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Jayden moved out of home over the summer. I was heartbroken, but he had always told me that when he started college he wanted to move out, and so he moved in with one of his best friends. This is something that we simply don't do in Australia. I don't know anybody who left home to live in a dorm, or with friends. You simply lived at home and commuted to the closest University that offered the classes you were interested in. I'm probably showing my age right now, aren't I, or maybe this was just where I grew up?... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Hannah, I used the Fudge Striped Keebler cookies.
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During the holiday season there's a lot to think about when entertaining at home. The most important questions you need to ask yourself are: How many guests will there be? What will the menu be? What is the timeframe for our party? Have I made sure I have enough space on the hot plates and oven to prepare all of these dishes? If not, are there some that I can make ahead of time? I do to stick to the rule though of not everything has to be homemade. Because it just doesn't. I always have a few staple items... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Did you purchase foam pumpkins or gourds for Halloween? Painting them has become popular, especially for little ones because it's so much easier than carving. Have you seen these pumpkins and gourds on clearance at your craft store, or in your local thrift store? If so, I've got a great way to re-use them for Thanksgiving. The complete tutorial for making these glittery foam gourd candle holders (that are battery operated, so much safer around kids) is over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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On Thanksgiving we always do brunch, and then the big turkey dinner. It's been that way for years. I love making a big brunch and sharing it with whoever is coming over, and then saving the big Thanksgiving dinner for later on, giving me time to roast the turkey and prepare the dessert and sides without feeling stressed and needing to put together both breakfast and lunch. So today, I've got easy entertaining tips and recipes for hosting a Thanksgiving Day brunch, whether you have family coming over, or the neighbors normally pop by, and the best part is that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We love pizza night around here. Occasionally we splurge and order out, but mostly we make it at home. The kids prefer plain cheese, or occasionally they will branch out and have a little ham and pineapple or pepperoni on theirs. The man and I like 'stuff' on ours though. Tonight I made baked chicken and vegetable pizza for dinner. While the man and I enjoyed this immensely, the kids had their regular cheese pizza, with baked chicken on the side. Note: This recipe was adapted as a new TraDish from two Ragú® recipes - Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Sometimes you just can't beat the convenience of ordering craft supplies on-line. There is often a great sale, you can order late at night when the kids are in bed, and take advantage of free shipping if you spend a certain amount. And I love an on-line store that not only sells products, but gives you great ideas on how to use them through their own blog and social media accounts. And that's exactly what you will get at Consumer Crafts. I've ordered from them a few times. I normally do a bulk order of items, that way I get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Do you have any Halloween candy left? We still do ... surprisingly. Marisol and I made these fun scarecrow treat jars with some of it recently. These make a great Thanksgiving gift for friends, family and teachers. The step-by-step directions for making these fun scarecrow treat jars is over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Flynn and I had the opportunity to see the media screening of Big Hero 6 a couple of weeks ago and the film was released into movie theaters last Friday. Have you seen it yet? It's action-packed and has a great message behind it about coping with grief and using your power for good. I may have shed a tear once or twice. Flynn thought it was the best movie he'd seen in a while. Today I've got some free printables for you. There's some for the whole family including recipes, origami, activities and science experiments. Click on the links... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog with a simple homemade dairy and gluten free pumpkin coffee creamer that's perfect to make ahead for Thanksgiving Day for guests with food allergies. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We eat a lot of granola bars here. The kids take them to school for their morning snack, we eat them at home too, and I often throw a couple into my bag for when the kids get hungry in the car. Of course though, the kids are very particular about the kinds of granola bars they will eat, there must not be raisins, fruit or nuts (that are visible) at all, under any circumstances. So I decided to try my hand at making my own. I may have eaten 9 of these tasty little peanut butter chocolate granola bar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Are you ready to Tailgate At Your Place? Red Baron, Freschetta, and Tony's pizza would like to elevate the excitement and fun of tailgating at home during the college football season. Tailgate At Your Place, is a digital destination with tips for throwing the "ultimate" home tailgate party including college football trivia and traditions, party tips and recipes. Plus, just for interacting with the site, you have a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes! And I'm going to get you started with a great tailgate party recipe. So, if you love buffalo wings and want something that brings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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When the weather is cooling down there is nothing better than hot chocolate, a fire burning and snuggling under a blanket. The days are still hot where we live, but the nights are beginning to cool down. It's actually been cool enough over the past week that we've been able to have the fire going and grab big blankets to cuddle under. And this adults only hot chocolate is the perfect drink for snuggling in front of the fire on a cool evening. serving size: this recipe makes 2 cups of hot chocolate. Ingredients: 2 cups half & half 1/2... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Apparently you cannot have mashed potatoes without bacon. So I'm told. In preparation for Thanksgiving, when we will at least have all of my kids home with us (and fingers crossed his too), I've started prepping. Thanksgiving this year is also Jay's 19th birthday. Hold me. I have an almost 19 year old son. Which means that not only will I be preparing my really big 'elastic waist pants only' Thanksgiving feast, but there will also be cake and Jay's favorite treats being served throughout the day too. I may need to build a second kitchen. So, this conversation took... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Our Halloween was fairly busy. I spent most of the day at our old house moving the last of our belongings out. I know, I moved in July, but when my love and I decided to move in together we had to somehow fit two 5 bedroom houses into one 5 bedroom house, so there was a lot of pairing down that needed to be done, and for both of us cleaning out years of accumulated 'stuff'. Next week workmen will be replacing the carpets and painting in preparation for my old house to be rented out. We did manaage... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last week I had the opportunity to get together with Pepperidge Farm and a few friends to learn about some of the simple ways you can serve delicious, quick, and easy food for your game day celebrations using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. With everything from meals, to appetizers and desserts I've got quite the round-up for you, but first let me share my very own recipe for beef and bacon meat pies. In Australia, a traditional football food (yes for Aussie Rules football) is meat pies. Unlike chicken pot pies in the U.S. meat pies are filled with beef and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We are still decorating for Halloween around here. We will probably be finished on Halloween ... just in time for trick or treaters, and just in time to remove it all the next day and replace it with a little autumn decor. One of these days I will be prepared early. But clearly that won't be happening this year. So here's our latest addition. This room is the main room in our house. The room where we all gather. It's a large open floor plan with our dining table (not the dining room, but the dinner table where we eat... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
We drilled a hole and then used a narrow hand saw to cut out the eyes.
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If you are looking for fun turkey treats this Thanksgiving, then this round-up is perfect for you. This collection of yummy turkey treats are perfect for Thanksgiving parties, school parties, cookie or cupcake decorating parties, and for gift giving this Thanksgiving. The three turkey treats pictured above you can find detailed instructions on here: Turkey conecakes Gluten-free turkey cookies using leftover Halloween candy Turkey cookies Scroll through the collection of 20 fun turkey treats below and visit each of the blogs and websites for the complete instructions. Check out Thanksgiving Turkey Treats by Tonya Staab at Foodie.com You can view... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Since moving house over the summer, Marisol and I have been missing our friends. We are only about 40 minutes away, but it feels like so far and we don't get to see them as much as we used to. So last weekend we invited a few to come for a slumber party (there was even a grown-up sleepover too). Did I mention that this was Marisol's very first sleepover. She was absolutely beside herself with excitement for the entire week leading up to her friends coming over. It was exactly what we needed to reconnect with them. During the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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In case you haven't heard the news, I've started a new gig. I'll be providing home decor and DIY project ideas over at my friend Jo-Lynne Shane's blog a couple of times a month. And with that being said, my first project is up. For this post I'm showing you how to use Halloween items you most likely have on hand, items from around the home, a couple of quick DIY projects and more to put together a fun dining room table centerpiece perfect for Halloween. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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A little while ago I was contacted by Legoland Discovery Centers to create a sink or float science experiment for them ... I have to give a big shout-out to my friend Kelly over at The Centsible Life for this one. They had actually contacted her first about this because they had come across LEGO tutorials I had posted on her blog and she very kindly sent them my way. So I created and photographed the experiment at home and they had their creative team create an infographic out of it. Infographic source: Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I love a big Sunday brunch. It's the perfect way to start the last day of the weekend. This is a dish I made a couple of weeks ago and it's so quick and easy and perfect to serve with a side of poached or scrambled eggs and toast. But one thing that makes me extra happy on Sunday brunch days is not having to use too many pots and pans ... unlike last weekend when I made pumpkin pancakes, bacon in the oven and scrambled eggs, I swear the combination mixing bowls and pans filled the dishwasher after that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm a big fan of making a meal that can be used over two days, but in different ways. Not in a Food Network Chopped kind of way (although the contestants on that show are pretty inspiring), but in a New TraDish practical (everyone can do it), I'm going to make a dish and use it in two different ways by freezing half of the ingredients and using those later kind of way. So here's a simple one for you. What you need: 2lbs ground beef 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs 2 eggs 2 jars Ragú® sauce -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Both Marisol and Flynn decided they want to dress as pirates this year for Halloween. I think Flynn's been a pirate three times already, it seems to be his thing, but for the last two years I've handmade costumes for him - Mr Bump and LEGO Lord Vampyre. I'm sure I could have thrown together a DIY costume for him this year, but I decided to just purchase a new pirate shirt for him (from Party City), pair it with black pants that were already in his closet and re-use his pirate hat, hook and eye patch from previous years.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore