Friday, June 27, 2014

4th of July Star Cake -Homemade from a Box

Thursday, June 19, 2014

4th of July Star Spangled Brownies

I made these the other day just to see how they would work out… when attending family functions I always want to bring something cool but I never test it out or I find something that far exceeds my ability as a cook/chef so either I become frustrated or I take something that is not that great. After seeing  July 4th treats starting to pop up I thought I'd try these as they are much easier than the red white and blue concoctions I am seeing. Although those look fabulous I have nowhere near the kind of time required to put one of those tasty treats together but…. I can do this.

First- Make a pan of brownies. From scratch… good for you. I used a box. 

Second- Cut out stars. . I had these star shaped post it notes so I did not even have to cut.

Third- Place stars as you would like on your brownies.

Fourth- Dust the top of brownies with white powdered sugar.

Fifth - pull off the stars and you are left with the outline of a star. Not the most technical but still a fun idea for the 4th and something kids can very easily help out with.

Last and the best? Cut, serve, and enjoy!
Have an easy 4th of July treat? I'd love to hear it. I'm always looking for simple!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls from Rhodes Rolls

I have a thing for cinnamon rolls. Always have. I don't know if it is the frosting, the cinnamon sugar, or the combination of the two. But I am always looking for new recipes to try and I'd say this one was a winner. Last Sunday morning I didn't want to take the time to make the actual dough and I had a bag of frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls in my freezer so I though there must be a way to use them for cinnamon rolls. There is. I found this recipe …. well now I can't find the recipe. I will keep looking and get the link up here. They were quite good and fairly simple as far as cinnamon rolls go. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Change Your Perspective - Child Photography

Contrary to what some may think there is much more to photography than just the push of a button. Whether you find yourself an amateur, professional, hobbyist, or a parent trying to catch some great pictures of your little ones, change your perspective next time you are taking pictures of a little one.

While there is definitely a need and want for the straight on photos that show where you are and what your child is doing, look a little deeper and you may end up with some great pictures that show you a little more than you realize, and will end up being favorites of yours in the long run.

Little hands trying to figure out how a birthday noise maker works.

Aunt and nephew on a boat for the first time. Heads together for warmth and comfort.

Playing in a park on an old mining train. 

Curiously exploring a carved pumpkin on a first Halloween.

Sidewalk Chalk a favorite summer pastime.

This side shot of a boy playing in balls shows a bit of his personality and his size in relation to the balls.

Playing hide and go seek with cousins at a summer wedding.

Checking out the garden accessories.

Hungrily eyeing a cake…..

Waiting as mom talks to the adults...

Dad's Cowboy hat.. captures sweet little cheeks.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Family Home Evenings: Daniel and the Lions Den Lion Masks

While perusing, (yes perusing… you have to slowly wander so you have time to see what is there and what can be done with it) the Dollar Tree a month or so ago I found a wooden lion mask for a dollar. I immediately picked it up because my little ones loves animals and since we are trying to focus on bible stories for our Family nights I thought it would work perfect for that. So simple.

If your local Dollar Tree does not carry them or is out don't worry a simple paper plate will work just as well. 

Look around the house to see what you have to work with and use that. Yarn, construction paper, noodles, crayons and markers, really anything you can glue down for the mane or just have kids color their plate and cut holes in it for them.

Tell the story of Daniel and then have the kids make their own lion. Good luck!

Simple Easter Decor

While I really enjoy decorating my home for the holidays sometimes it is nice to be able to do it with simple items that can be put up, enjoyed, and taken down with little fuss. 

This year that is how it has worked so far. I have a shelf full of Easter projects/decor items that I tell myself I'll get to every week. An Easter egg wreath, a burlap bunny table runner, decorative easter eggs to hang on an "Easter Tree" that I have ruined once already and must re-do, a giant Easter Egg that I wanted to paint gold that is at the moment half robin egg blue and half the paper mache' it was created from, and last but certainly not least a topiary that I am sure I can make with items around the house. 

But life happens and as the above mentioned projects all wait for their turn to be painted, glued, and stenciled upon I did manage to dig up a few Easter/Spring items and get them up, and even if I don't get to my other projects I have enjoyed the feeling of spring around the house.

White blossoms I got from Michaels Craft store a few years ago.

Dried roses from my husband in a yellow robin tin, and yellow plates. I love yellow for spring and summer.

A sprig of eggs and leaves from Michaels Craft Store Dollar bin dresses up an outdoor wreath.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Product Review: Munchkin Click Lock Fresh Food Freezer Pops

What to do with picky eating kids. You try and try and try some more but nothing works. 

I read recently that it takes a dozen times or more of introducing young children to a certain food before they will actually eat it. 

So hang in there and keep trying. Serve a variety of foods as I'm sure you have read over and over again. One thing that worked for me recently was freezing a variation of things and making it into a popsicle for my little one. I found these on Amazon for $4.72 but then realized it was a Walmart brand and I could most likely find them in store. Which I did. Same price so whatever is easiest for you.

I looked around online wanting to find "the best" and was amazed at the prices of some of the popsicle molds. I decided on these because you can't beat the price if they break and don't work at least I would have used them a few times right.. and two they are perfect for little hands. It is a small portion as well so it is less likely to turn into a huge sticky mess.

And I was right. I love them. The tray will stay together as one or you can unsnap them and use 3 at a time and then the other 3. I love this because a few times the popsicle has not come out so it has been nice to just use one side and hold just the popsicle I want out under some warm water to loosen it up a bit.

The portion sizes are perfect. About the time it starts to melt is when my little one is done with it.

Easy to wash and clean. They don't take up much room in the fridge. 

Last but certainly not least. My little one ATE…. I blended up strawberries in milk and froze those. The next week I used part of my orange, banana, pineapple smoothy and froze that. Both were a hit. 

I especially loved these when my little one was teething and wouldn't touch normal food. Instead of sugary popsicles from the store I knew what was in these and could make whatever I wanted.

Worth the price. So far they seem like they'll hold up for awhile. I would recommend it if you are looking for something similar.