Friday, October 28, 2016

Acorn Chocolates

Last year after Thanksgiving dinner, my mom gathered all the grandchildren around the kitchen table and taught them how to make acorn chocolates. It was such a yummy, sweet activity! The grandkids loved them as well as the adults. Afterwards, I knew we'd found another Fall tradition!

These acorns are so simple to make. You'll need: Hershey's chocolate kisses, Nutter Butter sandwich cookies, chocolate chips, and frosting or icing to act as the "glue."

First, using your icing or frosting, "glue" your Hershey kiss to the Nutter Butter cookie. Let stand for a few minutes to stiffen a bit.

Then, "glue" your chocolate chip on the other side of the Nutter Butter cookie. I then like to place my acorns in the fridge for about an hour to harden. This helps the acorns keep their shape. Or, you can eat them right away! (That's what we did last year.) It is such an easy treat for kids to make that it would be the perfect addition to a Halloween or Thanksgiving party. Or, you can enjoy them one day after school for a special snack. That's what my kids and I did this week. It's always fun to celebrate the season!  Have fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Awhile back my sister-in-law made us apple pancakes for breakfast.
They were so good!
Since it's apple season, I've bee craving some of these pancakes 
and came up with our own version.

You'll need:
 1 ½ cups flour
3 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 egg
1 ½ cup milk
½ cup apple sauce
½ tsp cinnamon
1 apple, peeled and chopped

Take 1 Tbsp of the sugar and the ½ tsp of cinnamon, mix and set aside.  Mix the rest of the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, butter, egg, apple sauce and milk with a whisk.  Toss the chopped apple with the cinnamon sugar mixture. 

  Add the coated apples to the pancake batter. 
Grease your griddle with butter and spoon on the batter to bake into pancakes.

Already looking good! 
Slather on some butter and eat as is--that is my favorite way.
A little crazy but I rarely use syrup. 
Just the goodness of the cinnamon sugared apples and butter.

 My family on the other hand loves syrup.
Grandpa is the syrup king
and adds a lot of "maple love" to his pancakes.

Enjoy this recipe with our printalbe copy {here}.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chocolate Cake Mix Bat Cookies

Go batty with these fun and delicious cookies!

They're made from our Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies.

You'll need: 

1 chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
¾ cup chocolate chips, plus 1/8 more
candy eyeballs
chocolate striped shortbread cookies

Preheat oven to 375˚. 
Mix the eggs, oil, vanilla and cake mix.  Then stir in chocolate chips.  Scoop in balls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
While the cookies are baking, cut the shortbread cookies in half.

As soon as a batch of cookies come out of the oven,
press the shortbread wings in place.
Let the cookies cool on the cookies sheet.

 Melt the other 1/8 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave.
Carefully remove the bat cookies with a spatula off the cookie sheet.
Any wings that fall off you can "glue" back on with the melted chocolate. 
Also, use this melted chocolate to stick the eyes in place on the cookies.


 Let them sit awhile longer for the chocolate to harden.


You can print this recipe {here}.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Greek Skillet Dinner

Cool fall temperatures need hot skillet dinners and this one is a winner!  My family loves it and its quick to make.

Greek Skillet Dinner

 1 Box Sea Shell Pasta, medium size
1 lb. Lean Hamburger
1 Can Tomato Paste
1 /1/2 to 2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (optional)
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon (Yes, it's true!)
1 Can Green Beans
Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper

Cook your sea shell pasta noodles and set aside.  In a heavy skillet, brown hamburger in a little oil with garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Drain off fat and return to skillet.   Add in tomato paste and broth and combine together- should be consistent to a chili.  Add in diced tomatoes if you would like and season to taste.  Add in cinnamon (really adds a great flavor here) and green beans.  Finally, add your pasta and serve until well incorporated.  Serve with Feta sprinkled on top!  Enjoy!!

Print this recipe {here}

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ghost Mason Jars

Here's a fun way to add some ghostly light to your Halloween decorations - ghost mason jars! I had a lot of fun making them and I love how they turned out. Here's how to make them.

First, follow Heidi's step by step instructions on how to paint your mason jars. These are great directions! I painted my jars white for ghosts. But, you could paint your jars orange and make pumpkins out of them.

Next, after your jars are painted, find templates for your ghosts. I just searched online for "ghost faces" and found a bunch of patterns. Once your patterns are cut out, carefully trace your faces onto your jars. Of course, trace your ghost faces on the side of the jar without writing.

Then, carefully paint your faces. I think this is the hardest part of the whole project, but well worth it. Just look at these cute ghosts!

Once the black paint has dried, spray your jars with your clear sealer. Again, refer to Heidi's instructions. I didn't sand my jars, but you most certainly can.

When the sealer was dry, I tied on some ribbon before placing my ghosts on my front porch. I wanted them to help light up our entry way and loved sprinkling them among the pumpkins and hay bales. You could also use your jars as table centerpieces.

I placed LED candles in the jars. I couldn't believe how bright they are in the night sky. My kids and I ran a quick errand tonight and when we turned onto our street, we could see our ghosts shining bright a few houses away. I had the thought that you could make more of these jars to line a walk way or steps. They're really fun and festive! Happy Halloween! Oh, and don't forget to enter our giveaway :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mini Birthday Banner and Birthday Giveaway & Winner!

Buiding our Hive is 2 years old!
To celebrate we have this fun printable mini birthday banner and a giveaway at the end of the post!
You'll need:
1 piece of scrapbook paper
and some bakers twine
Print off your banner below and cut out.

Fold in half.
Line up the pennant pieces in order.
Run some bakers twine along the pieces and cut the twine to desired length.

Put glue on one side of the triangle and fold in half with the twine in the middle. 

You've got it!
This is the perfect banner to send in the mail to someone far away.
Fits in an envelope to with just a card.
Sending birthday wishes to that special someone on their special day!

To celebrate our Building Our Hive birthday 
we have a giveaway for all our long time readers and those who have just found us!
We're saying a big thank you  for choosing Building Our Hive 
as one of your favorite blogs. 
To get this party started, we have a present for YOU!
One lucky viewer will win this totally fun Fall/Halloween pack
with some of our favorites of the season. 

Our gift pack for you includes:
A birthday {mini} banner.
One of our "It's FALL y'all" blocks and "Trick-or-Treat" door hangers. 
We love decorative hand towels (use this one if you dare!) and notepads/pencils are a staple around here.  You've got the scents of Fall with this gingerbread candle and sweet cinnamon pumpkin hand soap--love these.  Fall colored bakers twine and adhesive lace for the projects and gifts you're working one.  

1. Enter to win by leaving us a comment at the end of this post.
We'd love to hear what your favorite posts and  blog topics are so we can bring you more in the upcoming months, so tell us what you'd like to see more of!
2. You can also enter to win by becoming a blog follower. Just click on our logo on the sidebar.
3. Do both and get double the chances of winning!
The contest is now open and will close at 9AM mountain time on Friday, October 21.
We'll announce the winner the next day on Saturday, Oct. 22!
Thanks again, friends for following us!
A box of all these Fall goodies could be coming to you!
This contest is closed.

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Have a great weekend y'all!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 31 Printable

Hey, ladies and gents,
hope you week is going well. Almost to the weekend!
Today I'm sharing the cutest Halloween printable.
Just what you might need to be a part of your October decor!

 Isn't it fun!
It seems like October 31 is right around the corner!
And because we love ya and want this printable to work in the space you  have for it, 
I've got 4 size options for you when printing.
8x10, 5x7, 4x6 or 2x3

I found this great frame on clearance at my local craft store.
Perfect small size I was looking for and on clearance!
I just had to decide between the orange or lime green they had.
 It fits the 2x3 print size.
You can print yours here: {Octotber 31}
Then frame it
or you can make one of Carrie's clip display frames for printables
and just print any size and clip! 

This little frame and print was the perfect addition to this year's 
creepy mantle with potion bottles.  

 I've still got to print more bottle labels for my
"vampire teeth", "bat wings" and this year "spider eggs".
You can find our tutorial for these printable labels and ghoulish jar toppers {here}
Two new bonus creepy labels {here}.
Count down to October 31!

Stop by on Saturday to get in on our Birthday Giveaway!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chicken Chili Plus School Lunch Idea

With the weather turning cooler, my appetite is craving heartier meals. This chicken chili is just that - hearty. It's super tasty and will warm you right up! Here's the recipe.

Chicken Chili 

1/2 onion finely chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove of garlic minced
1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 9-ounce package of frozen tiny, white corn (or yellow) 
2 cans cannellini beans 
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
3 Tablespoons lime juice
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken 

In a skillet, cook onion in olive oil until transparent. Then, add chilies, garlic and cumin. Cook for a couple minutes more. Place your onion, chili, garlic, cumin mixture in a crock pot. Then, add all the other ingredients. Give it a quick stir. Cook chili on low for several hours. Enjoy chili topped with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips. 
I'm always trying to find ways to break-out of the school lunch slump. Heidi has some wonderful ideas here. Here's one more. Make the chicken chili over night! Right before you go to bed, place all the ingredients in your crock pot with the setting at low. As you sleep, your chili will cook combining all those delicious ingredients together. Then, when you wake up, you will be met with a yummy aroma and your kids' school lunches will be ready! Simply, put the chili in thermoses for your kids to take to school. I love sending my kids with a thermos. Something warm to eat at lunch is always so satisfying. Store extra chili in the refrigerator to warm up for tomorrow's lunches. I get about three days worth of school lunches out of this recipe for my kids. Add a few sides and your kids' lunches will be ready in no time! 

Along with the chili, I packed for my kids grapes, an orange, tortilla chips to dip in the chili and popcorn for dessert. Delicious! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boo! holiday board

We're adding to our holiday boards with this "boo-tiful" board for Halloween.
A fun part of your front door decor!
I'm using a 5'x12" pine board.
Use black craft acrylic and paint one side.
After it drys, paint over it with orange.
Let it dry for a few hours and then sand.
I just used my little hand held mouse sander to get some of that black to show through.
So happy with the rough look of the sanded paint!

I had some of these cut out wood letters from my local craft store
and used them as a template for the BOO letters.
Trace around the bottom O and B first, then add the middle O- this sequence helps with your spacing of the letters.  I left some extra room on top for a bow.

Paint in your letters.
I'm using a dark gray metallic.
Picks up the shine of the sun.
Loving the combinations of all these paints!

Then tie on a fun bow.

I've got black tulle, sheer purple and topped it off with a glittered spider on web from the dollar store. 

Welcoming all for Halloween.
BOO to you!
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