The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5 Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #167

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It's February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I enjoy using this time of year to do something thoughtful for the ones that I love. A beautifully packaged homemade treats is a simple way to show you care. Here are five fabulous treat ideas from some very talented bloggers. Each one would be perfect to package and gift to your family and friends this Valentine's Day!

1. Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies Mix
What a sweet mix! The recipe makes a big batch, so there's plenty to share.

2. Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies
It's a special version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. The sprinkles give it the perfect pop of red and pink for Valentine's Day!

3. Strawberry Cream Truffles
Sweet and creamy! I have a feeling these chocolate truffles wouldn't last long.

4. White Chocolate Hearts
These chocolate hearts look amazing and only require two ingredients to make. Simple and scrumptious!

5. Strawberry Fudge
Strawberry M&Ms and fudge together! Yum! It's a combination that reminds me of chocolate covered strawberries!

Amazing recipes, ladies! Now...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Behind the Blog: 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

 "It would have been nice if I actually knew what I was doing. But that's the beauty of blogging: you just jump right in whether you know anything or not!" --Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman wrote that in a post years ago when she was sharing insight into her early days of blogging. She started with a point and shoot camera and a longing to connect with others while living on a working cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere.

I am nowhere near the position she's reached but I, too, started my blog with a point and shoot camera and a desire to try something new. In my first blog post, I even described it as "my feeble attempt at giving something new a try," and feeble it was. That post didn't even have a picture with it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kitchen Measurement Conversions

Does converting units of measurement for recipes ever feel a bit tedious? Oh, I know it does for me! The internet opens us up to a whole world of recipes--literally--and converting measurements across the systems can be challenging.

How about a little "cheat sheet"? Here's a kitchen measurement conversion chart to help you out! This printable that will come in handy for those quick baking and cooking conversions! It includes temperature, liquid measurements, and even conversions for a few common ingredients.

It's been cold and snowy here in my corner of the good ole' U.S.A. lately. I consider that baking season! What better way to warm up the house than by starting up the oven to make something scrumptious?! This measurement conversion printable can serve as a valuable reference for those kitchen adventures. Hang it on the refrigerator or even keep it stashed away in a drawer to pull out whenever you need it. Frame a copy and set it with your cookbooks for a fun and unique pieces of decor.

Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY: Letter Wall Decor

Letter Wall Decor is a fun way to add interest and personality to a space. These new decorative wall letters in the homeschool room do just that! The 3-dimensional cardboard letters really add a pop of fun to the wall.

The decorative wall letters are the first of three new projects I created for the homeschool room and will be sharing here on the blog. When I first decided to make a few changes to the back wall of the homeschool room. I had a few goals in mind: add functional storage space, create visual interest with some new DIY projects, and maintain the homey, schoolroom feel to the room. The salvaged wood shelves give us the extra storage space--something you can never have too much of when you school at home. The book page letters add a quirky, fun touch to the room.

Book pages were used for the front of these decorative wall letters since they were being used to spell the word "READ!" How appropriate for a schoolroom, right? The great thing about these DIY wall letters is that you can use this same idea to spell anything--a child's name in their bedroom, the word "PLAY" in the playroom, or even "READ" a schoolroom or reading nook. The possibilities are endless!

Have some ideas for where you'd use letter wall decor in your home? Keep reading to see how to make these fun book page letters!

Sunday, January 24, 2016