Wednesday, February 1, 2012

creating it up. it's not rocket science.

i saw these HERE and knew it was a DIY i could handle.
these cute mailboxes are found in the dollar section @ target....
don't you just love that place?!
i also found the 'love' paper there.  the striped stuff is from christmas clearance.
*take off the front door and trace around it on your paper
*cut it out and glue with simple elmers glue
(it kinda decoupages right on there....warning: rips easily)
*i free-handed my letters on the felt
*i liked the look of an outline color so i just laid the second color behind
and cut around the first
*glue those letters on.  you can try elmers like i did....
but i ended up hot gluing some along with the dollar store candle sticks

all our kiddos woke up this morning with 2 notes in their boxes.
one from me
and one from justin.
tomorrow i'm putting candy hearts in each

a green light saber cake is what caleb ordered
for his 6th bday
{after i talked him out of a power rangers cake.  mercy}
i took a 9x13 and separated it into 3 sections using aluminum foil
(2 cake mixes worth....with some left over)
frosting covers the seams when you put it on thick enough!
(i used canned frosting.  i know.  whatevs.  anyways i whip it first and it spreads magically)
chocolate ganache frosting was the popular-flavored handle
oh.  and i cut triangular shaped pieces off the top to make the tip of the saber.
{my 6 year old was impressed at least!}

when i saw these HERE i was like no.way.
but i've done black bean brownies before
so when i realized i had some chickpeas on hand
from unmade hummus i thought,
' i'm so making these'
and i did
{with a few minor alterations....}

chickpea wonders
1 can chickpeas, drained and blended well (holla magic bullet!)
2 tsp vanilla (i added this to chickpeas to blend easier)
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
 (note:  you're using soda and powder....)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar

mix all stuff together and stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips
bake in greased 8x8 glass dish at 350
25 minutes and then bake 10 minutes more with foil laid on top

i thought i was being so sneaky.
but justin said right away when he saw them
"what'd you put in them?"
and jonathan added,
"yeah.  i've read in my 'diary of a wimpy kid' book that moms sneak healthy stuff into food"

the verdict?
we like em.
{ i think you will, too }
come on, be's a new month

happy february to all!

linking up with Jessica!
go check out her blog HERE
{she's one kool kat}


  1. Ohhh I wanted to makes those brownies! I have chick peas, I need to get on it!

  2. Cute craft in the first photos! I love the dollar section at Target, but my husband quickly reminds me that all of those dollars add up, ha! This was a fun, creative post!

  3. chickpea brownies???!! i have to admit i've never had chickpea anything and i'm nervous. but i might trust you. and those mailboxes are so cute!! i'm so glad you linked up, laurie!

  4. look at you, busy mama!
    died that your kid read in a book about sneaky moms.

  5. Wow! You've been busy! those mailboxes are adorable!

  6. adorable. adorable. adorable.

    that means, "able to adore."

    i'm able...and i'm adorin'.