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Friday, June 29, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple weeks ago my kids had a bake sale. We do this annually and take around flyers to the neighbors.  They look forward to it each year. 



The kids each helped make something to sell. My oldest daughter made Chocolate Chip Cookies. My 4 year old helped make cupcakes. My 2 year old helped make rice krispie treats. And my son helped make these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We also sold Orange Julius Smoothies
and homemade rootbeer.

Here's how we make our pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. {We doubled it, that's why there's two eggs and mounds of flour} This is one of the few cookie recipes I use a hand mixer. I normally like to mix them up by hand, but these are better using a beater.

 1 - cream shortening and sugar

2 - Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla

3 - mix until well blended

4 - add flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon nutmeg, and salt

5 - mix together, then add chocolate chips

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. pumpkin {I just use 1/2 a large can and freeze the extra}
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

Mix together shortening and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well.
Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add chocolate chips. Mix.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.



I like to frost these with cream cheese frosting. We didn't do that for the bake sale {too messy}, but that's my favorite way to eat them.



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This has been featured over at Blissful and Domestic

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY Karate Belt Holder



My son has been taking Martial Arts lessons for a couple years. 
He started out doing Little Ninjas, which basically introduces them into Martial Arts. They earn belts and the top belt is the camo belt. 
Now he is working towards becoming a black belt. 

With all those belts, I needed a way to store them. 

I kept them in a grocery sack, but the kids would always get them out to play with. Then they would just end up in a pile, or strewn around the house. 


This is a project that was not hard at all, but it took me a while to complete. Do you ever have projects like that? 
I cut out the main pieces before Christmas. They've been sitting in my pantry all that time. I finally got sick of it and built it. 


Cut List {for a standard 12 belt holder}:

4 - 12" pieces cut from a 1x4
2 - 3/4" dowels cut to 21 1/2 " long



{I actually used 1x3 firring strips for the pieces with the holes in them. DO NOT do that. Once the belts were wrapped around the dowels, the belts were too thick and it doesn't sit flush against the wall.}

Once your pieces are cut, drill 3/4 inch holes in two of the boards. Measure 1" from the end and center the  hole. 

On the other two boards, you'll want to make some kind of design. Using my silhouette, I cut out a bracket onto paper, then traced it onto the boards. Then using a jigsaw I cut them out. 

Next using my kreg drill set, I made some pocket holes and screwed the two pieces together. You could also use a brad nailer to attach the pieces.

To assemble, place some wood glue on each end of the dowels and insert into the holes. Before the glue dries, measure to make sure it's the same distance between the shelves on both ends. Adjust as necessary. 

Stain or paint as desired.


Lastly, wrap the belts around the dowels. I used binder clips to attach the belt to itself in the back so it wouldn't unwind.

The best part about this project is that I used scraps and tools I had on hand. The only thing I needed to purchase was the dowels.  To buy a belt holder, you're looking at $30 or more. The cost of the wood is only a few dollars.

Now I need to make another for all his Little Ninja belts.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Terrific Tuesdays #21

I appreciate the time you all take to link up each week and to comment on other links!

The most viewed link:
What can you make with a Pool Noodle from The Crafty Blog Stalker


 Some of my other favorites were:


 Cinder Block Bench by Babblings and More
I love how she turned plain old cinder blocks into something both useful and pretty.

 All 4 Ways Sundress by Sew Can Do
I love the versatility of this dress. Go check out her tutorial.

Justice "Knock Off" Flag Denim Shorts by Made in a Day.
These are sooo cute! Be sure to head over to find out how she did it.


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Here are my guidelines:
1. Link up any projects, crafts, or recipes you have blogged about recently. You can definitely link up several projects. No shops or link parties please.


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4. Display my button somewhere on your blog - in the post, the sidebar, or on a party page.





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Friday, June 22, 2012

Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. I use it all the time for all kinds of desserts. 


Here are just a few of the ways I use this frosting.



Carrot Cake or Zucchini Cake






Cream Cheese Frosting
From my Betty Crocker Cookbook
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. margarine, softened
2 t. milk
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
Mix together cream cheese and margarine. Add in remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth.

This frosting makes a lot. Most of the time I only use half of it and freeze the other half. I love to be able to pull out a baggie full of frosting all ready to go. It's one of those things that doesn't freeze solid. It thaws quickly. I usually just set it out while my goodies are baking and it's ready to go when I need it.

What kind of desserts do you frost with cream cheese frosting?

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wood Block Flag

This is something that I made last year. I absolutely love it! 


I followed a tutorial I found over at brown paper packages. I love her blog, she has so many great projects and ideas.

The only thing I did differently was to use burlap instead of ribbon. I just cut it the width of the blocks and hot glued it in place. Then I cut another piece and tied it on the top. 


What do you think?

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This project was featured over at Bacon Time




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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bead Board Flag & Stars

I have got all my 4th of July decor up! For me that is amazing, since I usually forget until it's actually July. Here in Utah we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th so I usually leave it up for that too.

I made something new this year. A Bead Board Flag & Stars.



Want to make your own? 

Supplies:
Bead Board {I used bead board panels from Home Depot}
Jigsaw
Paint
Sandpaper 
Old English Furniture Polish  & paper towel {Optional}
Thick Cardstock
Scissors
Star Shapes {Click here to use mine}


1- Cut a piece of  bead board 8 1/2" by 7".  Trace then cut out the two large star shapes {find them here}  with a jigsaw. The small star I cut out of cardstock.

2- Paint. The square is 3 1/2" I drew a line and then painted up to it with blue, then I painted red and cream using the bead board as my guide. I did 2-3 coats, depending on the color and how well it covered.

3- Sand down the edges. {It's hard to see, look at the blue star}

4- For a more rustic look, I used a paper towel to wipe on some Old English Furniture Polish for dark wood. Be very careful when you do this on the cream. I didn't have any problem with the darker colors, but the cream I used way too much and had to repaint them. For lighter colors, it really shows up and you just barely need to wipe any on. I also rubbed some on the edges, since I didn't paint them.

5 - hot glue the small star in place.


Place them in a stand {click here to see how I made mine} 


You could also frame them, or drill holes and hang them with ribbon.

Here's a list of my other bead board projects.


Do you decorate for the 4th of July? 


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This project has been featured at Pincushion Creations


and over at The Frugal Girls

These Peas Taste Funny

And over at Bacon Time
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and over at Made in a Day
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Terrific Tuesdays #20

Another great link party! Thank you all for linking up with me each week!

The most viewed link:

Cinderella Dress by Jerry and Kay
My girls would love this! It's so pretty!

 Some of my other favorites were:
I have a big stack of jeans that need fixing. I'm going to try this, it's so much cuter than a regular patch.
I love this bag! Another thing to put on my to-do list. Head over for a fantastic tutorial to make your own. 
I am so loving this! I still can't believe it's a tissue box! 

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Adventures of a DIY Mom



This is what I've been blogging about the last week:

Now let's see all the terrific things you've been up to.

Here are my guidelines:
1. Link up any projects, crafts, or recipes you have blogged about recently. You can definitely link up several projects. No shops or link parties please.


2. Comment, comment, comment.  My vision for this link party is not to link and go. Please comment on two other links.

3. I'd love for you to follow my blog. Also if you're so inclined, you can follow me on facebook and pinterest as well.

4. Display my button somewhere on your blog - in the post, the sidebar, or on a party page.






Adventures of a DIY Mom



Friday, June 15, 2012

Princess Bedroom

 I finally started decorating my 4 year old's room.
We had painted it when we finished the room, but then we used it for storage for a few months so we could finish the rest of the basement.

Well, I finally bought a wallpaper border to separate the two colors. It's actually a peel and stick, so when she grows out of princesses we can swap it out. It was also so much easier to stick on than regular wallpaper.


It's so fun, it has all the princesses {except Rapunzel}. I also bought some bigger princesses {also peel and stick} and my daughter loved helping me stick them up. 


You might notice that the princess are bejeweled. The package came with gems and my daughter had to dress up her princesses even more.


I think I'm just a big kid at heart, I love to go in her room and look at all the princesses and their dresses.


 This shelf was hung on one side of the window. My mom painted each of my sisters and I a shelf to store our collectibles. {I collect cups and saucers from different states} I thought it went well in this room. It's perfect for her to store her little treasures. I still need to find some pictures for the frames.

You might notice I said it "was" hung. It has fallen off. I actually hit a stud {surprise} when I hung the shelf, but the sawtooth hanger on the back of the shelf came off. Nothing broke, I just need to re-attach it.

I got this fun vinyl chalkboard on clearance at K-mart for only $5. It's on the other side of the window.

I still have a few things that I want to do in her room. I want to make her a quilt and curtains with coordinating colors. I refinished a dresser to go in here, but I still need drawer pulls. I also want to put her name on one wall with big letters.  But I've run out of money so for now, I'm happy with it.


To see my other posts about this room check out:

Mirror Makeover
and
A New Life for Old Frames

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