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getting sandy {with SAND ART}

My sweet friend Mishawn {also one of my BFF’s} is so creative. She is always coming up with fun and simple ways to be creative {with her kids and for herself}. I love that she can do everything from sewing to cooking to baking to crafts and all with a smile on her face and four kids at her toes! She amazes me!
Last summer when the kids were all together she came up with this little project to use up leftover sand from a kit for making sand art in a bottle {pictured below}. It was simple…but the kids loved it. They each drew out pictures on cardboard {with a pencil or crayon} and then used the popsicle sticks to add glue to each desired area. Next they sprinkled the colored sand on the glued area of choice and shook it off {like cinnamon toast}!
 Summer is just around the corner and I am trying to round up ideas for keeping my kids busy! I am adding this one to my list for sure.
For other fun summer projects check out my Pinterest board: summerFUN
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HOLIDAY randomness {tea parties, birthdays, kids & new year fun}

christmasTRADITIONS
Christmas, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tremper Fam, Birthday Fun, a Hot Chocolate Tea Party & a little New Year’s dinner!
 
Here are some pics of Paige making cookies with Daddy!  They made them for Auntie Mishawn’s birthday request…Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
 (try saying that 3 times fast)!
Don’t you love her apron (another great gift from Auntie Shannon)?
I made this crown with a $1 store paper crown that had a little girl princess design on it.  First I painted it and then while it was wet I covered it in glitter!  I added the flowers with rhinestone brads & the numbers are just a print out from our computer that I cut out with special scalloped scissors. This project is easy and quick and special!
To make the cookie sandwiches we used the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {it is the BEST}…find it HERE! To make the sandwiches be sure to let the cookies cool to room temperature and then just add good vanilla ice cream (like Bryers) & chill!
 
We love Auntie Mishawn!
Annual Christmas Time with the Trempers! Wooohooo! We had so much fun (although getting a good picture was impossible)!
I even had time to squeeze in a little tea party for the girls…complete with PB&J sandwiches in Christmas shapes, Candy Cane Scones and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate! Yum! You could easily do this for Valentine’s Day with heart cookie cutters instead!  I told the girls to make sure they put their pinkies up…so cute!
I basically just put a bunch of red things that I had in the cupboards on their plates!
New Year’s Day “Fancy Dinner” with just the four of us!  Paige got all into it and helped me set the table…we talked about our “high’s & low’s” of 2010 and it was a great night!
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{ANYTIME GOODIES}

Here are a few goodies to share anytime of year!
::Gabrielle’s Crepes::
1 cup milk
1 egg
¾ cup flour
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1/8  tsp. salt
 
*optional toppings: applesauce, whip cream, berries, toasted nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, banana or my favorite NUTELLA!
 
Mix well or blend in blender (the blender is best). Chill for a few hours or overnight for best results. Spread about ¼ cup of batter in a nonstick pan over medium/low heat. Flip once it starts to set up. Add toppings. These can be made and frozen or kept in the refrigerator for days (even the batter keeps for a few days)…so enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dessert!
::Mishawn’s Bisquick Cinnamon Rolls::
Ingredients:
  • Bisquick (about 2 cups) (use as much as you want to make)
  • Milk (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 stick of butter (room temp but not melted)
  • Brown sugar (about 1 cup)
  • Cinnamon (enough to cover dough spread out)
Directions:
1. Mix Bisquick & milk until it sticks together to form a ball (if too sticky add a little bit of Bisquick…if too dry add milk one tablespoon at a time).
2. Flour a cutting board or clean surface with Bisquick and roll out dough ball to about 1/2 inch thickness (will be about the size of an 8″ x 14″ piece of paper).
3. Spread butter over the entire surface of dough…using almost the whole stick  (if the butter is cold put in microwave 5 seconds at a time…trust me if you don’t check it every 5 seconds it will melt and you’ll need to start with another stick).
4. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over surface of dough.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over surface of dough.
6. Roll up dough starting at small end (8 inch end). Make it fairly tight…pressing into surface as you roll but not too tight.
7. Grease pie plate (cooking spray works great)
8. Cut roll into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces and lay flat in pie dish covering whole surface (squish them in however you can- they should all fit when you are done cutting up the roll)
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes (depending on thickness of dough- should be slightly golden brown)
Icing (optional): mix powdered sugar with milk or coffee or water (one tablespoon at a time) until desired consistency and flavor.  Add a dash of vanilla or any extract if you like.  Put in small zip lock bag and snip off tiny corner. Squeeze icing through the bag & sprinkle evenly over the rolls before serving.
::Peanut Butter Icing::
(perfect on Brownies or Chocolate Cupcakes)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (I just used a hand held electric beater and it worked just fine). Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream & beat on high speed until mixture is light & smooth. Use on brownie bites, chocolate cupcakes or whatever you might enjoy peanut butter icing on!  The possibilities are endless!
Recipe from www.foodnetwork.com 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home, All Rights Reserved
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