Sunday, November 30, 2008
This little elf is on his way to my other kids, Natalie, Evan and Miles right now ;)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Last week they passed out an extra project for the kids to take home. Salt and Pepper holders. We now have 2, one for each end of the table I guess, lol. The boys had fun making these this afternoon and painting them.
And a picture of Kaylee, just because. Derrick bought her the little Elmo shirt at Toys R Us the other day. Neither one of us like character clothing, but this one was cute, and not too girlie. Not to mention Aaron would like it too, our little Elmo fan. He was excited to see her wear it this morning.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Start with popping 8 quarts of popcorn (3-4 batches) Place it in a large roasting pan.
It wouldn't be true to form of Paula without butter. So in a saucepan, melt 1 c. butter and add 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 c. corn syrup and 1 tsp. salt.
Bring to a boil over med-high heat and boil for 5 minutes, stirring CONSTANTLY. Add 1 tsp. baking soda and mix well.
Pour over 8 quarts of popcorn, make sure to mix and coat evenly, and bake @ 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool on waxed papper and enjoy!
The sacks took 5 minutes. Just take a large rectangular piece of fabric, fold it in half so that the fold is on the bottom. Sew up the sides. Don't worry about hemming the top, just cut across with pinking shears.
The wall hangings came from some fabric I found at Joann's a couple of years ago. It has recipes printed on it!! So cool. It also had these cute little decals printed on it. So I cut one out, sandwiched it with a piece of batting and a brown piece of fabric. Sewed around the edges, then trimmed it with pinking shears. Then I wired it with some rusty craft wire and added a raffia ribbon.
Derrick picked up a bunch of note pads for me when he was in Anchorage one year. I love Mary Engelbreit, and these were $1 at Michaels. So I stuck one of these in each sack.
Then I filled a gallon ziploc bag with caramel corn 3/4 full and put that in the sack with the notepad.
Added a gift tag and I was done! The teachers loved the sacks and it was so easy to make. Everything was finished in under 2 hours, and I have now guaranteed my son's place as favorite student, lol. Just kidding.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
1 C butter, softened
1/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 1/4 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 pkg choco chips/M&M's/whatever you like
1 pkg (4oz serv size) Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
Wow, that didn't photograph well! But it is so yummy! My awesome friend LISA invited us over before family swim at the base one night and she made us this. It is very kid friendly and can be changed up so many ways! She transferred out of Kodiak the same time we did, only instead of moving to the suburbs she went to the Virgin Islands! We miss their family so much! She was one friend who I could always relate to and talk to. I can't remember exactly how she said she made it, I think she had corn in it too.
Tator Tot Casserole
1 lb. ground turkey or beef
1/4 c. chopped onions or 2 T. dried onions
1 can cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper
Brown meat in skillet with onions, salt and pepper. Add soup. Spoon into 9x13 casserole dish and add one layer of tator tots on top. Bake @ 450 for 20 minutes or until tator tots are crunchy and done. I'm sure I'm the only one who hadn't ever made it, but still thought I'd post it. We really like it. So thank you for opening my eyes to such an easy recipe Lisa!
It would be great with veggies or even melted chesse on top. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Play-doh is cheap, but homemade Play Dough is cheaper and fun to make! Aaron and I made this batch and colored it with an orange kool-aid packet. Orange is his favorite color. This recipe is great because it's texture is the same as store-bought Play-doh and not gritty from salt like a lot of homemade recipes. This recipe makes a TON, I halfed it, but used the entire package of kool aid.
3 c. flour
1 1/2 c. salt
3 c. water
2 T. oil
1 T. cream of tartar
food coloring or 1 package kool-aid mix.
Heat all ingredients in sauce pan on med heat. Stir until dough forms and pulls off the sides of the pan. The dough might be a little sticky still, but should be hard to stir. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Knead 4 or 5 times, then play! Store in air tight container.
Aaron LOVES to play with play-doh, he could sit at the kitchen table and play all day.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This recipe is incredibly easy and tastes delicious! Don't let the picture fool you, most things in the crockpot don't look as good as they smell or TASTE! I made this tonight since I was going to be busy until 5. Dinner was in the crockpot at noon and I knew I was good to go.
3 chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
1-2 cups. baby carrots
1 c. celery (optional)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 c. water
1 package Lipton onion soup mix (dry)
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Put chicken and veggies in crockpot. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over.
Cook on high for 6 hours.
Serve over hot biscuits. Until someone can find me a recipe that is better than Pillsbury's frozen biscuits, I am going to stick to the store bought ones! You can do dumplings with this recipe too, but I don't like dumplings. For that you would drop spoonfuls of biscuit/dumpling dough over ingredients in crockpot for the last 30 min.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.
Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
You can buy kits for $30 and they'll ship you an elf, but I'm not going to pay that. We'll figure out a way to have his arrival be special. I am going to look online and at stores for a little elf this month. Happy Holidays!