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Chocolate Doughnuts December 28, 2011

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Guess what I got for Christmas?  Yes, a doughnut pan!  We decided to give it a test run today!  They turned out pretty good, although Will decided he couldn’t eat his because he just wanted sprinkles — no chocolate (silly boy!). 

We used the recipe that came with the pan. 

Doughnut Recipe

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs (beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon shortening, melted

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly spray the doughnut pan with cooking oil.      

(Makes approximately 18 doughnuts — I halved the recipe this time)

In bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.



Add shortening, eggs, milk and vanilla.  Last, add the nutmeg and cinnamon.

Beat until well blended.


 Fill each doughnut hole 2/3 full.  Bake 8 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.  Cool and remove from pan.

 This time we just frosted them with chocolate frosting (from a can) and of course added sprinkles!

Next time we may try a glaze. 




Reindeer Noses December 27, 2011

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I found this idea on Pintrest, which originally came from “A Personal Touch” by Zoe Robson.  I thought it was so cute that I shared it with a couple of my friends, and we actually made 100 of them to give as school and daycare Christmas treats.  It was a lot of work to make 100, but I think the kids enjoyed them!



Here’s how I made the tag. 

My Cricut was my best friend and I’m surprised it wasn’t smokin’ after cutting all the pieces.  I used the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge “Art Philosophy” to cut all the pieces. 



I cute this shape out of light brown cardstock and cut them in half.  I cut the shape at 2 3/4 inches.



Then I cut the layer piece of the same shape out of red cardstock at 2 3/4 inches and cut them in half.  I then used adhesive to glue the red piece to the brown piece. 



On the tag, I stamped the words “Reindeer Noses” in CTMH Cranberry ink and the snowflakes in CTMH Bamboo ink.



Here’s where the assembly line took shape.  Bobbie stamped the snowflakes, I stamped the words and Amanda did the following step.



Next, I cut three different sizes of circles.  The outside brown was cut at 1 1/2 inches; the red circle was cut at 1 1/4 inches; and I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut the inside brown circle.  I found this adorable reindeer stamp at Michael’s for only $1!  I stamped part of the reindeer on each 1-inch circle using CTMH Chocolate ink and used red Stickles to make the nose glitter.  I used adhesive to glue each circle on top of the other. 



Lastly, we filled the treat bags.  We used 8 Whoppers and 1 Cherry Sour Ball in each bag.  I found the Cherry Sour Balls at Menards of all places (thanks Aunt Nancy for the idea).  I believe the original directions called for a red gumball.  Once  all the bags were full we stapled the tag to the bag. 



Pic-Bit! December 23, 2011

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Pic-bit! December 16, 2011

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stART ~ The Rain Train December 11, 2011

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I guess this is a busy time of year.  We did this stART project a while ago and I’m just getting it posted now.  We didn’t even get to do a stART project this past week.  We’ll get back on track, I’m sure.  If you know my boy there is one thing he LOVES and that is hands down TRAINS.  For this stART activity, I picked out a train book and project. 



The book I found at the library was called “The Rain Train” by Elena de Roo.  This is a very rhythmic, sing-song book.  If you ever need to teach a lesson about onomatopoeia – this is your book!  It is full of so many sound words such as pitter-pat, pitter-pat, pittery-pat-pat, ca-shish, and shhhhhh.  It follows a train chugging through the night in the rain.  The kids visit all different kinds of cars such as the passenger car, dining car and sleeper car. 


I got our project idea from Little Page Turners. (She has so many great ideas – check out her blog) We made a shape train together.  Anytime Will gets to use a glue stick, he’s a happy guy!  I pre-cut the shapes and Will glued them into place using the blog example.  Last, we added our own touch to the project and glued stretched out cotton balls to make the steam coming from the train.  It was a great lesson in learning the shapes and following directions. 




For more stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventures!



Pic-bit! December 9, 2011

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Red Velvet Cake Balls December 7, 2011

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I first tried this recipe last Christmas.  They seemed to be a big hit, so I wanted to give them another try this year.  We did some tweaking to the process to make them much easier to make.  Hope you will enjoy this recipe.



Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 Red Velvet Cake Mix

1 can Cream Cheese Frosting

White and Chocolate Almond Bark or Candi Quik

Sprinkles or other things to jazz them up

(Makes approximately 60 cake balls)



Bake the Red Velvet cake as instructed on the box.  After the cake has cooled, break/crumble it apart into a bowl.  Mix it together with the whole can of cream cheese frosting. 



This is what it will look like.



Using either your hands or a small cookie scoop, form your cake balls.  My mother-in-law came up with the genius idea of inserting a toothpick into each ball for easier dipping (this was a great change!).  I placed the cake balls into a cake pan lined with parchment paper so I could freeze them.  I did this first step one day, and the dipping a couple of days later.    Place the cake balls into the freeze so that they will chill for easier dipping.



The next genius idea came from my husband (this must run in the family).  He suggested to melt the almond bark in the microwave and then place it into a mini crock pot so keep it melted.  This was another great addition to the process.  Dip each frozen cake ball into white or chocolate almond bark, covering the whole thing.  Place them on waxed paper and to harden (remove the toothpick).  About half of the batch I sprinkled with Christmas-colored sprinkles after I placed them on the waxed paper.  The other half of the batch, I drizzled with the opposite color of almond bark . 



Ta-da!  Church women’s Christmas potluck and work cookie exchange here we come!



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