Bakeaholic Mama & Valentine Mailboxes

Hi everyone! I am guest posting today at Bakeholic Mama, so come see me there.  Carrie (aka Bakeaholic Mama) is, and I quote……

A “Food obsessed wife and stay at home mama of 3 kiddos and a black lab.” 

  She and I just recently got to know each other via Facebook. I love meeting new people! Come on over to Carrie’s place and say hi today!

  I am sharing the “Non-Recipe Recipe” for Raspberry Sweeties:

Raspberry Sweeties

  Just in time for an Oh-so Romantic celebration with the one your soul loves.  🙂

No, not Super Bowl, Silly…..

VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!!!

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  Speaking of Valentines Day, check out this Oh-so ADORABLE idea I found at The Anderson Crew blog:

Valentine Mailboxes for the little people in your life you love most.

  You’ll need:

~Some old candle stick holders, my mom got mine for me at Goodwill for $2.00 a piece. {No I didn’t remember to photograph the before. They were plain wood. BORING!}

~ A mailbox for each kiddo, found in the Dollar Spot at Target RIGHT NOW!  {Go, run! Before all the other moms snag them!}

~Letters: stickers, wooden, magnet, you name it.  I REALLY wanted to find big colorful letters in all different prints, but alas it was not to be so. I check Walmart AND Hobby Lobby and finally settled on these sequin ones.  Not what I wanted, but cute none the less.

~An old magnet.  You know, like the free kind people give you with their business card on it.  You’ll be cutting this, so make sure it’s not your Insurance agent or someone important.  Then cut to shape and glue to your letters with a hot glue gun.

 ~You could glue direct to the mailbox, but JUST IN CASE we ever switch colors between kids, or I want the letters off for say cleaning purposes, I decided magnets work best for us.

~ A can of spray paint for your old 2nd hand candle stick holders. {Please don’t make me go all the way out to the cold shed to take a picture of the black spray paint, use your imaginations, ok?}

You can do any color spray paint you want, but I chose black to match the letters I had to buy since I live in a tiny town with no choices.

 {Sigh} Where or where could 2 inch tall colorful print letters be? 

  On a bright note, at least since I used magnets to attach my letters I COULD switch them out some day, should the perfect colorful letters reveal themselves to me!  

After the candlestick holders dried overnight, we attached them to the mailboxes with hot glue.  (Do something stronger, they keep falling off!) Then we used tape to make a ‘hinged door’ rather than the slide on and off lid these mailboxes come with.  Lord knows I don’t need mailbox lids getting lost, and yes, it would happen with Paxton into everything as much as he is!

Here is the finished product:

Ta-da!

Cute, right?!  I will be filling these with love notes, pipe cleaner sparkle hearts, stickers, heart window clings and GASP! maybe even a piece of candy. 

{Don’t get too excited, I am thinking like 3 M&M’s or something. Hey, my kids don’t get candy at ALL, they will be THRILLLLLLLED!}

The kids know they have a new treat awaiting them when I put the flag up.  I know this is opposite of how it works in the real world, but who cares, they LOVE it!

 Go forth, buy mailboxes and make your kiddos smile!

 Then come on over to the oh-so fabulous site of Bakeholic Mama!

~T

 

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Sweets & My Sweet

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These Candied Popcorn balls were great! We decided to do Grape flavor, which tasted JUST like a Jolly Rancher. Except chewy. Oh man, was this popcorn good and not healthy at ALL, but hey, you gotta live a little, right?! 🙂

Being Grape popcorn balls, I figured they’d be a bit more, well, you know….

Purple.

Guess that’s what you come to expect from a society that adds dye to EVERYTHING!

Here is a purple tinted photo to put your mind at ease, that these popcorn balls do indeed taste like Grape, despite their non-grapey color in the above photo.

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Candied Popcorn

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup White Karo Syrup
  • 3-½ ounces, weight Flavored Jello, Your Pick!
  • 12 cups Popped Popcorn, lightly salted
Preparation Instructions

In a sauce pan mix the sugar, Jello and syrup.
Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly.
Bring to a light boil or until all the sugar is dissolved.
Then pour over popcorn. Form into balls or spread out on cookie sheet lined in foil or sprayed well. Store in air tight zip lock or Tupperware. Popcorn can also be easily formed into balls and wrapped in tight Saran wrap.
Enjoy! Tastes best fresh, as in that night yet!!

And here is MY sweet~

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  I sure don’t get snuggles as much as I used to pre-busy crawler stage.  SIGH, I love bedtime snuggles!

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He is SOOOO sweet!

Happy Independence Day!! Enjoy your family!

 

God Bless America……without Him, we are nothing.

~T

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  “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

~Erma Bombeck