Salt Dough Napkin Holders

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It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the States so that means it’s time to fill your calendars with family, food and crafts :) These adorable Salt Dough Napkin Holders are not only a pretty way to set the table but also super fun to make! My boys are only 3 and 5 and they did almost everything here. I found the salt dough “recipe” at Imperial Sugar. They have a whole section of their site dedicated to holiday crafting and baking with your kids, not to mention a million great recipes. They also have free coloring and activity sheets for your kids to do over the break!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter

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Directions:

Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan. The boys LOVE measuring so this craft is right up their alley! Cook over medium-low heat until hot then remove from heat.PicMonkey Collage1

In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.

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Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.

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Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.

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Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.

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PicMonkey Collage4Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.

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Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.

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Let cool, then attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.

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The boys and I had so much fun making these!! They even helped me set the table for our Friendsgiving that we are having this week. It will be a cute little favor to take home too! Hope you all have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

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This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

Macho Nachos

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are my own.

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I don’t know what it’s like at your house during the week but we have a serious case of  “what’s for dinner” over here. With the boys in school (and the addition of a third child) I love dinners that are easy to whip up. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious go-to for us because it’s quick and easy for busy week nights. I’m always a fan of one-dish meals so we usually make Corn Chip Pie with our chili but last week my mom reminded me of a meal she used to make us :) Macho Nachos!! They are so easy and a huge crowd pleaser. They are also super customizable if you have picky little eaters.

Ingredients:

  • Wolf® Brand Chili (which is definitely our favorite authentic Texas flavored chili)
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped tomatoes
  • green onions
  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro
  • any other favorite  toppings like avocado, Greek yogurt or sour cream, jalapenos etc.

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Start with a chip mountain. The best thing about this meal is you can load down a huge pan or make one small plate for an afternoon snack for hungry boys :) Is it just us or do your kids come home from school starving everyday?? What is that about?

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Then add your bold Wolf® Brand Chili. I just heat mine in the microwave for about 2 minutes but my mom always heats hers up on the stove top.

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Right after that add the cheese so it will melt then add all of your other toppings. This would also be fun for a “build your own” type dinner. I can’t live without cilantro. I also love them with shredded iceberg lettuce but my grocery store was out this week.

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Bam! There you have a delicious and easy dinner that is ready in minutes but bursting with flavor!! Woo Hoo! What would be your go to toppings?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Card Giveaway with Minted!

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It’s my favorite time of year! The time when I plan and obsess and devote a full day to making my family pose for photos so I can send them out on a Holiday Card! Kidding. Kind of. We actually took real family photos last week and I can’t wait to see how they turned out! We had pictures taken a few years ago too so I’m thinking were on the every-third-year-I-will-spring-for-a-photographer plan. Photos are so important to me and I’m not in very many of them so I have to jump in there every once in a while :) You also better believe I have already picked out my favorite Holiday Card options on Minted.com. So, I’ll be ready when my pictures come back! And today is your lucky day because one very lucky TaylorMade reader is going to win a $150 Minted credit toward your Holiday Cards!! (or anything else Minted has to offer)!

I have picked some of my very favorites… Now it’s voting time which one should I pick?MIN-Q55-HYC-001CHRISTMAS_A_PZMIN-2A5-HYC-001JCHRISTMAS_A_PZ MIN-5GH-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-833-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-AGP-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-RH3-HYC-001NCHRISTMAS_A_PZ MIN-X36-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-X23-HYC-001JHOLIDAY_A_PZ

If you know my boys… how perfect is this last on?? I have ordered so many things from Minted and I’m always blown away by the quality in the paper and envelopes. And speaking of envelopes, how amazing is it that they will address them for free?! Now its your turn to enter…

CLICK HERE to win a $150 Minted Credit!

now hurry go enter! Good Luck!!

Baby Unicorn Costume

Introducing the World’s Cutest Baby Unicorn :)

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This year the kids went very easy on me for the Halloween costumes (which I haven’t decided if I like or not yet). The boys wanted store bought costumes but I still have one without an opinion :) She is only 4 months and can’t sit up alone so I wanted something that would look cute in her wagon when we go trick -or-treating. I decided on a unicorn and headed to the fabric store thinking about how I would make my  own pattern. When I walked in I spotted a Simplicity Pattern for animal hats, one of which was a Unicorn! Perfect right??

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I wanted her to be all white so I picked out some soft white fuzzy fleece and some white yarn with silver specks in it. I also got some fabric for holiday girl dresses!

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I used Simplicity Pattern  S0731. I did a little pattern hacking and love how it turned out. I added the yarn all the way down the back before sewing it up so it’s in the seam. I also added the pink felt in the ears and the tie around the neck.

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Don’t tell anyone but I had to hot glue the horn on. I couldn’t get it to stand up straight by hand stitching, I never have been good at hand stitching. Depending on the temperature she might or might not wear pants with her white onesie. Isn’t it nice to have a pant-less option :) Happy Halloween, I hope it’s as magical as a baby unicorn!

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