Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kryptonite Crunch Popcorn Recipe

Yesterday I shared our Retro Super Hero Birthday Party which included DIY ideas for decorations, games, and fun finger foods. At the end of the day I think everyone had come up to me to ask about the Kryptonite Crunch- they wanted a recipe! I laughed it off- because if you know me at all, you know that I regularly burn food and botch easy to make dinners... so I told them they'd have to read the blog to find out.  (Let me relish in the fact that someone wanted a cooking recipe FROM ME a few moments longer!)

The Kryptonite Crunch is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, you'll need:
8 C popped popcorn
1/4 C butter
3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 C white sugar-
1 small box Jello, lime 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees, line a sheet pan with foil or wax paper. 
  2. Toss popcorn in large bowl.
  3. Place butter and corn syrup in small pan, heat on low until butter is melted.
  4. Add sugar and Jello, stir until Jello has dissolved.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour immediately over popcorn, toss well to coat. 
  7. Put popcorn on sheet pan and spread out using 2 forks.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes (You may want to stir it frequently)  remove from oven, cool completely, break apart and store in an air tight container.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresh Off The Scissors

Throwing a DIY Retro Superhero Party

Alright folks, I don't know how I managed to let this epic super hero party post slip by the way side- but here it is! Fiiiiiinally- I mean, the party *just* happened in May.

I drew out a large city scape background onto a flat sheet of cardboard and painted it using Martha Stewart paints- this served as the backdrop for a photo booth. We had a mixture of fun bought props from Ginger Ray but also included capes made out of t-shirts and personalized cuffs.  The kids were all encouraged to come dressed as their favorite super heroes (and they did!) but we also had a trunk full to share.

Fun finger foods were spread out:
Two Faced Cookie Pop = black/white Oreo cookies on a stick
Thors Hammer = pretzel sticks and oversized marshmallows
Hulkabobs = green grapes on a skewer stick
Kryptonite Crunch = candied popcorn (Here's the recipe!)
Invisibility Serum = Clear water in bottle

We had both cupcakes and a personal custom cake made for T- which featured the Human Torch (a super hero from the Fantastic Four) from my friend Maria at Babycakes. (If you're in my hood I will absolutely hook you up with ordering information as she doesn't currently have a website)

Throughout the party we played games that included a scavenger hunt for villains (hide action figure bad guys and all the super heroes have to capture them!) and a fun relay (split up into teams) to wrap up some pretend criminals with paper streamers.
 The kids all had a blast and Tristen was completely surprised, I forgot to mention- he had no idea we were having a party! It was a surprise!! You can even catch some more photos on instagram #BoyHeroParty or here. Party printables were purchased from LeeLaaLoo.

Star Wars Themed Party + Printable (2013)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back To School Craft: DIY Lunch Money Wallet

To pack lunch or not to pack lunch- that is the question. But why not pack... lunch money? Send your kiddos and their lunch money safely off to school with this bologna sandwich lunch money wallet. You'll find my complete tutorial on BERNINA We All Sew.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eco-prenuering & the Press

If you find yourself wandering the aisles of Barnes & Nobles this month- be sure to grab a copy of Septembers Small Business Opportunities magazine. I was certainly surprised (and totally excited!) to find my interview about bootstrapping and building community connections, considering the interview was conducted almost 19 months ago! I thought they'd scrapped the whole idea all together. Guess not! It was refreshing to read and take a look back on the progress that's been made over the past year. There are so many more milestones that've been reached- including the fact that TrashN2Tees clothing recycling program is going nationwide! (I promise to share more details soon!) Turning passion into profit. Yes!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Woven Wall Hanging Tutorial

Last month I shared two ways to create t-shirt yarn, the continuous cut from 1 shirt and the second way shows you how to take all the scrappy bits and piece them together without bulky knots. Woven wall hangings seem to be trending every where and I was inspired by this post on the Etsy blog to create my very own using t-shirt scraps.

Psst! You can also check out the braided vase tutorial here
 You'll need:
Cardboard Square (the size you use will determine the size of your finished product)
Safety Pin
Popsicle Stick
T-shirt Yarn
Beads, Leather, Other crafty stuff optional  

Get started by creating a loom with the cardboard and twine. I wrapped about 3 yards of continuous scrappy yarn onto the popsicle stick so that I could easily weave the yarn between the twine.

 I opted to use a bulky (wider cut) maroon t-shirt yarn for the fringe (aka is Rya) You'll need to cut them into 4'' lengths and create a U shape. When I was all finished I came back and trimmed back the length then added gold fabric paint to the ends.
If you're looking for more creative ways to reuse and repurpose your old tees, be sure to follow @TrashN2Tees on Instagram and Pinterest.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back To School: Boys Style

School is just around the corner and as a mom of 2 boys- I know how hard it can be to find cool duds. That's exactly how this whole thing got started. Over the next few weeks I'll be posting up some cool boy styles and hopefully introduce you to a few new brands or products.

Quicksilver Trucker Hat (on sale now!)
TrashN2Tees Speedy Sneaker Tee
Tea Collection Madras Shirt
LED Display Watch Nordstroms 
Old Navy Loose Fit Denim
Vans Sneakers
Fjällräven classic Kanken backpack

What brands and styles are you loving this year? Have you found a super awesome deal you want to share- leave a comment below and let's make sure all our boys are at the head of the class (in style & wit!) this school year.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday: Rolled Hem Mastery

Getting the hang of this hemmer foot #69 was a doozy! Here's a tip: don't start on a corner. Form hem the width of your hemmer, pin and place under the presser foot with outside edge against the toe. Sew 2-4 stitches, with needle in down position, lift foot remove needle. Now feed the edge through the curl of hemmer. #goforthandhem

Have you ever used a hemmer foot on your sewing machine? 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fresh Off The Scissors

I can't tell you how good it feels to actually  be able to blog about the projects I finish! (whew) Fresh off the scissors this week are a slew of designs that will be a fast favorite in your little dudes closet.  Shop all the back to school designs now at


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