Parker’s Lego Birthday

Last Saturday we celebrated Parker Reese’s third birthday. It’s hard to believe my sweet little monkey is three already!

The child’s two favorite things are Legos and Star Wars so Of course he chose a Lego themed party. I was actually pretty excited about this. I knew it would be a fun (and easy) theme to work with.

I started with Lego invitations that I found on Pinterest. I created the invitation using the Silhouette software. I downloaded a Lego font that I found on the Internet and just changed the color of the letters and I used a wooden stamp for the party information. I cut red, yellow and blue card stock into rectangles (about 3×5 inches) and used a 1-inch punch for the circles. Dimensionals were used under the circles to give it the 3-D look.

Lego birthday invitations cards

The decorations were simple. I bought lots of red, yellow and blue balloons and tied them around the room. I made this banner using my silhouette, some lego scrapbook paper I found at the craft store and an image I found online.

lego birthday banner

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The table spread was also simple. I used a big Lego head in the center of the table and tied lots of balloons to it (they hadn’t arrived yet when I took the photo). I added some color using vases of candy (blue Sixlets, Twizzlers and Lemonheads) and, of course, Legos!

lego birthday party decor

I really wish I had gotten a better picture of the cake. It was three sections (red, yellow and blue) stacked. My friend Cristy (who made Parker’s adorable hay bale cake last year)

lego cake birthday

 I was lucky enough to find someone local that did Lego parties. Bricks 4 Kidz was great! During the party, the kids got to build they’re own mini figuring, participate in races, games, scavenger hunts and more!

For party favors I ordered a bunch of lego candy (2 lbs!) and random Lego pieces (500!).
Each child got to take home a candy favor. I used cellophane bags and the Lego paper to make the candy favors. 

lego candy party favor birthday

I had hubby and the boys custom build each child a figure using the Lego pieces. They turned out pretty interesting! The kids also got to take home their mini figurine they created during the party.

lego party favors

Happy third birthday to the kid who loves trying on my shoes,

 loves making people laugh,

always keeps us on our toes,

but is still the sweetest little guy in the world!

We Have a Winner!

I’m excited to announce the lucky winner of the Bohoblossoms giveaway is. . . .

Comment #26, Dawn Borg who said. . .

Following boho blossoms on twitter!! :)
Congratulations Dawn! Please email me your shipping address and I’ll forward it on to Lauren! (jen at scissorandspatulas dot com)
But don’t worry, if you didn’t win because Lauren is giving Scissors & Spatulas winners 10% off your purchase at  the Bohoblossom shop!
Use scissorsnspatulas10 at checkout.
And here is just a preview of what I’ve been doing all week. Sadly we are heading home tomorrow. Back to reality.
Folly Beach 2012
 The beach…
Crabbing…
Good food…
Beautiful sunsets…
And good ole family fun!
It’s going to be hard to go home tomorrowl

What I’ve Been Up To

Hey y’all!
I know I’ve been incredibly absent over the past couple weeks and I’m so sorry! I’ve had family in town, I’ve been at the beach and I’ve been cleaning house! I finally had a small break from the demand of the Ready to Pop favor boxes and took that opportunity to clean house! Cleaning, organizing and getting rid of a lot of stuff! So I’m sorry I’ve neglected the blog.
On a more positive note, were you surprised to see my previous post? In case you missed it, Natalie (Johnny in a Dress) and I  have teamed up to host a link party every Thursday!

Johnny In A Dress

Last week’s party is closed, but be sure to link up your latest creative endeavors this Thursday!
Moving on to why I’ve been absent…

We’ve been at the beach! Okay, we were at the beach a couple weeks ago. Two beach trips back-to-back. I’ve been trying to get this post up for that long!
My grandma came down from Wisconsin for three weeks and we took her to our new favorite beach spot, Fripp Island, SC. And our other favorite, Charleston.

That’s my grandma (GG to the boys)!

We all had a blast!

Amazing sunset cruise with the dolphins. . .

love this one of sweet Parker Reese. . .

3 generations

Good times! We had so much fun!
But we’re not finished yet! Headed to Folly Beach on Saturday. I love summer!

Fossilized Lemon Tracks: Cooking with the Kiddos

My boys love the How Do Dinosaurs? books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. In fact, Jackson was obsessed with these books starting when he was about 18 months old, so he’s been reading them over and over again for almost 3 years!
I recently found this one, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies? and like the others, they love it!

Inside the book was two recipes for cookies. Last night Jackson asked me if we could make these Fossilized Lemon Tracks. It was the perfect activity for this cloudy day!

 And the recipe was easy enough that the boys were able to do most of it themselves.
The ingredients are: 1 cup softened butter, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar plus extra for dipping, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 3/4 cups flour.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and extracts and mix well, scraping sides if necessary. Sift flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Mix until dough forms.

Roll the dough into small balls.

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Roll the balls of dough in reserved sugar.

roll in sugar

Place on a baking sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

flatten dough

Use a chopstick or other kitchen utensil to create tracks in the dough.

mark tracks

I showed the boys like this, but let them do it however they liked.

mark dino tracks

Sprinkle the cookies with sugar and put in a 375 degree oven for 9-12 minutes.

Allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing them from the pan.
Did they turn out to look like dino tracks? Not quite. There were a few that looked like footprints. Most of them looked like scallop shells!

But the boys didn’t care!

jackson

They loved them!

parker

Fossilized Lemon Tracks (modified from How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies?)

1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar plus extra for dipping
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 3/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and extracts and mix well, scraping sides if necessary.
Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Gradually add to sugar mixture and blend until dough forms.
Roll dough into small teaspoon-size balls. Roll in sugar and place on a baking sheet. Flatten with palm of your hand. Use a chopstick to mark tracks int he cookies and sprinkle with sugar. 
Bake in oven for 9-12 minutes or until done. Allow to cool 2 minutes before removing from tray. 

Some News: Good & Bad

I’ll start with the bad and finish with the good. Better to sign off with a good feeling, right?
Last week, we had to put my sweet baby Lily McAliley (if you don’t know how to pronounce my last name, it’s Mac-a-lily, so Lily Mac-a-lily) to rest.

She had been sick for several months and after multiple visits to the vet, we finally found out that she had mass in her stomach. I immediately knew what that meant. The dreaded “C” word. Cancer. But after several tests, we were told that it looked like just an inflammation. But they wanted to do one more, surgical biopsy to be sure.
We dropped her off early in the morning and looked forward to picking her up the following day. Except that just a couple hours later when we received the call. Turns out it was cancerous and it was much worse than anyone had anticipated.
We had three options and, unfortunately, only one would end her sickness and suffering and take her to a happier, healthier place.

It was devastating! She was my Christmas present. Our first baby after hubby and I got married. She was the runt of the litter so she was teeny tiny. And she stayed teeny tiny, except that she was a little fat.

She was the best! And she was only 8 years old. Lily, we miss you so much! (BTW, that’s Little Man #1 at just 8 months!)
Okay now on to the good news. Actually, some GREAT news!

That’s right! We are building a house! Well, we have just purchased land in which we will be building a new house! I’m so freakin’ excited! My own house, from the ground up! Even better, I can’t wait to share it, step by step, here on the blog! It’s going to be so much fun! Yay!!
So that is my news, both good and bad. I know I will receive some big hugs following this post and I want to thank you all in advance! :)

A Teeny Rant & Our Weekend at the Beach

Has it really been one week since my last post? What a slacker I am! I know I’ve been absent more than present on the blog lately and I’m doing my best to turn that around. I’ve been telling you abou the favors I’ve been making. The favors that have started consuming every second of my time. It’s crazy!, amazing and exhausting at the same time! But truly miss my blog! I miss painting. I miss sewing. I miss decorating. I even miss cooking! But what I miss most is writing, reading and communicating! I’ve said it many times before that my husband had to twist my arm to get me to start this blog. I didn’t even know much about what a blog was when I created Scissors & Spatulas. I just knew that I liked being creative and doing things on my own and that maybe someone would enjoy reading about those things. Well, I had no idea!

ready to pop popcorn baby shower favor box The Wesley

I know I haven’t been around much lately and I definitely haven’t been doing much besides designing, cutting and assembling favor boxes. We recently launched a newer shop, known as the Ready to Pop Shop.

readytopopshop

No matter how hard I try to squeeze a project in, I just can’t get to it. I It’s not that I don’t have the ideas. Trust me, the ideas are still flowing! Every time I go to one of the craft stores I find something that gives me an idea for a project that I “just have to do.” But do I reason with inner creative being? Do I remind myself how busy I am and won’t be able to find the time to do such a project? Of course not! I buy all the supplies I need. So I have a craft room full of supplies to fulfill a mind full of creative ideas that just can’t be completed!

My blog is my outlet and so once again I’m venting.  SNAP opened my eyes up and really reminded me how much I missed being in the “Blogosphere.” Not only writing on my own blog, but visiting others. Chatting with friends online and just keeping up with what everyone was doing. Sigh. . . okay, that’s all. Thanks for “listening.” I’m sure tutorials are much more fun to read.

On a more positive note, we went to the beach with some friends this past weekend. The boys had a blast and it was so nice to sit with my feet in the sand and not a care in the world! Here are a few pics.

Daddy and the boys.

Little Man #1 (Jack)

Little Man #2 (Parker Reese)

Dinner and dancing. Love beach life!

PR finally got over his fear of the water on day 2.

Having fun playing in the waves!

A night a Pavilion. The kids had a blast!

What a great weekend! So much fun!
I’ll be back, eventually. I wish I could say it would be soon, but that’s a promise I’m not positive I can keep. Hang tight! I miss y’all!

Strawberries are Here!

The boys and I look forward to strawberry season ever year. We are so lucky to have a strawberry farm right down the road. And even luckier that they offer the opportunity to pick your own! This year, the picking season started early. Since we had such a mild winter and temperatures warmed up early here in the South, the strawberries are already growing and the fields are open! So I took the boys for our first trip to pick. We will be back at least one more time! We can’t get enough strawberries!

and they’re off. . .

The kids were so excited! We are so lucky to be able to do this every year! This really is one of our favorite family traditions!

Parker Reese had fun picking. “Mommy, is this one okay?” he would say.

Jackson just liked eating. He even argued and begged when I told him, “Enough!” I’m pretty sure he ate a gallon himself! I swear, one minute his box was half full and the next time I looked it was practically empty! This boy LOVES strawberries!

Jackson nagged at me about the photos. “Do we have to take pictures?” he asked. Of course! “But that takes too long,” he whines. My response, “Oh well. You’ll appreciate them later!”

All I had to do was promise he could eat more strawberries and I got a smile!

Onward, to pick {and eat} more strawberries!

Parker finally joined in and discovered how fun and delicious it was to pick and eat!

And I’m telling you, Jackson didn’t stop!

In the end, I had to pick them myself because the boys just kept eating them! While the boys napped, I cleaned up the berries. Here is the inventory. . .

Whole berries for snacking, cut berries to freeze for smoothies, cut berries for a dessert. Large, pretty berries to make chocolate-covered strawberries.  And I even had some to give to my SIL.

Here are a few of the recipes I shared from last year’s strawberry season.

{chocolate-covered strawberries}

{strawberry walnut bread}

{baby blue salad}

And here is a new dessert I’m gonna make. I found one version in my Southern Living Cookbook but also found another, similar version on Pinterest. Ready to drool?

I’ll let you know how it turns out! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Easter 2012

Easter 2012. It started with little sounds coming from downstairs. We had asked the kids not to go down without getting us up first. Do you think they listened?

Jackson was the first one awake. We are not quite sure just how early he woke up, but by the time we came down, he had his new Lego set built!

Parker was still in bed when we got up. Apparently he had gotten a visit from the hair fairy while he slept. P.S. He  likes to pick his own jammies each night. Can you tell?

After a fun morning of excitement from the little ones we celebrated Him. The One who died for us. The real reason we celebrate Easter. And after indulged in a yummy brunch before heading to Yaya and Papa’s {my parents} house for an egg hunt.

The boys searched the yard for eggs and the adults relaxed on the patio. It was a beautiful, warm and sunshiny day!

We took a quick nap at home before we headed over to spend time with hubby’s family. The boys had a blast with their cousins! They blew bubbles. . .

Climbed trees. . .

and even celebrated a few birthdays! April is a busy birthday month for our family!

To sum it all up, Easter 2012 was a fabulous day spent with family. . .

Yaya & Papa & the boys {my parents}.

My family.

Poppy & the boys {father-in-law}.

Nana, Poppy & the grandkids {hubby’s parents}.

I hope your Easter was as blessed as ours!

Dying Easter Eggs

Is it weird that even as an adult I get excited about dying Easter eggs? I suppose I’m not the only one. Hooray! Here’s this year’s adventure in dying eggs!

Please pardon my photos. I didn’t check my camera settings and I couldn’t figure out why the pictures were coming out so bright, blurry and dull. I noticed after that the shutter speed (which I rarely change from 100) was at 50!

Ready to go!

The eggs are in!

The eggs are out!

The boys are happy!

I was also working on something else today. It is the project I planned on sharing with you in this post. However, at the moment, this is the status of that project. . .

Drying, under a heat lamp, after air-drying for a good part of the day! It reminds me of when we hatched chicks back in my teaching days. But these eggs don’t have chicks inside them. Actually, they don’t have anything inside them. It’s just a little something I decided to do for Easter. I’ll share the finished product tomorrow. Hopefully they will be dry by then!

And finally, because I couldn’t help myself, I had to share this one too!

This kid makes me laugh out loud! My little potato head.

What We’ve Been Up To

I realized tonight after going through some recent photos that I haven’t posted any pictures of the boys in a while! So I thought I’d just share a few from the past couple months.

My little heartbreakers. . .

Valentine’s Day – Feb 2012

Big boy bike – Dec 2012

Parker Reese strumming daddy’s guitar – March 2012

Darth Vader baby – Feb 2012

Jackson (hard at work) developing the next mission to Mars – Jan 2012

Nothing more threatening than a cute kid, with a gun, IN HEELS – Feb 2012

Little Man #1 turned four years old – Jan 2012

Need I say more? – Feb 2012

I’ve told you, there is never a dull moment! To my sweet boys who keep me thoroughly entertained and on my toes – I love you!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

A Little About Me

I recently updated my “About Me” tab at the top of the page. If you have been reading my blog over the past year, you probably already know these things about me. But I have some new fans and I thought I’d tell them a little bit about me and my blog. So here ya go, to my readers, both new and old, let me introduce myself!

Hey y’all! Welcome to Scissors & Spatulas: and everything in between! I’m Jen! I love coffee, chocolate, Italian food, a good {med-rare} steak, red wine and shopping! I’m a little bit silly, a lotta bit loud, and 100% a busy body. My mind is constantly spinning with ideas and my hands are kept busy creating these ideas.

I’m a wife to an amazingly kind and patient man who won my heart by strumming his guitar! Actually, we met by a pinball machine in a bar while in college in Charleston, SC.  Later that night he wooed me with his guitar and we’ve been together ever since. We were married in April 2004 and now live in my home town in  SC.

I am mommy to two handsome little boys, Jackson, 4 and Parker, 2. They are only 20 months and just inches apart but couldn’t be more different! Jackson is quiet and reserved. He enjoys coloring, doing puzzles, Legos and is too smart for his age. He wants to know how and why everything works and will one day be an astronaut or engineer. Parker Reese is loud and outgoing {like his mommy}. He is a daredevil, determined to conquer and the funniest kid you’ll ever meet. He loves whatever his big brother is doing, his mommy {me} and balls. He will be our superstar punter for the Clemson Tigers!

I created Scissors & Spatulas just a little over a year ago when my hubby {who is also a software developer & entrepreneur} told me I needed to start a blog. “Yeah right! I don’t have time for a blog.” Those were my exact words. The next day I wrote my first post {it only took something like 5 hours!}, and that’s where it all began! To this day I am amazed at the opportunities, friends, and pure joy that this blog has brought me, and I owe it all to my readers. I am so grateful!

You think I’ve got it all put together, all planned out, don’t you? Hahahahaha! My life is a big ball of chaos. Two crazy boys, 3 pets {2 Shi Tzus, Lily and Sophie and a kittty, Lucy.}, a hubby, a home, a blog, a shop and a mind constantly wanting to create more. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment in my house. But I wouldn’t want it any other way! This is us! This is me!

Scissors & Spatulas is my outlet! Unlike many other blogs, I do not have a schedule. I do not have my posts planned weeks in advance. I create, I write and I post. What can you expect here at Scissors & Spatulas? Nothing, really! My content is a combo of home decor, DIY projects, crafts, thrift store finds, recipes, kids stuff and my family. I do not post every day. Only when I have something I think is worth sharing. What you can expect is that what I do is on a budget {I’m a cheapskate} and fairly simple. I almost always provide full tutorials of everything I do. I love sharing my ideas and I hope that I will inspire you! Thank you for your support!

Happy Birthday to My Little Man #1

Today my sweet Jackson {aka Little Man #1} turns four. I really can’t understand how it’s been four years since this. . .

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday I had this sweet, hairy little baby.

Then, somehow, we were suddenly celebrating his first birthday. Then his second.

 

And now, suddenly, he is four years old!

Happy birthday little man! We love you!

 

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is my sweet hubby’s birthday. We spent evening spoiling daddy by doing his “chores,” taking him to eat Mexican {his favorite} and dressing him up in a silly hat and button while we sang happy birthday with his S’mores cupcake {another favorite}. I think he had fun!

Happy birthday hubby! We love you!

Oh yeah, and one more thing. . .

Go TIGERS! 

Pulling for Clemson tonight playing in the Orange Bowl.

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From Our House to Yours

I hope that you all have a safe, happy holiday! Thank you all for reading Scissors & Spatulas! Thank you even more for all the kind words you have shared with me! 
I never knew how much I would enjoy blogging. I never realized what doors this blog would open up for me. I never realized the friends I would make across the miles. Some that I have met in person, others that I have not. The truth is that this blog has had a very positive effect on my life. It is time consuming, and I do feel more flustered and unorganized than ever, but it’s somehow worth it! It’s worth it because you tell me it’s worth it! You tell me that I inspire you, but actually, you inspire me! I’ve always enjoyed decorating, crafting and cooking. But somehow I feel like this blog has expanded my creativity. In a way, it’s forced me to continue to come up with creative ideas. However, when I say “forced,” I don’t mean it an a negative way. In order to continue writing Scissors & Spatulas, I have to keep creating, designing and cooking, all things I am passionate about. These are the things I love doing. And when I read all of your awesome comments, they drive me to continue coming up with ideas to share with you. And for that, my friends, I am grateful! 
I’d like to say thank you! Thank you so much for inspiring me get my craft on! And thank you for inspiring me to write about them! You’ve brought more joy over the past year than you can imagine! Happy holidays to you and your family! 

Happy Halloween & Winners!

Happy Halloween! 
I hope everyone had as much fun as we did today! 
Can you guess who my little guys are?
The best toys a kid could have! Woody & Buzz Lightyear! 
They have a slight obsession with the Toy Story movies right now so these were the perfect costumes! 
We carved our pumpkins last night.
And had fun trick-or-treating tonight. 
The kids are in bed and it’s time for mommy and daddy to raid the candy! C’mon, you know you do it too!
Don’t forget. . .
There are just a few bloggy birthday giveaways remaining. Don’t miss out on a chance to win some fantastic prizes!
Johnny in a Dress {ends tonight}
Trendy Trinket {ends tonight}
There are still a couple of winners I haven’t heard from. Was it you? Did you win the Naptime Crafter giveaway? What about the Funky Polkadot Giraffe giveaway? If it’s you, please contact me ASAP or I’ll have to choose a new winner. The winner of the Mine for the Making giveaway is. .  .
Aimee Lee said…
I follow the Mine for the Making blog!
Contrats Aimee! Email me by the end of the week to claim your prize!

Adventures in Apple Picking

 Yesterday the boys and I took a spur of the moment road trip. I took them up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. It’s in the mountains and about a two hour drive from where we live. We visited the orchard last fall and I wanted to take them again this year but couldn’t seem to find a weekend that we could do it. So, yesterday morning, I decided to load them up and go! 
At Sky Top you can pick your own apples. We attempted to do this, but the only areas that were still “pickable” were a pretty long walk so we didn’t quite make it. But we still had fun and it was a gorgeous 74 degree, sunshiny day!

The leaves were at their peak and we had gorgeous views of red, orange and yellow landscapes.
 We wandered up and down a few of the rows of trees. We did find a couple of good apples amongst the not so good ones on the ground. But even though we didn’t get to pick our apples we took plenty home from the Sky Top market. Three bags full!

And the boys had fun riding on the wagon {Although I found out afterwards that kids are not supposed to ride on the wagons – oops!} and playing in the playhouses and on the swings and riding the tractors.
We enjoyed lots of yummy apple treats like an apple cider slushy, caramel apples and apple cider donuts. Let me tell you, Sky Top is known for it’s apple cider donuts. They cook them right then and there so they are hot and delish! They are the BEST!
Thanks Sky Top for a great day!
I’ve got all these apples, so tomorrow you can expect an apple recipe!

5 Things To Do With a Pumpkin (again)

Happy fall y’all! One of my favorite things about fall {besides the beautiful colors} is pumpkins! There are so many different things you can do with pumpkins from decorating your doorstep to enjoying them as a meal or dessert. 
Today I’m revisiting a post from last year. I thought it was appropriate for this time of year and I hope you’ll get some good ideas from it! Once again, I’m going to tell you five things to do with a pumpkin.
Technically the first two use canned pumpkin, but it’s still pumpkin. Right?
#1 – Pumpkin Pie Dip in a Pumpkin

 This dip is soooo good! My friends have actually asked me to make this dip for several different occasions. I wish I could call it my own, but I got it from Southern Living.
It’s very easy.

Beat softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Make sure cream cheese is softened or you will end up with a lumpy dip. Add pumpkin and mix until blended. Add spices and
mix well. I add 1/2 tsp nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon and ginger. That’s it!
Transfer dip into a small pumpkin and serve with gingersnaps or graham crackers.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Dip
 
#2 – Pumpkin Chili



My bestie Melly from Chicago sent this recipe to me. I have to say I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first. But I’ll try anything once, so I went for it. So glad I did! The pumpkin gave the chili a rich, nutty flavor. 



 Pretty basic ingredients. You can find the measurements in the recipe link below. The recipe calls for 2 jalapenos but I didn’t even use a whole one.  I’m a wuss! I used white kidney beans (cannellni beans) because I thought they would go better with turkey than dark kidney beans. I also used fire roasted diced 

tomatoes because I really like the flavor.

Chop veggies and saute in olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes. 

 Add ground turkey and cook until browned. 
Please let me tell you about this wonderful Pampered Chef tool! It’s one of my new faves! 
The Mix and Chop. See the before picture above. . .



and now the after picture! This tool does what it says, it chops up the meat and

mixes it with the veggies. LOVE IT!

Add tomatoes, pumpkin and spices. Bring to a boil and turn down heat. 
Add beans, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

I felt the need to add a good bit of salt at the end of cooking. You be the judge.
Serve with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro. So good! You can find the original recipe here
# 3 – Paint it!
We got these little guys at the pumpkin patch. I mixed Crayola Kids’ Paint with a little water, stuck a brush in each jar, and let the kids go at it. Parker Reese just wanted to eat the paint (like everything else), but he managed to get a little paint on the pumpkin.
 These masterpieces make a great decoration on my dining room buffet!
#4 – Carve It!


Before
I’m pretty sure most of us know how to carve a pumpkin, but just in case. . .
1. Cut off the top
2. Scoop out the guts
3. Eat the top (no please don’t)
4. Carve the face
5. Light it with a candle



After!


#5 – Cook the seeds for a yummy treat!

 Don’t throw those seeds away! This can be somewhat time consuming, but so worth it! 
Separate the seeds from the guts and soak in salt water for 10 minutes.

 In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Strain water from seeds. Remove any remaining pulp.

Spread seeds in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes (seeds should be golden and slightly browned), stirring twice during baking.
There you have it! 5 things to do with pumpkins. 

Oh, wait, I thought of one more. . .
#6 – Use it as a pillow!
I just had to include this picture. It is one of my favorites. Silly little monkey!
I hope you enjoyed this trip back in time!

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Howdy Y’all! A Cowboy Birthday Party (and winner)

On Sunday we celebrated Little Man #2′s second birthday with a cowboy party on the farm.
I found this great little farm just down the road from our house that does birthday parties. The kids enjoyed all the activities that the farm provided and I had fun putting together all the party decor! 
The birthday boy, Parker Reese, was dressed like a cowboy from head to toe!
This place was so much fun!

The farm had many friendly animals that the children were able to pet and feed. Horses, goats, bunnies and a turkey were just a few. They even got to brush the little pony. . .
before taking a ride!

There were swings and slides and a trampoline.

And horseshoes for painting.
When birthday guests arrived they were greeted with a little note. 
“Howdy Y’all! Don’t forget your cowboy and cowgirl gear!”
We provided the kiddos with cowboy hats, bandanas and badges which I purchased from Oriental Trading Co. 
I chose to use a western/cowboy/farm theme with red and black paisley, black and white cow print and blue denim. I purchased all the fabric, balloons and paper products at Hobby Lobby.
We had lots of yummy farm food!
“Chicken Feed” served in cups.
{pretzels, raisins, chocolate chips, M&Ms, marshmallows and peanuts}
“Pigs in a Blanket”

“Cowboy Crunchies” {veggie chips}

“Slop”
{grapes, apples, bananas and mandarin oranges}
“Carrot Sticks and Ranch Dressing”
Parker’s friends and cousins had fun! 

Parker Reese and his best girl friend Addison!
{We are determined to have them married one day.}
My cuties, Jackson and Parker Reese.

And the adorable haystack cake made by our friend Cristy. {You may remember, she made the amazing “Grillin and Chillin” back in May} Let me just say that this cake was not only adorable, it tasted SO good! 

The boys agreed! 
 Everyone had so much fun!
Thank you so much Barnyard Celebrations in Fort Mill, SC for letting us play!
And because I can’t resist. . .

Parker on his new bike that he found when he woke up the morning of his birthday. He hasn’t gotten of since!

Oh yeah, and the winner of the UPrinting giveaway is. . . 

Amber Wilkie said…

Ooh yeah gotta love personalized stationery. Thanks!
Congratulations Amber! Please email me claim your prize. 
jen @ scissorsandspatulas dot com


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Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

Two years ago today, my sweet {crazy} little monkey, Parker Reese, was born. 

How could it have been two years already?

If I could have him like this forever, I would!

But I also wouldn’t trade the last two years for anything. Here is Parker in a nutshell:

He is always on the go, climbing to the highest point and seeking the highest ledge to jump off. . .

Don’t let his sweet smile fool you! He’s always up to something. . .

He is so snuggly and loving. . .

But best of all, he loves to makes us laugh.  .  .

There is never a dull moment with this little guy!

Happy birthday Parker Reese! You’ve made our lives so much brighter! 

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! 
Can you believe it’s “officially” the last day of summer? I’m sad, but I’m definitely ready for some cooler weather! 
It’s raining here today, which is fine because my house needs some major cleaning. So, I’m taking the day off from the blog to do some housekeeping that I’ve been putting off for way too long! And I really don’t mind because we spent yesterday outdoors on the lake. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that my boys love to wake board. Well, not for real, they pretend – all the time! Well, Little Man #1, Jackson, actually did it for real yesterday! He has been wanting to try it for so long, but was afraid. He finally built up the courage yesterday to try.
I really don’t know why I’m sharing this photo with you because you can’t really see anything!  But I’m so proud and he was so excited! He is actually wake surfing with daddy. They rode on the board together. He loved it, until they fell. That was enough for him. He said he might try it again when he is five (he is three now). Too cute!
Anyway, just wanted to share. Now back to cleaning. I hope you are enjoying your holiday! I’ll be back tomorrow with a little something exciting to show you. 

Our Amazing Trip to Fripp (Island)

Getting back to the real world after a week of vacation is always tough. There is always that small feeling of relief to get back home and back to a regular schedule. But that feeling is short-lived and by the next morning you’re wishing you were back at the beach instead of sorting laundry and cleaning toilets. Well, that’s how I felt anyway! 

This was our first trip to Fripp Island and it will not be our last! Fripp is a small island about thirty minutes past Beaufort, about two hours from Charleston. We absolutely loved it! Instead of telling you all about it, I’m just going to let you look at some {okay, a lot of} pictures. Enjoy!

Of course we went to FI for a week on the beach. But once we got there, we found so much more more!

There was no shortage of wildlife on the island! And yes, those are people-loving deer! And that is the front yard of our beach house!
The kids got to see so many different creatures! A horseshoe crab, a baby shark, a 6-foot alligator and a blue crab.

Jackson loved collecting shells, Camp Fripp {a day camp for kids} and crab legs {this was the look on his face when they placed the plate in front of him}.

Parker Reese loved the sunset cruise, the pool and sandcastles.

Our transportation on the island – golf carts! We traveled all over the island in these fun little carts!
It was a week filled with family fun!

We played hard. There was so much to do on the island. We golfed, played at the parks, went for bike rides and played at the beach and pool.
We played so hard and we all slept very well!

Of course we can’t go to the beach without a family photo shoot. We do it every year!
I’m sure you can tell how much fun we had. But now, back to reality! Hard to believe summer is just about over. Can’t wait to return to Fripp Island next year!

Hot Weather and Some Hot Finds

Oh – my – goodness! This weekend was HOT! The heat index here was over 100*! That’s over 100* with humidity {remember, I’m in the South}. This weather means you stay in the air conditioning or you stay in the water! Well, I wasn’t about to spend my weekend indoors, so we headed out to the lake. Just the four of us, and it was so much fun! We found a quiet spot to beach the boat and we played. And we played and we played! When it got to hot, we hopped back in the boat and went for the longest ride {of coursed both boys passed out on the ride!}. It was a great day! 

These are the boys’ “wake boards.” We all know that they are boogie boards, but the boys love pretending to wake board! They can do this for hours!

But that’s not the only reason it was a great day! This day started out fabulous bright and early when I found these.

A matching set of hutch-like dressers for my craft room! They were the answer to my dilemma of what I would put on either side of my work table. I showed you the {wrong} IKEA cube storage that I bought last week. Well, I’m kinda glad it was the wrong one because once I put my work table in the room, I didn’t like the cubes with it at all. And since it was the wrong one, and I had to take it back anyway, I didn’t feel badly about buying these. Not one bit because both pieces cost $30 total!!! Yes, they need a little work, but I’m so excited!
I also want to show you a few other thrifty finds I scored this week.

I know you are looking at that deer picture and thinking, “What the {bleep}?!” I only bought it for the frame. Sorry Buck! I bought a pair of matching brass lamps because I love the shape and the shade and I also found an antique wooden bucket that I’ll use in my craft room. 

I found a milk glass bowl, some bronzed baby shoes with bells {Who the heck gives away bronzed baby shoes? They are precious!} and a metal fan. I have plans for the fan. Stay tuned. . .
One last thing I wanted to share. A couple weeks ago my SIL and I went back to my new favorite place, The Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. It had only been a couple of weeks since our first trip there, but it was so great, we had to go back! 

Here are the goods. An old suitcase that smells really badly when opened, but looks fantastic on the outside! An old cheese plate with dome {to become a cloche, of course}, an old rolling pin and a hand mixer.
 A few old  wooden spools, a framed crocheted doily and an interesting mail sorter. It’s been a couple weeks, I’m ready to go back! I’m addicted to that place! 

I sure hope your weekend was as fabulous as mine! See you tomorrow! I have a little surprise for you!

Our Day With Daddy and a Giveaway!

Wow, what a weekend! We had so much fun celebrating Father’s Day with all the dads in our lives. 
But we were most excited to celebrate the #1 daddy with a special day of fishing on the lake. This was our first fishing trip with the boys so we got poles for everyone and I thought it would be fun to make daddy a tackle box.

I bought a plain ole tackle box from Wal-mart and Little Man #1 picked out orange paint {outdoor paint to withstand weathering}. I painted one hand of each boy and put one print on each side of the box. 

I used my brand new Silhouette SD {whoop whoop} to cut vinyl decals for the tackle box.

I was able to download both images from Silhouette’s online store
In the end we had a brand new tackle box for daddy! He loved it!
After a yummy breakfast we grabbed the boat and headed out to he lake.

And while fishing was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it. . . 

we still only caught one fish! Oh well, better luck next time! 
We finished the day. . .
with some tubing! 
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
And now for the giveaway. . .

I’m sure you all have heard of Thirty-One.

They carry bags of all kinds with beautiful fabrics and custom monogramming. They also have a new line for teens as well as one for kids so there is something for everyone!

My friend, consultant Elizabeth Coles, is going to give one of my readers a $25 gift certificate to Thirty-One!
Head over to the Thirty-One site and check out the new Spring/Summer catalog.


How do you enter? 
*YOU MUST be a PUBLIC FOLLOWER of SCISSORS & SPATULAS to enter*
  • For additional entries, do any {or all} of the following. And if you already do, that’s fine too! Come back and leave me a comment telling me you did or already do. {leave a separate comment for each task}

1. Like Thirty-One on Facebook.
2. Like Scissors and Spatulas on Facebook.
3. Mention this giveaway on Facebook.
4.  Tweet about this giveaway.
{ex: Don’t miss the Thirty-One $25 giveaway @scissorsandspatulas http://bit.ly/kVC76G }

The winner will be chosen at random Sunday evening {June 26} and announced next Monday. 

Good luck!

Ready for Summer

This week was the last week of preschool for the year. Hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. Where does the time go?
I am ready for summer though. I can’t wait for our annual family trip to Edisto Beach. I can’t wait to take the boys to the pool every day and wear their little butts out! I can’t wait for juicy red tomatoes and sweet peaches. Yes, I’m ready. 
Of course here in SC our weather has been summerish for a few weeks already. But we’ve been enjoying our time outdoors, taking advantage of the warm weather before it gets unbearably hot and humid.
We’ve done a few picnics at different parks.

The boys have played outside in their pool.

And one of the best parts of summer – ice cream! Except the mess, of course.

Yep, we’re ready!

This collage doesn’t really have anything to do with summer, I just wanted to share it. My boys (all three of them) love instruments. This comes from my hubby’s side of the family. Very musically inclined. Jackson always tells me I can play the tambourine because it’s easy. ;)
This is at my brother and sister-in law’s house. Whenever we go visit, all the instruments come out.

Hope you’ve had a fantastic week! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom!
I just want to tell y’all what I woke up to this morning. My boys made this day so special for me. Well first of all, I’m going to admit to you that I didn’t wake up until 9:00! Like, I haven’t done that since college! But seriously, I awoke {at 9:00} to breakfast in bed. Now as if that wasn’t great enough, when I walked downstairs, I found this. . .
I was in total shock! My husband came up with this idea, on his own and made it by himself! I don’t know whether I should be worried or ecstatic! But look at it – isn’t it fantastic? Here, look a little closer.
It’s distressed, it is painted with chalkboard paint and it has my little guys’ hands on it. These are like three of my favorite things! Oh, and he used my Cricut for the letters and twine to hang it. All I can say is that I have the BEST HUBBY IN THE WORLD! And I can also say that maybe he has been spending too much time watching me craft and reading my blog. :)  But really, high five John! YOU ROCK!
We decided to head up to  Charlotte and spend the afternoon at park because it was such a beautiful day.

My fantastic boys and I. While they drive me crazy, I love ‘em more than anything!
We fed the ducks,
 and fed the ducks some more.
 We had a picnic lunch,
climbed trees,
and walked the park.
I had such a great time with my boys today. All three of them. I am truly blessed!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and if you are a mother, I hope your Mother’s Day was as great as mine! Come back tomorrow, I have a special surprise for everyone!

Time for Pickin’ Strawberries

 It’s that time of year again! Time for pickin’ strawberries! It’s truly one of my favorite times of year, the other being the dead of summer when gardens produce beautiful, juicy tomatoes! Every year {at least twice, usually more} we head out to Springs Farm {located in our town} to pick strawberries. Not only is it a grand ole time for our family, but we come home with fresh, ripe, juicy red strawberries. LOCAL strawberries!
The fields opened up today! And we were there, ready to pick!

This was Parker’s first time with his own box. Last year he was only crawling so he had to pick strawberries from a carrier. 
Oh and that reminds me. I have to share this pic with you from last year. Jackson couldn’t wait to get a bite of this strawberry.
{May 2010} 
PRICELESS!
Okay, return to 2011.

Jackson is a pro {this is his 4th year} and ready to pick! 

And pick he did! He kept asking, “Is this one good, mommy?” He filled his entire box.

Parker Reese also picked a bunch. Except none made it into the basket. They all ended up in his belly {and on his face}!

Taking a break enjoying some of the “goods.” And yes, I let them eat them off the plants. It’s part of the fun and it’s local. Probably safer than washed berries at the grocery store.
It was fun! We picked two gallons of strawberries! No telling how many gallons Parker ate!

That’s two of these boxes which is a lot of strawberries! But it’s okay because I freeze them! We had so many strawberries last year that I still have some in the freezer! We use them for smoothies which we make often.

First I rinse the strawberries under cold water then I trim off the stems/leaves just deep enough to remove the white pulp underneath.
I let them dry for a few minutes on a paper towel and then place them in gallon-size freezer bags. Be sure to get all the air out of the bag before sealing and placing them in the freezer!
But of course I don’t freeze all of them! NO way! These babies are too sweet and juicy! Here is what I did with the rest.. .
Strawberry Walnut Bread


But just a sneak peak tonight. I’ll share my recipe with you later this week. Come back, you don’t want to miss this one! Jackson even woke up from his nap today and hollered down the stairs, “Mommy, WHAT are you cooking?”