Archive | January, 2011

Tiny Prints Deal

27 Jan

This isn’t a creation yet, but Zulily.com has an awesome TinyPrints.com deal today–$20 for a $40 credit.  We use TinyPrints for nearly all our cards, invitations, etc. and they have the best products!  And, this doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2011 so you could save and use it for your holiday cards.  If you’re not already a member, please use my invitation code: http://www.zulily.com/invite/tkantowski137.

Some actual creative posts coming soon! i’ve been working on some really cute stuff 🙂

 

Days 5-19 = Big Fail

21 Jan

So much for blogging every day.  Our family was hit with the stomach flu twice, RSV, strep throat, yeast infection, fevers, colds and basic overall sickness. Plus, my computer hard drive died after falling off the high chair, so  between taking care of the kids and husband and being sick myself, there hasn’t been much time or energy for blogging.  Yes, pity party of one.

All this sickness means I haven’t done much creating either, but we did manage to make some oobleck and cheer our Bears on to the NFC Championship game against the Packers.

Back to the oobleck.  We were supposed to host a Dr. Seuss themed playdate and I wanted to have everyone do an easy craft–what better option than Oobleck to tie in with Bartholomew and the Oobleck?  The play date had to be cancelled due to the plague over our house, but the oobleck was a great activity to keep my 2 year old occupied while feeling sick.  It’s ridiculously easy to make.  Just take two cups of corn starch and mix it with 1 cup of water.  You can also add food coloring, but we just made it plain.  This stuff is fantastic for keep a toddler occupied.  It looks like its liquid, but when you pick it up, it’s hard.  It also oozes and is generally just a ton of fun!  When you start mixing, it’s going to get hard fast.  Don’t dump a ton of water in–that’s part of its beauty.  Stick with the recipe.  Also, we’ve been storing it in a plastic container for three days now, and it’s holding up well.

I will try to take pics and get back to daily creations now that everyone is starting to recover.  Hope your new year is starting off better than mine.

Enjoy!

Day 4: Homemade Playdough & Spaghetti Squash Medley

5 Jan

Both kids are sick, so easy and fast are mandatory this week.  Since we’re somewhat housebound, and this mama is really busy, I needed a low exertion fast activity.  Homemade playdough is a favorite of ours (link takes you to the recipe that we use that works best). It smells so much better than the storebought stuff and is a cinch to make.  Camera is acting finicky, so pics to come.  Store it in an airtight container and it lasts for a couple months.  We have found that natural color lasts a little longer than the food colored versions.  We’ve been using regular food coloring, but I think next time we’ll experiment with some natural food dyes.

Also, made a tasty concoction tonight of spaghetti squash with a sauce made from crushed tomatoes, ground beef, onions, blended cauliflower, carrots and broccoli (to hide them from my son) and cheddar cheese.  Super easy and super yummy.

 

 

Day 3: Crockpot Fiesta Chicken

4 Jan

A couple of months ago, I went through a heavy crockpot phase and tried a bunch of different recipes.  Based on that whirlwind of cooking, I tweaked a chicken recipe (I don’t remember where the original came from at this point), and it’s become a family staple.  Sooo good and super fast and easy to make.

  • Package of boneless skinless chicken thighs (I like organic ones)
  • Package of frozen corn, black bean and pepper mix
  • Fresh salsa (I like mild spice)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (fat free, low fat or regular all work fine)

Put all the ingredients except the cream cheese in the crockpot and cook on low for five hours.  Add the cream cheese for the last 30-45 minutes.  Stir and serve.  Super tasty.

Day 2: Peppermint Cake Pop Display

3 Jan

A few weeks ago Jenn from the Hostess with the Mostess  (she has the cutest ideas, so if you don’t already subscribe to her blog, you should!) posted these amazing peppermint cake pops and since I love peppermint and needed some fun desserts for a couple parties, I decided to try to make them.  I followed Jenn’s advice pretty closely with a few changes:

  • They were out of peppermint extract at the store, so I used mint and I think it tasted great
  • I put some on lollipop sticks with the ribbon like she did and some on candy canes and then a couple loose ones to make the display
  • I used shaved coconut for the “snow” and people seemed to really like it

Some tips:

  • I tried making these with sugar-free, whipped and regular frosting and I think the sugar-free frosting held and tasted the best
  • Crushing the candy canes can take awhile–a rubber or metal mallet works pretty well
  • I made some with red and some with white candy melts
  • Make these a day or two before you need them (especially if you’re placing all of them on sticks)–the flavors mix more and I think it makes them more solid.  Store them on the sticks in a food storage container

If you like peppermint, you will love these, so be prepared to spend extra time at the gym 😉

Day 1: Champagne Cocktails

3 Jan

Day 1 has taken two days to post  because baby girl has been really sick–not starting out the year great, but I’m going to double up on posts this week to make up for it!  A couple drinks that are tasty with or without alcohol.

Champagne Cocktails:

  • Cranberry or pomegranate juice at bottom of champagne glass (about 1/3 full)
  • Fill the rest of the glass with champagne or sparkling apple cider or Pellegrino
  • Drop a cherry in

Say cheers!

Note, I always serve mixed drinks (w/ or w/o alcohol) in pretty glasses.  It makes it seem more festive.

I Declare 2011 the Year of Creativity

1 Jan

I’ve decided I want to blog and create more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting at least one creation on this blog once a day for all of 2011.  The creations will be crafts, food, decorations, etc.–there will be at least one every day.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

I hope you enjoy what you read.  Feel free to comment, question, advise.  Cheers to a great 2011!