Fondant Rose Cupcake Toppers

Fondant Rose

Fondant Rose

These lovely little fondant roses are the perfect cupcake topper for a bridal shower, wedding, or even a girly baby shower. The best part is, the cost for making them is very low and they can be totally color customized to match the rest of your party decor!

You will need:

fondant

small rolling pin

sharp knife

scissors

food color

frosting, bag and decorating tip if you choose to add leaves

 

FONDANT ROSES

Start by rolling a small amount of fondant to about 1/8″ thickness. Then cut a strip approximately 3/4″ wide and 10″ long.

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Monogram Felt Pouch

Monogram Felt Pouch

This monogram felt pouch is a perfect gift to give to someone you love, and it’s so neat to give something personalized just for them!  I like to give people handmade gifts. 🙂 There’s just something special about it, and something they’ll always remember. For this project, you don’t even need to know how to use a sewing machine. It’s all hand sewn, and anyone can do it! It’s that simple. Wouldn’t this be a good little pouch to store phone cords or chargers in? That’s what I first thought of putting in it. If you’re like most people, you’re forever trying to find your cord or charger, right?! Put them in this little pouch and you’ll always know right where they are. 🙂 This is a lightweight pouch, so you’re not going to want to store heavy items in it. Joann Fabrics sells some really cute print pieces of felt as well. You could do a print felt piece and a solid monogram letter or shape for a different look. Let your creative juices flow and you’ll come up with something super cute, I’m sure of it!

It’s so simple to make this monogram felt pouch!

Here’s what you need:

a piece of felt (you can find these at Joanns for like $.29!–I used a piece 9 x 12)

some DMC floss

a scrap of fabric (about a 5″ square)

a scrap of fusible fleece (about a 5″ square)

a 7″ zipper

a printed letter or shape

Here’s what you do:

Monogram felt pouch

Start by making a line down the center (parallel to your short sides.) I made a couple of marks on each end as shown in the picture and connected my marks.

Now you’re going to make the hole for your zipper. From the ends where your center line is, measure about 1 1/4″ in and make a mark.  Do the same thing from the other end.

Working off of your center marking line, measure 1/4″ from one side and mark it all the way down to the line you made in the previous step.  Do the same thing on the other side of the center line.

You should now have a long, skinny rectangle marked on your felt. Take your scissors and cut out that rectangle like in the picture below.

Monogram felt pouch

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Get ready for the Fourth of July!

Can you believe it – the Fourth of July is this weekend! This year is just flying by!

Get ready for your patriotic party with these easy tips, crafts, recipes, and ideas!

Happy party planning . . .

 

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Healthy Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Peaches & Cream Popsicles

Summer is the perfect time for popsicles! These peaches and cream popsicles are yummy, satisfying, and also healthy!

As a mom of four, I am often looking for snacks for my kids that are healthy and filling (so they don’t come back in an hour asking for another snack, ha!).  A lot of the recipes I’ve seen are healthy, in that they are basically just pureed fruit with some juice or water, but we know that adding protein is essential to keeping the kids (or us!) full for a longer amount of time. (Another benefit of adding protein is that it keeps all the sugar from the fruit from spiking your blood sugar as much as it does without it – so bring on the protein!)

So here it is — super simple:

Healthy Peaches and Cream Popsicles

You’ll need 3 peaches, 2-3 T. honey, 1/2 c. cottage cheese, and 1 c. liquid.

Overripe peaches work best because they’re extra-sweet. Plus, no one really wants to eat them anyways, so it’s better to just put them into the blender. 😉 How much honey you use will depend on how sweet your peaches are.

Cottage cheese is full of protein, vitamins, and minerals! I don’t like to eat it because of the texture (gag!), but once it’s blended, I can take advantage of its nutritional benefits. 🙂

For the liquid, I used some unsweetened iced tea that I had in the fridge, — papaya pineapple flavor, which is SO tasty — but you could also use juice or water. (FYI, when I use water, I add a dash of sweetener, too!)

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
You’ll need peaches, honey, cottage cheese, and liquid.

Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend it until smooth.

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Blend!

Taste-test!

At this point, I taste what I just blended and see if it needs to be sweetened more. It’s your last chance to make it sweeter! 😉 (Our favorite sweetener is this type of Stevia — no bitter aftertaste like Stevia in the Raw, and you only need a dash!)

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Taste-test!

Now, pour the peaches and cream popsicle mixture into the molds.

How many popsicles this recipe makes depends on the size of your popsicle molds, and there are so many different ones out there.

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Pour mixture into molds.

My four-year-old loves to help me in the kitchen, so I let him stick the popsicle sticks into the molds. 🙂

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Little helpers are great!

What I do when I have extra popsicle mixture left is freeze it in ice cubes to put in smoothies!

Pop them into the freezer until they’re firm, then enjoy!

Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Leftover popsicle mixture can be frozen in ice cube trays to use in smoothies.

Peaches & Cream Popsicles

Simple Paint Stick Flag

Simple Paint Stick Flag

 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I needed a quick, but cute decoration for my front door! This Paint Stick Flag came together in just one afternoon and since I had several basic supplies on hand, was literally one of the cheapest crafts I’ve ever made.

PAINT STICK FLAG

Supplies:

9 paint sticks

14 craft sticks

red, white, and blue acrylic paint

twine

hot glue gun and sticks

drill

 

Start by drilling holes in your paint sticks large enough for 2 strands of your twine to fit through.

I marked dots about 1″ from the ends of the sticks, to make drilling the holes simpler.

Simple Paint Stick Flag

Now you are ready to paint! You will need 5 red sticks, 4 white sticks, and 14 blue craft sticks.

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