Category Archives: CELEBRATE

Chocolate Covered Clementine Pumpkins…

dsc_3202 dsc_3088 dsc_3082 dsc_3104 dsc_3133 dsc_3114 dsc_3167 dsc_3150 dsc_3192-2 dsc_3227-2 Pumpkin season is upon us! Everything suddenly morphs into pumpkin flavor. Personally, I’m not a fan of pumpkin or pumpkin flavored anything. These little chocolate covered clementine pumpkins, are a different story. I’m fairly new to the whole chocolate and orange pairing. I never thought it would have tasted good. Not true at all! In fact, this has become my favorite fruit and chocolate combo! 

So we actually first made these last year, but I was knee deep in caring for a new baby, that a blog post was just not going to happen. This year, that new baby is 15 months old and takes nice long naps! That’s when we have our fun. I recruited just Annie to help me this year, because more than one child with a bowl of melted chocolate, while I’m trying to take pictures, is begging for catastrophe. 

For the chocolate covered clementine pumpkins, you’ll need:

Melting chocolate
Coconut oil (for thinning the chocolate)
Celery sticks 
A fork

To start, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Next, cut a celery stick in half, lengthwise, then into 1 inch pieces. After that’s done, peel your clementines and set aside. Next, melt your chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly. I use two pots as a make shift double boiler and it works perfect every time. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil at a time, until chocolate has a slight liquid consistency, similar to buttermilk. Once melted, remove chocolate from heat. At this point, you can pour chocolate into a small cup or leave in pot. I poured ours into a teacup and it was the perfect size for the clementines.

Carefully insert fork into the top of a clementine and dunk into the chocolate. Make sure to leave a small portion at the top uncovered. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Once you have a full sheet, transfer to freezer to set the chocolate. This usually takes about 10 minutes. Finally, remove from freezer and insert the cut celery sticks. These are best enjoyed right away!

Wyatt turns 1…

DSC_0560 DSC_0439 DSC_0445 DSC_0441 DSC_0453 DSC_0430 DSC_0459 DSC_0469 DSC_0517 DSC_0482 DSC_0461 DSC_0492 DSC_0580 My sweet babes, turned 1 earlier this month. I still remember being pregnant with him, not sure how we got here so quickly, but here we are. We had a small little party with family. I was so happy my Mom was able to fly in from Houston and be here for his special day. I think the kids were more excited than anyone about his birthday, so I happily turned over the party planning to them! They wrapped all his presents and made him cards. They turned the chalkboard into an, “all about Wyatt” backdrop. Savannah and Annie made a sweet little sunshine cake topper, because he is sunshine for all of us! He opened his presents, with the help of his siblings of course. They love opening each other’s presents! His favorite gift by far, was the ferris wheel my husband made for him. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is beautiful and Wyatt loves it the most! After presents, we feasted on lemon buttercream cake. It was a perfect 1st birthday for my little Momma’s boy! Happy Birthday Wyatt Sam, Wy Wy, Dubya, Butters, Baby Boy!! We love you all numbers!!

Snail Pin Valentines…

DSC_4596-Edit DSC_4466-Edit DSC_4478 DSC_4487 DSC_4503 DSC_4353-Edit DSC_4341 DSC_4540-Edit DSC_4566-Edit DSC_4567-Edit DSC_4593-Edit DSC_4721 There’s just something about a snail that makes them so endearing to my kids. Perhaps it’s because they carry their home on their backs. Or maybe it’s their never in a rush disposition, that appeals to them. Whatever it is, they sure do love them, especially Savannah and Annie. Those two bring them home, stuffed ever so carefully into their pockets. They keep them as pets for a few days. They make them snail homes, complete with a damp straw bed, rock pillow, and leaf coverlet. We have actually lost a few within our home, never to be found again. Yes they are slow, but give them 8 hours while you sleep and buddy, they can go the distance! When the snails are gone and the only thing left is their home, they collect those, too. We have a jarful and we really don’t need more, but they are fascinated with each new one, as if it were the first. “This one is so shiny!”, “This one is swirly brown”, “Oh, this is the tiniest snail shell ever!” are just a few of the reasons I hear to keep bringing them home. Since they are so loved, I thought what a great Valentine they would make.

For this project you’ll need:

Snail shells
Floral wire
Pipe cleaners
Hot glue
Pins (The kind you wear)
Masking tape (optional)

First, take your pipe cleaner and fold it in half, then in half again. Twist it together and form a smile shape. Cut thin (1/2 inch). 12 inch length strips of batting and begin wrapping around pipe cleaner. Determine which end will be the head and stop wrapping just before the tail. Secure the end piece of the batting with glue.

Cut a small square of fabric and wrap it over the head of the snail and secure it in place with a 5 inch cut of floral wire. Wrap it around a few times, so it won’t fall off. Curl the wire down, by gripping the ends with your scissors and turning. Next, begin wrapping a strip of fabric (same length and width as the batting) around the wire, moving back towards the tail. Before wrapping the tail, take another small square of fabric and cover the tail. Add a small piece of tape to hold in place, if needed, otherwise just pinch it in place, while wrapping. As you wrap, pull tightly as you go and finally, secure the end piece of fabric with glue. If you find you have some bare spots, just cut small pieces of your fabric and glue accordingly. Attach the shell and the pin with hot glue. 

Cut out heart shapes from cardstock and decorate as you please. Cut two small, vertical slits in the middle of the card and attach snail pin. And there you have a snail pin valentine! As a precaution, I wouldn’t recommend giving this to young children, because of the small parts and the sharp pin. Happy Valentine’s Day!