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Elf on the Shelf : Mini Elf Donuts

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See what Buddy the Elf is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24

 Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

I started seeing these Elf Donuts on Pinterest and knew right away that our Elf, Buddy, would have to make a quick trip by the Bakery at the North Pole for my kids!  This is the cutest idea, ever.  It was also so much fun to make for my kids.  All you need is a couple of things from the kitchen and you have a Donut Shop!

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You will start with Cheerios.  Any kind will work, we had Honey Nut Cheerios on hand so this is what I used.

Cinnamon Covered Elf Donuts:   Shake in baggie with cinnamon / sugar mix.

Powder Covered Elf Donuts: Shake in a baggie with confectioner sugar.  Poke with toothpick to clear center hole.

Chocolate Covered Elf Donuts: Melt chocolate and dip cheerio in to cover one half or use chocolate icing and spread around top.  (I just dipped mine in a pile of chocolate icing I put on a plate… this method was messy!)

Sprinkle Covered Elf Donuts: Use same method as for chocolate covered, when icing/chocolate is damp still dip the chocolate in a bowl of small round sprinkles so they adhere.

I made the donut box by using an old earring jewelry box. I pulled the insert out and covered the lid with red cardstock.  This seemed easier than downloading a template and making one origami style.  (Seemed is the operative word here)  I then placed wax paper inside and loaded it with the donuts.

NOTE::: I used kid’s chopsticks to pick my cheerios up and place them in the box and on the plates.  This leaves the sugar and other toppings intact without finger prints.  You could also use tweezers, straw, tongs, whatever works!

elf on the shelf donuts

Since my daughter has Egg and Peanut allergies, I wrote at the bottom of the note that Buddy had checked all the ingredients as she’s never had real donuts before.  She is always apprehensive when people try to give her food, so this was just put on there to make her aware he checked for her.  (Since I’m not supposed to have anything to do with it ;) )

I snagged a cute plate from my daughter’s play kitchen set as well as another plate and tea cup. Buddy leaned on it and waited for them to wake up in the morning.

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf
  • Cheerios
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon / Sugar
  • Chocolate Melts / Chocolate Icing
  • Small Round Sprinkles
  • Small jewelry box & paper to cover it
  • Wax paper for the box insert
  • Plastic play kitchen supplies (you can get as elaborate as you want with this!)
  • Red & Green Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note

Here’s a little behind the scenes action that I took a shot of so you can see what it looks like to be an Elf in progress!

elf on the shelf behind the scenes donuts

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Elf on the Shelf Idea : Making Mini Knitted Scarf

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See what Buddy the Elf  is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24 : Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to learn how to knit.  I’ve mastered the casting on.  Everything after that is still questionable if I am doing anything right.  I’ve been just trying to do the basic knit and purl techniques alternating each row.  Unfortunately, I haven’t made the effort to dedicate a long period of time to sitting and knitting.  Realistically it’s about 20 minutes at a time.  And I’m just learning.  So I forget what stitch I’m on or where I left off, or my yarn is too fuzzy and I drop a stitch or pick up an extra (somehow?!).  Anyway, my point is — my soon to be 6 year old knows that I’m lacking the proficient knitting skills to finish her a presentable scarf.

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So I concocted the idea that Buddy would knit himself a scarf (because ultimately, ‘Mom could never pull this off”) as his nightly adventure.  So I used the same technique but on a much smaller scale.  Thank  the Lord for his little self I didn’t have to do much (although it took me what seemed like forever to complete) length and width to complete it.  I just used my smallest needles and cast on 5 stitches and alternated the knit then purl until it was the desired length I wanted.

elf on shelf mini knitted scarf

I then put him on the ledge of the kitchen counter and sat him in a circle loom that we had picked up at Hobby Lobby and threw my other yarns around him.    Would you believe me if I told you it came out SO perfect!  This amazed my daughter that Buddy could knit better than me! ;)  At that time I didn’t know how to cast off so I left the scarf on the needles and there he was.  Luckily there was an easy YouTube video (the next day) that I watched to learn how to cast off so Buddy could keep his scarf for future days and adventures.

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf & Elf on the Shelf book that came with him
  • 5mm Knitting Needles
  • Yarn
  • Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note


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Elf on the Shelf Idea : Making Rainbow Loom Bracelets

Elf on the Shelf Rainbow Loom Bracelet

See what Buddy the Elf is doing around our house Dec 1 – 24 : Check out the Elf on the Shelf Ideas here.

Buddy the Elf made his appearance on the Kitchen counter on Day 2 (Dec 2).  He brought with him a small plastic container from another trendy item for kids right now the Rainbow Loom Bracelet kit.  {I know we have more rubber bands laying around my house now that I’d ever expected to see in a lifetime!}  Buddy had made himself a bracelet as well as one for each Charming and Mischief (my son and daughter).  He must have been head over heels in the bands as he’s got them all over his legs too as a fashion statement.

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When my daughter wore her bracelet to school she thought it was so cool because she knew Buddy made it for her ;) and he would be watching her all day.  She was not impressed however with her 11 year old brother that didn’t care to wear his made by the elf!

The supplies needed to pull this off were:

Secretly I’ll tell you- it took only one of each color : green, red, white to make Buddy’s bracelet and then I just slipped red and white ones on his legs without forming them in to a connected band.

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Elf on the Shelf : Playing Tic Tac Toe with Marshmallows

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen all the crazy Elf On the Shelf posts that people are posting on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.  We’ve had our elf, Buddy, since 2009 but he’s been pretty lazy all these years.  Just flying in and out of the house and landing at pretty, random, last minute spots before the kids awake.

This year I decided, after my 11 year old son, Charming, told me that he no longer believes in Santa, it was time to fully take advantage of every opportunity I still have with my almost six year old daughter, Mischief.

Coming back in full force this year we set up Buddy the Elf on December 1st with a lovely surprise inside the kid’s bathroom.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to leave a little note with him nightly this time!

Elf On Shelf Tic Tac Toe Closeup

I took items I already had around the house to create this set up inspired by Lovely Life of Leah to have Buddy playing Tic Tac Toe:

  • Buddy; our Elf on the Shelf & Elf on the Shelf book that came with him
  • Super Mini Marshmallows (the REALLY little baby ones that are in hot cocoa pouches!)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Red & Green Pen
  • Cardstock Paper for the Note

I set him up and wrote a note asking our daughter to have us put up the Christmas tree that day (we already had that planned)!  Of course, he sat there all day and then cleaned up his mess that night when he left for his trip to the North Pole.

Be sure to check back for my other Elf on the Shelf Posts as we’re going strong through December 24. Hopefully you can use this idea with your little elf!

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Cheesy Mummy Dogs

cheesy mummy dogs


Kids love to eat foods that are turned into fun characters. Cheesy Mummy Dogs are great for an afternoon snack, lunch, Halloween party, or anytime. They only take minutes to make and are so yummy. These are always a hit in our house for lunch and sometimes dinner and I am sure they will be a hit in your house too.

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Crescent Rolls
8 Single Slice American Cheese
8 Hot Dogs



  1. Roll out the Crescent Rolls and separate into 8 triangles.
  2. Cut a slit down the middle of each hot dog.
  3. Lay a piece of single slice cheese on top of the crescent roll.
  4. Add the hot dog.
  5. Roll the cheese and hot dog into the crescent roll.
  6. Take the end point of the crescent roll and stretch it out to wrap around like a mummy.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet (add Pam to avoid sticking).
  8. Cook according to the crescent roll package.
  9. Let cool for a minute and then add 2 eyes with mustard.
  10. Enjoy.

Monster Cupcakes

Monster cupcakes

In addition to the post I made earlier today for my Brain Cupcakes, I decided to make another Halloween Cupcake called Monster Cupcakes. They are perfect for any Halloween party! The fun part is that you can decorate them any way you would like to. You can make them spooky or just fun!


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1 Box of Cake Mix (chocolate or white)Vegetable Oil
White Frosting
Food Coloring
Black Gel Color
Spice Drops
Rips Licorice (for the tongues)
Colored Eyeballs


  1. And ingredients, mix, and bake cake mix as directed on the cake box.
  2. When cupcakes are finished, take them out of the oven and let cool.
  3. Separate frosting into small bowls and mix the desired color in each bowl with food coloring.
  4. When cupcakes are done, frost each one with desired color.
  5. Then, add faces with eyes, licorice, spice drops, and black gel color.

I picked up all my ingredients from my local Kroger store or grab some fun Halloween Cupcake kits on Amazon listed below!

Sassafras / Mummy Cupcake Kit
Sassafras / Eek! Edible Eyeball Cookie Baking Kit

brain cupcakes

Brain Cupcakes

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Here is a fun cupcake for a kids Halloween party at school or at home. And they are so easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can make chocolate, vanilla, pudding, or Jell-O cupcakes. The part that makes them spooky is the top creating a brain that is somewhat realistic. Check out how to make them below with step-by-step instructions and ingredients.


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1 Box of Boxed Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil
1 Packet Strawberry Shortcake Frosting Creations
1 Packet Mocha Frosting Creations
1 Container of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (not pictured)

  1. Follow instructions on Boxed Cake Mix and bake accordingly.
  2. Let cupcakes cool  after you take them out of the oven.
  3. Prepare your frosting color by adding a pinch of Strawberry Mocha and a pinch of Mocha Frosting Creations Powder until you get a flesh color.
  4. Use a Cupcake Decorator with a round circle attachment. (I use Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus to decorate my cupcakes.) Draw a line down the center of the cupcake. Then, do a zig-zag on each side of the line to create a brain like effect.


Use can use them as a centerpiece of your Halloween table and place them on a Halloween CupCake Stand and Holder to make it easy for the kids to grab and enjoy!






Green Creeper Juice


Here is the perfect Halloween Drink for your Halloween Party. I call it Green Creeper Juice! It really easy to make with just 3 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make.

First add one 2 Litter of 7UP, then one cup of sugar, then one packet of green Kool-aid. Mix all the ingredients together and serve. If you don’t like the taste you can always add a little bit of water and more sugar to get the taste you want.

Tip: If you are serving a lot of guest you can double the ingredients.


Spooky Halloween Party Food & Holder


Halloween is just around the corner and I love a good Halloween Party. I wanted to make some caramel corn for scratch and needed a holder to put it in that was somewhat spooky for the kids. This is easy to make and only took me about 20 minutes to make. Check out the details below!

To make the caramel corn, I popped microwave popcorn. When it was finished and cooled, I added caramel ice cream topping to it and mixed it around until it was completely covered. Then, I put the batch in the fridge for it to harden.


Now I needed to make a holder to put the caramel corn in. I searched around the house to find something that was orange and found an old school folder from one of my kids.


I rolled it up into a cone and taped it with scotch tape at the bottom. Then, I began my spooky face and drew the outline in pencil. Then, trace over the pencil lines with a black sharpie to make the face dark and scary. (You could also cut out the face shape)

After the holder was finished and the popcorn was hardened. I added the popcorn inside the cone filled up to the top. To present at your party stick them in a holder for guests to grab. Happy Halloween!


5 DIY Halloween Costumes


Halloween will be here before we know it and it’s time to start thinking about Halloween Costumes for the kids and adults. I love a good DIY Halloween Costume to make and I am always looking for ideas on how to make them. I have compiled a list below of 5 DIY Halloween Costumes to make from home. Be sure to check out my other list of 25 DIY Halloween Costumes found here!

  1. No Sew Candy Corn Fairy Skirt
  2. DIY Parrot Costume
  3. Pirate Costume
  4. Wild Krats Power Suit
  5. Halloween Face Painting Tutorial

25 Outdoor Halloween Decorations


One thing I love to do is decorate for Halloween. Each year I change it up and do a different theme. Sometimes I make it scary with a fog machine and other times I will keep it simple. Either way Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I am always looking for ideas to decorate the outside for all the kids to see when they trick or treat. I have compiled a list of outdoor decorating ideas for you to view. Just click on the link/links below of each one you want to view to be directed to the instructions. If you have any ideas that you would love to share, post a picture on our Facebook Page for everyone to view. Or even if you tried one below, we would love to see how it turned out. Happy Halloween!

1. Milk Jug Skeleton
2. Wire Decorated Pumpkins
3. Double Sided Painted Pillow Covers
4. Boo! DIY Doormat
5. Jack-O’-Totum
6. Fabric Scrap Wreath
7. Glittery Witch’s Broom
8. No-Carve Pumpkins
9. Trash Bag Spider Webs
10. Sinister Ceramics
11. Jack o Lantern Tealights
12. Tin Can Pumpkin Lantern
13. Spooky Snake Wreath
14. Man Eating Pumpkin
15. Wicked Witch Legs
16. Shrunken Head Shrubbery
17. Halloween Graves
18. Headless Horseman
19. Zombie Garage
20. Bloody Door Decor
21. Outdoor Garland
22. Garland Wreath
23. Skeleton Door Decor
24. Animal Eyes Halloween Wreath
25. Celestial Pumpkins

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25 Halloween Party Ideas

halloween party ideas

My favorite time of the year is Halloween. I love dressing up, passing out candy, seeing everyone’s costume, and having a great Halloween party. This time of year there are many Halloween parties for kids and adults. Each year I like to create a new and different Halloween party. Sometimes it is not easy to come up with ideas that is why I have compiled a list of ideas to help with your Halloween Party. I have recipes for food and drinks, ideas for Decor and Favors, Costume Ideas, and Party themes. Just click on each link/links to be directed to the website for instructions on each idea. Enjoy!

Food and Drink

1. Skull Shaped Pizza
2. Awesome Chocolate Bugs
3. Nutella Oreo Witch Hats
4. Stamped Halloween Food
5. Cheese Eyeballs
6. Custom Colored Candies
7. Punch in Mason Jars
8. “Off With Your Hand” Punch
9. Monster Dip
10. Halloween Ramekin Snacks

Decor and Favors

11. Glow in the Dark Slime
12. Queen of Skulls Candy Dish
13. Rustic Ghostly Garland
14. Frankenstein Printable
15. Halloween Tret Bucket
16. Flip Top Monster Boxes
17. Make a Face Halloween Party Favors
18. Pumpkin Drink Dispenser
19. Scrap Fabric Garland

Costumes and Party Themes

20. Blacklight Body Paint Party
21. Sugar Skull Makeup Inspiration
22. “The Birds” Halloween Party
23. Monster Ball Halloween Party
24. DIY Halloween Photo Booth
25. $1 Paper Doll Costume


25 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas



 Halloween is almost here and that means we need to start thinking of what costume to wear. Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I dress up every Halloween and pass out candy. I love seeing the kids come up to the door and check out each costume they are wearing.  I personally think the DIY ones are the best. I feel you get a good quality costume by making it yourself. Making a Halloween costume yourself does not have to be hard and it doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. Some items you can find from home to create a costume. I have complied a list of Halloween DIY Costume Ideas. Just click on the link/links to view each tutorial to create your own Halloween costume this year!  Stay tuned for Halloween Party and Outdoor Decoration Ideas!

1. Easy Medusa Costume
2. Ash Ketchum (Pokemon)
3. Super Hero Costumes
4. Super Cute Dino
5. DIY Sock Monkey
6. Rapunzel Hair
7. Maggie Simpson
8. Little Lamb
9. Mermaid Dress
10. Frog (Crochet)
11. Minecraft
12. Madeline
13. Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorials
14. Mario and Luigi
15. Little Red’s Granny
16. Adorable Witch
17. Lady Bug
18. DIY Cat
19. Mad Scientist Costume
20. Easy Robot Costume
21. King and Queen Costumes
22. Adorable Pink Owl
23. Tardis (Dr. Who) Dress
24. Easy Yarn Wig Tutorial
25. No Sew Candy Corn Fairy Skirt

5 Fun Fall & Halloween Recipes & Crafts for Kids

Fall and Halloween are both just right around the corner! And what’s better than having fun holiday crafts planned to complete with your little ones? Nothing! That’s why it is so much fun to sit together and do an activity – and these five ideas are perfect for a fun (even spooky) evening at home! So go ahead and browse the 5 ideas below and find one that you think your little one/s would enjoy and have at it! It’s bound to cause some excitement for the upcoming season! Stay tuned for more Halloween Ideas!

5 Fall and Halloween activities for kids:

  1. Mummy Face Pizza / SusieQTpies Cafe
  2. Apple Stamping / Juggling Act Mama
  3. Festive DIY Stamps / Juggling Act Mama
  4. DIY Window Decals / My Three Bittles
  5. Spider Cupcakes / Songbirds and Buttons
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25 Deliciously Spooky Halloween Recipes

spooky recipes

One of my favorite times of the year is Halloween. I enjoy dressing up every year and passing out candy see what the kids are wearing. I also love to throw a good Halloween party. I am always looking for recipes to make it fun for the kids to enjoy as well as the adults. Not only do I want it fun but I want easy recipes also. I have complied a list of 25 Spooky recipes that are fun and easy for everyone to enjoy at your Halloween party. Click on a link/links of each recipe you would like to know more about to be directly linked to the recipe instructions. Stay tuned for party, costume, and decorating ideas. Have fun and enjoy!


1. Halloween Deviled Eggs
2. Mouth Watering Pumpkin Seeds
3. Leftover Halloween Candy Rise Krispies Muffins
4. Butterfinger Caramel Apples
5. Candy Corn Marshmallow Pops
6. Poor Man’s Payday
7. Mummy Face Pizza
8. Spooky Mozzarella Eyeballs
9. Monster Cookies
10. Spooky Pumpkin Pancakes
11. Panna Cotta Brains
12. Graveyard Dip
13. Monster Eyeballs
14. Avocado Witches Fingers
15. Pumpkin Pasta in Squid Ink Sauce
16. Meringue Ghosts
17. Candy Apples
18. Monster Brownies
19. Spooky Popcorn Balls
20. Bloody Breadstick Fingers
21. Batty Chili
22. Easy Halloween Spider Cookies
23. Scary Spider Web Eggs
24. Mini Marshmallow Treat Bags
25. Sweet Pumpkin Dump Cake

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13 Labor Day Weekend Recipes

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Looking for some ideas on recipes for Labor Day Weekend? I have compiled a list from myself and fellow bloggers of recipes from the grill to desserts that will make your holiday weekend easy to create. Just click on each link below of the recipe/recipes you want to view to be directed to the recipe.

  1. Caprese Salad
  2. Patriotic Cupcakes
  3. Layered Strawberry Shortcake
  4. Homemade Ice Cream Cake and Dessert
  5. Watermelon Lime Sorbet
  6. Bacon Broccoli Salad
  7. 9 Layered Summer Salad
  8. Jell-O Cake
  9. 5 Layer Taco Salad Dip
  10. Summer Fruit Slaw
  11. Grilled Watermelon
  12. Cooler Corn
  13. Grilled Corn on the Cob
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Halloween Craft: DIY Spooky Decoupage Treat Bucket

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DIY Spooky Decoupage Treat Bucket


Trick or treat buckets don’t have to be for just children. Why not create a spooky and fun treat

bucket for your own sweet treats and surprises? You don’t need to spend a lot of money or invest

a lot of time in creating one, you just need a few simple supplies and a tad of creativity. If you

are looking for a fun fall DIY project, take a look at this spooky decoupage treat bucket. In no

time you can whip one up you are sure to enjoy for years to come.


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Supplies Needed:

Supplies Needed:

Crafting paint


Mod Podge

Halloween graphics. You can find various printable FREE graphics on the internet. Just print

your free graphics on a color printer and you are all set. If you are looking for a great site for free

graphics, www.thegraphicsfairy.com is a great start.


Scrap fabric or ribbon


Plain cardboard craft box (You can find plain cardboard craft boxes at Hobby Lobby and other

craft stores. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.)


1. First, remove the lid from the cardboard craft box and set aside. You will not be needing it.

2. Apply a coat of paint in the color of your choice. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat if desired.

3. While your paint is drying, clip out some colorful Halloween graphics.

4. Apply a layer of decoupage to your treat bucket and lay the graphic on it. Press it flat,

removing all air bubbles. Apply a coat of decoupage over the graphic to secure it into place.

5. Using the tip of your scissors, poke a hole in each side of the bucket.

6. Take your piece of wire and place each end through the holes creating a handle. Just twist the

tips of the wire to secure.

7. Take your coordinating ribbon or scrap fabric and tie on as an embellishment to the handle.

You can add a touch of glitter if you wish, additional ribbon, more paint accents, or other little

touches of pizzazz as you wish. After all, it is your treat bucket! A coat of decoupage will help

secure any additional flat embellishments and protect your bucket so you can display it year after


Who says Halloween crafts are just for kids? Give this simple DIY a try and you will have a fun

and functional treat bucket just in time for Halloween.

Fourth of July Recipe: Patriotic Jello-O Cake




  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Jell-O
  • Whipped Cream

Make White Cake as directed on the box.
After cake is cooled poke holes with a fork all thru the cake.

Make the Jell-O as directed on the box. I use Cherry because we like the taste of it but you can use any flavor you want.
After you mix the Jell-O, pour it all over the cake so it is covered. Next, put it in the fridge for 4-6 hours or overnight.

Then, use the whipped cream and use it as frosting for the whole cake. I used food coloring to make a flag design,
but you can design it anyway you like. I added strawberries for the 4th of July.