Friday’s Finds {Cupcakes}

Cupcakes are our dessert of choice for birthdays.  I haven’t made a birthday cake in years for my children.  They love the cupcakes, and so do I!  I love them for their versatility, portability, and the creativity that can be had. This week’s Friday’s Finds come from my “Desserts to Try” board.  
Are you a cupcake person?  If so, what are your favorite varieties?

Must Try Monday {The Features}

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Must Try Monday is getting better EVERY week!
And, I know I say this every week, but THANK YOU!  Thank you for linking up, for sharing your recipes with all of us, and for opening your kitchens!  
If you were featured, grab a button.

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Now, on to the features for this week……
Skillet Chicken Nachos from Morsels of Life {these are on my menu for two weeks from now}
Classic Orange Julius Smoothie from The Shady Porch {this brought back memories of my first 4H experience}
Blackberry Spritzer from Everyday Mom’s Meals {i love a good, summery drink…esp with wine}

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Easter Eggs}

I grew up decorating Easter eggs with my grandma.  A few days before Easter, I would get together with my cousins at her house and we’d use the old school PAAS Easter Egg decorating kits.

You know, the ones with the little pellets of color that you dissolve in a mixture of vinegar and water?  Then dip your eggs in them with a fun wire contraption?  Set them in the egg carton to dry, and we were all set.  My grandma even taught me the trick of drawing on your eggs with crayon in the spots that you don’t want colored.  Genius!

This Easter, I’ll for sure be decorating eggs with our children.  Here are some ideas that might make your Easter egg decorating a little more fun :).

Eggs Dyed with Tape {I love the color of these eggs}

Coffee Filter Dyed Eggs for the Windows {What a fun alternative to traditional egg coloring}

Decorate Eggs with Googley Eyes 

Kool Aid Dyed Easter Eggs {I think this would smell so much better than the vinegar :)}


What about you?  Do you dye eggs with your kids?  It’s so fun!

Little Girl Ribbon Topiary

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Ribbon is so much fun to work with.  Albeit it is expensive {it’s NEVER on sale at JoAnn’s}, ribbon makes everything look so pretty!  I made this ribbon topiary for my daughter’s bedroom.   I also used the one you see in this post to adorn the cake table for her 2nd birthday.  Her theme was pink and green lady bugs….and the ribbon topiary on the table was so pretty and fits great with her room decor.  Her room is a steel gray color, with a bright pink accent wall.  I have a lot of freedom with accent colors, and my current favorites are shades of pinks and bright greens.  

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Handmade Tuesdays {Favorite Features}

The {BEST} part…choosing features from other awesome bloggers!  YOU!


If you’re featured, feel free to grab a button to show it off.  



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So, without further delay, here are my {FAVORITE} links from last week…..

I’m looking forward to what you have to share this week!  Link up below :).

All Season Front Door Wreath

All Season Front Door Wreath
I’ve been enjoying having a wreath on our front door so much, that I made a Wreath Board on Pinterest.  One of my favorites on this board is the Spring Yarn Wreath from Steamy Kitchen……

I am so loving the monogram look, so here is my version….with a monogram and light blue color scheme.

Well, over Christmas I had GOOD intentions of making one for the holidays, but didn’t.  I cheated and put up the store bought one from last year.

In order to get my crafty self back in the groove, I created a yarn wrapped “all season” wreath.  I chose silver, deep red, and light blue for my color scheme.  I LOVE how it looks on our chocolate brown front door!



Supplies:
*2 spools of yarn, 125 feet each {yea, you’re going to be wrapping 250 feet of yarn around your wreath}
*Wreath form {I dismantled my fall wreath and used the form from that one}
*Hot glue
*Artificial flowers, ribbon, etc.
*Wood letter {used from my fall wreath}
Directions:
1.  Wrap the wreath form with yarn.  This will take you a bit of time, especially if the two year old wants to help.  Keep the yarn tight and even while you’re wrapping.
2.  Position your wood letter where you want it, and secure it with hot glue.  I learned from the fall wreath, to NOT put it on the side of the wreath because it weighs it down.  Then, it looks lopsided on the door.  So, mine’s positioned at the top, in the center.
3.  Next, lay out your artificial flowers in a pattern or design that is pleasing to you.  Secure these to the wreath with hot glue.   I also added a little glitzy ribbon on the outer edges of my flower design to give it some sparkle.

4.  Hang and enjoy!

 

Menu Plan {March 11}

Menu Plan {March 11}

For the next few “Menu Plan Mondays”, I’ll be sharing menu planning tips with you from fellow readers and other bloggers.  Today’s tip comes from Rebecca at Time to Organize.  Rebecca says…..

“I always make something easy on Mondays, because, well, it’s Monday!”

I think that’s such an important menu planning tip.  Why not start your week with something easy and that you know your family will love?!  Check out Rebecca’s blog, Time to Organize.  She has some great ideas on there.

Happy Birthday to me :).  Yes, I’m 35 years old today, and celebrating with dinner at my parents’ house with my husband and sweet kids.

Anyway, just because it’s the week of my birthday doesn’t mean I get a week off of cooking.

Sunday:  Parmesan Chicken/Pasta/Salad
Monday:  Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps/Beef Tacos/Chips & Salsa
Wednesday:  Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tenders/Homemade French Fries/Green Beans
Thursday:  Pork Roast in the Crockpot/Rice/Broccoli
Friday:  Shredded Pork Sandwiches/Potato Chips/Carrots
Saturday:  At a wedding, so we get to eat out :).

I’m ALSO celebrating over at One Art Mama and her “Blog Birthday” celebration.  I’m giving away TWO Starbucks gift cards…..will one My Favorite Finds reader be the winner?!

Linked to:  Menu Plan Monday

Must Try Monday {Scotch a Roos}

Must Try Monday {Scotch a Roos}
Welcome to Must Try Monday! The weekly link party where you can share your favorite recipes…those that everyone “must try”. 
 
 To link up, please to the following: 
 
 1. Include a Must Try Monday OR a text link back to My Favorite Finds. {if you need help with this, let me know :)} 
 
2. Please link directly to the recipe you are sharing. 
 
3. Please know that I appreciate you sharing every week {and you might be featured!}
 

FAVE PARTY
My grandma makes these Scotch A Roos all the time for us.  They’re my husband’s “favorite” cookie that she makes, and I love them because {A} she’s my grandma and {B} they’re peanut butter and chocolate.

I’ve even included a picture of the recipe card she gave me with her handwriting on it.  I love coming across those in my recipe box.  They’re a sweet reminder of her and how much she loves to bake for others.

Scotch a Roos

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch {or peanut butter} chips

Directions:

1.  Combine the sugar and syrup in a saucepan.  Cook over moderate heat stirring frequently, until the mixture boils.

2.  Remove from heat. Stir in the peanut butter and mix well.

3.  Pour the Rice Krispies in a large mixing bowl.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over them an stir until they’re well coated.

4.  Press the mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan.

5.  Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave for one minute.  Stir until melted and blended well.

6.  Spread this mixture evenly over the Rice Krispie mixture.

7.  Allow the topping to harden, and cut into bars

I whipped these up for my family on Valentine’s night, and cut them with my heart cookie cutter.  There must be a secret to shaping Rice Krispie treats, because I broke my cookie cutter :( as I was nearing the end of my cutting.  Any secrets in that?  I think I’ll stick to the bar shape from now on!

Sunday: Church Supper (Everyday Moms)~Monday Recipe Sharing Monday (JamHands)~This Week’s Cravings(Mom’s Crazy Cooking~Making You Crave Monday (Mrs. Happy Homemaker)~~Tuesday:  Tasty Tuesday (Beauty and Bedlam)~Tempt My Tummy Tuesday (Blessed with Grace)~Totally Tasty Tuesday (Mandy’s Recipe Box)~Tasty Tuesdays (33 Shades of Green)~Tasty Tuesday (Naptime Creations)~~Wednesday: These Chicks Cooked (This Chick Cooks)~~Thursday:  Tastetastic Thursday (A Little Nosh)~~What’s Cooking Thursdays (Feeding Four)~~Friday: Foodie Friday (Designs by Gollum)~~Friday Potluck (Ekat’s Kitchen)~Foodie Friday(Not Your Ordinary Kitchen)



Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Well, it is my birthday, technically.  Yep, March 11th is the day.  Today I’m 35.  So, what do I do on my birthday……..

One Artsy Mama

CELEBRATE, of course!  By giving away at One Art Mama!

Well, Happy Blog-Iversary to Miss Amy {who we all know as One Artsy Mama}!  I am sooo excited to be a part of her party going on right now!  I can say I remember “way back” when One Artsy Mama was about as big as my blog.  And to watch her flourish over this year is awesome!   I first “met” Amy over a lampshade. Yep, a lampshade.  I had seen her boy version of the lampshade she did for her son’s room, and I was inspired to make one for my daughter.

I am also the proud recipient of some of Amy’s craftiness in the blog world~the buttons on my blog were all made by her.  Thanks, Amy!  Amy has also joined me for my Blog Birthday Bash where she shared with my readers her favorite piece of jewelry to make~an Anthro knock-off necklace.  To be truthful, I am so jealous of Amy’s jewelry making skills!  

As part of her Blog-Iversary, I am giving way two gift cards to Starbucks {something else Amy and I have in common}.  I can’t wait to see which One Artsy Mama reader will get some coffee goodness in the mail from me!
Head over to ONE ART MAMA

to enter the giveaway.  I hope a My Favorite Finds reader wins one of TWO $10 Starbucks Gift Cards, courtesy of moi.

One Artsy Mama

Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Well, it is my birthday, technically.  Yep, March 11th is the day.  Today I’m 35.  So, what do I do on my birthday……..

One Artsy Mama

CELEBRATE, of course!  By giving away at One Art Mama!

Well, Happy Blog-Iversary to Miss Amy {who we all know as One Artsy Mama}!  I am sooo excited to be a part of her party going on right now!  I can say I remember “way back” when One Artsy Mama was about as big as my blog.  And to watch her flourish over this year is awesome!   I first “met” Amy over a lampshade. Yep, a lampshade.  I had seen her boy version of the lampshade she did for her son’s room, and I was inspired to make one for my daughter.

I am also the proud recipient of some of Amy’s craftiness in the blog world~the buttons on my blog were all made by her.  Thanks, Amy!  Amy has also joined me for my Blog Birthday Bash where she shared with my readers her favorite piece of jewelry to make~an Anthro knock-off necklace.  To be truthful, I am so jealous of Amy’s jewelry making skills!  

As part of her Blog-Iversary, I am giving way two gift cards to Starbucks {something else Amy and I have in common}.  I can’t wait to see which One Artsy Mama reader will get some coffee goodness in the mail from me!
Head over to ONE ART MAMA

to enter the giveaway.  I hope a My Favorite Finds reader wins one of TWO $10 Starbucks Gift Cards, courtesy of moi.

One Artsy Mama