Friday, October 25, 2013

What's up, buttercup?

The 2013 Denneler Family Letter is in the mail! After last year's pie-crafting marathon, I opted to create a simple little card this time. The words are laser cut, so you can fold them upright to display them.

On the back of the card, is a list of playful rhyming phrases that people use to say: Hello! How are you? and See ya around!

Whatcha know, daddy-o? What's shakin', bacon? What's new, tennis shoe? What's cookin', good-lookin'? What's the plan, Stan? What's the word, hummingbird? What's the story, morning glory? What's the deal, banana peel? Don't be silly, sasparilly. Okeedokee, artichokee. Peachy keen, jellybean. Shut your lip, potato chip. Yes indeedy, pumpkin seedy. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. I'm the boss, applesauce. Chop-chop, lollipop. Nice thinkin', Abe Lincoln. Peace out, cub scout. Take care, teddy bear. Bye-bye, french fry. Better skadoodle, poodle. See you later, alligator. After while, crocodile. See ya soon, baboon.  That's the end, my friend.

By the way, if you happened to get one of these and it came "Postage Due" I'm truly sorry. My brother said his arrived needing an additional 20¢ postage. Which irks me, because I specifically took them to the post office before mailing them to have them weighed and inspected, MAKING SURE they would only need a 46¢ stamp. Oh well. I tried.

Sending smiles through the mail ... Hope you enjoyed them! - Eric, Sandra, Gus and Bea

P.S. In case you're wondering, this is our version of sending Christmas cards. But I do it in the fall, instead of the crazy & hectic month of December. Here are samples from previous years - 2012, 2011, 2010.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yum...... Mums!

My inspiration for these sweet little cookies came from all the colorful mums I've been seeing on everyone's front porches. So bright. So happy. So perfectly fall. Dontcha think?

You won't believe how easy they are to make too. No baking necessary. Assembly only. The hardest part is stopping yourself from eating all of the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. I love those crazy things... yum.

For a complete list of ingredients and my simple tutorial, head over to Handmade Charlotte. (This is my first edible art project for them and I'm super-excited about becoming one of their regular contributors!) 

Stay tuned. There's more food fun to share.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spicy Sweet Potato Pumpkin Bites

Here's a fun, fall recipe that packs a spicy punch. These bite-sized pumpkins are actually made from a sweet potato mixture, rolled in zesty chipotle pepper cracker crumbs. If you prefer, the recipe has an option to make them a little more meaty by adding tuna or crab. Either way, they'd make a perfect, pumpkin-shaped appearance at any fall gathering.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooky Cereal Box Costumes

I'm a child of the 1970's so, I pretty much grew up on sugary cereals. I loved Captain Crunch and Quisp and Cocoa Pebbles. But the Halloween cereals were my absolute favorite. Probably because they only came out once a year. It made them seem even more special.

I've had this idea to make Halloween cereal box costumes for about 10 years, but my kids were always too small and my husband doesn't really like to dress up for Halloween. (Boo.)

However... this year, I was finally able to convince Bea, Gus and our next-door-neighbor-buddy, Jay, to dress up as Franken Berry, Boo Berry and Count Chocula boxes! We're going to go trick-or-treating as a group on Halloween and hopefully hit some Trunk-or-Treat events the next couple of weekends. (For the first time ever, we have our costumes done early. Hooray!)

Ideally, I wanted Eric and I to dress up as the lesser-known Halloween cereals: Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute. But the logistics of steering 3 kids in bulky box costumes, up and down stairs and through the dark streets of our neighborhood, means we better remain costume-less. Not that I wouldn't make an awesome Yummy Mummy mommy! 

I scanned images of the actual cereal boxes and created files of the front, back, sides and top in Photoshop. Then I took the files to my local sign printing company - Signs Now - and they printed them on vinyl and adhered them to plasticore. Then Eric and I cut and taped them into box shapes. I'm going to build some compartments, just inside the hand holes, for the kids to stash their candy treats. That way, they don't have to hold onto any bags.

Happy Halloween everyone. Let the trick-or-treats begin!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Going the Extra Mile

Eric ran the 2013 Prairie Fire Half-Marathon this morning. The weather was ideal and the kids and I cheered him along the way. I've kind of lost track of how many half-marathons he's done now - 5 or 6? - but he finished this one in a time of 1:36:18 and placed 65th out of 1638 runners. 

Pretty damn good. 

I may complain a lot about his long-distance running hobby, but at least it keeps him healthy. Maybe some day I'll get tired of my little 3-mile jogs and join him. 

Nah. Just kiddin'. It'll never happen. I always said, if I were ever going to run a marathon, it would have to be in Hawaii or Aruba. (I bet Aruba's not even big enough to have a marathon. You'd probably just have to run around it 3 times.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Frightful Fruit Kebabs

Here's a slightly healthier* stab at some fun Halloween treats: fruit kebabs. 

* I know. I know. Marshmallows aren't healthy. I snuck that in there. But marshmallows are white. And I needed something white for the ghosts. Yes, bananas are a white fruit. But we all know that bananas don't stay white. (BTW ... This is the kind of internal conversation I have with myself about once a week. Or more.)

Healthiness aside, they are cute. And they are fun. And they are easy to make. For the complete tutorial, hop over to

Have a happy, "healthy" Halloween.

Bottles of Boos

I combined two of my favorite things: puns & cocktails.

To find out how to get those ghostly faces inside the bottles, check out my simple tutorial at She Knows

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Postal Pecha Kucha

I'm doing my 3rd Pecha Kucha presentation on Friday at the Wichita Art Museum's ongoing series: Art Chatter. 

Whattheheck is Pecha Kucha you ask? It's a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each - allowing the speaker 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present their topic.

My topic this time: Crazy Stuff I've Mailed

The cash bar opens at 6:00 p.m. (I'll be there, getting my liquid-courage on.) I believe the "chatter" starts around 6:45. I'm one of six other presenters, so come join us. Admission is free, and it should be a good time.