Saturday, February 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Printable

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It’s your LUCKY day!  At the end of this rainbow you’ll find an editable St Patrick’s Day label.  You can now edit both the front and the back of the label!

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The editable fields are “Cathline is”, “to have a friends like you!” and “finding a friend like you is like finding a pot of gold”.  Now you can say whatever you want, all you have to do is type it in!

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Here’ s a list of supplies:

  • Wilton 4”x 9.5” Treat Bags
  • white card stock
  • paper cutter or scissors
  • “gold” candy of your choice
  • stapler

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Before you begin editing and printing.  Not everyone may have the font “Brick by Boring Brick”  in there font files, so if you don’t, I have supplied the font download here.

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How to edit and print:

Click on the image below and the image will open in Google Docs.  On the upper left hand side of the image page click “File” and then click “Download Original” which will then open the file in “Adobe Acrobat Reader”.

Click on the three editable fields on each topper to edit.  There are two toppers to a page.

Once your done editing, on the upper left hand side of the image page click “File” and then click “Print”.

Your printer options page will come up, make sure that the “Page Scaling” is set to “NONE” and then click “ok” and your printing will begin.

I know it may sounds like a lot of steps but I promise you that it isn’t.  Just want to make sure that no one has any problems printing.  Please contact me if you do.

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All that’s left is to cut out your labels, fill your treat bags with “gold” candy, fold down the tops of your bags and staple on a label!

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I hope all your friends are LUCKY enough to get one of these!

I would love some Pinterest love!  Please pin the crafts you like from this blog and help spread the world.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Editable Valentine S’more Friends Like You!

Sorry, I know this is last minute.  We have been extremely busy over here as I am sure everyone has.  But, I think you’re going to LOVE this!!!

I’ve teamed up with my husband and together we created an editable Valentine’s Day S’more label… you heard me right, you can now edit “Emily needs” and “friends like you!” to say whatever you want yourself.  

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Because we completed this project just in the nick of time I’m sorry that I don’t have a completed craft project picture to add to this post right now.

But… picture it!  This cute Valentine’s Day S’more topper on a 4” x 9.5” Wilton treat bag, with a heart shaped peep or large marshmallow with a snack size Hershey bar and graham crackers. 

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The picture above is an example of the Fall and Christmas s’more that we made.  Click here to see step by step instructions.

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Before you begin editing and printing.  Not everyone may have the font “Brick by Boring Brick”  in there font files, so if you don’t, I have supplied the font download here.

How to edit and print:

Click on the image below and the image will open in Google Docs.  On the upper left hand side of the image page click “File” and then click “Download Original” which will then open the file in “Adobe Acrobat Reader”.

Click on the two editable fields on each topper.  There are two toppers to a page.

Once your done editing, on the upper left hand side of the image page click “File” and then click “Print”.

Your printer options page will come up, make sure that the “Page Scaling” is set to “NONE” and then click “ok” and your printing will begin.

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I know it sounds like a lot of steps but I promise you that it isn’t.  Just want to make sure that no one has any problems printing.  Please contact me if you do.

I would LOVE to see pictures of your Valentine Day s’more! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 26, 2012 – National Pancake Day!

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Did you know that February 26, 2012 is National Pancake Day?  You read that right…National Pancake Day!

O how I love me some pancakes!  So I thought I would (1) share a family pancake recipe, (2) share tips on how to cook a light and fluffy pancake and (3) tell you where to find free pancakes for a great cause.  So let’s get started! 

Up first is:  The recipe.

My husband does not cook often, but when he does he can make some yummy stuff.  One of his gifts is making pancakes and one of the best times to eat a stack of warm golden goodness is on Sundays mornings.  Do you see how this will all workout?  Mom gets the kids ready and dad is in the kitchen cookin’.  What a way to start a day!

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Please see “Introducing Digital Recipe Cards” for printing instructions and gift ideas for the recipe card above.

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Next on you list is:  Tips on how to cook a light and fluffy pancake.

  1. Fluff your flour with a spoon before measuring it.  Flour that sits in a container compacts over time, which means if you don’t fluff it up before measuring, you might be adding too much to your recipe.  Too much flour offsets the balance of dry to wet ingredients and the result is dry pancakes.
  2. To keep your recently fluffed flour fluffy, use a large serving spoon and spoon your flour into your measuring cup.  Next, sweep the top of the measuring cup with a knife to level it.
  3. Don’t overbeat your pancake mix.  The batter will and should be lumpy even before adding fruit or nuts.
  4. Make sure the griddle is hot but not too hot.  Temperature is another key in getting light, fluffy pancakes.  If the griddle is too hot or cold, the pancakes will either scorch or won't rise.  Preheat your griddle, heavy-bottomed nonstick pan or well-seasoned cast iron skillet to 375 degrees F or until a drop of water dances across the pan.
  5. Lightly coat the hot pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray, or clarified butter (regular butter burns too quickly).
  6. Don't mess with the pancakes too much.  Let the pancake sit on the griddle and grow and rise by itself.  Don't shake the pan or move it, as that will prevent it from rising.  Let the batter do the work sitting on the pan and flip the pancake just when it starts to bubble on top.
  7. Only flip the pancake once.  You can cheat a little, and check underneath and see if you have the ring and if it's golden brown.  But don't flip it too early and flip it back, over-flipping causes the pancake to deflate.
  8. While you're impatiently waiting for the second side to cook, resist the impulse to press down on the pancake with your spatula.  Pressing will not cook it any faster and will undo all the effort you've made to achieve fluffy, light, perfect pancakes.
  9. Do a test run with one sacrificial pancake and adjust the temperature up or down as needed. If your pancake is scorched on the outside and raw on the inside, turn down the heat.  When you're satisfied that you've reached the perfect pan temperature, ladle in as many pools of batter as your pan will comfortably hold, leaving a little room between pancakes for comfortable flipping.
  10. Pancakes are best eaten fresh from the griddle so you can enjoy their fluffy warm goodness.  This may mean serving them a few at a time.  If you absolutely must keep the pancakes waiting, arrange them in a single layer on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet and store them, in a warm 200 degree oven.  You want to make sure to use the cooling rack and baking sheet to keep the pancakes from getting soggy on the bottom, the cooling rack allows the air to flow through the bottom of the pancakes.

To add some fun to the breakfast table, use a Wilton squeeze bottle to squeeze batter into designs, initials and other fun shapes.  Pour batter into nonstick pancake molds or oiled metal cookie cutters for an extra fancy touch.  Butter and syrup are classic yummy toppings, but try jam, honey, nut butter, powdered sugar, whipped cream or fresh fruit. Better yet, set up a pancake condiment buffet and let everyone build their own.

You can also create your own ready to go pancake mix, just measure several batches of the dry ingredients and stored in air-tight containers.  When ready to use, shake to combine the pancake mix and add your wet ingredients.

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Last but not least on out list is:  Tell you where to find free pancakes for a great cause.

And what restaurant do you think of when you think of “pancakes”?  IHOP!!!  Since beginning its National Pancake Day Celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. 

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On February 28, 2012, guests from around the country are invited to celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes.  In return for the free pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals© and other designated local charities.  Click on this link HERE to find an IHOP near you.

I would love you see your pancake creations and toppings and recipes!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Digital Recipe Card Photo Album Book

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Remember the digital recipe cards I started  making?!  Well, if not, go take a peak at the Recipe Index, find a recipe that you might like and follow the instructions on “how to print” here

These recipe cards are sooo versatile!  You can print one and attach it to a gift or gift basket. Or, you can print several and use a 4x6 photo book (which is what I am going to show you today) to make a custom mini recipe book or book set for gifts to give to newly weds, college kids, friends and family.  The cool thing about using a 4x6 photo book is that the recipes are protected and safe from spills and drips, which always seems to happen on the recipe that you use the most!

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How to print your cards:  When you want to print several of your cards, simply click the card image to enlarge, right click and “save picture as” in a folder designated for your recipe cards.  Next, upload the cards to a photo printing site like York Photo and get 50 free photo prints plus up to 100 prints for just 4¢ each!  Use Code: YGP44 at checkout.  Another one is  Clark Color with the same type of deal.  Use Code: CPG4 at checkout.  There are a ton of photo print sites with great low prices.

Need a card fast?  Download your prints to Walgreens for 5¢ a print, Wal-Mart for 9¢ a print or CVS for 19¢.  As of 1/20/12 I know that CVS will give you 25 FREE prints for signing up!

Need a card even faster?!  Simply click the card image to enlarge, right click and "save picture as" in a folder designated for your recipe cards.  Open newly saved file, and print to your own printer.

I have to say, printing your recipes cards as a photo print really gives them a nice clean and sharp look.

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Don’t they look professional?!

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Printing the recipe cards as a 4x6 photo at any of the above listed places really give the cards that extra special touch.

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All you need now is a photo album that holds 4x6 photos.  I found the above photo album at the Dollar Tree! Smile  Insert your recipes and you got yourself and instant customized recipe book.  Keep it for yourself filled with the recipes that you use the most, make one to pass onto your kiddos filled with recipes and photos of family members cooking those recipes, or give them out as gifts. 

I would LOVE for everyone to share their favorite recipes.  You can either spend me a finished digital card or send me a recipe and photo if you have one and I can create a card for you.

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I look forward to seeing what you have created!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Easy Roller Giveaway at Cake Pops and Sticks

Would anyone like a chance to WIN an Easy Roller?!

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The Easy Roller is an awesome creation! It can roll up to 21+/- cake balls at a time that are 1.25” in diameter. The perfect sized cake pop in my opinion.

The Easy Roller has a retail value of $270.00…but is PRICELESS in the kitchen.

Watch Jennifer from www.thebestcakepops.com as she demonstrates the Easy Roller in action.

The Easy Roller is made from sturdy food safe plastic and is designed to have interchangeable plates for different shapes.  New shapes that will coming out in March 2012 are: 1” cake ball, the 1.5” cake ball and a cupcake shape.  "Pop" on over to http://cakepops.gluesticksandtape.com/ for your chance to win!

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In the future, all cake pop related posts and cake pop related giveaways will be hold at Cake Pops and Sticks a new sub-blog of Glue Sticks and Tape.  Please visit Cake Pops and Sticks at http://cakepops.gluesticksandtape.com/.  Make sure to sign up for Cake Pops and Sticks email subscription and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CakePopsAndSticks.

Thanks and Good Luck!

Tara Heine