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May 22, 2015

Glossy Marker Art :: Kid Craft

Holy smokes where does the time go? Summer break starts in about two weeks here and I am stressing big time. Since I work from home full time I usually get the most done first thing in the morning after my two older boys head off to school. With the two littles I am making lots of breaks to change diapers, get juice or snacks. When I add the two older boys into the mix I fear I might be pulling my hair out.  The past week I have been thinking of something – anything to keep my kiddos busy through summer! Today I am sharing how to make glossy marker art with a few supplies you probably already have on hand!

My two oldest boys will be in First and Second grades next year so we have a long list of sight words to practice and keeping the letter sounds fresh in their minds helps a lot! I turned this craft into a learning activity with the boys and they didn’t even know it. For our glossy marker art we used the boys’ names but I asked them what sounds each letter in their name made and then asked them to think of a different word that started with the respective letter.

 
Glossy Marker Art - Kids Craft




For this craft you will need the following supplies:
  • Liquid School Glue
  • Markers
  • Watercolor paper (or a thick cardstock)
  • Pencil (optional)


Glossy Marker Art Directions:
  1. Use glue to draw a picture, name, letter or whatever your heart desires on a thick paper such as watercolor paper. Keep the glue lines rather thick because it will shrink down as it dries.
  2. Set the paper aside to dry for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Once the glue is dry start coloring over it with markers to create your one-of-a-kind glossy marker art!
I gave each boy a piece of watercolor paper and had them draw their name with glue. If they need to draw with a pencil and then trace with glue that is fine too! If you have younger kids or don’t trust your littles then you can do the glue part.



Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Sometimes as you draw over the glue it makes a squeaking sounds which my boys thought was so fun – oh the things that amuse them!

It would be great to have a few glue drawings made up for the kids to color on a rainy day. We live in Florida and this time of year we get rain nearly every afternoon – this momma has to keep something on hand for sanities sake!

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

Who would have though their old school supplies and a piece of watercolor paper would make something so cool? I used to love making these when I was younger and to be honest I wanted to make one when I saw the boys making theirs! I could see our last name done in glossy marker art and framed to make a cheap piece of interesting décor!

Glossy Marker Art -- Kid Craft

What are you doing to keep the kiddos busy this summer!?

Enjoy,

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May 21, 2015

Garage Sale Mirror Redo - Behr Key Largo

A few months ago I went garage sale shopping with my mother and sister-in-law and we all found some great stuff. I love the town we live in because it has been around for a while and it seems like there are always some good finds. The town we used to live in was more of a retirement community started around 15 years ago. Garage sale finds were far and few between because everyone was fairly new to the area. My thought was that most people sold their old {good} stuff before moving there.
 
I spent about $30 the day we went garage sale searching and came home with a whole bunch of stuff. I bought a chair on rollers, large mirror, a few pairs of shorts for my boys, a large basket, vintage books, muffin tins and a few other odds and ends. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the loot.
 
The snagged this mirror for $5. It is a large, heavy mirror framed in real wood. I wanted to put the mirror above the mantel I redid but the dark wood was too dark. I wanted it to pop and make a statement against the white mantel.
 

Here are the supplies I used:
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter's tape
  • Behr Key Largo interior paint
  • BB Frösch
  • Empty jar
I started by wiping down the mirror as it was a little dirty and dusty. I mixed my Behr Key Largo paint (seriously LOVE this color!!) with BB Frosch chalk powder in an old mason jar. I have been mixing all my chalk paints that way so I can put the lid on my leftovers and save them for other projects. I used painter's tape around the edges of the mirror so I wouldn't paint ON the actual mirror. Then I applied two coats of paint. I peeled the tape off and then cleaned the mirror.




The pop of color and the height the mirror gives was just what the mantel needed. I have never owned a $5 mirror that looked so dang good. If you want to see the picture overload just keep scrolling down. See the mantel redo HERE.







Enjoy,

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May 13, 2015

Broccoli Salad - Recipe

`A broccoli salad recipe.

When I was younger I can remember eating with family or friends and when someone liked a recipe they would copy it down on a sheet of paper and take it home to file away in their recipe box. I don't think I'm that old but things sure have changed. When asked where a recipe came from the person usually knew exactly who gave it to them. Maybe it was from their mom, aunt, church cookbook or friend but nowadays when I hear this question people often reply with Pinterest or Facebook. I'm not sure where my mom got this recipe for broccoli salad but there is a good chance it came from my grandma or one of her friends.

Broccoli Salad Recipe - Bacon bits and mayonnaise dressing make it so delicious.
 
As young kids my parents were always having cookouts with friends and the kids would all play outside while the parents cooked and talked. Everybody would bring a side dish and there was always a great spread of food. Since we lived in a rural Illinois town the kids would jump on trampolines, ride four wheelers or just cruise around on riding lawn mowers. We were the coolest.... at least in our own minds we were.

This broccoli salad was a hot weather side dish my mom would make every now and then. She made it this past fall while the kids and I were staying at their house and I had been craving more ever since. I asked her for the recipe and have made it a few times in the past month. I made it for Easter and had many compliments on it.

Broccoli Salad Recipe - Bacon bits and mayonnaise dressing make it so delicious.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
2 bunches of broccoli - chopped
1 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/4 cup red onion - diced
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions:
  • Place broccoli in a large bowl with the sunflower kernals, bacon bits, red onions and raisins.
  • For the dressing mix together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and then pour over the broccoli and stir until well coated.
  • Refrigerate or serve immediately.
**I like to make the salad up about 30 minutes or an hour before serving and refrigerate until I am ready for it. This allows the flavors to meld.

Broccoli Salad Recipe - Bacon bits and mayonnaise dressing make it so delicious.

Broccoli Salad Recipe - Bacon bits and mayonnaise dressing make it so delicious.

 
What are your favorite warm weather side dishes?

Enjoy,

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May 10, 2015

That Looks Yummly!

Hey have you guys heard of Yummly? It is my new geeky obsession so I figured I needed to tell you about it. I have started using it to help meal plan and find new dinner ideas. It is a site all about food and recipes. I first heard about it over at Pinch of Yum. I follow Lindsay's blog religiously because not only do I love her recipes I drool over her food photography.

At the beginning of 2015 I bought and read Lindsay's ebook Tasty Photography which is all about better food photography and I was blown away by the things I learned. Ever since I read the ebook I have been hanging on every word she writes. She is definitely my blog crush. Don't believe me then look at my photography!

After reading Tasty Photography
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Oh yeah back to Yummly. Maybe you have seen these new little buttons around here? Maybe you haven't. Either way this is what they look like-





Come on by and follow Poofy Cheeks on Yummly and start giving Yummly love to all of the great recipes.

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May 8, 2015

German Chocolate Cake Trifle

Hey guys - I am sharing a recipe I shared on Tatertots and Jello a while back! I am making and bringing this German Chocolate Cake Trifle to my parents house for Mother's Day tonight. Since we are going to be on vacation we are celebrating a few days early.

I am not a big chocolate person but put the word 'German' in front of it, coconut pecan icing ON it and I am THERE! Growing up my grandma would make my dad a homemade German Chocolate Cake (his favorite dessert) for his birthday every year. When we moved to Florida I took on the task of making it since my grandma still lives in Illinois (I'm originally from Rochelle, IL). This is the first year I didn't make it for his birthday. His birthday is December 21st and the Christmas season was more hectic than usual. I have to admit half the reason I make the cake is because it is my favorite too so with that in mind I still needed my yearly German Chocolate fix! He was over at our house the other day and I asked if he had any ideas for Mother's Day dessert and he said he had been craving chocolate cake. My dad isn't a big chocolate person either so this struck me as odd but I knew exactly what I should make!

While making a homemade cake isn't that much more work than a boxed cake mix I had a different idea in mind. I wanted to make a German Chocolate Trifle by combining elements from my grandma's German Chocolate Cake recipe and my mom's famous chocolate trifle recipe. The end result was pure perfection!

German Chocolate Cake Trifle Recipe
 
German Chocolate Cake Recipe


Ingredients:
  • Boxed German Chocolate Cake - (make cake according to box directions)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box of Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag shredded soconut
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
  • Bake your cake according to the box directions. Allow cake to cool completely.
  • For the coconut pecan icing beat egg yolks, evaporated milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Once mixed add in sugar and butter.
  • Cook the icing mixture on medium heat, stirring constantly until it starts to thicken (about 10 minutes).
  • Remove the icing from the heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Allow icing to cool completely.
  • Make pudding by mixing the box of pudding mix with 1 cup of milk in a medium bowl. Whisk mixture until pudding starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • In a large bowl use your hands to crumble in half of the cake. Layer all of the pudding over the cake using a spatula to spread it around evenly. Layer the rest of the cake and then pour the icing over the top.
  • Refrigerate the trifle up to four hours or overnight. Store covered in the refrigerator.
My notes-

*To keep things rolling I usually make the cake and while it is baking I mix up the icing. When the icing and cake are cool I quickly mix up the pudding and then layer it together.
*Instead of layering it in one large bowl you can use mason jars instead. It makes about 20 (8 ounce) jars.

German Chocolate Cake Trifle Recipe
 
German Chocolate Cake Trifle Recipe
 
This dessert will be a total hit with my family. The pudding and icing keep the cake moist and the addition of the homemade coconut pecan icing make this dessert a homerun. If you are still looking for a special dessert to serve on Mother's Day or any occasion really - I would add this to your list! It makes enough to feed a crowd so you could even take some into the office and share with your co-workers or friends!
 
German Chocolate Cake Trifle Recipe
I am pretty excited because we haven't had our whole family together since Thanksgiving and tonight we will all be at my parent's house. My sister and husband have the night off and my brother just came home for summer break (he goes to FSU) this week. There are always lots of laughs and fun when we get together.

Enjoy,

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