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Muffin Tin Monday – Made With Love May 23, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 7:59 am
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This week’s muffin tin was a little different than most we have done lately. It didn’t really have a clear theme, and I didn’t shop for it. We just used what we had around the house. I told Skylar since we were making a few things she loves, and I’m making them because I love her, we would use our heart shaped muffin tin. Just spreadin’ the love over here!
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Top Row: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, Koala Yummies

Middle Row: Corn, Brown rice

Bottom Row: Fish sticks, Ketchup

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Now, ketchup is a new thing for Skylar.  She’s never really liked any sort of dipping sauce before, but she seems to like it with her fish sticks and her smiley fries now.  So, okay then.

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Make sure you check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site to see what the other amazing moms have created for this week!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend, and are ready for the week!

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Lizz

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Muffin Tin Monday – Valentine’s Day February 14, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 1:45 am
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This week’s theme is an obvious once, since V day happens to fall on a Monday this year.  So here’s our tin, just bursting with love…

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Top Row: Conversation Hearts, Marshmallows on a stick

Middle Row: Olives, Pistachios

Bottom Row: Hot Dog Heart, PB and Nutella Pastry

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The marshmallows were made by putting a marshmallow onto a lollipop stick, covering the outside with pink frosting (left over from these cupcakes), and then rolling them in Valentine sprinkles.

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I found the idea for the hot dog at a wonderful new site I came across recently called Making Memories.  If you want to know how to make the PB/Nutella Pastry, find the original post here.

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If you liked what you saw here and want to see more Valentine muffin tins, go over to Muffin Tin Mom.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Lizz

 

Class Valentines 2011 February 13, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Things To Do — Lizz @ 3:03 pm
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This year’s Valentines were really fun to make, but we ran into a few logistical issues.

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  1. After purchasing all the lollipops I was going to need to make our Valentines for all the kids in BOTH of Skylar’s Kindergarten classes, we got a note from one of the schools informing us that there will be no candy allowed. Sigh.
  2. I have sticks that could be used to modify our project for the non-sugar class, but I don’t have enough for both classes.
  3. I don’t want to have to go to the store to return stuff and purchase new items, so I am going to make 2 different sets of Valentines.
  4. I am crazy.

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So here we have a great Valentine project that can be done with or without a sugary treat.  First up…Sugar!

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Lips/Mustache Lollipop

For both projects, you will need to make some cutouts of lips and mustaches out of fun foam.  I free-handed a template on some leftover cardboard, and made enough for both projects.  You will need 1 lips for each girl, and 1 mustache for each boy. For this project each child will also need 1 lollipop.

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Poke a small hole in the cut out.  The lips should have a hole right in the center, while the mustache’s hole should be more towards the bottom.

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Then, push the stick of a lollipop through the hole.

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When the kids eat their lollipops they will look like they have giant lips, or a huge mustache!

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Now here’s another way to use these lips and mustaches without candy:

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Mustache/Lips on a Stick

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Use the same fun foam lips and mustaches as in the first project.  You will also need some sticks and a glue gun.  Glue the stick to the back of one of the cut-outs, towards one side.

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Attach a scrap piece of fun foam over the stick, to both cover it and secure it even more.

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Now you have a fun little toy to make faces with.

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And if your daddy is really good with graphics, you may find yourself in some interesting photos: (Let’s hope this is the only time we see this!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Check out some other fun Valentines Day ideas at JDaniel4’s Mom’s Virtual Valentine’s Day Party

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Lizz

 

iPhone Candy Boxes

Filed under: Things To Do — Lizz @ 1:49 pm
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My procrastination is getting the best of me!  I am just finally finishing up Skylar’s Valentines for her class.  (Note to self: planning ahead doesn’t work if you still leave the work to the last-minute!!) Anyways…

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As I told you all about in this post, Skylar has a lot of teachers.  8 to be exact.  And since her class is doing an exchange with their buddy class (older, second grade class they do activities with), that makes 9 teachers.  So here’s a simple Valentine we found for the teachers:

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iPhones!!!

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Okay, not really.  These phones actually look like this on the inside:

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I found a great printable on Living Locurto’s Site (Click here for the post so you can get the printable too!)

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It was so simple: Print and cut out the printable, wrap around the box of conversation hearts, and attach with double stick tape.

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Done and done!!

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I am posting this on JDaniel4’s Mom’s Virtual Valentine’s Party.  Check it out for other great Valentine’s Day ideas.

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Stay tuned for our Valentines for the kids!

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Lizz

 

Puff Pastry for my Valentine

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 12:02 am
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I have been wanting to try something for a while: working with puff pastry.  It has always seemed so fancy and complicated, but after this little project, I am not longer intimidated.  I have seen many versions of this recipe online lately, but most are using pie crust.  You can fill it with whatever you want really, but we went with something a little unusual.

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Peanut Butter and Nutella Valentine Pastry

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You will need:

  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • peanut butter
  • nutella
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water)

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Start by unrolling your puff pastry out onto your floured surface.  You will need a heart shaped cookie cutter (or a different shape if desiered).  Cut out an even number of hearts.

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Add some peanut butter and nutella to the center of one of the hearts, leaving the edges untouched.

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Brush some egg wash along the edges of pastry.  Cover with another heart, and use a fork to seal the top and bottom pastry around the whole heart.

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Brush the top with a little more egg wash.  If desired, use a smaller heart cookie cutter to make another heart, and add to the top (egg wash that too).  You should end up with something like this…

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Bake at 375 degrees for approx 10-12 minutes, or until the pastries are nice and puffy, and the tops are slightly browned.

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Aren’t they so cute?  They also taste really good.  I think that next time I might sprinkle a little sugar on top to give it a little hint of sweet.

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I am posting this treat as part of JDaniel4’s Mom’s Virtual Valentine’s Party.  If you want to see some other fun Valentines related ideas, you should really check it out!

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I am planning to post again later today, with the valentines we have been making for Skylar’s classmates and teachers, so I hope you all come back to see it!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Lizz

 

Devil’s Food Coke Cupcakes – Valentines Addition February 10, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 5:38 am
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Yes, I am continuing my new love of cooking with Coca Cola.  And it’s a wonderful thing!

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Skylar and I have been reading chapter books before bedtime.  Recently we read a book that came with her fake American Girl doll. (Thank you Target!)  “Eva” came with lots of accessories and a book detailing one of her sleuthing adventures.  The story mentions a baker who makes a very special “Hidden Treasure Cake”, where one lucky eater will find a coin hidden in their piece.  To my surprise, the recipe was written out at the end of the book.  Cool.  The cake itself has 2 ingredients.  Double Cool.  One of those ingredients is Coke.  Oh, we are so making this! Maybe without the hidden coin…ya know, choking hazard.  Even with 2 ingredients I still modified it, so here’s what we did:

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Start by gathering your ingredients:

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  • 1 box of Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1 12 oz can of coke (or in my case, 12 oz measured from a 2 liter)

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Mix together only the cake mix and coke.  Do not add any of the other ingredients that might be listed for the cake mix.

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Yum!

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Take blurry pictures of your beater-licker

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Line a cupcake tin with liners, and pour batter in.  Thanks to Mara for giving me some Sutton Gourmet Paper liners (great cupcake liners that don’t allow a dark cake to bleed through and distort the liner design)

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Bake at 350 degrees for approx 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.  (If you choose to make a whole cake, it will probably need to cook longer)

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Don’t they look so good?!

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Once cooled, you can frost and decorate as you see fit.  I know that making your own frosting is always going to taste better, but sometimes canned is just easier.  I learned an interesting tip for making canned frosting a little more appealing.  If you add some butter (1-1.5 teaspoons for a half can) and mix with a hand mixer, it will cut out the über sweetness, and make it a little creamier and easier to spread.

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We went with a variety of Valentine inspired toppings.

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I love the sparkly gel we found (A Wilton product)

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Skylar decorated her own cupcake, and then promptly devoured it.

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I am going to be posting these yummy Valentine’s treats on the site JDaniel4’s Mom as part of a Virtual Valentines Party.  Check it out if you want to see some other great Valentine treats and activities.

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Have a great rest of the week, and keep checking back for more Valentines activities!

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Lizz