What’s better than celebrating our favorite Dad with this Father’s Day Candy Bar Poster?! My husband is quite the candy connoisseur and so this candy bar poster really is the perfect thing for him! He would rather eat out of a gas station, and frequently does since he is on the road ALL THE TIME for his job, than regular food. I think he may still be in jr high, which is when I would use my lunch money to buy a candy bar and a diet coke from the vending machines. To each his own, right? Regardless, this was really fun to do with my daughter (we had do to do it during nap time so my 2 year old son wouldn’t eat all of the candy). The part they are looking forward to most is helping him consume all of this sugary goodness on Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Candy Bar Poster
The wording is:
Dear Dad –
We hope Father’s Day is EXTRA special! We wanted to get you a KAT or trip to New YORK but knew you’d rather spend time with your little PATCH of kids. We were MINT to be a family! Luckily, Mom thinks you are a BIG LEAGUE HUBBA BUBBA and not a NERDS! We love that you are a big SMARTIE, XTREMELY fun and always a JOY to be around!
We love you to PIECES!!!
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
The butterfly has special meaning in our family and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a Father’s Day gift somehow. I searched pinterest for Butterfly Footprint Art and came across this blog and loved her idea. But she didn’t have a tutorial, so I decided to help others along in the process by providing one here.
Butterfly Footprint Art
Washable Poster Paints
Kids Paint Brushes
A garbage bag (or some other disposable plastic covering)
Canvas – we bought 4 for about $7 at WalMart
Here is what our set-up looked like. I had my daughter sit on a step in the front yard with the garbage bag spread out. Then for each canvas I had a paper plate and paint brushes. I also had baby wipes at the ready so as we were finished with one foot, she would immediately put her foot down onto a baby wipe while I pressed her other foot into the paint.
Using a disposable plate, paint the combination of colors you want to use. I wanted to do a rainbow effect with the four canvases we bought so I divided the 12 paints up among them.
Press the foot firmly into the paint and smoosh around a little bit so the colors blend. Then immediately press the foot onto the canvas and wipe clean. Do the same thing with the other foot.
I didn’t really get a picture of – sorry about that, but you can see it in the final photo. I used black paint to then add a butterfly body and two antennae to each canvas. I’ve also seen some where they used the fingerprint of the child to create the body – that would be really adorable!
My daughter was SO excited to give these to her Daddy that at 6:30 am on Father’s Day she came in toting the big gift bag for him. She couldn’t wait another minute! So much for sleeping in! 🙂
With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!
Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. 🙂 Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:
1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)
2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)
3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)
4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)
5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)
6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)
7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)
8 – Homemade Granola Parfait by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)
9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)
10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)
This Sunday, September 8th is National Grandparents Day! I was blessed with incredible grandparents and my daughter Lucy is blessed with amazing grandparents so we are going to celebrate them and let them know how much we love them! Today I’m sharing with you a fun idea that my sister Beth does for her kids grandparents each year. Instead of another gift (because really, who needs one?), she invites each set of parents over for special at home restaurant run by her kids. The kids set the table with special china, help prepare the food and then dress in nice clothes to be the hostess, waitstaff and kitchen crew. It is completely adorable and gives the grandparents what they really want – time with the little ones!
Here is the staff all ready to open Le Restaurant Fancee: (I can’t get over how CUTE they are!!)
The cute drink menu:
The honored guests being seated and served a fine dining experience!
The delectable dishes that the kids helped prepare:
Appetizers Course: Pot Stickers with two dipping sauces
Salad Course: Chicken wonton salad with mandarin orange segments
Soup Course: Carrot and ginger soup with a fried wonton for dipping
Main Course: Stir fry chicken and vegetable medley with rice
Dessert Course: Brownies with ice cream and chocolate syrup & Bananas Foster with ice cream and candied pecans
Le Restaurant Fancee has the best employees around and I hear they even give you a big hug when you leave!
For Father’s Day I wanted to make my husband his favorite cake, but I wanted to add a fun twist. I decided to cut the cake into the shape of a #1 – for #1 Dad. 🙂 Cute, huh? Luckily, we both have the same favorite cake – chocolate cake with caramel topping, whipped cream and toffee bits on top (sometimes referred to as “better than $=# cake”, but we don’t call it that).
I baked a regular Chocolate box cake mix and then turned it onto a serving platter to cool. I used cake release in the pan to make sure the cake would come out without any missing pieces.
Once it had cooled a little bit I cut the shape I wanted. I used the cut out pieces to put together the # symbol. It looks a little bit ghetto, but once it is covered in whipped cream, you can’t tell. Then I made a few slits in the cake with a knife and drizzled on the caramel topping. I left it in the fridge overnight so it could soak into the cake (the traditional recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk to be poured over the cake as well – but I think that dilutes the caramel flavor and makes the cake too soggy).
I used a piping bag to add the whipped topping because it was kind of a tricky shape and I wanted to be able to control how it went on. Lastly, I added the toffee bit sprinkles and I’m all set!
Don’t worry, the leftover pieces didn’t go to waste. That was my late night t.v. watching indulgence.
Take a look at this adorable card I made. I stamped the words and then rolled my daughters hand in the ink pad and added her cute little hand print. My husband and the grandpa’s get one. Aren’t they precious?!!
Then one last idea. My Dad is a huge rootbeer float fan, so I put together this kit for him. It has A&W Rootbeer, A&W Cream Soda, Ice Cream, an Ice Cream Scoop & 4 “beer” Mugs. It was really easy to put together and I KNOW he is going to love it!