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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner

Charlie Brown and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand.  (Actually, I like watching Charlie Brown on ANY holiday.)  Bud is especially into Snoopy.  He laughs his head off when Snoopy is chasing the lawn chair.  The day before Thanksgiving I decided to have a nice, laid-back Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Here's the set-up (complete with Snoopy).  We ate the same foods that Charlie Brown ate with his friends in the movie: popcorn, toast, pretzels, ice cream, and jelly beans.  I also made little pilgrim hats for all of us to wear to dinner.

Bud enjoyed everything about this meal.  What kid wouldn't?!  As an adult, it definitely makes you appreciate a REAL Thanksgiving dinner.

Princess looking cute and Pilgrim-y.  I found directions to make the girl pilgrim hats HERE.

Snoopy approves.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Flower Bouquet Countdown

Love is in the air!  At least it is in our house.  The sky has been so gloomy lately that I needed some color to liven things up.  Naturally, my kids and I decided to decorate for Valentine's Day.  Nothing like a pop of pink and red to spruce things up.

If you are a frequent reader, you are probably aware that each year we do a countdown to Valentine's Day each year.  A couple years ago we did a Heart Paper Chain Countdown.  Last year we did a Clothespin Countdown.  This year we decided to fill a bouquet with a new flower each day.

Using PicMonkey, I created these countdown tags for each flower.  (Of course you can save and print a copy for yourself!)  I simply cut them out, hole punched the top, and put one on each flower stem.

I put out a vase and laid the flowers all around it.  Each day one of my kids puts a flower in the vase.  They are constantly asking me if it is their turn.  I knew the girls would love it, but Bud has taken a real shine to it.  His little body shakes with joy whenever I tell him it's his turn.

The vase is looking better each day.

I bought my flowers, but you could definitely make your own.  Try some of these techniques:

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  Have any favorite activities?  Share your favorites in the comments!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Buzzword

I am always on the hunt for a fun party game - especially when I know that the whole family will be around.  This Thanksgiving I created this fun version of Buzz Word.  During dinner if any of the words on the sheet are spoken the person who said the word must wear the Turkey Cone of Shame.  

What is the "Turkey Cone of Shame" you ask?  

Behold!  The "Turkey Cone of Shame!"  I made these out of cardstock, yarn, and feathers.  The feathers really do make the hat.  These little beauties got passed around to almost everyone.  I had a super cute picture of my grandpa wearing the cone of shame, but my phone broke a little while after Thanksgiving and I lost it.  So sad!

Feel free to save a copy of the Thanksgiving Buzz Word sheet (at the top) to your computer.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Turkey Crackers & Cheese Plate

If you want something super simple, cheap, and cute to take as an appetizer for Thanksgiving you have come to the right place.  Impress everyone with this turkey-shaped cheese and cracker tray.

I'm sure you get the gist from the picture above of how to make the turkey.  Cut out a turkey head and body out of cheddar cheese as well as lots of little square pieces.  For the nose and feet I used mozzarella cheese.  I found some snowflake Ritz crackers that made perfect feathers.  The eyes are obviously olives.  Create your turkey.  Keep the tray in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Mmm!  Why can't Thanksgiving be once a month?

P.S. - If you want the recipe for those rolls (they are my favorite) click HERE.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pie Month

Who says you have to wait for Thanksgiving to have pie?  In November I decided to try my hand at making different pies and cheesecakes throughout the month.  I brought my favorites to Thanksgiving dinner.

I have lots of different recipes on my pie & cheesecake board on Pinterest, but they were in no logical order.  I made a document I titled Pies A to Z that alphabetized all of the pies and included the links to the sites where I found the recipes.  It was SO helpful!

Here are a couple of pie recipes that I actually made:
They were all delicious.  My hubby and I agree that the Lemon Sour Cream was fabulous!  I am drooling just thinking about it.

What are some of your favorite pie and cheesecake recipes?  Leave a comment and share a link!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doctor Who-loween

To those of you who are going to Salt Lake Comic Con - I am EXTREMELY jealous!  What I wouldn't give for a glimpse of Matt Smith, or touch the T.A.R.D.I.S., or just to mingle with my fellow nerds.  *Sigh!*  I will try to get over it (but it is going to be REALLY hard).

If you can't tell by my picture, I am a die-hard Doctor Who fan.  What you are looking at in the picture above is my front door last Halloween (2014).  Yep.  I love decorating my house around a different theme each year.  What better theme for Halloween than Doctor Who?  The weeping angels alone give me nightmares.  Seriously.

I wanted to share my Doctor Who-loween decorations for those of you who need party/Halloween ideas (and to forget my Comic Con sorrows).

Let's start with the crack in the wall.  I used a roll of white vinyl and hand-drew the crack in the wall.  I cut out the letters using my Cricut machine.  I had never cut vinyl with it before and it worked like a dream.  My kids had to get in on the picture taking action.

These are the starting stages of my outdoor decorations.  I really loved my crack in the wall on the garage door.  You can also see my T.A.R.D.I.S. front door.  To make the T.A.R.D.I.S. I used a blue, plastic tablecloth.  I printed out the words for the door and drew some windows onto two sheets of white paper.  It was so easy (and did I mention dirt-cheap)!

Okay, here is the door nearing the final stages.  I wanted to show it in the daylight so you could see how I put it together.  I knew from the start that I wanted the T.A.R.D.I.S. to look like it was flying through space.  To do this, I painted some black garbage bags with white and glow-in-the-dark paint.  I also cut styrofoam balls in half and spray painted them to create worlds.

Here's a closer look at "space" so you can see what I'm talking about.  I hung everything up using stucco tape.  (I tried many tapes and this worked best on the stucco.  Just be prepared to re-adjust throughout the month.  Wind is not your friend - trust me.)  

Here's a shot of it in my black light.  I really like my Doctor silhouettes with orange lights behind them.  (The ghost has nothing to do with Doctor Who - we were BOO'ed.  In case you were wondering.)  

I'll get in some more pictures of the AWESOME (if I do say so myself) front door.  But first, let's turn our attention to my second story windows.  I bought 3 large sheets of black foam board from the dollar store.  I hand-drew a Silent, Dalek, and Cyberman.  After putting some orange lights behind them here is what they looked like.  (Please forgive the poor picture quality - I took these with my cellphone.)  These were such a fun statement piece for the windows.

Here is the Cyberman in another window.  You will be upgraded!

Both windows.

Back to the front door.  These decorations were, as Nine would say, "Fantastic!"  I never wanted to take them down.

The neighbor kids loved it!  Not only did they feel like they were in space, but their costumes glowed in the black light as well.  Win-win!

One more shot of the front door.  Oooo Weee Oooo!

And just for fun - here is my Amy Pond costume.  Geronimo!

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