Seven Clown Circus http://sevenclowncircus.com Easy party, recipe, printable, craft, and beauty ideas from a fun California Mom Blogger. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:55:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Sweet Easter Popcorn {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/sweet-popcorn-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/sweet-popcorn-recipe/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=13414 How to Make Sweet Easter Popcorn is easy and perfect to make with little helpers because it’s fun to mix with your hands! I’ve found a few variations of this recipe online and decided I had to try it because popcorn with add-ons just makes me happy.  Plus, I’ve tried a variation of this recipe with Chex […]

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How to Make Sweet Easter Popcorn is easy and perfect to make with little helpers because it’s fun to mix with your hands! I’ve found a few variations of this recipe online and decided I had to try it because popcorn with add-ons just makes me happy.  Plus, I’ve tried a variation of this recipe with Chex mix {Vanilla Chex Mix} and my kids loved it.  This Easter Popcorn Recipe uses popcorn, white chocolate chips, shortening (makes all the difference in consistency) a lemon cake mix (yummy), and candy sprinkles.  The mix is perfect for Spring or Easter because it’s light and just looks and tastes cheery!  It’s a great homemade gift idea for friends and neighbors, too!

Sweet Easter Popcorn

Sweet Easter Popcorn Ingredients

Sweet Easter Popcorn

  • 12 oz bag melted white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup lemon cake mix
  • 8 cups plain popped popcorn
  • food coloring {optional}
  • Sprinkles

Directions {step-by-step}

Sweet Easter Popcorn

MELT white chocolate chips in microwave safe dish in microwave.  My 12 oz. bag took about 2.5 minutes.  I’d recommend melting your chips in 30 second increments.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD the vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate.  This is key is making the mixture the perfect consistency for mixing.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD food coloring if you want. Just add enough drops for desired color.  Stir in.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD cake mix to the chocolate mixture.

POUR the chocolate mixture over the 8 cups of popped popcorn {make sure you don’t have any un-popped kernels in there!}.  I’d recommend digging in with your hands to get it mixed if you have little helpers because it’s fun for them, but if you are doing this alone, using a spatula works just fine and is way less messy.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

SPREAD mix onto wax paper and then add sprinkles.

LET cool.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ENJOY, or GIVE as a GIFT! 

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FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Easter Dessert Recipes that look fabulous.  These three recipes are perfect to make for the holiday {this year it falls on April 5th} and would make perfect centerpieces for your table before you eat them.   Happy Easter, y’all!

chick and egg cupcakes

Chick and Egg Cupcakes  – How cute are these chick and egg cupcakes?  The best part for me is the peep chick coming out of the ‘egg’.  The coconut grass with jelly bean eggs are too cute for words.  I guarantee these cupcakes will be the hit of the party!

Easter Dessert Recipes
Author: 
Recipe type: Easter Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 vanilla cupcake, recipe follows
  • About ⅓ cup White Fluff Frosting, recipe follows
  • Green coconut grass, recipe follows
  • 6 small candied malt balls (2 yellow, 2 pink, 2 white)
  • 1 yellow chick peep
  • White Airhead candy
  • Vanilla Cupcakes:
  • 2⅔ cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • Fluff Frosting:
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • Pinch fine salt
  • Coconut Easter Grass for Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid green food coloring
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon liquid yellow food coloring
Instructions
  1. Frost a cupcake with fluff frosting. Press a circle of coconut grass on top. Nestle the malted eggs on top of the grass. Gently press the peep onto the center of the grass. Cut the white Airhead into a ½ oval shape; trim one side so it has a cracked egg jagged edge. Place egg next to chick.
  2. Vanilla Cupcakes:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners. (To avoid cupcakes sticking if they overflow slightly, lightly spray the tops of the pans.) Put tins on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  4. Process sugar and butter in a food processor until very creamy, scraping sides as needed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add the milk, water, and vanilla and process to blend.
  5. Whisk both flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients, in 3 batches to the wet, pulsing, and then scraping batter off the sides of the processor as needed after each addition. Process until the batter is very smooth and pourable like pancake batter, about 2 minutes.
  6. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling them ¾ of the way full. Bake until the cakes are just firm and spring back when gently pressed, and the tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly in tin, and turn out of tin when cool enough to handle. Cool cupcakes completely on a rack before frosting.
  7. Fluff Frosting:
  8. Whisk the milk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.
  9. Slowly beat the butter and sugar, in another medium bowl, with an electric mixer until incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula.) Add the fluff and salt and reduce the speed to low. Add the milk and vanilla mixture, scrape the bowl down, and mix until fully incorporated. Raise the mixer to high and beat briefly until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Frost cupcake immediately.
  10. Yield: 3¾ cups
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  12. Coconut Easter Grass for Cupcakes:
  13. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a mesh rack on top, if available.
  14. Put coconut in a shallow bowl. While tossing with a large spoon, add food coloring drop by drop until the desired color is reached. A little more green than yellow makes a pretty grass color. Add a few tablespoons water to moisten the mixture and help disperse the color evenly. If the color is too dark, add additional water, as needed, to dilute to the desired color. Drain the coconut in a sieve or strainer.
  15. Spread the coconut in an even layer on the rack, or directly on the lined baking sheet. Place in the oven until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use immediately, or store in covered container for up to 3 days.
  16. Cook's Note: Food coloring can be messy and can stain your skin. To prevent this, wear latex gloves. You may find it easier to color the coconut in a large zip top plastic bag, tossing it to color evenly.
  17. Yield: 2 cups coconut grass

courtesy of food network.com

Giant Easter Egg Cookie – Make a giant cookie this easter!  Decorate with candy and frosting to make it as festive as you wish.  I just love this idea!

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Lemon Macaroon Chicks – If you like macaroons, then you’ll love this recipe that puts a spin on traditional macaroons by adding a lemon flavor and a cute chick shape.  Gotta love the concept!

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DIY Spring Moss Art http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-spring-moss-art/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-spring-moss-art/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=16213 Making a Spring Moss Art Craft that is useful, pretty, and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Spring Moss Art tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 15 minutes.  Seriously!  I found […]

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Making a Spring Moss Art Craft that is useful, pretty, and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Spring Moss Art tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 15 minutes.  Seriously!  I found my inspiration from this tutorial, but modified it by using a bird’s nest and eggs instead.  Get into the spirit of Spring and Easter with this festive moss art!

Moss Art

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • White Picture Frame
  • Moss Mat (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Bird’s Nest with Eggs (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making Spring Moss Art

Cut Moss

  • Make a template for the moss to fit snuggly on top of the glass of the frame.  (I used the tissue paper that lines and divides the moss mat.)  On the back side of the moss mat trace and cut to size.

Assemble the Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Hot glue the moss mat to the inside of your frame.  Make sure you get some glue in the center of the mat so it doesn’t bubble or wrinkle.

Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Generously hot glue the back of the bird’s nest and adhere to the center of the moss.  Voila!  Your artwork is now ready to display and enjoy!

DIY Spring Moss Art

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Spring Moss Art that’s the perfect accent for your Spring and Easter decor. Happy Crafting!

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Shamrock Pillow {tutorial} http://sevenclowncircus.com/shamrock-pillow-tutorial/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/shamrock-pillow-tutorial/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17967 Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this Shamrock Pillow Tutorial for St. Patrick’s Day!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under […]

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Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this Shamrock Pillow Tutorial for St. Patrick’s Day!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under 30 minutes and have the option to remove the pillowcase to change out the pillowcase for other seasons.  Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with this fun pillow!

Shamrock Pillow

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing
  • Patterned Fabric
  • Shamrock Template, enlarge to desired size (I enlarged to 8×10 for a 16×16 pillow)
  • Pillow Form
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions for Making Fabric Shamrock

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  • First off, let me tell you that I am definitely NOT a seamstress.  I have limited skills!  So, when I found this simple envelope pillow tutorial from Delia Creates I knew it was the one for me.  Ok, time to get started.  Cut out shamrock template.  Cut heat transfer fabric interfacing approximately 1 inch larger in diameter than shamrock.  Tip: If you have a die cut machine you can cut the shamrock on your fabric using the machine.

Iron Fabric to Interfacing

  • Iron rough side of the fabric interfacing to the back side of the fabric.

Template

  • Pin shamrock template to the fabric.  Cut out shamrock.

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  • Remove paper backing on the fabric interfacing.  Position shamrock to desired location on pillowcase.

Assemble the Pillowcase

Iron on Fabric

  • Iron shamrock on pillowcase.  You can carefully life the edges to make sure it adheres.  Tip: Be careful when ironing on burlap pillowcase, the adhesive bled through the fabric shamrock.  This didn’t happen on other fabrics.  {{frown}}
  • Voila!  Add your pillow insert to your pillowcase.  It is now ready to display and enjoy!

burlap shamrock envelope pillow

 

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And that’s how I made an easy peasy Shamrock Pillow that’s the perfect accent for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

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St. Patrick’s Day Chex Mix {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/st-patricks-day-chex-mix-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/st-patricks-day-chex-mix-recipe/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=16102 How to Make St Patrick’s Day Chex Mix is so easy to make your kids could do it too.  It’s a festive treat that looks super cute and tastes really yummy.  This Chex Mix Recipe uses Vanilla Chex cereal, Honey Nut Chex Cereal, white chocolate baking chips, pretzels and green M&M’s.  The mix is perfect for a birthday party, […]

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How to Make St Patrick’s Day Chex Mix is so easy to make your kids could do it too.  It’s a festive treat that looks super cute and tastes really yummy.  This Chex Mix Recipe uses Vanilla Chex cereal, Honey Nut Chex Cereal, white chocolate baking chips, pretzels and green M&M’s.  The mix is perfect for a birthday party, St. Patrick’s Day, or customize the color to match your party or event! It’s a great homemade gift idea for friends and neighbors, too!

St. Patrick's Day Chex Mix

Chex Mix Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Vanilla Chex Cereal
  • 1 Box Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 12 oz bag of white chocolate baking chips
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag green M&M’s

Directions {step-by-step}

Chex Mix

MIX vanilla chex cereal, honey nut chex cereal and pretzels in a bowl.

SPREAD out on a cookie sheet.

MELT white chocolate baking chips in microwave safe dish in microwave or you can use a Wilton disposable piping bag like I did.  My 12 oz. bag took about 2.5 minutes.  I’d recommend melting your chips in 30 second increments.

DRIZZLE melted white chocolate onto chex cereal mixture.

COOL after white chocolate cools break up mix and return to bowl.

MIX M&M’S into chex mix.

St. Patrick's Day Chex Mix {recipe}
Recipe type: Snack
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 30
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Vanilla Chex Cereal
  • 1 box Honey Nut Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag pretzel's
  • 1 bag White Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 1 bag M&M's
Instructions
  1. Combine vanilla chex cereal, honey nut chex cereal and pretzels in a large bowl. Be careful not to crush or break cereal pieces.
  2. Spread mixture in batches onto a cookie sheet. Drizzle melted white chocolate on mixture. Let cool.
  3. Break apart and return mix to bowl and add M&M's.

 

ENJOY, GIVE as a GIFT, or let the chex mix be part of your birthday party decor like I did for my daughters party!

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Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-black-bean-butternut-squash-soup/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/easy-black-bean-butternut-squash-soup/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17954 This Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potatoes is super delicious year round, but especially lovely on a chilly evening.   The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change things up to customize it for a flavor most to your liking, just add different vegetables or more seasonings.  I have 5 […]

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This Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potatoes is super delicious year round, but especially lovely on a chilly evening.   The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change things up to customize it for a flavor most to your liking, just add different vegetables or more seasonings.  I have 5 kids and they all love this vegetarian soup recipe.  If you don’t have a large family like I do, then simply cut the recipe in half to yield around 4 servings.

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 butternut squash and 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 4 cups cooked black beans
  • 4 cups of deep green blend {baby kale, spinach, chard}

Cilantro, green onions, and avocado to garnish

Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup Directions:

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1.  Saute onions in olive oil stock pot until golden brown.

2.  Add diced butternut squash and sweet potatoes to the pot.  {It’s easiest to microwave sweet potatoes and butternut squash to cook}  Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot with the exception of the greens and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

3.  Add greens to soup and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

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4.  Garnish with cilantro, green onions and avocado.

5.  ENJOY!

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 butternut squash and 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 4 cups cooked black beans
  • 4 cups of deep green blend {baby kale, spinach, chard}
  • Cilantro, green onions, and avocado to garnish
Instructions
  1. Saute onions in olive oil stock pot until golden brown.
  2. Add diced butternut squash and sweet potatoes to the pot. {It's easiest to microwave sweet potatoes and butternut squash to cook} Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot with the exception of the greens and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add greens to soup and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, green onions and avocado.
  5. ENJOY!

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LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Banner {how to} http://sevenclowncircus.com/st-patricks-day-banner/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/st-patricks-day-banner/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=16135 Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY St. Patrick’s Day LUCKY Banner!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under 30 […]

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Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY St. Patrick’s Day LUCKY Banner!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under 30 minutes.  Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with this fun banner!

Lucky Banner

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Patterned Fabric
  • Burlap
  • Gold Vinyl
  • Trim/Ribbon/Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making LUCKY Vinyl Letters

Vinyl Letters

  • Use a die cut machine to make your letters (I used my Silhouette).  For the letters LUCKY I chose the Monotype Corsiva font with a text size of 350.0.  Cut the letters on premium gold vinyl.
Cut Burlap
  • Make your own flag templates in two different sizes from regular printer paper or even notebook paper.  Simply fold the paper in half lengthwise and draw a diagonal line, cut and voila you have a triangle.  Make sure you have two different sizes that are approximately 1 inch difference.
  • Using the smaller triangle pattern trace and cut out 5 pieces on the patterned fabric.  Use the larger flag for the burlap.

Pennants

  • Tip: Iron fabric pieces so they lay flat.

Assemble the Banner

Assemble Banner

  • Use your hot glue  gun to adhere the patterned fabric to the burlap.

Assemble the Banner

  • Peel the backing off of the vinyl letters to adhere to the flag.
  • Hot glue trim to the top of the flags.  Voila!  Your banner is now ready to hang and enjoy!

Lucky Banner

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Burlap LUCKY Banner that’s the perfect accent for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

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XO Valentine’s Day Mantel http://sevenclowncircus.com/valentines-day-mantel/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/valentines-day-mantel/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17911 I’m so excited to show you my XO Valentine’s Day Mantel!  Over the past few weeks I have shown you how to make DIY Glitter XO Letters, DIY Pom Pom Garland and last years DIY Burlap LOVE Banner.  I LOVE how it all came together to make a simple and fun Valentine’s Day Mantel that anyone can […]

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I’m so excited to show you my XO Valentine’s Day Mantel!  Over the past few weeks I have shown you how to make DIY Glitter XO Letters, DIY Pom Pom Garland and last years DIY Burlap LOVE Banner.  I LOVE how it all came together to make a simple and fun Valentine’s Day Mantel that anyone can do!

XO Valentine's Day Mantel

I wanted a simple mantel I could put together quickly with a punch of sparkle!  I decided to go with metallic gold and glitter, which is right on trend.  I absolutely love how it turned out, it’s perfection!

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The pom pom wreath I had displayed during Christmas and just swapped out the ribbon to something more festive for Valentine’s Day.  I loved that I could leave out some of my Christmas decor.  {{high fives}}  The paper mache XO letters were a new addition.  I was able to quickly decorate them using this Glitter XO tutorial.  It seriously took about 10 minutes to decorate.  I spent more time waiting for them to dry.

DIY Pom Pom Garland

I knew I had last years burlap LOVE banner to utilize, but wanted to add more texture and color so I made an easy pom pom garland with yarn I already had on hand.

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Let me just say I adore mason jar crafts!  You can decorate them to go with almost any style you’re trying to achieve.  I spray painted mine with gold metallic paint and then sprayed a layer of sealer.  (It keeps the gold paint from discoloring if you happen to put fresh flowers in the vase.)  Using the pom pom tutorial I made my own vase of flowers by putting the finished pom pom on a shish kebob stick.  Easy peasy!

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Last year’s Burlap LOVE Banner was incorporated on my mantel.  I LOVE the layered look with the pom pom banner.  It accents perfectly with the pom pom and gold glitter decor!

And that’s how I decorated my XO Valentine’s Day Mantel that’s perfect to accent for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

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5 Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day http://sevenclowncircus.com/5-dessert-recipes-perfect-valentines-day/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/5-dessert-recipes-perfect-valentines-day/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17913 FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  These five recipes are just made to serve on Valentine’s Day, but if you are too busy, they are good year round.  {{smiling}}  Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Red Velvet Ice Box Cake – This easy and delicious cake layers red velvet cookies, sweet cream cheese and shaved […]

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FoodNetwork.com knows How to Make Dessert Recipes Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  These five recipes are just made to serve on Valentine’s Day, but if you are too busy, they are good year round.  {{smiling}}  Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

Red Velvet Ice Box Cake

Red Velvet Ice Box Cake – This easy and delicious cake layers red velvet cookies, sweet cream cheese and shaved milk chocolate. The cookies soften up nicely as the cake sits overnight.  I’m pretty much in love with the idea.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse – Chocolate mousse is always a win in my book!

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Double Chocolate Tart with Dulce de Leche – This chocolate-truffle-inspired tart shows just how delicious simplicity can be and I for one can’t wait to try it.

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread – How to Make this Indian Fry Bread Recipe is so quick and easy it should be criminal.  Seriously. The best thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to let the dough rise, and, since the main ingredient is flour, it’s super inexpensive to make.

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Chocolate Soufflés - Here’s a souffle recipe that’s easy to follow that yields a fluffy as a cloud souffle that I’m pretty sure will wow your sweet heart.  For a chocolatey surprise, this one is a winner!

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes – Make these for that special someone in the morning!  And, here’s a tip: pour the batter into a squeeze bottle to easily form the heart shapes on your griddle or nonstick skillet.

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DIY Glitter XO Letters {valentines crafts} http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-glitter-valentine-letters/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-glitter-valentine-letters/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17884 Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with these DIY Glitter XO Letters!  It’s a super inexpensive craft and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face and add some sparkle to your decor.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid […]

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Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with these DIY Glitter XO Letters!  It’s a super inexpensive craft and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face and add some sparkle to your decor.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid friendly.  Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with these glitter letters!

Valentine Glitter  XO Letters

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Paper Mache Letters
  • Metallic Gold Spray Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Gold Glitter
  • Paint Brush
  • Finish/Sealer

Instructions for Making Glitter Letters

spray paint

  • Start by spray painting the letters with metallic gold spray paint.  My husband always loves the new lawn decor.  {{snicker}}

mod podge

  • Brush the letter with mod podge.  Tip:  I covered an entire side with mod podge first and then added the glitter.  After that side dries you can turn it over and do the remaining sides.

glitter

  • Generously sprinkle letters with glitter.  Tip: I always do it over a piece of paper so that I can reuse the excess glitter.
  • Once the glitter has dried spray it with sealer so that you won’t have a glitter mess in your home.  {{wink}}
  • Voila, easy peasy glitter letters.

And that’s how I made easy peasy DIY Glitter XO Letters that’s perfect to make with the kids and will be a perfect accent for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

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