Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine's Day kid's craft/Dad gift

This is a fun Valentine's Day craft that you can make with your kids. I had my daughter tell me all the reasons why she loves her Daddy. We put them on scraps of paper and threw them in a Dove chocolate container. Then she had fun decorating the outside.

You will Need:

V-Day themed scrapbook paper, plain and/or patterned

a cutter

a container (pickle jar, mason jar, candy container, etc.)

Hot glue and a glue stick


Jewels or other embellishments

Glitter glue, if desired

Hole punch

1. Cut a piece of paper that will fit around your jar. Have your kid decorate the outside. I used hot glue so that when I wrap it around the container, the jewels don't pop off (when I used Elmer's glue this happened).

2. Quiz your kid on her favorite things about her dad or who ever she will be giving it to. It is hilarious what they come up with! We also used glitter glue for added sparkle.

3. Make your tag on a computer or handwrite it. I used white card stock and backed it with some patterned scrapbook paper (using the glue stick). Hole punch the end.

4. Tie a ribbon in a bow and hot glue on the top of the lid. Attach your tag. Fill the jar with your quotes and you are ready to give it away.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

No-Sew Valentine's Table Runner

My daughter wanted to get crafty yesterday. This table runner was easy for her to help me with and looks very cute for V-Day. It gave my foyer table an extra pop of color and complimented my Valentine's decorations well.

You will need:

  • Scrapbook paper

  • Cricut or heart punch

  • Piece of fabric (I used a scrap)

  • Modge Podge+paint brush

  • E6000 glue

  • Scissors

1. Use your Cricut or punch to cut a million (or about 40-50) hearts

2. Cut your fabric the length of your table, leaving no overhang (it's too stiff to drape over the sides like a normal runner).
3. Start gluing your hearts down, starting from the top and layer on the top always. Make sure to cover the fabric underneath so you might have to tilt the hearts to do so. I glued to the back side of the fabric so when you turn it over, the runner will still look pretty.

4. Once finished, trim the fabric peeking out from the bottom of the runner. Then lay down some newspaper under the runner and apply a layer of Modge Podge to the entire runner.

5. Let dry, add your other decorations and you are set.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Got leftover ham from Christmas?

I get so stumped on what to do with leftover Christmas ham, and there are only so many times you can make ham and bean stew. My husband LOVES this recipe! My sister-in-law Karen made it for us when we had our daughter and it has been a family staple ever since. This amount feeds 4-5 people

Cordon Bleu Casserole

3-4 large chicken breasts

1-2 cups Ham

16oz. Swiss cheese

1 pkg sliced mushrooms

1 bunch chopped green onions



1. Cook chicken until it turn white on the outside and cut into bite sized pieces

2. Butter bottom of 8x8 baking dish, add breadcrumbs

3. Layer half the chicken, half the ham, half the mushrooms, half the green onions, and half the cheese.

4. Repeat for the second half

5. Cover top layer with breadcrumbs (I use a cup or so). Drizzle melted butter on top.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until top is golden brown

7. Enjoy!
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