Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner

Charlie Brown and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand.  (Actually, I like watching Charlie Brown on ANY holiday.)  Bud is especially into Snoopy.  He laughs his head off when Snoopy is chasing the lawn chair.  The day before Thanksgiving I decided to have a nice, laid-back Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Here's the set-up (complete with Snoopy).  We ate the same foods that Charlie Brown ate with his friends in the movie: popcorn, toast, pretzels, ice cream, and jelly beans.  I also made little pilgrim hats for all of us to wear to dinner.

Bud enjoyed everything about this meal.  What kid wouldn't?!  As an adult, it definitely makes you appreciate a REAL Thanksgiving dinner.

Princess looking cute and Pilgrim-y.  I found directions to make the girl pilgrim hats HERE.

Snoopy approves.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pie Month

Who says you have to wait for Thanksgiving to have pie?  In November I decided to try my hand at making different pies and cheesecakes throughout the month.  I brought my favorites to Thanksgiving dinner.

I have lots of different recipes on my pie & cheesecake board on Pinterest, but they were in no logical order.  I made a document I titled Pies A to Z that alphabetized all of the pies and included the links to the sites where I found the recipes.  It was SO helpful!

Here are a couple of pie recipes that I actually made:
They were all delicious.  My hubby and I agree that the Lemon Sour Cream was fabulous!  I am drooling just thinking about it.

What are some of your favorite pie and cheesecake recipes?  Leave a comment and share a link!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Purple People Eater Mix

"It was a one-eye, one-horn flying, purple people eater!"  I remember loving this song as kid.  (Who am I kidding?  I love it even now.)  After listening to it on Pandora, I had a sudden urge to make a purple people eater-themed treat (as if there isn't way too much junk food around during Halloween).
I used a the basic recipe for Christmas Crack.  It is caramel-y goodness in your mouth!  Basically, I used things that I already had around the house and it worked out beautifully.

I put some in a cup for Bud.

Bud approves!

Purple People Eater Mix
6-8 c Honey Nut Cheerios
1 1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c corn syrup
neon purple food coloring (or mix red and blue; I just happened to have neon purple)
2 c marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
black and orange sprinkles

Measure out your Honey Nut Cheerios and put them onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  In a large sauce pan cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to soft ball stage (about 230 degrees on a candy thermometer).  Add food coloring to your desired color.  Pour over the cereal.  If the mix is too sticky add more Honey Nut Cheerios.  Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the Cheerios are covered.  Let cool.  When completely cooled, add marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  Enjoy!

My hubby thought that it was going to be fruit-flavored due to the purple coloring.  Have fun throwing people off!

There's more holiday fun on the Pinning with Purpose Facebook Page.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slime Creatures

My kids have a strong aversion to slimy, dirty, squirmy things.  Halloween is a fun time to try something new and somewhat gross.  I like my children to learn about different textures, so I decided to make slime creatures with them.

I used THIS recipe from Lolly Jane (mostly because their slime is Maleficent-themed; anyone who knows me knows that Maleficent is my favorite Disney villain).  I used enough Borax to make our slime thick and moldable.

I was surprised by how much fun my kids had squishing the slime.

After they had their fill of squishing, they rolled the slime into little balls and added eyes to their creatures.

Each creature was given a name and lovingly played with.  When it came time to put them away MANY tears were shed.

There are so many different slime recipes to try.  Here are a few that are on my list:

  1. Glow in the Dark Slime - A Pumpkin and a Princess
  2. Sparkly Slime - Learn, Play, Imagine
  3. Winter Snowflake Slime - Little Bins for Little Hands
  4. Chocolate Stretchy Slime - Fun at Home with Kids
  5. Borax Free Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo
Do you have a favorite slime recipe?  Share in the comments!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

General Conference Snack Mix

Conference weekend is finally here!

This also means that I have been putting together some activities/snacks that will help my kiddos focus and listen.

We will start off our Saturday morning session with a General Conference Mix to snack on.

Each family member will be given this printable (feel free to print one out for yourself).  They must hear the words associated with each snack before they can eat it.

I think this will work pretty well for Princess and Goofy.  Bud, on the other hand, will probably just eat whatever he can get his hands on.

What are some of your favorite General Conference traditions and/or treats?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate Cadbury Egg Cookies

Ah!  Cadbury Mini Eggs.  How I love thee!  My favorite way to eat them is to suck all of the coating off.  My husband likes to put them on top of Ritz crackers and pop them into his mouth together.  He is a big fan of the salty-sweet combo.  If there is any way I can incorporate those delightful little morsels into my food during Easter time, then I will do it.

Chocolate Cadbury Egg Cookies
1 German chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 c oil
1/2 pkg. Cadbury mini eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until thoroughly combined (the dough should come away from the sides of the bowl).  Stir in Cadbury mini eggs.  Place heaping tablespoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.  Allow to cool before devouring.

Make these cookies today!  Your kids will thank you.  You will thank yourself.

Happy Easter!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Pi Day Pistachio Pie

I will take any excuse to eat pie, and Pi Day is the perfect excuse!

Naturally, because St. Patrick's day is only three days after Pi Day, I had to make a green pie.  Make your own simple pistachio pie and homemade graham cracker crust.

All you will need is a package a of pistachio pudding, milk, 1 package of graham crackers, 1 stick of butter, and a pie pan.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 pkg. graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted

Grind the graham crackers in the a food processor or blender.  Dump into a bowl.  Pour the melted butter over the top and combine until the graham cracker pieces stick together.  Spray a pie pan with non-stick spray, and gently pat the graham cracker crust in place.

Pistachio Pie Filling (Directions on the pudding package)
1 pkg. pistachio pudding
1 1/2 c milk

Stir pudding and milk together in a bowl.  Quickly pour into the prepared pie crust.  Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

What kind of pie did you have for pi day?

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