Monday, April 30, 2012

In the KinderGarden

When I volunteered to help prepare the garden for the Kindergarten class I had no idea I'd be manning a Rototiller. But before I manned any machinery a family with a winery stepped in and donated wine barrel planters. Thank you!
They came in, dropped the planters in place and we filled them with potting soil, ready for the kids to plant their KinderGARDEN. So, to finish it off I made a sign for both the preschool and Kindergarten classes to mark their gardens.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Summer Wreath

I just finished my summer wreath. It took me a while to find out how to make the flowers I wanted to use and the fabrics, too but I love the end result.

Here's a great and easy tutorial on to make felt flowers. I used the same concept for my fabric flowers.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Today I had a craving for cookies so I made Chocolate M&M Oatmeal Cookies and boy were they great. So I made an extra special dessert for Family Game Night and turned them into Ice Cream Sandwiches with a little vanilla bean ice cream I had on hand. Delicious!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with M&M Toppers

I usually make Peanut Butter Jumbos for my family but the kids are anti-peanut butter cookie. So I found this recipe on Betty Crocker and had to share. I added M&M on top to make them a little more colorful...and delicious. Chip Cookies&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)&ps=9&pi=9&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I took the kids to the Santa Barbara Zoo over spring break. It was loads of fun but I couldn't get the kids to look any many animals because they were having so much fun on the hill. They have an artificial grass hill and cardboard box pieces for the kids to use to slide down the hill. They had a blast but then it got me thinking...what about adding this to our future home play area? I found a link to some neat play area suggestions including a mini putting green.

Outdoor play area is available year round No more restricted outdoor time due to maintenience requirements or soggy grass

  • Reduction in your children's chemical exposure
    No need to fertilize the lawn anymore
  • Grass allergy reactions
    Are greatly reduced
  • Kids stay cleaner
    Less mud is tracked indoors and you can say goodbye to grass stains
  • Childcare Facility with our Artificial GrassFewer owies
    Synthetic grassis non-abrasive
  • Much more attractive and play-friendly
    As compared to alternative rubber matting or wood chips
  • No mess or splinters
    As compared to wood chips
  • Wild animals and insects
    Are deterred by artificial turf
  • Conserves water
    Protect our children's futures
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Summer Wreath

    I'm in the mood to make a Spring or really a Summer wreath. I thought this one I found on
    was rather unconventional and something I might be able to do HOWEVER I will be making it with my own style and might even incorporate a classic wreath with the frame. Not sure but I had to share cause it's cute.

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Succulent Arrangements

    Succulents are amazing to me. I found someone that does a beautiful job with a variety of succulents and even makes them into wedding bouquets and boutonnieres. Check out her link.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Peeps Chocolate Milk

    I've seen a lot of Easter Martinis which are typically my thing but since I have a load of kids arriving this weekend I thought we'd better make a fancy Chocolate Milk to add something special to the day.
    here's what you'll need:
    Chocolate syrup
    ice cold milk
    Williams Sonoma brown sanding sugar
    Chocolate Peeps

    In a cocktail shaker mix 2 T of chocolate milk and 8-10oz of milk. Shake! Next, rim the edge of the glass in chocolate syrup and dip into the sanding sugar. Pour the milk in and add a Peep to the edge of the glass.