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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

30 Owl Project Ideas

I have been knee deep in all things owl for the last few weeks prepping for Miss S' first birthday. 
I have come across some fun owl ideas so I wanted to share some of them with you.

All I ask is that you please pin the collage image above or visit the site and pin DIRECTLY from the site featured of the idea you want to pin. Thanks! 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lit'l Smokies and Spinach Tartlets #BringHillshireHome

** I have been compensated for this post by Hillshire Brands™ through the Mom it Forward Blogger Network but opinions are 100% my own.**

 Can you believe that the holiday season is fast approaching? Gatherings with family and friends will occur and company will come visit, and with that comes serving delicious things to eat.

Today, I have a super yummy appetizer recipe for you that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, it is easy! 

Mmmmmm... they are so good and no one would ever suspect they were made using Lit'l Smokies.
Plus, Lit'l Smokies are a great source of protein so you are making a healthy appetizer as well! 

Want to learn how to create these for yourself?
Of course you do!!

-Hillshire Brand- Hillshire Farm Beef Lit'l Smokies
-Crescent Rolls
-Onion (I used white onion but I think red would be delicious too)
-18 oz (small jar) Jar of Grape Jelly
-12 oz Jar of Chili Sauce
-Italian Blend Shredded Cheese

To Start:
In a bowl, spoon half of the jar of grape jelly and half a jar of chili sauce, and stir.
Place in the microwave to heat up. I start with 1 min. then stir and judge how much more time it needs by the jelly. Another 30 secs to 1 min should be good to get it nice, warm, and combined.

Place the Lit'l Smokies in the sauce and let sit.
Place the same number of Lit'l Smokies in the bowl as to the number of tartlets you plan on making.
Then, put in a few more for good measure.

While your Lit'l Smokies are marinating in the sauce, pull our our crescent rolls, open, and tear them apart. You will then fold 2 of the corners in on itself to form a rectangle. Pressing with your fingers, spread the roll out larger so it fills a muffin tin.

 Now it is time to mince your onion and then chop up your spinach.
Then, pull the Lit'l Smokies out of the sauce and chop them up. I chopped each Lit'l Smokies into 4 pieces.

Time to fill your tartlets.
Begin with some spinach leaves. Don't worry about putting to much... it will cook down while baking.
Next, place your onions and Lit'l Smokies.
Then, using a teaspoon, spoon a little bit of the sauce into the tart. Not too much... don't want it to make the bottom soggy.
Lastly, top with the shredded cheese.

Bake in the oven at 375.
I baked mine for 10 mins but judge by your oven if it needs a little more time.

Serve and enjoy! 
They are sure to be a big hit at your next party! 

We have a Safeway Store less than 10 mins from our house so that is my go to place for all my grocery shopping needs. If you have a Safeway near you, they have a Just for U program with their Safeway card that makes saving so easy! If you shop there and don't use the program, you are missing out!
All you have to do is go to their site or use their Safeway App to browse all the coupons and click "Add" to add that coupon to your card. Give your card to the cashier at checkout to scan and boom... if you bought those items then the coupon is applied to your purchase. How easy is that?!

Hillshire Brands™ currently has numerous coupons on Just for U for all sorts of products, including the Lit'l Smokies, so before you shop, be sure to add it to your card to get the savings! You can add protein to every meal with all the coupons that are available.
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Here are 8 more great recipes using Hillshire Brands™ products: 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Witch Hat Fascinator

This post was previously shared at See Vanessa Craft on Oct. 2, 2014.

 I shared this project over at See Vanessa Craft for Vanessa's 30 Crafty Days of Halloween and wanted to share it with all of you as well!

 It is super cute and easy!
I thought I would make a Fascinator, you know, those small hats or head pieces you see people wear to Royal Weddings and what not in England, and a witch hat turned out to be the perfect fit! 

 Here is how you can make one for yourself! 

-12x12 sheet of black card stock paper
-Embellishments- ribbon, stickers, flowers, pic for creating a wreath, whatever you choose
-Double sided tape or  hot glue gun
-Cutting Machine- I used my Silhouette.
-Alligator Clips
-Thin piece of card board (cereal boxes work great!)

Start cutting out the witch hat image. I used this 3D Witch Hat from the Silhouette Store.
Blow up the image to fit the size of the paper. The image has a band and buckle that is suppose to be with it but I erased them and then rearranged the pieces to fit on one page.

If you do not have a Silhouette, you could always use a party hat as a template and then trace the bottom to get the circle for the rim piece then trim the inner circle to make the rim width you would like.

Here are the pieces of my hat all cut out.

Using double sided tape, glue, or hot glue, place it down one side of the cone section of the hat. Then along all the small tabs on the bottom.

Wrap the cone over and press together.

Next, flatten all the flap pieces so the tape/glue sides are facing up and going away from the cone.

Slip the rim piece over the top of the cone and press down on all the flaps.
Notice, it doesn't line up and cover all the flaps perfectly. It's ok... we'll take care of that next!

Take some ribbon and hot glue it around the base of the cone.
I added a little ruffle every so often with my ribbon by folding it back on itself.

And be sure to start your ribbon where the seam of the cone is in the back!

Now it is time to have fun with all the other embellishments.
Cut a small circle out of a thin piece of cardboard or a cereal box.

This is what you will build your embellishment feature on.
You could always attach your embellishments straight to the hat but I like that I could build it how I wanted it more on the cardboard piece.

And now have fun!

Begin by figuring out what you want on the bottom, and work your way up in layers. I started with some black sheer glitter ribbon as the base. added some gold glitter ribbon that I used around the rim, some orange glitter branches, and some black chevron ribbon.

I glued all this onto the circle first, then when I was happy with this (I kept putting it up to the hat to see where I wanted more or less), I glued my flowers on top of it.

When your embellishment piece is complete, just place hot glue on the back and glue it to your hat.

Next, pull out two alligator clips.

Hot glue the two clips on the underside of the rim. Be sure to open the clip when placing onto the glue!
You don't want to accidentally glue it shut!
Also, glue the opening part of the clips facing the BACK of the hat. This way you will open and slip them on from front to back onto your hair.

And now it is complete so slip it on!

Now you have your own little Fascinator to sport this Halloween season!

Or slip it on your little one to sport!

 I just love Miss P's wild mane coming out from under it in this picture!

I think this will be super cute to put on while handing out Halloween candy just to be a little more festive.