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Pikachu Popcorn Box

It’s time for Laura Kelly’s annual Popcorn Box Blog Hop!  Pokemon has been really popular in our house this year, especially with the release of the PokemonGo app.  My youngest son just had a Pokemon themed birthday party.  So, for this years blog hop, I thought I’d dress my popcorn box up as Pikachu!
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Materials:
Popcorn Box from Cost Plus World Market
Pikachu Ears and Tail PDF (I created the tail and ears pdf, so click the photo below to print your own!)
Yellow Paint (I used DecoArt Americana Sunny Days)
Paint Brush
Red, black and white scrap paper
Scissors
Marker (I used a Tomboy Mono Twin Marker)
Glue (I used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
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First, you need to paint the popcorn box.  I did three layers to cover the red lines really good.  Once it was dry, I cut out the ears, tail, cheeks and eyes.   When everything was cut out, I glued everything to the box and then I had an adorable little Pikachu Popcorn Box!
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I hope you enjoyed my Pikachu Popcorn Box!  It was super quick and easy!

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Ooey Gooey CherryMan Granola Bars – Gluten Free

At our house, we love Maraschino Cherries and Cherry Man has some fantastic cherries!  We also love granola bars.  Here is an ooey gooey homemade granola bar recipe that is easy and yummy and the kids can even help!    granola bar
I used Bear Naked Bearly Processed Granola.  It was flavored with Honey and contained almonds.  And it was filled with protein!
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I removed the stem from each of the cherries and chopped them up.   After everything was mixed, I folded my cherries into my batter.  Oh yeah, I also added Nestly Toll House Chocolate Chunks!  
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I buttered a baking dish and mashed my granola into the the dish.  I popped it in the oven and baked.  Once it was done, I let it cool and then cut it into bars.  My boys loved it.  From one, I heard “This is the best granola bar I have ever had!”  

Ooey Gooey CherryMan Granola Bars - Gluten Free
A simple and yummy homemade granola bar. The kids can even help!
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Granola (or you can use plain oats)
  2. 3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
  3. 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  4. 1/2 cup chopped Maraschino cherries (I used CherryMan)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 3/4 cup light corn syrup or honey
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Mix granola, flour, baking soda, softened butter, vanilla, corn syrup together. Add the chocolate chunks. Chop cherries and then fold them into the mix.
  2. Butter a baking dish and press the mix into the dish.
  3. Bake, let cool for 10-15 minutes and then enjoy!
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Udderly Smooth Gift to a Teacher for the Holidays

Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign by Udderly Smooth.  All ideas, experiences and opinions are my own.

As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, the dry skin immediately seems to happen.  Udderly Smooth lotions and cream definitely helps to ease the dry skin and itchiness!  Udderly Smooth is a staple in our house and everyone here uses it!  

My children are in year round school and are out for the month of December and do not return to school until after the new year.  So, holiday and Christmas gifts have to be given out to teachers before school tracks out at the beginning of December.  Udderly Smooth creams and lotions are a great gift for Teachers!  They are constantly washing their hands or using antibacterials.   And those dry your skin out like crazy.

I love this gift idea of Udderly Smooth Hand & Body Lotion and this adorable cow coffee mug.  I’ve paired it with a bag of Mexican Coffee Beans and some Baileys Irish Cream so now that the teachers are tracked out and home with their families, they can enjoy a nice mug of Irish Cream Coffee!  And while they drink away, they can keep their skin nice and smooth!   How about that little Udderly Smooth Squeeze Cow and the cute little Winter Hat Note Card?!?!  They go great with the gift too! UdderlySmooth1
Udderly Smooth has a variety of creams and lotions.  One of my favorites is the Foot Cream.  It is AMAZING!!   You can even get a Dispenser Pump/Lid for the tub of cream.  We keep a tub of the Body Cream on our bathroom counter and use it daily.   It works great on our youngest son’s eczema.   He is always asking “Can I have some of the cow lotion?”
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This tube of Udderly Smooth is perfect for your purse or your car or even at your desk.   I always have one with me.   It can be given as part of a gift or even just by itself.  
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For a list of all of the Udderly Smooth products, click HERE!  Udderly Smooth can be purchased at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Dollar General, Big Lots, Ace Hardware, Amazon.com and other retail stores.  

The little Winter Hat Note Card in the photos was made by me.  You can check out how I made those by click on the photo below!  
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Washi Tape Pumpkin Popcorn Box

For the last couple of years, my friend Laura Kelly has put together an awesome Popcorn Box Blog Party with a selection of great craft items to help decorate the popcorn box!   She has done it again, and with the help of some great companies!  These awesome Popcorn Boxes came from World Market! blog party
This year, Scotch donated their Expressions Washi Tape!  I thought to myself, why not make a Washi Tape Pumpkin!  
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Using Krylon spray paint that I had, I spray painted the box to cover up most of the red designs on the popcorn box.  The color was not quite orange, but it did the trick.
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Once the spray paint was dry, I covered the box in orange wash tape.  I didn’t want the lines to be perfect, so I made the tape go in all different ways!  It kind of made it look like an orange mummy!  Once it was covered, I used an Exacto knife to trim around the scalloped top of the box.
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Next, I just tore pieces of black washi tape to make the pumpkin face!
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And it was done!  Super easy and perfect for a Halloween movie night with some popcorn!
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Expressionery Bakes!

Sweets, Sweets, Sweets!   I love to bake them and with the help of Expressionery.com, Laura Kelly and The Bakers Party Shop sponsoring this awesome post, I was able to bake and decorate with awesome baking supplies and an adorable personalized self-inking stamp!
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Getting inspiration from Pinterest, I made a Sunkist flavored cake, using a Betty Crocker box mix and a 12oz Sunkist.   My boys love helping me bake, especially when I am using my Kitchenaid Mixer!  
Ingredients:
1 Box of cake mix  (do not add egg, oil, water)
12 oz of Sunkist

Follow instructions on the box for baking.   cake mix
The Bakers Party Shop sent me adorable cupcake liners and mini pie pans.  We decided to use them both, creating cupcakes and cupcake pies! cups
I love homemade cream cheese frosting, so I decided to make that and add the Orange Cream Flavoring and Electric Orange gel food coloring to make my frosting taste like and look oranges!  Of course, they boys were excited to be able to eat any frosting that wasn’t being used!
Recipe:
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
4 cups of powdered sugar
Orange Cream Flavoring, to taste
Electric Orange gel food coloring, to coloring liking

Mix the cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Slowly add the powdered sugar.   Once all combined, add in the flavoring and the food coloring. cream cheese icing
The Bakers Party Shop also sent these beach themed candy molds and these adorable sprinkles!  Using vanilla candies, I made candied shells and sea creatures to go on my cupcakes. decorations
Expressionery.com supplied me with this adorable “Baked with a lot of Love – Katie & The Berry Boys” personalized self-inking stamp with art by my best friend, Laura Kelly!  Included in my box of goodies from The Bakers Party Shop was some bakers twine, tags and adorable packaging. stamps
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Mr. and Mrs. Seat Back Wedding Wreaths

Need a quick wedding craft to brighten up the bride and grooms chair at the wedding reception?  These Mr. and Mrs. Seat Back Wedding Wreaths are quick, easy and adorable! final
Materials:
Two foam wreaths (I used FloraCraft Make It Fun Wreath Rings)
Wooden Letters (I picked these up at A.C. Moore)
Burlap Ribbon
Tulle
Krylon ColorMaster – Sea Glass
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
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So that it would be dry in time for adding them to my wreaths, I spray painted my letters first.   Krylon
Then, with the help of my craft loving five year old, Benjamin, I wrapped the foam wreath rings with the burlap ribbon and hot glued the end to keep it from unraveling. wrapping wreath
Once my letters were dry, I hot glued them together, slighting overlapping the letters. glued letters
Once the letters were glued together, I took a strip of tulle that was about 6-8 feet long and folded it in half to find the center.  Once I had the center, I hot glued my letters to the tulle.  I only attached the “Mrs” on the “R” and both the “M” and “R” of the “Mr” to the tulle.   I then laid the letters and tulle over the wreath and wrapped the tulle around the wreath near the top.  Once I was happy with the placement of the letters, I wrapped it around the chair and tied it to secure the wreaths to the chairs! individual wreath
I love how these turned out!  And they are actually on their way to a beach wedding this upcoming weekend!
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Shop Laura Kelly – Button and Felt Heart Garland

ShopLauraKelly.com has some of the cutest craft kits put together by one of my best friends, Laura Kelly!  One of my favorite kits in the collection is the Button and Felt Heart Garland! banner
Laura is very creative and has licenses with several companies!  The kits that she has put together come with everything you need to put your projects together! kit
This particular kit includes felt hearts, ribbon, colorful embroidery floss, buttons and a needle. supplies
Instead of using my ribbon to hold the hearts for the banner, I decided to cut the ribbon into 4 inch strips and glued them together to make a little loop using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  I then glued them to the backs of my hearts.  ribbon hooks
Once they were dried, I turned the hearts over and glued a coordinating color button to the front.
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Then, I slid them onto my embroidery floss that I left together to look like a rainbow!
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It also makes a great necklace!  I love it!  So, go on over to ShopLauraKelly.com and check out Laura’s cute little craft kits!
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How do you do your Ranch?!?!

Just how do you do your Ranch?  I was asked if I wanted to join this fun blog hop using Hidden Valley Ranch packet!   It was fun and the result was super yummy!!!   Ranch Cream Cheese

I absolutely love Philadelphia Cream Cheese.   We always have it in the house.  I decided I would mix the Ranch dip packet with my block of cream cheese.  I only used half of the packet for my 8 oz bar of cream cheese, saving the rest for another time. ingredients

Fortunately for me, the Hidden Valley Ranch dip packet is gluten free!!!!   I have also just recently found Glutino’s Gluten Free Bagel Chips!  They are fantastic and you’d never know they were gluten free.  My family loves them!   And they go perfectly with my Ranch Cream Cheese! IMG_5077

This makes a delicious hors d’oeuvre for a before dinner snack or a get together!

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Enjoy!

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Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop

A year ago, my friend Laura Kelly started this Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop and then decided to do it again this year. I was so excited to get my box of goodies to do this project! It’s so much fun and exciting to see what everyone comes up with! This year, I decided to make a Cat!

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Items I used:
Popcorn Box
Black Felt from Kunin
Phoomph for Fabric from Coats & Clark
Tulip Soft Black Fabric Paint
Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
Laura Kelly Buttons from Buttons Galore & More
Floral Wire
Paint Brush
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue

First, I painted my box using the Tulip Soft Black Fabric Paint. Yes, I know it’s fabric paint, but it still worked great on my box! I let it dry and then painted on another coat.
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Next, I made my cats tail. I thought about this for a little while! I took a piece of floral wire and folded it in half and manipulated it to look a little like how a real cats tail would look. I placed black Phoomph onto some felt, placed the wire onto the Phoomph and then folded my felt in half. Then, I cut around the wire making the felt the same shape as the wire. Then i manipulated the wire with the felt again to make the tail curved.
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Next was my cats ears. Again, I used black felt and Phoomph. I placed the Phoomph onto a black piece of felt. When I folded the felt over, I made sure that it didn’t completely cover the Phoomph because I knew that I wanted to use the exposed part of the Phoomph to attach the ears to the popcorn box. I used the orange Scribbles Fabric Paint to make the inside of the cats ears.
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Using Laura Kelly’s buttons, I fold some orange, yellow and black beads to use for the eye and then an orange one to use for the nose. Using Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue, I attached them to the box.
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Using the end of the wire from the tail, I inserted it into the back of the box and bent it upward helping it stay in place. I then used the Aleene’s tacky glue to glue the tail in place, to give it an extra hold.
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Once everything was dry, I used White Scribbles Fabric Paint to create the mouth and the whiskers of my cat!
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And then he was complete!
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I hope you liked my Halloween Cat Popcorn Box!
Until next time…….
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Laura Kelly’s Pet Shop Sizzix Collection T-shirt

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Laura Kelly just launched a new line of die cuts with Sizzix/Ellison.  It’s really exciting and they are such cute die cuts.  Laura invited me to join in her quest to promote the line!   It’s called the Pet Shop collection.  Click on the link to check it out!!!   I decided to use the terrarium and lizard that Laura so kindly precut for me!

Things you will need:
-a t-shirt
-Laura Kelly’s Pet Shop Dies by Ellison
-Die Cut Machine
-Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
-Tulip 3D Fabric Paint
-Fabric with an adhesive backing

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Before I removed the adhesive cover, I inserted my lizard into the precut slots.   back pieces

I then gently removed the backing of the lizard first and then the backing from the terrarium. putting it together

 I then placed the terrarium onto my shirt, making sure I put it exactly where I wanted it because it’s not easy to move!!!   Next, I added the cute little saying “Here Lizard Lizard!”, black fabric paint to the top of the terrarium to make it look like it has a lid and eyes on the lizard!

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Then I put it on this cute little guy and he loves it!!!  What little boy doesn’t like pets?!?!? Benjamin

Hope you like my cute little lizard and terrarium Pet Shop Collection by Laura Kelly t-shirt!!!

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