We Lived Happily Ever After: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Colorful Party Ice Cubes Using Food Coloring!

So, I saw this amazing idea on Pinterest to color your ice cubes using kool aid. I try to stay away from extra sugar if I can, so instead, I just used straight water and some food coloring drops.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY Flower Screen Made from Napkins, String, and Staples! {$5 Project}

Well, we are already in week 2 of 5! 

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Oreo Pops!

When I saw this idea on "Hip Hip Hooray" I just HAD to do it!

I mean, it's cake pops without all the work (& it's just as cute!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Love Notes

Love Notes are a great interactive decoration for any party.

They are a great Guest Books idea for  weddings. Or you can use it to leave notes of congratulations and encouragement for events such as graduations, birthdays, or anniversaries.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Paper Lantern {Under $5 Project}

Paper Lanterns give such a big statement.
I always thought that they were expensive- until I saw them at the Christmas Tree Shops for $1.50 each (we're talking about 30" wide lanterns) So I grabbed some!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Popcorn Cone Tutorial {Plus Free Printables}

Party Treat Cones just make life look so FUN!

Zebra Popcorn Recipe

 Tomorrow I will be putting up my (super cute) free Popcorn Cone Printables- but today I am going to show you how to make some gourmet popcorn! 

Ever heard of Zebra Popcorn? It's a delicious combination of caramel popcorn drizzled with white and semi-sweet chocolate. Very special to me because it was one of the last memories I have of my great grandfather, Papa.

You can either drizzle on store bought caramel popcorn, or do it my way. You decided to do it my way? Good. So, pop your corn. :)  

I used a 9x13" (3 quart) pyrex dish full of popcorn. It all really depends on how coated you want your popcorn. If you want it to be less coated, just add more popcorn. 

This recipe does not contain any corn syrup. Instead we use Heavy Whipping Cream.

So, combine 2 cups Brown Sugar, I stick Butter, 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream, and a pinch of salt.

Bring them to a roaring boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Then pour into a mixer and whip for 3 minutes. This will act as the thickening agent (thus, the Heavy Whipping Cream)

* If you want a really crunchy caramel popcorn, then substitute corn syrup for the heavy whipping cream, boil for 4 more minutes, and skip the whipping in mixer part.

Now just mix the caramel into your popcorn. 

Let it dry.  
{Some people bake their caramel corn at 250 F for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.} 

Now, drizzle melted white & semi-sweet chocolate over the caramel popcorn. Let harden and then enjoy!

Popcorn is such a  great party food- I mean who doesn't like popcorn?
Go here to see how I made my own Popcorn Booth. 


There you are Folks! Zebra Popcorn! Stop by tomorrow for the Popcorn Cone Printables!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Mason Jar Party Cups! {Using Scrapbook Paper}

What could be more fun for parties than using mason jars for your drinks?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Butterflies Using Wax Paper and Books! {Pattern Included}

Welcome to the first post in my five week series.  I have the most amazing pinterest inspired party ideas to share with you all.

5 Weeks of Party DIY & Tutorials!!!

If you saw my first post in this series you will know that this whole project has been based off of my Lovely Sister Laurel's 19th Surprise Birthday party we threw her.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Baby Bear Hat Pattern

I just made my first pdf sewing pattern to share with you all! Yay!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Game Day Hot Wings

It's Football Season again- in our house that means it's Hot Wing Season too! 

I had never fried a chicken until my husband told me how much he loves fried hot wings. So, because I love him so much I gave it a try! These are a huge favorite at our place and are the perfect Game Day Food.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

DIY Rustic Centerpiece Box

 I had some extra boards left over from previous projects, and after seeing Shanty 2 Chic's Planter Box Centerpiece, I got inspired to make a "chunkier" version of my own.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sharpie on Ceramics! Bake at 350 for 30 minutes & it's permanent!

 If you're on Pinterest, I am sure most of you have seen this awesome idea- Writing on your dishes with sharpies! I love Crafty Texas Girl's Version, A Beautiful Mess also did an adorable version & Brooklyn Limestone has a great plate idea (however, she uses a real ceramic pen for hers.)  If you bake the sharpie design on it, its supposed to be permanent. I just had to give this one a try! 

First, wash & dry your dishes.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

DIY Oatmeal Flour Using Blender {Healthy and Delicious Alternative to Bleached Flour}

First off, I am NOT a health freak. I like my fried chicken & sweets. But I do want to make sure my family isn't getting overly processed foods.

My mom fed us waaaaaaay too much oatmeal, so I have personally pretty much lost my taste for stove top oatmeal. But this is sooo delicious in flour form.