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Wednesday
Feb082012

Theme Night: Twitterpated Thursday

For some reason, it seems like many have not heard of the word twitterpated. I, for one, love this word! So for those who have never heard of it... twitterpation = smitten. Ahhh, love.

February is all about love. This theme night we happened upon the most incredible dinner treat and started our "love" tree.

Love Tree

I've seen some little trees like this on the internet and absolutely loved them. I gathered broken branches from outside and arranged them in a vase using a Styrofoam bottom.

I thought it would be fun to add hearts on our little tree describing who and what we love. Each one of us fill one out each night at dinner time.

We accidentally happened on the "best" dinner treat. Maybe it was the night, but our dinner was oh, so good. Even better, it was the easiest meal ever!

Sourdough Pancake Whip Cream Sandwiches

Oh, wow. Even my husband was excited for these. I will share the recipe for the sourdough pancakes later this week.

I cooked two pancakes, cut them into hearts using a cookie cutter, and filled them up with whip cream. Oh, heavens I might have to make them again. No need for syrup.

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

Lastly, we feasted upon heart-shaped cupcakes. I LOVE cupcakes and these are fantastic! This tutorial is fantastic.

Isn't love month great!



Thursday
Jan122012

Winter Wednesday Part Two: Theme Night

We had an incredible Winter Wednesday. Both kids were extremely happy and we all had a blast! We may look like we are always happy, but believe me, sometimes Theme Nights do not go off so well!

We started our evening off with a yummy leek and potato soup. It's so yummy covered in a bit of cheese and dipped with sourdough bread. Yum...

For dessert we feasted upon...

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!

Linking Up:

DIY Under $5 at A Little Tipsy

Wednesday's Wowzers at Oopsey Daisy



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!



Saturday
Dec032011

Merry Monday!

In December, we love to celebrate Merry Monday. It's a night of food, good company, and games. This month I am going to add a spiritual lesson since not only do we want to have fun, but we also want to remember why we are celebrating this season.

This week I kept the food pretty simple. Let's face it, we don't always want to be cooking all day long, especially after the Thanksgiving holiday!

We had very simple Christmas Tree French Toast. I even added pumpkin puree into the egg concoction. They were delicious and easy.

Directions on how to create the shape can be found on this post. It's super easy.

Thank you to Martha Stewart and her team in helping me create these yummy cookies. Everyone loved them!

Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies

Adapted from Everyday Food, December 2011- A Martha Stewart Magazine

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter-room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup very finely crushed hard candy - I used candy canes

To make:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat to combine.

3. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.

4. Form dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes.

5. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between floured parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Stack dough in parchment on a baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.

6. Cut out dough using any shape you would like. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper. With a smaller cutter, cut out dough in center of each cookie.

7. Bake until cookies are pale but set. Remove sheet from oven; fill cutouts with crushed candy. Bake until cookies begin to brown at edges and candy is melted. Let cool on wire racks.

What I did... I used a nifty cookie cutter that not only cut out the round shape, but also the inner shape. After I baked mine, I found I had a mess of candy cane all over the top of the cookie (it may be because I am not a perfectionist and just spooned in the candy cane and got it all over the cookie.) I found when I turned the cookies over, they looked beautiful!

The game for the evening consisted of Reindeer Bowling. The kids absolutely loved it! You can find the instruction and printouts at Prepared NOT Scared!

Please share some of your celebrations for this Christmas season!!!

 

 

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!