We recently moved into a new house that is much smaller than our other house. This house actually fits all of our needs and there is far less wasted space…we now actually “live” in every room verses having rooms/areas that we rarely used.

One of my new favorite areas is my “Mom Central” nook that I created just off from our kitchen. I put up a wipe-off calendar board, a magnetic chalk board, and two frames for my kid’s artwork.

Everyone can see what’s on the calendar for the month and we can easily erase those “change of plans” that come up too.  My favorite part of the nook are the two frames that display the constant artwork that my girls bring home or create on a weekly basis.  

I went to *Hobby Lobby and bought two white 11×13 frames, (since most of their artwork is on letter size – that would allow for a black border) and took out the glass and framed black foam core board that can be purchased there as well. (*during their 40% off frame sale) To display the artwork, you can use poster putty to interchange the artwork which doesn’t tear the board and can be reused. (and of course tape always works) Another thought was to frame magnetic boards, but I thought this was a pretty simple solution and I love the outcome and so do the girls!!

When my older son sits with the girls he knows our cell phone numbers, but I’ve recently started writing them down for Sammy so she also can feel a little more secure (or to call and say goodnight if she goes to bed before we return). I finally decided to frame and put them on the magnetic board…it’s much neater and its always in the same place for quick reference.

These are just simple solutions that I came up with that works for the family.  I still have a regular monthly calendar and input things into my cell phone calendar, but this is a fun, neat way for the family to “think” you are the perfect, organized Mom!!……wink-wink!!

Teresa, Sammy’s Mom




Here’s a color page you can download and color for Father’s Day, It’s tattoo style….a little hip & cool! Even if your Dad isn’t into tatts, he will still like the fun design and your artistic talent will make it extra special!! Have fun!

Print on letter size paper (8.5×11) and fold into quarters! Click on Link: TattooFathersDay©SammyCakesFun



We made these around Valentine’s Day, but you can make them for a St. Patrick’s Day or Easter treats. Use a shamrock or bunny cookie cutter instead of a heart. These are really sweet, so I would use a small cookie cutter. One little bite is just enough.  These would make a great little embellishment for cupcakes or sugar cookies!! (these you don’t bake, they air dry overnight)

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons of Sweetened Condensed Milk (I added more as I went along)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Raspberry Extract (Use Peppermint for St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Red food coloring paste (Use Green for St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Mini cookie cutters

For Easter use the same above recipe and use pastel food coloring and egg or bunny shaped cookie cutters!!

Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl. Gradually add the condensed milk and extract, mixing with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be like thick dough and you’ll have to hand knead it towards the end. Add more milk if it is too stiff. Divide dough and work in the food coloring to get the color you want.  (or do two different colors, or leave one white)

Use confectioners’s sugar to roll onto a clean surface. Treat as you would sugar cookies to roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters for shapes.  Arrange on a cookie sheet with baking parchment paper, or waxed paper.

Let dry overnight. They will dry with a soft middle.

Have fun making these sweet lil’ treats!!

Recently I was in my first Dance performance at Kansas City Young Audiences, the Community School of the Arts.  I was in the Hip-Hop class and had so much fun! We were the opening act which was followed by “Degas Ballet” which was choreographed by Kim Shope. It was lovely.

Our teacher, Miss Chaffawn was fun to work with…but we couldn’t mess around “focus” was her key word! (we heard that word a lot!?…hmmm) but, we still had lots of fun each week!  Hip-hop is a great way to burn lots of energy and we got lots of exercise every week practicing our moves.  The students live all around the area, so the best part was making new friends from other schools.  I can’t wait til my next session begins and I’m ready to learn some new moves!…Ready….5-6-7…8!!

Cranberry Delights by Sammy Cakes Fun!

We always make these for Christmas but they are also perfect for Valentines Day because of the white chocolate and red cranberries!! Yum! Here’s the recipe:

Cream Together: 1 1/4 cups paked dark brown sugar, 1 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 T. milk, 2 t. vanilla.

Add Dry Ingredients: 1 3/4 all purpose flour, 1 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, 2 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned)

Add: 2 cups white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes!

Enjoy! (we packaged and delivered to neighbors….You can do the same for Friends for Valentine’s Day!)

My Halloween costume this year is a Majorette outfit that was my Moms when she was a little girl in grade school! She was part of a Baton Group that marched/performed in area parades.  My Grandma saved her retro gold outfit…(polyester, rick-rack and all!) We didn’t  have the original hat, but we added the cowboy hat and extra “bling” crown to give it sparkle! She made the boot tops out of foam  that I wore with white tennis shoes, and the tassels were made from purple yarn.  This picture was taken last night just before “Trunk-or-Treat” at our school.  We had a great time!…Oh, and my sister was Minnie Mouse….if you didn’t already guess….de-uh!! (she does make a cute Minnie!)

Happy Halloween Everyone!


On Wednesday, Unity Day, Sammy gathered a few friends to make “No Bully” type posters.  I explained to them about “Bully Prevention Month”  and the kids tied orange yarn around their wrists, which is the official awareness color.

The next day, the posters were hung around their school along with other posters that were made by students from St. Agnes.  William, shown to the far left was one of the younger kids helping out and he was still wearing his yarn bracelet…and he told me, “I’m never taking it off!” I asked it what it meant, and he continued, “It means, say no to Bullies!”

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