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Saturday, October 29, 2011
1) Devil's Food Creme Filled Cookies for the spider body,
2) Black Licorice for the 8 legs (I cut the length of each into thirds),
3) Candy (red skittles were used on this cookie) for Eyes held on with
4) Chocolate Frosting.
Sometimes, I had trouble getting the legs in. So, I just slid a knife in the middle of the sandwiched cookies, wedged the cookies apart and inserted the licorice. The first cookie I tried to wedge apart with my fingers just broke into pieces. :(
So easy! And, very yummy! Now....go eat some spiders! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Friday, October 7, 2011
1 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. cornstarch
1 c. flour
Cream butter. Add sugar and cornstarch. Stir in flour. Roll into small teaspoon size ball, then slightly flatten on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar
Combine cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until thoroughly blended.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
1 (.1 oz) Kool-aid powdered soft drink mix - unsweetened, any flavor (I used black cherry)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip whipped topping
1 frozen Deep Dish 9" Pie Crust (bake empty crust according to package directions), OR you could also use a Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Make sure the pre-baked crust is completely cooled (refrigerate for at least 15 minutes). Mix together the Kool-aid and sweetened condensed milk. Add Cool Whip and stir together completely. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
My kids absolutely loved this and the fact that it is made with Kool-aid made it even better! Such a quick and VERY easy option for dessert! Enjoy!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Glazed Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Serves 7! Served our family of six and made a leftover plate for my husbands lunch at work the next day! Perfect!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"A growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional and physical well-being.
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections.
Now, researchers are finding that gratitude brings similar benefits in children and adolescents. Kids who feel and act grateful tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don't, studies show.
"A lot of these findings are things we learned in kindergarten or our grandmothers told us, but we now have scientific evidence to prove them," says Jeffrey J. Froh, an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., who has conducted much of the research with children.
"For older children and adults, one simple way to cultivate gratitude is to literally count your blessings."
Things that make me happy, in no particular order:
- My husband
- My 4 children
- My parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins (you get the picture)
- My friends
- A beautiful blue sky and puffy white clouds
- Cuddling a baby
- A clean house
- My Silhouette
- Good music
- Eating out
- Being in love
- Having an eternal perspective
- Getting my hair done
- My marriage
- Reading a good book
- Good quotes
- Getting real mail or email
- Having a good laugh
- A grilled steak (made by my husband of course!)...melts in your mouth
- Fresh flowers
- A glazed donut
- Symphony candy bar with toffee
- My iPhone
Monday, March 21, 2011
1 Cup water (ICE COLD)
1 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Have vegetables and meat prepared ahead of time (see suggestions below) and make the batter right before using.
Beat the egg and mix with the ice water. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and baking powder. In a bowl combine the two mixtures together gently. Batter will be lumpy. DO NOT OVER MIX (the batter will be doughy and not crisp)! Keep the batter cool with one or two ice cubes in the batter. Dip the meat and vegetables into the batter and deep fry at 360 degrees until golden about 3-4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
Suggested Vegetables and meat:
shrimp (I use the precooked frozen kind, just thaw by running under cold water for a few minutes)
sweet potatoes peeled and slice 1/4" thick and cut into half circles
1 Cup Soy sauce
1/2 Cup water
1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
4 teaspoons white sugar
Heat all Dipping sauce ingredients in a pan until the sugar is dissolved.
Oh, and if you want to make it even easier, you can also buy tempura batter mix in the store instead of making it from scratch, but I think this is just as easy! I used the mix the first time I made it. Enjoy!!!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Linking up to:
Friday, March 18, 2011
You can find directions for the bunny cake here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easter-bunny-cake/b8af0f55-67d5-4fb0-aaec-ab11ff5df7e3
I have this double ended watermelon melon baller and absolutely love it for making anything scoop-able the right size for little mouths. Have you ever watched a toddler try to cut apart a large scoop of ice cream with their spoon...they have to really work at it!!!
WHAT DO YOU USE TO MAKE TODDLER MEALTIME EASIER??
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Our St. Patrick's day breakfast. After my daughter took her first bite: "The green doesn't make it taste different!!!!" The kids thought it was so cool!
I put about 6 drops of dye and 1/4 cup milk in with 9 eggs for the 5 of us and mixed them up and scrambled them. I put about 4 drops of green dye in 1/4 milk and brushed it on 4 pieces of bread and then stuck them in the toaster (my younger girls only eat half). For the milk each cup got a couple drops of the green dye as well!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Turkey and Green Bean mini pot pies
Dice up some turkey; add an equal amount of green bean casserole to that. If it looks a little dry add some turkey stock. I mixed it up so that it looked like I had about 2 cups. I grabbed my Betty Crocker cookbook and made a pie crust. I used the recipe for the double crust pie. After rolling the dough out thin, I cut out 6 circles measuring 4 1/2" diameters each and pressed them into my muffin tin...I added about 1/4 cup of the turkey/bean mixture to each, and then cut out 3" diameter circles to go over the tops. Cut a slit in the top of each one for them to vent and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until golden. Oh, that leftover pie crust can be dusted with some cinnamon and sugar and eaten for dessert! All in all, I think my kids loved this meal....even my picky eater who said she would only eat the crust ended up eating all of it anyways!
Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches
We have also used our Thanksgiving leftovers to make some awesome sandwiches. Use a leftover roll, put a slice of turkey in, top it with lots of stuffing, a little bit of green bean casserole, and spread some cranberries on the top half of the roll....Yummy! We all thought this was just wonderful! You definitely have to give it a try!
Monday, October 25, 2010
This is a staple in our home and we love cooking together! My one year old really got in on the action yesterday with me and helped squish, mix and pour all the ingredients to make this mouth watering meal! Try it...you'll LOVE it, we sure do!
2 lbs. ground beef
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. water
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 C. barbecue sauce ( I prefer the "KC Masterpiece" brand)
3 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 can chunk pineapple (including juice)
Mix first 4 ingredients. Form into balls. I use a medium sized cookie scoop. Brown in skillet. Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Add sauce ingredients and bake another 30 minutes.
Serve over rice. I usually bring 4 cups of water to a boil and 2 cups of rice, turn to the lowest setting and let simmer for 15 minutes. When you check it after 15 minutes, there will be little dips in the rice and when you tip it over on it's side no liquid should be left...if there is still liquid do it for a minute longer until all the liquid is gone. ENJOY!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My daughter checked out the book "Play with your Food" by Joost Elffers from her school library. We're having lots of fun with it! Turning an orange into a cat was an exciting thing for a cat lover, that's for sure!
Put a navel orange on its side, stem part facing you. See anything yet? What do the folds suggest? Carve ovals and insert beans--voila, two eyes. Cut ears from the sides of the orange and pull them forward. Now you have it--a cat's face of amazing and endearing character. But that's only the beginning. Learn to make artichoke-leaf aphids, bok choy buffalos, okra grasshoppers, green-pepper camels, and pear mice--just a few of the 75 ingenious projects.
My daughter did not want to return this book to her school library!