Easy Easter Goody Bags to DIY

Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well. I’m not sure what our Easter is going to look like this year, but I still wanted to give my kids a little bag of goodies even though they are adults. I think they like it too! I made these cute little bags for them this year.

Items you need:

  • small paper bag
  • ribbon
  • stencil or shape to trace
  • clear cellophane
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • tags for names
  • candy!

Polka Dot Easter Treat Bags

I used a cookie cutter for my shape. I liked this bunny shape. I centered it where I wanted it to be on the bag and traced around it with the pencil.

Polka Dot Easter Bag bunny cookie cutter

Once I had the tracing, I carefully cut it out with my scissors.

Polka Dot Easter Bag traced bunny

I placed a piece of blue paper behind it so you could see the shape.

Polka dot Easter bag Bunny Cut out

I cut out a square of clear cellophane, large enough to cover the whole design. I taped it to the inside of the bag. This will keep the candy from falling out!

Polka Dot Easter Bag with Cellophane

I punched two holes in the top of the bag, through both sides of the bag, so I could tie the bag closed with a ribbon.

Polka Dot Easter Bag hole punch

I always give my kids a chocolate bunny, so that when in the bag first, and then I added some other smaller candies to fill the bag.

Polka Dot Easter Bag Cellophane bunny green dots

I had these circle key rings and the letters in my stash, so I joined the two together. I made a hole in the cardboard letter so I could add it to the key ring.

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Once the bag was full, I tied the top closed and added the initial key ring.

Polka Dot Easter Bag Ribbon Candy

I think they turned out pretty cute! Perfect for kids, both small and grown up!

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I know my kids will enjoy getting them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Polka Dot Easter Bag Candy chocolate bunny

This was a fun project to put together and fun to give to the kids! I hope you have a happy spring and Easter!

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Red Truck Story and Wrapping Gifts

Many, many moons ago, when I was a little girl, my dad owned a Forest Green Ford F100. I sure wish he still had it today! I would paint it Apple Green and have it all decked out. I would wave goodbye to him in the morning when he left for work. By the way, my mom made me that nightgown. 🙂

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Several years ago, my mom purchased a similar truck as a gift for him. It is red, but it is the same model. I used it under my clear lamp with some snow and bottlebrush trees. I love how nostalgic it is!

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It looks great with the tree in the back, ready to be taken home and decorated for Christmas!

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Do you see the fireplace in the background? Love it!!

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Now on to the rest of the post.

It is my friend, L’s, birthday today. Happy birthday! So I put together this gift for her. I’m posting a little later today so she won’t see this until after I give her the present. Sneaky, huh?! I made a couple of things and picked up a few things at the store. So simple really. This would work great for any occasion.black and white present gifts

You can’t go wrong with chocolate and a candle.

black and white present candy and candle

I made this tassel key ring for her using purple (one of her favorite colors) embroidery floss. I added a dog tag and a couple of charms.

black and white present tassle

I also made her this sign using her favorite verse. I used different fonts, printed it out on the computer, traced over it on the board and then wrote it in with Sharpie.

black and white present sign

I added black and white polka-dot tissue and some shredded paper to the box. I placed all the goodies inside. Then I wrapped the box in black and white paper, added sparkly black tulle, and finished the top with a red ornament with the initial ‘L.’

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I didn’t want it too Christmasy, since it’s for a birthday, but I really like how it looks so festive! This would definitely work for a Christmas gift too!

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I really hope she likes her gift. I will let you know next time! Have a lovely week!

Sunshine and Blessings

Starbucks Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino

There are many times where we go into a Starbucks or Jamba Juice and someone orders a drink you had never heard of.  Did you just miss it on the menu?  Or did they just come up with something off the top of their head?

Well…a little bit of both.

These are normally secret menu items.  Items that the restaurant may know how to make, but at the same time, the restaurant may not know how the drink is made.  You can either take a chance on if they know the drink or you can find a recipe online.

Or, I can make it even easier.

Thanks to hackthemenu.com, anyone can see secret items and how they are made.  And I have taken a challenge to try all of these drinks from Starbucks and Jamba Juice and write a review of the drink for you. This should be fun to see what happens, thought it may not be so fun on my wallet!

Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino

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This drink is the Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino from Starbucks.  According to hackthemenu.com, this drink is based off the Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino with extra flavor like hazelnut and mocha. I was a bit skeptical when I saw this on hackthemenu.com because, honestly, who can recreate a Ferrero Rocher?  I mean, a candy that is so delicious that you have to eat multiples…yum! But, I decided to try this to see how well Starbucks could recreate a Ferrero Rocher.

When I walked into the local Starbucks before my night class, I was prepared.  I had the recipe on my phone, ready to show the barista when they didn’t know what I was talking about.

And…that’s exactly what happened.

Here’s how the conversation went. “Hello, welcome to Starbucks.  What can I get started for you?” “Hi.  Can I get a Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino?” “Yeah…wait…do you have a recipe?” (Imagine me pulling out my phone and showing the barista the recipe)  “Okay…the only thing we don’t have the hazelnut drizzle.  Do you want a caramel drizzle instead?” “Yeah.  That should work.” Okay, so you get the point.  My drink gets made, and wallah!  A Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino. ferrer rocher frapp

Doesn’t it look delicious?

So I got to my car, took a drink…and said out loud “OH MY GOSH! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!”  Starbucks has done it!  They created a drink that actually tastes like a Ferrero Rocher candy.  This drink is very sweet and rich, but it is still somewhat refreshing.  For me, the candy taste came more as an aftertaste than a taste when I was drinking the frappe.  You could definitely taste the caramel and hazelnut in the drink, but it didn’t take away from the idea of a Ferrero Rocher candy.

So would I get this drink again?  Probably, but I would only get a tall because it is a bit pricey with all the extras in the drink.  I paid $4.55 for a tall…ugh.  I also don’t know if I could handle the richness of the drink if I had a larger frappe.  But, if you like the taste of a Ferrero Rocher, be my guest to buy a larger drink.

I have also reviewed a Strawberry Lemonade from Starbucks.  Click on the name of the drink to go read that post.

Let me know if there are any Secret Menu Items that you want me to try.  I am willing to take suggestions and write a review about them.

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FUDGY CHOCOLATE-OATMEAL BARS

Valentine’s is getting closer and Hopefully spring is on the way, no matter what the Groundhog says! ! Ithought I would bake up a sweet treat to give to your Valentine or a whole group of Valentines!  am not sure where this recipe came from, but I have had it for a long time and it is so good.  It makes a large amount of bars, so it is a good dessert to take to a potluck or family gathering. So here is the recipe!

FUDGY CHOCOLATE-OATMEAL BARS

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla, divided

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

2 cups (12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sliced almonds, divided (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside 2 tbsp. of the butter. Beat the remaining butter in a large bowl on medium speed on mixer for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, beat until combined. Beat in eggs and 2 tsp. of the vanilla.  Stir together flour and baking soda in another large bowl, stir in oats. Gradually stir flour mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.

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Combine reserved 2 tbsp. butter, the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan.  Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.  Stir in 3/4 cup of the almonds and remaining 2 tsp. vanilla.

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Pour two-thirds (about 3 1/3 cups) of the oats mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch jelly-roll pan.  Spread chocolate mixture over the oats mixture.

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Using your finger, dot remaining oats mixture over the chocolate.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup almonds.

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Bake about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2 x 1 inch bars. Makes about 75 bars.

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Mmmm, mmmm, good! I hope you enjoy this fudgy goodness!

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Sunshine and blessings, Pam

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