Shark Attack Bento

I don’t always have the time to make fun snack boxes for my kids, but when I do, I love to pull out my cookie cutters and see what I can come up with!  So far, this is one of my favorite creations so I thought I would share it with you…. isn’t he the cutest shark you’ve ever seen?  (And in case you’re wondering, he’s made out of a purple potato!)

Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Since summer officially started last week, I thought I would share a recipe for a nice and refreshing summer drink with you.  What I like about this drink is that it’s not too sweet (unlike most other juices) and because watermelon is full of water,  it actually quenches your thirst.  I typically don’t like juices, but this blended watermelon drink is one I definitely enjoy having on a hot summer day.

Watermelon Aqua Fresca

5 cups watermelon, cubed

1 cup strawberries, hulled

juice from 1/2 a lemon

1 cup water

1 TBSP agave or honey  (optional)

Put everything into a blender and process until smooth.  For the most refreshing taste, make sure it is well chilled before you serve it.

This is a great drink for kids and adults and is perfect for any luncheon, party or barbecue.

An Apple for the Teacher

No, not your typical apple, but a chocolate apple….

I saw these apples at Purdy’s Chocolates and thought I would use them to show how you can take a simple, store-bought item and easily turn it into a more personalized gift.

By placing the apple inside a wooden basket and adding items such as raffia, colored twine and a matching card,  I was able to add some interest and create a fun little presentation.

Since my oldest daughter had so many teachers this year, I ended up putting a couple of these baskets together (along with the galvanized buckets I had done from the previous post) for year-end gifts.   I joined in with a couple of wonderful moms from her class and the final product included the apple, some cookies, and a gift card to Starbucks — it  was adorable!

Thank You for Teaching Me My ABCs

Another school year is about to end and it’s time to say good-bye, and thank you to some amazing and talented teachers…..

The families in my daughters’ classes all chipped in towards some lovely gift cards for the teachers this year.  Instead of just presenting them with the gift card envelope, I put together a little alphabet bucket using some galvanized pails I found at Target and some ABC ribbon I found at Michael’s.

I also made Thank You cards to match by incorporating  the same ABC ribbon into the design.   My friend Jill, from The Uncommon Cake, was kind enough to make the adorable ABC cookies in yellow to coordinate with the cards — thank you Jill!

Each bucket was personalized with the teacher’s name.  If you can’t find pre made chalk board labels, do what I did and purchase some Martha Stewart chalk board paint and some Avery oval sticky labels — you’ll need to apply at least 3 coats of paint.  The trickiest part for me was to find chalk small enough to write their names with!

Thank you again Miss Valerie, Miss Joyce, Miss Ria and Miss Michelle for making PlaySchool and Terrific Twos so much fun for our kids!  We hope to see you back in the fall!

PS  Thank you to all those who checked out my first blog entry and for all the great comments you’ve left!  You are all so wonderful!

Fun Fruit Cones

I finally got up the courage to click the “publish” button so here it is, my first official post!  As my friends and family know,  I love all things fun and cute in the crafts, baking and fashion world and am always looking for an excuse to  get my hands on a pair of scissors or a whisk!     For my first post,  I thought I would share this fun fruit presentation with you.  I made it for my daughter’s year-end class party and it was a hit with both kids and parents.

I’ve seen fruit salad placed in sugar cookie bowls and ice cream cones before, but I wanted to up the cuteness factor a bit.  I wanted smaller serving sizes as well so I purchased the smaller sugar cones, wrapped them up in fun colored napkins, cut out some star shaped cantaloupe and put the fruit on some picks.

These fruit cones are easy to make, fun, simple and healthy, and they’d be great for any party!

I look forward to sharing more fun and crafty ideas with you and would love to hear any comments or suggestions you may have for me!