Hello, April!

I hate it when a month goes by, and I’ve failed to post anything on my blog. Not that anyone reads it. Anyway, after so much rain (unusual for San Diego), it’s finally getting warm. Like, REALLY warm. It feels like Summer already. It’s been in the 70’s all week. I have lots of time to prepare for Easter, since it’s so late this year, and I’m glad for that. We don’t go to church, or have family get-togethers anymore for Easter, but I do have my 3 kids to celebrate with, and so I like to find cute things to make for them or do with them. I also can’t resist all the pretty seasonal goodies at Target, JoAnn, Michael’s, etc.

So, on that note, here are some cute Easter/Spring things I’ve come across on the web. Gotta love the Internet!

1) adorably chic & simple bunny cupcakes by One Charming Party

bunny cupcakes by One Charming Party

 

2) grass clip art for goody bags (or anything, really)

grass clip art/flower meringues by Martha Stewart

 

3) These clever carrot pouches by Betz White

 

Completely doable and totally cute! Besides the cotton candy, you should already have all the supplies needed. Happy crafting!

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Hello Kitty Birthday Party

My middle one turned 7 in December, and changed the party theme on me kind of last minute. So I scoured every Target in creation looking for those dollar section tote bags they had, which were so cute and quite a deal (in my head), to be given as goody bags. After much ado, I managed to wrangle enough for 14 girls, but not before I stumbled upon these cute cardboard pails at my last stop… oh, the indecision! Do I go with my original goal/idea, which I’ve finally reached, or do I switch it up last minute and go another route? Good grief, I could not decide. So I decided to buy both! But then I couldn’t decide if I should do half & half, or let the girls themselves choose, or just make a decision myself, or ask my daughter, or give both. I asked several people for their opinion, including both daughters, and finally decided to do the pails. They lined up better on the table, anyway.

(Inside the white bowl on the corner: red crocheted bow barrettes, à la Hello Kitty)

I hung up some leftover red w/ white polka dots fabric, to use as a backdrop for pictures, but of course never followed through. Why is it that not everything you envision ever happens? Or is that just me?

My meager attempt at hiding the unsightly kitchen:

I took inspiration from Jenny B. at Allsorts, and made little felt “trees” for the kids to decorate. That was the only craft I could come up with. So I bought a bag of sequins and laid out all my ribbon for the kids to choose from. I still have tons left over!

Left to right: Oreo pops, red vines, gummy cherry slices, sixlets, cupcakes, gumballs, Oreo pops, yogurt raisins. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get a close-up of the banner I made, which is typical. I alternated the reds (red background, white polka dots and a red & white gingham) with solid white, edged with my scallop shears. I like the way it turned out.

Hello Kitty didn’t come out perfectly, but she was good enough. It was pretty simple, and kinda fun. Not too bad for my first attempt at a “sculpted” cake, I don’t think.

Halloween 2010

Our brief visit to the pumpkin patch:

Oreo pops for the carnival bake sale:

At the carnival:

At our little friend’s “Alice in Wonderland”-themed birthday party (in the dress I got at a thrift store when I was a teenager, that I NEVER wore, and didn’t even realize was a vintage Betsey Johnson until right before Halloween!):

Trick or treating:

Chicken Cacciatore

I was inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s recipe post yesterday, and decided to try it myself, with what I had on hand. We always have frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs on hand, and I had several other ingredients I thought might go well together. I wasn’t digging the idea of egg noodles under the chicken, though, so I decided to go with cous cous. It felt like a good meal, but something was lacking. It was a lot better today, with some crusty bread. Especially when I took the garlic cloves and smushed them on the bread, and added some tomato bits… mmmmm.

One thing I’d do differently next time: salt the boiling water. I figured the chicken + sauce would be salty enough to flavor the cous cous, but it just wasn’t so. I usually add butter + salt when the kids ask for cous cous, and it’s yummy that way, so I’ll have to remember — always add salt!