Do you find it hard to choose just the right gift for your sweet teen girl? Me too. So I went to the authorities. Three lovely, fun-loving young ladies that have been friends since birth. These girls recently came for a sleepover. They were more than happy to create their wish list of the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Teen Girls.Continue Reading
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It was a rainy, chilly afternoon when Jared and I met Jamie and the kids at the Pop Shop
to celebrate Cambrie’s birthday in the quaint town of Collingswood, New Jersey.
A few years ago, Bobby Flay arrived at the Pop Shop for a Grilled Cheese Throwdown.
big bowls of ice-cream made everyone happy
and there might have been some noisy children too…
Thinking of how to throw together a plan for a houseful of children and remembering that it was my schnauzer, Raiders 9th birthday I told the kids we were having a Pizza Birthday Party to celebrate. A menu of frozen pizza, canned peaches and popped popcorn would have to cover the nutritional chart this day. I even found some cute napkins and cups and no one minded that there were snowmen on them.
The cupcakes turned out so cute and a great cooking-with-kids project. Using a boxed cake mix and a tub of frosting, even the youngest baker will enjoy the experience. I didn’t have frosting on hand when Ella came, so we spent just a little extra time to make cream cheese frosting.
- I didn’t have a container of frosting so I made a batch of cream cheese frosting and then stirred in the jam.
- I piped the frosting onto the cupcake bottom and then, after adding the top, I piped into the hole with additional frosting.
- I did not have a small heart-shaped cookie cutter so used a round one. A heart shape would be really cute though.
Chloe Keri and wiggly Cambrie (even Gummy Bears couldn’t keep her in place for a photo)
Jared ~ self-proclaimed geek, academic neat organized even-keeled, affectionate and tender-hearted
Baby Chloe ~ tiny soft kissable snugly happy smiley
Jamie and Chloe
Brenna ~ quiet, athletic, thoughtful and nurturing
Shaela ~ Adorable, fun, affectionate leader and Daddy’s girl
and Ella who love spending time with the kids.
Serving a baked ham for Easter? Looking for a delicious side dish? Pineapple Spoonbread is a casserole we first had at my sister-in-laws when we were first married. It quickly became a favorite and goes with ham like stuffing goes with turkey.
|They jumped in the leaves on Friday|
|They played football with Aunt Abbey in the afternoon|
|They snuggled Friday night|
|They helped blow and rake all those leaves Saturday morning|
|They hauled leaves to the curb|
|They dumped leaves and someone noticed a tree to climb|
|And climb he did|
They ate the whole batch of Peanut Butter Spritz made from my friend, Lynn @Happier Than a Pig in Mud’s recipe
|They watched The Wizard of Oz Saturday evening|
|Noah and Pop-Pop poured casts of sharks|
Noah painted and glazed his sharks
They watched church service on-line Sunday morning because Pop-Pop’s bones were aching from all the raking on Saturday as well as standing two hours watching soccer as FBC Mt. Laurel Campus beat FBC Haddonfield Campus in the Champion Tournament 🙂
They tried on the spectacles worn by their Great-Pop-Pop when he was just their age about 85 years ago
My dear friend, Susan told me about something she made at a Flower Camp she attended with another friend. I was looking for a craft project to make with the kids for a garden themed birthday party I was planning for my granddaughter and her friends and cousins. This sweet fresh flower ice-cream sundae arrangement was a perfect craft project for little girls!
Cute, huh! And just the kind of project that turns out well for kids giving them a sense of accomplishment without being too difficult or boring. It isn’t a messy project and nothing that might stain or ruin their clothing or surroundings.
Because the glass is clear and I didn’t want the oasis to show, I had pre-cut pieces of white plastic, cut from the bags you get when shopping. It was free and worked for what I needed. Older kids could add the plastic and then inset the foam themselves. Littler one might benefit if this step is already done for them.
If you have pitchers of water ready, bigger kids can pour the water into their vase. If you think it easier for the littler ones, have the foam wet already.
Here is the list of supplies you will want to gather to make
Fresh Flower Ice-Cream Sundaes
- Ice-cream vase or something similar
- Bend-y straws
- Floral foam for fresh flowers (pre-cut and pre-moistened if needed) Another option is to fill the vases with those little floral marbles/beads
- Bunches of flowers like carnations or Mums ( pre-snipped the stems to about 4-inches long and had the foam in each glass. I could have let the kids do this themselves but for the sake of time and the littler ones, I did it ahead.
- Little red flowers (or tiny pom-pom’s) for the cherry on top (I snipped red impatients from my kitchen window box)
- Squares of white plastic so the green floral foam doesn’t show through the clear glass (I cut white WM bags) I would double this next time.
- Scissors and garden clippers
NOTE: We didn’t do this for the birthday party craft, but my friend said they lined the top edge of the cup/vase with green leaves before adding the carnations. I’m sure that would look pretty too.
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Preparing a sweet birthday party for little girls isn’t hard with a fun garden theme. Invite friends and cousins and watch their delight to see chocolate butterflies perched on frosted cupcakes, fruit skewers in rainbow colors and mini blueberry muffin bouquet treats. Ending with a fresh flower ice-cream sundae craft that doubles as a take-home party favor.
August is an unbelievably busy time of year for us. Daughter, Jill and family headed back to New York last night but not before joining in the fun celebrating Keri Jill’s 8th birthday with a party.
For whimsical and inexpensive decorations, I made tissue pom-poms and streamers. Pinterest was my inspiration. The pom-poms where reminiscent of my childhood when I would fold facial tissues, back and forth, accordion-style, then tie and form into delicate flowers. For these giant pom-pom’s, I purchased gift-wrap tissue paper. Fold several layers of tissue paper back and forth in the same manner, tie with string in the middle and using scissors, cut a curve at both ends. Gently and carefully, to avoid tearing, separate the layers to form a huge pom-pom. Attach a length of string or yarn and hang from the ceiling.
Next, I went to my paper stash and used my one-and-only paper punch to make streamers.
The Birthday Girl arrives
Make a wish, Keri…
Cheese & Grapes Sunflower
All gardens need rain and if you are lucky, you might get to see a colorful rainbow afterwards.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Cupcakes with chocolate piped butterflies
The butterflies will attach nicely if you place them on just after piping the frosting and while it is still soft. If the frosting has hardened, just pipe on a dab and gently press on each butterfly.
The girls loved making and taking home their ice-cream sundaes made with fresh flowers. A single blossom from a red geranium created the cherry-on-top and a plastic straw completed the craft. Click Fresh Flower Ice-Cream Sundaes for how-to instructions.
Sweet cousin working on her craft project.
As you can see from all the photos, it has been busy fun at our house.
I like to believe Abbey was mainly doing this for Ella’s enjoyment…
but I’m not sure who had more fun.