October 31, 2012

A Good Laugh >> People Getting Scared

I'm the type of person who loves to watch other people get scared, fall down, and do other accidental things. So America's Funniest Home Videos is still one of my favorite shows. I grew up with a father who was HUGE on practical jokes, and at one time or another we were all the target of his pranks. We would, in turn, all conspire against him to play some pretty wicked ticks. My childhood was never short of laughter.
Here's a compilation of tricks and pranks pulled on others, just for laughs. If you're anything like me, you may pee your pants a little.
Really.
Have a safe and happy Halloween friends!
april
xoxo

October 30, 2012

Nutella and Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Do you fondue? One of my goals this month was to find a fondue pot and have this yummy dessert with my boys. I love fondue because you can cut up lots of different goodies to dip in your chocolate. I bought strawberries and marshmallows for my youngest and brownies for my oldest. Of course they loved it, who wouldn't love big ol pot of chocolate
I looked at a few fondue pots online that were warmed by small burners or candles, but I felt more comfortable using an electric pot having small kids. 



You will need:
> 1 tbsp Nutella
> 1 (11.5 oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
> 1 cup heavy whipping cream
>  Any and all yummy sweets you would like to dip in your Nutella chocolate



Here are a few ideas:
Strawberries
Pineapple
Pound cake
Brownies
Marshmallows
Cookies

1. First thing you need to do is melt your chocolate in a small saucepan on your stove. I know it seems strange, but your fondue pot won't get hot enough to melt your chips, it will only keep your melted chocolate warm. Heat your heavy cream on low and slowly pour in your chocolate chips, stirring constantly so they don't burn. When all of your chips are melted stir in your Nutella.
2. Pour your chocolate into your fondue pot and ENJOY!




 I recommend using toothpicks to dip small kids' treats for them. This way they can't touch the side of the pot, which always makes me a little nervous.
I did let my youngest dip his chocolate covered goodies in a small bowl of sprinkles, because sprinkles make everything better right?



My next use for the fondue pot is dinner. I'm thinking savory cheese with veggies, although I'm mainly focusing on the cheese.
Happy dipping!
april
xoxo

October 29, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.62 >> Features & Giveaway Winner

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Thank you to those who linked up, I enjoyed all the awesome projects! Here are the features from last week!

This atlas mirror tutorial is a great upcycle project!

These festive candle holders are perfect for the holidays.

How cute are these felt mushrooms...

My boys would love a creepy spider t-shirt, and so would I! I love putting a simple spin on an article of clothing you already have to make it new again.

AND.....
The most viewed link was:

These SPOOKY spider mason jars! Congrats to Your Charmed Life! Shoot me an email and I will send you your chalkboard labels!

If you haven't linked up yet you can HERE
All features and most viewed links can be found on my Pinterest board "Sweet Saturday Features" HERE.

I hope you have an awesome week and Halloween! Look out for another giveaway this Saturday for the most viewed link, it may or may involve some amazing crafting supplies. Swoon!
april
xoxo

October 26, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.62

Happy weekend, or almost weekend if you are reading this on Friday! Do you have any awesome plans or crafts organized...
Are you cramming in lots of Halloween like activities...
I will be carving pumpkins, putting the finishing touches on Halloween costumes and stuffing goody bags! Phew. I'm tired already and I haven't even started.
I love Halloween, but I can not believe it's here already! This year is winding down WAY to fast.

Ok, let's get to the sharing of you awesome past weeks' blog projects. I can't wait to see what you have been up to, and this week I have revived the giveaway for the most viewed link! You could very well make off with a cool freebie. Sweet!

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Here are the details:

1. Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 

2. If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to The Gingerbread Blog, that would be great.

3. Every Monday I highlight a few projects from the previous week, so check to see if you were featured! 

4. Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!

The winner of this weeks' most viewed link will receive the chalkboard label pictured below!


Thank you so much!


Psssst >> The Gingerbread Blog is being featured HERE and HERE if you are interested in checking out two recent projects. 
april
xoxo

October 25, 2012

Craft Your Own Cardboard Chalkboard Letters

I have been wanting to spell the word "EAT" in my dining room\kitchen area for as long as I can remember because well, I think it's really rad. I have seen this idea done by other people, but I knew I could add my own spin to this craft to make it my own.
After I found my letters I then had to decide how to decorate them. Do I wrap them in yarn or fabric or spray paint them a bold color...
Oh the wonderful choices.
I had also been coincidentally thinking about painting one of my walls in the dining room with chalkboard paint.

Side note : To know me in real life is to realize that at any one time I have 100 projects "brewing" in my head, I'm crazy.

Sooo I decided to merge these two ideas into one project and paint my letters with chalkboard paint, it's like the best of both worlds.



You will need:
> Chalkboard paint
> Paint brush spongy thing
> Big ol' letters (you can cut your letters from boxes or buy them online)
> White chalk

1. Apply your first coat of paint to your letters.

2. Apply a second coat of paint, blah I know, but necessary.

3. Rub a piece of chalk all over the letters.

4. Then use a paper towel or napkin to rub in the chalk. This gives the letters their "chalkboard" feel.

5. Decoate your letter chalkboards with art, quotes, designs or maybe your favoite food recipe, make them your own!

You can use poster putty, tape or sticky dots to hang your letters up on the wall. Then you can sit back with a cuppa joe and enjoy your crafty work.

Happy crafting.
april
xoxo

October 22, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.61 >> Features

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Thank you to those who linked up, I enjoyed all the awesome projects! Here are the features from last week!

These chocolate pumpkin whoopie pies are so cute, I almost wouldn't want to eat them, until I would eat them.

I'm loving this neon painted pumpkin.

What an original way to display your house numbers and cute pumpkins.

I have never attempted to dye clothes before, but this tutorial makes it look so simple, perhaps I will go buy a pair of jeans to dye a pretty Fall color!

AND...
The most viewed link was:

These are super cute chocolate peanut butter witches brooms are too adorable!

Congrats to those featured, feel free to grab the button below to post on your blog!

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If you haven't linked up yet you can HERE
All features and most viewed links can be found on my Pinterest board "Sweet Saturday Features" HERE.
Next week I will start offering a giveaway for the most viewed link again! Yipee! So look out for the linky on Friday to submit your projects!
Happy Crafting!
april
xoxo

October 20, 2012

Persimmon Cookie Recipe with Orange Glaze

These cookies are my FAVORITE! If you could roll up the taste of Fall into a ball of dough, cook it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, you would have this cookie. They are that good! I basically wait all year for persimmon season so my mom can bake this cookie recipe. This year she decided to teach me, and I thought it would be great to share the recipe with YOU! xoxo

First of all, what the heck is a persimmon...
It's a beautiful berry that can be found in stores from around October to December, so if you're liking this recipe you should hop to it, you will definitely want to make it more than once.

You will need:
(cookies)
> 1\2 cup unsalted shortening
> 1 cup sugar
> 1 egg
> 2 cups flour
> 1 tsp baking soda
> 1\2 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
> 1\4 tsp cloves
> 1 cup persimmon pulp (roughly 5 persimmons)
(glaze)
> 1\3 cup orange juice or the juice from a freshly squeezed orange
> powdered sugar

1. Cut up your persimmons into large chunks discarding the stem and thick center piece. Puree them in your blender or food processor until your have a smooth pulp.

Before:


After:

2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Then add your egg.

3. Sift together your flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Add your dry mixture to your sugar mixture and pour in your persimmon pulp, then you have your yummy cookie dough!



4. Spoon your dough into small teaspoon sized balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

5. While your cookies are baking squeeze the juice from one orange and use 1\3 cup or you can use 1\3 cup orange juice to make your glaze. Measurements for this are tricky, so just start with your juice and slowly add powdered sugar, stirring together, until you have a thick glaze.



Enjoy your cookies and thank me later.
Happy Baking...
april
xoxo

October 19, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.61


HELLO! It's that time again to show yourself off and link up the crafty, recipe or DIY goodness you have been up to this week. Look out for features on Monday, that's the new day to see if your project was highlighted!
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Here are the details:

  • Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
  • If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread, that would be great.
  • Comment on a few other posts, comments are sweet!    
  •  Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
  • Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!
Thank you so much!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo


October 18, 2012

Butterscotch Pie Recipe

This pie recipe was a labor of love for me because I had to make 5, literally. There are times when recipes, or crafts for that matter, work out flawlessly the first time you try them, and other times you have to try over, and over again. I consider this pie my new best friend, we spent many hours together. I'm only slightly emotionally invested. Nonetheless I adjusted my recipe a few times and this butterscotch pie is amazing! It would be perfect for the holidays or with a cup of coffee, that's how I'm enjoying it right now!

You will need:
> An Oreo ready made pie crust
> 1 cup diced pecans
> 2 cubes of bakers chocolate
> 1\4 cup sweetened condensed milk
> 1 regular sized tub of Cool Whip
> 2 packages of butterscotch flavored Jello (the 4 person serving that is instant & pie filling)
> 1 cup cold milk

1. Melt your chocolate squares in the microwave and mix in your sweetened condensed milk. Pour evenly into the bottom of your pie crust and smooth. Then sprinkle your pecans into the chocolate and press evenly. Let it set in the fridge for 10 minutes.

2. Mix your butterscotch Jello and milk for one minute. It will be thick but not the exact consistency of pudding, don't worry, it will thicken up when it sets in the fridge. Pour 1 cup of your Jello mixture on your pecan layer.

3. Stir half of your Cool Whip with your remaining Jello and evenly spread onto pie.

4. Let your pie set in the fridge for around 2 hours, or until the top layer is firm. Use the left over Cool Whip to top your pie slices and ENJOY!

Are you ready for pie yet...
It's so good!
april
xoxo

October 16, 2012

5 Things Tuesday >> Handmade Kids Halloween Costumes

"The number 5 is my favorite, hence my need to pick 5 things that tickle my fancy every Tuesday"




Are you looking for some Halloween costume inspiration? Here are 5 awesome ideas that may just be the perfect costume for your little monster!

I LOVE this owl costume, you could easily change the colors up for a girl.

Can I wear this costume...I love it!

Seriously, this fox costume is so cute! 

I just died, he even has a handlebar mustache! 

Where The Wild Things Are is one of my sons favorite books! Any of these awesome character costumes would make him a happy monster.

Here is a costume I made last year:

 
Dylan wanted to be a skeleton, so I bought black sweats, traced bones from white felt and sewed them on. It was super easy and he still wears it to bed! Original post HERE.
Handmade costumes can be keepsakes forever, and a fun project for both you and your kiddos!
april
xoxo