Home-Made Skor Bar

Hey hey! It’s Friday, which means my girl Laura is back to share some of her amazingness.

Today, she is sharing a family recipe that is sure to not disappoint. And the best part? They are easy… right up my alley.

Are you all loving Laura as much as I do?

Take it away friend…
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Fall – is – al – most – here. Ok, well not really but a girl can dream! This is the time of year I itch for. The falls smells, cooler weather, playoff baseball, COLLEGE football, and of course, fall baking!!! This is a very simple recipe for delightful little biscuits that taste like Skor bars. Yes, seriously.

In our family we call them Minnesota Cra*k and when you “bake” them you’ll see why! (Well, my family is in Minnesota so that explains that part!) The beauty in these, aside from their ridiculous taste, is that you make them ahead and store them in Ziplocks in youre freezer until your ready to serve them! Bam, semi-homemade goodness ready for kids or guests at any time!

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Soooo, as you can see, these are not a healthful treat! Ha! What you’ll need:

Bakers spray
1 Cup (2 sticks) of butter*
1 Cup of brown sugar *
* I use organic really just to make myself feel better about the insanity of the ingredients in these puppies!
6 Hershey Bars
Two boxes of whole wheat crackers (I used to use a square-shaped wheat cracker that was discontinued by Nabisco so I now use these round ones by Carr)

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Set your oven to 400. Next, cover two baking sheets in foil. {Tip: I use two sheets of foil so that I cover every inch of the baking sheet, sides and all.} Generously spray the foil-wrapped sheets with your non-stick baking spray. Then “line-em up, line-em up”. {If you guess what random rap song I’m singing I’ll bake you a batch of these babies!} Line both baking sheets with your crackers, litlle broken pieces and all!

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Before we make the gooey goodness, break apart your chocolate bars and set the pieces aside (your going to use all 6 bars!)! Now for the goodness: Melt the two sticks of butter with brown sugar on your stovetop until it bubbles! Then, drizzle the goodness over the crackers and try to smear it over the entire cracker, sides and all.

Now for the chocolate!!! Put a Hershey bar on each cracker and spread over each cracker with a butter knife. Once you’ve done that, cover your baking sheet with another sheet of foil being careful not to let it stick to your chocolate!  Place the trays into your freezer and wait for them to set up!!

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(Note: little hands may deplete your chocolate supply!)
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Once your ready, if you can even wait until they set, I dare you to eat just one!!!

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Lindsay

DIY: Dip Dyed Hand Towels With Tassels

It’s FRIDAY which means my talented friend Laura G. is back with a fun DIY project you will swoon over. Tassel lovers unite.

Take it away Laura…

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My cousin, her husband, and their kids are coming to stay with us for the next five sleeps (yes, when you have three kids under 5 that’s how you count the days!).  I started to think about what I could do to make my house guest-ready.  For the guest room a basket with magazines for the parents, books for the kids, fresh fruit, bottles of water, some yummy goodies.  For the guest bath, fresh flowers and the most darling hand towels!  And what better way to spoil family and friends than by treating them with something home-made?!

These dip-dyed, tassel-adorned guest towels don’t take long to make, they look fantastic and, frankly, they would make a great gift!  Let’s get to it!

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What you Need:

Rit fabric dye, hand towels (I used these amazing soft cotton ones from Sur La Table but any light weight towels will do!), embroidery thread (I used 2 per towel), a needle and thread and a bowl!

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Tassel How-To:

Ever make a tassel?  I’ll warn you, once you start you wont stop and there will be tassels everywhere.  I mean everywhere.  Your daughters hair, on door knobs, on necklaces, on tree branches …. oh!  just got an idea….focus!

Ok, to start, cut approximately one arms length of your embroidery thread, then cut that in half and set aside (we’ll call these scrap pieces!).  Next, take the looped embroidery thread and cut it in half (we’ll call this the chunk).   Take one of your scrap pieces and tie it around the middle of your chunk (set the other 1/2 aside to make your second tassel).  Fold the embroidery thread in half.  Take the second scrap piece and wrap it around the doubled thread a few times.  Tie off a knot in the back.  Finally, trim the bottom of the tassel to make it uniform and blunt!  There you have it!  A tassel!  Repeat until you have all the tassels you want for your towels!

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Dip Dye How-To: 

Super easy.  Fill your bowl or bucket with warm water, add in desired amount of Rit Dye and stir (note, this stuff is meant to stain and it will!).   {Want a lighter color?  Add less dye.  Darker color?  Add more dye.}  So, now that you’ve added your color, slowly dip your towel into the dish being careful to hold up the back side of the towel (unless of course you want both ends dipped!).   I went about 1/3 of the way up with the dye on my towels!  Once you’ve dipped hang to dry!

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The final step!  Sew on them tassels!  I got out the trusty measuring tape to space mine out along the front of the fold.  Add a few stitches to each tassel to ensure that they are sung.  (Note:  Probably a good idea to hand wash these babies – because of the color and because of the delicate nature of the hand sewn tassels!)

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photo 5I mean, how great are these?  Spoiler alert: Family and friends you may be getting these as gifts at some point!  Thanks for letting me craft with you again!

Until next time,
Laura G.

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Lindsay

DIY: Pom Pom Flip Flops

Happy Friday!

My DIY contributor Laura is back today with the cutest summer project. And if your anything like me and live in flip flops in the summer, you will love the flair she adds to plain ol’ flip flops.

Take is away Laura…

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Yep, pretty much putting pom pom’s on anything and everything I can get my hands on!  So when I looked down at my sad black flip flops, I knew they would be the perfect place to pom bomb! An amazing thing about this DIY is that you don’t need much!

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What You Need:
1. A pair (or two) of flip flops {I had to make some for my daughter too!}
2. Scissors
3. Pompom makers {Yep, that’s right, the circular little gadgets will turn your world upside down!  You can buy them in a variety of sizes at almost any craft store!}
4. Any yarn!  {I’m loving this stripped cotton baby I got at Michaels.  I spilt coffee on it and it came right out with a little water!  Another bonus is that it’s super soft and not at all itchy!}

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Let’s get started!

Well make the poms first because you are going to be too excited once you get the knotting on the flip flops done!  {I made 6 poms, 4 four for our flops and two for my daughter’s hair – just sayin…}

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Open both sides of your pom pom maker.  Start wrapping yarn around one side.  {Tip: Don’t worry about it being too tiddy + I usually do three layers on the smaller makers, 6-7 on the larger makers.}

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When your done wrapping the first side, cut off your excess yarn.  Repeat on the other side!  Then cut off your excess yarn again.  Take your wrapped maker and trim up the center!

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Cut off a 6″ piece of your yarn.  Wrap it around the center portion of the maker, pull snug, and tie a knot.  {Tip: If you are using a wool yarn be careful not to pull too tightly, you will tear the yarn!}  Then, wait for it, the best part: pull your maker apart! {Tip: You might have to give your pom baby a trim!}

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Now for the flip flops! Cut a piece of yarn about 1.5 yards (or arms lengths) for kids shoes and 3 yards (or arms length) for adult sized flops.  Tie a simple knot onto the end of one flop.  Then, make a bunny ear with your yarn and pull the end of your yarn though.  {Tip: this is also called a slip knot!}  Repeat the process all the way around your flops!  Once you are done, you tie a knot at the other end and trim the excess.  {Tip: You can add a dab of hot glue to the inner part of the shoe to hold the yarn on but it’s not totally necessary!}unnamed-6.jpgunnamed-7.jpg

Once you have your flop wrapped tie your pom onto the center with a simple knot!  Custom, inexpensive, done YOURSELF, flip flops!

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I promise you and yours will love this project!  And what a great craft for a summer party or bridal shower!  Can’t wait to craft with you again!

Until next time…
Laura G.

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Lindsay

4th of July Confetti Poppers & Meet our DIY contributor Laura Giuliani

I promised exciting things ahead for this space of mine. And I’m a girl of my word.

 In addition to the rebranding going on in these parts, I am so excited to introduce you to our new DIY contributor, Laura Giuliani of Skills and Frills. Laura will be guest posting for me twice a month, and I promise you will be drooling over her creations. I was so blessed to become real life friends with this girl this past year while our girls strutted their stuff at the dance studio and we instantly clicked. I swear, bloggers have this sixth sense and flock together. Laura is a wife, momma of 3, entrepreneur, blogger, and just opened the doors on “the Design Bar” in Thousand Oaks, CA where she hosts creative workshops, parties and events. Laura is that girl you want to be friends with AND has a heart of gold.

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With 4th of July just days away, Laura is here today to share a festive craft for your holiday parties this weekend. Take it away my friend…

4th of July Confetti Poppers

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Bring a little extra fun to your BBQ this friday with 4th of July Confetti Poppers!  Super easy to make, super fun to look at and the most dangerous part of making and popping these is using the hot glue gun!
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Making the Popper/What you’ll need:
Scissors, popper kit (I found these at Michaels Craft Store!), paper to cover the outside of the popper, a pen for tracing, tissue paper and a glue gun!  That’s it!
{If you want to make these with your little ones double sided tape will do in lieu of the glue!}
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How To/Let’s get started:
Trace your plastic popper onto paper, and cut out a strip of paper to fit!  Place dabs of hot glue along the outside edge of the paper and attach the plastic popper form. Place glue along the other side of the paper and roll your popper around!
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Home Made Confetti/What you’ll need:
Any tissue (I threw in a little metallic gold!) and scissors!
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Confetti How To:
Fold all pieces of your tissue up into layers.  Cut into the tissue long ways creating a fringe. Then, cut across!
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Sealing the Deal:
Insert your popper stick (I painted ours gold with some Rust-Oleum Metallic!), cut out a piece of your tissue to glue a top the topper (plain tissue is much easier to pop!), glue around the outside edges of the popper and place the tissue over.  Cup your hand around the tissue and popper to seal and you’re done!
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We brought these to the park after making them and kids and moms alike were dying to have them!  The great thing about these plastic poppers (vs making your own from TP rolls) is that you can re-use them for your next party!
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I hope you and yours enjoy these stylish and fun little party accessories this weekend!  Until next time!
 Laura G.
Lindsay