Cookie Pinwheels

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mad Hatter Party Pinwheels - that's what I'm calling these yummy sugar cookies!

I began by baking my sugar cookies onto these sticks, icing them different colours, dusting them with coordinating sprinkles and piping on a white icing swirl.



and Purple! Oh My!

I hope you likee! See you soon!

Jambalaya Recipe

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WOW! Talk about goooood! As mentioned in my earlier post my stove is on the fritz!!! It's a BIG deal! I bake something almost everyday.... I'm lost without Stanley! LOL Thankfully our repair man got the stove top going and this is what I came up with:

3 Chicken breasts (cubed)
450g pkg Italian sausage meat (I used mild for the boys but you could
definitely get a little spicy!)
1 T Olive oil
3-4 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 Onion (diced)
2 Bell peppers (diced - I used red and orange)
8-10 White mushrooms (quartered)
1-2 t Chilli seasoning
3 Cups (approx.) of cooked white rice
10oz can Tomato soup
Saute chicken and sausage in a skillet (with olive oil) on medium-high until cooked through. Add garlic, onions, mushrooms and peppers. Cook until onion is opaque. Add chilli seasoning, rice and tomato soup. Mix well. Serve.
My kids LOVED this! (Even the vegetables!)

Pizza Pinwheels

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh My Gosh! These were so yummy that after the first batch was literally inhaled by the boys, I had to make a special trip to the grocery store just for more ingredients! Here are the deets:

I made dough using my Bread Maker classic white recipe. You could use any dough though, store bought or traditionally made.

I spread my dough out into a rectangular shape (about the size of a cookie sheet). I made two of these and used one can of tomato paste, approx. 3c of Mozza Cheese and a pkg. of Pizza Pepperoni (approx. 40 slices).

I covered the dough with tomato paste, mozza cheese and pepperoni.

I then rolled all of my ingredients together, cinnamon bun style.

I cut the roll into 1" rounds and placed on my cookie sheet. One blob of dough from the Bread Maker made 28 pinwheels.

I put them in the oven at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Don't these look delish?

These were such a hit in my house! I can't wait to serve them at our

Mad Hatter Tea Party! Thanks to Amy at Stem Parties for the inspiration!


Now I'm off to read my stove's owner's manual... whilst baking it began beeping and flashing F1... dear Stainless Steel Frigidaire... may I call you Stanley?... how am I to live without you?????

Orange Cranberry Scones

Friday, March 19, 2010

After every last one of these scones disappeared from my house in seconds, just seconds!!! I decided to share this yummy recipe with you! 

1c Flour
1T Sugar
2t Baking Powder
1/2t Salt
1/2c Butter
1/2c Ocean Spray Craisins (I used Cherry flavour)
2 Eggs
1/4c Sour Cream
2T Orange Juice
Milk and sugar

Mix dry ingredients, add craisins, then add wet ingredients and combine well.

Form dough into a 6" circle, score with a knife, brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Cut along score lines when cool.

Trust me these are soooo good! Very moist! And if your house is anything like mine... they'll be gone in seconds!

Happy baking!

DIY Chalkboard Tags

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Planning a Mad Hatter Tea Party is loads of fun! The ideas, inspiration and projects are endless! I, of course, have to have food and drink tags saying "Eat Me" and "Drink Me". Again there are many fabulous options out there! I wanted to create something that I could reuse for future parties. Here's what I came up with:

Re-usable Chalkboard Tags!
I LOVE them! I can write whatever I want, erase it and use it again!

First I cut out tag shapes using my Cuttlebug and chipboard. You could use heavy duty cardstock as well.

I purchased Valspar Chalkboard Paint from Michaels. With my 50% off coupon it was about $5.

I painted both sides of my tag - careful the paint gets everywhere - be sure to cover your surface area with newspaper.

My finished tags all stacked up! Allow for an hour of drying time between coats of paint (I did two coats). I'm looking forward to using these puppies soon!

Try chalkboard paint! I've already resurfaced the boys' train table - now we can draw chalk roads and signs on it! Have FUN!

Test Kitch - St. Paddy's Day Cupcakes

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What!?!? More cupcakes?!!?!! I really am going to have to take up jogging... or kick boxing or something to work off all of the calories! LOL But truly I LOVE CUPCAKES! Hey - wouldn't that be a great bumper sticker?
I made these cute little guys using my mini cupcake pan and green silicone wrappers. I iced them with my 1M tip and sprinkled them green! I then topped them off with FREE printable toppers from Tom Kat Studio. VERY festive! I also love this 3 tiered tray that my mom found while treasure hunting! Another perfect addition for my Mad Hatter Tea Party!!! Are you finally getting as excited as I am?

Pirate Ship Bedroom

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Welcome Aboard!
Ahoy Mateys! Welcome to Cameron and Isaiah's room!

{This room has been updated with DIY Toddler Beds ~ for the latest news click here}
 I created this pirate themed bedroom for my two year old twin boys. I love, love, love how everything came together! Lots of details and photos... check 'em out!

A view from the crows nest.

Before shot of the cubby hole.

Before shot of the bedroom.

A 'land lubber' checking out the decking. 
I sketched a pirate ship, free hand, onto the wall and did all of the painting myself.

A seahorse off the starboard bow!

A fish off the port side (really I have no idea if I have the correct terminology... maybe I should study the proper terms before I try speaking pirate!)

The unfinished captains quarters.

The Sail
I used an old curtain to cover the bulletin board.

Shadow Boxes
Found at Ikea, I filled them with photos that my parents took of long ships off of the Sunshine Coast and seashells that the boys and I collected on their first trip to the ocean when they were 6 months old.

Netting that was found in a retired fisherman's yard while treasure hunting. Almost all of the decor were fab finds - found at thrift stores, yard sales and used book stores. And big boy pirate bedding from Auntie - who truly started the pirate bedroom ball rolling!

Bell and Anchor
A fab find at a used book and antique store. It's REALLY loud.... grrrrreat for when the boys are teenagers!

The Captain's Quarters
While too tall for the boys to climb into now, we have plans to install a ladder when they are older.

Spy Glass and Ships
In a previous post I mentioned that my mom is a collector of things... things that come in handy when decorating a Pirate Bedroom or coordinating a Mad Hatter Tea Party! LOL Both the spy glass and ships are fab finds from grandma (my mom).

A pirate's got to have a place to hang his hat... and eye patch!

Another fab find from the retired fisherman.

Treasure Chest
No telling what kind of goodies two year old twin boys will have stashed in there!

Antique Clock and Lamp
The start of this whole 'to decorate a pirate bedroom' process! I found this really unique ship clock/lamp at the same book/antique store as the bell almost a year ago! Talk about a FAB FIND! I love it!

Thanks for taking a look. I hope you LOVE it as much as I do!

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Invitation Tutorial

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I had a lot of fun creating the invitation for this party! Included in the envelope was a pre-party scavenger hunt game found here.

I began by stamping my images in black ink and heat embossing them.

Next I scanned my image, enlarged it to 275%, printed it and cut it out.

I added colour using my waterbrush and CTMH ink.

To create a swinging front to the card, I pierced the top and attached a brad.

Almost done!

Finished product! Inside they read:

Don't be late,
for a very important date.
Saturday, April 3rd is the day,
from 3-5 we'll play.
It's an un birthday party,
so you don't want to be tardy.
Join us at 111 Smith road,
at Heather and Darcy's abode.
Be sure to come in foolish attire,
for all to admire.

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Sneek Peek

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I am loving how all of the pieces for this party are falling together! Above are the beginnings of: sour cream container party favours, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, food & drink tags (DIY tutorial coming soon) and a pre-party game!

The Mad March Hare's Hunt - each invitation will be handed out with this little envelope inserted inside.

Items include:

A stuffed white rabbit (50 points)
A deck of cards (25 points)
Coordinates to a legitamate tea/spring/birthday themed geocache (100 points)
A rocking horse (50 points)
50 bonus points if it's a 'rocking-horse fly'
A bottle labelled 'drink me' (25 points)
A pocket watch (75 points)
An antique key (50 points)
King and queen chess pieces (50 points)
Red and white roses (50 points)
A paintbrush (25 points)
A mushroom (50 points)
Photo of all members of your immediate family on a playground with all feet off of the ground (100 points)
100 bonus points if rabbit ears and top hats are worn.
What is Lewis Carroll's real name? (25 points)
A Cheshire Cat smile (75 points)
Rabbit ears (50 points)
A caterpillar (50 points)