Valentines Décor (Free Printable sign And Banner)

I decorated for Valentines around the middle of January. I know some may think I’m crazy, but here we are, two days away from Valentines Day and I’m glad I got to enjoy it since it will be over before we know it! I created the printable sign below. I love the saying. I also created the triangles with hearts in them and made a banner. And, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I put glue inside the hearts and added red glitter. Glitter makes everything better.

Valentines Sign Free Printables

I used the same “Love is patient…” printable that I used last year. Click here or on the picture below to download and print.

Valentines Decor Free Printable

I made these crepe paper flowers glued to balls a couple of years ago. You can see above the white part of the balls is showing. I didn’t complete the whole ball. One because it was tedious. And two because it was easier to put them in jars like this. I had planned to put something inside the jar, but then I sort of liked it just as it was.

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I also finally got around to cutting out pieces of tulle and putting them on Christmas lights. I have been wanting to do this for the past two Christmases, but never had time, so I thought they would be just as cute with Valentines décor. I bought that little box at Joanne Fabric and painted it white and distressed it.

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I realize there isn’t much time to decorate, but I say it’s never too late! Scroll down to download these free printables!

For our new readers are some other fun ideas for Valentines Day. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Cups plus free printable tags.

Chocolate Peanutt Butter Cups 

Chocolate Peanutt Butter Cups

Or print one of these four printables.

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Or if you somehow missed seeing these bleach pen t-shirts then click here!

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Or if you are looking for a fun craft to do with the kids, these yarn wreath hearts are fun!

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I created the signs to be printed off on 8.5×11 inch paper, but the box around them is an 8×10 so that you can frame it. If you want to go even fancier, you can cut around the scalloped scroll and add it to something else! Click on the title or the picture to download and print.

Brown- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

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Black- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

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Triangles for Banner

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Happy Valentines Day!

~Jenny

Create your own inspiration Boards

One of my favorite blogs is I Heart Nap Time. Jamielyn has just launched a very fun and creative site called The Inspiration Board.

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This site allows you to create personal inspiration boards.  You can choose the size of the board you want and then dress it up to make it your own unique board. She plans to add more ‘goodies’ in the future.

Below is the board I created. My inspiration is my sister’s wedding. She plans to have it in a barn. It is going to be so much fun!

Starting tomorrow, Monday, February 11th, you can vote for your favorite board. Create a board yourself and link it up and/or vote for your favorite!  If you happen to like my board of course I’d love your vote. Click here and vote for #107!

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I think you will love this new site! You can create as many boards as you’d like and save them to come back to later.

Have fun and let us know if you create a board!

~Jenny (AKA #107)

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

 

I think there are things in life that are meant to go together…peanut butter and jelly, biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, Batman and Robin, Mario and Luigi, cake and ice cream, Jess and Tyler (that’s the hubby for those who don’t know Mr. Plum Adorable’s real name yet) and of course Peanut Butter and Chocolate!! But wait…Peanut Butter and Double Chocolate Brownies with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips sprinkled on top?!? OF COURSE! DESTINY!!

So when I came across this pin on Pinterest… I knew that I would not be disappointed!

 

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Thank you SO MUCH Baked Perfection for sharing this recipe with the world!!!

Like, Baked Perfection, I also took the easier route and did not make my brownies from scratch and chose to make the mini bite size brownies rather than 12 cupcake size brownies.

Here are the ingredients you will need!

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Brownie Mix (whatever additional ingredients the box mix requires)

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Chips

Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Crisco or Cooking Spray for your Muffin Pan

Prepare the Brownie mix as directed on your box. Make sure to liberally grease your muffin pan! I have made these about 5 times now and twice have had issues with them getting stuck in the pan. (This tends to happen if they are undercooked and under-greased!) If you are making the mini brownies, cook for about 13-15 minutes and remove when a tooth pick inserted comes out slightly wet.  (Erring on the side of a little more done has been better in my experience with them. ) If you are making the full size, I would refer back to Baked Perfection and they’ll refer you back to another site that did the larger brownies!

Once you remove your brownies from the oven, upon cooling the centers are “supposed” to cave in on themselves some creating a small bowl in the center but this has never happened for me in the 5 or 6 times I’ve made them. So while they are still fairly warm, tap the center of each brownie with the end of a spoon to create a crater in the brownie where your peanut butter will sit.

Place peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 45 seconds seconds and then spoon into the middle of each brownie with a teaspoon while brownies are still warm. Add a couple peanut butter and chocolate chips to each brownie top. Cool completely in pan.

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ENJOY! They are seriously SO GOOD!!!

~JESS

Sausage Stars Appetizer

This is one of my favorite appetizers to make.

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They always get eaten up so quickly. Luckily they are really easy to make. I’ve been making this recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s the Christmas Cookbook for many years.

I made these on New Year’s Eve and I was in a bit of a hurry, so the lighting is not quite right and the pictures don’t do them justice. But, trust me, they are delicious! It’s as simple as baking won tons for five minutes in a muffin pan.

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Then mix up the ingredients (sausage, sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, ranch dressing, black olives and red peppers). Scoop them into the won ton wrappers.

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Put them in the oven for another 5 minutes.

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And they come out bubbly and hot…so good!

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These would make great appetizers for the upcoming Super Bowl!

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Sausage Stars

Ingredients:

25-count pkg. won ton wrappers

1lb. sausage, cooked and crumbled

1.5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1.5 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup ranch-style salad dressing

2.25 oz. can sliced black olives

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

Press one won ton wrapper in each cup of a muffin tin; bak at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove won tons and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining won tons; set aside.

Combine sausage and remaining 5 ingredients and evenly fill baked wrappers. Bake 5 more minutes or until bubbly. Makes 25 appetizers.

Enjoy!

~Jenny

 

my favorite peanut butter balls

These peanut butter balls are the best.

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My friend Caryn has been making them for years. Last year she shared how to make these frosted glass bottles.

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I don’t know if it’s the Rice Chex Cereal or marshmallow cream that makes these better than other peanut butter balls. I guess it doesn’t matter. They are my favorite and I think you would agree.

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Plus, they are super easy to make.

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Wrap them up in a cute bag and they make great gifts for neighbors or teachers.

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Or just eat them yourself.

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Yum!

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

7 oz. marshmallow cream

1.5 cups Rice Chex

1.5 cups chocolate chips

4 tsp. shortening

 

Combine peanut butter and marshmallow cream. Add the Rice Chex.

Roll the mixture into balls. (I like to use my pampered chef scoop)

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening together gradually in the microwave.

Dip balls in chocolate.

Refrigerate the balls until they harden.

 

Enjoy~

Jenny

Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables

 

Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!

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Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable

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Click here or the images below to download these free printables.

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Count Down to Candy

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Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags

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Recycle your tin cans to decorate.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats

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Frosted Pumpkin Cake

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We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

Smores Bars (no fire needed)

Believe it or not, I am not a big fan of eating Smores the traditional way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the process of roasting marshmallows by the fire, but that’s about where it stops. I usually have more fun watching the marshmallow turn black, pulling the top part off and doing it again.

It’s silly because I love the combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows together. What I don’t like is when you make Smores by the fire the chocolate doesn’t ever seem to melt when the marshmallows are put on the hard chocolate bar. It doesn’t seem right to me. It’s just too big of a ‘chunk’ to bite into with the gooey marshmallow.

Last summer I made ‘Smores’ similar to these ones and they were a huge hit. I actually made them on a whole square of a graham cracker (instead of the 1/4 ones I made below). I also put a sucker stick in them for the kids to make it a bit more festive. The adults loved them so much too they told the kids the rest were for the adults! This summer I decided to make them smaller and I think they are the perfect size, especially for kids.

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What you need:

Graham Crackers

Marshmallows

Chocolate Chips (I used semi-sweet)

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Cut your marshmallows in half. I used a pizza cutter.

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Break apart square graham crackers into 1/4 pieces. Put them on a microwave safe plate. Place the two halves of the marshmallows onto the 1/4 piece of graham crackers.

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Put the whole plate into the microwave for 10 to 30 seconds. Enough so that they start to puff up. You really need to watch them so that they don’t melt over.

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Take them out of the microwave and immediately put on the top half of the graham cracker.

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Some of them might be a little ‘overflowing’ with marshmallow. You can cut some of sides off if you want to. Let the marshmallow cool a bit so that they stick together.

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Next, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate is melted all the way through. Then take a spoon and drizzle and spread the chocolate with a spoon all over most of the graham cracker.

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No need to be perfect. They will be eaten up before you know it! Put them on foil until the chocolate is hardened. You can put them in the fridge to speed up the hardening time if you have little ones chomping at the bit to eat them right away.

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These are really yummy and will most likely not last very long when you make them.

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But don’t let that stop you. They are so worth it.

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~Jenny

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Sprinkles

We made these for the 4th of July and the kids loved them.

It’s funny how you can take something so simple, spruce it up a bit and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing in the world!

Wonder how long that will last?

Ice Cream Sandwhiches With Sprinkles

I’m sure some of you have seen these on Pinterest. I had originally planned to buy the original size ice cream sandwiches, but then I found these ‘100 calorie’ ice cream sandwiches at Albertsons. I got 18 of them for under $4. They were perfect. Especially considering we had so many other desserts.

There really isn’t a lot of directions for this one. Pour some sprinkles on a plate and cover the sides with the sprinkles. I made them all and kept them in the freezer until it was time to eat them.

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I think these would be a fun dessert for a birthday party.

Use colored sprinkles to match your theme.

The kids would love them!

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~Jenny

Boneless BBQ Pork Ribs

This is a great recipe if you are cooking for a large party or a potluck.

It is really easy to make and everyone loves it!

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1. Fry the Ribs in a skillet until they are a bit browned-basically to seal in the juices.

*Side Note: These ribs had a bit more fat than normal. I usually cut off most fat, but I didn’t have time this day. These were also not from Costco, which is where I normally like to get them. Costco’s ribs don’t seem to have as much fat on them. I can’t be the only one weird about fat can I?

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2. Next put them in a 9×13 inch glass dish. I usually put nonstick foil in first. It helps with the clean up! Pour barbecue sauce on just the tops of the ribs. Try not to get too much on the bottom of the pan at this point so that it doesn’t burn.

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3. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

At this point I didn’t take pictures of the rest of the steps. I was getting ready for Jess and her family to come over for dinner and I totally forgot!  So here are the rest of the steps.

4. Take ribs out of the oven after an hour and smother with lots of sauce. There should be lots of moisture/juice at the bottom of the pan which makes it ok to dump in as much sauce as you want!

5. Cover again and continue baking for another 2 hours. Your house will start to smell delicious.

6. You might want to check them after awhile to spoon out extra grease and add more sauce. Otherwise the grease may dilute the sauce too much.

The meat just falls apart. They are so delicious!

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Boneless BBQ Pork Ribs

What you need:

Boneless Pork Ribs (we get the big package from Costco)

BBQ Sauce (as much as you’d like)

What to do:

1. Fry the ribs in a skillet until they are a bit browned-basically to seal in the juice.

2. Put them in a 9×13 glass dish. I usually put nonstick foil in first. It helps with the clean up! Pour barbecue sauce on just the tops of the ribs. Try not to get much on the bottom of the pan at this point so that it doesn’t burn.

3. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

4. Take out of oven after an hour and smother with lots of sauce. There should be lots of moisture/juice at the bottom of the pan which makes it ok to dump in as much sauce as you want!

5. Cover again and continue baking for another 2 hours.

6. You might want to check them after awhile to spoon out extra grease and add more sauce. Otherwise the grease may dilute the sauce too much.

Enjoy!

Boneless BBQ Ribs

~Jenny

A Trip To The Berry Farm

 

Now that Summer has FINALLY arrived here in Western Washington, (it has consistently been over 70 degrees for at LEAST 5 days now) we are ready to get this Summertime show on the road!

First stop, the local Berry Farm for some fresh Strawberry and Raspberry picking! On Friday, the kids and I were very excited to spend a couple hours with some very good friends at a local farm. And OF COURSE, the VERY first people we see when we get out of our car are Jenny (my fellow bloggy partner) and her BBF Amy and all their awesome kiddos. And, NO we didn’t plan on meeting there. That just happens to us A LOT! And it’s even funnier that they show up THAT berry farm, the one that is 25 minutes away from their houses.

We did happen to come upon a pretty hefty berry picking competition going on between Jenny and her kiddos and Amy and her kids (not that they are competitive AT ALL or anything!).

Here is a picture of them right before they started their final, 2 minute strawberry picking challenge.

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And Jenny (so NOT competitive, emailed me the results of their challenge) and it was VERY clear who the winner was!

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Jenny and her kiddos made 15 jars of jam from all those berries! Check out how cute they are!

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My kiddos and I (and our awesome friends that we actually had PLANNED on meeting there) spent almost 2 hours picking raspberries and only about 15 minutes on the strawberries. The kids just didn’t have much left by the time we made it to the strawberry fields.

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Did you know Batman likes Raspberries?

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Aren’t they sweet? Berry picking is hard work! They needed a rest!

Our family ended up with just under 5 pounds of Raspberries and a handful of Strawberries. By the time we got home, munched on some with lunch and dinner, this is what was left. I was planning on making a Raspberry Chocolate Crumble recipe I found online.

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But somehow, by the end of Saturday, I had NO berries left! The last of the berries ended up HERE!

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So, we will be making ANOTHER trip to the berry farm NEXT week and THEN I can share with you my Raspberry Chocolate Crumble! But for now, Jenny did ask me to share the link for her jam recipe, Strawberry Freezer Jam from Allrecipes.com.

Do you guys have a favorite Berry Recipe? I’d LOVE if you’d share it! I am definitely headed back for more berries and hopefully we’ll make it to the recipe stage next time!!

~JESS