Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com DIY decorating and crafts Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:15:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Count Up To Christmas Interactive Advent Calendar – FREE Printables! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/count-christmas-free-printables.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/count-christmas-free-printables.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:15:12 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65425 count up to Christmas interactive advent calendar and game at tatertots and jello]]> I got a little carried away with the FloraCraft Challenge this month. Here’s another project I made using their foam.

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I love advent calendars. I have a ceramic set that is beautiful and since it’s breakable I don’t let my kids play with it. So I thought it would be fun to create an advent calendar that kids can play with and interact with. How it works is I print and cut out each advent character and put them in a little bag marked with the day of the month. You can also add a family activity to the day too to make it even more fun! And each day the kids get to open an envelope and put the character on the foam board. There are also two different backgrounds – one with the Christmas trees and another with a village. So as more and more characters are opened, the kids can play with the characters. Each of them is on a toothpick or wood dowel which can be moved around the board as they play. And if you want to make the characters last even longer you can laminate them!! So fun!

 

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Here are the printables!

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To download the full set, right-click the images or links below and choose “save as” for EACH printable PDF. (as always, for personal use only).

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(Count Up to Christmas Background 1 PDF)

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TT Count Up page 3

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(Why four files? Because they’re large downloads.)

Have a HAPPY Day!

xox

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10 Minute Gift Idea – Tic Tac Toe Game! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/10-minute-gift-idea-tic-tac-toe-game.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/10-minute-gift-idea-tic-tac-toe-game.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:23:55 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65413 10 minute tic tac toe gift idea at tatertots and jello]]> Each month, FloraCraft has sent me a lovely box of foam and craft goodies (and thanks to them for sponsoring the post!).  This month they asked me to create a little gift idea. I thought it would be fun to make a little gift that’s so fast and easy to make. And my kids loved playing with it!!



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This is a super easy and fun gift idea. Here’s how to make it:






Supplies:

FloraCraft square foam

Felt

Duct Tape

Plastic Gold Tees or skewers

Dimensional figures

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Directions:



Wrap the foam in felt and secure with duct tape around the perimeter.

Make a grid on the felt with duct tape – dividing the top into 9 even sections.

Hot glue dimensional figures to the top of the gold tees.



So easy and fun. You can use anything for a theme!

Have a nephew who loves Star Wars? Get some little Star Wars figures and use them!

Have a daughter who loves princesses – find some little princess figurines and use them!

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This was a really fun project to create!!

I also have a Countdown Advent Calendar that I made with FloraCraft and I will share that this afternoon!

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You can get all kinds of great foam craft ideas by visiting the Make It: Fun site and by following along with FloraCraft on their Pinterest boards and Facebook page, and be sure to check out the other projects the team made this month. Amazing!

Have a Creative Day!

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Spray Painted Pinecone Centerpiece http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/spray-painted-pinecone-centerpiece.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/spray-painted-pinecone-centerpiece.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65387 Easy-Spray-Painted-Pine-Cone-Centerpiece]]> Hi TT&J readers! It’s Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers and it’s great to be back! Do you ever find yourself pinched for time when it comes to holiday decor? Each year I start out the holiday season with a million new ideas and I end up only completing a few of them because the season just seems to fly by.

Well, I’m here today to share a quick and easy holiday decor project that can work for both Thanksgiving or Christmas, depending on how you like to decorate for each holiday and takes no time at all. Need a vase filler? Or want to glam up your fall decor? Try spray painting pine cones in metallic colors to instantly give them a facelift for the holidays. The result? A beautiful spray painted pinecone centerpiece.

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This is a project that my mom and I used to do when I was a kid. Every year I would give handmade holiday gifts to my aunts and uncles and grandparents and one year we gathered HUGE pinecones from the tree at our cabin and I spray painted them different colors to match each recipient’s personal style. It’s always fun to receive a gift made just for you!

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For this project, I used small pine cones that I actually picked up at the dollar store. You can also find them at the grocery stores around this time of year.

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I laid the pinecones out and painted them in metallic gold, metallic silver, white and mocha.

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Let them dry overnight and then put them to work. There are so many things you can use them for, fill a hurricane vase for a centerpiece….

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… or add them to a silver bowl on a shelf or vignette for a more subtle look.

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What color would you paint them to fit your personal style?

Thanks for having me over today!

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Thanks Taryn! Such a pretty and easy idea! I love it. Taryn has so many great ideas on her blog. I’m so lucky to have her as a contributor. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

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Taryn has such a unique, elegant style. I love how she decorates for all the holidays using neutral colors and tones! Here’s a post about Neutral Christmas Decor to give you some great ideas.

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I also love a quick dessert idea. This Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Lemon Drizzle looks perfect for fall!

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Her Rustic Fall Centerpiece ideas would be so pretty for Thanksgiving!  Add the metallic pinecones, and you’ve got an amazing centerpiece perfect for entertaining!

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30 Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot!! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/30-chicken-recipes-for-your-crockpot.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/30-chicken-recipes-for-your-crockpot.html#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:26:37 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65060 30 AMAZING Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot!!]]> I love slow cooker recipes. They are perfect for crazy, busy nights! And, you can cook just about anything in a crockpot!

Chicken is one of my favorite things to cook in my crockpot and I was looking for some new recipes. So, I thought I’d round up a few I found to share with you!!

Whether you’re looking for Mexican, Chinese, Indian, or casseroles, this round up has pretty much everything!

30 AMAZING Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot!!

Here are 30 Chicken Recipes for you to try in your crockpot!!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken & Broccoli @ The Recipe Critic

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken @ Skip to my Lou

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Crockpot Cashew Chicken @ Your Homebased Mom

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Slow Cooker Honey Chicken With Quinoa @ I Heart Naptime

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili @ Somewhat Simple

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Crockpot Creamy Chicken Tacos @ The Pinning Mama

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Crockpot Chicken Florentine @ Dash of Reality

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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan @ Mostly Homemade Mom

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Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein @ Life Made Sweeter 

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Easy Chicken & Dumplings in the Crockpot @ Four Generations One Roof

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Crockpot Rosemary Chicken with Butternut Squash @ GI 365

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Easiest Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe @ Tatertots and Jello

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Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken @ 30 Days

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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl @ No. 2 Pencil

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tandoori @ Tatertots and Jello

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Crockpot Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches @ Cookie Monster Cooking

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Honey Crispy Chicken @ Crockpot Gourmet

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Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie @ Jo Cooks

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Sour Cream & Bacon Crockpot Chicken @ Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Crockpot Thai Chicken Coconut Soup @ Little Spice Jar

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole @ Crockpot Gourmet

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese @ The Law Student’s Wife

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken by Life Made Sweeter

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken @ Life Made Sweeter

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 Crockpot Salsa Chicken @ Cheap Recipe Blog

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry @ Savory Spoon

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Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches @ Jamie’s Recipes

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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken @ Recipe Tin Eats

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Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken @ Creme De La Crumb

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Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken @ Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken @ Table for Two

Which chicken recipe are you going to try? They all look so amazing!

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FREE Printable Thanksgiving Leftover Tags! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/free-printable-thanksgiving-leftovers-tags.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/free-printable-thanksgiving-leftovers-tags.html#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:00:17 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65271 Bag-Tags-for-Thanksgiving-Leftovers]]> Hello Tatertots and Jello readers! It’s Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road, back again with another free printable for you.

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is just weeks away. It feels like my kids just started school, but they’ve already been in school for eight weeks! I guess it just means we’re getting closer to my favorite time of the year. I love November and December. They are by far my favorite months. It’s crazy and insanely busy, and the house doesn’t stay as clean as I’d like, but my kids are excited and full of wonder and imagination and it just makes me happy. What better way to kick off the season than with a huge Thanksgiving feast!

I don’t know about you, but we always have leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner. These cute printable Thanksgiving Leftovers Tags will be perfect for dressing up your leftovers to send home with your guests! Stuff them with turkey, cookies, pie, or containers of mashed potatoes and stuffing.

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*Tip: keep a roll of parchment paper and some baker’s twine on hand for wrapping up leftover turkey.

The toppers come in two sizes and three different designs. The larger ones will fit on a quart sized ziploc bag, and the smaller fit perfectly atop standard size brown paper lunch sacks. (Make sure to get the standard size, not the large – I get mine from Target). No need to get fancy, just staple them to the top of the bags.

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Everyone loves to take home a bag of cookies, and my Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies would be a welcome take-home treat.

Download the Thanksgiving Leftovers Bag Toppers using the links below:

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QUART SIZE | LUNCH BAG SIZE

MIDNIGHT SNACK BAG TOPPERS:
QUART SIZE | LUNCH BAG SIZE

DESSERT BAG TOPPERS:
QUART SIZE | LUNCH BAG SIZE

Today at Yellow Bliss Road I’ve got some coordinating utensil holder envelopes, conversation starter cards and “I’m thankful” cards to keep your guests occupied and entertained before, during and after dinner!

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Free Thanksgiving Table Printable Set

Hope to meet you at Yellow Bliss Road soon. With the holidays coming, there will be tons of new printables coming, too!

Bag Tags for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Thanks Kristin! I know in our house we are always dividing up the leftovers, so this is just perfect to make it more fun! And her coordinating printables for Thanksgiving are just perfect.

Kristin has such great ideas on her blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love.  Chalkboard-Swirly-Tree-image

I love her Free Christmas Tree Printable. So simple, but so pretty!

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And when the weather gets colder, try throwing a hot chocolate bar party with these super cute Hot Chocolate Bar Free Printables!

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And, if you’re looking for an easy advent calendar idea, she has this adorable Free Printable Advent Calendar Kit!

Kristin is an awesome contributor. I love all of her cute printables that she shares with us. Make sure to follow Yellow Bliss Road and

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Great Ideas — 20 DIY Thanksgiving Ideas Part Two! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/great-ideas-20-diy-thanksgiving-ideas-part-two.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/great-ideas-20-diy-thanksgiving-ideas-part-two.html#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:20:00 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65354 20.diy.thanksgiving.ideas.2]]> it’s this time of year the holidays come at us quickly … so it’s not too early to plan for Thanksgiving!

So get inspired with these great ideas …

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… these 20 DIY Thanksgiving Ideas (Part Two)!

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 DIY Fall Centerpiece @ Blooming Homestead

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DIY Harvest Sign @ The Turquoise Home 

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Simple Fall Mantel @ Finding Home Online 

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Classic Apple Crisp @ My Name is Snickerdoodle 

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Thankful Wood Art @ Blooming Homestead 

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Birch Bark Wreath @ Thistlewood Farm 

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 Acorn Brownie Pops @ Pint Sized Baker

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Egg Nog Fudge & Salted Caramel Brownies @ Wheel N Deal Mama 

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Fall Rake Decor @ The Summer Umbrella

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 Pumpkin Crunch Recipe @ Julie’s Homesteading Journal

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Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies @ Old House to New Home 

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DIY Rustic Vintage Box @ Flower Patch Farmhouse

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 Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom

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Fall Hydrangea Wreath @ Simple Designing 

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Pumpkin Apple Chimichanga @ Home Cooking Memories 

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Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake @ Natural Chow 

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Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Brownie Cheesecake @ Food Faith Fitness

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Thanksgiving Place Card Holders @ Anything & Everything 

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Pumpkin Spice Macarons @ Pint Sized Baker 

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Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards @ Jessika Reed via Capturing Joy 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s Made by Dawn Renee Giveaway!

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This week we’re giving away $50 credit to Made by Dawn Nicole so you can get something truly unique!

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Here’s how to enter to win:

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Don’t forget last week’s DIY Thanksgiving Ideas (part one)!

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How is your Thanksgiving shaping up?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

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Great Ideas — 20 More Halloween Party Ideas! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/great-ideas-more-halloween-party-ideas-2.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/great-ideas-more-halloween-party-ideas-2.html#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:35:26 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65309 20.more.halloween.party.ideas]]> Got a Halloween party this week?

It’s the perfect time for some last-minute prep!

Check out these …

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… 20 more Halloween Party Ideas!

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 Paper Candy Corn Treat Boxes @ Little Miss Celebration

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Printable Pumpkin Awards @ My Sister’s Suitcase 

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Ghost Treat Bags @ Crafts Unleashed 

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Halloween Eyeball Treats @ The Idea Room 

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DIY Fringe Ghost Decoration @ I Dig Pinterest 

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Hatching Worms Pudding Bowls @ With a Blast 

 

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Boo-Doh Wrappers @ Crowning Details 

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Halloween Spider Web Cookies @ Blooming Homestead

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Eye Like You Printable @ Twin Dragonfly Designs 

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 3 Ingredient Candy Corn Fudge @ Carrie This Home

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Orange Marshmallows with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt @ The Casual Craftlete 

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Oreo Spider Cookies @ A Creative Princess 

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Boo Pudding Parfaits @ The First Year 

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DIY Halloween Treat Bags @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom 

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Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookie Cups @ Views from the Fridge

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Halloween Ghost Brownies @ Wheel n Deal Mama 

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Melted Witch Pudding Parfaits @ The First Year 

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Halloween Mummy Bowling @ Krafts and Kiddos 

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 Halloween Pudding Cupcakes @ Upstate Ramblings

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No Sew Felt Ghost Family @ Yesterday on Tuesday 

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s Made by Dawn Renee Giveaway!

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This week we’re giving away $50 credit to Made by Dawn Nicole so you can get something truly unique!

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Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Don’t forget last week’s first set of Halloween Party Ideas!

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Are you going to a party this Halloween? Hosting one?

Tell me what you’ve been working on in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!

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Link Party Palooza — and Made by Dawn Renee Jewelry Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/link-party-palooza-and-made-by-dawn-renee-jewelry-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/link-party-palooza-and-made-by-dawn-renee-jewelry-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:00:45 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65296 dawn-renee-giveaway-oct-2014]]> It’s Friday!!

Welcome back to the …
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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap Time, Lil’ Luna, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts — just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is from Made by Dawn Renee!

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Made by Dawn Renee is one of my favorite handcrafted jewelry websites. They love to work with you to make sure that your accessory is perfectly made exactly how you want it — and everything they make is beautiful.

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 For example, this is a 100% personalized tag necklace that is crafted from your child’s handwriting so it is completely unique!

This week I’m excited to be giving away $50 to spend at Made by Dawn Renee on lovely, handcrafted jewelry.

Learn more, enter to win, and link up your projects after the break!

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Another completely customizable piece is this Gold Tiny Initial Charm Necklace — perfect for a mom or grandma on Mother’s Day or any other holiday!

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 A final piece I absolutely love is this Hand Stamped & Personalized Stacking Ring — these rings can be as simple or as customized as you want!

This week we’re giving away $50 credit to Made by Dawn Nicole so you can get something truly unique!

Here’s how to enter to win:

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And I’m so excited to share that you can

use the code TTAJ15 to save 15%
on purchases at Made by Dawn Renee through Nov. 10th!
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Now it’s time to link up your projects! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU!
Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas! (When you add a link, please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).

Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.

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P.S.: Don’t forget about what else has been going on this week at TT&J:
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Plus I shared an absolutely amazing Southwestern Tatertots Casserole Recipe that I know you’ll all love!
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This week’s contributor projects were great as well! On the left are Graham Cracker Wheat Stalks from Cleverly Inspired, perfect for a Thanksgiving Kids Craft! And on the right is Stubbornly Crafty’s DIY Monster Treat Bag — so cute!   … and did you see the guide I created in collaboration with eBay this week? 

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DIY Monster Trick or Treat Bag http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/diy-monster-trick-or-treat-bag.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/10/diy-monster-trick-or-treat-bag.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=65269 frank-1]]> Hi all! I’m Lisa Summerhays from Stubbornly Crafty here to share a fun way to make a trick-or-treat bag with some character. Let’s get started.Frankenstein Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial

DIY Monster Trick or Treat Bag

Supplies:

  • Black felt
  • Green felt
  • Red cotton fabric
  • White felt
  • 2 Black buttons
  • Black embroidery floss

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

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Cut out the following

  • From the green felt: (2) 9’x9.5″
  • From the black felt: (2) 3″x9.5″ and (2) 2″x9.5″
  • From the red fabric: (1) 5″x9.5″

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Take your red fabric and fold it in half long way with right sides together. Sew down the long side (side with the raw edges) using 1/4″ seam allowance making a tube. Turn right sides out and press with the seam at the back.

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Take one of your green felt pieces and cut it at 5.5″ (You will end up with a 4″x9.5″ and a 5.5″x9.5″). Take your larger strip of the two and turn it wrong side down (if your felt has a wrong side, ha!).

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Line your pressed red fabric up on the edge with the seam facing in towards the felt. Top stitch (approximately 1/8″).

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Finger press your seam open. Face the seam down towards your work space, lay your second cut felt piece on top of the other end of your red fabric and pin. Top stitch.

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Line the two felt seams back up and pleat the red fabric in the back. Finger press (we don’t want to iron it or the mouth won’t gape open to reveal the red when we are finished). Tack the sides in place.

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Take your two 2″x9.5″ strips of black felt and cut random size triangles along one side to resemble Frankenstein hair. Make sure to leave at least 1/4″ seam allowance all along the opposite side.

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We will be sewing the green and black felt together for the back and front of our bags. Place your “hair” aligned with the top edge of your  green felt pieces then lay your 3″x9.5″ on top sandwiching the three felt pieces together (green on bottom, hair with straight edge on aligned with the top and triangular cut hair facing down towards your mouth, and uncut black rectangle on top). Sew together using a 1/4″ seam.

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Press open and top stitch the seam up towards the top of your bag. Repeat with the back of your back.

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Let’s move on to the face. Grab two large black buttons. I didn’t have two of the same black buttons but it’s Frankenstein, he’s not pretty, just go with whatever you’ve got. Find something round that’s a tad bigger than your button(s) that  you can trace. I just use an extra spool of thread. Trace two circles on white felt and cut them out.

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Next grab the remainder of your green fabric and using the white felt circle as a template draw an eyelid. Make it a bit wider and taller than your circle. Draw a nose as well. As you can see from mine I’m no artist. Just keep drawing until you like how it looks. No one will see your doodling mess after it’s sewn on. Cut them out. Trace your eyelid and cut out a second. Put them in place and make any desired changes until you’re pleased with how he looks.

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You can machine stitch the pieces in place or use embroidery thread to hand stitch them down. I think it adds a lot of character to do some messy hand stitching so I went with that. Stitch the eye and eyelid down and then slide the button in between and sew it in place. While sewing the nose down, stuff a little stuffing in between the fabrics for some depth before finishing. If you just used up all your stuffing like i did, a cotton ball will work too.

Once you have that done, slide your eyes in and sew them on. Then add a scar or two and some big stitches across the mouth.

Frankenstein trick-or-treat bag tutorial

Once you are done, place the front and the back of your bag right sides together and sew around the perimeter of the two sides and the bottom leaving the top open.

Frankenstein trick-or-treat bag tutorial

Turn right side out and finish as desired. I lined my bag and added a couple of handles. You could also completely hand-sew your bag and use ribbon and a few buttons for handles. I’m thinking i need to make another to stuff and turn into a pillow, too!

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Thanks for letting me come play with y’all today.

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Thanks Lisa! Isn’t that bag so adorable!? I love it. Lisa has amazing crafting and sewing skills. Here are a few of her recent projects I think you’ll love:

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This 2×4 Rustic Pumpkin is just perfect for fall decorating!

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She also made these adorable Bird Bibs. She has the pattern for you too in her Etsy Shop!

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And with Thanksgiving coming up, you can also grab her Turkey Applique Pattern too!

I’m so happy to have Lisa stop by and share her amazing talents with us! Thanks Lisa!

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My friend and neighbor graciously shared her grandma’s famous sugar cookie recipe with me … and you! These are sooooo good. I was so thrilled when she agreed to share the recipe with us.

Plus, I’ll show you how I used some of the Home + Made line to package these for easy gift giving!

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Here’s the recipe — and some shopping tips for you, too!

 

Grandma’s Famous Sugar Cookies & Amy Dott’s “Evil” Cream Cheese Frosting

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Grandma’s Famous Sugar Cookies & Amy Dott’s “Evil” Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

    Grandma's Famous Sugar Cookie Ingredients
  • 4 sticks of butter (2 cups)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • (Tip: If you do not want the cookie shapes you cut out to puff up and loose their shape, leave the baking soda out)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups of flour or until the dough pulls away from the edges
  • (Dough should not be sticky.)
  • Amy Dott's "Evil" Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) (room temperature)
  • 1 package of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • powdered sugar added until you have the consistency you want.

Instructions

    Grandma's Famous Sugar Cookie Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients smoothly together.
  2. Sometimes I roll the dough out after spraying Pam on the counter top and cut out whatever cookie cutter shape I want to or if I am in a hurry, I just use a cookie scoop.
  3. Bake at 370 degrees 8-10 minutes
  4. (Note: I try not to make these very often because when I make them, I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  5. Also, if I am delivering them to friends or neighbors, I will freeze them and then package and deliver them. This helps keep the frosting beautiful until the recipient receives them.)
  6. Amy Dott's "Evil" Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  7. Just mix -- adding powdered sugar as noted above -- and frost!
  8. I mix the frosting in my mixer with a wire whip attachment on high for several minutes. It makes a lighter fluffier consistency. Also, you want to make sure you have no clumps in the frosting if you are using a piping bag and tip.
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We used some of the Home + Made line to package these as gifts!

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We used the gold stickers

and the gold chipboard ABC thickers!

And we used the gold glitter polka dot kraft paper bags!

And here are a few more things you might want to consider to make baking and gift-giving easier and prettier!

I LOVE these edible accent stars!


Here’s some cool gold star Washi tape:

… and some fun gold dot Washi tape:

And, of course, gold-striped straws

For frosting, I also love disposable pastry bags. They make cleanup easier.

My favorite frosting tips are #21 or #32.

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 Happy decorating!

What are your favorite ways to make sugar cookies!

xoxo

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