Friday, September 5, 2014

Peel Better Soon Get Well Gift Basket

Hi my name is Larissa and I have an addiction to making gift baskets.

True story.

This Get Well Basket idea just kind of popped into my head. I am discovering that I tend to think in play on words. I would play back the conversation I had in my head about this idea, but I am pretty sure it is way more funny in my head.

So I will spare you. Just know that I thought feel better...PEEL better...get well gift basket with bananas and oranges.

That is how the Peel Better Soon get well gift basket was born.

I put a bunch of bananas and some oranges in a basket. Tied it all up pretty like and then I added this simple Peel Better Soon tag.

I made this tag in Picmonkey.

Once this lovely little get well soon basket was all wrapped up, it got dropped off at my friend's who had just had surgery.

Oh gift baskets and play on words, you make me so happy!!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cinnamon Banana Muffins

We like our bananas around here. Most of the time we just eat them up. Occasionally a bunch will get by us. When the bananas are past eating, the boys start begging for me to bake something. Sometimes we make Frosted Banana Bars or Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Lately we have been making the bread version of these muffins. I really liked the bread version of these muffins, but I am gonna be honest, it was a little high maintenance. Each time I made the recipe the loaves always turned out different. I knew the flavor was there, and just needed a better way to show it off.

Well, these Cinnamon Banana Muffins are the better way to show it off.

These muffins are spectacular! I have always loved anything with a crumb topping. Okay not anything, I am pretty sure if you put crumb topping on peas I would still not like them. I digress.

Another thing I love is cinnamon chips.

These muffins are packed with cinnamon chips.

The recipe makes a ton. Which frankly is good because I am pretty sure my boys each ate two before I was even done baking them all. I guess they couldn't help themselves. They weren't the only ones...I may have had a few myself. The whole family gave me two thumbs up. That says a lot, because yes they are known to give me two thumbs down accompanied with "Eww" and "Mom, this is not the best thing you have made."

So if you have a bunch of bananas just taking up space on your counter, I think you should make these.

Cinnamon Banana Muffins
yields 3-4 dozen

 crumb topping:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
6 ripe bananas, mashed
1 (16oz) container sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups flour
1 package cinnamon chips (I use Hershey's brand)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare the crumb topping by cutting the butter into the brown sugar and flour, creating a crumb topping. Set aside.

Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then sprinkle a teaspoon's worth of the cinnamon sugar mixture into tins.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.

Slowly mix the flour mixture into the bowl of the mixer. Add in about 1 1/2 cups at a time. Mix until completely combined.

Then mix in the cinnamon chips.

Fill each cup 3/4th the way full. Then sprinkle some of the crumb mixture over the top.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin tin. To remove from the tins, run a knife around the edge of each cup. Then gently lift each muffin out.

Now eat up and enjoy yourself!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gift

School is back in. For my kiddos it has been just a few days. Some of your kids have been in school for several weeks. No matter if it has been less than a week or almost a month, it isn't too late to drop a little something off for your kids' teacher.

This is an easy to put together little gift for teacher that is sure to brighten their day.

Here is what you need--

cookies (homemade or store bought)
quart canning jars (Ball currently has these new "vintage" inspired green jars)
odds and ends to decorate with (fabric, ribbon, clothespin, doily, lace, etc.)
tag (right click on image below to save to your computer)

I made the tag in Picmonkey's design setting using:
school paper overlay
geometric overlay
vintage flower overlay
fonts: Sweetheart and Tall Dark and Handsome

See, how simple is that! You can pretty much gather what you have, print off this tag and you are done.

Seriously, it is as easy and lovely as that.

For other ideas you can see what else I have posted for Teacher Appreciation. You can also visit my Pinterest Teacher Appreciation Board.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breakfast in Bed Bridal Shower Gift

I just went to a bridal shower. Every guest got a theme suggestion for what kind of present to bring. My theme was "breakfast".

I immediately thought of Breakfast in Bed.

I gathered up some white food trays, white plates and bowls, cups, pretty silverware, and matching napkins.

Then since they will be newlyweds and all, I added a little something special to the trays. A little suggestion if you will. 


I thought the orange vinyl looked great with all the turquoise.

I added more orange by wrapping up the silverware and the napkins in orange embellishments.

I wrapped the gift pretty simple by tying it all together with orange fabric.

I got everything for the gift from Target. The vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl. You can put any cute little phrase you want on the breakfast trays if you don't feel like being suggestive. Ha.

I will say that this little Breakfast in Bed bridal shower gift was one of the hits of the party. The pretty much owe that to the trays.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Jello Popsicles

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean we can't have popsicles. Especially if they are these really easy and delicious Jello Popsicles.

Three ingredients, some popsicle molds, and a little freezer time is all it takes.

The Little Men agreed across the board that these popsicles were amazing. Awesomesauce if you will.

To make these all you need is:

1 3oz box of Jello
4 cups water (2 boiled, 2 cold)
1/3 cup of sugar

Mix the Jello and the cup of sugar in a bowl. Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Stir the boiling water into the Jello sugar mixture. Stir constantly until the Jello dissolves. Stir in 2 cups of cold water. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. This amount filled 6 popsicle molds, with a little left over.


To get out the popsicles out of the molds run them under hot water for about 20 seconds and then gently remove the popsicle from the mold.

Trust me that these are awesome and easy. They are the perfect treat for a hot day, or any day. Yum!

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