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Frozen Cherry Yogurt Pops

During the summer months, I’m always up for a cold treat. When I’m ready for my mid-day snack I always end up wanting something sweet which doesn’t always equate to being healthy. Its like, I go to the store for some organic vegetables and I always come home with regular ice-cream. Weird. So, when my boys and I went cherry picking in my neighbors orchard, (no, we aren’t creepers…they invited us,) it was the perfect chance to make something healthy AND yummy! Frozen Cherry Yogurt Pops!

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When I was growing up my mom always made these yogurt pops and I thought I would give them a little twist using the cherries.

INGREDIENTS:

-Fresh cherries, preferably ones from your friendly neighbor

-About 2 cups vanilla yogurt

-1 small tub of Cool Whip

Start by pitting all your cherries and throwing them in your food processor. Get them nice and chopped up.

cherries

Next, throw your cherries and all your other ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir until mixed.

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Then spoon it into your popsicle molds. I like to use those little mini shot-glass sized plastic cups because…they’re cuter. :) Plus these tend to melt faster than regular popsicles so having them in smaller portions helps with mess control.

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Keep them in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen and serve!

cherry yogurt pops And try to keep little hands away until you are done taking pictures. 😉 My kids were so anxious to try one of these they were like vultures circling my shoot!

little hands

Enjoy! Do you remember the Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie I shared last year? That was one of my very first posts for the chicks. Ah…the good ole days. :)

Come on by Dream Crafter for more summer fun!

Ali

 

 

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Apple Sandwich Snacks

Hello to all of you Crafting Chicks, my name is Jen and I reside in a little space on the web called PinkWhen. I am a HUGE fan of camping and fun outdoor activities. In fact, I just recently returned from Colorado and spent time in some of America’s most beautiful landscape, the Rocky Mountains. While out and about wandering through nature I like to bring along a healthy snack, and these Apple Sandwich Snacks are a healthy snack option and with lots of yummy flavor. Check out how easy these are to make.

Apple Sandwich Snack idea PinkWhen for The Crafting Chicks

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Forest Animal Shadow Puppets

Hi everyone! My name is Cindy and you can find me over at Skip to my Lou. I blog about kids crafts, easy sewing projects, handmade gift ideas and recipes. I hope you will come visit me if you are looking for more fun crafts and activities.
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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

animal shadow puppets for flashlights

These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

{Animal Silhouettes}
flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

animal silhouettes for shadows

Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

shadow puppets

A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

animal shadow puppets

It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.

 

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Pattern Jam

Pattern Jam

Hello all you creative friends out there! I’m so glad to have the opportunity to introduce myself and my new company to you! I design fabric for Riley Blake Designs, and have done so for about 6 years. I’ve produced over a dozen collections for them, and I really LOVE my job! I got started as a fabric designer when I walked into a local quilt shop near my home at a time in my life when I was asking myself questions like, “Who am I?” “What will I do with myself when my kids are in school?” Sound familiar? I think it’s pretty common to go through those existential moments in our lives. Well, when I walked into that quilt shop (Pine Needles in South Jordan, Utah), I had an epiphany! From the moment I browsed through the gorgeous fabric lined up in that shop I knew that I wanted to be a fabric designer. With lots of hard work and humble pie over the years, I’m finally getting a foothold in the industry! I have two new collections coming out this fall~ “Chatsworth” and “Zombie Love”. Here are a few pics:

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I have completely fallen in love with the quilt industry over the years~ I love the gorgeous fabric and beautiful quilts, the community of compassionate women who are quilters and I love to work from home so that I’m accessible to my 3 kids (who are growing up way too fast).

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My new company, PatternJam.com is really a meld of all the elements of what I love about the quilt industry. PatternJam.com is an online platform that enables users to make a great quilt pattern and audition designer fabric in that quilt pattern. If you’re not a quilter but like to sew~ don’t despair! We also have children’s clothing patterns, aprons, bags, etc. that you can customize with fabric. The bottom line is this: PatternJam.com provides the tools to preview what our projects will look like prior to getting started! No more angst over making a fabric choice that wasn’t quite right! making-shorts-on-Pattenjam

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I’m pretty excited about PatternJam.com, because I find it hard to visualize what fabric will look like in a quilt or a dress until it’s done. I hope that you’ll have fun designing and interacting with it, and I really hope that it helps you with your projects!

PatternJam.com (version 2) is on the verge of launching, and I have a sneak peek for you! Check out this quick little video to get a taste of how fun and simple it is to use…


I have an incentive for those of you who would like to be among the first users of PatternJam.com when it goes live in a few days: Sign up at PatternJam.com, and if you get 5 of your friends to sign up as well, I will send you a big ol’ bundle of gorgeous fabric to add to your stash! (Speaking of your stash…you will also be able to upload snapshots of fabric from your stash to use in PatternJam)!

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I always love to connect with creative women, so please find me: Facebook Instagram Pinterest! And don’t hesitate to contact me at emily.t@patternjam.com.

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Thank you so much to the Crafting Chicks for inviting me to share a little about myself and my new venture, PatternJam.com. These gals are really awesome!

We are so happy to have Emily stop by! She’s let us know that you can sign up for Pattern Jam using our LINK. Once you sign up you’ll be given your own link that you can share with friends and earn your own free fabric for each friend that signs up! Head on over and check it out!

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Camping Adventure Photo Bunting

quick and easy family camping adventure bunting - an easy way to preserve fun family memories

My family spends a lot of time outside camping, hiking and just exploring and I’ve been trying to think of a way to bring some of those adventures and memories home without doing a traditional framed gallery wall and really letting my kids be a part of the process. This Camping Adventure Photo Bunting was the perfect solution.  We went camping at our favorite secret spot last weekend and while we were there I had my kids pick some of their favorite plants and flowers. It was fun to see my son really be fascinated by leaves with texture while my daughters were, of course, obsessed with the flowers. I saved them in a baggie and when we got home I got busy.

flowers and foliiage

The first Thing you need to do is lay all your goodies out on a piece of wax paper (make sure it is shiny side up). Lay them out so that they overlap a little bit and that there isn’t too much empty space between them. Then you are going to lay another piece of wax paper on top (shiny side down) and iron the heck out of them. I originally tried doing this with a thin towel on top, but it wasn’t working so I ironed directly on the wax paper. If you do this, be careful and use common sense!

flowers and foliage for bunting

ironing flowers and foliage in between wax paper

Once the two layers of wax paper were sealed shut, and cooled off I got out my scissors and started cutting. I cut my wax paper into 4″x4″ squares to match the insta prints I had from our trip. Read about how to print super, duper, easily HERE.

pieces to a nature inspired bunting

Then it’s a matter of stringing some twine or jute or yarn or string or whatever you like and/or have already in your house and then taping your squares to it! I absolutely love how it turned out, my kids love pointing out which plants they picked and it is a fun and different way to capture those camping memories!

create an easy family camping bunting

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Rocket Skewers

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Hello! I’m Alli from Cupcake Diaries and I am thrilled to be here at The Crafting Chicks sharing this fun space snack idea with you today.

My kids are all about snacks. Especially in the summertime! And they were beyond excited when I told them we were going to make a space themed snack. I have three young boys who love everything that has to do with space. (“Mom, did you know that the sun is a star?” “Mom, how far away is Jupiter?” “Mom, did you know that Pluto was a planet when you were a kid? You’re really really old.”) They threw out all kinds of silly ideas when it came time to figure out what type of snack to make. Since they love fruit and cheese like crazy, we decided on these super cute Rocket Skewers.

Rocket Skewers - An out-of-this-world  snack that's perfect for a summer afternoon!

I love these little rockets for a few reasons. The first is that they’re full of fruity goodness. I’ve been lucky to have kids that love fruit and beg me for it on a daily basis. I also love that they can help me put these rockets together. The littlest kiddos aren’t able to actually put the fruit on the skewers, but they sure loved handing me the fruit! And I love that this snack is colorful, which makes it tons more fun to eat.

Rocket Skewers - An out-of-this-world  snack that's perfect for a summer afternoon!

You’ll need pineapple, bananas, blueberries, cheese, watermelon, and bamboo skewers for this snack. I had my vulture children surrounding me while I took this picture. It took everything in them not to grab at everything on this plate.

Rocket Skewers - An out-of-this-world  snack that's perfect for a summer afternoon!

My three year old has a play group every week and I’m so excited to make these for the kids when it’s our turn next. You can make a whole lot of these rocket skewers or just a few.

Rocket Skewers - An out-of-this-world  snack that's perfect for a summer afternoon!

 

Rocket Skewers

Ingredients

  • bamboo skewers
  • watermelon, cut into triangles
  • blueberries
  • bananas, cut into large sections
  • cheese, cut into chunks
  • pineapple, cut into chunks

Directions

Arrange fruit and cheese so it looks like a rocket. Start with a pineapple chunk then add 1 cheese chunk, 2 blueberries, 1 piece of banana, and top with a piece of watermelon. Serve as is or with fruit dip.

I hope you enjoy this snack! They’re so easy and so fun.

Come join me over at Cupcake Diaries for easy, family-friendly dinner and dessert ideas!

Here are some of my most popular kid favorites:

World’s Best Mac and Cheese

World's Best Mac and Cheese - Penne pasta combined with a delectable creamy cheese sauce and topped with a crunchy topping. This is the BEST mac and cheese!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

French Dip Crescents

French Dip Crescents


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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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DIY Moon Rocks

As a child, I always wanted to see a Moon Rock. There’s just something fascinating about the moon and outer space. So when my son started asking questions about that big ol’ rock in the sky, I decided to make our own version with these DIY Moon Rocks.

This easy play recipe takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it moldable to form into rocks. We made them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

What you need to make DIY Moon Rocks:

  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gold and Silver glitter
  • Black food coloring

In a large plastic bin, mix together the baking soda and water. Add lots of glitter and some food coloring and stir together.

You can let your kids explore this easy Moon Sand for a bit (warning: their hands will get messy because of the food coloring!), or you can go right to making your rocks.

Mold the sand with your hand to shape it into rocks. We pressed our fingers into it to form craters on the surface.

Allow to dry overnight.

DIY Moon Rocks 3 copy DIY Moon Rocks 2 copy

The rocks will be brittle, but kids will love examining them!

They’re much prettier than the Moon Rocks retrieved by astronauts aboard the six landing Apollo missions. Those rocks are stored at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

My son loved learning about the rocks, and how they have to be kept in Nitrogen so that they won’t get moisture. We talked about how adding moisture to the Moon Rocks would change their composition and cause them to fall apart. We even tried adding some water to our own DIY Moon Rocks!

Now that you’ve made Moon Rocks, share photos with us on our Facebook page. Then, head over to our blog for even more space activities for kids!

sm mother hen space

 

Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Crayon Resist Space Art

We Love Steph from Crafting in the Rain.  Today she is here sharing a fun art project for Space week.

I knew right away what I wanted to do for my post in Space Week here on Crafting Chicks. This crayon resist space craft is great for all ages. You’ll want to join right in with your kids!

You just need a few supplies:
Crayons (name brand works best)
White cardstock
Paintbrush
Black water color or watered down craft paint
Paper towels

Start by coloring a space scene on the cardstock. Stars, planets, shooting stars, rockets, aliens, etc. Color them in completely with the crayons.


Brush over the whole paper with the black water color. The waxy crayon won’t absorb the paint and it beads up a little.  


Pat with a paper towel to clean off paint that beads up on the crayon.


Let dry, and display your beautiful space picture. 


This is how Asher’s turned out! Notice how he used a white crayon to make the moon?

Thanks for having me and I hope you’ll have fun with this space craft! And you might also like this bright and colorful planet mobile I made a while ago.

Image Map


sm mother hen space

 

Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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I Miss You Candy Grams with Printable

I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com

Hi! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. How’s your summer been so far? Ours has been busy & fun! My hubby has actually had to be out of town a few times this summer already. It’s always crazier than normal when he’s gone. Annnnd boy do I miss him a ton! That’s why I decided to sneak some I Miss You Candy Grams into his suitcase the last time he left! I thought these candy bars with cute notes turned out soooooo cute! So today I’m sharing the free candy bar printable so you can make these, too!

candy bar love notes at GingerSnapCrafts.com

For this project you will need:

candy (Reese’s, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Pay Day, Mounds & M&Ms)

white cardstock

ribbon

distressing ink (optional)

hole punch

ribbon

glue

candy

I cut out all my candy gram tags, & then I distressed the edges with some distressing ink.

candygrams

Then I glued each one onto a matching piece of scrapbook paper.

candy gifts

 Next I punched a hole & tied each one onto the candy bar with some ribbon.

candy grams for men

The only thing left to do was hide these in different spots of my hubby’s suitcase!

candy grams from GingerSnapCrafts.com

These would also be cute for kids away at college or summer camp.
I bet grandparents would love these, too from the grand kids!

You can print out these labels right {HERE}.

candy bar love notes at GingerSnapCrafts.com

What do you like to do to let that special someone know you are thinking of them?
I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below! Thanks so much for having me over! :)
Be sure to visit my blog for more fun ideas like this one! I’d love to have you over!

I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com

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