Monday, August 18, 2014

Puffed Oven Pancake

 I had an awesome roommate that I LOVED to have cook for me.  :) She made the best Spaghetti Sauce, "Roll in Doughs" and this amazing Puffed Oven Pancake. So, with her permission...I'm going to share it with you!

Here are the things I love about this breakfast:
It takes 10 seconds to throw together,
you always have the ingredients on hand,
it has butter and powdered sugar on it
my kids and husband eat it.
All of it.

 Here's what you need:
1 C. flour
1 C. milk
6 eggs
1/4 t. salt
6 T. butter

Heat your oven to 450 degrees.  Put your  9 x 13 baking dish in the oven with the butter.  After the butter is melted, remove the dish. Blend the flour, milk, eggs and salt and immediately pour into the hot baking dish.  Return dish to the oven and continue to cook for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.  Try to avoid opening the oven as much as possible.  Top with butter, powdered sugar and fresh lemon.  Or whatever toppings you'd like!

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Framed Perler Bead Apple

It's time for this months Michaels Makers project and we were happy to be able to get the kids involved this round. I bet if you asked any Eighteen25 reader what our favorite kid's craft is, they could tell you. And the crazy thing is....our LOVE for Perler Beads only grows stronger! This is why...

I mean seriously, how cute is this little apple?

Here's what you need:
• Perler Beads, Peg Board and Ironing Paper
• Frame (ours is 10 x 10)
• Notebook scrapbook paper
• Tacky Glue

Quincy is our go-to Perler Bead(er) and she whipped this cute apple up in no time. We ironed it and glued it to the center of the scrapbook paper. When it was dry we placed it in the frame.
Easy Peasy.

(find the free printable school subway art HERE. Ours is printed as a 16x20)

Can't wait to give this to her teacher on the first day of school!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wrapping Paper Book Covers

So excited to have Jessica from Two Shades of Pink back with us today.


Hey sweet friends! I'm back again for another crafty post and it's perfect for back to school time! I find it hard to believe that we are already at this time of year.  My kids start after labor day each year so we are still trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer.

If any of you who know me know I am a bit obsessed with packaging and wrapping paper. As in I collect it. Like a lot of it. It's just too tempting not to. So what better way to use it then on your books to make pretty book covers?  Best don't have to rip it off the same day you wrap it.  So you can enjoy it for awhile. Like a pretty wrapped gift. Y'all. Total win.

So I took some of my most happy, favorite ones and started :) I apologize ahead of time for less than stellar photos.  Raining for days here in the sunshine state. 
How's that for irony?

1. Unroll and cut enough that will leave about a 2 inch allowance on the top and bottom.  There should be plenty to spare on both sides to fold over the front and back covers of your book.

 2. Open your book and mark the top and bottom with a line to show where you'll fold your paper.

 3. Fold the top length down and the bottom length up so it looks like this. (Don't worry if its uneven looking. It works out.)

 4. Now fold over your front cover and then the back cover tucking your front and back covers into the little pocket folds that will be created to keep it from shifting.

Happy patterns and colors!

Now if you have access to a laminating machine...then I know you know the pure joy of laminating any thing and everything laminatable (totally a word). Even saying the word is fun...l-l-l-aminate. :) I cut various size pockets and then I gleefully laminated them. 

Use double sided tape (or even some hot glue) on the edges leaving the top open to create a pocket.  Position on your paper book cover and you have some handy little pockets on your books. They are perfect for tucking pencils, lunch money, note cards, papers or even your phone into.
I also like that kids can make their book covers like a scrapbook. Add stickers and fun little designs to make it personal. I even laminated a cute clipboard from scrapbook paper and using a dry erase marker can make a quick note that can easily be erased later.
Hope you enjoyed this easy back to school DIY that has so many possibilities!
Have a fabulous week sweet friends!

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