29 March 2012

did you know?

that you can mail plastic Easter eggs?

idea and image  via

27 March 2012

Carmelitas [recipe]

Yum. Yum. We made these Carmelitas to celebrate my mom's birthday. She is the inspiration
behind this blog. See The So Festive Story for more details. She loved making desserts and baking.
We nearly ate the entire pan because they are so good. And so easy. 

2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
12 oz. milk chocolate chips
1/2 jar Mrs. Richarrdson's Butterscotch carmel (or just carmel sauce)

Combine dry ingredients. Add in melted butter and stir until it becomes a dough. Press half the dough into a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 325 for 17 minutes. Take out of the oven and pour chocolate chips on the crust. Then pour caramel sauce on top of the chocolate chips. (You can melt the carmel in the microwave to make it more runny. Just don't burn it!) Then put the remaining 1/2 batter on top of the caramel. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 17 minutes. Take out and let it cool for 2-3 hours (or put it in the fridge to speed it up if you want to eat them quicker.)

26 March 2012

simple celebrations: march 26-april 1

This week's simple celebrations:
March 26-Make up Your Own Holiday Day
27-Photography Day
28-Something on a Stick Day
29-Pickle Day
30-Take a Walk in the Park Day
31-Coloring Crayola Day
April 1- April Fool's Day

23 March 2012

lots of easter ideas!

Easter is just a few weeks away! Here are some of my favorite Easter ideas...



What will you be doing to celebrate Easter this year? Send in your festive ideas and I'll post them!

21 March 2012

mini pies

I had seen an idea for mini pies floating around and have had some jars sitting in my house waiting for the perfect occasion to be used. When some of the ladies I work with threw me a baby shower, I knew instantly that these mini pies would be the perfect thank yous! They were really easy to make and so fun to give. 

All you  need: store-bought crust (unless you want to make you are really ambitious and want to make your own), mini jars with lids, and pie filling (again, you can just buy a can!)

I followed these directions.

I gave them unbaked so they could eat them when they wanted. 
I added some scrapbook paper and ribbon just to spruce them up a bit. 
And voila! Mini pies in a jar. 

20 March 2012

gift wrapping

Festive gift wrapping can make all the difference in a gift.
This was a gift for my nephew. I love the color combinations!

19 March 2012

simple celebrations: march 19-25

This week's simple celebrations:
March 19-National Chocolate Caramel Day- eat something yummy
20-First Day of Spring - get outside!
21-National Flower Day- pick or smell some flowers
22-Roller Coaster Day- drive over some speed bumps
23-Near Miss Day
24-National Family Day- spend time with your family
25-National Waffle Day- eat waffles for breakfast or dinner!

14 March 2012

pie day

I wasn't sure if we would get around to celebrating Pie Day this year because of a new baby, but because he is so good, we were able to pull it off. I put together this invitation: (I chose red gingham because when I think of Pie, that is what comes to mind. That became the theme for the decor)

I went all out and made 3 new pies this year! I made a Banana Toffee, Triple Berry Threat, and Toll House Cookie pie. They were all amazing, but my favorite was the Banana Toffee.

It was really fun trying out a lattice top for the Triple Berry Threat. By the way, isn't that a festive name for a pie? My sister is so good at naming delectable desserts. Back to the lattice. I thought making a lattice top would be very time consuming and tricky, but with the help of these instructions, it took me 10 minutes tops! I think this may be my favorite new thing to make. It is so easy and looks so fancy!  
I have loved seeing mason jars being used more these days. 
I used one to hold the forks. And can't forget the gingham ribbon accent!

12 March 2012

simple celebrations: march 12-18

This week's celebrations:
march 12-organize your home office day
13-good samaritan day
14-Pi day
15-absolutely incredible kid day
16-lips appreciation day
17-St. Patrick's Day
18-First Walk in Space Day

05 March 2012

simple celebrations: march 5-11

Here are this week's celebrations:
5- mother-in-law day
6-read aloud day
7-learn what your name means day
8-aunt's day
9-geneology day
10-middle name pride day
11-johnny appleseed day


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