Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Gift

Well, better post it late than never. :)

Here was my family's gift to my Mother for Mother's Day:

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The frame was built by my husband out of a 2x4. There are small black picture frames (purchased from Walmart for a dollar each) holding each of the 5x7 pictures in place.

The inspiration was a combination of:

These personalized mom blocks found on ETSY.

this family sign by Starshine Chic.

I liked the idea of taking pictures of things that aren't letters, but look like letters. I also liked the idea of the pictures being personalized by having each of the kids in them. So I decided to combine them and have a picture of each of us kids (there are six of us, perfect for the word MOTHER,) with or holding a letter to the word mother.

I am the one with the ship wheel by the way. My brother photoshopped his picture so that he is holding the McDonalds sign.

I had to do a little photoshopping myself because I didn't get pictures from 2 of my sisters (H and E.) Definately my fault I didn't get the pictures because I told them super last minute. So I just used pictures of them I already had and made them work. The E wasn't quite as creative as I would have hoped, but it's all I could come up with last minute.

My Mother LOVED the gift.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 mini chocolate morsels  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl combine the rice cereal, Kashi cereal, wheat germ and oatmeal.
Mix brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until just boiling. Add to cereal mixture along with vanilla extract, cinammon, salt.
Scramble one egg. Add to mixture.
Let mixture cool for a minute or two and then add frozen chocolate chips.
Press into the prepared pan using a spoon or spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

I like these the best stored in the fridge. It makes them taste almost like a dessert. They are a little hard when stored in the fridge, but if you set them out for about 5-10 minutes before you eat them they are really chewy and delicious!
Recipe adapted from Hip 2 Save. See Hip 2 Save for storing instructions and fun tips on how to change add ins.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

BLOG HEAD Monday: Mother's Day Edition

Just Beckause, I've got Mothers on the brain.

Here are a few cards I made this afternoon for some sweet Mothers I know:

Here are some of my favorite ideas from Blogland for Mother's Day Gifts:

Personal Picture Clock by Rosy Red Buttons. A family picture or a picture of all of the kids would be really cute for M-day.

Mom's Serving Platter Dish found on Etsy.

Purse-sized photo brag book by Brown Paper Packages.

Vera Wang inspired bib necklace by Cut the Craft.

Distressed Picture Canvases by Delia Creates.
Personalized Photo letter Blocks found on Etsy.

For Grandma on Mother's Day by Perfect Expressions.

Hand Sanitizer Holder by Lemon Squeezy Home.

Purse Pouch by A Lemon Squeezy Home.

Ipod/ Camera Cozy by Sew Mama Sew.

Diaper Clutch by A lemon Squeezy Home.

Muffin Tin Frame by Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom.

A Bouquet of Cinnamon Buns by From Glitter To Gumdrops.

And the key to every mommy's heart: Chocolate. Triple Chocolate Oreo Bars by Cookies and Cups.

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