Shamrock Pops with Printable Flags

We made it to Friday!  Where has the week gone?!

I have been super busy with preparations for the Colorado Blogger Spring Soiree!  I can't wait to have an official blogging meet-up here in lil' old Colorado.  Who would have thought?!  I'm giddy at the idea of it and can't wait to meet up with some of you tomorrow!!

I am finally getting my St. Patrick's Day act together.  Recently I raided my pantry and used up some leftover Valentine's Day candy to create these festive shamrock pops!  These were so.easy!

I am all about rainbows right now.  I am craving some bright colors and some springtime!  See those rainbow flags?   Yes, you can print those.  But first... let's make some shamrock pops!

So I raided my pantry and found these heart candies from Valentine's Day.  I had these left over from Little Man's ABC valentines.  (Although this would be even easier if you had a heart mold!  Because I realize that dipping chocolates in chocolate might be just a little bit silly!  So yes, use the mold.  Or a heart ice cube tray!)

My idea was combining 3 chocolate hearts to create a shamrock.

Here is what I did:

I melted some green candies.  I made sure it wasn't TOO hot so it wouldn't melt the chocolate!

I stabbed a small hole in the center heart.  Don't do what I did and just jam it inside the heart.  Use a fork.  It works better!

Then dip your 3 hearts in the chocolate.

Combine together and let dry on wax paper.  These held together surprisingly well!

Now decorate!  I covered up my messy dipping with some fun sprinkles !  Little Man even helped decorate a few.

These will be fun to give away to friends!

And don't forget these rainbow flags!

If you would like to print your own "Lucky Me" rainbow flags (you could even wrap these around a straw if you would like!), just click here to download the PDF.

We're feeling pretty lucky lately.  Good things are happening for us right now.

Have a fantastic weekend my friends!!

The Lorax Cupcakes {Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss}

Hooray for Friday!

Little Man has a fun play group that meets together each week.  This Wednesday, it was our turn to host.  To introduce our "S is for Seuss" Mommy School unit, I decided to throw a little Dr. Seuss birthday party!  We made Cat in the Hat paper headbands, read some Dr. Seuss books, and ate Lorax cupcakes!

Of course the cupcakes were a big hit with the boys.

Little Man and his friends enjoyed every bite!

(Little Man wasn't loving the idea of wearing his hat!)

These were so fun to make!

* I just tinted my favorite frosting orange using orange food coloring.

* I used white peanut butter M&M's for the eyes, and drew the eyeballs on with black icing.

* I used the edges of Oreos for the moustaches.  I dipped them in yellow melts and drizzled some extra yellow chocolate for the "furry" look.

* I used a white Chicket for the nose and a part of a red Lifesaver for the mouth!

Are you going to see the new "The Lorax" movie?

We just might be going on a Mommy/son date to the movies today!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Spider Web Pancakes

I love traditions--LOVE them.  And it seems like every year, I am adding more and more new fun traditions to our holiday routines.  In the past, we have always enjoyed a delicious Halloween breakfast of pumpkin waffles made into jack-o-lantern faces.  And they are tasty for sure.

But I had a new idea that I tried out over the weekend.  Now I can't wait for Halloween to hurry up and get here so we can eat these spider web pancakes!

Especially after our Insects unit in Mommy School, I think Little Man will love these!

So here is what I did...

I mixed up our favorite batch of buttermilk pancakes. Yummmmm!

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Spider Oreo Snacks

Back to School time really motivated me to start up Mommy School again!

We took the summer off, but once I saw the school buses around our neighborhood, I was ready!  For the last couple of weeks, we have been loving our "I is for Insects" unit.  This week I decided to surprise Little Man with a "spider snack" after his nap.

He loves Oreo cookies.  He honestly prefers Oreos over my homemade cookies.  Tragic, huh?  I am still working on that... Anyway, I knew he would fall in love with these little spiders, and I was right!  This was probably my 'Coolest Mom' moment of the week.  We sat down and enjoyed Oreo spiders with milk!

 

Although I had hoped to dip these spiders in chocolate, I realized only had vanilla candy wafers on hand.  So this was a great time to teach Little Man about white albino spiders!!

These were SUPER easy to make...

I started out with a bowl of vanilla candy wafers.

 

I melted them for just 30 seconds in the microwave and mixed them up well.

We always have Double Stuff Oreos on hand at our house!  Seriously. We have at least 2 packages at all times.  It's like our food storage.

 

I wedged a pretzel stick inside the Oreo and dipped it in the candy.  I resisted the urge to eat it up right then and let it cool on wax paper.  (You could also speed up the process by sticking them in the refrigerator!)

I dipped 4 pretzel sticks (broken in half) in the candy wafers too, and wedged them in each side for the spider's legs.  I added mini chocolate chip eyes and a sour straw mouth before they set up, too.

 

We used M&M's for these eyes.

And my little bumblebee gobbled up his spider! In fact, he begged for another one!

So we made a couple more.  They were YUMMY!

If you're searching for a healthier option, you could try out Ritz crackers and peanut butter!

Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

Apple Lollipops {Mommyapolis}

I am thrilled to welcome a fabulous guest!  Shannon from Mommyapolis is here, sharing a wonderful idea that would be perfect for back to school time!

Hi!

My name is Shannon, and I feel so honored to be a guest on Oopsey Daisy today! I blog over at Mommyapolis, a site geared towards all of us extremely busy mom's who need some quick ideas to keep our little ones busy!

I am the mommy of 3 little boys we call the "S" brothers ages 5, 4, and 8 months.   I have been a teacher for the past 12 years teaching everything from first grade to elementary reading and most recently, morning Kindergarten.  Teaching half-day Kindergarten allows me the opportunity to be a little bit professional and a little bit stay-at-home Mom!  This year I'm going to try out being 100% stay-at-home Mom.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Today I thought I'd show you a quick and easy craft you can do with your kids that has a bit of a fall or back to school theme. I call them "Apple Lolli's."

Where we live school doesn't start until after Labor Day, but I have plenty of friends that are starting back in the next couple of weeks. You could maybe make these for your child's teacher and bring them to open house night... They are super quick, easy, and low on the messy scale!

Apple Lolli's

What You'll Need:
Red and Green Jolly Ranchers (I used 4 reds and 1 green for ONE sucker)
Craft Stick/Popsicle Stick/Lollipop Stick
Tin Foil
Gallon Size Bag
Cookie Sheet
Oven
DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 250F and sort through all those colorful Jolly Ranchers.

2. Put your red jolly ranchers in a plastic baggie and crush them with a hammer to form smaller pieces (don't crush too much because you don't want super small pieces). Repeat this process with your green jolly ranchers. I'll be honest, I had my kids do this and they LOVED it.... I thought maybe we should do it outside, but after experimenting myself I found it doesn't take much to smoosh the jolly's so we did it inside!


3. Place a lollipop stick on your baking sheet lined with tinfoil.

4. Arrange all your broken red pieces in a circle at the top of your lollipop stick making an apple shape. Make sure all pieces are touching so it melts properly. I sprinkled any "dust" my kids made over the entire apple shape just to make sure it would all stick. Add the green pieces to the top of the red to form a "stem"...


5. Slide your cookie sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until completely melted... At the end, it melts quickly so it's fun to watch!

6. Remove your apple from the oven and allow it to cool before peeling it off the foil. One thing to note is that these are "free formed" lollipops. If you prefer your lollipops to be perfect you could use an apple shaped metal cookie cutter to help you out.  This suggestion was made by my very professional pastry chef of a sister-in-law, and I think it's a fantastic idea!

7. Wrap it up for your favorite teacher OR eat it yourself! YUM...
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Aren't those sucker fabulous?!  Here are a few of my other favorite projects from Mommyapolis:

I really want to try these fun bath paints with Little Man!

I adore Shannon's handprint crafts like these Santa's.

You will find all kinds of yummy recipes too... like these homemade popsiciles!

Go check out some more fun projects at Mommyapolis!

Happy Tuesday!

The Monster Sandwich

Ever since our monster playdate, we've had monsters on our mind!
This is what we ate for lunch today:
The slightly scary but oh-so-yummy monster sandwich!
We couldn't help but cackle wickedly while eating every bite!
You can easily make a monster sandwich with what you have on hand in your own crisper drawer.  But this is what we used for ours:
* Lunch meat for face
* Sprouts for hair/fur
* Cucumbers for eyes
* Olives for eye balls
* Cheese for nose
* Cherry tomatoes for mouth
* Pickle for tongue

 

Many times, my food crafts are not even close to being healthy.  But with this fresh yumminess served on whole wheat bread, it's a perfectly healthy meal.
I hope you enjoy a healthy snack with your own little monsters!
Cheers!

Monster Play Date

Let's start out Summer Camp with a BANG!
In case you missed this post...
Every Friday throughout the summer, fabulous guests will be sharing creative ideas based on a children's story book.
Today, I am going to share MY idea to kick-start this fun series.
Did I mention that there would be roaring?
Oh yes.  Big, loud monstrous roars!
Recently, Little Man and Cousin got together for a monster play date based on one of our very favorite children's books:
One of the best.books.ever. Seriously!! The perfect story about friendly and lovable (yet scary) monsters!
Yes there were cupcakes.
And games.
Even dancing.
Are you ready to see all of the gory, adorable details??

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Eggs

Remember how yesterday I mentioned that I was living on chocolates???
It's true.
Everything is better with chocolate.
Yes, Easter is a measly 3 days away... but this is one idea you can bust out in just a few minutes!  Tis the season for decorating eggs, and these eggs satisfy my sweet tooth!
I did a happy dance when I stumbled upon these jumbo egg "mallows" at the grocery store.  I knew they were bound to make a fun *and sweet* project!
I followed the directions on the package to melt my chocolate candy coating.  I may have had to taste test this.  Several times.  Like, I ate so much that the chocolate dried up and I had to reheat it!

 

I stabbed a mallow egg with a lollipop stick (I also tried toothpicks) and dipped it in the chocolate.
Then, I let them dry on wax paper.  The fun part was busting out all of my decorating supplies and getting creative!  I used some frosting, sprinkles, M&M's, and left some just plain chocolate.  This is where you can get creative!
Throw in some green-tinted coconut, and you have your own special Easter egg basket!
It's like a little Easter s'more without the mess!!
Delicious!
Enjoy!
Linking to
Tidy Mom

Heart-Shaped Cake Pops

In case you missed my guest post on Tip Junkie...
I love a good celebration, and all good celebrations include treats, right?  I made these fun heart-shaped cake pops to give out to friends and family for Valentine's Day.  Come along to see how to make your own!
 
I followed Bakerella's fabulous instructions to mix up the cake balls using a red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting.  You simply crumble the baked cake and store-bought cream cheese frosting together!  Instead of rolling them into balls, I decided to mold heart shapes.  My heart-shaped ice cube trays created perfect little hearts.  (If you don't have trays, don't stress!  You can easily mold heart shapes by hand!)  I let my hearts chill in the refrigerator for a full 24 hours.
The next day, it was time to dip those hearts in chocolate!  I wanted both white and milk chocolate hearts, so I followed the package instructions to melt white (vanilla) candy coating and chocolate candy coating.  I dipped the end of my lollipop stick in the chocolate and inserted it into the heart first.  I let the chocolate on the stick get firm, and then I dipped the hearts into chocolate.  I found the method that worked the best for me was using a spoon to coat the hearts.
I laid out all the hearts on wax paper to dry.  Don't worry about the messy sticks--you can clean them up later!
After the chocolate hardened up, I dipped my fork in the opposite color of chocolate, and just drizzled the hearts.
I dressed them up with a little bow, but then I had an even better idea!  Why not add festive Valentine messages to each heart cake pop??
I used the paper from Pink Igloo Designs' Hugs & Kisses kit to create these tags.  Good news--you can print and download your own tags at the end of this post! (Thanks, Pink Igloo Designs!)  After wrapping the hearts in clear cellophane wrap, I punched holes in the top and bottom of each tag, and just slid them on the stick!
Even if you don't give them away, they make awfully cute centerpieces to add to your Valentine's Day decor!
If you would like to make your own cake pops, you can choose from these 3 tags for your very own pops!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Book Advent: Day 17 {Polar Express Candy Trains!}

Happy weekend, my friends!


It's going to be an insane day of last-minute shopping, wrapping, and baking!  But it's all part of the magic, right?!  The countdown is on--one more week until Christmas!  The beautiful part about our Christmas book advent is that we are creating new family traditions.  I know for a fact that we will keep adding to our "Gingerbread Man" day each Christmas.  And I believe this book will continue making a special appearance also:
I don't know if there is any book more magical than The Polar Express.  My favorite day of teaching was our annual Polar Express pajama party.  So I decided to start up this tradition with Little Man.
When Little Man woke up from his nap, he enjoyed this train snack.  I saw this idea originally here.  I just used graham crackers for the train, mini Oreos for wheels, and frosting to put it all together.
Mr. Oopsey Daisy dressed Little Man in pajamas while I quickly set up a train out of our kitchen chairs.  The marched down the stairs and had to present their Polar Express tickets.  After I punched them, they could sit on the "train."
Little Man absolutely LOVED the train.  It took a lot of convincing to get him off the choo-choo train!  We read The Polar Express book, followed by hot chocolate.  Then, I gave my boys one of these candy trains:
For these candy trains, I used hot glue to assemble the candies....
*I used a lifesaver package for the main body of the train.
* I used a carmel topped with Hershey kiss for top of the engine.
*I used a Reese's peanut butter cup for the back of the train.
* The wheels are those adorable Brach's taffy candies.
We finished the night by watching The Polar Express Movie.  It was a wonderful time, and I know Little Man enjoyed every minute of it!
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