Monday, September 5, 2016

DIY Last Name Stalking Holder - Foster Christmas Hanger

These Black Blocks I had laying around from my Wedding - They say Happy Halloween on the front so I flipped them on the all black side and started painting over them. Hot Glued each block and painted it.  I left the black rim alone, gave it more class! Easy! Enjoy!

Materials needed:
Hot Glue Gun
Green Paint
Red Paint
White Paint
White Glitter
Elmer's Glue
Metal Hangers
I bought all of this stuff from Hobby Lobby.



FINISHED RESULTS!! Looks like I bought it!
I just Love Christmas!

Gift Box Treats - Goodie Box Part 2 of 2

Making Cork Coasters:
Corks (you can get a huge bag full from any Specs, just ask the cashier)
Glue Sticks
Hot Glue Gun
For the Pet Owners:
Milk Bones
Quick & Easy Sugar Cookies:
Sugar Cookie Mix - Costco
Green Food Dye
Candy Canes 

 Once you have the tools and material for assembling, these coasters are a cinch! Its just hot gluing.
4 coasters for each set and we are almost done with this gift box!
Note: You can get a Huge Bag of Corks from any Specs Store. Just Ask the Cashier!

Make sure by testing a wine glass on top of the finished coaster that you made. It needs to sit completely flat. Sometimes while gluing you think it flat but really you did a half fast job bc lets face it its prolly 1:30 am and you just want to finish it and go to sleep. So make sure its flat people!
Quick & Easy Sugar Cookies:
Sugar Cookie Mix - Costco
Green Food Dye
Candy Canes 
I pretty much followed directions on the box and mixed it with green food dye. After the cookies came out of the oven I put the crushed candy canes on top of them! Easy!
For the Pet Owners:
Milk Bones
So finally what you have all been waiting for that took 2 posts to do! Here is what the inside of the gift box looks like!
 Dog Treats for people who have furbaby's, with the pretzels & coasters you made all wrapped in pretty gold ribbon. These were an absolute HIT! Everyone loved  them. I am making these every year! Of course change it up a bit. It makes gift giving easier, plus how many Christmas ties do you have to keep giving before you waste your money. When they open these gifts and see these goodies their faces light up.
Thank you for reading and please share!! Stay Tuned for my next blog post: See how I decorated my Christmas Tree!
Vanessa Robles Foster

Gift Box Treats - Goodie Box Part 1 of 2

Halloween and Christmas are my most favorite holidays of the year! The best time for me to become creative. Here I decided to give out Treat Gift Boxes to my Family & Friends.
(( I split this Blog Post into 2 parts so please view the next post. ))
What You will Need for Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Bark:
Gift Box 
XL Chocolate Bars(Dark, Milk Chocolate w/Almonds)
M&M's - Christmas Colors
Carmel Candy - Kroger
Sprinkles - Christmas Variety Pack
Candy Canes - Green white & Red/ Red & White
Condensed Milk - Small Cans
Mason Jars - 12 Pack - Bought at Kroger
Big Pretzels - Kroger
Wax Paper - For pretzels to dry
Aluminum Pan - For Bark to cool down
Zip Lock Bags - To Break Candy Canes in
For the Pet Owners:
Milk Bones
Making Cork Coasters:
Corks (you can get a huge bag full from any Specs, just ask the cashier)
Glue Sticks
Hot Glue Gun
Quick & Easy Sugar Cookies:
Sugar Cookie Mix - Costco
Green Food Dye
Candy Canes
And a glass of wine because you will need to have a lot of patience making all of this!!
NOTE: Now because these long pretzel sticks are extra long you will need to break them to fit into the mason jars prior. Please measure each stick before you cover it with chocolate - always stick the broken stick first into the chocolate so that that end does not face out. Remember you will use all those broken remains for the bark so don't throw them away! 
Making these pretzels are easy! Just mix chocolate with condensed milk until smooth then start dipping then sprinkle all the goodies you have. Remember this is where you use: Sprinkles, Candy Canes, Caramel or whatever you decide to use.
Be sure to lay wax paper down so these will be easy to peel off once they have cooled dry! You will need to do this 1 to 2 days prior on gift giving because after about 5 to 6 days these become stall.

 The caramel I just took it out of the wrappers put a little of condensed milk in it and mixed it while it was hot and smooth then grabbed a spoon and started drizzling.
 On the Christmas Bark below I used all the remains from the broken pretzels. I laid it on the aluminum pan and layered it with the hot milk chocolate, broken candy canes, m&m's, and then lastly the caramel. I put it in the fridge for an hour to cool. Once cooled break apart and then put inside of the mason jars!


Please view next post for finished results and the cork coaster tutorial.
Vanessa Robles Foster

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Christmas Tree From Hell - What To Do When The Lights Burn Out

I've used this 9ft pre lit tree for 5 years with no problems...until the unthinkable happens. I pull it out of storage, brush it all out, and then plug it in. FU*K!!!!!! The lights burned out. No biggie right? WRONG!! I bought it with lights! Which means I have to literally cut out each and every light bulb. My husband says "no don't waste your time, just wrap new lights over the additional burned out lights". I'm a perfectionist, my Tree is my canvas and I take pride on decorating it each year. So what did I do?   
I cut out each and every damn light that the eye could see. Be warned  you will cuss, you will have scratches all over my forearms, and hands. Your best friend will be a head light because lets face it, even if you think you have 20/20 vision you will miss tons of lights.  

 It took me 6 total hours cutting out 1,000 lights from this pre lite tree. I will never ever buy another tree with lights sewn into it.  Don't be fooled  by the smile on my face in this pic. When you're Bestie from out of state asks you what you are doing you give them a selfie with a smile!

Cutting lights can be very tedious but if you have the patients like me you will be fine. Just remembering the pile of lights being cut out brings back memories.
I ended up using 5 box of these lights - It was $2 each!
Here I am testing the new lights before I wrap them back into the tree from Hell. Always have the Christmas lights on so you can have a better direction of placement when wrapping your tree.
Tada!!! Here the tree is finally Lit again as if nothing ever happened!
Thank you for viewing this blog! Please read my next blog to see how I ended up decorating it!
You guys rock! Please continue to share my posts!
-Vanessa Robles Foster

Monday, June 13, 2016

Moorhead's Blueberry Picking Farm - Conroe TX

If you love healthy foods what best way to get in the healthy spirit then to pick your very own blueberries!
  Me and my husband went Blueberry picking for the first time Sunday afternoon in the pouring rain and it was WONDERFUL! We were soaked but it made it more fun.
There was a good amount of people but the acreage was huge (20 acres). You barely saw anyone around you picking near you because there is so much to choose from. They have a lot of color coded sections to follow that the farmer will instruct which is the best for picking so that the pickers do not feel stressed.
 If you go I recommend not wearing flip-flops, I made the mistake of doing the rain, you think I would learn considering the rain we have been getting in Texas. Told hubs its just a baby storm that will pass! Nope.. so I went county girl and walked barefooted to prevent me from slipping, it was fine the whole time I did not come across any rocks or stickers.
    But if I have any advise, it would be to wear old shoes because blueberries do fall on the floor and bleed. Also recommend Wearing clothes you don't care to get dirty in.  You have to pick high or low and regardless you will go through blueberries to get to the ones you want thus it will get on your clothes. 
The Blueberry season will last up to mid July so if you have never been you need to go!
Moorehead Blueberry Farm is only Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: Open daylight hours (6:15am-8:30pm)
 This place is children friendly, they have refreshments to purchase and a Snow Cone Station with bathrooms all over the farm.
Do Note: When on your way to the farm we thought we went the wrong way because you do have to cross through a Stabilized Sand/Construction/Trucking Yard. So please be careful of the Big Trucks and follow the arrows that Moorhead Blueberry farm provides. 
Blueberries are $2.50 per pound  
They have a sign that says "We grow them you pick them!"

Great experience for adults and fun for kids of all ages, if you have children getting out of school for the summer its a great activity for them!
Address to Moorhead's Blueberry Farm: 19531 Moorhead Road
Conroe, TX 77302


With available parking in front of the Blueberry Farm and only allow CASH

 All pictures taken by me. I hope my experience will get you motivated to pick your own berries instead of buy them at the supermarket. How fun to say I picked these my self from a farm! I think I will start doing this every year as a tradition! Great to support the local farmers.
Thank you for reading this post! Have a wonderful and Happy Monday!
-Vanessa Robles Foster

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rainbow Cake in Mini Mason Jars

I could sit here and go into detail how I love everything about rainbows and colors. Lets just get to how I did it and what you will need to make these at home yourself!! Your Welcome!

Rainbow in a Jar (Mini Mason Jars)

Ingredients & Material:

                   * 2 Boxes of any white cake mix according to Package Instructions:
                        (3 large Eggs, Vegetable Oil, Water..etc)

                    *Neon Food Coloring: Purple, Pink, Green, Yellow, Orange
                    * 12 mini Mason Jars

                   * 5 bowls ( to separate cake batter to put individual food coloring)

                    * 4 inch baking pan to put jars in (you fill it half an inch of water to put cake filled
                       jars in so that it doesn't burn or bust in oven).

                    * Non Stick Baking Spray (Spray inside Jars)

                    * Ziploc Bags (To put frosting and color batter in)

                    * Scissors (To cut Ziploc bags tips)

                    * 2 Frosting (used Cream Cheese Flavor)

                   * Rainbow Sprinkles
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees, Spray inside of each jar with Non stick Spray before putting colored cake batters in.
 Add half an inch of water into pan to prevent jars from burning or breaking.

Once bowls have been divided with the colors of your choosing, scoop into plastic Ziploc bags then when ready cut the ends to squeeze out batter into each jar. (Do it away from the jars, I made the mistake of cutting them and it flying into the water between the jars) LoL


Once colors have been squeezed into jars it will look like this!
Cooking time is 42 minutes!
Once baked add frosting into Ziploc bag per directions of cake batter and squeeze onto cooked cake jar then add sprinkles!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Ross Palmer Art Studio Gallery - Downtown Heights - HTX

My friend Mary had a birthday yesterday at Abstract Artist  - John Ross Palmer Studio in the Heights of Houston. He has such fabulous painting parties with hors d'oeuvre, wine, entertainment and music. He is a fantastic host, very funny and kind! Never a dull moment!

The energy he shares is contagious and enjoying! Anyone who needs a girls night or birthday celebration needs to join John for an art extravaganza!
In his art gallery next door to his studio he shares all Artwork of Artist in his internship ( I hope to join his team next year!)
Here is our experience through pictures!


John Ross Palmer -

Address: 1218 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Hope you have been inspired! Happy Painting :)
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Buffalo Bayou Park - Houston, Texas

Loving this spring weather in Texas, The city that has all seasons in one day! But, in this particular case clear skies all day!
 If you live in Houston and haven't walked the trails of Buffalo Bayou Park you better put your walking shoes on! Such a great place to read a book, kayak, feed the ducks, skate at the skate park, walk with family, have a play date with your dog at the dog park or just to get out to enjoy the weather!!
Here are some pictures I captured to motivate you to leave the cave!


Have a wonderful day! Hope you enjoyed this post! Location of Buffalo Bayou Park is:
Buffalo Bayou Park, 1800 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019, USA

-Vanessa Robles Foster