Friday, April 30, 2010

Fingerprint Friday

Was blessed to be able to spend last weekend with 8th graders from our church at Camp Horizon. One of the things that we were asked to do was leave our burdens at the cross. A friend snapped this picture of me and I edited with words from the song Lay Your Burden Down.

Linked to Fingerprint Friday @ The Rusted Chain

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

If I must

I found this little sticky note on my washing machine.

Ok...if I must!! :) My daughter had put it there. It was a note her teacher had put in her book to let her know where she needed to stop reading for her homework. I think I like it better on my washing machine!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Crafty Storage

Isn't that a clever idea for storing ribbon!!? I found this picture on someone's blog over a year ago. I've been searching to give them credit and can't seem to find it. Sorry. If it's yours, let me know and I will be sure to recognize you!

I was going to do this post on storage ideas for all your crafty items. Like the use of towel bars to store punches. Have you seen this? So cool. And simple. Genious.

ANYWAY, while I was searching for the latest and greatest in storage ideas to share with you. I found a blog that had already done it for us!! It's called Crafty Storage and I plan to spend hours pouring over it when I have more time!! Here's just a small sampling of what is in store for you...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Self Portrait

It's what everyone seems to be doing with their parties, weddings, sporting events, the carnival, at camp, just hanging out with friends. You know you've seen it, or even done it. People holding the camera out in front of them taking pictures of themselves. Sometimes it just of them. Sometimes with a friend...or two...or maybe 3...AND they still manage to get the background they wanted! I've seen these pictures and they always look so cute (of everyone else). I've tried it. I hate them of myself. All I see is a double chin, a big nose, goofy expressions. My face is cut off in weird places. I can't seem to figure it out. I think some people have truly mastered the art of taking pictures of themselves. They know just the right angle to hold the camera at. Just the right way to tilt their head. It's amazing to me!!! How do they do it!? I've taken lots of "self portraits" trying to figure out the big secret. Ones I wouldn't even show my closest friends. ;) Then yesterday, I DID IT!! I managed to get one that I actually like. The angle was right and the lighting. You don't see my camera or my arms stretching out in front of me.

Total accident. So, I still don't know the answer to the big secret. Anyone care to fill me in?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Plan for Summer!

Summer is just around the corner. Crazy, but true! My kids have already been thinking of things to put on our Summer Fun List this year. The calendar is filling up with day trips and baseball games. Is yours!? Before it gets TOO full, take a look at the dates we still have available and add a weekend (or week) with your girlfriends to your calendar!! Put Maple Memories at the top of YOUR Summer Fun List!

The following weekend dates are still available for the Summer of 2010:

June 4-6
June 11-13
July 2-4 (4th of July falls on a Sunday, so we are also offering the option of renting Thurs July 1st - Sat July 3rd at the price of $949...that's $79 per person for a group of 12. Allowing you to spend Sat night and Sunday with your families!!)
July 9-11
July 16-18
Aug 6-8

Summer is also a great time to include your tween/teenage daughters in your plans to getaway. There have been several mother/daughter groups that have come and had a wonderful time!!! With the Summer off from school, take advantage of our lower weekday rates.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cute little bunny cupcakes.


Here's what you need to make these adorable Bunny Cupcakes (thanks, Kari, for giving me the idea)!! Cake Mix (we used white, but pick your favorite), frosting (again...we used white, but pink would be cute too!), pretzel sticks, pink sugar crystals, BIG and SMALL marshmallows, pink M&M's, mini chocolate chips. You could also sprinkle coconut flakes on them for fur. If your kids will let you. Mine didn't! HA!

Bake cupcakes. Let them cool and then frost. While they were cooling, we made the bunny ears. Take a large marshmallow and cut it in 1/2. This leaves you with 2 sticky sides that you dip into the pink sugar crystals. The shape they make when you cut them looks JUST like the inside of a rabbits ear!

Next, you stick a pretzel into the marshmallow so that you will have something to "attach" the ears with. I forgot to take a picture of this, so had to "remove" an ear from one of our bunnies for the next shot! It looks like one of my kids sucked on the pretzel, but I promise they did not (at least not that I saw!)!!!

Once you've frosted the cupcakes and made the ears, stick the ears into the cupcake. Add mini chocolate chips for eyes, an M&M for the nose, and 2 mini marshmallows for their cute little puffy cheeks! This is where you would sprinkle on the coconut if your kids will let you!

SO CUTE!!! And completely edible!! :)