Snowmen, Santa Claus, Hershey bars, oh my!


 Can I just tell you I am up to my eyeballs in these things? Why oh why do I volunteer myself for this type of stuff? Oy!  

My boys are cub scouts (and one a boy scout) and as one of the fundraisers this year, a few other people and I decided to make these adorable Santas and Snowmen.  And yes, hers truly decided to speak up and say that it would be so easy to just run these on my machine and knock them out.  The first 280 were doable but let me just say that I’ve already done another 100 and now I need to do 500 more!  Yes, for real! Another mom and I have decided to stop taking orders for now (the cub scouts each order a certain amount to sell on their own and then there are Show and sells where they go to a public place and sell.  We will provide the ones for the Show and sell, but I can’t do any more.  And as you know, Christmas is coming, just around the corner!  

They are cute though, right?!  And the fantastic thing about them and all of this work is 75% of the ones my boys sell goes into their account in scouts.  They can then choose which trips they want to attend and the money will be deducted from this account instead of me having to pay for it.  But now I am realizing that maybe it would have just been easier to stay in my little corner and pay for the trips on my own lol.

Oh well, I am a people pleaser 🙂  So what do you think?  Cute, right?!

Here was our set up last night at the Show and Sell.



And the Santa hat topiary thing, I whipped up before we went.  I love the way the santa hat turned out, it’s so cute!  I embroidered our Pack # on a piece of red felt and stuck it on.  I wanted to make it removeable so that after the show and sells, I could remove it.  🙂 Now I need to go get some tea and get to work!  Good morning.

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Here kitty, kitty adorable knit outfit, size 2T

Kitty outfit

How cute is this outfit? This is a size 2T Raglan shirt with knit pants.  My comfort waist bands lay gently against your baby’s belly for total comfort. If your 2T baby is super skinny, this pair of pants would probaby NOT work for them.
If you are interested in purchasing it, drop me a line at or post here.  Do you want to send as a gift for someone?  I can ship directly to your recipient with a note card included.

Thanks so much! Mary

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Good idea and now I love it!


So, a button on my little ones’s pants broke off. I intended on sewing a waistband so they were still useable. I had a few hiccups but you get the idea. (Don’t look too closely, you will see the mishaps, but you get the point. This was a trial pair so it’s all good) Now he just needs to wake up so he can try them on.

When I first posted this, I wasn’t so sure I loved it.  I cut around one of the metal pieces (Oh what are they called, I can’t remember! LOL)  Well it made the stitch a little wonky.  But once he woke up, I couldn’t wait to try them on him.  The outcome: I love them!  No fussing with snaps or button and the zipper still works.  They go on with ease and look adorable too!  Now I am thinking I might want to convert all of his jeans haha!  AND the best part is, this little boy of mine is growing WAY too fast and outgrowing everything faster than I can buy or make more.  If I put a longer waistband on, this could enable us to use the clothes just a tad longer.

Does anyone want to see a tutorial on how to do it?  If so, I can always post one.  If not, I will just move onto my next project 😛



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Elf on the Shelf Poem

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Elf on the Shelf Poem!

Here is a poem I created for our Elf on the Shelf.  Feel free to copy it and share with your family.

 I would appreciate it if you use it or share with your friends/family that you link to my blog to give me credit.  Thank you!

The words in Parenthesis can be edited to fit your situation.  Since elves show up at houses at a different time, change wording to week, day, and so on.  Same goes for helping (parents) clean up.  Households vary, so change to fit yours.(grandma, aunt and so on)  And finally, sign your elf’s name.  I hope you enjoy the poem!

T’was the (month) before Christmas and all through the house,

everyone was sleeping, including the mouse.


I tip toed around some toys and an old cookie,

was that a stinky sock playing tug o war with me?


What could this be I thought to myself,

had the children forgotten to clean up for the elf?


I rolled up my sleeves to pick up your toys,

trying to be quiet, I couldn’t make noise!


I reached in my pocket for some magic dust,

let’s hope this works and isn’t a bust.


My flying was silly, I yelled, Yippee!,

When I crashed into the workshop, Santa was laughing at me.


He asked if my children were nice that day,

if they helped their (parents) put their toys away.


I told him what I had found on the floor that night,

I gave him my report and soared into flight.


My take off was perfect, my hat stayed put,

I was like a ballerina when I landed on one foot.


I took a sip of cocoa and crept into place,

I couldn’t wait to see your sweet, smiling face.


My dear children, I love you, you see,

I can’t wait until you come tomorrow to find me.


A new day is upon us to start fresh again,

so let’s make it a good one my dear little friend.


Show some kindness to everyone near,

and Santa will reward you at Christmas this year.


That is all I can to say on this fine day,

my mission to spy must get underway.



 Love your elf, (name)



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Day 3* Elf on the shelf*2012


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Cauliflower crust pizza

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I made two versions this time, turkey bacon and veggie.                                                             … Continue reading

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Cream of cauliflower soup


This is a pretty easy soup to make and tastes pretty good too.  Since my son and I have started a new low carb/low sugar diet, I’ve been trying to think of some new items to cook for him.  I have heard many time (although I haven’t tried it yet) that mashed cauliflower tastes like mashed potatoes. I kind of wing things when I cook, so here’s the recipe:

1 head of cauliflower (cut the florets off and cut in large chunks)

1 quart of water (or I used College Inn Chicken broth)

3 cloves of garlic-diced

Low fat/non fat milk- as needed

Optional: Shredded cheese

Salt, pepper and any other herbs you would like to use.  I used fresh parsley(flat leaf) and garlic powder.

Toss cauliflower (raw) into a pot with the water or broth and garlic.  Let cook until the cauliflower is mushy.

Use a food processor, blender or handheld blender to puree.  Be careful if the soup is still hot!!  Add milk to thin the soup out or just to add a bit of creaminess.  You can leave it out all together if you prefer.

Put soup back into the pot and season.  You can also add your cheese in at this point if you are adding that.  If the soup is too thin (sometimes cauliflower can contain more water) thicken it with a slurry of water and cornstarch.

Now since I love my potato soup topped with thinly sliced onions that are lightly tossed in seasoned flour, I did it for this too.

Seasoned Flour mix:

Use a cup of flour and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne (don’t worry, just add a little, it won”t be spicy)

Slice onion thinly and coat in the flour.  Do not do this ahead of time, it will get all nasty!  Lightly pan fry (gah! I know…you could probably do it in the oven by lightly spraying with cooking spray)

Drain on a paper towel.

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