DIY: Fun Shaped Restored Crayons

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Fun Shaped Restorable Crayons

I’m sure we’ve all been there, you used a crayon so much that its next stop is pretty much the garbage.

This DIY: Fun Shaped Restored Crayons project is a way to restore old, used, non functional crayons while having fun doing it!

This project is perfect for a rainy days with the kids or even as party favors.

Update: This post has moved.  To check it out, visit ALotOnYourPlate.com. Thanks!

- Jessica

… and the 1st Ever “A Lot On Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got” Bake-off Winner is … (Guest Post)

Congrats to AmySue @ A Healthy Life For Me

You all did such an amazing job and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to participate in the bake-off.

I will be hosting one of these contests each month, so if you didn’t win this time around, there’s always next month!  Please don’t be offended if you didn’t win this category.  It was extremely hard to choose a winner and you all should be very proud of yourselves.  You’re all tremendously talented.

Now for the winning recipe:

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies Dipped In Chocolate

(Written by: A Healthy Life For Me)

These cookies are so simple to make, with limited ingredients, time and easy clean-up.  They look so elegant and are quite addictive!
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cup of bittersweet 60% chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan with baking spray.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugars and salt for about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla.

 Reduce speed and add flour in 3 additions, beating just until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

 Transfer dough to an ungreased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Press dough evenly on bottom of pan with your fingers.

Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes; do not underbake. Let cool for 5 minutes.  Transfer cookies onto parchment paper and cut into triangles or rectangles.

Melt bittersweet chips in glass bowl in microwave for 2 minutes.  Taking halfway out to stir.

Dip ends of cookies in melted chocolate and cool on parchment paper.

Please be sure to check out ALL of the other participant’s recipes as well! 

Dry Fruits & Oats Cereal Apple Cookies submitted by: Sara @ Fooding Rookie

Lofthouse At Home Cookies submitted by: Learn2Kitchen

Fabulous Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies submitted by: Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookies (Gluten, Egg, & Dairy Free) submitted by: Aubin @ In The Usual Way

Lemon Cranberry Cookies submitted by: Hollie @ Hollies Hobbies

Peanut Butter Cookies submitted by: notimeforironing

Basic Oat Mix; Choco Chip Cookies, & Seed and Honey Cookies submitted by: Paula @ All About The Bake

Cookies and Cream Cookies submitted by: Mary Beth @ Mary Beth Cooks

English Breakfast Tea Cookies submitted by: Add A Little Sunshine

Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chip Cookies submitted by: Laura @ Confessions of a Young Chef

Momofuku Inspired Banana Cookies submitted by: Crafty Bake Oven

MockLava Cookies submitted by: The Poor Baker

S’mores Bites submitted by: Sara Tedde @ Cook by the Book

Pignoli Cookies submitted by: Quinn @ Quin Goldie

Lemon & Thye Tea Cookies submitted by: Christine @ Angry Cherry

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal Cookies submitted by: Audry @ Tonetiki

Stove Top Oatmeal Cookies submitted by: Karen Lynne @ Karen Lynne’s Kitchen

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies submitted by Stefanie @ Hugs Kisses & Snot

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies submitted by: Fika @ Fika And More

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip w/ M&Ms submitted by: Alice @ Modern Alice

Chocolate-Toffee Cake Batter Cookies: submitted by: Erin @ Erin’s DC Kitchen

Chocolate Espresso Cookies submitted by: Morgan @ Gradually Ginger

Twodaloo Cookies submitted by: Stephanie @ Twodaloo

Again, you all did such an amazing job.  I can’t thank you enough for participating.

Be sure to check back for next month’s Contest/Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

- J

Website of the Week: theKitchn.com

I stumbled upon this really awesome site not too long ago and wanted to share it with everyone.

This week’s Website of the Week is called theKitchn.com. theKitchn offers unique and seasonal recipes, as well as tutorials, Q & A’s, and cooking advice.

My favorite part of theKitchn is the Budget category, offering money-saving ideas that are easy to do and very help.

Shown Above: The Easiest, Simplest Way to Make Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

This site is definitely worth checking out.  Go to theKitchn.com for more info and be sure to follow them on twitter @theKitchn.

Happy Saturday!

- J

Fab Finds: All Things Baking Edition

Fab Finds: The Baking Edition

(This post is dedicated to the fabulous bakers of WordPress)

Snow White Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $12.95

Snow White

Tea Cake Pan, Chef Central, $24.99

Tea Cake

Little Cakes From the Whimsical Bakehouse, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $24.95

Little Cake

Marvel Superhero Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $9.60

william sonoma

Dotty Pot Holder, Anthropologie, $12

Dotty Mit

Martha Stewart Collection Pastry Decorating Kit, Macys, $12.99

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Feel free to comment below and/or suggest any of your favorite baking accessories!

Happy Friday!

- J

Website of the Week: The Knack by Michaels

The Knack

This is such a fun way to get kids excited about arts & crafts.  This week’s website is The Knack brought to us by Michaels Crafts.

The Knack is a club exclusively offered by Michaels.com, branched off the Michael’s site, for kids of all ages. The Knack offers free online projects as well as a printable club card. The club card is so easy to use. Simply, print the card off The Knack and attend a Knack in-store event held by (in) Michael’s.  For each event your child or children attend hosted by The Knack, a hole is punched in their card(s).  Once 10 holes are punched, your child wins a special prize. The Knack club card never expires.

The Knack Club Card

The Knack Club is that its 100% free to join and the site its super cute and very well done, guaranteed to get your child excited about arts and crafts.

For more information on The Knack, head over to Michaels.com and click the tab labeled “The Knack” (or just click here).  Be sure to follow Michael’s on Twitter @MichaelsStore.

Happy Crafting!

- J

Fab Find: The Now I’m Reading! Series for Children

I saw an article in an old issue of Martha Stewart Magazine (Feb 12′) entitled “Theaters in Box”. When I saw this item I immediately fell in love with it, so im so excited to share it with you guys. This week’s Fab Find (with a little help from a Ms. Martha Stewart, maybe you’ve heard of her) is called Now I’M Reading! Plays: Cinderella (& Three Little Pigs).

The Now I’m Reading! Plays is a series of plays perfect for children ages 4-7, who are starting to gain reading fluency.  Now I’m Reading! Plays makes reading fun while encouraging your children to get creative and active in the process.

Cinderella

The Now I’m Reading! Plays comes in 4 series, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Cinderella Series comes with (1) Cinderella Mask, (1) Step Mother Mask, (1) Step Sister Mask, (1) Prince Charming Mask, and a (6) Level 2 Scripts, (The Three Little Pigs is Level 1).

The series is $17 a Title. This item is perfect for having in the home on a rainy day or for giving as a gift.

For more info on the Now I’m Reading! series and other products Innovative Kids has to offer, check out their website InnovativeKids.com. Follow them on twitter @innovativekids & like them on Facebook!

Happy Wednesday!

- J

A Sweet Review: Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts

http://sweetandsocial.com/Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts

This is my first store review and I am so excited because I get to share one of the most awesome places with you guys!  If you are in the Westchester, New York area and want one of the most fabulous sweets you’ve ever tasted, then Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts is the place for you.

Located in Larchmont, New York, Sweet & Social is a cupcake and dessert shop that has reinvented sweets.  From whoopie pies and lemon bars, to brownies, cupcakes, and cookies, Sweet & Social is one of the sweetest shops in the business.

Not only is the store itself adorable, but the dessert names and flavors are very unique.  Choose from favorites like Camp Out (chocolate cake topped with marshmellow, cream cheese, chocolate drizzle, & graham cracker),  LOL aka Lots of Lemon (a vanilla cake filled with lemon preserves, topped with cream cheese, and a lemon preserve swirl), The Cloud (vanilla cake topped with coconut cream cheese and shredded coconut) and so much more!  Click here for the full cupcake and dessert menu.

Sweet & Social

Each individual (large) cupcake is $3.25 ($36 a dozen,large. $18 a dozen, mini’s).   The other desserts range anywhere from $2 – $3.25.  The quality of the desserts are superb and the cupcakes are the perfect serving size.

Sweet & Social offers catering for any event, function, or party, of any size. (Custom orders available upon request).

Be sure to follow Sweet and Social’s blog for the latest updates on new products and events.  They also host contests like “Name This Cupcake” and “Fan Friday” on their blog as well.

Sweet and social

For more info on one of the sweetest cupcake and dessert shops in New York, visit SweetandSocial.com.  Feel free to follow them on Twitter, @SweetandSocial and like them on Facebook!  You wont regret it.

A Lot On Your Plate’s Rating: 5 out of 5.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

- J

Website of the Week: Organize.com

Organize.com

So,This week’s website is pure genius.  Organize.com carries some of the most unique home and office products around. Theres such a wide variety of cleaning & organizing accessories to choose from however, this site is not limited to just that.

Organize also has a travel section where they offer some of the pretty unique l luggage and travel accessories.

There’s even something for all the iPhone and Tablet fans!  Organize offers some of the most awesome iPhone and tablet cases on the market.

So, one of the main reasons I was drawn to this site was their line of “Emergency Preparedness” kits and accessories.  Organize offers different emergency kits based on you and your family’s needs, from the Mommy & Me: Grab & Go Bag to the TastySafety Emergency Kit.  It’s so important to be ready for anything and these kits help you do just that.

Organize’s motto is: Clean. Neat. Easy. and all the products they carry are jsut that. I’m such a fan of Organize.com and I know if you check this site out, you will be too.  For more info on any of Organize.com’s products, head to Organize.com and dont forget to follow them on Twitter @Organizedotcom.

Thanks for stopping by, I cant wait to share my next Website of the Week, with you guys.

Happy Friday!

- J

Fab Find: Layer Cake Shop’s Flavoring Oils

Layer Cake Shop

Today’s Fab Find comes to us by the sweetest bakery supply shop on the web, Layer Cake Shop.

Specializing in the most unique baking supplies around, it’s no wonder why the second I saw LorAnn Gourmet’s Flavored Oil’s, i knew i had to share them with you.

These flavored oils are formulated to work perfectly with candies, fondant, cake dough, chocolate, and frosting.

For $3.00 each, choose from a bunch of different flavors like Watermelon, Coconut, and Strawberry.

 Salt Water Taffy Flavoring OilCoconut Flavoring Oil Watermelon Flavoring Oil

If you’re looking to think (and bake) outside the box, Layer Cake Shop helps you just do that.  Be sure to check out Layer Cake Shop’s for their selection of flavoring oil’s as well as other baking products like their HUGE variety sugar sprinkles and packaging accessories like cake boxes and push pop containers.

For more info on these flavoring oils and other baking products, go to www.LayerCakeShop.com or check out their blog, the “Daily Mixer“.

Happy Baking!

- J

Happy Earth Day! Retail Freebies for April 22

Earth Day 2012

Ok, so all who know me, know I love Earth Day.  As a Go Greener, I get excited when i see people coming together for a good cause, especially something as awesome as this.  Are you guys planning anything Go Green related?

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, retailers nationwide are celebrating by offering Earth Day related freebies.

 Earth Day 2012 Freebies (All While Supplies Last*):

Target:  Free Reusable Tote

Disney Store:  Free Reusable Tote

Pottery Barn Kids: Sunflower Seeds

Michael’s: Free Earth Day Tote

Origins: Free mini moisturizer with purchase

Barnes & Noble: 20% off all Earth Day related items.

Starbucks: Bring your own reusable travel mug and receive a free hot or cold coffee

JoAnn Fabric: Free Reusable Tote

Caribou Cofee: Bring your own reusable travel mug and receive a free hot or cold coffee.  Thanks theblondelawyer for the tip!

Earth Day 2012

If you know of any others to add to the list, please feel free to comment.

Happy Earth Day everybody!!

- J