Friday, March 29, 2013

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cake Mix Cookies)

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cake Mix Cookies)
I love baking from scratch but there are times when I love a good shortcut and this is a really good one!  Out of the blue today my little guy told me that he wanted to bake cookies so I hit the Pinterest boards in search of an easy cookie recipe and I came across one that used a box of cake mix.  I had 2 boxes of mix, classic white and red velvet, so I decided to change it up a bit and try it with the red velvet and boy am I glad I did....YUM!!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cake Mix Cookies)

1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix (18.25oz)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup white choc chips
1/2 cup milk choc chips
Mix all together and drop rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Bake at 350 for 12 min
Makes about 3 dozen

I also recommend a cute little helper to make it even better :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Create keepsake art from your child's artwork

Art from Art
If you are anything like me I have a hard time parting with all the wonderful artwork that my son creates.  I wanted to do something with his finger paintings that were accumulating.  I would rather see them in another form instead of hidden away in storage so here's what we did......(have your child help too for a fun family project)

Supplies used:
12x12 canvas
Mod Podge
Circle Punches (3 sizes)
Foam Brush

Start by punching out circles from the artwork.  I used 3 sizes of punches with the largest being 2".  I did some to start with and then as I assembled it I punched as I needed once my piles ran out. 
Next I started in the bottom right of the canvas and applied mod podge to a small area of the canvas and mod podge to the backs of some circles and placed them on the canvas.  I then used a foam brush to spread some more mod podge over the circles.  I wanted a gradiant look so I continued with this process and spread out the circles more as I moved toward the top left corner.
I used a 12x12 canvas but you could change the size if desired.
Once dry I hung it up in my son's room so we can admire it everyday :)