Friday, July 25, 2014

Craft Lightning Camp Crafts - Make a Sleeping Bag Potlatch (Girl Scout Swap)

For many years I was a Girl Scout leader for my daughter's troop.  One of my favorite memories was being a volunteer leader at day camp.  Being outdoors and totally unplugged from the modern world is one of my favorite ways to spend my time.

One of the things we did every year was to make and share potlatches (I believe these are referred to as swaps by "modern day" Girl Scouts).  The term "Potlatch" is an Indian term that means "to give away" or "gift". So, what we would do is make potlatches to to share with other Girl Scouts that were attending day camp.  These little goodies would then be attached to our hats with a 0 or 00 sized safety pin.  Here' my hat with just some of the potlatches I had received.


Also, my co-leader and I would also reward the girls in our Unit for doing their kapers (chores) by giving them a potlatch we had made to place on their hats once the work was done.  Here is an upclose picture of a "life preserver" that I made to hand out when I was the canoe instructor.


Here is a "kitchen apron" we made to give the girls when they had been the cooks for a meal.


Here is the "toilet brush" we rewarded to the girls when they had complete latrine duty.



I know this hat may look funny but trust me, the girls were always super proud of their accomplishments.  Also, they would wear their hat from the previous year and add new potlatches that they received.  Some of their hats became very full!

So, I thought I'd share a super easy way to make a Sleeping Bag Potlatch that your kids could make to celebrate the first time they go camping.

Sleeping Bag Potlatch (Swap)



Supplies:

  • Felt cut into a strip 1-3/4" x 6"
  • Embroidery floss (or yarn would work)
  • Size 0 or 00 safety pin


Directions:

Starting at one end, tightly roll up your piece of felt.


Wrap your embroidery floss (or yarn) around one end of rolled felt and tie.  Repeat with the other end.



Snip off any long pieces of floss and add the safety pin.



Isn't this super easy?  You could also add a tag that has the date and location of your camping experience, just for fun!

If you are looking for other camping crafts and ideas that you can complete in 15 minutes or less, just click on the "Craft Lightning - Camp Crafts" button below.  You'll be absolutely amazed at all the fun crafts!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Home Tips & Hacks and The Project Stash Link Party

Wow, it sure has been hot here the past couple of days.  In fact, this morning it was 75 degrees with humidity at 90% at 6:00 am.  I really worked up a sweat while I was walking our dogs (Simon & Curtis) this morning!  Let me tell ya, that morning shower sure felt good.

Well, if it's too hot to do much outside, we thought we'd focus on a few Home Tips & Hacks when putting together features from last week's party.

5 Home Tips & Hacks


5 Home Tips and Hacks from ItHappensinaBlink.com- The Project Stash features


Easy Homemade Dog Shampoo from My Frugal Adventures | Editable Recipe Cards from Designs by Miss Mandee | Garbage Disposal: Blade Sharpening and Deodorizing from Fluster Buster | Wicker Pedestal Plates from Satisfaction through Christ | Freezing CrockPot Cooked Chicken from Luv a Bargain


 If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!


4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love




Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.


Texas Pete Hot Sauce Gives Your Recipes Extra Flavor (Like These Red Velvet Cones)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The other day, my husband, youngest and I went out for lunch at a local restaurant and one of the daily specials was their buffalo chicken sandwich.  When I asked the server to describe this sandwich my mouth couldn't stop watering when she said, "and the boneless breast of chicken is tossed in Texas Pete Wing Sauce."  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

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Texas Pete Hot Sauce is definitely a family favorite.  However, did you know that they make other sauces as well?  Some of these goodies include:  wing sauces, hotter hot sauces, garlic hot sauce (a family favorite), CHA! by Texas Pete sriracha sauce and a green pepper sauce.  These goodies add a spicy zip to so many everyday foods like hot dogs, soups, pizza, sandwiches:  the perfect condiment.

Well, what would you think if I told you that Texas Pete Hot Sauce can also be a "secret" ingredient in recipes like ribs, barbecue, coleslaw and more.  In fact, you can even incorporate it in your next batch of red velvet cones!  You don't believe me, do you?  Well, take a look!


Texas Pete® Red Velvet Cones

Serving size:  1 cake cone
Recipe makes 48 servings


Cake Batter Ingredients:
  • 5 cups All purpose flour
  • 3 cups Granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Salt, fine
  • 2 tsp Cocoa powder
  • 3 cups Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Buttermilk: room temperature
  • 4 Large eggs: room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp Red food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 48 Ice cream cones, small, flat bottomed

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:
  • 36 oz. Cream cheese: softened, whipped
  • 1 stick Unsalted butter: softened, whipped
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce

Other Supplies:
  • Piping bag with small decorative tip
  • Shaker, Powdered sugar, for garnish

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and vanilla.
  3. Using a standing mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
  4. Carefully spoon the batter into the ice cream cones filling them 2/3 of the way up to give them room for rising in the oven. Arrange the cones on a parchment-lined sheet tray standing up and place them into the oven to bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes or until they have fully risen and a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool completely.
  6. While the cakes are in the oven, prepare the spicy cream cheese frosting.
  7. Place the softened cream cheese and the softened butter into a medium size mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla extract and the Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce and whisk one more minute. You may add more powdered sugar or Texas Pete® Hotter Hot Sauce so that the icing is to your liking.
  8. Place the spicy cream cheese frosting into a piping bag with a small decorative tip. 
  9. Using the tip of the piping bag, carefully puncture a small hole into the center of the top of the red velvet cake and pipe approximately 2-3 tablespoons of the spice cream cheese into the center of the cake allowing some of the cream cheese to come out of the top for decoration. Continue until all the red velvet cake cones are filled. Use any extra cream cheese icing to frost the tops of the cones.
  10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
 Don't these red velvet cones look absolutley delicious? Check out these other Texas Pete Hot Sauce recipes that will have your family clamoring to the dinner table!   You can find Texas Pete Hot Sauce at many of your neighborhood groceries.

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So what are you waiting for?  I know you're inspired to pick up some Texas Pete Hot Sauce for your next family meal.  What recipe will you try first?  I think I'll try the cole slaw recipe next!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

6 Summer Fashion Crafts & The Project Stash Link Party

The weather here is absolutely beautiful!  The cold front has passed through and we're experiencing highs in the 70s with low humidity.  It's absolutely dreamy.

Looking over last week's party link ups, we thought it would be fun to feature 6 summer fashion crafts so you can look amazing while enjoying this beautiful weather.  Take a look!

6 Summer Fashion Crafts


diy wearable crafts



Chevron Ombre Clay Pendants from The Crafty Scientist
Cuffed Shorts with Ribbons & Buttons from Adventures of a DIY Mom
Embellished Flip Flops from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Recycled Jean Backpack from Joyful Daisy
DIY Waterballoon Flip Flops from About a Mom
Simple Hair Bow Tutorial from Almost Supermom


I've got some flip flops around here somewhere that I picked up from Michaels.  So, I think I'll be embellishing those this weekend!  Which feature caught your eye?

 If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!


4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Crafts Using Recycled Items AND The Project Stash Link Party

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful July 4th holiday  Did you notice that along with the parades, fireworks, and other celebrations that the garage sale season really picked up?  If you are like me, you too LOVE picking up something that has "good bones" and giving it some new life.  To inspire you with all your new found "treasures", we decided to feature.....

5 Crafts Using Recycled Items!

Recycled Crafts




Decorating Cents ~ DIY Flower Pots 
Adventures of a DIY Mom ~ Cut Off Jean Series 
Homemaking Hacks ~ Spray Painted Decor 
 3 Little Greenwoods ~ Navy Kitchen Chandelier


Okay, I must admit, I'm super psyched about this weekends garage sales!  I can't wait to find more gems to upcycle.  If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!


4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.