Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Day of School {{FREE Printable}}

As this hot, humid summer inches closer and closer to the Fall season all I can say is

Thank Goodness!!

I love the warmer months as much as anyone else, but it becomes more than I can handle as my irritable, pregnant self gets all bothered by the heat and the extra load I am carrying around at this point in time.

On a better note, there are so many wonderful thing to look forward to in the next few months; beginning with my  oldest daughter (She's three) venturing into the big wide world as she begins attending preschool!

I am a not 100% sure how I feel about this.

Although I can readily admit there are some moments when I feel as though I am spinning around in sheer joy,  sort of like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, as the idea of a little downtime from her constant energy and mischief curiosity take hold.

But those moments are closely intertwined with a terrible anxiety about letting her begin her journey.

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I get nervous about kids being mean, teachers being mean...life in general being mean. I think my heart would shrivel up like a prune, if anyone was to dull the radiant little ray of sunshine she is.

I know, I know relax....

It's JUST pre-school, but I'm pregnant and hormonal so allow me my emotional process :)

I have seen printable signs like this for quite some time and because like so many others, I wanted a fun way to track my children's journey through the many years of school that are to follow, I decided to make something in order to do just that!

I know that still today, I love flipping through my Mom's old picture albums looking back on the many  first day of school pictures. Each year my younger brother and I posed stiffly in front of our house, dressed in all our new clothes and shoes with our backpacks adhered to us.

Those pictures speak volumes of the anticipation and excitement that the day held and I am so grateful to be able to look back on that journey.

So I thought I would share these printable signs with you all, so that you too can track your little one's journey's. I made the signs starting with pre-school. You can fill in your child's name and year yourself.

They end with  the 6th grade....If you would like a printable for a later grade, please contact me and I will set one up for you.

They print out on a regular size sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I choose to print mine out on a thicker card stock type of paper, because it's a bit sturdier. You could even mount it or frame it after printing to ensure it holds up!

Because if your littles are like mine, then they most likely don't appreciate  importance of my obsessive nature and nagging to.....

Keep still.
a three year old to process, mine anyways :)


If you would like to print a copy for yourself, feel free to click on the appropriate links below the images (some of the links in the picture have become broken pver time for some reason,) and print it out!!


Here is a list of the printable links you can use as well! Happy first day of school to all the littles and those getting bigger!!
~ Pre-School
~1st Grade
~2nd Grade
~3rd Grade
~4th Grade
~5th Grade
~6th Grade

I hope you enjoyed his post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The BEST Brownies ever....and my broken laptop.

I had a wonderful post lined up for this week, all full of fun and craftiness.

But then my laptop with ALL my information, files, templates, pictures and......... well you get the idea, was broken.

No, not by me, but by this little mischief maker below.

She may look all sorts of cute and innocent, but believe you me there is lots of trouble brewing in those big blues of hers.

She's is only two, and I know she didn't mean to intentionally break Mommy's laptop.(Which by the way, is my second one this year, since I clumsily spilled a cup of coffee on my last one.)

Accidents happen, but what a pain in the you know what.

Fast forward to this week and to keep my bases covered with posting, I thought I would share a super easy brownie recipe I had found. Not only are they homemade and super easy to make...they are hands down the best brownies I have ever eaten in my ENTIRE life.

I readily admit that although I have eaten my fair share of brownies, for the most part they have never been my thing. I found them either to fudgy, too heavy, too dry, too cakey. And for the most part they always felt like a sack of broken bricks in my stomach afterwards.

Not the way I want to feel after I indulge in something...especially something of the chocolate persuasion.

But then I found this recipe and it changed everything.

It's a Hershey's recipe, so I can't take the credit for creating them. But they will be the base for all of the other yummy goodies that sprout from them.....and the ideas are brewing :)

Seriously though, try them and you will never have a reason to buy another brownie or make another mix EVER!!!!

This is what you will need:
  • 1/2 cup (1 Stick) butter or margarine melted (I USED BUTTER)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Optional 1/2 cup nuts
To Prepare.....
  • Heat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9-inch baking pan
  • Stir together melted butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. 
  • Add eggs; beat well with spoon. 
  • Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Gradually add to mixture, beating until well blended.
  • Stir in nuts, if desired. 
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Cool Completely. 
  • Cut into squares
  • Prepare to have your life changed!

Since I packed away most of my baking stuff, I used a 8 inch round and they came out fine. But I did bake them for about 30 minutes. They don't bake all puffy and stay a bit low. But they are very forgiving so a few extra minutes wont ruin them, if you like them baked well. 

You can view the entire recipe from HERSHEY'S {{HERE}} they also include a quick recipe for a frosting if your interested. My family and I ate them plain and found them perfect that way, but I'm sure they would taste wonderful with the frosting as well.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please fee free to leave a comment below!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monster High Happy Birthday Labels {Free Printable}

Guess what????

Only 56 more days until my baby boy arrives.
I'm excited, I'm sure you are too...or not.

Just humor me.

I don't mean to torture those that are not into the whole "Monster High" movement, but I'm going to for just another moment. Don't get mad at me though,  because a reader actually contacted me and asked me if I could make something similar to the different labels I made for the Snow White Inspired Princess Party.

So I said yes.

I do that sometimes, if I can AND especially if you ask nicely and say thank you.

I figure why not! I know how to do it, so I may as well contribute my two cents to brighten up someone's birthday celebration if I'm able to!

Please note though, these are licensed designs and characters from the series Monster High...DO NOT USE THESE for commercial use...they are for personal use. That means don't sell them, especially since you got them from here for free. (Seriously though...totally bad karma if you do.)

At some point or another I will put ALL the MH posts together into one, so those of you that want to print and create all this stuff, will have one place to do it from. But today is not that day, so let me show you what I have for you.

This is the basic rundown. I created small labels that coordinate with the Avery label 5160, it's the smaller mailing label. The larger label is Avery 5163, which is also called the shipping label. And then I created the water bottle label, which can be printed onto any type of paper (preferably something like a card stock), cut out, wrapped and attached with glue to any standard size water bottle. (Actual size is 2x8)

Wanna see how they look all dolled up?????

These are the water bottle labels and the small Avery mailing labels. You could use the smaller labels on any type of smaller drinks. For my daughter's Snow White Inspired party, I used these on Little Hugs drinks (quarter waters), which are great because they come in different flavors (colors), so you may be able to coordinate the color scheme.

But they aren't limited to just drink labels. They can be attached to cellophane treat bags and tied with a colored ribbon or placed on colored paper bags for the goodie bags.

I've also used them on larger bags to give out to kids to collect their loot when we have a Pinata. It's just another way to personalize something a little more if your hosting a themed party.

The Avery Shipping labels are a bit larger and can be used for whatever you can think of....

All together they add to any Monster High theme party and offer up a unique non-commercial way to personalized your party!!

You can print out the labels from the links below!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken Soft Tacos.

Happy Friday everyone!

I've been writing, posting and sharing on this blog for a little over a year now and since for the most part I'm not doing as much baking (due to the gestational Diabetes.) I decided to start sharing some recipes.

I  mean just because I'm not baking, doesn't mean I'm not cooking AND I cook as I well as I bake, so I figured why not! I figured as a start I would share dinner with you.

Even my kids eat this, (Ages three and two) which is HUGE, because let's be honest...I have "those" kids that really don't like much of anything. I believe it was the idea that they got to "make" their own food which instantly made it more appealing!

Can any one relate :)

These are easy, fun a delish. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to a bit of spicy kick in my foods, always have been, but if you like the heat food, please feel free to add in more. Overall the little kick this recipe has mixed well with the cool of the tomato, lettuce and avocado.

This is what you will need!

  • 1 lbs ground chicken, beef or turkey (Any type of ground meat works well!)
  • 1/2 Medium Onion Diced 
  • 1 Avocado (Cut into chunks)
  • 1 Diced Plum Tomato (Or your choice)
  • 1 tbsp. Hot Sauce(to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil.
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded american Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • Soft Tortillas

To cook.....
  • Over medium heat add olive oil to pan and add onions. 
  • Cook them until they look all sort of soft and delish
  • Add in Your Ground Chicken, mix it well.
  • Add in your Salt and Pepper, Hot sauce and Chili Powder.
  • When Chicken is completely browned add sour cream and cheese's.
  • Mix well and until cheese is melted completely.
  • Remove from heat and add in Avocado and tomato mix gently.
Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas.

I used ground chicken, because my kids prefer it in this recipe, but you can use ground beef or even turkey if that is what you prefer. I typically like more on my soft tacos, so I usually add lettuce, shredded cheese and sour cream to the mix. And if you want to boost up the protein content on this meal add in a 1/4 cup of your favorite beans!!!

Wrap, Serve...ENJOY!!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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