Family Thank You Gift Idea

I wanted something fun to give as a thank you to the families who watched my little one during the days I was out of town at girl’s camp. I thought it would be fun to give them a family thank you gift they could use together as a fun activity since many of the family members contributed to watching and playing with him.

I decided to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s and get a whole bunch of tokens that I could split up between the families. All the families have young kids that I thought would enjoy going to play for free. I think it ended up with like 15-20 tokens per child.

I took a few of the little cups they have at Chuck E. Cheese to hold the tokens and wrapped them up in treat bags with a card. Easy Peasy fun family thank you gift.

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Cereal Treat Sunday-Addiction

I love dessert and I can’t help but want a treat on Sunday afternoon. I love to try new recipes and thus Cereal Treat Sunday is born. I have so many cereal treats that I love. Maybe it is the crunch, maybe it is the ease of which they are prepared, but cereal treats are a favorite in our household. Each Sunday for the next well, while, until I run out of fantastic cereal recipes to share I will post on Sunday afternoon to give you a fun new treat to try with your family.

Let’s start with a recipe that came from my mother in law. This one lives up to it’s name. Truly, try to make a batch and just have one handful. Impossible!!

Addiction

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Butter
  • 2 Cups Lite Corn Syrup
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 17 oz box Corn Chex
  • 1 box Golden Grahams
  • 1/2 box Kix
  • 1-2 Cups Sliced Almonds
  • 1-2 Cups Coconut Ribbon

(this recipe makes a huge batch, I half it quite often)

In large saucepan melt butter, then add corn syrup, then add sugar. Bring to a boil and boil 2-3 minutes. (stir until dissolved and then let it heat up without stirring)

Mix dry ingredients in a giant bowl. Pour liquid over and mix well. Lay in a thin layer on wax paper and allow to dry. You may want to let it dry overnight before putting it in Ziplocs otherwise it will be really sticky.

If you have a favorite cereal treat, please, please leave a link in the comments or send the recipe to me by email (tipsyblog@gmail.com) and maybe you will get featured.

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Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Scraps N’ Strings

Scraps N' Strings
Hello to A Little Tipsy readers! This is Ruth and Sammy from Scraps N’ Strings and we are so excited to be doing our blog swap with Michelle! We figure we had better introduce ourselves a bit before we start.

I’m Ruth and I am a stay at home mommy of 2 (3 and 1) and a part-time photographer, you can see my work here. I enjoy making “stuff” and taking pictures of them! I especially love to sew and like to break out the Modge Podge. I love anything that is quick and simple! After I got married, I started crafting with my sister-in-law Sammy as a way to make our homes cute without spending a lot of money.

My name is Sammy and I have 2 darling little boys, 2 1/2 and 1 year. I’m a stay at home mom and I like to spend my zero amount of free time trying to be crafty and beautifying my home. One of the first things my husband said to me when we bought our home was, “You want to put crafts up, don’t you?” So that’s what I’ve done. And now we’ve decided to share some of our ideas with you! We’ve got a little bit of everything on our blog, from baby and home tutorials to recipes!

Michelle wanted us to answer a few questions to help all of you get to know us better! So here we go- oh this is Sammy by the way :D

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? I would have to say that my new favorite tool that I have is the buttonhole foot on my sewing machine. I have just recently started using it and I love it! I think that my family is sick of me showing them all of the awesome buttonholes that I’ve made. They apparently aren’t so easily impressed. :)

What is your favorite thing about back to school? My current favorite thing about back to school is that I’m not going back to school… hehe. But I don’t look forward to my kiddos getting to that age, I’m kind-of attached to them at the moment.

What is your favorite thing for breakfast? My favorite breakfast is peanut butter toast on the 9-grain bread from bountiful baskets and a banana. It definitely helps to get me up and going in the morning.

Here are some of the fun crafts that we have had on our blog lately…

We hope that you will come and stop by Scraps N’ Strings and maybe find a little inspiration for yourselves while you’re there! Thanks for having us over Michelle!!

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Snapware Ribbon Dispenser and Cupcake Carrier Review/Giveaway

I was so excited when Snapware contacted me to review their Ribbon Dispenser and Cookie & Cupcake Carrier. I love a good organizational tool and these products really impressed me.

Let’s start off with the ribbon dispenser. I included this piece of the packaging to show it’s many uses. I decided to do spools of ribbon on top and scraps underneath.

I have been looking for a good ribbon organization solution for a while now. I just wish I had a few more of these ribbon dispensers to snap together! I fit 12 spools of ribbon in this one carrier! I chose to house my thin ribbon (that I use a lot for weddings, baby showers and YW beehive introduction packets) threading multiple through each slot. Don’t worry it can house the big spools too.

This was so easy to put together. The spools glide and the lids snap shut with ease. This is not that cheap thin plastic that is going to break or crack after a few uses. I also love that Snapware products are made in the USA!

Now on to the cookie & cupcake carrier. This thing is awesome! It can carry 24 cupcakes, multiple batches of cookies and brownies, or two 1/4 sheet cakes. Again the packaging below demonstrates better than I could (click on image to enlarge). I love the option to lift the inserts with the handles or with the finger slots. Ingenious!

I got to try it out making cupcakes for a birthday party for my Dad and Sister. I made my Dad’s childhood favorite, Chocolate Walnut for 20 family members. Don’t they look great in each in their own little spot?!

I loaded them up for their drive 15 minutes across town, including freeway and construction zones. I wanted to give the cupcake carrier the true test and put them in the back seat with no one guarding them.

They arrived unscathed and I was sold. When I brought them in I just pulled out the tray and put them on the counter for serving. My Sis was super impressed and said she loves the Snapware containers for ornaments.

Now you know I love to share the products I love and Snapware is making this possible. They are giving away a
Cookie & Cupcake Carrier
to one lucky reader!

(shipping must be within the continental US)

I know all those who attended Steph’s Cupcake Conference at the Grand America would love one of these!!

To enter:
  • Visit the Snapware site and join the Snapware family (upper right corner). Then, come back and leave a comment on this post with your email saying you did.

That’s it! Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, September 1st.

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