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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Easy Gingerbread "Houses"


I forgot to post this fun night that we had with friends over the Christmas break.

  We wanted to make gingerbread houses with the kids and came across a great idea
 on pinterest that you only make the front of the gingerbread house. 
That way you don't have to worry about the structure and
get to focus on the fun part....the decorating.

The gingerbread "houses" are basically
 huge cookies (the size of a 9x13 pan)
 made from your choice of gingerbread recipes.

Here's how we did it.

Rolled out the dough right onto a piece of parchment
and cut out pieces for the windows and door.
(This made transferring the cookies so easy and no tearing or ripping happened)

 I was making so many I made a
template out of card stock and traced it with my knife.

 

Baked them and let them cool. 
 
The recipe I used had no shrinkage or spreading,
so the way they looked when I cut them
was the way they looked when they were done.
 


 
Next have the kids decorate them.
 

 
Some had more candy on them than others.
 
 
 

Winner of the heaviest cookie.

 
 
Us moms got into it too.
 

 
I think they turned out quite well.
 
 
 
We all had to pull out our mad piping skills.
 




 
My favorite part was how easy they were to make and we didn't have to worry about the houses breaking or what kind of icing to use to make them stick together.
 
The kids had fun and everyone ended up with a huge cookie to take home.
Definitely a fun night with some of my favorite people.






 


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Whoville/Grinch Christmas Party

 
Had so much fun
decorating for our ward's Christmas Party this year.
Had some great friends who all rallied together to get decorating and a
 program ready for the activity.
 
A backdrop was made for people to
come and take a picture in front of. 
Everyone was told to dress as a Who from Whoville,
the outfits and hair were amazing.

 
 
That's right we had a Grinch too.
 


 
 
Fun ward christmas party.
 
*See the program below for a link to the Grinch's performance*
 
 This is the gym during set up,
 before the napkins and cups (red)
 were set and
all the center pieces were on the table.
 It ended up looking so colourful.
 
Wrapped the tables in paper
 so the kids could color on them
and had
extra Grinch colouring sheet
and cups of crayons on the tables too.
 
We made coloured poof trees (tissue paper puffs) and garland for the walls
and one of our friends made the 3D snowflakes
 


 
 We had 3 different center pieces.
 
This one was made from a dollar store tree. 
We squeezed it into this
cute "whoish" shape
and glued mini pom poms on it
and then hung an ornament from the tip.
 
We decorated the cute white pot
with red circle stickers and green garland.
 

 
This one was just bought from the dollar store.
So easy and a nice pop of colour.
 

 
The red springy red balls were also bought
from the dollar store and
added to a tall
 glass vase full of
 green Easter basket filler
and then tied with a ribbon.
 

 
The program was short and sweet, with a great message at the end.
 
We modified and shortened the
story of the Grinch for our narrator
 
and had some musical numbers through out.
 
Everyone sang the Whoville song "Welcome Christmas"
 and then my father-in -law sang "Your a mean one Mr. Grinch"
and then two little 6 year old girls came and sang "Where are you Christmas"
and then the whole Primary came up and sang "Silent Night"
and we ended with a portion of Pres. Uchtdorf's message on the Grinch.
 
*Here is the link to the performance of the Grinch in the middle of the program*
the worm is my favorite part.
 
 
 
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and
remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chalkboards Cards

 
I bought a box of 40
blank chalkboard cards
 from Michaels
and
with my bistro chalk marker
have been having way too much fun.
 


 
I love having cards done ahead of time
 so that I'm not rushed when I need them.
 

 
Can't forget the thank you
 and get well
 cards too.
 
 

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