I made these rolls last night and they were DELICIOUS! It was like having 16 little loaves of french bread! Make them bigger for buns or small for dinner rolls. Either way, they are GOOD! I love french bread and will be making these again for sure! French Bread Rolls to Die For(allrecipes.com)1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)1 tablespoon active dry yeast2 tablespoons white sugar2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 teaspoon salt4 cups bread flourDirectionsIn a large bowl, stir together ... Read More about Roll Review!
Aaron had his Buzz Lightyear party this afternoon! It was a success and the kids had a great time. I posted pictures on the family blog of the kids, but here are some of the creations for the party.I finally made a pinata that wasn't too thick! I remember one year having to take down the pinata and put it on the ground to let the kids beat the heck out of it to crack it! So here is a helpful hint....2 layers of paper mache is plenty for a homemade pinata. You'll thank me later! My friend Nina ... Read More about A Buzz Lightyear Party!
Derrick has been banned from my craft blog for the next week :) We don't want him to see his present from the kids! Aaron had SO MUCH FUN doing this project. He really got into it. It is his gift to Daddy, but we had Dallin and Kaylee contribute their handprints and quotes to it too . I bought 3 yards of fleece from Joann's (Aaron chose the bright color) and fringed the sides as you would for a no-sew fleece blanket. Then I traced the kids hands and wrote quotes from them about Daddy all ... Read More about Personalized Fleece Blanket for Daddy
We make chocolate pretzels year-round, but are more creative at Christmas! My man has some major skills :) He made all of these for his co-workers. Tons of variations as well as English Toffee. I made chocolate covered marshmallows (again), baked cakes for Aaron's birthday and made buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. There is always one day a year that is spent crazily baking treats for Christmas and today was that day! For your viewing pleasure there are white chocolate/Andes mints, ... Read More about Holiday Pretzels
I'm back! I had a nice visit with family in California, but now that I am back it's time to kick things into gear to make sure everything is ready for Christmas and Aaron's birthday! Today I made homemade marshmallows dipped in chocolate and crushed candy canes. I also made homemade cocoa mix. These will be gifts for Dallin's teacher, bus driver, and the ladies that I visit teach at church. I also have a box of marshmallows to take to a cookie exchange tomorrow. I thought it would be a fun ... Read More about Dark Chocolate Cocoa Mix and Homemade Marshmallows!
I made these place cards for the kid's Thanksgiving table this year. This is the first time we have gotten together with friends for Thanksgiving in probably 5 years. We usually keep it small with just our family for the holidays, but think that it will be a lot of fun!I used my cricut paper doll cartridge to make these cute little figures and color matched the hair for each child. Aaron keeps asking why he can't carry his around. I told him he needed to wait until Thursday, then he can carry ... Read More about Thanksgiving Place Cards
My friend, Tania, taught me how to make these fun magnets a couple of years ago in Kodiak. We made them for the parents of the kids that we babysat that year. They turned out so cute! I love being down in the lower 48 around the holidays. It is SO MUCH EASIER to find craft supplies! We couldn't get these marbles on the island, so her sister sent her some from Maine. Now all I have to do is go down the street to Joann's or the Dollar Tree store---and spend a lot less---no shipping! To make ... Read More about Marble Magnets!
( Pardon the half-naked baby. I feel like I am saying that frequently on my blogs lately. She isn't always that way!) My sister, Stacy, always sends the kids the most creative and fun gifts. She made us this doorway puppet theater 4 years ago and the kids LOVE it! You can put a tension rod through the top casing and put it in any doorway for an instant theater! Derrick made a PVC pipe frame for ours so that the kids could use it wherever they wanted. But we could easily slide a tension curtain ... Read More about Doorway Puppet Theater!
I made this fleece hat for Kaylee this afternoon. She needed one with some sort of straps to keep it on her head! She is getting better with keeping accessories on, but still sometimes thinks it is fun to throw them out of the stroller and watch them as we keep walking and they fade into the background. Thankfully I've noticed when she does this, and we haven't lost any binkies, hats, or shoes...YET. I didn't have any instructions for making this hat, it was kind of trial and error. The first ... Read More about Little projects for my little girl…