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Thursday
Jan192012

Theme Night: Winter Wednesday

We kept this week's Winter Wednesday a little bit lower key. I attempted snowmen stew, snowflake cupcakes, and a fun game called "Roll A Snowman." The key to a successful theme night is advanced planning. I find if I don't plan well, then I become stressed, and it is not a pleasant sight. Try to prepare as much as possible ahead of time!

Onto the festivities!

I made a quick and easy stew and attempted to make snowmen out of mashed potatoes. My husband preferred to use the veggies and I preferred to use sugar decorative flakes. Which one do you like?

For desert... my favorite... I made snowflake cup cakes that I first saw on Glorious Treats.

I made the royal frosting snowflakes the night before. They are dainty little things and easily break! I made my snowflakes with a little too much water which in return let them mold to the cup cake.  Glorious Treats gives a great tutorial on royal frosting.

While feasting on the cupcakes, we played "Roll A Snowman." I first saw this game on Somewhat Simple.

I used the template seen above, but you could definitely make your own! If you would like to use the template, please visit her post to print. I did change the game just slightly by using a large, colored dice instead of a numbered dice.

The kids loved the game and it is one we will definitely play again very soon!

I'm starting Twitterpated Tuesday next week for our February theme! I hope you will join us!



Thursday
Jan052012

Winter Wednesday: Theme Night

We love to celebrate Winter Wednesdays during January. Our little family LOVES snow. Unfortunately, our little speck in Pennsylvania has not received any yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed!

Last night we celebrated Snowmen. We started our night with the introduction to our little game we call Find Frosty (named by the 4 year old.)

{Excuse the photos, we had a bad photo night!)

I found this cute little snowman on Mrs. Jump's Class.

My husband and the kids took turns hiding Frosty, with the rule that a part of Frosty had to be visible, and then everyone tried to find him. Every morning this month, I will hide Frosty each day somewhere in our home, and the kids go on a hunt to find him. Logan loves it! Tonight, Frosty even hid in Logan's room as an incentive for Logan to run upstairs and get ready for bed as fast as possible. Thank you Frosty!

For dinner we ate this guy...

Snowman Pizza

I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest.

 (I had to bake him on two separate pans and then combine after cooking. Unfortunately, I didn't have a pan large enough for both pieces.)

If you are like me and like to make your food from scratch, I have found the perfect dough and sauce recipe.

Pizza Dough

1 1/4 cups of water

1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 3/4 cups of bread flour

1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. dry yeast

Throw it in a bread maker to mix and raise or knead it together and let raise for a few hours.

After raising, flour hands and shape dough into a ball. Divide ball into quarters. Each quarter will make a 12-inch pizza. Press each quarter of dough into a greased, 12 inch pizza pan and brush with olive oil. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings.

Pizza Sauce

Mix together...

1 can of tomato sauce

1 clove of garlic, minced

 1 Tbsp. of basil

1 tsp. of salt

1/4 tsp. of black pepper

1/4 tsp. of sugar

2 tsp. of oregano

2 Tbsp. of olive oil

2 tsp. of parsley

For my favorite part of the night...dessert... we devoured these little guys...

Ice Cream Snowman

Fill 1/2 of a cup full of ice cream. Poor yummy hot fudge down the cup and then fill the rest with ice cream. Use chocolate chips for eyes and a carrot cut into a triangle for the nose. Tummies were very happy for the night.

I made my own hot fudge. I used this recipe from Epi-Ventures. It is an incredible thick fudge. I loved it!

Happy January!



Wednesday
Oct192011

Frightful Friday: Theme Night Part 3

Caution: This post has a lot of pictures!

Last week, our theme night consisted of easy-to-make food and great company. Everyone had a blast!

 

I always enjoy having a row of simple decorations for our table. This week included our witches sacks, ghosts, and pumpkins.

Icky Drinks

Yum. IBC Root Beer covered with drink stickers I found for a $1 or $2 at Target. You could even make your own stickers!

White Chocolate Ghosts

Super easy to make! Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and scoop onto wax paper. Spread chocolate into a ghost shape, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom, and place two milk chocolate chips for eyes. Cool in the refrigerator for 5 minutes and you are done!

Witches Bags

Full of candy... Martha Stewart item my husband found at AC Moore (I think.) I love them!

Apple Monsters

Most people use almonds, but both my children are allergic to anything nuts, so we used dried banana chips and chopped them up. I used Wilton  cookie icing for the eyes. For detailed instructions feel free to visit Cute Food For Kids

Finger Dip

My finger dip didn't turn out quite like I imagined. One suggestion... don't be in a hurry. Cut the carrots in different lengths long enough to stick easily into the dressing (like I didn't do.) Most people use almonds... but the food allergy... I used banana chips. Cut almonds down to look like fingernails (again, don't follow my example!)

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.

  

Halloween Bingo

After our fun dinner, I had this Halloween Bingo all set to play. However, the kids decided they wanted to run in circles, so we let them while the adults chatted. However, I did want to share, because I love My Heart and Home and her ideas!

 Please share any fun ideas you are doing for Halloween!

 

Monday
Oct102011

Frightful Friday: Theme Night!!!

We look forward to Frightful Friday every week! This week we had spooky tacos, jiggly eye hot chocolate, ghostly cupcakes, and played a no-name game I made up.

I love decorating our little table. I try not to put too much on it since I have a little girl who likes to grab everything within reach. I decided it would be fun to use candles and turn off the lights. 

We sipped jiggly eye hot chocolate. Our darn grocery store only had the small marshmallows, I think it would turn out much better with the medium size marshmallows. I used a toothpick to "paint" on the eyes with black frosting.

We feasted on spooky taco salad. The eyebrows are made from a tomato, the white stuff is sour cream, and the eyes are olives cut in half. I love taco salad!

We then got our sugar high with our ghostly chocolate cupcakes. It would have been even better with awesome Halloween cupcake wrappers! The ghost is made out of whip cream and the eyes are chocolate chips. Next time, I will use cool whip. The whip cream melted pretty quickly... I told the kids they were shrinking ghosts. :) To use the cool whip, spoon it in a pastry bag with a large tip and swirl onto the cupcake. I think it will work much better.

We ended our night with a game that has no name. Each kid picked a card and then acted it out. We had a lot of giggles. For older kids, it may be fun to do a small charade game and have the "audience" guess what Halloween character they are acting out.

Feel free to use for all your fun Halloween use!

To make:

  • click on the ghost image below and print
  • cut
  • place together a picture card and written card both facing out (the front will be the picture and the back will be the writing)
  • laminate

It is a total of 8 cards, 4 are shown below.

Ghost image: Acclaim Images

Pumpkin image: Clip Art Heaven

Enjoy!


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