Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com DIY decorating and crafts Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Free Printable Dry Erase Menu Board http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/free-printable-dry-erase-menu-board-2.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/free-printable-dry-erase-menu-board-2.html#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=71176 Dry-Erase-Menu-Board]]> Hello! It’s Bettijo and Aimée here from Paging Supermom. We are so excited to share a tip that has been making life a little less stressful around here — last year we started using a dry erase menu for planning our family’s weekly meals.


The dry erase menu we had was behind clear plastic on the cover of our recipe binder. We love the convenience of the dry erase but decided it would be nice to create a more visible dry erase menu board to post in the kitchen.

The great thing about a dry erase menu is how easy it is to change things up. It is nice for those who like to plan out their menu before
heading out grocery shopping, but I think it’s even more useful for those of you, like me, who don’t end up having time to plan things (hey, I’m just lucky to squeeze in a trip to the store!) However, without planning things out ahead, I’ll buy what is on sale or looks good, but I kept ending up with a lot of fresh produce that would spoil because I put it in the fridge and forgot about it.


Now when I get home from the store I list out all the fresh items I bought on the menu board. I quickly pick a meal that uses that ingredient and assign it to a day — remember don’t stress, the beauty of this is you can always change it later so I just write the first idea that pops into my head. For example, let’s say I bought red bell peppers or asparagus. I’ll put “Fajitas” on the menu and “Salmon and Asparagus.”

Since it’s all in dry erase if I end up changing my mind later, it’s so easy to switch it out. Honestly I almost never make the meals on the day I initially assigned, but each morning it’s nice to look at the available options of what meals I’m prepared to make, then pick one and go from there. I wouldn’t even worry about switching out the menu so it’s accurate, but my older daughters love using the dry erase marker so much that they pretty much keep it updated for me.



I love the ultra-fine tip dry erase markers for this job. Since the marker is on display all the time in my kitchen now, I wrapped it with a couple strips of decorative washi tape.


This system has helped me so much… I almost never have those late
afternoon “What’s for dinner” woes that used to plague me. We really
want you to be able to do this too so we’ve made this free printable
in SIX different colors — hopefully there is one that you’ll love for
your kitchen.

Download the file with the free dry erase menus in 11×14 and 8×10

Just print, cut and frame behind glass. Hang it on the wall or prop it
into an easel — then you’re ready to go.



Thanks ladies! I love it! Anything that makes weekly meal planning easier is such a big help for any family! Paging Supermom has tons of awesome ideas on their blog. Here are a few I think you’ll love right now:


These EOS Lip Balm Bunny Printables are just adorable. My girls would love these!


And, this Rainbow Craft is just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!


And their Gender Reveal Party Printables are so cute!

Make sure to Visit Paging Supermom and

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Easy Lighted Spring Flower Garland! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/easy-lighted-spring-flower-garland.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/easy-lighted-spring-flower-garland.html#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:34:29 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=71166 spring.lighted.garland.tatertotsandjello.com]]> spring.lighted.garland.tatertotsandjello.com

I am getting so excited for Spring! I love decorating my mantel for the seasons. And I love lighted garlands for holidays. So I thought it would be fun to create a lighted garland for Spring. And I love the paper flowers at Michaels. I used them to create some pretty Valentine artwork earlier.


This garland is so pretty for Spring. It also is pretty for a birthday tablescape or even a baby shower or wedding too!


Here’s how to make this easy Lighted Spring Garland:



5 or 6 branches of spring-ish leaves

Fishing wire or beading string

Glue dots

Paper flowers (from the dollar section at Michaels)

String of battery-operated lights (mine are from Ikea)


How to make it:

Take the branches of spring leaves and tie them together with the fishing wire or beading string.

Weave the battery-operated lights through the garland.

Use glue dots to attach the flowers to the garland


 Thanks for stopping by!! 



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Three Ingredient Chicken Tenders http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/three-ingredient-chicken-tenders.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/three-ingredient-chicken-tenders.html#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:36 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=71154 3-ingredient-chicken-tender-1_thumb]]> Hi all! I a so excited to be a member of Jen’s team again! I hope your new year has started off grand:) I wanted to share with you a recipe that my mom used to make at least once a week….and I have followed on in that tradition. These three ingredient chicken tenders are a snitch to make…and can be a base for so many other recipes (think chicken parm….yum!!) On a busy night, just cook up a big batch and you will have them all week to munch on. Enjoy!!

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A few items that will make this clean up easy is some paper plates and wax paper. If you have time earlier in the day, you can go ahead and bread the chicken and place in the fridge. Just be sure to bring the chicken out of the fridge about 20 minutes or so…that way they will come up to room temp—makes the frying time less.

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Here is what you will need:

3 boneless chicken cutlets (sliced into strips)

2 eggs beaten

2 C Italian bread crumbs

2 C canola oil (for frying…you’re right…technically 4 ingredients;)

Here is what you will do:

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat. You can test when it is ready by dropping a speck of bread crumbs in….it will sizzle when it’s hot enough.

Place chicken strips into beaten eggs and stir to coat.

Place bread crumbs on paper plate.

Using tongs or rubber gloves, dredge chicken into bread crumbs. Place on wax paper.

When oil is hot, place a few tenders in the oil (placing too many will cause the oil to cool)

Turn the chicken over when the sides start to brown. (each side cooks for about 3-4 minutes) You can test for doneness by cutting in center.

Continue with remaining chicken.

These are great serve hot, warm or cold!

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I hope you can come over and see me at CleverlyInspired.com:)


Thanks Tracie! I just love all of her recipes. She’s such an awesome contributor. Here are a few more recipes and projects of hers I think you’ll love:

#kosairkids Charity Playhoue 2015 @cleverlyinspired (12)

She a designed two beautiful playhouses for charity. They are amazing!!

pasta soup with sausage @cleverlyinspired (2)cv

And, this Hearty Pasta Soup looks perfect for a cold winter day!


I love a good knock off recipe, and this Mini Coffee Cake Recipe looks perfect!

Visit Cleverly Inspired and

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“Springtime in Paris” Decor Ideas [& Enter to Win a Trip to Paris!] http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/springtime-in-paris-decor-ideas.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/springtime-in-paris-decor-ideas.html#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:33:09 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=71142 french.porch.tatertotsandjello.com]]> This month as part of the #MichaelsMakers team we were asked to make a project with a “Springtime in Paris” theme.


And of course, when I think of Springtime in Paris, I think of beautiful flowers, farmers markets, bikes and pretty colors. So I thought it would be fun to gussy up the front porch of the #1905Cottage a little bit for Spring!!!!


And later in the post I’ll show you how to enter to win a special Michael’s four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more! How COOL would that be????


I love tulips for Spring. And I have a little planter box in front of the cottage that is perfect for displaying baskets and pretty Spring flowers. And a big thank you to our local bike shop, Salt Cycles, (and here’s Salt Cycles on Facebook), who let us borrow these CUTE bikes for the photo shoot!



Of course my yellow vintage bistro set is so French and I loved dressing it up with galvanized tin buckets from Michaels and flowers from my local nursery – Western Gardens. It’s one of my favorite places to find fresh plants and flowers.



Instead of the traditional wreath, I made a chalkboard welcome sign. I combined some artificial plants with a chalkboard hanging sign I also found at Michaels. You can write whatever you want and erase it so easily. I love that idea!!!


I love bright colors in the spring. Tulips make me so happy. And cabbages are fun to plant for interest and color (and maybe even eating)!


You could even make an impromptu French get-together on your front porch with some croissants and fruit. Get to know your neighbors.


Isn’t this blossoming cherry tree so pretty and welcoming by a front door?? (Thanks again, Western Gardens!)



Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest


What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com (and the other fun projects linked at the end of this post).


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And check out the other fun Springtime in Paris projects!

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Great Ideas — 20 DIY Decor Projects! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/great-ideas-20-diy-decor-projects.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/03/great-ideas-20-diy-decor-projects.html#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:58:39 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=71104 20.diy.decor.projects]]> There’s nothing better than beautifying your home with great ideas like these …


20 DIY Decor Projects!


 Swedish Workbench Station @ Maison de Pax


Family Picture Ledges @ A Pumpkin and a Princess 


Klein Blue Cabinet with Arrow Handles @ Brepurposed


 Easy Confetti Accent Wall @ Rain on a Tin Roof


 Party Pantry for Party Supplies @ Today’s Creative Blog


Coffee Table Makeover @ Clockwork Interiors 


 Subway Tile Wall @ AKA Design


 DIY Floating Shelf @ Two Feet First


 Saddle Seat Bat Stools @ Refresh Restyle


 Transform a Builder’s Door @ Thistlewood Farms


DIY Dominoes Coasters @ Petticoat Junktion 


Thick & Quick Crochet Area Rug @ Chaleur Rug 


Bold Kitchen Makeover @ Inspiration DIY 


DIY Pallet Wood Sign @ Noting Grace


Coastal Sisal Rope Lamp @ Dwelling in Happiness


Vintage Window Mirrors @ Making it in the Mountains


DIY Anchor Wood Art @ Delineate Your Dwelling


Kids Room Toy Shelf @ Domestic Imperfection 


Removable Striped Walls @ Mabey She Made It 


Vintage DIY Wood Crate @ Flower Patch Farmhouse 

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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 giveaway!


This week I’m giving away a $25 Target Gift Card!

Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How have you transformed a room through decor?

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 — 17 Lucky Projects! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/great-ideas-17-lucky-projects.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/great-ideas-17-lucky-projects.html#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:30:36 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=70315 17.lucky.projects.2]]> It’s great to be lucky any time of year, but especially around St. Patty’s Day! So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy these great ideas –


17 Lucky Projects!


 Lucky Bubble Gum Charm @ Bloom Designs


LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Printable @ A Step in the Journey 


Rainbow Pot O’ Gold Marshmallow Pops @ Club Chica Circle 


Rainbow & Gold St. Patrick’s Day Plague @ Landee See, Landee Do 


 Lucky Banner St. Patrick’s Day Printable @ The Happy Scraps


No Sew Rainbow Tote @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom 


Lucky Clover Printable @ Vintage Scrap Shop


 Lucky Charms Treats @ Bloom Designs

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No Sew Rainbow Bunting @ The DIY Village 


 Rainbow White Chocolate Rainbow Bars @ The 36th Avenue


Leprechaun Hats (with Kids Treats) @ Remodelando la Casa


Easy St. Patrick’s Day Appliquéd Tee @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Kiss Me I’m Irish Printables @ Bloom Designs 


 Shamrock Shake @ Three Kids and a Fish


 St. Patrick’s Day Drink @ Oh My Creative


St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bottle Printables @ Busy Mom’s Helper 


Green Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting @ Upstate Ramblings 

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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 giveaway!


This week I’m giving away a $25 Target Gift Card!

Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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What are your St. Patrick’s Day traditions?

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 $25 Target Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/link-party-palooza-and-25-target-giveaway-2.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/link-party-palooza-and-25-target-giveaway-2.html#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:00:58 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=70288 target.25.giveaway.ttaj]]> It’s Friday!!

Welcome back to the …

link party palooza banner

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 for $25 to Target!


But before we get to that, check out some of the exciting projects from TT&J this week:


I shared this Spring Flower Gallery so you can create a super simple project with your blooming flowers!


I also started looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day and created this Gold ‘Lucky’ Shamrock Printable!


 And earlier today I shared my super yummy new recipe for Orange Granola!

 Find out what my awesome contributors have been up to this week, link up your projects, and enter to win after the break!

 This week we’ve seen two exciting projects from my contributors!


Taryn from Design, Dining, + Diapers shared a printable (and kind of edible!) St. Patricks’ Day Activity for Kids,


and Melissa from Polka Dot Chair shared her super stylish Pom Pom Throw Pillow!

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It’s time for this week’s giveaway: a $25 Target Gift Card!

Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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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.

{We all love comments!}
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All-Natural Orange Granola Recipe! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/all-natural-orange-granola-recipe.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/all-natural-orange-granola-recipe.html#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:30:53 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=70254 all-natural.orange.granola.recipe.tatertotsandjello.com]]> With all the colds and flu going around, I need all the help I can get to keep my family healthy.  A friend shared this easily adaptable, all-natural orange granola recipe.  I love it as a snack after working out or to add to lunches.



I have been experimenting with ways to try Essential Oils to help me live a more healthy lifestyle as part of my New Year, New You plan!


This recipe uses orange oil, which is high in antioxidants and helps support a healthy immune system.


And the best part is – this granola is all-natural, easy to make, and YUMMY!

Here’s the recipe:





Orange Cranberry Granola

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup oil (I use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil)

1/3 cup honey (tip: use the same measuring cup as the oil and your honey won’t stick.

Combine these in a large pan on the stove top. Heat on medium to high heat until the brown sugar is dissolved.


Once the brown sugar is dissolved, add the following,


5 cups rolled oats (or if I am adding other things, like quinoa, chia seeds, hemp hearts, I just make sure all of the dry items mixed together is about 5 cups)

3/4 cup cranberries

1/2 cup sliced almonds

5-8 drops of Young Living Orange Oil (you can very this based on how much orange flavoring you like)

1tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt


Stir and incorporate the dry ingredients well.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spread mixture out on a large, greased cookie sheet (jelly roll pan) with sides.
  3. Bake at 375 for 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake.
  4. Let it cool on the cookie tray. Stir it/break it up every once in a while, while it cools. If you don’t stir it, it’ll turn into one big chunk (which is still yummy but harder to eat).


This recipe is very forgiving and easily adaptable to whatever you like in your granola.  Have fun experimenting!

You can add in nuts, dried fruit, seeds, coconut, or whatever else you think would taste good.


Tip: I have found that different brands of oats change the flavor of the granola significantly. I like the Quaker rolled oats the best. I get them at Costco. Don’t use quick oats!   Also, available at Costco-dried blue berries, cranberries, olive oil, honey, cinnamon..I buy it in bulk and have it on hand to make whenever we want.


For more protein add quinoa.

I add chia seeds, flax seed, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds (Most all of these are available at Costco).


I love sharing this with my exercise friends after we work out together.

What’s your favorite post-exercise snack?


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PS: Interested in trying essential oils? Check out this month’s special deal from Young Living – you’ll love what essential oils can do for you. This month’s special deal includes not just essential oils, but also complete how-to information to make sure you’re getting the most from your essential oils! Check out more details here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Activity For Kids http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/st-patricks-day-activity-for-kids.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/st-patricks-day-activity-for-kids.html#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:43 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=70237 St.-Patricks-Day-Activity-For-Kids-including-free-printable]]> Hi TT&J readers! I’m Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers and it’s always good to be here. Today, I’m sharing a really easy and festive St. Patricks Day Activity For Kids!

St. Patrick's Day Activity For Kids including free printableMy daughter is almost four and she’s really into all the holidays. As soon as Valentine’s Day was over she was asking what came next and what we are going to do for it. As we learn about each of the fun holidays I’ve been trying to come up with quick activities that are easy to set up and just as easy to clean up!

ST PATRICK'S DAY KID'S ACTIVITYI created this coloring sheet that has multiple uses. You can use it as a basic coloring page, or use it as a fun way to eat a little treat.


St. Patrick's Day Kid's Activity using foodYou can place marshmallows on the clouds and skittles on the rainbow, or turn it into a healthy snack and use fruit instead.

St. Patrick's Day Kid's Coloring ActivityPrint off the sheet below for free and use it has a rainy day activity or package it up for a play date!

St. Patricks Day Coloring Page

To download this fun St. Patrick’s Day Activity for Kids Free Printable, click the link below:


Thanks for having me over today!


Thanks Taryn! What a fun activity! I love how you can do so many different things with it! Taryn is such a fabulous contributor. Here are a few awesome ideas you can find over on her blog right now:


If you’re trying to choose a theme for your next birthday party, she has such cute ideas for a Mickey Mouse Party!


She also has amazing DIY tutorials on her blog! I love this Side Table Makeover with a Concrete Top!


Taryn has amazing style too! You need to check out her Industrial Farmhouse Family Room. It’s perfect.

Make sure to follow Design, Dining, and Diapers and

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Gold Lucky Shamrock Printable! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/gold-lucky-shamrock-printable.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2015/02/gold-lucky-shamrock-printable.html#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:41:55 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=70218 lucky.me.printable.tatertotsandjello.com]]> lucky.me.printable.tatertotsandjello.com

I don’t do a lot of decorating for St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s always fun to do a little something to celebrate. I’m sharing an easy way to decorate with this LUCKY ME Shamrock gold printable. I think it’s also a fun gift idea. Pair it up with a cute plant and give it to someone you love!


The plants I used are Oxalis Shamrock and Angel Vine or Wire Vine. Oxalis Shamrock is a larger leaf that resembles a four leaf clover. It likes bright light indoors with water to keep the soil damp and a well drained pot.


The smaller leaf plant is an Angel Cine or Wire Vine and it also likes direct light or indirect light and to be consistently moist. They are both plants that are low-maintenance and make a great gift!


And add a few Gold Coins too…. Who wouldn’t love that?!


And here are the printables!

Just right-click the image below or this link and choose “save link as” to download the gold PDF. (You can download the green-only PDF here.)


 Thanks for stopping by!! 

I am so LUCKY to be doing what I love and sharing creative ideas. I appreciate YOU!!! 


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