Monday, July 11, 2016

Skinny "Dole Pineapple Whip" Slush

I love Dole Pineapple Whips at Disneyland!  I get them every time I am there.  Just recently some of the yogurt places around town have started carrying it.  The problem is - TOO MUCH SUGAR!  So I got this idea to use a Crush Powder Drink Mix single with no sugar and mix it with pineapple pieces.
 I added ice and water.  It was delicious!  I decided to share my idea.




Oh my gosh!  I can't even tell you how yummy this is!  Plus the calories are so much less than the Dole Whip.  It really helps my craving for the yummy pineapple treat.  

Here's the comparison:



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easy Easter Cupcakes

I'm not much of a baker, but these turned out so cute that I just had to blog them.  I have to tell you my journey of the super cute Easter Cupcakes. 

They are chocolate mint, and they are Oh So Cute and they are
 Oh So ChEaP.

I love to buy clearance holiday items and re-purpose them and this is one story of  how I do that. 

I started out with a big box of clearance Krusteaz Peppermint Mix .  I was thinking that I better use it for St. Patrick's Day and make the frosting green. 


 I made a big batch that I used for my Seminary Class, complete with green sprinkles. 

 I even added some chocolate peppermint chips that I had found at the dollar store.

The cupcakes were a hit, but I had a lot of (un-frosted) leftovers that I just threw into a zip-lock bag and put into the freezer.

A week later I was shopping at the dollar store and found these cute cupcake holders and the Happy Easter signs.

Then it hit me!  Take the leftover cupcakes and make them into Easter cupcakes!  I put the frosting (Just an easy butter cream with powdered sugar, butter, milk, green food coloring, and mint flavoring, or you can use canned frosting.) into a quart-sized freezer zip-lock bag and cut a notch out of the corner.

I placed the cupcake into one of the pretty cups that I bought at the dollar store.  Then, starting in the middle I just started swirling the icing around until it filled the entire top of the cupcake.

Then I added some m & m Easter eggs (I bought those at Target, 2 for $7 plus with cartwheel I got 35% off and the the 5% off for using a Target Debit card!)

Then I added the Happy Easter sign.


Now I have plates of super cute, easy, and cheap Easter goodies to hand out to my friends and family!

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to make your Easter more fun for less money.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

easy gift idea from a muffin mix and a dish towel



I was shopping at Sam's club and I saw that they were clearancing out the Krusteaz Mimosa mix.  It sounded good so I bought it and took it home to try.  I made a big batch of muffins to take to my seminary class.  Just to be clear, I used water instead of champagne and I referred to them as orange muffins.  The next time I went back to Sam's Club they were even cheaper  That's when the thought occurred to me that I could give them out at Christmas with my home grown oranges.  

I was going to sew little bags to put them in.  But let's be honest, who wants to sew and who would even use a little bag?  That's when it occurred to me to wrap them in a dish towel.  Since mine are Christmas gifts I got red dish towels.  


Place the mix to one side of the center of the towel.


Fold the two sides over.


Fold it in half from the middle so that the two ends of the towel meet at the top.


Scrunch up the towel tightly just above the top of the mix.  Tie on a ribbon.


Make sure to include directions for the mix.  I called mine "Orange you glad it's Christmas muffins".  If you are doing a different occasion give it a name to fit the occasion.  For example "Newly Wed Nibble Muffins"  or "Chocolate Bunny Bake-mix Muffins" etc.


I attached my recipe with a safety pin hidden underneath the ribbon.  These were a big hit, and something that the recipient could actually reuse.

Since I bought my towels at the dollar store and the mixes were sooooo cheap, these ended up costing under $2 a piece! 
Wow!  That is a frugal gift idea!

You could also use cookie mix, cake mix, hot cocoa mix etc.









Sunday, December 6, 2015

Forget the Glass Slippers This Princess Wears Cowboy Boots, or Converse Printouts

I made these printouts for my daughter and granddaughter.  I thought they would love the saying.  If you would like a copy just click on the picture to make it larger.  Then save it into your pictures, or copy and save it into your printing program.  I have mine printed professionally.







Monday, November 16, 2015

Make a Cute Turkey Bow for Thanksgiving


I picked up these cute Halloween bows for fifty cents at a Halloween clearance sale. 



My challenge:
Make Halloween bows into Thanksgiving bows for my granddaughters with the craft supplies that I had on hand.


Here is what I used:
brown ribbon
green ribbon
a yellow plastic star
a wood button
2 tiny googly eyes
a small black puff ball



I hot glued the brown ribbon to the top of the bow to make it look more like a Thanksgiving bow and less like a Halloween bow.

When I went on line to see what others had done, the turkeys on the bows seemed too big for little girls to be wearing.  I was determined to make mine smaller, so I used a button for the body of my turkey.

On the back of the button I hot glued five small ribbons to form the feathers.  Then I used a black puff ball for the face and glued on eyes.

For the beaks I cut off a piece of a small graffiti star.
Now I can send them off to my granddaughters for their Thanksgiving.  











Sunday, October 25, 2015

Holiday Bingo Boards

I love to celebrate the Holidays by playing BINGO in my class. Here are BINGO boards designed for each holiday.  I have the students fill in the empty spaces with words of subjects that we are studying.   Each student fills in his or her own card so that no two students have the same card. Just make a list of words that the students can use to fill in the spaces.  You can custom make it for whatever you are studying.  If you are using it for a party you could display items for them to fill in the space with.





















For markers I like to use things like candy , or cereal.  Since I am teaching an early morning class, I got a bunch of Monster Cereal on sale at Target.  We will use that for the markers when we play Halloween BINGO.  It is also fun to have the students fill in one free space.

Print it on colored paper or card-stock to make it even more fun!

To get a copy for yourself just click on the picture to make it larger, then right click and save it into your pictures, or copy and paste it into you printing program.





Sunday, August 30, 2015

An End of the Year Gift for Seminary Doctrine and Covenants - Picture and Quote by Joseph Smith

At the end of the year I like to give the students a gift for coming to Seminary and being a part of my class.  This year my husband and I were leaving for Guatemala at the end of Seminary, so I had to come up with a quick and cheap gift to give to my class.  On pinterest I found this great printout from the Idea Door.  I really appreciate that they took the time to post this so that I could use it for my class.  Just click on the picture below to take you to the web page for this printout.


Then I found some cheap (but cute) frames from the Dollar Tree store.  I printed out the above quote in 4x6 size and put them in the picture frame.  There you have it! A cheap and easy gift that they students will have to remember their year of seminary.  

I also found this candy on clearance after Easter.  I think that I only paid 20 cents for it.  I thought it was a fun and cheap addition to my picture frame.  I always look through the holiday clearance and try to adapt whatever I find.  

I tied the two gifts together and added a personal note to each gifts.  The students loved them!  

I hope that you can use some of these ideas for your students.