Football Sugar Cookies

I spent the better part of today shopping for ingredients for and preparing these sweet little treats for the flag football end-of-the-season party tomorrow morning at Pump It Up.

The cookies are not difficult to make or decorate.  They’re just pretty time consuming.  Luckily, I was able to get most of it done while the boys’ were at school.

I love how they turned out and hope the boys on the team enjoy them!  Even though we did not win our playoff game and, therefore, did not make it to the Super Bowl (which is tonight), I am so proud of the Greenhawks!  They worked so hard all season long and really bonded as a team.  Wildman and Cutie Pie are looking forward to signing up next season.


Volunteer Thank You Gifts

So, I came across these darling Spring in a Cans on Etsy a while back.  I thought the idea was adorable and stuck it in my mental filing cabinet to be retrieved at a later date.  The inspiration reemerged when I found teeny tiny acrylic paint cans while wondering around Michael’s one day.  They were perfect for making my own “spring in a can” favors.

I thought these little gifts would be ideal for my Spring Fling volunteers!  They’re cute.  They’re spring-y!  They’re perfect!

I planted Bermuda grass seeds in a couple of inches of Miracle Gro potting soil and watered them every day.  Unfortunately, they did not grow as quickly as I thought they would.  It took 2 1/2 weeks for the grass to look like it does in these photos.  I’m taking 9 favors with me to my parent volunteer meeting tomorrow and will bring in the rest when my second batch of grass gets a little taller.  I need about 18 cans in all and don’t anticipate more than nine people showing for tomorrow’s meeting so my first batch should be sufficient for now.

The metal on my paint cans did get a little bit rusty from the water and from being outside but I think it adds a bit of rustic charm to the favors.  I hope the moms like them!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This week began with Wildman asking J if he could build a leprechaun trap.  After much thinking and a quick trip to the party store for supplies, we came up with this box contraption.  The Guinness and dollar coin were the bait…  We set it up on our back porch last night to see if it would work.

This morning the boys awoke to see that the trap had indeed been sprung!  But the leprechaun still managed to escape…  He left behind two hats and a bunch of golden coins though!!!  The boys were thrilled.

Cutie Pie and I went over to Meg O’Malley’s to meet our Thursday Morning Playgroup.  St. Patrick’s Day is the ultimate for Meg’s!!!   They host a huge weekend-long party that spills out of the restaurant and bar and into the lot out back!.  There are Irish bands, Irish dancers, rivers of beer, corned beef and cabbage, hot dogs, crazy people in green costumes…  It’s a lot of fun!

All seven moms and their children managed to score a big, round table!  That was no small feat given the crowd in attendance.  It great catching up with some people we hadn’t seen in a while.  As a special bonus, the weather was perfectly warm and sunny unlike last year.

Cutie Pie and I had to leave Meg’s around 12:30 in order to get to Wildman’s school by snack time.  Our kindergarten room mom is out of town and asked me to help out with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  I suggested bringing in the old favorite– “magic leprechaun powder” (lime jello) to turn applesauce green!  Mrs. Lacy had never heard of this snack and readily agreed.

I dropped off the snack supplies yesterday morning while the children were on the playground.  Mrs. Lacy staged them this morning so that it looked like a leprechaun had left it for the children.  So cute!!!

Wildman and most of his classmates loved this treat!!!  Of course, there were a couple of applesauce haters in the crowd but there were sugar cookies and chocolate gold coins for them 🙂

After snack, the children got up to dance a little Irish jig for me and Cutie Pie.  It was adorable!

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day has been just as festive!

May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.



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