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1  Re: The money you could be saving with Geico...CAKE. in Dessert by shelleibean on: May 12, 2009 02:06:01 PM
This is the only picture I have of boy and cake together- but there was a lot of standing in front of the cake stand before grandma/grandpa came over to eat saying, "I have to see the money. Can we eat the money?"

I guess there are some other pictures, but they're all so blurry- his excitement made it really hard to stay reasonably still.
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2  The money you could be saving with Geico...CAKE. in Dessert by shelleibean on: May 12, 2009 01:49:16 PM
My son turned 4 last month & he's been entertained by Geico commercials since he could sit up. the most recent ad campaign elicits manic giggles at our house. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted he said, "A Geico cake." At first he said he that meant the Geico logo and then it evolved into the money you could be saving with Geico. Awesome! I've been wanting an excuse to make some marshmallow fondant.  Only later did I think to make it a 4 dollar bill, since it was his fourth birthday- oh well. I'm happy with the fondant but I really need to practice my piping skills.
I hope this makes someone else as happy as the kid was!
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3  Re: 1st Birthday dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by shelleibean on: July 30, 2008 02:41:06 PM
ooohh...I have that pattern too! it's so cute and looks so comforatble for the hot months.  I made one for my daughter last week and it's a bit big on her....

yours is very sweet...
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4  Graham Crackers in Recipes and Cooking Tips by shelleibean on: July 19, 2008 07:35:53 AM

These came out great! I used this recipe:
http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2005/04/shf-7-graham-crackers.html. Next time I want to try to substitute brown rice syrup for the honey, since I bought some and really want w/ to experiment - but I could not get that jar open.
The dough comes together really nicely

I got about 20 3 inch crackers out of this recipe

they come out of the oven a bit floppy, but crisp up nicely after they've had a chance to cool
This guy liked them and even asked for more , so I know they're kid friendly

He's a better measure of the success of a recipe since he's so picky little bunny rabbit however will eat most things, well she'll try them at least. This guy will eat only life cereal, string cheese, strawberry yogurt and pbj. I'd like to experiment w/ making these chocolate grahams in the future.
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5  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by shelleibean on: July 17, 2008 03:19:58 PM
I just wanted to share the ones I've made so far.

I even used them at the store the other day and they were so great! I felt like my groceries were so secure, if that makes any sense. I didn't add the pocket to tuck them into since I figure I'll just leave them in my car or on the same table I put my bag when I come home so I'll always have them.  I love these idea for gifts, though.  I have a picture in my head of five or so of these bags in the same color/pattern (w/ the pocket) all tied up with a pretty ribbon.
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6  I made cheese crackers! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by shelleibean on: July 17, 2008 03:12:55 PM
Lately I've beenthinking that I could totally make all of my kids' favortire snacks- this way i could control what they eat a lot better and probably save some money in the long run.  they looovve little cheese crackers and usually I buy the Annie's Cheddar bunnies, but @ $3 a box ( a little box that they go through in less than a week), they're not so economical.I consulted the internet for ways to make my own crackers. I'm really surprised it never occurred to me before b/c it's so easy to do- and I found a few recipes.  I sort of combined a few to come up with these-

pre baking

I meant to show you the dough but completely forgot- however I have plans to make these same crackers but instead of cheese w/ cinnamon sugar, so i might remember then.

my recipe for cheese crackers-
2 1/2 cups flour ( all purpose, but next time I"m going to use white winter wheat, I just didn't have enough this time)
3/4 cup cool water
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
preheat over to 425 F
combine dry ingredients and cheese, whisk to combine.  Add all of the oil and 1/3 of the water, adding another 1/3 when the previous one in combined until the water is all gone.  Knead until it comes together to nice firmish dough.  when you have a nice dough ball, divide in 1/4 ths to make it easier to manage, roll out VERY VERY thin ( i tried my best but had some thicker than i wanted, they were just a bit chewier but still fine), cut  any way you want- w/ a pizza wheel you could make regular old rectangles  or you could use a cookies cutter like I did.  the baking time will vary depending on the shape you choose ( how large or small) but they are done when they are just barely golden on the edges.  I left mine in a bit longer than i probably should have- but I don't think it made too much of a difference. All i know is- my kids asked for more, which is more than can be said for the granola bars I made.

this recipe made more than 2 pounds of these 1 inch star shapes
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7  another vegbee peasant top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by shelleibean on: June 24, 2008 05:24:48 AM
this isn't new, per se, but I was able to get a picutre of her in it and who doesnt love this fabric?

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8  Cherry Blossom tea towel in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by shelleibean on: June 24, 2008 05:20:33 AM
I've had this idea in my head for a long time and I'm not ashamed to say that it was inspired by Martha Stewart. I just happend to find a spare blank tea towel in my stash. Already I can think of a neater way to do it, but I like the way it turned out. 

its a little blurry here, I don't think it 's the photo- that's probably real life too. I think next time I'll carve a few potatoes long wise w/ the branch shape and stamp it, instead of using a brush. 

I'd been waiting for an apple that was a bit past it's prime...maybe I won't next time since it wasn't as firm as I wanted it to be and started to lose it's shape towards the end...
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9  another mobile (paper cranes) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by shelleibean on: June 24, 2008 05:07:01 AM
My daughter really needed something- but I really couldn't find anything I liked that wasnt wayyyyyy to expensive ( oh believe me , I found plenty of mobiles that I loooovved). So about an hour after purchsing some printed oragami paper- This now hangs over her bed!

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10  ikea (sort of) hacked mobile in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shelleibean on: June 14, 2008 05:56:51 AM
I *think* maybe this should be in toys and playthings b/c it is made from a toy - but I put it here b/c it's not meant to be played with, per se, but admired.

my friend bought these finger puppets for my kids from ikea.  I thought they were really cute, but kind of annoying since they were always scattered around and then gathered up and put somewhere where the kids couldn't get to them.  So I put them away thinking I would do something w/ them.

I wrapped embroidery floss around the inside hoop of an embroidery hoop, tied a pony bead to the end of a length of floss before threading the individual puppet on the floss.  the blue streamer things are just strips cut from a scrap of a curtain.

i love this little octopus!

this shark is really my fav. b/c it makes think of that Steve Zahn movie that came out not too long ago, about some wilderness show- they see a shark w/ all of his teeth sticking out just like this one and bust on it- it makes me giggle everytime!
anyway- the kids think its great and spend a long time ( well like 20 minutes, but that's eons when you're 3 and 18 months, right?) under it just watching the fan blow it around.
thanks for looking!
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