Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pot of Gold Cupcakes

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In looking for a little something to give mom’s at our playgroup St. Patrick’s Day party, I decided a little sweetness would be perfect.

Pot of Gold Cupcake

Again, I love Pinterest for the inspiration.  I found some cute cupcakes out there.  Like…..

via:  A Little Nosh

Isn’t that a visual beauty?

Yeah, I thought so too!

Spinach in a cupcake?  My little non-vegetable picky eating 2 year-old will never….

Well, I was wrong.  He loves them.

Now admittedly I first tried her recipe, but it didn’t work for me here at altitude (Colorado) and was just a little too dense with a uncooked middle.

So then I decided to try her inspiration’s recipe.  You can find the recipe here at Green Lite Bites.

It is so easy a boxed cake mix, applesauce, and spinach.  Knowing that I can alter boxed mixes well enough for my altitude was a good bet.

So here you have it.

Pot of Gold Cupcake Mix

A whole 4 cups of raw baby spinach that tastes like applesauce!

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Now I have healthy, green, tasty, cupcakes.

Let’s make it cute!

A few rainbow candies from the dollar spot at Target.  A bag of Cinnamon-Bun Marshmallows and some vanilla frosting is all you need.

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A little bag, shredded green packing and some ribbon and you have a cute little Pot of Gold sweetness to give.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Green Playdoh

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We needed some gifts for our play group’s St. Patrick’s party that we were going to.  I wanted for the children’s gift to be something that my 2 year old would love to help make.

After a little Pinterest inspiration, I decided that homemade green playdoh would be perfect for a bunch of little ones.


I knew I didn’t have time for a full rainbow, but the green playdoh would be a great way to make our first batch in the time frame we had.  I decided to use Meet the Dubiens' Kool-Aid Playdoh recipe. 

I figured completely edible, but might not taste so great. 

I was right!

I had everything in the pantry except some Kool-Aid.  So I picked up some Lemon Lime Kool-Aid mix.

Playdoh Kool-Aid

Follow the recipe just as I did here.

To package it cute for our party, I bought these cute little canisters for $0.99 at Michaels.



Then a little green shredded packing and cute ribbon to create the perfect little Green St. Patrick’s Day Playdoh.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Thrifty Repurposed Jewelry Tray

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I love thrift store finds that find a new purpose and life.

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I knew when I found this mancala board game tray that it would be great on a dresser to hold jewelry or other necessities.

Remember, I can be too anxious and forget before pictures. So this is the best that I could do, a “half” before picture.


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I decided to spray paint it heirloom white.

Jewelry Tray Before

Then I rubbed an antiquing glaze on.

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I thought a few handles would make it look more tray-like. So, I pre-drilled holes for the handles since the end of the board was narrow and I didn’t want it to split. Then to accommodate the screws on the bottom of my board and prevent any surface scratching, I added a felt pad to each corner.

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So pretty and so useful. I love having my most used jewelry and lip gloss organized and pretty right on top of my dresser.

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