Monday, May 29, 2017

Grad Money Card

Tis the season for lots of Graduation Announcements in the mailbox.  This year I needed ONE idea for the masses.  This was it!  

Every graduate appreciates dollar bills rolled up on a clever card, right?

Skip to My Lou created this one for 2017.  

I personalized it just a bit and turned out perfect!
Just print, punch a few small holes for the money diploma, add the cash and tie it up.  Quick and Easy.  

And the Adventure begins now!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Teacher Thank You-Gourmet Apple and GRAD Brochure

I made a SPECIAL DELIVERY yesterday, right before Graduation.  My son's teachers deserved a huge thank you and instead received a Gourmet Fudge Caramel  Apple.  I think they were pretty surprised and happy with the apple.

They also received this HOW TO SUCCEED IN 12th Grade Brochure.

It's a pretty sure bet that Jake's teachers will remember him for quite some time.  We heard a loud cheering roar when Jake received his diploma, from parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, friends and TEACHERS.  

He did it!

Congratulations to all the 2017 Graduates!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bon Appetite Vegetable Dip

Favorite Family Vegetable Dip

Bon Appetit Dip
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. Bon Appetit
1 Tbsp. green onion

Mix all ingredients, refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

The Bon Appetit seasoning is no longer produced, which is sad because we loved it.  Instead you can make the seasoning by using this recipe.

If you don't want the hassle of making the seasoning you can also use this product.  Tastes fairly similar.

We use this dip recipe for not only veggies but also chips, and any other snack items.

Mr. McGregor's Garden Relish Tray

My family was invited to my brother and sister-in-law's home for Easter this year.  My assignment was a relish tray. 

Because I was not hosting the dinner this year and had a little extra time, I decided to try something a little more creative than the usual cut up veggies on a tray.  My inspiration came from Glitter and Goulash  

I had just purchased this wooden tray from Jenifer's Furniture and Decor and thought it would make a great "garden bed" for Mr. McGregor's Relish Tray.  That's kind of an Easter bunny thing, right?

By the way I LOVE, LOVE Jenifer's!

I washed the head of some frilly lettuce (butter or anything kind of leafy), then set aside to dry.  Thankfully my husband chipped in to help and washed the veggies and cut them all into stick form.

Then came the time for the very easy process of "planting" our garden.  I layered saran wrap on the bottom of tray and then added leafy lettuce, being sure to "frill it out" over the edges of tray.

If you are serving a dip with the veggies, place your bowl where you want it on the tray.  Then start planting carrot sticks, cheese sticks, celery, pepper, tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, broccoli and radishes. 

Add a little plate of truffles and chocolate covered pretzel rods and this would make a lovely, edible centerpiece for a Mother's Day brunch. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Grandma's Button Jar

Did your grandmother have a button jar?  Mine did.  And her mother, and her mother's mother and so on...  I come from a long line of seamstresses who over the years collected buttons in a jar.  

I remember spending hours sorting buttons, grabbing handfuls, and choosing my most favorite, beautiful buttons.  For some reason my daughters loved it as well, even without teaching them to love it. 

Now that I am a grandma, I thought it might be nice to start a button jar of my own.  You'd be surprised at how fast the button jar fills up.  New clothes often come with an extra button or two so my button jar resides in my dressing room for easy access.  

I also collect classic books like "Miss Lollipop's Lion!"

Now that my granddaughter is old enough to "play" with the buttons (not eat them), she grabs handfuls and lets them fall through her fingers.  Try'll like it too!

And why you're at it, try sitting like this for a minute or two...that's all I can last!

Kendall likes to take them out of the jar and then put them right back in again.  She also likes to choose pretty bright colored ones.  My mom used to let her grandchildren choose one special button to take home with them.  Not sure what happened to those buttons but should have started the collection way back then!

Once Kendall tires of the button jar (and it keeps her entertained for a least 30 min.) she moves on to the jewelry box.  Smart girl.

Who needs to go to the toy store when buttons and jewelry will do!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Chocolate Decor?

Yes.  I use chocolate as I decorate for Easter.  Why?  Because I love chocolate and I love the colors of Easter.  And there are so many unique and wonderfully wrapped pieces of Easter chocolate.

For example...I love this Easter tin with a large European chocolate bar inside.  I loved the little bunny family working together to create colored Easter eggs.  (I'm going to remind my teenage children how fun it is to color Easter eggs TOGETHER!)

I've used this tin in my kitchen decor for Easter.

Some of my favorite chocolate eggs are from Hershey's.  The pastel eggs with solid milk chocolate inside look lovely in a clear glass jar, and are also lovely to eat!  Hint...If I put chocolate in a decorative jar I am less likely to eat it.  My kids and their friends...well they feel it an open invitation to partake.  I always keep an extra couple bags on hand to refill.

I found these sweet Easter wrapped chocolate bars at Marshalls (in California).  They came in a package of about 8-10.  I love the bright picture wraps of Easter on each bar.   

I popped them in a old fashioned glass mason jar and made them part of my kitchen counter Easter tray display.

I love chocolate, I love decorating and I especially love being with my b-funny family on Easter. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bible Verse Printable - I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth

Today I am sharing a printable I made of one of my favorite bible verses. I have this hanging next to a picture of my kids and The Family: A Proclamation to the World. (read that here!)
If you are interested in this printable, just download and enjoy!