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Santa Belly Pillow, Made from Bandannas!

This is such a great project that uses very little effort and is thrifty!  There is no need to go to the fabric store and stand in line forever cutting fabric, because all you need is some bandannas from the craft store, some black ribbon, a regular pillow and a sewing machine!

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Begin by cutting your black ribbon and the length of your bandannas and pin it half way, in the middle of one side of one bandanna.

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Now turn the bandannas with the “nice side” together and pin around.  Now sew all except for one long side.

Once you have it sewn, you will be ready to stick in your pillow, you need to turn it right side out. These red bandannas that I got from Hobby Lobby were so big that I was able to stick a standard size pillow in.  It is so big, and cooshy!

Once it is stuffed, you can sew that bottom edge shut.  You will want to fold down the edge so that it is flat.

Now you will need to sew on the belt buckle.  I used some jingle bells that I had, but that will be hard to lay on if you are going to use this pillow for more then decoration.  I am sure you could find something else pretty or an actual belt buckle for a great look!  You will most likely have to sew this on by hand.

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There you have it!  A quick way to add some Christmas cheer to any room!

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1st photo

What child does not like marshmallows-even more- cupcakes!  
Add a movie and you have a fun night with the whole family,
while eating these adorable popcorn cupcakes!

2ndSupplies:
Cake mix
White Frosting
Cupcake holders
Marshmallows
Paper
Red Marker
Tape
3rdInstructions:
Bake Cup cakes and let cool.
Frost cupcakes once they are cooled.
Apply the marshmallows on the top.
My 7 year old put them on the top-there is no specific way to make them look.
4thNext:
Make the striped muffin cups.
I drew out a pattern like this.
They have them online for free, but I decided to free hand mine.
5thI cut out the pattern and added stripes.  The stripes are 3 lines thick.
Meaning when I ran the marker across to make a stripe, I did so 3 different times to make a wider stripe.
I connected the two sides together with tape, which then formed a cup.
I dropped the cupcake into the cup.
6thALL DONE!

DO NOT PUT IN OVEN TO TOAST THE TOP OF THE MARSHMALLOWS!
Frosting will melt.  I tried this to see what would happen and I had   marshmallows and melted frosting everywhere. ha ha!
You can use a longer lighter and lightly toast the marshmallows, or a blow torch.  I chose to leave them plane.

They made my heart giggle when I saw them the first time.  My daughter and I had so much fun putting them together.
Perfect for a Circus Theme party too!
 

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How to make Homemade Apple Chips, Apple Chips Recipe #Fall, #Apples, #Recipes, #AppleChipsIf you are looking for a crunchy sweet treat that is healthy for you, then you have got to try making your own apple chips.This is also a perfect treat or lunchbox idea for the kiddos. They are yummy, easy to make and so much cheaper than buying them at the store.

Homemade Apple Chips ­

  • 8­10 apples, washed
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Food dehydrator (I have a basic Ronco dehydrator)
  • Mandolin slicer (optional but this is how I get my perfect slices and I use it for everything!)

5 easy steps

1. Thinly slice your apples. I leave the skin on mine for a bit of extra crunch but you could also peel them if you wish.
2. Lay the apple slices evenly on the dehydrator trays and sprinkle with cinnamon.
3. Stack the trays and turn the dehydrator on. Allot the chips to sit for 6­8 hours and then rotate the trays from top to bottom.
4. Let sit another 6­8 overs (even overnight works) until they get crisp.
5. Store in an airtight gallon ziploc type bag or airtight mason jar.How to make Homemade Apple Chips, Apple Chips Recipe #Fall, #Apples, #Recipes, #AppleChips

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IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

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Glass jar easy upcycle  , DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase #EasyCenterPieceIdea, #Decorations,#DIYDo you eve need a vase to give to a friend filled with flowers…. or just want something pretty on your table.  This DIY Mercury Glass Inspired Vintage Vase project is SO easy to make, but come out looking fabulous.   If you are looking for low cost center prices for a party, garden wedding or brunch this is a perfect solution.

Items Needed:

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Directions:

Coat the inside of your vase or jar with Modge Podge. If the opening is wide enough you can use a foam brush to paint it on. If not, pour a little in at a time and swirl the bottle until the inside is coated well.Glass jar easy upcycle

Immediately after applying the glue, add 1 cap full of Rit dye into the vase. If your container has a lid, close the lid, if not place a small piece of cardboard over the top and hold into place.Glass jar easy upcycle

Give the container a really good shake! Shake until the entire inside is colored.

Allow to dry for 24 hours uncovered.

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Quick tip… while spending the day in the sand and sun keep your items safe from thieves by hiding them inside of a diaper.  This will also help keep the moisture off your cell phone and keep all your items in a safe place.  Make sure that your family knows you put your items into the diaper so they do not toss it in the trash… but this will help prevent thieves from grabbing your items while you are distracted or sun bathing on a towel.  Let’s face it most people are not looking for dirty diapers rolling around in the sand, but they are looking for wallets, phones and jewelry.
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Thanks to Tales Of An Everyday Coupon Mom for this helpful tip on how to use zucchini in baking and no one will ever know it is in there!  Tricky but I love it!  These brownies look amazing and the chocolate frosting makes me want to eat it with a spoon…lol!

Before I dive into the recipe, I wanted to share my secret to baking with zucchini. Most zucchini recipes call for shredded zucchini. As much as I loved these brownies as a kid, I didn’t like finding the occasional string of zucchini. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Not very appetizing and I know some people refuse to eat baked goods that are made with zucchini for this reason. Years ago, I decided to use my blender to chop them up.

I peel the zucchini, slice it, and throw it in the blender with the oil for the recipe. Then I hit Puree.I do this whenever I make brownies, muffins, or bread that has zucchini. Everything gets mixed up very well and you don’t have to worry about random strings or bits of zucchini. On to the recipe!

Zucchini Brownies

  • 2 cups zucchini (I use one regular sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa

Puree zucchini, oil, and vanilla in blender. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. I don’t use chopped nuts, but if you like them in your brownies, then add 1/2 cup to 1 cup. Mix zucchini mixture into dry ingredients with a spatula until well blended. Do not beat!

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The brownies will be cake-like, so test them like you would a cake. Allow brownies to cool for about 20 minutes or so before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine or shortening
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

I soften butter and margarine in microwave until it is very soft. Combine all ingredients with a mixer until smooth. Frost brownies and enjoy!

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