Monday, June 27, 2011

A Pink Lemonade Stand

My oldest daughter wanted to have a Lemonade Stand to earn some extra cash.
We started researching it, making the advertisement and gathering our supplies about a month in advance.
She was determined to serve 'Freshly Squeezed' lemonade.
She also served Country Time Pink Lemonade.  These pretty pink napkins came from Target last year. 
We purchased the cups at Target and found these adorable {free} printables from funkytime!  Thank you these!
While guest posting at Little Blue Prints, I found this pink lemonade label from The Painted Home to display on the large beverage dispenser.
I found this vintage Lemonade label {here} and printed it onto a piece of small polka dot scrapbook paper.  This old retail store sign advertises that the lemonade is 'Freshly Squeezed!'  After squeezing over twenty lemons, she decided to sell each cup of fresh lemonade for fifty cents!
I found the lemon {free} printables from Wendolonia.  I printed these in several different sizes, cut them out, and glued them to a string to make this lemon streamer. 
Ashlyn sold the mix lemonade for twenty-five cents a cup.  I didn't have a '2' so I glued some old bottle tops we snagged at a roadside diner.
The girls made the chain from some pretty yellow and pink scrapbook paper.  This is an easy project for young kids.  We made this during one of many 'black-outs' we have had during this stormy season!
I printed 'Lemonade' on some gingham paper and cut out the letters for this banner.
A little vintage schoolhouse chalkboard displays the cost.
I found the drink dispenser and the large chalkboard stand at Homegoods last year.  I used chalkboard markers to paint the advertisement.
Funkytime also provides these {free} lemonade recipe cards.  We followed the recipe exactly and the lemonade was perfect!  Ashlyn went door to door and handed these out to promote her stand.
The linen pink dish towel is from IKEA.
Since we do not live in a neighborhood, our dear friends, Steve and Tonya allowed us to come to their street and set up the stand. They found the perfect corner with lots of traffic! 
Don't want to make your own Lemonade signs?
No problem.  Target has several different ones in the dollar bin.  Target usually has an end cap of 'Lemonade stand' supplies.  This year they have a Lemonade banner, a cash box, napkins, a sign and all sorts of supplies for a stand.  You gotta' love Target!
I found these cute {free} printables from the TomKat Studios. 
Ashlyn sold the 'Brownie Bites' for twenty-five cents.  The pink polka dot paper straws came from candochefs.
After two hours, Ashlyn made fifty-one dollars!  We used the Sunkist sales tracker to determine how much she sold and the calculating profits worksheet to calculate the cost of the ingredients, materials and cost of advertising.  I wanted her to calculate this to grasp the concept of running a business. 
 {Yes, she gets to keep all of her earnings!} 

Thanks to all of you who provide {free} printables and for the great inspiration! 
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Sybille at funkytime is such a talented graphics designer!  She has some other great {free} printables!  Stop by and say 'hello' and tell her you came from Three Pixie Lane!

This site has some additional freebies and also sells some amazing things!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our Anniversary

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

It is only by looking in the same direction as the cross, that Rob and I even have a chance at marriage!  It is by looking at that cross that the Lord fills our hearts with the fruit of the Spirit.  When we take our gaze off of Him, we look to ourselves or to each other and that is when we start to crumble! 
I will never pretend that marriage isn't a journey with its fair share of bumps and sometimes boulders, but I am thankful for Rob, who faithfully fixes his eyes on a cross and our Savior.

Today we have been married eighteen years! 

Marriage tip: Typically, it takes between 9-14 years for a married couple to switch from 'me' to 'we.'  Too often we give up before the shift takes place.  ~Mark Driscoll

Blessings to all of you!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Breakfast on the Porch ~ Red, White and Cottage Blue

I love to be outside.  I love to dine outside.  We spend a lot of time on this porch!  The summers here in South Carolina can be stifling, so breakfast is the best time to enjoy a meal out here!

Plates: TJMaxx
Flatware: Homegoods
White pitcher: IKEA
Juice glasses: IKEA
Flag Pillow: Target
Small cherry paper napkins: Country Living K-Mart
Cherry and Strawberry salt and pepper shaker: K-Mart

Edit:  One of my visitors left me a message about 'flag etiquette.'  I have used flags in my decorations many times and was unaware of how to properly display a flag.  I am very grateful, as this has taught me what I should teach my children!  If you would like to learn more about respect for the flag and how to display it, click here!  Thank you Judy and Linda!

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S'Mores Cupcakes Recipe

{I got a little carried away with the photography!}

Thank you, Amy  at All Things Home (adorable blog! Pay her a visit!) for reminding me to post this!  I served these cupcakes last month at my son's 'Great Outdoors' birthday party.  It was too hot for real s'mores, so these cupcakes were perfect!  I searched the web for a recipe and ended up combining several different ones to make these.

S'mores Cupcakes

1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Butter Recipe Fudge Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels
Hershey Bars
1 jar marshmallow creme (7 oz)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 or 2 tsp milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.  In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter (you can add 1/4 cup sugar to this if you want the crust a bit sweeter.  I only added the butter.)  Add approximately 1 tablespoon of crumbs to the bottom of each muffin cup.  Use a small circular object to press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of each liner (I used a small juice glass.)  Bake for 5 minutes and remove from the oven.

2.  Add a few semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels on top of the crust in each cup.  This is what I had on hand, but you could use whatever chocolate you have.

3.  Add the cake mixture evenly to the cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full and bake according to package instructions until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then cool completely on a wire rack.

4.  Remove lid and foil from jar of marshmallow creme.  Soften marshmallow creme for easy removal from jar, by placing in the microwave on high for 15-20 seconds.  In a large bowl, beat marshmallow creme, butter and powdered sugar on low speed until blended.  Beat in enough milk, 1/2 tsp at a time, to make desired consistency.  After cupcakes have cooled, pipe frosting on top.

5. You can 'toast' the marshmallow frosting with a kitchen torch or just top with a rectangle of Hershey's chocolate.


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