Sunday, April 8, 2012

Odwalla Game Day Challenge: Delivering the Gifts! #CBias #SocialFabric

 A couple of weeks ago, I told you about our family's trip to Walmart to purchase some outdoor equipment and Odwalla juice.  We are participating in this month's SIMPLE Service Project with Champions for Kids, and were rounding up some things to donate to a local daycare.

If you'd like to see more  pictures of our shopping trip and the fun things we saw, you can check out my Google+ album featuring the #OdwallaCFK project.

A few days ago, we arranged with Haley to deliver the gifts to her and her daycare kids.  We covered a box in bright blue paper and arranged all of the donations in it.  We gave 2 butterfly nets, 4 large bubble wands, 1 large bottle of refill bubbles, 2 big boxes of sidewalk chalk, 2 big balls, and 8 bottle of Odwalla Juice!
Three of Haley's day care kids were there at the time of delivery.  They were all so excited to receive our gift!
The three boys were jumping up and down and telling us what all the things in the box were.  As soon as we left, they all ran out into the backyard to start playing with their new things.  Many of the bubbles floated around to the front yard and followed us as we drove off!
What a great lesson for our family:  It truly is better to give than to receive.  Putting together this project for Haley's day care was so fun.  I know they really enjoyed having some new fun things to play with outside!
For more information on how you can be involved with Champions For Kids, visit CFK at the following places:

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  #CBias  All opinions are true and are my own.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Sorta-Subway® Series & Homemaking Link-Up Weekend

It's the weekend!!  What's your favorite part about the weekend?  I love weekends most because that's when my husband is off work and we can have family time~~Yay!

One of our family's favorite places to eat out is Subway®.  We love it that we can always find something fresh and healthy there!  I've come up with a few "Sorta-Subway®" recipes that I thought I'd share with you all in a series.

The first in the series is my recipe for Sorta-Subway® Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  These are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and SUPER yummy!

Sorta-Subway® Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter          1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar           1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs                   1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt              1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon    3 c. oats
1 1/2 c. raisins

Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs and beat well.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate about 15 minutes.  Drop by tablespoons onto greased baking sheet.  Bake on 350 for 10 minutes or until middle is done.  Yum!

Linking with:
Project Party Weekend@BNC 
Show and Tell Friday@My Romantic Home
Tater Tots and Jello 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easel Card Tutorial, Lemon Muffins recipe, and Homemaking Link Up Weekend

Who loves a great card tutorial?  I do!  I've recently really been getting back into card making more as I'm anticipating an upcoming scrapbooking retreat! This Easel Card is so easy and fun to make---I'm trying to find a good reason to make a whole bunch more!
Start by cutting a 12x12 piece of card stock into thirds so you have 3 pieces that are 4x12.  You will only be using one strip for the card so one piece of 12x12 will make 3 cards!  Score the paper at 4", 6" and 8".  I use the track of my cutter as a guide and use this bone folder from Martha Stewart to score my lines.
Fold the paper at the score lines and adhere one 2" piece to it's nearest 4" piece on the inside.
Stand up the glued piece to look like an easel.
Decorate the face of the card in your own creative way.
You can use anything you'd like to act as a "stopper" for the standing piece.  Buttons and foam-backed embellishments work great.  I used this cute typewriter key egg embellishment and was reminded of the Cadbury commercial where the bunny lays the Creme Egg!  I loved that commercial as a kid!!
When you've finished your card, why not send it to a friend and invite her over for tea and muffins? 

Lemon Muffins  (makes 12-18)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt 
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Mix the dry ingredients together and then make a well for the remaining ingredients.  Mix until combined and spoon into muffin pans.  Bake at 375°F for 15-20 min. or until the muffins are light brown on top and done inside.  Let cool in pan for 5 minutes or so and then turn out onto a wire rack.  Yum!

Linking up with:
Bubbly Nature Creations Project Party Weekend 
Beverly's Pink Saturday 
Whimsical Wednesdays at AudraSilva.com
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