Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blanket Fun!

The other day, while I was baking cookies (as you do) the girls contentedly played in the living room.
When I turned around I saw Seren tucking a blanket around Carys on the sofa, then climbing up herself on the opposite side, then rather politely saying," Carys, it's night night time... go to sleep please."

Then Carys obliged by jokingly snoring!!

It was so sweet and for the next couple of hours... they both played with the blankets and Seren also pulls out her comforter and pillow off her bed and into the living room... to make a bed.

Curries' by then had moved on to doing her own thing... as she got a little fed up of Seren telling her to 'go to sleep' lol

Instead Carys decided that throwing all the dolls out of the stroller and onto the floor, then climbing in herself... was much more fun than pushing the dolls around in it.

I was happy I could snap up these happy moments... of Seren playing mother to Carys. :) And Carys wanting to be pushed around in the doll stroller.

Cookies, Crio & A Good Book

With Jason pulling a 'LONG' day at college this last Tuesday and the winter weather warning, I was needing to do something, other than wood projects.

So with all the chores done for another day, it was time to do a little baking.

And what better, than cookies - are Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! 
Minus the Macadamia Nuts.

Find the recipe for my Cookies HERE

And with some  freshly brewed 'Crio' for that true rich Hot Chocolate drink, topped off with some yummy freshly whipped cream, a squirt of Caramel Sauce and  semi- sweet mini chocolate chips. Mmm.... Mouth watering!
Find how to make it - HERE

Put the little ones down to bed, curl up on the sofa and enjoy a cozy evening, reading and eating your yummy cookies :)
Bon Appetit! 


Quick 'N' Easy Fruit Filled Neapolitans

Rummaging through my freezer, I came across a package of Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets and with some Strawberries and Blueberries, which needed to be used, I decided to make something sweet and yummy.

1 Package of Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets
1 Cup of Heavy Cream  -- Whipped
2 Cups of washed and sliced Strawberries
1 Cup of washed Blueberries.
3 cups of Custard  pre made and cooled-
 Click HERE for the recipe for the Custard
Sprinkling Of Powered Sugar for the top

Bake the Pastry Sheets as Directions on the box, leave to cool and slice in half.

Dust with the powdered 

Time to fill 

Lay one bottom of pastry down, fill with the custard, then add some strawberries and blueberries.
Next, add dollops of whipped cream on top of the fruit. 

Put another layer of puff pastry on top. 
Repeat, finishing by using one sheet of pastry with the powdered sugar on.

Quick 'N' Easy Fruit Filled Neapolitans


They can even make it, for your Valentine
 On Valentines Day.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Easy Wooden Under The Table Cart

Even though the cold weather is evidently 'NOT' going anywhere soon, I just had to do some wood projects and one of which was how to figure out a good and easy solution to storing my girls Melissa and Doug wooden toys they got for Christmas.

Since Christmas day, the such toys in question, have been kept under my coffee table, begging for a better home.

But with the lack of space, the only solution was to keep them where they were (as the girls always use the coffee table as their base to set up the wooden farm and village)

What could I use? A basket, nope - been there, done that! - Didn't like that option or just leave them as is or something else - I chose the latter.

After mulling over what I could make, without making too much mess with my jigsaw - I took some measurements and got out some wood bedside edges and got to work making a shallow under table cart. It had to be shallow, for the girls to SEE their toys and be able to access them without my help.

Here are the 2 wood bedsides, I got for $2 each!!

I mark where to cut. I needed 3 same lengths for the bottom.

And one of the same length, but cut down the middle for the side and 2 smaller for the top & bottom

Those pieces were to make a rectangle - these will be my sides.

Then, using liquid nails, I glued the bottom & tops to each of the sides. Then, using wood screws, I screwed them into place.

Leave to dry. This is what you will screw your base too.

I cut 2 narrower pieces, of wood to attach to the frame. Glue in place using liquid nails

And for extra strength, Nail down.

Do the same on both sides. Give them a good sanding down, I actually made sure the corners, were sanded down to a rounded edge. 

The using the 3 pieces of wood, I attached those on top of the narrow wooden pieces.
I used nails and wood screws to secure them. Using Krylon  White Primer and Paint, Give it a couple of light coats.

I had some left over paint from making my Bathroom Magazine / Toilet Paper Holder and thought that would work just fine, as it will match my Coffee Table, I refurbished last year.

I gave it 3 light coats using the leftover paint.Then once dried I used some Valspar Antiquing Glaze to give it finished look to match the coffee table

Now came the super easy part :)

Attaching the dolly wheels. I choose to use ones that only went forward and back. Knowing all to well my girls will pull out the wooden toys and use the cart for their own fun uses :)

I picked the dolly wheels from a local hardware store - these actually cost the most, at $4 bucks each.
I attached them at either end.
( As you can tell from the leg standing in the picture above, Carys was kind enough,  to give my work the strength test, by standing on it)

Now if you look close enough, you can see my wood work is NOT perfect. But who cares! It's only gonna get dinged up.

I attached a handle to each side.
I got these handle from Hobby Lobby when they were 40% off.

Then here you have it.

Easy Wooden Under The Table Cart

Which most certainly does the job of keeping the girls wood toys all neat and tidy, even if it's only when they go to bed at night LOL

Not only do I love it, so do my little tinkers, Seren & Carys. 
They think it makes the most wonderful ride :)

All neatly tucked away under the coffee table, ready for another day of play.


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