Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Plate Tier

Do you want to make this adorable Halloween Plate Tier? It is so so so simple and fairly inexpensive. All you need is two decorative plates, a candlestick, and super glue.

I got these plates at Target for $1.99 each,

and this candlestick at Michael's. It costs $6.99, but I used a 40% coupon of course and that makes it $4.20 + tax.

Then you simply glue the candlestick in the middle of one plate, glue on the top plate and you are done!!! I told you it was simple.
You have a festive Halloween plate tier to use for anything.

And only for about $7.00
Whats so great about this is that you can do this to fit any theme or holiday!

So excited!

First of all I just want to say thank you to everyone! I have received such positive feedback and wonderful comments from you about my candy corn wreath and was even given an award from Melissa over at Honey Scrap. I feel so honored and excited to be a part of this blog love.

So here are the rules!

1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name (and link to their blog) of the person who sent it to you.

2. Pay it forward to 5 other blogs that you have newly discovered.

3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they have been chosen.

So here are the blogs I have chosen!

1. Lil Luna has this absolutely adorable centerpiece that I am SO going to make!

2. Munchkin Munchies made these adorable Owl Cookies

3. Lolly Jane made a totally cute Halloween inspired argyle wreath....I love argyle

4. I love these finger puppets over at Naptime Crafters

5. This spider pillow over at Ameroonie Designs is super cute!

Hope you go over and check out these adorable craft projects! And thanks again Melissa!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Candy Corn Wreath

I saw this idea in a magazine and knew I just had to replicate it. Other then taking a bit of time, it is super simple to make and I love how it turned out.
You start with a 16" Styrofoam wreath. I got mine at Michael's with a 40% off coupon which makes it $5.40

And black Duct Tape. You simply wrap the wreath with the duct tape making sure it overlaps and is fairly smooth. Then you simply start gluing your candy corns (I used Brach's but I am sure you can find a generic brand which would make the cost cheaper) on going in a reverse pattern for each row. I laid mine out first. It takes some extra time, but you'll get a better end result. Now I used about 2 1/2 bags only because I was trying to fish out the candy corns that had all three colors...if you don't care, you will definitely use less.

Then simply attach a nice silk ribbon I used 1 yard, about 1 1/2" wide, and I got at Hobby Lobby for $1.40. Tie a pretty bow and you have a gorgeous festive wreath to hang on your front door or anywhere you like.

All together I would say it cost me about $10.00.
Not too I have the satisfaction of know I made it.
Love it!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Sister will kill me for posting this....

but it is too funny not to! You have to unlock the "stare longingly" feature as well as the "pout" and "gaze shirtless" features!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Spy With My Little Eye....

Last night we went out as a family. While we were driving, we started playing I Spy. After Gavin's turn saying, " I spy something sharp!" (it was a cactus btw) Justin took his turn. He says, "I Spy something beautiful." Gavin thought for a second. "Well mommy's beautiful! Is that what you spy?"
AWWWWWW! I feel so loved! (And yes that's what Justin spied)

Friday, September 10, 2010

THE Best Banana Bread!

I had some of these so I decided to make some Banana Bread. Here's the recipe.

1 cube unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 C. sugar
1tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
2 ripe bananas, smashed

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.

Smash your bananas and set them aside

In a large bowl cream sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy.

Add your eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and combine well

Add in your flour mixture a little at a time and stir until just combined.

Add in your smashed bananas and mix until fully combined.

Pour into a 9x5 inch loaf pan that has been buttered and floured on all sides.

Bake for about 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven, rotating half way though to ensure even baking.

So yummy with a little butter and a glass of milk!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Forgotten Man - Jon McNaughton


Look what just got here!!!

So excited! I have actually read the first two, but it's been awhile so I am going to re-read them before moving on to MOCKINGJAY! Yipee!!!

Gone but not Forgotten....

I hope?!?!?
So, I have had a ton going on. Stuff with Gavin (I am not sure I want to go into all that just yet)
My dad has been in the hospital for the last week with blood clots in every vein of his lungs, as well as cysts in his stomach and liver. My brother just turned 40. I haven't been sleeping well. Getting ready for choir practices to start again on Sunday. The Christmas program I have to write for the choir. Baking, baking and more baking. Possible catering gig in December.
Anywho, all this and more is a big part of the reason I haven't blogged in a while. Plus, I just haven't had to much to say for some reason. I feel like all I blog about on here is baking stuff and since I have my Sugar Shack to do that on now, there isn't much of a need for posting here.
When things settle down though...I'll be back. Just hope you are still checking in from time to time by then!
Thanks all!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I've been busy adding more goodies to the Sugar Shack....go check it out...there may be things on there you haven't seen before! :0)