Easy Valentine’s Treat for Kids – Fun Dip Whipped Cream

Super easy Fun Dip Whipped Cream for a Valentine's SurpriseYes, you read that right.  Cherry Fun Dip Whipped Cream.  I like to think that my kid’s don’t eat a lot of junk food.  But I would be kidding myself.  Due to food allergies we steer clear of ice creams, cupcakes and cookies when out and about.  But I am learning that I over compensate for that with candy.  I really am trying to work on that this year.  But there are a few days out of the year, when an extra special treat just makes sense.  And Valentine’s Day is just that.  If you didn’t see my Stout Brownie post the other day I became obsessed with all the things you can do with homemade whipped cream.  So I decided to see if I could flavor it with candy.  Well, let me be perfectly honest.  I originally tried cherry jello, and since I am a novice in the kitchen, I had no idea that the gelatin would make the heavy cream get crunk.  That is really just the best way to describe it.  It’s not just a dance you know.  It is totally what it turns in to when you add jello to heavy whipping cream.   I mean it started out fine, and then BAM!  Crunk.  Lauren suggested trying a powdered candy and I knew right away she was on to something.

Fun Dip Whipped Cream IngredientsNow is the perfect time to find multi packs of Fun Dip at Target.  I didn’t think I would have trouble finding Fun Dip, but it isn’t easy to just buy one or two bags of it (Note to my local OC peeps:  the Irvine Spectrum has a candy store in the Target wing that does sell them by the piece).  I picked up a package of Valentine’s sized Fun Dips and picked out all the cherry (blue would just be super grody – not really – pink is just cuter).  Making the Cherry Fun Dip Whipped Cream is really easy.  I use a cup of heavy whipping cream, a TBSP of powdered sugar and 8) .5 ounce packs of cherry Fun Dip.  I’m not sure if the regular, individually sold packages are bigger than this so just know that you will need about 4 total ounces of the powder.

whip the cream, sugar and fun dip for a rad Valentine's Day treat for the whole family. Mix it up for about 3 minutes, watching for soft peaks.

Super easy Cherry Fun Dip Whipped CreamThat is all it takes.

yup.  there is fun dip in the whipped cream.And since you have all those leftover Lik-a-sticks you might as well put it to good use.

add special whipped cream to chocolate milk for Valentine's Day breakfastHow awesome will your kids think you are when you surprise them with this on Valentine’s Day morning in their chocolate milk.  Oh, you don’t serve this type of trash to your kids that early?  Then by all means, save this for afternoon snack.

A fun Valentine's treat for your kidsIt is tart and sweet and cherry-rific.

kids love chocolate.  so why not add some special whipped cream? There really is very little way that your kids wouldn’t like this.  I’d like to pretend that this photo was taken very early in the morning due to both kids still being in their pajamas…

Cherry Fun Dip Whipped CreamOk, so who is going to try this?  Also great for ice cream sundaes, brownies, pies, birthday parties, baby showers and bat mitzvahs.

chocolate-milk-with-fun-dip-whipped-creamDo it.

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Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows for Valentine’s Day

Easy No Sew Heart Pillow DIY for Valentine's DayValentine’s Day IS hearts.  Plain and simple.  So I made Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows.   I wanted to make tiny little heart pillows for my kids but guess what?  I hate to sew!  I have been exploring alternative methods for fabric adhering lately.  Luckily, I had a chance to check out the CHA show (full wrap up of all the cool things tomorrow!) last weekend and was given some supplies that were absolutely perfect for this tutorial. (This post is not sponsored but I do want to let you know that I was given product)  While the hold is pretty permanent, I always want to remind you that pretty much all of my crafts are not heirloom quality.  The cost is low and these can be tossed after the holiday.  Or as I am sure will happen in my house, they will be ripped apart and the stuffing will be thrown at each other like snowballs.  That is what happens when you have little boys.

No sew fabric heart pillow diyChoose your favorite fabrics, a pair of scissors and for this I used two kinds of fabric tapes: the Permanent Fabric Sheets and the Permanent Fabric Tape.  I love these tapes and will totally use them again.  Originally I had bought Fabric Fusion to use, but the dry time is too long (well, it’s not really THAT long, but I am a super impatient crafter).

grey and white stripe fabric for heart pillowsI do not free-hand so I cut several hearts out of paper until I found the perfect shape.  Then I made a smaller version to decorate the front of the pillow.  I traced the heart on to the fabric (2 hearts for the pillow and 1 small heart for the decoration) making sure to leave an overhang.  I removed the backing of one permanent fabric sheet and placed the smaller heart fabric on it, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or lumps.  Then I cut out the smaller heart following the outline (Because this is going on the front, I wanted to make sure I could see the tracing.  I just tried to cut just on the inside of the line so you wouldn’t see it on the finished pillow).

orange and red heart with grey and white stripe heartThen I removed the second side of the adhesive sheet and stuck it to one of the larger heart pieces.

Use fabric tape for easy no sew pillowsI turned over the heart and started using small section of the permanent tape.  I wanted to make sure that the fabric would hold together but leave an overhang around the edge.  I just liked that it looks a little floppy.  Once the shape was finished, I started peeling off the back to expose the adhesive.  Then I tried to match up the edges as best I could of the second heart and rubbed to get the tape to adhere really well.  See that one little open spot at the bottom?  That is where you will stuff the pillow.

use stuffing to create a little heart pillowSo then, duh.  Stuff the pillow.  I bought this enormous bag of stuffing 1) because it was on sale for half off and 2) because I couldn’t find a smaller one.  So what that means for you is that I am now going to attempt to stuff everything.  Yeah for puffy crafts!  Once you have it as full as you would like it, use another small piece of the tape to close off the opening.

Easy no sew heart pillow diyPretty cute, right?

heart pillow craft for valentine's dayHow cute would these be as a little bedtime surprise on Valentine’s Day for the kids.  Or even on your hubby’s pillow.

No sew DIY heart pillow tutorialSuper easy, no sew heart pillows.  I want these all over my house.

Valentine's Day Kid CraftHe liked them too.  If you like things all nice and neat use some pinking sheers or some of that fabric edger stuff that stops the fraying.  You know I like my stuff a little messy so these wayward strings do not bother me.  And you guys,  I heart you.  Really I do!

*Full disclosure:  I was given these permanent fabric tapes in a goody bag from the show.  Which was super awesome because I literally was going to go buy them on that following Monday so this saved me about $16.  But then bought the Fabric Fusion for $8 so I’m up just $8.  But still!  Yahoo!

Merry Christmas!

family-photo-2013From my family to yours, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!  I hope the day is filled with family, food, friends, and thanksgiving.  I’m lucky to have you as readers and I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year!

xmas-site-blog-buttonIn the mean time, you might want to check out the blog I created for our family Christmas cards.  In a Few Years our Kids Will Hate Us.  We are going on 10 years of creative cards and I thought they should all be kept in one place.  Sort of a visual time line of our family.  Through Christmas cards.  Enjoy!

A Little Help for the Holidays from Kraft

*This post is sponsored by TapInfluence on behalf of Kraft®. All opinions are my own.

Can you believe that is the week of Christmas?! December really smacked me upside the head. Between all the holiday craziness at school, getting all the gifts bought and wrapped, plus the birthday party I am throwing on the 29th, I’ve had to really simplify other areas in my life. Dinners are old favorites that I can make without putting too much thought in to it. Same with entertaining. And this Peanut Butter Pie Recipe is a real crowd pleaser. I’ll save the new recipes I want to try out for the new year.

The holidays are the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane with old family recipes. This peanut butter pie recipe came from my grandmother and is DELICIOUS! I actually had already photographed this post and then found her recipe card for it. That made me really happy. It is one thing to have the recipe but completely something else to have it in her own handwriting. Gah. Almost makes me weepy. On account of the peanut allergy we have in my household, I asked my sister-in-law to help me make it at her house. When my youngest son asked if he could help too, I couldn’t say no!

I’m sure, like me, you have made about a zillion trips to Target this season. I freaking love that they all have groceries now. I was able to do some holiday shopping and pick up the ingredients for this recipe all at the same time. Boom. If that isn’t time saving, I don’t know what is. And with the Kraft coupons available at Target, I can save money too. I don’t hate that. This recipe doesn’t take many ingredients but tastes amazing. You must try it.

This is a pretty great recipe to make with kids. There is very little that can go wrong. You just need one bowl, a hand mixer and a spatula. Easy as, well, pie.

My grandmother used creamy peanut butter, but I like a little crunch in my pie. She also used a graham cracker crust while I prefer a chocolate cookie crust.

The best part in all of this is that I didn’t realize that my son was still wearing his pajamas when we left the house. Oops! This is a fantastic recipe to take to holiday parties. The crusts come in a disposable pie pan which makes transporting super easy and then you don’t have to worry about picking up the pie plate from your party hostess at a later time.

The pie just needs to chill out in the freezer for a few hours and then it is ready to eat and share. I hope you will make this recipe with friends and family and eat it with them too.

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk

3 oz. cream cheese (softened)

1/2 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter (preferably Planters®)

1 container Cool Whip

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Pre-made graham cracker crust or chocolate cookie crust

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together well with a hand mixer. Pour ingredients into the crust. Freeze for several hours to set. Eat up!

Kraft makes tons of products that make easy weeknight meals possible and holiday entertaining a cinch. From their shredded cheeses to Kraft Recipe Makers® Meal Starters they really do make life easier. And you can save up to $20 on participating Kraft products at Target. The Kraft product coupons are redeemable exclusively at Target. Check them out here.

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

#UnwrapWonder Holiday Shopping Event at C. Wonder

*This post is sponsored by C. Wonder and Mom Trends.  I was part of a nationwide campaign to provide holiday cheer and gift ideas along with other great bloggers at my local C. Wonder store.  All opinions are my own.

c-wonder-store-fashion-islandLate last week I got the opportunity to host a really fun holiday shopping party at the C. Wonder store in Fashion Island.  C. Wonder is a small chain that combines outstanding quality with value in a super inspiring space.  It is a specialty retailer with a well curated collection of brightly colored and patterned clothes, housewares etc. with a preppy vibe and a bit of an edge.  The perfect combo in my opinion.  It is an amazing wonderland for people who love to shop.  It has clothes, shoes, jewelry, home goods, gifts, stuff for your dog, a monogram shop and more!  I had been in the store before so I knew that my friends and readers would really enjoy it too.

Bear-banks-at-c-wonderThey asked me to put together my list of favorite gift items and then during the party had a table displaying some of those items for shoppers to take inspiration from.  I died over those gold teddy bear banks!  So cute!  And those little pink boxes next to them were 3 pairs of stud earrings in fun shapes.  But as the party went on, and I had the chance to browse the store with my guests, I found SO many more things that I wanted to add to my table.

Christmas-Tree-at-C-WonderTo start, the stores are bright and cheerful and, right now, decorated for Christmas.  This store nails it with their mix of bold patterns and graphic elements.  It is inviting and cool all at the same time.

sweet-treatsThe C. Wonder staff set out sweet treats to keep the shopper’s energy up.  I think you know how I feel about sweets so this delighted me to no end.  The kids who came through were especially interested in these treats.

c-wonder-with-party-guestHow fun is my blouse?!  I was so excited when the store asked me to wear one of their silk blouses for the party.  And since I have never met an animal print I didn’t like, I had to go with this one.  My wardrobe has been lacking in the color department so this turquoise just had to come home with me.  It was a hard decision as all of the blouses were gorgeous in really fun patterns.  Some great friends came out to support me and explore the store and it was a super fun night.

bracelets-at-c-wonderThe jewelry!  You have to go in and check out their jewelry displays.  Amazing bracelets, chunky jeweled necklaces, great cocktail rings, initial cuff bracelets!  So many amazing pieces.  And there is a great range of price points so you can find things for yourself or many others on your gift list.  Check out what Dinah picked up for herself.

Christmas-decor-at-c-wonderAlong with all the great everyday lifestyle items the store carries, they also have seasonal decor right now.  Their ornament selection is glitzy and fun and would add a ton of pizzazz to any tree.  The holiday items would make great gifts.  They also had gift kits, like the hot chocolate kits I meant to pick up as teacher presents.  But in all the fun, I forgot!  Looks like I’ll be making another trip to C. Wonder.

ram-purse-from-c-wonderThe big winner of the night seemed to be this ram.  It could be found on these cross body bags or a smaller clutch (one went home with Lauren) and they were a favorite among most of the shoppers.  I have it on good authority that this is going to be under my Christmas tree…

kristin-taking-picture-of-jewelryKristin took it upon herself to make sure that my husband knew what my favorite things were.  Here she is taking a picture of a necklace that I liked so she could send it to him.  Now THAT is a good friend.

delovely-from-c-wonderAnd aside from doing a little holiday shopping, it was super fun to meet a few people in person that I hadn’t had the chance to meet yet like Raquel or Nicole (pictured here with me and Kristin, photo courtesy of Nicole).  I was so into mingling that I forgot to stop and take pictures of people enjoying the party!  You can see what happened at all the parties by searching the hashtag #unwrapwonder.

The best part of the event was that the store agreed to donate 10% of sales during my event to Operation Shower!  How cool is that!

If you haven’t been to the store, check here to see where the closest one is to you.  But you can also always shop online.

Here are links to my top gift picks from the store:  Sparkler Bling Necklace, Phrase Cheese Board, Animal Dessert Plate, Leather Studded Card Case, Cashmere Heart Gloves, Small Camo Printed Travel Case, Monogram Jewelry Box

C. Wonder Fashion Island

347 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA  92660

(949) 644-4376

A huge thank you goes out to Mom Trends and C. Wonder for a fantastic event and to all those who came out to share in a little holiday celebrating and shopping!