Make Your Own Decorative Ice Bowl

ice bowls

Since my dinner party guests usually consist of a husband who will eat anything I serve (God love him) and kids who will spill anything I serve, I don’t spend much time on the visual presentation of our meals.

I thought I’d share this serving idea anyway because it was fun to make and you may actually be looking for a presentation idea right now.

All you need are two different sized glass bowls.

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Fill the larger bowl with about an inch or two of water and place in the freezer for a few hours.

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Remove bowl from freezer and place the smaller bowl inside the larger one. You will have the inch of ice separating the bowls.

Tape the smaller bowl down to the larger one.

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Fill in the gap between the bowls with water.

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Now place any decorative items you want into the water between the bowls. I used lemons and orange slices but you could use herbs, flowers, candies, etc. Depending on what you will be serving in the bowl, you could get really creative like filling it with coffee beans if you’re going to serve coffee ice cream. Or  maybe small candy canes to serve peppermint ice cream. I could go on and on here, but I’ll move on.

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Apply another strip or two of tape to hold the bowls together well and freeze overnight (or at least 10 hours).

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Remove from the freezer and remove the smaller bowl from the middle. Turn remaining bowl upside down. It helps to run warm water over the bottom of the bowl for a few seconds to help break away the ice bowl from the glass bowl.

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Carefully remove the ice portion from the glass and now you are super fancy with a decorative ice bowl.

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You can make smaller ones to serve single servings of sorbet or fruit to guests or make larger bowls to hold cold items at a party. The bowl should stay frozen for an hour or two indoors but it’s best to keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

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Have Fun!

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Fall Apple Cider Cup

Now that fall is here, I’ve been seeing more and more of these cute little apple cups.

fall apple cider cup

They didn’t seem very practical but I thought they would make for cute pictures.

After my daughter chugged the juice in it then started chomping on the apple, I realized they actually were pretty practical….and fun.

It’s pretty self explanatory but just cut a section out of the top of your apple and then use a small spoon to scoop out most of the apple.

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Fill it with warm or cold apple cider or juice. You can add a cinnamon stick to make a fun straw if you want.

Then just let the family drink, eat, and be merry.

fall apple cider cup

fall apple cider cup

fall apple cider cup

Happy fall.

Apple Cup Collage

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Chocolate Sprinkle-dipped Ice Cream Cones

If you are thinking of ideas for a birthday party or if you just want to make a regular night of the week feel like a party, here you go.

We started buying cones for our nightly ice cream ritual because it was a nice form of portion control. Turns out, it’s so much more fun eating ice cream out of a cone. What is even more fun, is dipping it in chocolate.

All you need are cones, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

ice cream cone ingredients

First put some chocolate chips in a double burner, or a homemade double burner like I use.

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You just put about and inch or two of water in the bottom pan and your chocolate in the top. This will prevent the chocolate from burning in your pot. Make sure the top pan is positioned to leave a little gap for the steam to come out.

Once it is melted, just dip the cone in and then immediately dip it into a small bowl of sprinkles.

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dip in sprinkles

This is a fun activity for kids. (If you dare.)

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You can make a little cone-drying station out of your cones box by punching some small holes in it.

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Let it dry for 20 minutes or so, fill with ice cream and get the party started.

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4th of July Salad Tongs

4th of July Tongs-Maggie May's

I wanted to share an easy 4th of July idea using stuff you probably have around the house. This is a great way to spruce up your salad this holiday!

All you need are salad tongs (preferably wooden), painter’s tape, white paint, blue paint and red star stickers (teachers, anyone?)

4th of July Tongs-Maggie May's

First, wrap painter’s tape around the top of your tongs where you want your paint to stop.

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If you have a can of leftover white paint from a household project, this is easiest. Just dip the tongs directly into the can stopping just past your tape.

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Hang to dry. If you have one of these broom holders in your garage, they are perfect. Otherwise, you can tie string around the spoon part and hang them from a branch outside or another rack in your garage. Just make sure you put cardboard or plastic underneath. It drips.

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After that dries completely, dip into a small container of blue paint to just cover the ends.

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Hang again to dry.

Once that is all dried, stick red star stickers around the handle.

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Paint over the decorated area with Mod Podge (a glue/sealant sold at any craft store) to seal it all in. Let dry and you are now ready for a party!

4th of July Tongs-Maggie May's

4th of July Tongs-Maggie May's

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

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Fun, unique way to send a note or invitation

I recently saw an article about hosting a seed swap. I am not a gardener at all and don’t see myself ever hosting a seed swap but a downloadable seed packet template in the article caught my eye. I figured if I enlarged the template it would make a really cute invitation. And since I was in charge of the invitations for a friend’s upcoming baby shower, I decided to give it a shot.

The template from the magazine was the size of a seed packet, so I just enlarged it to the size I wanted on a copier. I attached my enlarged template in case you want to make these. They are super easy and a lot of fun.
Seed Packet Invitation Template

After I cut out the template, I found some designed cardstock and traced it onto it and cut it out.
make your own invitations

Then I just folded over the flaps to create the packet. Put glue (a glue stick is best) on the areas where the flaps overlap so the packet is sealed. Leave the top flap open.
make your own invitations
make your own invitations

For the invitation, I just typed the invite and copied it so there were four invitations per 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock. One invitation is about 1/4 of a page after you cut it out.
I used decorative scissors to cut the invitations out causing a curvy edge to each side. I had to trim the invitations a couple times until they slid in and out easily.
make your own invitations

I chose to put a little cut out on the front of the packet that said, “A seedling is ready to sprout..” just to keep with the garden theme. You can put a little note on the front such as, “You’re invited” or “Please join us” or just use the packet as the envelope and stamp and address it like you would any envelope.
make your own invitations
make your own invitations

You might find, like I did, that these are addicting. You can reduce or enlarge the template to any size you want and get really creative. Enlarge it enough to hold a flat 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper and you’ll have yourself a very memorable resume presentation!

Have fun!

 

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