Friday, April 18, 2014

Mr. Robot Stuffed Toy

Of all the parts of our recent Robot Birthday Party, these Mr. Robot Stuffed Toys that I made for our party guests to take home were my absolute favorite.

My. Favorite.

Years ago one of my Little Misters actually got a robot sewn from this same pattern for a birthday present. I loved everything about it, and he loved it too.

So fast forward a few years to when Little asked for a Robot party, I immediately remembered the robot toy we already had. I wanted to make more. Lots more.

So I went and bought the pattern from the amazing Wee Wonderfuls. The pattern is the Spaceboy and Robot pattern. Such a stinkin' cute pattern.

I love that it allowed me to gather a bunch of different fabrics that all coordinated with my party colors.

Every little detail of this robot is the cutest. From the antenna on top of the cheery head, to the little claw arms.

One of my favorite parts of this pattern is the opportunity for me to embellish the "control board" however I wanted. I trimmed. I stitched. I scrapped. I buttoned.

Funny thing though, I had a little duh moment.

As I was decorating for the party and getting all the last minute things ready, Little came in and looked at the robots and loudly declared, "Mom! You forgot their eyes!"

Say What?!

Why yes I did.


In fact, I not only forgot the eyes, but I also forgot to stitch on the little mouth.

Eek. With 30 minutes before guest arrived I decided to forgo the little smirk mouth and to hot glue on the eyes instead of sewing them on. Hehehe. A girl does what she has to.

Oh, but I love them so much. This pattern is perfect and allowed me to make the perfect thing to give our party guests to thank them for coming to our Robot Birthday Party.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mister Roboto T-Shirt

Anytime I think anything robot, I sing these words to the oh-so-famous 80's song. The Robot Birthday Party we just threw was no exception, and I found it necessary to incorporate the well known words onto a t-shirt for Little to wear to the party.

Funny thing is I have actually never heard the whole song. I just know these words and upon singing these words I find it absolutely necessary to break out not only my robotic voice, but also my robotic dance moves. One really can't be done without the other.

So while making this shirt, there was an awful lot of robot singing and dancing.

This led to Oldest having a thought or two.

None of which were how awesome and unbelievably cool his mom is. What does he know anyway?

One of the thoughts he had was, "What the heck is this song?" Another one that he voiced quite readily was, "Uh, I don't think that is a real song."

With indignation we let him know "It is too a song!" No we did not stick our tongues out at him, though it was tempting.

Then Hubby played it for him.

That is when it was determined by all that the song was pretty stinkin' weird.

Oh well, that certainly did not stop me from using the phrase for this Mister Roboto T-shirt.

Here are the quick details about this shirt.

I like to buy my plain t-shirts at Walmart...aka The Mart. The Mart has a great selection of Hanes t-shirts and they are under $4.

The vinyl for the shirts is flocked heat transfer vinyl, and I buy mine from Expressions Vinyl. I love this blue color, but you will want to make sure to wash it inside out in cool water (otherwise it can bleed).

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the words and the robot. The words are in the font bauhaus. The robot image is also actually a font. It is a Robot dingbat font that I downloaded to my computer. I went through the alphabet and picked a dingbat that I like most.

After this dingbat of course.

 The result was this very cool Mister Roboto T-shirt on this pretty cool kid.

Stay tuned for some more fun projects from Little's Robot Birthday Party, including a party wrap up.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Parmesan Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks and Peas--My Weekly Menu Plan with All You Magazine

‘This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You Magazine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #lifeforless”

As a busy mom of four always hungry Little Men and one regular Hubby Man, I am always on the look out for super yummy meals that I can make for a good price and that I can whip up really quickly.

Recently I went to a great source for family and budget friendly recipes, my latest issue of All You Magazine. After running to the oh-so-lovely and forever-my-favorite-store Target to grab the April edition, I poured over all the recipes.

I found a TON of recipes that I instantly wanted to try. One of my favorite set of recipes was the Feed Your Family: 1 Week, 5 Easy Meals.

I picked a few and put them into my Weekly Menu Plan.

The first recipe I tried was this awesome Parmesan Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks, and Peas.

 Instant crowd pleaser for my hungry rowdy crowd.

The meal came together SO easy. I mean like WAY easy. I put it all together quick enough that the villagers didn't have hardly any time to raise a famished riot. Then once the villagers were happily devouring their food there was not a single word to be heard. Okay, maybe there were a couple of muffled sounds between bites. After all they are rowdy boys.

I didn't alter the recipe at all. This pasta dish turned out perfectly and it will make it on to the Weekly Menu Plan again. We also made the Baked Chicken Spring Rolls.

Man those were tasty as well.

I love that they have family friendly recipes with a grocery list that went with it.

Not only was I inspired by these yummy recipes from All You Magazine, but I was also inspired to put together a Weekly Menu Plan printable. One I can print out and hang on my fridge.

I typed up my weekly menu onto a blank form.

Blank Weekly Menu Plan download

I know this Parmesan Bow-Tie  Pasta with Ham, Leeks, and Peas will make it back in our menu rotation very soon.

Parmesan Bow-Tie with Ham, Leeks, and Peas
All You Magazine

salt and pepper
12 oz bow-tie pasta
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup half and half
4 oz deli ham, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the peas and half and half and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ham. Season with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta, reserving some pasta water. Add the pasta into the skillet along with the cheese and toss to coat. Add some of the reserved pasta water if the pasta seems dry.

Serve immediately with  more Parmesan.

I am telling you, you need to try this recipe out. You should also try the Baked Chicken Spring Rolls. Heck, all the recipes in the April All You Magazine look amazing.

Run to Target, like I have to really tell you to do that. So go to Target, like I know you want to anyway, and pick up the April issue of All You Magazine. Print off your $1 off coupon HERE (while supplies last).

Also, since we all love Target how about a little giveaway. You know like a $50 gift card to Target giveaway. Feel free to jump up and down. I won't judge. I mean $50 gift card to Target...that is awesome. AWESOME!

Enter to win below.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lemon Cheesecake Pie

Oh Lemon Cheesecake Pie, you had me at Lemon AND Cheesecake AND Pie.

Oh,  AND again at lemons, just so you know how much I love lemons.

The lemons have come out to play!! Can you sense that Spring is in the air and that Summer is nipping at its heels?

 I am pretty excited about this pie. I am excited that I made it. I am excited that it was pretty. I am ecstatic that I got to eat it...well not the whole pie...just a piece...or two...

When I was growing up I would pick a piece of pie over a piece of cake any day. My pie of choice was Marie Callender's Sour Cream Lemon Pie. We didn't have it often, which made it that much more special.

This isn't a knock off recipe for that pie. While I sure loved that Sour Cream Lemon Pie, it was missing two of my favorite things. That would be a good graham cracker crust and some cheesecake.

Well, don't worry (cause I know you were) this Lemon Cheesecake Pie takes care of that. Bam graham cracker crust and cheesecake meet yourselves some lemon.

Go ahead and fall in love.

I won't judge you if you lick the screen right now.

Now after you lick the screen, you probably should make the pie because the screen might look as pretty as the real thing, but it won't actually taste like pie. Just in case you didn't know that. Hehehe.

Now go get your lemon on and start enjoying nicer weather!

Lemon Cream Cheese Pie
adapted from Top Secret Recipes

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 Tablespoons sugar

cheesecake filling:
1-8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

lemon filling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
pinch salt
1 cup water
2 egg yolks
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Then press the mixture into a pie pan. Set aside.

Prepare the cheesecake filling mix by combining the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg with a mixer. Mix well until smooth. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes until center is set and cooked.

Let the pie cool while preparing the lemon filling.

For the lemon filling start by combining the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a simmer over low heat, stirring frequently.

Whisk in egg yolk. Then add in the lemon juice and butter. Keep stirring. Once the mixture simmers immediately remove it from the heat. Pour the lemon filling over the cream cheese filling. Let the pie cool.

Once the pie is cool, chill the pie for at least 3 hours.

Serve with whipped cream.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Green and Orang Hoppy Easter Mantel

Happy Easter...or should I say HOPPY Easter?!

I went a little cray with the HOPPY theme for my Easter decorations.

After I made the Easter Teacher Appreciation gifts for this year, I fell in love with the whole bunny thing. I also happened to become obsessed with using green and orange for my Easter colors.

With my bunny love and green and orange obsession in mind I went to brain storming.

In the middle of that storm my brain settled on something that I was rather giddy about.

I am in love, love I tell you, with the oh-so-popular song by Pharrell Williams "Happy".

My love of this song sparked me to make a printable to go along with my Green and Orange Hoppy Easter Mantel.



Oh heavens! I really love these clipboard signs. It was one of those moments when I actually felt a bit clever. Just a bit mind you.

A funny little Easter homage to my current favorite song.

Download HERE

I paired my signs with a lot more green and orange, including some tissue pom poms. I do love my tissue pom poms.

I also am a big fan of decorating with candy, because well, duh I LOVE candy.

Another thing I love, giant kelly green bunny art. Now I haven't always been in love with giant green bunnies. That is new.

Thanks to this.

He sits there rather jollily.

I also added in these ceramic bunny garden stakes to some IKEA fake grass. I found these sweet little bunnies at Target. I simply spray painted them orange to fit into my green and orange theme.

Then it seemed best to throw a carrot printable in. Ya know the whole bunnies like carrots and carrots are orange and green thing seemed to fit.

So I created these simple carrot prints using PicMonkey. Then I put them up with some green washi tape next to my giant green bunny.

Download HERE

There ya have it. My whole green and orange obsession right there in one Springy and festive place.

I hope you enjoy my bit of spring and Easter.
I hope you enjoy these printables...especially my little ode to Pharrell Williams' HAPPY. 

Thanks for reading!

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