Monday, March 23, 2015

Recipe: Reese's Puffs Treats! Our spin on Rice Krispies Treats:)

We love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at our house. It's a staple candy for us. Who doesn't love Reese's? Peanut Butter and Chocolate together.... MMMMmmmm! It's so delicious... Wait there is a Reese's Puffs Cereal!?!?! Oh My Gosh!!!!!
I am not a breakfast person for the most part so at first I did just buy this cereal for my kids. I eventually tried it, IT IS SO GOOD! (I really don't like cereal) So I was suprised that I liked it. Now there is always a box in our pantry. :)
We were trying to decide on a treat to make for dessert one night and I had a taste for rice krispies treats. I had all of the ingredients... except rice krispies cereal. Hmmmm.... What to do? Oh! There is a box of Reese's Puffs! Let's give this a whirl!
I started by using a basic Rice Krispies Treat Recipe.
1/2 cup butter
10 oz mini marshmallows
5 Cups Cereal
Then, I rubbed the pan I was using with a pat of butter.
In a pot, I melted the 1/2 cup of butter on medium to low heat.

One the butter was completely melted, I added the mini marshmallows.

And stirred,

And stirred.

And STIRRED. Untill the marshmallows were nice and smooth, and then turned off the heat.

Next, my assistant poured in the Reese's Puffs!

(My assistant is so cute!)

And then, we stirred it all together until it was well combined. This is my favorite part of making these treats because when you pour the Reese's Puffs into the pot, the warmth releases the chocolatey, peanut-buttery aroma of the cereal.

We poured it into the buttered pan. Then, I used a buttered spoon to smooth  it all down.

My assistant then added some green sugar sprinkles because it was nearing St. Patrick's Day! LOL!

And that's it! We let then cool and tried them later.
We make them often and use different colored sprinkles to go with the seasons!:)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Window Valance. Easy Beginner Sew Project!

Window Valance Project!
The time had come for some new window treatments in my daughter's room. The bedding that she has is brightly colored so we wanted to choose something that wasn't to overpowering.  She and I decided to make a valance for her window. We went to the fabric store together and she picked out all the supplies for the project! She is a "tween" now and it is good for her to put her own stamp on her room.
A valance is an easy sewing project for beginners in my opinion because basically you are just sewing straight lines!
To get started, she chose a light green fabric. To determine our width we measured the window and multiplied the width by 3. She wanted the valance to be full. I suppose if you didn't want very much fullness that you could multiply by 2 or 2.5. The fabric was not as wide as we needed for our window so we stitched the sections together, right sides facing, until we had the width we needed.
 Next, I hemmed the bottom of the valance. This was done by folding up the bottom evenly. I used a ruler as I went along the bottom to pin it. Then, I ironed the fold nice and flat.
Then, I sewed a straight line along the fold to secure it.

I repeated this step along the top edge but I made the fold much larger, large enough for the curtain rod to pass through.
Next, I lined up the embellishment along the bottom edge. I pinned it in place and sewed along the bottom edge then the top edge to secure it.

Finally, we hung it up! My daughter is  super excited about the way it looks and she loves the idea of having her own personality in her room!

Let me know what you think! And share your projects with me:)
Green Butterflies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

No-Sew Leprechaun's Gold Shamrock Shirt DIY

Sham-Rockin'!!!  Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day! It is fun to join in the spirit of this holiday by dressing the part. I wanted something different this year and I knew that a DIY project was in order. I found this old shirt in my closet and I thought it could use a little Shamrock BLING!!!
So I took a little trip to the local craft store and picked up some supplies. I grabbed some gold thread (which I ended up not even needing) and a couple of rolls of gold sequin trim. I already had some fabric glue and I printed out the shamrock shape that I had imagined for the front. The best part of this is that there is NO SEWING REQUIRED! This project can be finished in about an hour or less and needs 12-24 hours to dry.
Start by putting the printed out shamrock shape inside the shirt. Then, position it right where you'd like it. I put mine right in the center of the chest. 
Once the shamrock is in place, use the fabric glue to make an outline by tracing the shape. Take the sequin ribbon and start placing it in a single line on the fabric glue.
Continue by glueing the sequin trim around the inside until it is all filled in evenly.

I filled in the shamrock shape completely and used about a roll and a half of the trim I bought. (About 6 yards) 
Then, I made sure that the paper shape was not stuck to the inside of the shirt but left the paper inside so the shirt wouldn't stick to itself as it dried.

Next, just let it dry! I'm loving how it looks already! It will look great with a green cardigan or a cute rainbow scarf!!