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Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 3 ~ The Cake & Brunch! July 17, 2014

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I usually like to go “all-out” with my kids’ birthday cakes, so “just” doing cupcakes was a stretch for me.  It actually turned out to be perfect since we ended up having a morning party and serving brunch.  Besides, these Elmo cupcakes were just too cute for words.

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Materials:

Cupcakes made from box mix

Red Frosting

Oreo Cookies

Reese’s Pieces

Wilton Candy Eyes

Decorating tips

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In a circular pattern frost each cupcake with the red frosting making small stars.

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Next, pull apart each Oreo Cookie, scrape off the creme (I won’t judge if you eat it) and cut the cookies in half to make Elmo’s mouth.  Just push it gently into the frosting to secure it.

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Use an orange Reese’s’ Pieces candy for the nose and two Wilton candy eyes.  Viola!  Be sure to wait until right before the party to put the eyes on or the black color will bleed.

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Since we had a morning party we served a breakfast/brunch.  It was so fun to do something a little different.  We served crock pot egg bake, fruit (Elmo-style), muffins, caramel rolls, banana bread, chocolate milk and coffee.  The fruit trays were a hit.  They were made with strawberries/watermelon  (head), Cutie orange (nose), blueberries (mouth), marshmallow with edible marker (eyes).  I found the mini milk bottles at Hobby Lobby.  They came with lock lids, but I just took those off.  Michael’s had true milk bottles, but they weren’t on sale 😉

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I think the Birthday Boy enjoyed his Elmo Cupcake!  What do you think?

 

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stART ~ I Can Read About Spiders October 11, 2013

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Since it is now October it is time to get out all those fall and Halloween books!  We have really been enjoying reading those favorites that get put away the rest of the year.  This week Will picked out a book about spiders to go along with our spider web treat project.  We read “I Can Read About Spiders” by Deborah Merrians.  This is a nonfiction book with many good facts and illustrations.  We learned a lot about spiders, how they differ from insects and their webs.

 

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I came across this spider web treat in an e-mail I got with several Halloween ideas in it.  The e-mail linked to Delia Creates.  It was a fun project to do together and was fairly quick and easy.

Spider Web Treats

It is also a pretty tasty salty and sweet snack!!!!

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Materials:

Pretzel Sticks

Candy Melts (chocolate and bright green)

Wax Paper

Snack-size Ziplock bag

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First, arrange the pretzel sticks in a circle shape.  Make sure the middle is close and tight to help it stay together in the end.

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Next, I melted the candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the package.  I poured the melted candy into a snack size ziplock bag.  I cut a small piece off the corner of the ziplock bag to create the web spiral on top of the pretzels.  Squeeze the melted candy out from the bag in a spiral shape around the pretzel sticks.  Let the candy harden and enjoy!  Be careful since I found these spider webs to be quite fragile.

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YUM — Spiderlicious!!!!

 

stART ~ Piggins July 31, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago we invited our friends Rylee, Drew, and Nate over for a Movie Night stART project!  It was a lot of fun!  We first read the book, “Piggins” by Jane Yolen.  This was a little more advanced book.  It is a mystery that is fun to try to figure out.  PIggins is the family butler who works to figure out who has stolen Mrs. Reynard’s diamond necklace during a dinner party.  Will you figure out the mystery before the end of the book?

 

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Movie Night Candy Necklaces

For our projects we didn’t make diamond necklaces, like in the book, but candy necklaces!  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me to Blondie and Brownies.  These were a big hit with the kids (even the toddler kids)!

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Materials:

Choose any treats that have a hole in them to string on the necklace.

Fruit Loops

Pretzels

Gummy Rings

Lifesaver Gummies

Fudge Stripe Cookies

Baker’s Twine

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I decided it would work best to put a few of each treat in a ziplock bag for each child.  I tied the bag with the baker’s twine they would use for their necklace.

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Lace the twine with the candy.  When you are done tie the ends of twine together to make a necklace.

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Proud kiddos showing off their necklaces!  While they enjoyed their candy necklaces they watched a movie together.

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Nate and Bennett had their fill of Fruit Loops, too!

 

stART ~ Sunday Love July 14, 2013

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Nothing says summer better than ICE CREAM!  We are ice cream lovers at this house — for sure!  Pretty sure we keep Sonic in business with 1/2 price shakes after 8 pm!  So how appropriate for us to read a book involving ice cream and coordinate that with an ice cream project.  We read the book “Sunday Love” by Alison Paul.  This is “mostly” a wordless picture book.  It tells the story of a burglar who breaks out of jail on Valentine’s Day, but is followed by Cupid.  Can you guess what the burglar falls in love with?  We think the title should have been Sundae Love.

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Our project had to do with ice cream, but wasn’t actually ice cream….

Ice Cream Cone Cookies

This idea comes from Rose Bakes.

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Materials:

Nutter Butter Cookies

White Almond Bark

Sprinkles

Mini M&Ms

Waxed Paper

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Directions:

Lay out sheets of waxed paper to place the cookies on after they are dipped.  Melt the almond bark (or candy melts) as directed on the package.  Dip one-half of each cookie in the almond bark.  Place it on the waxed paper.

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Quickly, before the almond bark hardens, sprinkle with candy sprinkles and place a mini M&M at the top (like a cherry).

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That’s all there is to it!  Let them sit to let the almond bark harden.

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Enjoy that different kind of ice cream!

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We decided to deliver cookies to our next door neighbors as a special treat for our special neighbors.  Will took this picture of our neighbor, Shirley!  We also packed up a special bag of cookies for the Grandmas and Grandpas!  It is fun to share with others (I hope that’s what my boys are learning!).

HAPPY SUMMER DAYS!!!

 

Recipe ~ Jerk Turkey Burgers June 26, 2013

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Jerk Turkey Burgers

The 4th of July is quickly approaching (this is a bad word in the education world since our summer is dwindling away), here is a healthier, yummy alternative to the burger you may want to try for your 4th of July BBQ.

I found this recipe on Livestrong.com last year.  We have enjoyed making it several times.  This time we even tried making them on the grill.

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There are quite a few spices in this recipe so check your spice rack before making this.

Jerk Turkey Burgers

1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, raw

2 cloves Garlic, raw

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Curry Powder

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Paprika, sweet

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 lb. Ground Turkey

1 Large Egg

Directions:

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In a small nonstick skillet, heat oil over low heat.  Add finely diced red pepper, minced garlic and spices.  Saute for 1-2 minutes until slightly softened.  Take off the heat and let it cool.

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In a large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, Panko bread crumbs, cooled red pepper and spices mixing thoroughly but lightly.

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Shape into 4 burgers and saute in lightly oiled nonstick skillet about 5 minutes on each side until browned – check doneness with meat thermometer (160 degrees).   If you are grilling we found that it worked best to start by grilling the patties on a piece of foil on one side.  Before flipping to cook the other side you can remove it from the foil and place it right on the grill.  Since the meat is more loose than hamburger, you need the foil to start with so it doesn’t fall through the grates on the grill.  You can also add salt and pepper if desired.

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YUM!!!!

 

St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie Treats March 15, 2013

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These St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie treats were a hit at daycare this week.  The idea came from none other than Pintrest.

I made the regular recipe for Rice Krispie Bars.  I put them in a deep cake pan, but maybe should have made a double batch to get the thicker bars like shown in the Pintrest picture.  These turned out nice, too.

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I bought some cake pop sticks at Wal-Mart.  I punched out squares from green cardstock and stamped on them.  I punched a hole at the top and bottom middle of the square.  I then put the paper on the stick by threading the stick through the holes.  I guess this was the kids’ favorite part of the treat.

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I pushed a stick into each cut Rice Krispie square.  Then I dipped it in chocolate (light cocoa candy melts).  I just dipped the bottom and sides in the chocolate.

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I immediately shook green sprinkles over the melted chocolate.  First, I was going to dip the bar into the sprinkles, but then thought that would coat them too much.  It worked better to just shake the sprinkles on.  I set them on waxed paper in a cake pan for easy transport to daycare.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

 

stART ~ Snowmen at Night January 18, 2013

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We finally did another stART project this week.  It sure has been a while.  Will and I had a fun spending time together doing something creative.  I hope you like our project!

We read the book “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn and Mark Buehner.  It is a cute book that explores the adventures snowmen have at night.  While we are sleeping, snowmen have all sorts of fun playing which may leave them looking disheveled in the morning.  Will just loved the one snowman in the story who had a pickle for a nose instead of a carrot.  He just kept laughing and pointing it out on every page.

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For our project we made Melted Snowmen treats.  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here at Parents Magazine.

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These treats were quick and easy — just the right project for a 4-year-old and his mom while the baby jumped in his jumper!  Win-win for everyone!

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First, melt almond bark (or candy melts) according to the directions on the package.  After it is melted drop a heaping tablespoon of candy in a blob on waxed paper.  Use the spoon to spread out the candy and shape it.

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To Decorate:

Hat:  Wilton Light Cocoa candy melt with a Rolo attached (using a dab of almond bark)

Eyes and Mouth – mini chocolate chips

Nose:  Orange Tic-tac

I put each item in a small bowl to make them easier to get at since we needed to work fast before the almond bark hardened.

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Looks like our weather in the Midwest will be changing from melted snowmen weather to FREEZING in the next few days!

 

 
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