DIY Advent Calendars

With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to start making some family traditions.   Now with my son being 2 years old I think he will start to have fun and hopefully understand the concept of only 1 piece of candy a day.   We will see how that goes.

At my mom’s ward for homemaking they had these adorable DIY Advent Calendars.   I thought they were cute, simple, easy to re-use every year.  So I decide to buy some and put them together.


I didn’t take any pictures as we were making them but they are really quite simple to make.

I even think it would be fun for the kids to make there own  Advent Calendar and have it hang on there bedroom doors.   Get them all excited about the countdown until Santa comes to town.

All you need for DIY Advent Calendar is:

Card stock paper cut into squares

ribbon, lace, stickers or emblems anything to give your card some Christmas flare


ribbon to hang pan

mini 24 cup cupcake pan

Just assemble your cards and jazz them all up.   With your magnets, place a little magnet in each corner (total of 4 on a card) to cover over cupcake hole.  Now you can either purchase  24 ct cupcake holder or if you already have some just use that pan instead of purchasing another.  Which I did, I was thinking I didn’t want to store the pans and why waste the money if I already have them.   I just had my husband drill 2 holes on the top of the pan to hold my ribbon.


Now the fun part is to fill the cups up with candy.   I choose use candy kisses because I think it will be easier cleanup if my toddler gets a hold of the pan.

Now to have fun  and something sweet to have each day to start the countdown until Santa Claus comes!

I would love to hear your family traditions?  I have been wanting to start some new ones with my small growing family!

The Weekend Retreat Link Party # 94

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The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #94

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GUEST BLOGGER: Apple Snack Cake

Hi, Mommy on Demand readers. This is Allison again, back with another recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. Today I have a delicious (and simple!) Apple Snack Cake for you.

Apple Snack Cake

I love when cakes are titled “snack cakes” or “coffee cakes.” To me, that means that they can be consumed for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert. And I’m pretty much always looking for a chance to eat cake for breakfast. ;)

The versatility of this apple cake makes it a great choice if you’re hosting guests this holiday season. It is made in only one bowl, has a fairly small ingredient list, and you can serve it for breakfast or dessert, or leave it out on the counter to snack on all throughout the day. It’s filled with the comforting flavors of apple and cinnamon, with crushed cinnamon graham crackers used in place of flour. The graham crackers lend a great texture, and give a very slight graham cracker flavor to the cake.

Apple Snack Cake

I topped slices of this cake with homemade cinnamon whipped cream. It’s a simple addition that takes this cake over the top. Homemade whipped cream is unbelievably easy – just a few ingredients, one step, and you’re done! Top the slices of cake with whipped cream right before serving. Grab a fork and enjoy!

Apple Snack Cake

Apple Snack Cake
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This simple apple snack cake uses crushed cinnamon graham crackers in place of flour. It's filled with fresh apples and warm spice, and finished with a homemade cinnamon whipped cream.
Recipe type: cake, breakfast
Serves: 12 servings
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 14 cinnamon graham crackers, finely crushed into crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
Cinnamon whipped cream:
  • ⅔ cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl,whisk eggs and vanilla extract. Add sugar and butter and whisk until combined. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and apple, mixing until blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whipped cream:
  1. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat all ingredients on high speed for several minutes until soft peaks form. Serve whipped cream over the top of each slice of cake. Dust with additional cinnamon, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Kraft

Recipe contributed by Allison from Celebrating Sweets

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #46

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Happiness is Homemade

Where there is terrific food! Great ideas! Family fun things to do! AND you don’t have to leave the couch!

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4-Ingredient 4-Minute Corn Pudding

Hi, Mommy on Demand readers! I’m back today to share another seasonal recipe. With just 4 ingredients and about 4 minutes you can whip up this delicious Corn Pudding! It couldn’t be easier, it couldn’t be tastier, and it couldn’t be more perfect for the fall!

4 Ingredient Corn Pudding

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Welcome back to another great weekend at The Weekend Retreat!   I don’t know about you guys but man is it cold outside….or at least it is in Utah.  We are expecting snow, yup you heard that right snow!  So basically we will be staying inside all weekend.   So leave your latest links so I have some recipes to whip up and activities for the kiddos!


Apple Hand Pies from Cooking on the Front Burners |Chewy M&M Cookies from Sarah’s Bake Studio
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Transition into motherhood with the help of Pampers plus GIVEAWAY

“This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

I was so excited when I  got this opportunity to let future new parents know about the Pampers Stool Stool Color Cards and Diaper Rash Infographic.   We will be having our little girl anyday now….like 3 days from now!   Eeekkk!   We are beyond excited and we are ready to start this new adventure together.    Being a new parent or even bringing home another child can be extremly over whelming.   You have lots of questions and wondering if it is normal for this and that to happen.

That’s why im excited about these Pampers Stool Color Cards and Diaper Rash Infographic.  I can easy compare my child to the card and not have to worry about calling my pediatrician for every little worry I have.    Every new parent will be receiving these awesome cards while they are at the hospital with there newborn.


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GUEST BLOGGER: How to wrap presents


We all have them and we all hate to wrap them. Weird objects are the worst to buy. You could just a box to put the dang thing in but that’s a whole extra step and laziness is my key to life! I’ll start off with this fart machine; yes, I bought my nephew a fart gun! It’s odd shape made it a little weird to wrap and it was too small for a big gift bag and too large for a smaller bag.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Now that Fall is here I have pumpkin on the brain!!!!

These are by far the best Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting you will ever have, they are simply amazing!!!

My coworker brought these to work about a year or so ago, and to this day everyone still talks about them.  They are so moist, full of pumpkin flavor and to make them even better the frosting….oh man that frosting absolutely completes them!


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