Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BOO Footprints Sign

This year for Halloween I wanted to do something special with Miss Priss.  She is still small and does not really know how to do much crafting yet, but I wanted to remember this year with her. 
I have seen many different ways of imprinting footprints as keepsakes, but then I saw this!  It is a great memory of her little feet on her first year or trick-or-treating and will also serve as a Halloween decoration for many years to come. 
I didn't get this completed in time to put it out this year because well, life just got in the way...but, it is ready to go for next year and I can't wait to put it out and show Miss Priss what her little feet looked like.  And next year, I will have another little ghost to add to the decor!
This is such a simple project that can be done with things that are easy to find and that you might already have at home.  This can be done with older kids as just might only be able to fit one footprint rather than both.
BOO Footprints Sign
You will need:
  • chalk board
  • white acrylic paint
  • acrylic paint for wording in whatever color you like
  • paintbrush(s)
  • black paint for eyes (I used a paint pen)
  • your baby's feet
  • stencil for lettering
  • ribbon (for bow on girl ghost)
  • hot glue gun (for ribbon)
  • Fray Check (for ribbon)
I got my chalkboard at Hobby Lobby, but I did also see them at Wal-Mart!  The ones at Wal-Mart were a bit cheaper and the only thing that I noticed what that if you were actually going to use them as chalk boards they might not be that great, but for this project I actually think the ones at Wal-Mart would work better than the ones at Hobby Lobby because they had a much smoother looking dark black color to them AND they are much lighter in weight so if you wanted to add ribbon to the back and hang it on the wall it would be perfect.
Paint the bottom of your baby's feet with the white paint.  Make sure to cover the entire foot and you may even use a scrap piece of paper to see how it will turn out and how much pressure you want to apply before putting it on your chalkboard.
I wanted a ribbon on one of Miss Priss feet to make a girl ghost and so I used my Fray Check on the ends to keep it from fraying and made a ribbon for her hair and hot glued it onto the foot.  This actually worked out really well since there was a little mess up with the heel of the second ghost and I was able to cover it with the ribbon.  You have to make sure that your little one is being cooperative while you do this or you might have an odd shaped ghost!
I then used black paint pens to make circle eyes on each of the ghosts.  You could use a paintbrush, but I didn't really trust my shaky hands with that small of a circle.  You might even be able to use a black sharpie as well, but I didn't try that?!
 Using my Cricut, I cut out a stencil for my wording and taped it to the chalkboard before I began painting.  If you trust your freehand painting go for it!
I used purple paint so that everything was not orange and black, and because purple is my favorite color of course.  For those of you from Oklahoma, I am a Sooner and so orange and black, even at Halloween, is hard for me to cover my house in.

I painted my letters within the stencils trying to make sure not to let it bleed under the paper. 
Once it was dry, I took off the stencil and went over the purple paint slowly by hand to make it darker and to make sure that the lines of my letters were straight.  The number of times you will have to do this will depend on the color of paint and chalkboard that you choose.  If you are using orange, you probably wont have any issues with being able to see it though.
And for remembrance sake, I also used a paint pen to record Miss Priss's name and the date that we took this cutie footprints.
Once you have your painting done and it has dried you can decide if you want to hang it or place it on a shelf or easel.  You could add some ribbon or twine to the back and hang it on the wall or as a door hanger or just sit it on the shelf or mantle.

This was a very simple and cheap project, but it holds memories that will be used for many years and can be passed on a little easier than a footprint on a piece of paper from daycare.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pumpkin Puppy Chow

Pumpkin season is back and this year I'm pregnant so the pumpkin desserts are gonna get crazy and I am going to try all of them!  The first new pumpkin treat that I have tried this year is Pumpkin Puppy Chow.

For some reason I have really been wanting to make this.  I love pumpkin of course and Puppy Chow is always a favorite treat at the holidays.  I looked around to find the perfect recipe and even though I have found many great recipes I didn't find that perfect one that I was looking for...and so, came my collaboration of many recipes to come up with one that was simple to make (since this was a last minute decision to make today and I didn't want to have to go to Wal-Mart for the third time this weekend!), but still fantastic.

It turned out really well and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make, even with Miss Priss standing between my legs at the stove the entire time!
Pumpkin Puppy Chow
Servings: 12  Calories: 300  Fat: 8g 
You will need:
  • 8 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups (1 bag) white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Reece's Pieces (I used this in mine!)
  • Your other favorite Candy
Pour your Rice Chex into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Slowly melt the chocolate chips on the stove on a low setting and stir frequently until melted.  It might look like they are not melting, but believe me they are and you do not want to burn them!  It doesn't take very long and so it is best just to stand there close to the stove so that you can stir them often.
Once the chips are melted, sprinkle in the pumpkin pie spice and mix well with the chocolate.
While the chips are still melted and warm pour the mixture over the Rice Chex and mix thoroughly to make sure that all of the Chex are coated.
Pour about half of the Chex mix into a gallon size ziploc bag or a large container with a lid.  Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar and shake for a minute.  Then add about half of your candy pieces (if you are adding these) and shake until the Chex are fully coated with powdered sugar and you have no clumps.
This is where it might be best to use a ziploc bag because you can use your fingers to break up any clumps without having to open the container. 
Do the same with the remaining Chex, 1 cup powdered sugar and candy if needed and shake, shake, shake.  This makes a gallon size Ziploc bag of Chow.  I listed it as 12 servings, but this will vary depending on how much you want to eat.  I do not know that actual serving size rules since I am not a nutritionist (or I wouldn't be making this anyway)!
I got a little excited about this one and so I took a lot of pictures.  This was so simple and tastes so good...I am sure that I will be making this again before the season is over with and then starting on my plans for some Christmas Puppy Chow!
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