Cookie Makeover

Mamas, you know that feeling of panic when you remember that you were suppose to bring something for a function and you totally forgot? I have been there too many times. We want to do all the things but sometimes we over commit ourselves or we are just overwhelmed with all that is on our plate.  This season of life can be a struggle because there are so many things we want to do. So many things we want to make special but we are only one person. We can only do so many things or be so many places at once.

So, if you are signed up to bring something sweet to your next get together or school function here is a quick and easy treat that the kiddos will LOVE. I made sure it was 100% kid approved!

Here is what you need:

That’s it! Store bought cookies, frosting and sprinkles! Rainbow sprinkles make everything more special!

Next we made a cookie sandwich! This is definitely my kind of sandwich!

Of course the last part was my kids favorite part! Sprinkle time!

I filled plates with sprinkles and let them dip the edges of their cookies in the yummy frosting! The more icing between the cookies the more will come out the sides which is ideal for all the sprinkles to stick too!

Easy and cute! And with my helpers we got them done in under 10 minutes! They would be even cuter with themed sprinkles! Think Christmas, valentines, Easter, and July 4th! You can transform store bought cookies into something extra special that will guarantee lots of sticky smiles!

Mamas, no need to stress next time you signed up for that special snack! You can whip these up in no time, or even better, have a cookie bar and let the  kids make their own cookie sandwiches! You may become everyone’s favorite mom!

with love & sprinkles,

Jessica

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Sweet Strawberry Pie

Strawberry picking is a yearly tradition and this year did not disappoint! The hard part about having four kids is making sure that everybody does NOT fill their bucket up to the top. I found this out the hard way one year when my total came to almost $50! So we had to institute a new rule that  we can only fill our buckets up halfway! We have a strawberry field about a mile from our house and we absolutely love that we can drop in whenever we like and go searching for the perfect, sweetest strawberries.

I received a Pie Provision mix in my swag bag from the Pinners conference so I thought I would give it a try! I usually just use a frozen pie crust from the grocery store. You just can’t beat it! Super easy and super yummy! Aren’t these gorgeous? We love to have a contest to see who can find the biggest strawberry and who can find the craziest looking strawberries! This strawberry definitely won the crazy category!Because we were using the pie mix, that needed to be prepared first so it could sit in their fridge for a few hours. After the dough was done I just placed it in my pie plate and baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes. While it was baking I got started on the best part. The strawberry filling! This recipe is so easy! All you need is strawberries, cornstarch, sugar, and strawberry gelatin. That’s it!!

In a small sauce pan I combined 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 1/4 cups of water and brought it to a boil until it thickened. I then added 3 tablespoons of the strawberry gelatin, stirred it and set it aside to cool. Once the gelatin mixture and my pie crust was cool I filled my pie shell with 2 cups of sliced strawberries and then poured the yummy gelatin over the top. Into the fridge it went to set and before long we had a beautiful strawberry pie! Why is the first piece always so hard to cut?

Seriously so yummy! But the best part was the little hands that helped me pick the strawberries and bake the pie! Enjoy my sweet friends!

Xoxo,

Jessica

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Recipe

3 T cornstarch

1 1/4 cups water

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 T strawberry jello

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 baked pie crust

Bake pie shell according to directions and cool. In a small saucepan combine water, cornstarch and sugar until thick and boiling. Mix in jello and cool. Once mixture is cool add the sliced strawberries to the baked pie crust and top with jello mixture. Place in the refrigerator to set. Enjoy!

It’s a Buffalo Plaid Easter

 

Buffalo plaid is all the crafting rage so it was not even a question whether or not to try it on an Easter egg. Painters tape is what makes the magic happen so get out your craft paint, brushes and some tape and try the method we used in this Facebook live. Can’t wait to see what you make!

xoxo,

Jessica

 

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Outdoor Fun!

Ahhh spring! How I love you!!! Longer days, flowers blooming, birds chirping, and warm weather! I can’t get enough! I love being outside as a family on these beautiful nights and thought these ideas would make out time even more special!

 

Life size tic tac toe is always a hit! Sometimes we play on the grass and sometimes we draw lines with chalk on the driveway. You can make your own set super fast and super inexpensive. All you need is some string or chalk, letters (you can get these at a craft store of Walmart) and paint!

My little guy loves cars so we decided to build him his own road that he can move around the yard! Some wood scraps painted black with a yellow line and he was ready to play! Have your wood cut in all different lengths and sit back as you watch their imagination soar!

 

 

Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt? It is one of those childhood memories that stick with you. Well, let’s take it to a whole new level. A glow in the dark hunt! Go grab your eggs from last years hunt and grab some battery operated tea lights from the dollar tree and let the hunt begin! This will become their new favorite tradition, I promise!

Here is to family fun and making sweet memories with those we love most!