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Wednesday
May152013

Food: My New Obsession

{I have a few projects in the works which I am excited to soon share. With three children, I find I do not get things done with my children as quickly as I used to. It seems like every time I sit down with my two older children, the little one needs some attention!}

For the past several months, I have been fully engulfed in researching what we eat and health care products. I have a lot of thoughts on the state of our food. It has been a process and journey for us; however, I can say with certainty I have never felt as good as I do now. Even with a nursing child, I feel well rested, full of energy, and now weigh just a few lbs short of what I was in high school (less than my pre-pregnancy weight!). I want to shout from the rooftops what I have learned. If you are interested, I have started documenting our journey on our family blog. I have called it our Food and Body Revolution (FBR).

I have written three posts so far:

Our Food and Body Revolution

FBR: How I Lost 15 lbs in 5 Weeks

FBR: Snacks

Family blog: www.beckyandcurtis.com

Happy Wednesday!


Monday
Jan072013

Snowmen Cake Pops and Balloons: Repost

This winter and Christmas season we have been taking it very easy waiting for this little baby to come, just a little bit longer! I wanted to share some fun cake pops and balloon snowmen we made last year. The kids loved to make them and our snowmen stayed around for quite awhile.

 

Snowman Cake Pops

The faces could have been a lot cuter, but I just used what was on hand! I stacked three chocolate cake balls onto a stick and covered  all three balls in candy melts at the same time. Be a bit gentle, the cake balls can get a bit too heavy, break, and fall off. I only had blue candy melts but loved the color covered in the white sprinkles. Next time, when I have more supplies and time, I will make the faces a bit more endearing.

During our evening "snow" would randomly fall down upon us. "Snow" was in the form of marshmallows that I threw up in the air. The kids LOVED it and thought it was hilarious!

For our fun activity, we made...

Balloon Snowman

These turned out even better than I imagined. Besides the white balloons, I used materials I had on hand. My husband bought these awesome hats in New York City, I was so sad when my children grew out of them last year, but now we have a Logan and Hannah Snowmen that can wear them! For adhesive, I used crafting glue and glue dots. We also used some clear tape to tape the balloons together. I did tie two balloon ends together and then had to glue the bottom balloon to the top two.

A few materials we used:

Eyes and nose- buttons

Mouth and arms- pipe cleaners

Scarfs- fabric scraps

Other fun materials- rafia, marshmallows, chocolate chips, popcorn kernels, silly string, and sticks.


I would love to read your fun "winter" activities! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas!

 

 


Wednesday
Oct242012

Fun Halloween Food

I've been making some fun Halloween food but haven't been able to take the time and gather all my photos together! I wanted to share two fun Halloween food we have made in the past. The Crescent mummies are super easy to make! The Spider Web Chocolate Cups are a little more intense and take some preparation. I am hoping to share some more fun food later this week!


Crescent Mummies

Wrap hot dogs in crescent rolls and cook for around 12 minutes. Dot eyes with mustard.

 

Spider Web Chocolate Cups

(Best Recipes by Publications International)

Ingredients:

  • 6 muffin cups
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen OJ concentrate, thawed
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • Black decorating gel (tube)

Directions:

1. Melt chocolate chips and combine with shortening in saucepan.

2. Spoon melted chocolate into 6 muffin cups. Coat each muffin cup completely. You will want these a little thick. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Peel off muffin cups and return back to freezer.

3. Combine milk and OJ concentrate. Whisk in red and yellow food coloring until you reach the desired orange color. Pour into chocolate cups and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pipe decorating gel in spiral shape on top of each cup. With a toothpick, draw straight lines from the center spiral to the outer spiral. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Happy Eating!

 

 

Monday
Oct082012

Frightful Friday

It is October and that means Frightful Friday is back in full force! Each week, I plan a fun evening of spooky dinner, yummy desert, and a fun Halloween activity. Just tonight, my son told me how much fun he has on these evenings. It makes all the stress and fatigue worth it!


...All recipes this evening came from the pil best recipes Halloween magazines I find on the check out stand at the grocery stores each Halloween...


This Frightful Friday we celebrated with...

Bugs

Ingredients:

  • can of crescent rolls
  • bag of cocktail franks
  • thin pretzel sticks. 

To Make:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Open crescent rolls and take each triangle and cut into three triangles. This took some thinking. Sorry I don't have a picture, my husband and I were thinking too hard! Really, you can't go wrong as long as you have some dough to wrap abound the frank.

3. Wrap each triangle around one cocktail frank, leave some frank showing in front.

4. Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.

5. Cool for a few minutes.

6. Take three pretzel sticks and break each one in half.

7. Press pretzel sticks into crescent roll, three on each side for the legs.

8. Serve with condiment of your choice.


Magic Potion

*I'll post on Wednesday how to make the glasses.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 package of lime-flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 liter of lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1/4 cup sugar

To make:

1. In a punch bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

2. Stir in cold water.

3. Add sugar and soda. Stir well.

4. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

 

 

Ghost Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • cupcakes
  • Cool Whip
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Prepared chocolate frosting (I broke down and bought it from the store.)
  • Pastry bag or ziplock back

To Make:

1. Make your favorite recipe of chocolate cupcakes and cool.

2. Heat a cup of prepared chocolate frosting by microwaving on high for 10 second increments. Stir after each increment until frosting is melted.

3. Hold each cupcake upside down and dip into chocolate frosting. Tilt the cupcake to let the extra frosting drip off. Let frosting sit until firm.

4. Snip off the tip of a pastry bag or a corner of a ziplock bag. Fill bag with Cool Whip and pipe in a circular motion onto the top of the cupcake, coming to a point.

5. Place two mini chocolate chips onto the Cool Whip as eyes.

6. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*Note #1: Last year I tried regular whipped topping but it did not work well. I find the Cool Whip kept it's shape and was a lot easier to work with!

*Note #2: With the frosting, these cupcakes turned out super rich.



For our activity, we played Fall Bingo. At the website, DLTK, you can create a variety of Bingo themed cards. I was able to print five different copies of our Bingo card as well as the cards that you will call out. You can pick either words or pictures. The website is great!

I hope you will join me in creating a theme night at least once this month with your family!


Friday
Jul202012

CREATE YOUR OWN BUGGY CRACKER SNACKS


 

Bug Week would not be complete without some buggy snacks. I was originally inspired by this recipe by Taste of Home for Ladybug Appetizers. It is summer time though, so my fridge was full of fresh and yummy produce. I am fortunate to have a kiddo that LOVES fruits and veggies, so I decided to mix the cracker snacks up a bit and create different "bugs" using things I already had in my fridge. 

For the base of the buggy cracker snacks I used Ritz crackers with either peanut butter or cream cheese. I searched the fridge and collected the following: grape tomatoes, cherries, half of a cucumber, olives, snap peas, cut-up cantaloupe, half of a banana and some grapes. Once we had a pile of foodstuff on the counter I started to cut up the fruit into small, buggy parts per Maggie's suggestions. This is what our counter looked like when done:

I let the kiddo have at the scraps; she also asked if she could suck the black frosting out of the tube. That was a definite NO. You will noticed it is removed in the picture below. 

The final products turned out even better than expected! I did most of the "bug creation" based on the child's suggestions due to time constraints. 

I think they all turned out adorable (with the exception of the creepy, Dark Knight-esque Joker bug on the right). I used cherry stems and sugar snap pea strings for the antennas. Maggie suggested those as antennaes and they worked perfectly. I also added some eyes (cream cheese and black frosting put on with a toothpick, tedious would be a good work to use). Here are some close-ups of our favorites:




 


Maggie could not WAIT to eat them. I may have booted her upstairs while I was trying to get some pictures because she kept trying to grab one. Once I had the needed pics, I got her a glass of milk and let her munch away on the buggy snacks. The only one she did not eat was the lady bug; she does not like olives. I did though and it was DELICIOUS (even with the kind of weird flavor profile of black frosting). Below is a picture of her trying to decide if she should eat the antenna of not.

These buggy snacks are a great way to get your child to try a variety of fruits and veggies. I think another great idea would be to serve these as party food; you could have the buggy parts prepped before and let kids create their own. This snack was fun to make and fun to eat, as evidenced below.