Monday, March 21, 2022

Fruit Pizza

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Have you had fruit pizza lately?  If not then I would highly recommend it and what better time to share this recipe!  The weather is warming up with summer coming around the corner and this recipe is a refreshing dessert that is perfect for warmer temps!

My son loves this recipe and it's always been our thing to assemble it together because it's so simple and it's fun for kids to get involved in the kitchen.  He's a grown man now but he still loves this recipe!  It's so simple to make and everyone always loves it!

What you will need:

18 oz Sugar Cookie Dough, package refrigerated 
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened 
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Fresh Fruits
*I use strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mandarin oranges and kiwi 
but you can use any fruit combo you like
1/4 cup Orange Marmalade
1 tbsp Orange Juice or water

To Make:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the dough into 1/8-inch slices; line a cookie sheet with slices and press to shape into a crust.
Bake for 12 minutes until light brown. Let cool completely.

Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla and spread over cookie crust. Arrange fruits over cream cheese mixture.
Mix orange marmalade with orange juice and drizzle over fruits. Chill and serve when cold.
I hope you enjoy this recipe with friends and family!

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Wooden Bunny DIY

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I was in Target and saw these adorable wood bunnies for just $5.00 a piece and they had three styles so I immediately started thinking of all the ways I could make them adorable but settled on neutral paint and absolutely love them!  You could certainly do so much more than just paint them a solid color but for me I wanted them to just blend in and be simple and sweet.  Such a fun and easy little makeover!

I simply sanded each bunny lightly to smooth the edges and then chose three colors of paint which ended up being white, light gray and charcoal gray.  I let them dry then sanded them lightly so reveal some of the wood and then coated them in Special Walnut wood stain to give them an aged look.  I then painted some little beads to coordinate with the bunny colors and then put those on a strand of twine and tied it around each bunny and then added a cute little carrot that came from floral picks at Michael's.

Aren't they just the cutest little things!?
So easy to make them over and they are still available at Target!  
If you want to purchase them click HERE.

I also have found several items on Amazon that would work for this project as well:
Another wooden bunny option

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Wooden Easter Blocks DIY

It's bunny season and I'm so here for it!  I've been busy getting the house "lightened" up for the upcoming spring temps and while I'm doing that I have thought of several fun crafts I want to do.  Why is it that when I decide to craft in one tiny corner my entire house proceeds to fall apart around us?  I don't know how a couple blocks of wood and a few bottles of paint can be blamed on laundry not getting done and the dining room being piled with crap and the floors needing a good scrub but in my house that is how I roll every single time I am crafting. 

These blocks were so simple to make!  I shared a quick video on Instagram for you to see the simplicity of this project and I also am sharing that video here.  Side note...if you aren't already following me on Instagram what are you even doing!?  Hop on over there and give me a follow for diy, crafts, recipes and more!

I did these blocks in both pastel colors and bright colors and in the end my favorite was definitely the bright!  I think it all depends on your personal style and what works in your home and even though I don't use these specific bright colors in my decor they just seemed to work better.

To make these you will need:

• 2x4 inch board cut into small blocks...I cut mine to be 3 1/2 inches "tall"

• Paint of your choice

• Stickers or vinyl you've cut out.  I designed mine in Silhouette Studio and then cut them out on permanent vinyl but you could buy stickers at the craft store or if you are really talented you could hand paint them!

• Wood Stain for distressing

• Sandpaper for distressing

The video below shows you the general process even though it's a time lapse but I will also do a step by step for you.

To make your blocks:
First I painted the front of the block white going right up to the edges but not quite all the way there because I didn't want the white to show through when I distressed the edges at the end.

Once the white paint was dry I smoothed it with some fine grit sandpaper and then applied my bunny sticker and pressed it down very firmly so it wouldn't move when I painted over it.

I then chose my color of paint and painted two coats over the entire block.

Once all the paint was dry I sanded the edges to distress the wood and then I put a coat of Special Walnut wood stain over the whole block and then wiped it right back off.  I did this just to age the block a small amount.  I made sure to leave my bunny sticker on until the very end because I didn't want the white to get dark when I applied the stain.

After the wood stain I then peeled my bunny sticker off and then used white paint to do any touch ups that might need done.

That is it!  So simple!

Do you decorate for Easter and Spring?  I don't do a lot of it but I like adding a few touches here and there which is why I love crafts like this because they are super easy to make but add a big impact when you see them sitting out.  Also when it's time to clean up it takes no time at all!