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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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DIY Baby Blanket Using Minky Fabric ~ Easy, Thrifty Gift

I love to sew, but I am not very good at it so I don’t do it as often as I would like.  I have wanted to try sewing with minky fabric for a while, but have been intimidated after hearing others say how difficult it was to sew with.  I got a great deal on some heart minky fabric and decided that it was time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to sew with!

I did plenty of research first and this is what I learned: if you are going to sew with minky you need to be patient and use tons of pins to hold it in place well.  I also learned that it is stretchy and has a slippery texture so sewing slowly is key!  Of course, using the tons of pins does help with that because you can’t go very fast between pins really.  If you are going to attempt to sew with minky, just keep those things in mind.

For those of you who don’t know, minky is a soft, material that has little raised dots (or in this case hearts) all over it.  It is so cuddly and you will see it on a lot of baby products.

To sew this blanket you will need a few things.

You will need:

 1 1/2 yrds Minky fabric

1 1/2 yrds Coordinating fabric for the top of the blanket

thread

sewing machine

sewing scissors

Begin by laying your fabric down on top of each other and trimming so they are close to the same size.  It is ok if it isn’t perfect, just get it as close as you can.  You may want to do this on a carpeted surface as the carpet helps keep the fabric from sliding around.

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Once your fabric is the same size, turn the layers with the right sides facing each other and pin all the way around.  As I mentioned above, you will need a lot of pins.  Pin about every inch at the furthest.

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Now you are ready to sew!  I used a zig zag stitch for extra security since I wasn’t sure yet how this was going to go with the minky.  Sew almost all the way around the blanket leaving about 12 inches to turn it right side out.  When you get all sewn, unpin your last section that you left for turning the fabric right side out and turn it right side out.  Make sure that you push each corner so that it isn’t puckered in.

Once you have the sides all straightened you will want to sew the outside.  Now, for your hole you have left from flipping, you will need to repin.  I didn’t use pins or iron, but it would be a good idea if you are worried about keeping it straight.  I started on one end and sewed up the hole first, continuing around the blanket with a zig zag stitch again. It went very quickly and just gave it a finished look.  Try to keep your sewing even so that your stitches are the same all the way around.  If you vary your speed too much than your stitches will be different widths.

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And there you have it!  A quick, gift perfect for a baby shower, or make one for yourself!  That minky is so soft, I am thinking I would like to have one too!  Not only is it cute, but it is actually very easy to use and sew with.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go!

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Candy Jars, Easy, Quick, Thrifty Halloween Treats

These jars are so simple to put together, and with a few supplies from the the one spot at Target, they are a thrifty way to go!  Everything I got here was $1, except for the candy corn!

You will need

Small glass jars or containers

Clear stickers

Small candies

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Ok, are you ready for this super complicated tutorial?  Ok, not really.  It is really so simple.  All you have to do is pick your clear stickers to add to the side of your jars and then fill them with candy.  So easy!

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As easy as this crafty project is, you could buy several jars and one set of stickers (the pack came with a lot!), a bag of candy corn and still spend very little!  Great idea for church friends, bus drivers, hair dressers, even teachers!  The possibilities are endless!

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Pretzel Skeletons, Halloween Snack

These little skeletons are so cute, you may not want to eat them!  Using candy coating and pretzels, you can make these fun, Halloween goodies perfect for your little goblins!

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You will need

Pretzels Sticks and mini twists

Almond bark

M&Ms for the eyes

Wax paper for setting up

Begin by melting your almond bark in the microwave for 90 seconds.  I did half a brick at a time.  If it isn’t melted, put it back in for another 20 seconds, taking it out to stir.  Continue those steps until it is melted all the way without chunks.

Once you have the candy coating melted, begin to put your pretzels in.  I started with a twist for the head.  Once it was coated, I fished it out of the candy coating with a fork.  I then allowed the excess candy coating to drip back into my bowl, and set the pretzel on the wax paper.  My pattern was 1 twist pretzel followed by 5 stick pretzels all horizontal under the twist to form the ribs.  Once the ribs are done, do another twist pretzel, but this time do it upside down.  Finally, you will be doing 4 more sticks and laying them for the legs and arms.  If you are using M&Ms for the eyes, now is when you will put them on too.  Continue doing this until all of your candy coating is gone.  I got 12 skeletons out of half a brick of candy coating.  When they were done setting up on the wax paper I used a thin, metal spatula to scoop them off the wax paper.  The skeletons will be fairly brittle in some places, mostly where the head and ribs connect.  Be sure to set them in an airtight container where they won’t be shaken around a lot to avoid them breaking before you are ready to use them.

Now you have a great, inexpensive snack for your kids, a Halloween party, maybe even a school party if you are going to take them yourself.  Not sure how they would hold up in the care of a rambunctious grade schooler!

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Witch Feet Cupcakes ~ Quick, Easy, Halloween Treats

Paper straws are big right now.  You can find all kinds of them all over right now.  When I saw these black and orange ones, I thought they looked like tights and came up with this idea.

You will need:

  • Cupcakes that are baked and iced
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Striped paper straws
  • Small witches feet cut outs (I cut mine out with my Silhouette machine, but you could find some by searching for them online and printing them off.  Mine were about an inch each)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

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Begin by cutting your straws into 3 sections.  Don’t stress too much if they aren’t perfectly even, you can push them down a little further into the cupcake.  You can then attach the shoes to the straw sections using hot glue.  Let them cool and make sure you remove any glue strings that may be hanging before putting them into the cupcake.

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I used some fall leaf sprinkles, maybe my witches were jumping into piles of leaves!  There you have a super simple party food that people will love and think is cute!  I served them at a family get together and the kids thought they were great!

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Jack O’ Lantern Oranges – Healthy Halloween Treats

Kids get way too much sugar, especially at Halloween, right?  While these oranges are still sweet, they are a healthier alternative to a candy bar!  With the cute jack o’ lantern faces,kids will be excited to grab one, and you can feel better knowing they made one healthier choice!

You will need

Mandarin oranges

black sharpie marker

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As far as crafts, and food decorating goes, this is probably the easiest one you will ever do!  All you are going to do is draw a face on the top of your cup of mandarin oranges with your black sharpie. That is it!

This is also a great idea for a school Halloween party.  I know at my kids’ school they aren’t allowed to have anything homemade.  Kind of a bummer sometimes.  Not with these though!  You can still decorate them and make them cute so they are still festive for Halloween!  Why not let your child decorate the orange cups for their class party?  This could be some great craft time for you and your kiddos.

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