretzels (rings of course are the best, but squares, or twists are do-able!)
m&m’s – colored to match your holiday or event (reeses pieces are great too)
hersheys kisses – most any kind, rolos are super good too
parchment lined baking sheets (important –use parchment!)

Heat oven to 225.  Place pretzels on baking sheet and put a kiss or rolo on each one.  Bake in oven for about 4 minutes until soft – but not all melted!  Some chocolates take longer depending – my hugs were quick and the rolos take a couple more minutes.  You may want to stick to one chocolate type per pan.  As soon as you pull the pan from the oven push a m&m into the center of each one (“m” print side down).  Make sure the chocolate spreads to the edges if you are using rings.   Let them cool and harden before storing in an airtight container.  YUM

Next I will show you how we used the cookie pops for Chloe’s Valentines – so fantastic!

little red hens

I taught the young women last Sunday as I do once every three months, and the lesson was on sharing work in the home.  In the lesson was the scripture:

D&C 42:42  “Thou shalt not be idle for he that is idle shall not eat the bread not wear the garment of the laborer.”

That of course is the moral of the story in the little red hen, so for part of the lesson I read them the story.  I read this version, it was a little bit different, and rhymed, it was really cute:

What was perfect was that I have been eyeing these little chicken pincushions to make for a while, so I made them for the girls to each have a little red hen to sit in their rooms to remind them to do their part in the household chores!  I was so excited!  They were easy and fun to make and turned out so cute!

I canged a bit from the pattern – I didn’t use felt for the feathers and beak but ribbon, and i just used one color fabric – since i wanted all red.  I loved how they turned out.  I made 15 in all, and only have 4 left – for Chloe and Molly to play with

Wait a minute, now there are only three, where did the fourth one go?

Molly has it!

Lets put it in the drawer for safe keeping

ooh – don’t think that is working for the hen Molly…

whew that’s better, we have free range chickens here thank you.

papered barn stars & mommy’s little helper

In an effort to bring more color into my living room, my handy friend Mod Podge and I made these!

I have been trying to figure out what to put in this space I have between my pellet stove and my mantel for a while, and inspiriation struck and viola!  I couldn’t be happier with them.


I have a never ending list of crafts to do, and it seems like everytime I tool around on the internet I find a whole bunch more, I should just stay away from all the fantastic blogs out there, but I just can’t!  Next on my list of home decor to-do is a family rules canvas like the one here.  But today I am sewing “little red hens” – I will post them later!

I need to get off the computer anyway, cause I think someone wants some attention:

(this is her “Kiss” face)

did you think to pray?

In our constant efforts to improve our family and personal spirituality we have put a stronger emphasis on our prayer habits

I made this plaque as a reminder before we leave the house, it hangs on our front door where we hopefully will see it and be reminded to pray before we start leaving for the day…

Chloe has been our sterling example when it comes to diligence in prayer.  She is dedicated to saying her prayers nightly before bed, part of a recent one went like this:  “…and please bless me that I will have good dreams, and please bless me that I will have good dreams, I said it twice because I am serious….”

little people

I had so much fun making these!  I found the idea on Nannygoat and fell in love with them.  I think they turned out so great.

I made 12 of them

I may have to make more though, my family is requesting small versions of themselves!

They are so reminiscent of the “little people” of my childhood- remember these?

ahhh the nostalgia!! – many many childhood hours playing with these…

We had a cool A frame house;

the airport;

the castle;

We had LOTS, and we played with them all the time, and the memory is such a good one.  Sighhhhh

I guess I am hoping that my little ones will have these new little people firmly planted in their childhood memories as well