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Rolled Pickles January 31, 2012

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So whenever I’m asked to bring an appetizer to share, I am “expected” to bring the rolled pickles.  I made this last weekend when we had friends and family over for our baby’s reveal cake party.  I made two jars of pickles this time and there wasn’t a single crumb left on the platter!  I was also asked (told) if I was going to make them for the Super Bowl this coming weekend again.  OF COURSE! 


You will need:

Whole Dill Pickles (2 jars)

Whipped Cream Cheese (1 tub)

Dried Beef (1/2 lb)

There are several methods you can use to make these pickles.  When I first started making these I spread the cream cheese on the pickle and then rolled it in the dried beef.  After a while a friend told me she spread the cream cheese on the dried beef and then rolled the pickle (genius!).  Well, for this batch of pickles I had to go back to my old method of spreading the cream cheese on the pickle, because the dried beef from the deli was too thin and shredded to be able to spread anything on it. 


Before spreading the cream cheese on either the pickle or meat, I dried the pickle with a paper towel and cut each end off the pickle.



Roll it up all nice and neat.  Sometimes you have to piece it together and perform a little surgery.  Last, cut the pickle into slices and place them on a tray. 



Oh, and by the way check out our reveal cake to find out whether we are having a boy or a girl this time around!




stART ~ Sadie and the Snowman January 29, 2012

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The snow has finally hit South Dakota (to stay I’m afraid) so it finally doesn’t feel so weird to be reading all those winter books.  This week we used one of our favorite winter books, “Sadie and the Snowman” by Allan Morgan.  If you haven’t read this book, it is a must!

This book is about a little girl named, Sadie, who spends the whole winter building and rebuilding snowmen.  As the winter goes on the snowman gets smaller and smaller (as do the supplies she uses to make the eyes, nose and mouth).  With each snowman the birds eat the eyes, the squirrel eats the noses and the raccoon eats the mouths.  At the end of winter Sadie does something special to save her snowman for next winter.  Read the book to find out!

For our project we of course made a snowman!

This was another Pintrest  idea.  It was a quick and easy project with so many good skills for the preschooler. 

Will had his first lesson in lacing.  I used a hole punch to make the holes around a small, white paper plate.  I taped the end of a piece of white yarn to the back of the plate and then also rolled tape around the opposite end so it wouldn’t ravel during the lacing.  It took a little while, but Will got the hang of it with some help.

Next, we used wiggly eyes, orange construction paper and chocolate chips to make the snowman’s face.  Will was so excited to put the chocolate chips on (and snitch quite a few for himself). 

Here is the finished product!  It turned out pretty cute.  Will gave his snowman project to his Great-Grandma T. for her 98th birthday.  He didn’t pose too long for the picture (playing with cousins to do), but he did present it to her with a hug!  (BTW ~ Saturday is jammie day at our house for as long as possible)


Pic-bit! January 27, 2012

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Pic-bit! January 20, 2012

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Growing Up so FAST January 16, 2012

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Every Martian Luther King Jr. Day since these Three Musketeers were born, we have gotten together for a playdate.  Today was our 4th annual meeting.  Will met his buddies, Kjersten and Zoe, at Sanford’s New Baby and Me class shortly after they were all born in March 2008.  We continued to meet Thursday afternoons through that first summer.  It has been fun to watch all these first-born kids grow, and nice for their moms to have each other to learn from, too!  As you can see Will has always seemed to be a baby giant next to these two sweet girls – ha! 


I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane today.

Everyone now on the move about 10 months old at our First Annual Playdate in 2009!


Nearly entering the twos I think they all wondered why their moms made them squish together in this chair.  They had a ball this year playing with snow inside on the rug — 2010!


Now almost 3 they were busy, busy playing and learning to share – 2011!


And today’s playdate — 2012!  It was so fun to watch them play games together and work to build this Lego creation with the train on top (for Will of course).  We sadly missed Zoe this year, but maybe we can reschedule another day so she and her mom can join us. 


Time sure flies by so quickly.  It seems like yesterday we were holding them close at baby class and now they are gaining more and more independence.  It is fun to have special friends (for the kids and the mommies)! 



DVD Organization January 15, 2012

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Over the last three years Will has developed quite the collection of DVDs.  As you can see from the “before” picture his collections has outgrown the basket.  My inspiration for this project came from Jen at iheartorganizing.  I can’t believe the difference between the before and after!  I have opened up a lot of space and relieved a bunch of clutter!





DVD cases are big and bulky for the small contents they hold.  Since we don’t have cable at our house DVDs and Netflix keep us and our three-year-old entertained when nothing is on.  I was looking for a way to consolidate the small contents without the bulk and clutter.  The hardest part was finding the cube organizer with the clear sleeves.  After searching many stores, I had a lucky find at ShopKo one day.  It was the only one left — on clearance — even better!





irst, I spread out all Will’s DVDs on the table and organized them by character (Bob the Builder, Barney, Thomas, etc.).  My goal was to fit all of those into that cube-shaped container at the corner of the table. 





Each sleeve holds two DVDs — one in the front and one in the back.





sleeve is numbered and has a space where you can write in the DVD title.  You could make a corresponding list of the numbered DVDs you could reference.  I haven’t done the numbered list yet.  I figured if I put them somewhat in alphabetical order, it shouldn’t be a problem to find the movie we were looking for.





There is the final project — cute storage — less bulk — less clutter!  This container has a pull-out drawer which makes it easy to access the DVD you are looking for.  I was able to pack up the DVD cases and tuck them away in case we want to sell them one day. 




Happy Organizing to you!







stART ~ Tacky the Penguin & some Family Fun! January 14, 2012

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Our Family Fun group reconvened this week after the holidays.  We had our biggest crew yet and had so much fun doing activities about PENGUINS!  We’d like to share our fun with you!



For our stART book/project Amy read us “Tacky the Penguin” by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger.  The Tacky books are so cute.  This is the first in the series.  Tacky is a penguin who beats to his own drum.  In this story he tells how he saved the day when some hunters come to their land. 



For our art project we made penguins, of course.  I found the idea on Pintrest, which came from the blog Casa Camacho.  I had pre-cut all the pieces of the penguin (body/head, tummy, wings, beak and wiggly eyes).  The kids, along with the help of their parents, positioned the pieces on their penguin and then glued them on.  The last (and most fun) part of the project was making the penguin’s feet.  I think all the parents thought I was a little crazy to tackle this part of the project, but those kids did a fabulous job. (There was no paint on the tables, floor or chairs).  I had the kids place their hands in orange paint and put their handprints at the bottom of their penguin to make the feet. 



We had some more fun with penguins with these activities!



We played the Penguin Relay to burn off some energy.  The kids were divided into two teams (NOTE: it was not an easy task to get 9 preschool-aged kids into two lines! Much appreciation to all the preschool teachers out there!).  One at a time the kids would place a ball between their knees and waddle across the room and then run the ball back to the next person in line.  It was hilarious to watch!  I really should have taken a video of it. 


I’m a Little Penguin Song

(sung to the tun of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little penguin round and fat

Here is my beak, here is my hat.

Winter days are coming, hear me shout.

“Please don’t toss my mittens out!”


I’m a little penguin black and white

Short and wobbly, an adorable sight

I can’t fly at all, but I love to swim

So I’ll waddle to the water and dive right in.


I’m a little penguin on the ice

I think cold is very nice

I can hop around first once, then twice

I think ice is very nice



For our last activity we made penguin cupcakes.  I found this idea on Pintrest, which came from Family Fun magazine.  I think they turned out really cute!  Start with a cupcake frosted with white frosting.  Next, the penguin head and wings are made from halves of  Keebler Grasshopper cookies.  The eyes are made from mini M&Ms dipped in frosting so they stick to the cookie.  Last, the beak and feet are made from a cut up orange slice. 

It was a fun time!


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