Friday, June 15, 2012

Cheesy Gift

Instead of a cream cheese ball, a cream cheese gift - how fun! I found this in a FAMILY FUN magazine as well, I believe but when I tore it out of the magazine, the identifying features were gone.
So, just like you are making a cheese ball, mix the ingredients together and then reform into the rectangle shape - just reuse the cream cheese box lined with plastic wrap. Use diced red pepper as the decorative wrapping paper and a scallion for the bow.
Here are the seasonings used in the above recipe:
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Summer Games

As promised, here are some fun summer game ideas! I found these in the FAMILY FUN magazine from June 2008. I'm pretty I'll plan these to be used at my husband's staff picnic in a couple weeks, assuming it will be hot outside!
(#1) Frozen T-Shirt Contest
Gather up as many t-shirts as you will have contestants, soak with water, wring out, fold, and stack on a cookie sheet with waxed paper separating them, and place in the freezer. Hand out the shirts for a race to see who can get the frozen shirt on first!

(#2) Fill It Up
Have teams of two ready to fill up a cup holding a ping pong ball. Have the team members stand six feet apart and, using spray bottles, spray water into their team members cup until the ping pong ball floats out. Be sure to have buckets of water handy for refills!

Christmas Ideas

As promised, here are some fun ideas for Christmas - all taken from the December 2007 / January 2008 FAMILY FUN Magazine:
(#1) Terra-Cotta Nativity 
Every time I see this I think that I am going to do this with my kids for the next Christmas. Every year Christmas goes by without me even thinking about it! This was published in the December 2007/January 2008 edition  of FAMILY FUN Magazine.
Here are the abbreviated directions:
Paint 2 small terra-cotta pots and a small saucer. Use wooden knobs as the heads, drawing the faces on with a fine-point marker. Glue the heads to the pots/cloth.

(#2) Pieces on Earth

This is from the same page in the December 2007/January 2008 FAMILY FUN as the Terra-Cotta Nativity. Use some old puzzle pieces to paint as elves, gingerbread men, or reindeer and glue the accessories on. How cute!

(#3) Pop Down to Christmas
I love bubble wrap - what a simple and fun way to countdown to Christmas! Just cut out the bubble wrap in the shape of a Christmas tree. Glue cut out and decorated paper circles to the 24 circles for a pop for each day!


I have really ignored this blog for a while.
I am very excited about Pinterest and have been trying out some new ideas - from decorating to cleaning to landscaping. I realized I had been keeping my own version of a Pinterest book for several years. I have ideas in there I tore out from magazines: family games, party ideas, crafts, home ideas, etc. So, in an effort to consolidate my Pinterest board online with my dated notebook that has been ignored for far too long, I have scanned some of the pages from my book to post here and then pin on Pinterest. I hope you enjoy the following posts about summer games, Christmas ideas, and more!