Monday, May 21, 2018

Rainy Day Crafts

 With Summer approaching I like to begin thinking about crafts for those rainy days when the grandchildren come to stay. I have a craft closet where I keep lots of paper, glue,colored pencils, crayons, water color pain,scraps of colored paper, construction paper,Paper Plates,Yarn and all sorts of stickers. They love going in grabbing some supplies and use their imagination to create art. Sometimes I'll have a craft project planned but most of the time they just create whatever they want. I always keep a lot of Paper Plates on hand the kids love using them to create all sorts of things. Like the projects below. The Jelly fish They turned into kites and then attempted to fly them in the back yard.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cupcake Bouquet

I love making and decorating cupcakes, but after a while a plate of cupcakes seemed boring. So after searching Pinterest I saw several ideas but this one in particular caught my eye. It could serve 2 purposes a centerpiece and dessert. This would be great for an afternoon tea.

Supplies:
1 dozen cupcakes your choice
Flower pot
Tooth picks
A styrofoam ball that fits in the flower pot
Ribbon

You can buy a flower pot already painted or buy one unpainted and decorate it yourself
Place the styrofoam ball inside the pot, stick tooth picks into the styrofoam ball. Add the cupcakes and tie a ribbon around the pot.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Butterfly Party Favors

I made these cute butterflies at Easter one year for my grandchildren. They are an easy project and would make a great party favor. Your kids could even help to make them.

Supplies
Small sandwich plastic bags
Clothes pins
Pipe Cleaners
Small google eyes
Assorted candies
Assorted craft paints

Directions
Paint the clothes pins and let them dry.
Glue the google eyes on
Cut a pipe cleaner in half and glue each half on either side of the clothes pin for antenna
Fill the plastic sandwich bags with the candy and close it
Pinch the bag in the center with the clothes pin, making sure the candy is equally divided on each side to mimic wings






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cucumber Bites

Cucumber bites with herb dressing is a quite easy but fancy appetizer.

Ingredients

For the herb dressing
4oz cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup Ranch Dressing
2Tablespoons dill
3-4 long cucumbers skinned and sliced into 30 1in slices
15 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
Salt
Paprika

Directions
Put the cream cheese, ranch dressing and herbs in a stand mixer and mix until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a star tip.
Prepare the cucumbers remove pee, using a fork score the sides, slice into 1 in slices.
Using a melon baller remove a portion of the of the center of one side of the piece of cucumber,leavinvg a half moon crater.
Pipe the herb mixture into the crater, enough to stick out about 1/2 in of the top
Add 1 half of cherry tomato partially buried into the cream cheese mixture
Sprinkle with a little salt and paprika
Chill until ready to serve.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Egg Salad

I make egg salad at least once a week. It's easy and something I like to serve when guests come for lunch. I sometimes serve it over lettuce, or in a sandwich, but for a ladies luncheon I use croissants, because it's fancier.

Ingredients
Hard boiled egg's
Mayonaise
Honey Mustard
Scallions
Lettuce
Croissants

For perfect hard boiled eggs:
Place eggs in a pan of cold water, once the water starts to boil time it for 1minute. Turn off the burner, cover and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rune them under cold water.
Peel and chop the eggs and place them in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise,about 1 tablespoon of honey mustard, and the chopped scallions.
Slice the croissants,  add some lettuce  and a nice scoop of the egg salad mixture.
I sometimes serve them with fresh cut up fruit.



Monday, May 14, 2018

After School Snack

Here is an easy and quick after school snack that even the kids can make.

Ingredients
Granny Smith Apples
Peanut Butter
Raisins or Dried Cranberries

Core the apples and slice in 1/4 inch slices
Spread each slice with some peanut butter
Top with either the raisins or dried cranberries
Enjoy

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mom

This is the 6th Mothers Day without my Mom. She was the one I got my love for cooking and crafting from. I remember as a child her organizing the ladies in the neighborhood months before Christmas for a weekly craft day. They'd meet in our basement and create holiday crafts out of things they had around the house. Like trees made out of old readers digests or Angels made out of different shaped pasta.She taught me how to make spaghetti sauce from scratch, snickerdoodle cookies and the best meat loaf ever. She wasn't much of a camper until much later in life when my husband and I bought our first Motor Home. She went with us a couple of times and although she said she had fun I think she would have preferred staying in a hotel. She loved life,spending time with her family and friends was one of her greatest joys. I miss her everyday but I feel her with me and I know someday we will be together again. Love you Mom.

Rainy Day Crafts

 With Summer approaching I like to begin thinking about crafts for those rainy days when the grandchildren come to stay. I have a craft clos...