Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids

Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids is a reuse and recycle craft! It is very inexpensive and fun to make as well.

I like the Pringles Lids because they are clear. All the other plastic lids on cans I have found are translucent; not clear. This clear lid makes a great project for Valentines (as well as other holidays) as a window decoration or for hanging from a chandelier.

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When making as a window decoration, you only need to decorate one side. ( This is easier for young children.) I’ve decorated both sides and repeated the same design matching each of the stickers on the back side, but you only need to do this if you are going to hang them from a chandelier.

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By using sparkle foam self-stick stickers or any Valentine sticker, the application is easy. A few glitzy, rhinestone stickers add a little sparkle! I happened to get a red rhinestone ribbon 70% off after Christmas so I used that for the edging. Just cutting a row of two wide and applying it to the edge with a glue gun, finishes it off nicely. If you don’t have this, glue the edge with a tacky glue and roll in pink, white or red sparkle glitter to finish it off or a 1/4 ” seasonal ribbon works, too.  Younger children will find it easier to roll the edge in glitter.

 

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Punch a hole in the lid and add fish line or ribbon for hanging. Now, hang your “Valentine Decoration” creations in the window or from a chandelier.  

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Snowball Cake

Having a party with a winter theme? This Snowball Cake is showy and delicious! Everyone will wonder how you did it! The recipe I used is found on allrecipes.com. I included two variations and the links to the recipes. I’ll, also, explain how I’ve varied the recipe a bit.

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I like both the chocolate and angelfood versions. The chocolate version has a hidden cream cheese surprise, while the angelfood version is lemon-pineapple flavored.These two versions of the Snowball Cake will not only impress your guests with the presentation, but with the taste! They look hard, but I promise they’re easy to do!

The angelfood version is much lighter, but both have a “wow-factor”!

 

I’ll show you both versions…..

Click on the link for the complete recipe of each version!

Snowball Cake Chocolate Surprise Version…..

For this Snowball Cake, I followed the recipe except for two exceptions. First, I didn’t bake it in the bowl that I mixed it in. I poured it into another bowl which I sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. It came out so much easier! Second, I used a different frosting.

The directions are very easy. You mix the chocolate cake mix according to the package directions. Next, add the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter and bake.

For the frosting, I used a pint of whip cream and 1 package of instant vanilla pudding or instant chocolate pudding instead of the whipped topping and coconut. I whipped the cream and pudding together until it formed peaks and then iced the cake. The frosting is a creamy color and not white, but I liked the flavor better. Also, I left out the coconut as several guests preferred it without that addition. It still made a great looking cake and was impressive to serve.

 

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Add cream cheese mixture to the center of the batter. No mixing, just place it on top of the cake batter. Don’t worry, it works!

 

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 We used this version as our Jesus birthday cake at Christmas. My granddaughters decorated it with cherries and cut green leaves from some fruit flavored gummy snacks. The girls wanted  baby Jesus in the middle so they made a bed of hay (corn flakes) and added a baby (two mini marshmallows with eyes from a toothpick dipped in blue food coloring and a mouth from the red food coloring). The halo was a Cheerio!

 

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The second version uses angelfood cake and is much lighter in calories. 

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I , also, changed it just a bit. 

 

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 This is the store-bought cake and how I lined the bowl with parchment paper.

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 For the mixture, I substituted Sugar Free Lemon Jello, 1  3/4 cups boiling water and 1 cup of pineapple juice drained from the can of pineapple plus 1 tsp. of lemon juice. After cooling a bit, I added the drained pineapple. When starting to thicken, add the whipped topping. I eliminated their amounts for sugar, water, lemon juice and unflavored gelatin.

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 Add cake and pineapple-lemon mixture in four layers. I did 1/4 cake and 1/4 mixture. It is very important to let this set in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before removing from the bowl. When set, invert onto a serving plate, peel the parchment paper off, frost with whipped topping, and decorate. Return cake to the refrigerator to keep cool. Again, we decorated it without the coconut. Either way, it looks fantastic! 

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So delicious! 

 

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 The cake slices easily for serving! Light, lemon-pineapple, and luscious! 

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This cake would be great in the summer, too. Just don’t mention the “snowball” name! 

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 Won’t your guests be impressed? While the presentation will draw Ooh’s and Aah’s, they will love the taste, too!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Valentine Box Ideas

The next holiday, Valentine’s Day,  is just around the corner and hopefully these Valentine Box Ideas will get your creative juices flowing for your child’s own Valentine box. I remember making my Valentine box for school so many years ago.  Do you?

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If you’ve saved a few cereal, oatmeal, kleenex, shoe, and gift boxes, you’ve got the makings for your creations. Add a few cardboard tubes, egg cartons, duct tape, google eyes, construction paper, paint, yarn and perhaps a mop and see what you can create. These 40+ Valentine Box Ideas will be great inspiration! Some are easy and some are more involved. Pick your level and create! It’s a fun project for you and your child or grandchild to work on together.

For each creation, I’ve linked to the blog where it can be found. A few pictures were unidentified and no blog was found so those are left blank.  Enjoy all these fun ideas…..

 

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   Angry Bird Valentine Box Ideas:  juliedavison.blogspot.com

 

Valentine Box Ideas - Pokemon

Pokemon Box

vivaciouslyvintage.com

 

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Alligator Box

crayonboxchronicles.com

 

 

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What girl wouldn’t love to create a castle?

mommylessons101.com

 

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Rapunzel Box …. Notice the child’s picture as Rapunzel.

jungeberg.blogspot.com

 

Sports Boxes……..

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I’m sure you could take this idea and make a hockey one, too!

littleilluminations.blogspot.com

 

Here’s a few animal creations…..

Isn’t this dog cute? Got a mop?

 

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mymixofsix.blogspot.com

 

Next, a darling raccoon.

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procrastistamper.blogspot.com

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www.daniellesplace.com

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A baby wipe’s box was reused for this idea…

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atozandj.blogspot.com

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Monsters of all kinds…….

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ourunexpectedjourney.blogspot.com

 

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myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com

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www.upcyclethat.com

This Frankenstein box is actually a Halloween Treat Holder, but it would work as a Valentine Box Idea, too!

 

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paulastamps.blogspot.com

 

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This site has lots of other ideas for Valentine boxes, too!

www.daniellesplace.com

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simplykierste.com

I guess all monsters have to have sharp teeth, right?

 

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This polka-dot monster is more feminine with only one set of teeth!

www.faith-love-hope.com

 

 

Yes, Frozen makes its way into the Valentine Box Ideas.

 

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www.oneartsymama.com

 

Now, some more ideas…….

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the5cundicks.blogspot.com

 

 

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www.my719moms.com

 

 

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from www.joplinexpressions.com

 

Robots!

Small…..

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And BIG!

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 Cute shark!

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mypaperlust.blogspot.com

 

Here are ideas for “things that go”!

 

 

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www.babble.com

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stockpilingmoms.com

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trailteach.blogspot.com

 

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thedoodlespot.blogspot.com

Doddlespot has some other creations as well….

 

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utah.todaysmama.com

Utah.todaysmama, also, has a few other Valentine box ideas.

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lifewithfingerprints.com

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1stgradefantabulous.blogspot.com

Wouldn’t these heart people be a cute classroom project?

Next. is a very simple idea to do. Got a bunch of bottle caps? This might be the easy idea for you!

 

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Now, which of the Valentine Box Ideas was your favorite? I found it hard to choose, didn’t you?

Lots of cute ones, right?

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!

Phyllis

 

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

As the temperature goes way down, a great soup seems so appealing for a cold evening.  I had a bunch of broccoli left over, so I quickly make this Broccoli Cheese Soup the other night. What I like about this soup is that it is low on calories, easy to make, takes very few ingredients, and freezes well! You can add chicken or ham, if you wish.

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Ingredients:

 32 oz. chicken broth

Broccoli (sorry, but I just add what I want, I don’t measure perhaps 1 cup to 1 & 1/2 cup chopped)

1 can Rotel ( 10 oz. ) diced tomatoes –  (mild or however hot you prefer) or just add regular diced tomatoes for a very mild version

10 oz. Velveeta  2% Milk ( for the skinny version) or regular Velveeta

Add onion salt and garlic salt to taste.

Add cooked chicken or ham (optional)

 

Directions: 

Cook broccoli in chicken broth until just tender. 

Add Velveeta in chunks so it melts faster.

Add Rotell or other diced tomatoes

Add spices to taste…

Add chicken or ham, if desired.

Heat and serve. 

Serves 4-6

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I just made a big batch and froze this soup in individual portions for taking to work for lunch. You’re going to like this easy recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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CD Spinners

These Recycled CD Spinners appeal to both boys and girls. That’s unusual for most crafts. So, when there’s an idea for something that works for both, I am sure to use it when my grandchildren are around. Not only is it a craft, but it’s fun to have contests on whose spinner lasts the longest! It, also, fits in for any season as it can be decorated in any way! It’s a great way to reuse and recycle a CD and bottle-top into something fun! The only extra material needed is a marble.

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Materials:

1 CD

1 marble

1 recycled cap from a bottle

Hot glue gun

Permanent Markers – Watercolor markers do not work!

Stickers, etc. optional

Materials:

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Directions:

First, decorate the CD with permanent markers or stickers, etc.

Next, glue marble into the CD hole on the bottom side. Use a glue gun.

Finally, glue cap on the center of the CD decorated side. (I used a milk bottle cap, but any cap will work.)

Let dry and SPIN!

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Notice how the 1/2 red and 1/2 blue circle turns purple while spinning. The black is invisible! This CD Spinner is a great color wheel project, too.

You probably already have these materials  on hand. Try it! Kids love this craft! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Quick Mexican Chicken Soup

In a hurry for dinner? This Quick Mexican Chicken Soup takes 10 minutes to put together, heat and serve! Nothing could be faster or more delicious. It’s healthy, too!  Five ingredients, that’s it! If you like “hot and spicy” you can make it that way. For those who like it milder, just adjust the cumin levels. While the addition of salsa verde gives it a greenish color, don’t let that deter you. The flavor is wonderful!  Quick Mexican Chicken Soup   grandparentsplus.com

 

Ingredients:

32 oz. chicken stock

1 rotisserie  chicken fully cooked (chop or shred meat)

1/2 – 1 or more tsp. cumin (this makes it hot)  My level is 1/2 tsp.!

1 jar salsa verde  ( 16 oz. or more)

1 can rinsed cannellini or great northern beans

 

Combine all ingredients.

Heat and serve!

Serve 6

Garnish with sour cream, tortilla chips, and cheese.  Optional: Cilantro

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You can’t make dinner any faster than this Mexican Chicken Soup!  It’s delicious and nutritious! If the temperature is dropping in your area( as it is around here), this soup will warm you up! It tastes great on a cold, winter evening! I’m sure you’ll find this recipe is a keeper! 

Also, this soup is great for a large gathering, too! Invite someone over. So easy!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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