By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Kids Crafts, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, February 10, 2014
10 DIY Valentine ideas
These are a few of my favorite DIY Valentine craft ideas from around the blogosphere:
- “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” from The Wilson World
- “You’re tops in my book!” bookmark Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
- “I dig you!” Valentine from Family Fun
- Match box Valentines from Inch Mark
- “You’re the apple of my eye!” from Twig & Thistle
- “This is a stick up!” Valentine from My Crazy Life as a Farmers Wife
- Straw bracelet from Living Locurto
- “I wheelie like you!” Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
- “You light up my life!” Valentine from Design Sponge
- Candy rings from Hostess With The Mostess
Hope these ideas inspire you.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013
Vampire Dom would like to wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Have fun and be safe
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Creating a Home, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Pumpkin Bread in a Jar Recipe
- 1 Cup of Apple Butter
- 2 Cups of Brown Sugar, packed
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 3 Cups of Flour (or Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
- 1 15oz Can of Pumpkin
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 12-24 Half Pint Jars
- 2 Tubs Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting (or your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting)
Preheat the oven to 375*.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together in order until dough forms.
At this point you can either use 12 Half Pint Jars sprayed with non stick baking spray and 1 bread loaf pan, or you can use 24 Half Pint Jars.
Pour the batter in leaving about 1 1/2 inches at the top of the jars for room to rise.
This will bake in the oven for 45 minutes- 1 hour or until the bread takes shape. I usually do the standard toothpick or fork test, to be sure no dough comes out on the toothpick.
Let these completely cool then serve with Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting.
I typically will use a Wilton 1M tip and cake decorating bag to do the frosting. Garnish with a little cinnamon.
Enjoy! This recipe is so yummy and easy. Makes great gifts too.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Home Crafts, It Worked 4 Me, Surprize Me! | Posted Friday, September 27, 2013
DIY - Colorful shoe soles
I think this is a genius idea especially when your kids shoes get all dirty and scuffed. Just paint them!
The tricky thing about painting the rubber on your shoes is keeping the paint on after a while. With a helpful little sealer (you might already have at home) it shouldn’t be problem.
Gather these supplies and let’s get started
Get neon acrylic paint and a paintbrush.
Tape around the edges of the shoe so that the paint doesn’t get on the canvas. Take your time because this part helps so much when you’re painting.
Start painting your first coat. You may need a thinner brush to paint the spots closest to the canvas.
After a few coats they should look like this! Let it dry.
Grab your Mod Podge and a foam brush. Brush it onto all the spots with neon and carefully avoid painting the canvas.
Let that dry and now they’re ready to wear!
I hope you try this!
originally posted on: http://prudentbaby.com/
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Healthy Living, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Although I am not a huge fan of cold weather, I do love holiday foods. Below are two recipes I found on Pinterest that made me super excited for fall! and if you didn’t already know…Starbucks has their pumpkin spice lattes available. Now I am officially ready.
Peek a Boo Pumpkin Pound Cake
For the pound cake
1 (14-ounce) box pumpkin bread mix
1 (16-ounce) box pound cake mix
Orange food coloring
For the icing
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Prepare pumpkin bread
Mix up pumpkin bread ingredients according to the directions on the box. Add orange food coloring to make it more “pumpkin-y” looking (less brown).
Bake and cut
Bake in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan according to directions. Remove from oven before completely done, about 8-10 minutes less than instructed. Let cool, remove from pan and refrigerate for up to four hours. Cut cold pumpkin bread into large slices. Cut pumpkin shapes from slices.
Align them down the center of a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Make pound cake
Mix up your pound cake batter according to the directions on the box. Pour over your pumpkin bread cutouts in the pan, making sure to cover the tops of the pumpkins. You may have more pound cake batter than you need. Try not to overfill the pan. Bake according to the directions on the box. Let cool when done.
Meanwhile, prepare the brown butter pecan icing.
Put powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. In a saucepan, melt butter and boil, stirring until it starts to brown and form dark flecks on the sides and bottom.
Remove from heat. Pour the melted brown butter and flecks over the powdered sugar. Add the evaporated milk and vanilla. Stir until combined and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if it appears too runny or more evaporated milk if it seems too stiff.
Remove baked and cooled pound cake from pan and top with brown butter icing. Add chopped pecans, if desired.
Cut into slices and delight your guests with the pumpkin-shaped surprise that peeks out from inside!
Sweet Potato Waffles
These would be great for any meal, breakfast or dinner!
Sweet potato waffles
(adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe)
- 1 c. sweet potato puree
- 2 c. flour
- 1 T baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 egg whites, room temp.
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. butter, melted
- 1/2 T. orange zest
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
In another bowl, mix the sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, butter, and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients until combined. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add the egg whites into the sweet potato mixture a 1/3 at a time. It will be thick! Set up your waffle maker and go!
What is your go to fall recipe? Let me know if any of you try these recipes.