game day chex mix ♥

With sports season in full swing, we're at so many games during the week - between field hockey and volleyball - it seems like we're forever looking for game time munchies to hold us over till we get home to dinner...

My girls & I made this fall snack mix a few weeks ago and it was really good -
we found the recipe here and adapted it just a little bit 

we had trouble finding the caramel bugels that the recipe called for 
so we used regular ones and doubled the brown sugar topping instead

mix the chex, pretzels & bugels all together in a really big bowl
spread it all out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

mix the melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice 

pour the topping over the dry mix and bake!
add candy after it's cooled - as much or as little as your heart desires ♥

put your snack mix in a cookie jar, add a cute scoop and enjoy! 

we munched on it the whole week and took snack bags full with us to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate at all the outdoor games :)


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Game day chex mix ♥
  • 4 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 1 bag original flavor Bugels
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut m&m's
  • 1 cup caramel m&m's
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup candy corn pumpkins
1. Combine dry ingredients (cereal, Bugels & pretzels) in a large mixing bowl, set aside.2. In a medium glass measuring cup melt butter in microwave, add brown sugar, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice, stir together. 3. Pour butter mixture over dry mix, stir to coat well. 4. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper spread mixture out in a single layer 5. Bake at 275 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 6. Let cool completely, sprinkle with candy and store in a pretty glass container on your container - add a measuring cup or scoop for easy snacking :)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 cups

friendship pins

summer is coming to a close around here and we're soaking up the last of it
we spent alot of time in the kitchen baking goodies & making crafts this summer
these friendship pins were probably one of our favorite projects

you can make your own with some seed beads and a few different sizes of safety pins
we purchased both at Joanns & Michaels

with a quick search on pinterest, we found a bunch of pin "patterns"
flags, animals and lots of other things! 
you can find my "summer" board here where i pinned a bunch of them

 it's a little bit of trial & error, but once you start making them it's addicting!

my younger daughter ended up finding an empty bead box in my craft room and started to use some of her spending money on more supplies ha! 

her box ended up filling up pretty fast and her little fingers were working even faster!

some of the bigger beads were surplus from my supplies (mostly found on etsy) 
& she had some of the character charms in her rainbow loom stash.

we found these canvas sneakers at five below for only $5 
and she added puff paint polka dots to the front of the sneakers 

for the hanging pin designs like the flag one - we found out how to slide the hanging pins through the loop of the main pin - just think of it like a key ring - use a small pliers or even a thumb tack to open up a little bit of space in the ring to get started - once one pin is in the opening it's easy to slide the rest through

once all the hanging pins are on the opposite side of the closure side you can pin it to anything you want - shoelaces, jacket lapels or backpacks!

she even made some friendship pin earrings! so fun ♥

if my feet were small enough
 i'd be borrowing these happy rainbow shoes from my daughter's closet fo sho :)

happy crafting!

Amish Sugar Cookies

it's no secret around here that i loooooove cookies
i mean put a slice a cake in front of me and i'm like no thank you.
donuts are good, but i'm partial (like religiously partial) to Krispy Kreme
and since there's no KK here in upstate ... well then there's not too much donut consumption happening :( but cookies ... give me cookies everyday anyday and i'm so happy 
like really happy - weirdly happy :)
i digress alot

scrolling the insta last week and stopped dead in my tracks for these

there's so many good things about taste of home so i'm always inclined to try their recipes
and man these did not disappoint! they were so good we made a double batch

and then we made them again

the second time around i realized we were out of cream of tartar - and after a little research on the world wide web i learned that baking powder is a combination of cream of tartar and baking soda (how did we ever live without google?) so i substituted the baking soda and cream of tartar with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and we actually liked that batch better than the first! a very slight difference really but lotsa cookie experts over here at out house so we can tell these things :)

these bake up so light and fluffy, they practically melt in your mouth if you eat them after a few minutes out of the oven ... two things i always do when baking cookies: 1.use parchment paper ALWAYS. it just makes for better cookie bottoms & 2. use a cookie scoop ALWAYS it makes for perfectly shaped cookies and all uniform in shape & size. both of those items are #gamechangers trust me.

this batch was going in a glass cookie jar from walmart
and over to a friends new house that she just moved in to ♥

cut some ribbon from my stash and wrote home sweet home on a paint swatch

it's always the simple little things that we have laying around
that make the best unexpected gifts dont you think? 

make these cookies guys! i know you will love them as much as we do
much love ♥

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Amish Sugar Cookies
(adapted from Taste of
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspons baking powder
- With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer cream butter, oil and sugars- Add eggs & vanilla mix until blended well- In a separate bowl combine flour & baking powder then gradually add to creamed mixture- Using a 1.5 inch cookie scoop, drop batter onto parchment lined cookie sheets- Bake @ 375 (or @350 with a convection oven) for 8-10 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown- Let cool for one to two minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Yeilds approx 5 dozen
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5 dozen

watermelon caddy teacher gift

another summer is upon us and as usual i'm feeling nostalgic
i'm not sure if it's just that my girls are so big now or that it feels like time is slipping away really fast or both, but when summer comes around it always seems bittersweet ...anyone else with me? anyways i saw these watermelon caddies at michaels last month and knew i wanted to use them for teacher gifts. 

caddy gifts (see here & here for instance) tend to be my go-to thing when i have to come up with gift ideas, i don't know why except all i can figure is that to get a gift that's filled with lots of little gifts just sounds like the best thing ever to me :) it's like the gift that keeps on giving ... and it's organized and compartmentalized #ocdprobs

if you hit that "make" tab up in the navigation bar, you'll find a bunch of gift ideas
 i've done over the years and most of them are the same ha!

these two tins were for my youngest daughter's 5th grade teacher and our bus driver
(we've had the same bus driver since the kids started school! we love her so much. 
i have her number in my phone on speed dial haha)

i filled it with mostly fun things for summer that i picked up in my shopping travels
sunscreen, candy, notepads, straws and an insulated cup from target

filled it with crystal light packets and put the cup in one of the back sections of the caddy :)

threw some tags together in my design program and tied them on, that's it! fun right?

there are so many gift fillers to be found at the dollar store or in the target dollar spot!
just think outside the box a little ;)

these patriotic pencils were in the target dollar bins and i couldn't pass them up
there's just something about the red white & blue during summer time

my daughter plays flute in the school band and wanted to bring a little something extra in for her band teacher - simple ideas for a few dollars make for cute gifts and smiling faces

who doesn't love to feel appreciated? it's so easy to go about our day to day without recognizing what so many people do for us or for our kids. don't underestimate the power of giving guys! 
it feels so good to give - and doesn't have to be material or expensive it can be your time or a particular skill set to lend a favor that can be given as well

i feel like most days out society is so focused on what we can get for ourselves that to teach our kids to put others first has become even more challenging! since it's become so counter culture - so don't underestimate the power of giving and involve your kids!

speaking of ... when did my kids get so big?
last day of 5th grade right here folks

hard to believe they were this little when i started this blog (sniff sniff)
thanks for following along with me here over the years, you really are loved & appreciated ♥

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