Monday, October 20, 2014

Spider Web Smoothie

Here's a Spooky Spider Web Smoothie for you!

 Need a quick concoction for Halloween?
This green smoothie is delicious.
It's super simple, too.
1/2 cup of orange/mango juice
1 handful of spinach
1 green apple cored, peeled and cut
a few ice cubes

Blend in mixer.  You'll be surprised how good this tastes!
My kids actually approved! 
(This is saying a lot, since they turn up their noses at all green smoothies!  Halloween is a great time to give green smoothies another try.  You've got to get something healthy in them-- as they feast on too many sweets!)

Speaking of sweets--the candy webs.
Melt white Candy Melts in microwave.
Scoop into a small Ziploc and snip the corner with scissors.
On a baking sheet covered with waxed paper, pipe a web shape.
(It took a few trial runs, but I eventually got the hang of it.  I'm sure you'll figure it out WAY before I did!)
Let dry for 15-20 minutes before removing from sheet.
Stick web into smoothie and hook on a plastic spider ring.


More spider making posts:

   Sweet Spider Treats

Creepy Crawly Cupcakes

Bugs and Kisses

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Creepy Crawly Spider Cupcakes

Here's another chocolaty spider treat for you.
 Creepy Crawly Cupcakes
 Have you seen them 'hanging' around the 'web'?

Well, my version won't have you 'stuck' in the kitchen...

In fact, the hardest part of crafting these cupcakes is finding the black shoestring licorice. (Eventually found at a random Dollar Plus store.)
Simply bake up a batch of chocolate cupcakes and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting. 
(Boxed mix with canned frosting always works when running short on time, plus my kids think they're better than the ones I slave away at!?  Crazy kids!)Cover the entire frosted top with chocolate jimmies sprinkles.

Add on two candy eyes.
(found at grocery stores and craft stores.)
Using a toothpick, make 4 small holes into each side of the cupcake.
Cut licorice into desired length and stick one piece in each hole.
Bend licorice a bit to make legs look more realistic.

Extra long licorice pieces create Daddy Long Leg spiders!
Watch out!

Spiders don't last long in our house!

More spider making posts:

   Sweet Spider Treats

Bugs and Kisses

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Got the Blues Gift for College Students with Printable


Know a student with the college 'Blues'?

Put together a simple 'Blues' care package!

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I spent the week-end celebrating my 20th college reunion at Whitworth University.  (Yes, I'm old!)

While there, we visited a few students from our church and hand delivered our 'Blues' package.

Lots of blue colored snacks--perfect for late night studying.

A blue tag.  (Scroll down to print your own.)

A gift bag (blue of course) or a box.

Delivered to the dorm room by my kids...who desperately want to go to college so they can get these kinds of snacks!

*Choose the tag that works for you.

Click here to print your own College Blues.

Click here to print your own I'm Blue Without You.

Click here to print We're Feeling Blue Without You.

Linking up to: MotivationMonday,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop With Sweet Spider Treats and a Giveaway!

I'm having fun on the blog today with Delightfully Noted's Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop!
I'm excited to be a part of the festivities...
Be sure to read to the end of the blog for all the Delightfully Wicked Halloween creativity and a giveaway!

But first, take a look at what's been 'crawling' around our home.

Sweet Spider Treats

(I only like spiders if they're chocolaty and cute!)

These sweet arachnids only take a few minutes to 'spin up' and you too can have them crawling around your table...or in your kids' lunchbox...or to your neighbor's home...across the teacher's desk...or right into your mouth!
They're super simple to make using:
-clear, plastic condiment cups
-brown colored M&M's (or any other dark candy or items)
-1 sharp, pointed toothpick
-3 brown or black chenille stems (I call them pipe cleaners.)
-2 great big plastic googly eyes. 
-Glue Dots or hot glue gun

(1) Fill a plastic condiment cup with any dark colored candies. 
You could also use other items besides candy...pennies, stickers, etc.  (Unfortunately for me, it always has to be chocolate...preferably dark chocolate!)


You can find these plastic, lidded condiment cups at the grocery store or party store.  Look in the picnic aisle right next to the toothpicks.  It's the perfect location, since you'll need a toothpick to punch holes in the lid.

(2) Of course you'll need to make your spider with 8 legs.
(You don't want the kids making comments about inaccurate spiders, right?)
  Place the lid on the cup and use a sharp toothpick to punch four holes along the rim, on each side.  Be sure to leave room for the eyes.

(3)  Cut 4 pipe cleaners in half and place one 'leg' in each hole. You can make the legs any length.  However, they do look more 'spidery' if you bend each leg a bit.

(4) Attach the googly eyes with Glue Dots or a dab of hot glue.

Now, these are the types of spiders I will welcome any day--
how about you?

Now, it's time for you to visit the rest of Delightfully Noted's Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop!  Simply click on the links below to hop to them all!  Scroll down for the giveaway, too.

Delightfully Noted

Itsy Bitsy Paper 

Life is a Lullaby

Michelle Paige

My Own Home Blog

Our Pinteresting Family

Occasionally Crafty

Uncommon Designs

Wouldn't you love to win a piece of Halloween décor from BlocksPaperPaint?

Enter below to win a Halloween décor block/sign

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apple Pun Thank You for Watching the Kids

An Apple Thank You for Watching Our Kids

When a rare opportunity came up for me to join my husband on a business trip, I took it!  Here's a pun-filled thank you to our friends that helped watch our kids while we were away. 
Of course I went with a theme...


To The ‘Gala’ Family:

Well, first of all- we can’t believe you
‘fell’ for watching our kids! 
We know many families who would
have ‘wormed’ their way out of that job! 
Thanks for ‘picking’ up our kids and
taking care of them while we were away.
Apparently, your home is much
more ‘appe’aling than ours.    
The kids would ‘apple-y’ live with you forever.
We hope their behavior wasn’t ‘rotten’.
Know that we think you’re awesome to the ‘core’! 

With love from your ‘fruity’ friends,
The ‘McIntosh’s’

It's easy to create your own apple themed gift.
Fill up a basket or bowl with lots of apple goodies.

Apple juice, apple chips, a variety of apples and an Applebee's gift card are just a few ideas.  Chocolate-caramel, nut covered apples sold in specialty stores are amazing, too!  Mmm!

Add the above note (or make up your own)

I glued our apple pun letter onto cardstock
and taped on a popsicle stick.

Stick note in the arrangement and hand deliver!

 Now, I would call this gift 'all ripe'!  Don't you think?

Linking up to: AnythingGoes,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Themed Decorating for a Fundraiser Dinner

A Cheesy Fundraiser

Whether you think fundraisers are 'brie'lliant or not.......
CHEESE sure makes a great theme!
Especially when you're dealing with Jr. High and Sr. High students.

This church fundraiser was mostly coordinated by our pastor's wife,
who asked for a bit of help with some puns and décor from me. 
Take a look!


Our church needed to raise funds to hire a new Youth Pastor.
An idea to bring in a cheese sandwich food truck resulted in the fundraiser's theme...
(I love a cheesy theme!)

Of course there is always a very, very small budget when decorating for a church fundraiser. 
**Balloons and gift bag centerpieces to the rescue.

Balloons are (in my opinion) the easiest and most cost effective way to decorate a big space.
I simply tied up a yellow and an orange balloon and taped them to rocks for weight.  Each rock was put in a gift bag.

The tables were numbered, so I numbered each gift bag as well. Yellow tissue paper sat sticking out of each bag.

The best part of using gift bags as centerpieces, is that all the checks and donation paperwork can go directly in the bags after the evening is missing money!


Plastic yellow tablecloths add lots of color as well.


On the evening of the event, the cheese sandwich truck parked itself in the church's parking lot and everyone placed their order.
(It sure helped that the weather was amazing!)

Inside the church was salad, fruit and cheesecake for dessert.
(get it?)

Each table also had lots of cheesy snacks...

Cheez-Its, cheese sticks and Cheetos were greatly appreciated by the teens!

Here's a look inside the cheese truck.

Everyone had a 'grate', come on- you knew I was going to put that in!  The best part is we raised enough money for a Youth Pastor.

I just HAVE to close with a cheesy joke...

What's the most religious cheese? 

Swiss cheese...cause it's the one with all the holes.
(Get it?  'Holy' cheese.)
Pretty bad...maybe I should try one more? 
This one is AH's favorite cheese joke...

What do you call cheese that isn't yours?



Here's another 'budget-friendly' fundraiser dinner.