Dream Catcher

This pretty idea was inspired by an antique doily that I found in a thrift store… I found some fabric in my scrap bin at home and the most difficult thing was finding a hoop to fit around the doily! It came together quickly and I love the end result… I plan to gift this to a special friend who I know will love it as much as I do!

 

Painting a Hyperspace wall

My two youngest (a boy and a girl) love sharing a room, but they wanted to update their walls to their two favourite things… Star Wars and Frozen. So the challenge was to create a joint theme. I was inspired by their two favourite themed story books and created hyperspace and magic snow swirls. If you ever travel in Canada in winter you know what its like to drive into a blizzard… when looking through the windshield its like driving in hyperspace, but when you look out the side windows you see the snow swirling beside your car. I tried to create a marriage of these two themes in this way; one wall is hyperspace, the other is the swirling Elsa magic to the side. Not sure if this was actually successful, but the kids love it!

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Twigs in Mud

This was an easy way to get the kids involved with the party preparations! We melted chocolate chips in the microwave and then dipped the stick pretzels in the chocolate. To dry we placed them on a cookie sheet (covered with a silicone liner, but parchment would work fine as well) and then froze them to harden quickly. This treat was tasty and easy! This was from The Enchanted Woodland party.

Mermaid party


Our party was under the Sea! Here mermaids (and party guests) dove deep to swim amongst the seaweed and coral and other treasures. We found pearls, sparkly beads and seashells galore to help decorate this deep blue space.

Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) party

There’s no place like home for a party, especially when the home is green on the outside and rainbow coloured inside. We did our best with tissue and crafts, but the true show stoppers were the costumes. Everyone came dressed as their favourite characters from this classic tale.

Sugar Cookies – Homemade

My Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’m not sure where the recipe came from exactly, it may have been handed down from my Grandma’s Grandma… or maybe it was taken from an old Canadian Living Magazine. I’m not sure. What I do know is that it never fails… even when you almost forget the vanilla and add it at the last minute (I’ve done that!). It really helps to have all ingredients before you start, to avoid last minute trips to the grocery store or visits to the neighbour for sugar or eggs (’cause we’ve all done that!).
Getting the kids involved is all part of the experience. They love placing the cookie cutters and I’ve learned to help optimize the roll out of the dough by placing multiple cookie cutters together before applying pressure.

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The cookies keep their shape well. These ones are straight out of the oven and slightly inflated. They will settle as they cool, ready to decorate!

Never Fail Sugar Cookies – Recipe

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat softened butter, and eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until crumbly. Then combine with hands until round ball. Divide into two sections. Flatten onto plastic wrap and then wrap. Cool in fridge for 1 hour. Roll out one section at a time on floured board until 5mm thick. Cut out and place on cookie sheets (either on parchment or baking non stick sheets, or buttered sheets) with 1-2 cm spacing to allow for expansion. Cook at 350 fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Cool and place on racks before icing (if desired.)

 

 

 

 

Cute Halloween party

Our kids love the candy and costumes of Halloween but get freaked out by all the ghoulish and scary decorations, so we created a fun and friendly party that pleased everyone. And the treats to take home were yummy too!