Cherry Sweet

Classic Cherry Recipe CardsMy friends at Wayfair are celebrating National Cherry Month with a challenge. They challenged a bunch of us to share our favorite cherry recipes. The only problem is that I don’t incorporate cherries into recipes often enough. Or ever. Probably because every time I buy them, the kids eat them up before I can even think about cooking with them. 

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There really is nothing better than sweet, fresh cherries. And since I don’t cook with them, I decided to celebrate them in printable form with some recipe cards and shopping lists.

Cherry Recipe CardsBecause I couldn’t decide, there are three different color ways for you to choose from. This one is called Cherry Blossom. I usually see cherries paired with a Swiss-dot pattern, so I tried to mix it up a bit and did a really light windowpane pattern in the background. Bonus: The gridlines will help keep your writing straight.

Chocolate Cherry Recipe CardsThis color is called Cherry Cola. P.S. How cute is that old Cherry Queen box? We found it in my Grandma’s house, and I just couldn’t throw it out. I love how the price is crossed out. It must have been a gift. 

Grocery List And this one is called Classic Cherry. Kind of your All-American cherry pairing sweet, red cherries and classic blue accents. Each color way comes with the recipe cards on one sheet and the meal planner/shopping list on the next. Just print what you want, and leave the other page(s) out. Download them here:

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Cola

Classic Cherry

Happy National Cherry Month!

Colorful Kitchens

You guys know I’m not afraid of color by now, right?  So when my pals at Big Chill challenged me to design a kitchen around their fun, colorful kitchen appliances, I didn’t have to think twice. Naturally, I went overboard and did two kitchens instead of just one. 

When I think of colorful, retro-style kitchen appliances, the first thing that comes to mind are over-the-top retro kitchens that look like 50’s diners. I wanted to show that it’s possible incorporate a retro-styled appliance into a kitchen without it becoming a theme kitchen. Have a look at what I came up with:

Pink Lemonade KitchenThe first color I took on is pink lemonade. I don’t use much pink in my home, so I thought it would be fun to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. This perky pink range did just the trick. I combined it with a gorgeous rug, classic navy cabinets, recycled glass countertops and brass fixtures. I could feel right at home in this kitchen.

Here’s the complete source list for my pink kitchen:

Beach Blue KitchenFor my second kitchen design, I went with the Beach Blue range. Because it’s my favorite color. This time, I wanted to create a more neutral design. I don’t go super neutral very often, so this was a little uncomfortable for me; but I love the result!

My Beach Blue kitchen features a brick floor, a giant table for weekend brunches, a whitewashed shiplap wall treatment, and layers of neutral texture and color.  Here’s the complete list: 

And there you have it! Two different looks using colorful kitchen appliances. Thanks to the nice people at Big Chill for getting me back in the blogging saddle once again. Hopefully it won’t be months and months until my next post. 😉

Ice Cream Cone Ornaments

DIY Ice Cream OrnamentsThe weather outside is frightful, (for real – it’s a mess out there today) but anytime is a good time for ice cream, right? I’m so excited to join  some of my favorite bloggers for another #swapthatdiy exchange. This time with Christmas ornaments. We each made an ornament, and then were assigned a blogger to send it to. (I’ll put all their info below, so you can check out all the ornaments in the exchange). I sent mine to Gwen of The Bold Abode…hopefully she gets it today. 😉 And I got this adorable brushstroke ornament from Laurel. It’s perfect and I love it! 

Here’s the DIY on these easy, non-melting ice cream ornaments: Ornament DIY

I used these amazing colorful ornaments from the Land of Nod. (P.S. My friends at Nod were kind enough to send these ornaments over for this project, and they’re SO perfect for DIY projects. The ones I used are not available anymore; but I linked to a similar geometric set that is adorable). But any solid color ornament will work. Make a cone shape out of kraft paper. (I’ve provided a printable template here). It’s a semi-circle; cut it out, twist it until it becomes a cone, tape the inside to hold it in place; then glue the flap down to the outside. Once the cone is finished; glue the ornament to the cone. I used a thin bead of super glue along the edge of the cone. It worked like a charm. 

DIY Ice Cream Ornament

After the cone is glued to the ornament; brush a thin layer of glue (I like Martha Stewart’s Decoupage; but Mod Podge would be a really good choice, too.) Then grab your favorite sprinkles and a cute helper. Hold the ornament vertically as your helper disperses the sprinkles. Once the sprinkles are sufficiently sprinkled; hang the ornament overnight to dry. An optional step at this point is to do another thin layer of decoupage glue over the top of the sprinkles to seal them in. (If you do this step, give it another 24 hours to dry).
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I’m so excited about how these ornaments turned out. The kids and I made a bunch more because they’re so cute. Now take a look at the ornaments from these amazing bloggers:

Teacher Gifts

Remember that fun holiday party I threw with Tiny Prints last year? It seems like it was just last week. Now it’s Christmas again, and I’m excited to team up with Tiny Prints again this holiday season. They sent me a bunch of goodies to jump-start my holiday gifting.* And that is huge, because I live for the thrill of the last-minute. Or I’m lazy. You choose.Custom Wrapping PaperWe’ve got so many teachers in our lives; and I like to get their gifts done early. Not because I’m organized, but because I’ve learned the hard way: it’s the last day of school, and I’m scrambling to the store in my PJs for gift cards. It feels unthoughtful and haphazard. And every year I vow to do something more special for our teachers. Thanks to my friends at Tiny Prints, I’ve got our teacher gifts under control and ready to go. (I wish I could say the same for the rest of my Christmas checklist!) 

Kindergarten GiftsI chose a personalized stationery set for each of my kids’ teachers. There are so many color options and styles to choose from, it was easy to find the right one for each teacher. Side note: I believe there’s a special place in heaven for kindergarten teachers. This set is my very favorite because I love the colors and the patterns.

Teacher Stationery SetTeachers make such a difference between having a great year and a rough one. We’ve really lucked out this year. I want our teachers to know how much we appreciate them. I think getting a customized gift shows your teacher you were actually thinking about her. Plus, having a cute notepad like this will probably make all those “Johnny forgot his homework” notes easier for her to send home.

Tiny PrintsDon’t forget the office staff. You know, the one you call every time you have a question, who reminds you your son’s lunch balance is negative. The one who delivers your daughter’s forgotten backpack at least once a week; or takes care of your son when he skins his knee at recess. Make sure they know they’re appreciated. The office staff are constantly jotting down notes and sending messages…so a stationery gift set is perfect for them, too.

Dance Teacher GiftIf your family is anything like mine, there’s a whole host of teachers that come into play after school is over. I used to be a dance teacher; and I never expected to receive a Christmas gift from a student, but when I did it really made my day. Dance teachers, gymnastic coaches, piano teachers and swim teachers (along with so many others) all really love and invest so much time and effort into our kids…so the holidays are a perfect time to show them how much they mean to us. This note set is perfect for my daughter’s dance teacher. 

Personalized Wrapping Paper Every time I work with Tiny Prints, I’m impressed with the quality of their product and the speed of their work. I’m sure most of you are more prepared with your holiday game plan than I am; but they always make me look like I’ve got my act together, even when that’s the farthest thing from the truth. 
Customized Wrapping PaperTake a look at their gorgeous personalized wrapping paper. This style is my very favorite; but they have a bunch of other cute styles. Personalized gift wrap makes gift tags or cards unnecessary. A lazy-wrapper’s dream come true. Also: the paper is so thick and opaque there’s absolutely  no risk of seeing the gift through the paper. I hate it when that happens. 

Christmas Wrap CustomA huge thanks to Tiny Prints for making my teacher gifts so effortless and beautiful this year. 

*This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints. Tiny Prints sent me all the product for this post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who support my work. For more information on how I work with brands, please visit my disclosure policy