Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dress Up Aprons...Part 1

Bean and Buggy LOVE to dress up, I love to encourage their imaginations and play but at the same time putting dress up after dress up on and off drives me crazy! I saw ideas for dress up aprons on pinterest, there are a lot out there! So I do what I do best, show daddy my idea, tell him I want them for the girls, and I put him to work! That's right Daddy does the sewing in this house! I'm all for making blankets and quilts but daddy does everything else! We came up with a list of all the Disney princesses and then added other people the girls know, we came up with 25+ ideas. We are hoping to have them all done for the girls for Christmas.

I thought I would post the first few that we have done so far and will post the others as they get done. Keep in mind these are Daddy's original ideas of what each princess/character's apron should look like. He did use a basic apron pattern for the general shape and size but has created each unique one himself...I know he is talented, much more than me in this aspect, hence he does the sewing projects! Enjoy!
 Snow White
Princess Sofia (Sofia the First)
 Minnie Mouse
 Strawberry Shortcake
 These are the ones we have done so far, stay tuned for more fun dress up aprons to come, some include: Doc McStuffins, Sally (from nightmare before Christmas), Tinkerbell, Silvermist, Jasmin, Ariel... and many more!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Chocolate Mint Sandwiches

Christmas is by far my all time favorite holiday! I love everything about it, the decorations, giving gifts, the reason why we celebrate, and of course all of the baking and candy making! I grew up making candy with my grandma and mom for every Christmas for as long as I can remember! I have so many memories of that and love that my girls get to enjoy it as well. It's now four generations making candy not three and I love that my girls get to make the same memories as i have of this beautiful holiday season! We only made two kinds of candy when I was growing up but now I have created more recipes and fun candy recipes. This one was created especially for my dad, he absolutely loves mint and his favorites are mint sandwiches so I came up with a super simple way to make them at home! Hope you can use this easy recipe to create many memories of candy making with your family!
6 cups milk chocolate wafers, divided
3 cups green mint wafers

Melt 3 cups chocolate wafers in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted. Pour melted chocolate onto a parchment lined jelly roll pan. Spread evenly across entire pan. Let set until barely tacky. Melt the mint wafers in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring each time until melted. Pour over first layer of chocolate, spread evenly. Let set until barely tacky. Melt remaining chocolate the same way. Pour over the mint layer, spreading evenly. Let set until hard. Remove from pan by lifting out the parchment paper. Cut candy into squares. ENJOY!