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Stay & Home Date Night Valentines Gift

Are you ready for one of the easiest Valentines gifts I’ve ever made for my husband?  And the best part is that it will last for ever and was only $1!

Date Night Box

This gift really was so quick and fun to put together.  First I went through a quick Pinterest search to find some fun stay and home date night ideas.  What with the new little joining our family in a few months, getting out for a date probably won’t be as possible as often as we would like.  So this gift is the perfect solution.

I just punched out some cardstock hearts.  The pink ones have date ideas already written on them, and the red ones are blank so we can add more ideas as we get them.

One day while walking through Target I found a little kraft box for $1 (Target does it again!).  It’s the perfect little size.  And it’s not overly girly so Brad will be a more ok with having it out :)

Here are a few of the websites that has some great date ideas so you can find those that work best for you.

Six Sisters Stuff
Happy Wives Club
Go Cheap or Go Home

Crinkle Cookies {recipe}

In Kindergarten we had a snack everyday.  More often then not, it would be a chocolate crinkle cookie and a milk box.  I loved them! Sometimes I think about them and wish I could have another.  Although this recipe is delicious and I will totally be making them again, they’re just not the same.  Oh well, that just means I can keep trying other new recipes until I can find the right one :)

Crinkle Cookies

Crinkle Cookies (makes about 6 dozen)

recipe from allrecipes.com

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. I like to use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

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Valentines Heart Applique Tutorial

I’m going to be upfront and completely honest about this project. I still think it’s a great idea, but it definitely wasn’t as simple or as fast as I was expecting to be.  However, I think it still ended up pretty great :).

Valentine Applique Shirt Tutorial

And really, the premise is easy and would probably have been what I was expecting if I hadn’t chosen the die I did. It made it a little more difficult. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

supplies

Here are the supplies I used (remember, you can use the code MISSYDEAR for 20% off your orders from WeR Memory & Lifestyle Crafts):

Evolution Die Cut Machine (or any die cut machine would work as well)
Contrast Fabric
double sided Interfacing
Heart Insert Shape Die
Heart Nesting Dies

die cut

First you need to attach the interfacing to your contrasting fabric.  I didn’t want to make a trip out to the fabric store so I stopped into the thrift store and found a super cheap little red onesie that was exactly what I needed.

Now, cut out the dies.  I showed them in this picture as cutting from the interfacing side, however, I found later that cutting from the fabric worked much better.  Another tip is to remove the foam inserts from the die.

Cut out hearts

Here is one of the problems I ran into.  I think, because the hearts in the insert die are backed and not open, they didn’t  fully cut through.  So I had to go back through with an exacto knife and finish them off.  It was super tedious and time consuming, but it worked out ok in the end.

Iron On

Now, just iron the applique onto the blank shirt.  I had also planned to sew around the edge and little hearts to fully secure it on, but the spaces between them all are too little.  Hopefully the interfacing will be enough.  I may still go back later and add some stitching.  maybe some messy zig zag stitching so the narrow spaces don’t matter so much.

finished pics

And Abi seems to like it.  We went out to the yard for pictures and she just started posing.  No prompting from me, nothing. I just clicked away.  She’s just a little diva through and through :).

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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{Prego} Fashion Friday: Date Night

Do any of you have big plans for Valentines this year?  Brad and I haven’t really talked about it yet, but we’ll probably use some of the restaurant gift cards we got for Christmas and take a little night out.

Here is a great simple outfit I would love to take my little prego belly out in for a casual night out. And as always, nothing is over $50!

Prego Casual Date Night
dress  //  pumps  //  clutch  //  bracelets

“Pucker Up” Embossed Crazy Straw Valentines

This year I asked Abi what she wanted to do for her valentines (we did these glow stick ones last year) and her quick response… WHISTLES!  However, when I got to Target they didn’t have whistles.  At least not at a price I was willing to pay for 24 of them.

So I grabbed what I figured was the next best thing – CRAZY STRAWS!! – and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, Abi was totally on board when I showed her.  Now the tricky part was thinking of a catchy little tag line to put on them.

Pucker Up Crazy Straw Valentines

I was planning to go with something using the word crazy, but after going through my sisters (hundreds) of stamps I didn’t see anything along those lines that I liked.  Instead, I went with a combo of three different stamp sets to get the words, “Pucker Up Valentine” with a little love heart.  For some added fun I decided to emboss the lettering instead of just stamping it.

It was a really fun project and Abi loves how they turned out.  Here’s a little run down of how I did it.

supplies

First you need to gather your supplies.  Here is what I used:

Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Stamp (“pucker up” from Frutastic by Paper Smooches; “valentine” from Claire’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn; heart from Countless Sayings 1 by Stampin’ Up – none of these are affiliate links, just thought you might be interested)
Embossing Buddy
Tag to be stamped (I found one I liked in the Silhouette store then modified it to fit on the straws)
Embossing Heat Gun

static wipe

First rub the embossing buddy onto the paper.  This will remove the static cling so that the embossing powder will only stick to the ink and keep it looking crisp and clean.

stamp

Next stamp onto tag using the VersaMark ink.  It’s clear and sticky.  It kinda reminds me of glue rather than ink.

powder

Now just spoon some of the embossing powder over the stamped image then tap it off.  My sister leaves her most used powders in their own Tupperware container so that it’s easy to use and there is basically no clean up.

emboss

Now just heat the image with the embossing gun (or I’ve heard you can use a blow dryer, and once I even set it on top of toaster that was heating up and it worked).  The image should change from powdery to shiny and raised when it’s done (you can kind of see how the “puck’ is still dark and powdery while the rest is embossed).

Finished

To finish up I had Abi write her name then just used a little washi tape to attach it to the straw.

pile

Then you just have to repeat it until you have a pile of fun little crazy straws for some great little kindergartners.

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Pao de Queijo {Brazilian Cheese Bread}

My husband served a two year mission for our church in Brazil.  His mom tells me he left hating (I mean really really disliking) beans and rice.  He can home asking for it for every meal.

Now that we’re married I’m happy to make rice, but I’m not a huge bean fan (it’s a texture thing).  However, there is one thing from his mission that I will gladly make for him any time he asks for it.

Pao de Queijo Chesse Bread

Cheese bread. Pao de Queijo.

It is the most delicious, chewy bread ever.  And that it’s in little bite size balls makes it all that much better (and the ease of making it is pretty great too).

brazilian cheese bread

Pao de Queijo – makes about 48 balls

3 eggs – room temp
1 cup olive oil
2 1/4 cup milk
3 tsp salt – or more to taste
4 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour – I’ve found the Bob’s Red Mill brand the easiest to find and one bag is exactly the right about
1 1/2 cup grated cheese – any type, choose your favorite

Preheat oven to 400*.  Grease mini muffin tin.

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Bake 15-20 minutes.

 

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