Friday, November 30, 2012

Rice Krispie Snowman

These Rice Krispie snowmen were fun to make with the boys - thought I would share.

The boys love measuring stuff out so this was a perfect treat to make with them. Mason couldn't believe we were "cooking" marshmellows!

We still have Halloween candy hanging around - I save the taffy stuff for these kinds of family projects. 
I microwaved a Tootsie Roll to soften it and rolled it out to make a hat. I used an orange Starburst for the nose (microwave to soften and roll out). I cut up a Twizzler to make a scarf, and used black licorce rope for the eyes and arms. The buttons are just ready-made frosting squirted on. The snow is cotton candy.

Holiday Cheese Dip

This is a dip my mom used to make when we were growing up. It was a favorite then and I still crave it at family gatherings. The green and red specs make it nice for the holidays. SUPER easy, especially if you are in a pinch and need to quickly whip something together. 

In a bowl mix together a brick of softened cream cheese, 1/4 TEASP of garlic powder, 1/4 TEASP of onion powder, 1/4 TEASP freshly ground black pepper and start with 1/4c of chopped green pimento olives (you can always add but you can't take away). 

All of these ingredients should be adjusted to your taste. I never know the potency of my dried herbs/spices so I start off small.
You can always roll this into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, refrigerate and coat the outside with your favorite nut. 
I have always eaten this with Triscuits but again serve with your favorite cracker. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Caramel Apple Sweet Potato Pancakes

I was experimenting in my kitchen and was thinking this would make a good breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. I usually have leftover canned pumpkin or mashed potatoes (just mash the sweet potatoes so they are on the creamy side - not so much thick and chunky for this recipe). The picture of the apple below shows a Gala apple but I HIGHLY recommend using a Granny Smith apple.

Dry ingreds:
1 1/2 c flour
3 TBLSP sugar
1 teasp baking powder
1/2 teasp each baking soda and salt
Wet ingreds:
1 c buttermilk
1/4c-1/2 c mashed sweet potato (you can also use canned pumpkin)*
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 teasp vanilla
Combine dry and wet ingredients with wisk - just until combined.

*Start with a 1/4c see how your batter looks if its not too thick then add a little more but I wouldn't add more than 1/2c.

You can always use a box pancake mix and just add the pumpkin or mashed sweet potatoes. 

Get your pan nice and hot and warm up some butter on it. Then place your apple circle on top of the bubbly butter for a minute or two.

Pour your batter over the apple slice.

I served this with my favorite caramel ice cream topping and sprinkled with chopped, toasted pecans. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beating the sick-at-home-blues

Mason and Jaxon are at the point of annoying one another because they have been home all week with colds.
I have this long pillow I used when I was pregnant. So I thought we'll make it sled so I can hear laughter instead of bickering.
I asked the boys, "what do we wear to play in the snow on a sled?"
So they got dressed up and hopped on our "sled" and I pulled them down our hallway. I couldn't believe how much they laughed, I wasn't going all that fast. But then they wanted to take turns pulling the sled which was great because it wore them out.
DING! Point for mom.

Giving thanks activity

I thought this scarecrow bowl would be a perfect table topper for November. It's not very sturdy so I didn't want to throw fruit in it.
But then I thought, it will be our "I Am Thankful" bucket. 
Every night before bed we will talk about what we are thankful for every night leading up to Thanksgiving Day. On each entry I wrote down name, date and what they were thankful for. On Thanksgiving day we will read them. I will let you know how it goes!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Space Angry Bird Cake

My oldest turned 6 yesterday and I was a little sad about it. I mean happy he is a growing, healthy boy but a little blue that he is getting so big so quickly.
So I was thrilled when he said, "mom can you make me my Angry Bird birthday cake?"
Of course, love!

Thankfully he had an Angry Bird coloring book and with some wax paper I was able to trace the a picture right from the book.

First I did the black and stuck in the freezer:

Then I filled in the red frosting and stuck it back into the freezer. Took it out and filled in the yellow and so forth.

I had the whole frosted picture in the freezer for about 20 min and I thought it should have stayed in their longer but the kiddos were chomping at the bit for cake. I tried to peel off the wax paper and broke it in a few places. But thankfully no one could tell. 

Brant said he wanted all these layers in his cake: red, white, chocolate, white, chocolate and red. I talked him into just doing red and white layers. He also picked out this blue frosting at the store so I used it as trim. I'm not very good at decorating cakes but Brant was happy about his cake and that's all I cared about. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween tid bits

Thought I would share some of my favorite Halloween 2012 tid bits.

LOVE this spider web bowl - especially when its filled with oranges.

The boys go crazy over painting so they were thrilled to make these sun catchers (which I bought on sale for a buck each).

My mom bought this garden frog in Michigan at a fair and I love it. I thought Miss Froggy would enjoy dressing up and look - she totally pulled off this hat!

I saw this cake on Pinterest and gave it a go. It was easy to make and very festive.

It was a hit with both kiddos and adults. Here is the recipe:

And of course my FAV tid bit is all of my lil tid bits having the time of their lives with their favorite people!!!

Halloween class party

Somehow I ended up being head room mom for Brant's Kindergarten class this year.
Not a big deal just didn't know what I was doing.
But I talked to a few seasoned moms and organized the Halloween party. I sent out a note about a month prior explaining a few things about the party then at the bottom had a "check the box" section. I can volunteer, donate juice boxes, donate treats or donate paper goods. We had a great turnout...drinks, treats - two moms even helped out at the party.
The kids returned from lunch and we sat them down for a few treats. While they we were eating we set up stations. We had a craft station (we made ghost suckers), jack-o-lantern bozo buckets, pass the pumpkin (hot potato) and pin the haunted house onto the ghost (I have a few laminated ghosts that I hang at home. I stuck one ghost onto a poster board and had felt, haunted house stickers for the kids to stick on). Time flew by and everyone had a great time. Phew!