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Jolly Rancher Lollipops {2012 Version}

18 Aug

Last week I reposted a project that the boys and I did for back to school last year.  We had so much fun making the lollipops we thought we’d revisit the idea and change it up a little…  Last year we made free formed apple suckers… Here are the directions if you need a refresher:  Jolly Rancher Lollipop Directions  The boys tried some other free formed shapes this year all on their own…  They both made and apple and then together they tried to make a watermelon…  You know how I feel about little kids drawings and little kids spelling, right?  Well I feel the same way about little kids lollipops!  ALL ON THEIR OWN = TOO CUTE!

Shaeffer and I then remembered that last year Aunt Hannie suggested we use cookie cutters for more of a molded shape…  We thought that was a fun idea so I had him pick out some of his favorite cookie cutters…  His words, “I chose Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Minnesota!”  Three very special things in his heart :).  These were super easy and would be a lot of fun for any holiday or school event.  What if you were learning the states or a specific state, you could purchase that cookie cutter and make a bunch of them…  You could even put a little spot where the capitals are 🙂  using a different color rancher.

Of course then Sutton wanted in on the action so he chose three of his favorite cookie cutters (two are only pictured because the poor shamrock fell during it’s photo shoot and landed smack on the deck crumbling it to pieces)…  They were the biggest version in the house and to be honest they were much harder to work with…  The smaller parts broke off pretty easy…  The nice thing is, however, you can just reattach and remelt :)…  Which I did not do with the dirty deck one, obviously :).


Have a great weekend!


Hot Fudge Sauce….

16 Dec

As you know I am big fans of the blog Brown Paper Packages….  She had a post about back to school gifts that included a recipe for hot fudge sauce.  I altered her recipe and made some for holiday gifts for teachers this year…  I put the fudge in a jar and attached a gift card to a local ice cream shop…  A gift after my own heart!

Here’s the recipe, I filled 4 jars with this recipe!

12 T. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
6 T. cocoa
2 c. evaporated milk

Over low heat melt butter thoroughly. Add sugar and cocoa. Mix well, then gradually add milk. Bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from stove, then serve warm or cold.


I love this because my husband tied the bow, can you tell????  I hot glued a strip of burlap to the outside of the jar and attached a little tag that says “May your home be filled with the “sweet” blessings of the season”..  Nothing fancy…  Had I planned for this project I would have used cuter paper, but alas we had nothing cute at home!

Merry Merry!

Easy Christmas Tree Craft

11 Dec

I am always surprised by what crafts keep my boys attention for long periods of time, this being one of them…   I really thought this one might take us a few minutes and then we’d move on, I was wrong!  They were having a lot of fun decorating their Christmas trees!  We were able to use some of the craft supplies we had around the house along with some cinnamon pinecones I purchased (cinnamon scented only because that’s all they had).    We made several Christmas trees with all sorts of colors and sizes of pom poms.   I did use hot glue to attach the pom poms, but I think school glue would work too. I put a dot of glue on the pom pom of my child’s choice and let them attach it where they wanted to.  Again, super easy, but they loved it…  It was pretty fun to see their patterns, color choices, and pom pom placement as we went along…  My oldest deliberated about his trees long enough to dry his glue a couple times :).  We currently have these scattered around our Nativity scene making it look very festive for the birth of the baby Jesus!

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