Muffin Tin Monday – Made With Love

This week’s muffin tin was a little different than most we have done lately. It didn’t really have a clear theme, and I didn’t shop for it. We just used what we had around the house. I told Skylar since we were making a few things she loves, and I’m making them because I love her, we would use our heart shaped muffin tin. Just spreadin’ the love over here!
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Top Row: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, Koala Yummies

Middle Row: Corn, Brown rice

Bottom Row: Fish sticks, Ketchup

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Now, ketchup is a new thing for Skylar.  She’s never really liked any sort of dipping sauce before, but she seems to like it with her fish sticks and her smiley fries now.  So, okay then.

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Make sure you check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site to see what the other amazing moms have created for this week!

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I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend, and are ready for the week!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Drawing A House

Did you ever draw a picture of a house when you were a kid?  Of course you did!  If you were anything like me, you probably did the same thing every time: A house in the middle, flower gardens, big sun, clouds, and birds.  So pretty!

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I was thinking about this when planning our muffin tin for this week.  I feel like our tins are sort of like a picture.  So, let’s draw!

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Top Row (Left to Right): Peep Birds, Pirate Booty Clouds, Corn Soup Sun

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Roll-ups, Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwich, Apple Flowers

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Skylar loved it!  She totally understood what I was doing with this one too.  And she ate really well, so bonus!

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The corn soup was so good.  I put a bag of frozen corn in a pot with one box of Trader Joe’s Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.  Simmer for 75 minutes.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

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For the house, I cut the bread by eyeballing it.  Then I gave it a layer of peanut butter, and piped nutella onto it for the door and window.  I used the “cut the tip off of a ziplock baggie” method for that.  So easy, and it really looked like how I used to draw houses!

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We are always so happy doing and eating our muffin tin meals.  If you love them too, make sure you check out the other amazing tins over at Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Happy Monday Everyone!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Telling Time

Tick Tock!  It’s Muffin Tin Time!!

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Or…It’s Time via Muffin Tin!

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Either way, this tin was a big hit in our house this weekend.  Skylar has been working on telling time.  This is a really difficult concept for kids to understand, so we’ve been doing a lot of practicing.  I thought this would be a fun way to, yet again, talk about reading a clock face.  So, here’s the tin:

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The odd numbers were all done out of a slice of american cheese, with my new number cutters (part of a Wilton set of letter and number fondant cutters).  (This could also be a good time to talk about odd and even numbers)  Each even number spot has that number of items. So…

2 Peeps

4 Cheddar Chicken Nuggets

6 Smiley Face Fries

8 Apple Slices

10 Pineapple pieces

12 Jelly Beans

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The hands of the clock were made from dried spaghetti noodles and string cheese pieces.

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I showed this tin to Skylar and asked her what time it was.  Her response was “How am I supposed to know?!”  I started to explain how all the cups are supposed to actually be numbers, and before I finished my sentence, she said “Hold it!” (and put her sassy little “stop” hand up to my face!) “It’s 2 o’clock!”  A success!! (time-telling wise.  Looks like we need a little conversation about manners though!)

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I’m really pleased with this one.  What do you all think?  Wouldn’t you love to have a muffin tin clock?

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Make sure you check out what the other amazing moms have made for their kid’s muffin tin meals this week over a Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.
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Have a great week!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Easter

Happy (belated) Easter Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonder holiday yesterday.  For those of you who do not celebrate Easter, I hope you are having a nice Passover, or I hope you are having a nice Monday.  I think that covers it.

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This week’s theme sort of created itself, as a weekend holiday always does.  It was simple, cute, and loved by the kid.

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Top Row (left to right): Easter Egg, Grapes, Jelly Beans

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Flower, Bunny Face, Yogurt

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The Easter egg is a peeled hard-boiled egg that I used our food safe color markers to decorate.  The cute bunny picks came in a set with some Easter themed muffin cups (dollar store!).  I used said muffin cups to create a mini Easter basket to hold the jelly beans.  I used a strip of paper and a smidge of double-sided tape to complete it.

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The bunny face is probably my favorite part of this tin, because I love the cheeky look on his face.  His eyes and nose are chocolate chips, his mouth is a bit of fruit strip, and his whiskers are dried spaghetti noodles.

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If you want to see the other great tins created this week, go to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Harry Potter

Let me just start with a daily affirmation:  Hi.  My name is Lizz, and I am a Harry Potter Nerd.  I started reading the series just after the third book was published, and was immediately hooked.  Since then, I have attended every midnight book release, and opening day movie premiere.  Even though I am in my (cough) thirties, I still enjoy the stories.  My love of all things Harry Potter has trickled down to my daughter.  She’s still not quite ready to sit and listen to the books, but she has seen the first few movies (I won’t let her watch above #3 yet, since they do start to get a little dark)

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So, in honor of picking up my newly released bluray copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Skylar and I decided that a Harry Potter themed tin was perfect for this weekend.  We did this one for lunch, and kept it pretty light since we were going out for a fancy dinner later.  Here’s what we came up with:

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Top Row (Left to Right): Magic Wands, Cauldron Cake, Pumpkin Juice

Bottom Row: The Golden Snitch, Lightening Bolt Sandwich, Hedwig’s Owl Egg

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We took a little trip to our local asian market and picked up some pocky sticks for the magic wands.  Our cauldron cake is a mystery muffin.  I say that because I don’t actually know what it is.  It’s leftovers from a breakfast at my work.  It looks yummy though.

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The pumpkin juice is milk with orange food coloring.  The snitch was sort of funny.  I thought we had cuties at home, and apparently we only had full-sized oranges.  It was already so large that I didn’t want to add big wings, so I just used my food markers to draw some.  The sandwich was ham, and hand cut into a lightening bolt.  Hedwig’s egg is simply a colored hard-boiled egg.  It even looked lovely and spotted when I took the shell off.

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I wrestled with the idea of buying some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, which are actually sold in some candy and book stores.  I have had them before, and they really do taste disgusting like pepper, earwax, vomit, and boogers.  Eww!  But I thought it would be mean to subject Skylar to that.  I have, however, previously set them out when I’ve had guests over and don’t tell them before they eat some innocent looking jelly beans.  Ha!  You know…it would make for a good April Fool’s prank.  Must remember that for next year.

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If you want to see what other great muffin tin meals were created this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Flower Garden

Some of you that read our little blog here regularly may have noticed a lack of posting lately.  It’s been a crazy busy sort of week, but I promise I will do my best to get back on track.  Because of this crazy busy week, I didn’t (and couldn’t really) come up with a theme for this week’s muffin tin.  We all know that I do much better with a theme, so Skylar and I wracked our brains to come up with something at the 11th hour.  Sometimes these last minute tins turn out to be some of my favorites, and I really like this one:

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Left to Right: Olive flower with an ants-on-a-log stem, Mac and cheese flower with a string cheese stem, Chocolate pudding flower with a pretzel rod stem.

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I love finding an excuse to buy all the cute little accessories I want for muffin tin-ing, and this week I finally bought those cute silicone flower cups.  It was so easy to just fill the cups with something yummy, and find stems.

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Traditionally, ants-on-a-log is made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins.  Skylar asked for them, so I went to the store and got celery.  I realized later that I didn’t have any raisins! Ugh.  Time to improvise!  So, I went with chocolate chips instead.  Plus, that celery I bought provided great leaves for my stems.

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Super easy, super cute tin that got a very quick approval squeal from Skylar.

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If you want to see some of the other great tin made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week!

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Lizz

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Muffin Tin Monday – Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Here in the Chicagoland area, we’ve been getting quite a bit of rain lately.  Not so much that it’s overwhelming or anything, but the perfect amount for bringing all the plants back to green.  it seemed like a good muffin tin theme, so we went with it!

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Top Row (Left to Right): Clouds, Umbrella, Purple Rain

Bottom Row: Puddle, Umbrella’s Stick, Mud and Worms

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You know when something looks great in your head, but it doesn’t exactly work in real life?  That’s how the umbrella part of this tin was for me.  No matter what I did, it looked a little wonky.  Skylar thought it was great, so I fought against my perfectionist issues, and I just went with it.  I’m sure you all have good imaginations! (incase you’re wondering, it’s a peanut butter sandwich, fruit leather polka dots, and a (wince) string cheese handle)

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The rest of the tin was pretty simple.  I used blue jell-o for the puddle and pirate booty for the clouds.  The dirt cup is something I LOVE making with little kids.  It looks totally gross, but it’s actually really tasty.  First, put chocolate pudding in the cup.  Then top with crushed oreos (the kids love smashing them up too!).  Stick a few gummy worms, and voila!

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The last thing in the tin has had me giggling to myself all day.  Purple Rain!  Like, by Prince!!  I hope you all got that reference earlier.  In real life, it’s actually chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  We found them at Trader Joe’s.  They are yummy!

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And as a final treat for those of you that either don’t get my Prince reference, or now are trying to remember how it goes…enjoy…

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(This may not be my favorite Prince song, but I love throwing in a Prince reference whenever I can.  Feel free to peruse for additional videos!)

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Happy Monday!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – April Fools!

April Fools Day is coming up this Friday, so we thought we should do a muffin tin meal in celebration.  We figured that doing it a little early might help you all have a little fun with your families on the big day.  Here’s what we made:

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Top Row (left to right): “Hot Dog”, “Juice”, “Ice Cream Cone”

Bottom Row: “Shoestring Fries”, “Carrots and Peas”, “Sushi”

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You may have guessed that everything in the tin is not what it appears to be.  Here’s the actual food:

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The “Hot Dog” is actually a banana dog.  This is a favorite in our house.  It may not be the trickiest item in our tin, but we love the idea of it.  It’s simply a banana in a hot dog bun topped with peanut butter and jelly.  Yum!

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The “Shoestring Fries” are really just pieces of an apple that I julienned in my mandolin.

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The “Juice” is really jello.  We mixed up jello the regular way, but poured it into a glass with a straw before putting it in the fridge.

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The “Carrots and Peas” were really fun.  It’s actually candy!  Green runts, and a few orange starbursts (each cut into 4 pieces).

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The “Ice Cream Cone” is actually…wait for it…mashed potatoes!!

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The “Sushi” turned out great, and was probably my favorite part.  It is make completely out of dessert items.  I took a few pictures of the process:

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First, cut a few circles and ovals out of a slice of pound cake:

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For the round sushi, cut a piece of dark fruit leather (I used grape), and wrap it around the outside.  Use a dab of white frosting to keep it in place.

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Then spread a little of that white frosting onto the top of the cake, and dip it in coconut shavings.  I used a little bit of orange sugar to top it off.

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For the oval shaped sashimi, I covered the top and sides of the cake with frosting, and again dippped it in coconut shavings.  A swedish fish and another fruit leather strip will finish that one off.

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For the ginger, I put a pink starburst in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  Then I flattened it out and piled it up.

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The wasabi was supposed to be done in a similar fashion to the ginger, but I didn’t realize there were no green starburst in the pack I bought (Do they even exist??).  So instead, I slightly warmed 2 pieces of green candy melt in the microwave, and mushed it into a little pile.  All together, it looked like this:

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We had so much fun making this tin, and Skylar especially had fun eating it!

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I hope today’s tin gave you a bit of a laugh to start off the week!  If you want to see some of the other tins that were created, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week, and watch out for trickery!

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Lizz

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I will be submitting this tin (specifically the sushi) to a few link-up parties:

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Muffin Tin Monday – First Day of Spring!

Skylar has been talking about Spring for the last few weeks now.  She just couldn’t wait for it to officially be Spring.  I have been waiting for it to not be winter anymore.  So with yesterday being the official first day of Spring, complete with rainstorms, it seemed appropriate to do a spring muffin tin meal.

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Before I show you the tin, I wanted to show you the gift I bought myself:

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Food Markers!!  I’ve been wanting these for a while, and since this tin required a lot of little details, I figured it was the perfect time to treat myself.  (If you are jumping out of your seat, wanting a set for yourself, I got mine at Michael’s, and I’m sure you can get them anywhere that sells cake decorating stuff)

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On to the cuteness…

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Top Row (left to right): Babybel Ladybug, Egg Flower w/ Apple Leaf, Bees and Honey Combs

Bottom Row: Ramen Noodle Nest, Chick Cheese Sandwich, Broccoli Trees

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I thought I would give you a few upclose pictures to show you what I did.

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For this lovely ladybug, I used babybel cheese and cut sections out of the wax.  I used the negative to create the little bowtie, and used my new food safe markers (squee!!) to draw the black dots.

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I have made these egg flowers before. (If you want to see how to make them, click here for my egg mold tutorial) I made this mistake this time of using large eggs instead of extra large, so they don’t have as much definition as I would have liked.  They still look lovely, and were one of the first thing Skylar ate.

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We love Ramen around here, and it made for a perfect nest.  I found some adorable egg picks during my Michael’s trip to use here.

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The cheese sandwich was pretty easy.   I used cookie cutters for the bread and cheese, and I used my food markers to make the details on the chick’s face.

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I thought the bees came out really cute.  I took a few picture of how I made them.  You will need some yellow candy melt, pretzel rod broken into smaller pieces, almond slices, and black food markers or decorating gel.  First, melt the candy according to the package directions.

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I used a pair of kitchen scissors to round off the edges of the broken pretzel.  Drop it into the melted candy and cover it completely.  Set it on a piece of wax paper to cool.  If there is a lot of excess candy, move the pretzel over after it’s done dripping.  Once the candy cools a bit but before it hardens completely, you can stick the almond slices in to look like wings.

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Once completely cooled and hardened, use a black food safe marker, or black decorating gel to add the lines and eyes.

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If you want to see the other muffin tin meals that were created for this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Happy Spring Everyone!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – St Patty’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week, and being part Irish and all, this week’s theme just felt pretty natural.  We had a lot of fun with this one…

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Top Row (left to right):  Chocolate Gold Coins, Fruit by the Foot Rainbow, Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae

Bottom Row: Steamed Carrots, Corned Beef Sandwich (open faced), Roasted Dill Red Potatoes

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This dinner tin was a little unusual in that after we took pictures, it was deconstructed a bit.  I put the ice cream back into the freezer for later (thus the reason it’s in a separate bowl), and I only let her have 1 gold coin.  This tin was a little heavy on the sweets, but I just couldn’t help creating some really fun St Patty’s day treats!

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The Leprechaun Ice Cream Sundae was really fun to make.  I found it over at Sun Scholars, and squealed at it’s utter cuteness.  I only made a few very minor adjustments.  I will be posting a tutorial for this tomorrow, but if you can’t wait to see how it’s done, please check out Sun Scholars *Here*.

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I found rainbow colored mini (half-sized) Fruit Roll Ups at the grocery store, and I thought they were perfect for this tin to create an interesting rainbow.

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I tried to create a traditional Irish dinner for Skylar.  My suggestions of corned beef and cabbage was quickly shot down, but the idea of a sandwich was accepted.  Good enough for me!  (little does she know that’s exactly what she’s getting on Thursday!)  The potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes to make.  I will be posting that tutorial later in the week, so be sure to check back!

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Hope you all have a great week!

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Lizz