Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tart Shells

Hafner Tart Shells, Sweet, 240-Count Box

My sister lives in Canada and can get the most amazing prebaked tart shells. Today, I was really wanting some. I want to make this amazing Summer Berry Pie in them.

So, I got online and found that there are some places that sell (and ship) prebaked tart shells. I made a list, compared prices, and finally decided to go with these ones from Amazon.

I wanted to save this list, though, in case I’m not happy with the Amazon ones (some of the reviewers complained about broken shells).

Pidy Tart Shells (Maryland)

192 in a case, $76 (40 cents each) [1.75 inches, height ½ inch]

Shipping: $9.50 regardless of how many you order

Clearbrook Farms (Ohio)

384 for 114.95 (30 cents each) or 48 for 22.95 (48 cents each) [1.75 inch]

192 for 114.95 (60 cents each) or 24 for 22.95 (96 cents each) [3.15 inch]

Free shipping on all orders within continental U.S.

Gourmet Foodworld (Florida)

310 for $94 (30 cents each) [1.75 inch]

210 for $120.25 (57 cents each) [2.5 inch]

Shipping $14

Hafner Tart Shells, 240 for $53.55 (22 cents each) [1.75 inch]

eligible for free shipping

Monday, February 27, 2012

General Conference–Prophet and Apostle Stickers


Prophets & Apostles in Alphabetical Order
Each picture includes name and ordination date
Available in Word or PDF


A few years ago, I made stickers of the 15 apostles for a general conference booklet for the primary kids. My mom is now in primary and asked if I’d update them with the current apostles. I thought I’d do a few variations and share these. I think they could work for children or youth. If you use them, I’d love to see what you do with them!

All of these stickers are set up to be used with Avery labels 6570. Each sheet will give you two sets of stickers (just cut it in half). A pack of labels has 15 sheets and Amazon has them for $10.99. That means you get each set of stickers for less than 50 cents (depending on your printing costs). When I did these, I printed them in black and white. I’m providing color files so you can choose to print them black and white or color.



Prophets & Apostles in Alphabetical Order
Just Pictures
Available in Word or PDF




Prophets & Apostles in Seniority Order
(First Presidency, then by Ordination Date)
Each Picture includes Name and Ordination Date
Available in Word or PDF




Prophets & Apostles in Seniority Order
(First Presidency, then by Ordination Date)
Each Picture includes Name and Ordination Date
Available in Word or PDF

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kids Meal Holder for the Car

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So, I’ve seen a few times on Pinterest, a kids meal holder someone built out of a plastic caddy. Clever idea, but I thought – I should really post what I do in the car. I never seem to get around to it, though.

Today I dragged my kids around town on errands and we finally stopped at McDonald’s and I thought – I’m just going to take a quick picture or two with my phone.

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So, here is my easy (and free!) car tray for kids:

*Get the milk, poke a hole in the lid with your car key, push the straw through. (My kids destroy fast food drink cups. They pull out the straw, pull off the plastic lid. It is a major mess every time. Get the milk.)

*Ask for a drink carrier (or two or three, one for each child). Squeeze ketchup (or other dipping sauce – my kids are all about the ketchup) into the middle. You’ve got four other spaces you can put stuff in– this one has apples, french fries, chicken nuggets, and milk.

*The best part is, when they are finished, you can throw the whole thing away!!  I keep thinking I should ask if I can get a whole stack of these to keep in my car.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Visiting Teaching Message

The December visiting teaching message can be found here.

Christmas Tags

I’ve finished handouts for my ward:


If you want to make your own Christmas tag, download the file here and then:

1. Print the jpegs as 4 x 6 pictures at Costco or your favorite photo processing place.


2. Glue to a 4 x 6 piece of white cardstock to reinforce the photo.

3. Cut the photo in half to give you two 2 x 3 tags from each photo.

4. Then, punch a hole at the top (insert an eyelet if you’d like), insert ribbon, and add to a plate of cookies or a gift for your visiting teachees.

Christmas Card

I also made a Christmas card with the message. I was originally going to do these for my ward, but then thought of doing a tag.


1. Print the document available in Word or PDF. The document is black and white, but does need to be double-sided. I printed mine on a piece of fancy cardstock called Green Heather.

2. Cut 2.5 inches off the bottom of the page. (You will be left with a 6 inch by 11 inch piece of paper.


3. Score the document 4 inches from the left edge and 3 inches from the right edge.


4. Fold the card.


5. Glue the 4 x 6 card front to the front of the card. You can download the photo front here.


6. Mail or deliver your finished card to your visiting teachees.


Christmas Snowball

For my visiting teachees, I will be doing the Christmas snowball that Inkablinka posted. Go to her site to find a free printable and directions. I did change it up a little bit, so I thought I’d post my changes.

For the center of the snowball, Inkablinka used a box with candies inside. I didn’t have any small boxes on hand, but I did have balloons:


It’s hard to tell scale in this picture, but I just barely blew the balloon up.

Also, I couldn’t find the gift-wrapped chocolates she used, but I did find some Hershey’s miniatures that were wrapped like presents. Then I printed up a sheet of labels to stick on the back of each one:


Inkablinka included a marking pencil but commented she wished she’d found something smaller. I found these scripture highlighters at Deseret Book for $2.39 a piece. They are shorter than the marking pencils.


Another idea I had to go with studying the scriptures daily was scripture ribbons. You could make your own (directions here).

For strengthening families and homes, Inkablinka used a Hershey’s candy bar for a foundation. I found some Ghiradelli’s chocolates on sale and used those.


For the yeast (represents magnifying callings), I found individual packets – they came in a 3 pack, I cut them apart and I found them in the baking section at Walmart.


For seeds (like faith), I used these dark chocolate pomegranate seeds from Costco. Love these!


I still need to make my white-chocolate covered pretzels (prayer) and my world ornaments (I found some old maps at DI), and then I will post a fully assembled picture.

Thanks to Inkablinka for such a great visiting teaching idea! Be sure to go get her free printable and directions here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Birthday Card


I finally decided to use this birthday card idea I saw on inchmark.

Free Printable

I created a Word document for this. I believe the other ones I’ve seen on the web have used sticker letters.

If you decide to use my Word document, here are a few tips:

First, change the text to meet your needs and print. I printed on white cardstock.

Now cut .5 inch off the right side (so your document will be 10.5 inches long instead of 11 inches long).

Next, cut the document in half, each half will be 4.25 inches.

Then score the document every 3.5 inches.

Finally, glue or tape the strips together and add the loot.

What I Used

1 Paper doll with stickers, found these in a pack of 8 at Walmart in the party aisle.

2 hair clips, buy them or make your own.

3 scratch and sniff stickers

4 jolly rancher chews, similar to starbursts

5  pairs of stick-on earrings, I cut these out of a larger sheet that I also got from Walmart.

More Ideas of things to Use

Candy: starbursts, laffy taffy, sweetarts

Money: Coins like quarters or silver dollars, I also considered cutting a slit in card for five and sticking in a 5 dollar bill.


Sticks of Gum


Character band-aids

Hair elastics or bows


Erasers in fun shapes

What other things can you think of?

Cards for the Military

I'm in a card club, each month we meet and exchange cards. This month, we decided to do something different.


All cards – 108 of them – went to Operation Write Home, which sends them to deployed service men and women so that they can send beautiful cards home to their families.

I had worked with Operation Write Home once before. When I was asked to put together a short activity for a cub scout night last year, I took paper, stickers, and markers and had them make letters to thank the service men and women. Since then, Operation Write Home has added some printable coloring pages that would make this so easy!

Here are the cards that we made (mine is the shining star one):




Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Candy Sticks


These are so much fun to make! I used a regular package of M&M's and picked out the reds and the blues. Then, I topped them with these little pumpkins.


I cut the pumpkins with my Silhouette. I made them by creating 3 ovals, merging two of them. Then I stapled the merged ovals and some green ribbon to the top of the candy sticks and used a glue dot on the remaining oval to cover the staple. I’d be happy to share my file for the pumpkins, leave a comment if you are interested.