Enchanted Mommy

Monkey Birthday Cake!

I recently made this monkey cake for a special 2 year old in my life.  She loves monkey’s and is constantly singing “No More Monkey’s Jumping On the Bed.”  It was pretty time consuming making all the stars for the fur, but it turned out awesome!

I researched lots of different monkey cakes, but in the end I used this one from My Daily SAHM Life as my model. I know I could have just ordered the monkey cake pan, but who wants to pay for a pan you will probably never use again???

I used 2 cake mix boxes and made 4 round cakes.  I used Wilton’s buttercream icing and Wilton’s food colorings to get the desired colors.

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1.  Make 4 rounds cakes.  Take them out of their cake pans, wrap them in nonstick tinfoil or parchment paper and stick them in the freezer.

2.  Using construction paper, cut out your pattern.  I numbered each piece so I knew which cake I would cut it from to make sure all the pieces fit.

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3.  Once your cake is good and frozen, use your paper pattern to cut the cakes into their shapes.  Freeze the parts until you are ready to start frosting.

4.  Do a thin crumb coat frist.  Once the crumb coat is dry you can start frosting!  I used a basic star tip.

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5.  The tail is made from Tootsie Rolls.  Just heat them in the microwave for a few seconds then mold them how you want.

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Columbia Utilities Partners with Habitat for Humanity

I’m a huge fan of helping out those in need. One of the organizations that does an excellent job of this is Habitat for Humanity. They bring communities together to help create homes and environments that families in need can use as a starting point to rebuild their lives. I’m always impressed with their efforts and the work that they do.

I was glad to see that this type of effort is also receiving corporate support. A recent press release highlighted that Columbia Utilities, a New York energy company, was partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help make a difference.

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Columbia Utilities role in this effort is to donate funds to 12 months of electricity and natural gas to two homes being build by Habitat for Humanity in Brooklyn and Queens. This donation to the families can help them get back on their feet and started in the right direction. We all know how expensive energy and heating can be and it can really make a difference to a family getting their lives back together.

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Columbia Utilities – Helping Families

The article highlighted how Columbia Utilities is a family owned organization since 1938. I’m glad that they’re still thinking about families and providing opportunities to help others in need. Imagine the benefits and strength that would come if more organizations donated their resources to families in need.

Helping the Community

There are so many organizations out there that help the community. I’m happy to donate my time and money to any of them that are trying to make a difference in individuals lives. I’m hopeful that I can instruct my family to continue to provide this level of generosity and care to others when they’re in need, and if it ever happens, that we’ll receive help from others should we need it.

Thanks Habitat for Humanity and Columbia Utilities for making a difference in people’s lives. We need more organizations that are willing to do so.

Face Plates – You Gotta Get One

This is such a fun way to get your kids to eat!  My husband got these face plates for my older two girls for Christmas because they are picky, very picky!  He thought they might be open to eating more of a variety of foods with this.  Here are just a few cute things we’ve done with them since Christmas.  They really do love them!  They are about $12 on amazon.  The possibilities are endless!

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Good Will Steals for DIY projects!

We have a really nice Good Will thrift store near us.  I can usually stop by and find some treasures for really good prices!  I recently found a sturdy desk for $5 and a queen size head board for $5 also.Nice and sturdy desk, but needs a little work!

Nice sturdy desk great for a kids room!  Just needs a little touch up work!

Nice sturdy desk great for a kids room! Just needs a little touch up work!

 

Here is the $5 head board I found!  Can't beat that price!

Here is the $5 head board I found! Can’t beat that price!

 

The desk is very sturdy, but was a little beat up on the outside.  I used some Elmer’s wood filler to fill some of the scratches and holes.  Then I used two coats of primer and two coats of paint.  I recommend Zinsser primer.

For the head board I had to use a spray paint primer and paint in order to get all the lattice work parts evenly.  Then I used regular latex paint for the smooth parts of the head board.

After the spray paint primer coat.

After the spray paint primer coat.

I used paint and primer I already had so all in all these two projects cost $10 total!  Not bad!

Looks great in my 8yr old's skate board bedroom!

Looks great in my 8yr old’s skate board bedroom!

 

Here is how the head board looks all set up!

Here is how the head board looks all set up!

 

Christmas Is Soon – Kids Favorite Toys

Hurryyyyyyy, Christmas is in like 15 days.  I cannot believe it.  I’ve been ordering like a champ through Amazon prime (free 2 day shipping).  I’m going to save your life and do your kids shopping for you in 5 minutes  list my 4 and 2 year olds favorite toys that we have.  They pretty much play with all the same toys together (one joy of having kids close together in age).  I will rank them in order of usage.

1.  Bounce House
That is the exact one that we have in our basement and my kids use it every single day and have for over 2 years.  Did you read that?  Every.Single.Day.  We set it up in our basement.  It’s awesome because we change it out with our ping pong table.  It folds up real easy too.  We also use it for all of our kids’ bday parties.  Right now it is $199 through amazon.  GREAT deal.  This is an awesome shared gift for your kids.

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2.  Magna-Tiles
These are one of my favorite interactive and learning toys.  My kids play them with each other, by themselves, and with us.  I think my favorite thing about these is that they get used SO much and take up such little space.  They really are worth every penny.  If you get these, make sure you get the 100 piece set, the 32 piece set can’t build as cool of things.

Check out Jamie’s review of them here.

3.  Glider Bike
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‘m a big fan of these.  My 4 year old can practically ride her bike without training wheels now because of this exact bike!

4.  Doctor Set
For some reason, my girls are obsessed with this exact doctor kit.  They have a few kits, but this one came with the bag.  It’s pretty cheap too!  I like it too because it makes them a lot less afraid of going to the doctor.  My girls also have this doctor dress-up.

5.  Tea Set
Let girls be girls, right?!  They can sit down and play tea for hours.

6. Play Doh Stuff
 My girls really love play doh.  These are also great for stockings!

7.  Dress-Up
This set is cute because you can match up different outfits for each princess!

8.  Stamp Set
For some reason kids LOVE stamps.  Last year, it was the only thing my 4 year old asked for from Santa.

9.  Board games
I saw that Wal-Mart dot com had a lot of kids board games on sale for $5.  My 4 year old loves Memory, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Sorry.

10.  Puzzles
Both of my girls LOVE puzzles.  I actually ordered my 2 year old the one I linked to above for Christmas.  Very educational too!

 

Okay, those are my top 10!  There Santa, click away and in 10 minutes be done with your shopping and focus on spending fun, quality time with your kids.  Merry Christmas!

 

ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas shows!

Yeah, it’s Christmas time!  I love all the fun Christmas shows on TV this time of year.  They always get us in the mood for Christmas!  Watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and Polar Express together at Christmas time has become a family tradition for us.

I thought I would post ABC’s 25 days of Christmas TV schedule in case anyone is interested in getting their DVR set up for the good ones!

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Sunday, December 1
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(8:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Buddies
(12:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 2
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 3
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days

Wednesday, December 4
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls – ABC Family Premiere
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas

Thursday, December 5
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Friday, December 6
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Prancer

Saturday, December 7
(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–10:30 AM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(10:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(12:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(2:30–4:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(4:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Sunday, December 8
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Cupid
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Snowglobe
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze – ABC Family Original Movie Premiere
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs

Monday, December 9
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holidaze
(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat
(12:00–2:00 AM) 12 Dates Of Christmas

Tuesday, December 10
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Snowglobe

Wednesday, December 11
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(8:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(8:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Thursday, December 12
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) Baby Daddy – All New Christmas Special
(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) Melissa & Joey – All New Christmas Special
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas

Friday, December 13
(4:00–4:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(4:30–6:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(6:20–8:20 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(8:20–10:30 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas

Saturday, December 14
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too
(8:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh—Abc Family Premiere
(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(10:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(11:30 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(1:00–1:30 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(1:30–2:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror!
(2:00–3:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story
(3:50–5:50 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 2
(5:50–8:00 PM ET/PT) Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story 3
(8:00–9:45 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid—Abc Family Premiere
(9:45–11:30 PM ET/PT) Disney’s The Little Mermaid
(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 15
(7:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
(9:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
(10:30–11:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) Disney Prep’s & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice
(11:30 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) All I Want For Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Monday, December 16
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Snow
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(1:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing
(1:30–2:00 AM ET/PT) Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice

Tuesday, December 17
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Three Days
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unlikely Angel
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express

Wednesday, December 18
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Holidaze
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Secret Santa
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too
(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) Mickey’s Christmas Carol
(8:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins

Thursday, December 19
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Eloise At Christmastime
(9:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) Mary Poppins
(12:00 –2:00 PM) 12 Dates Of Christmas
(2:00 PM–4:00 AM ET/PT) Holiday In Handcuffs
(4:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Deck The Halls

Friday, December 20
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Chasing Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) Christmas Every Day
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Christmas Do-Over
(1:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) The Family Man
(4:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys
(5:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Saturday, December 21
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Little Drummer Boy
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Pinocchio’s Christmas)
(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus
(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) Rudolph And Frosty’s Christmas In July
(1:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(2:30–3:30 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) A Chipmunk Christmas
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) The Mistle-Tones

Sunday, December 22
(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Unaccompanied Minors
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(5:00 PM–7:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Monday, December 23
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) A Dennis The Menace Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) Deck The Halls
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) Disney’s A Christmas Carol
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Jack Frost (1979)
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Scrooged

Tuesday, December 24
(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas
(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) Scrooged
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(9:00 -11:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Wednesday, December 25
(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) The Year Without A Santa Claus
(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) The Muppet Christmas Carol
(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 2
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Delicious Oreo Cupcakes!

I made these delicious cupcakes for my baby brother’s birthday.  I say baby brother since he is the youngest of us 7 kids, but he actually just turned 22.  :)  Once the baby brother, always the baby brother!

He is so much the cool bachelor that I can only lure him to hang out with us with delicious goodness!  I found this simple recipe at keyingredient.com and made these awesome oreo cupcakes.  Then I texted a picture of them to my little brother and he came over within the hour with a couple of his buddies.

Works every time!

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Delicious Oreo Cupcakes!
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 package of regular oreos
  • 1 package of mini oreos
  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix
  • 8 ounce cube of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3¾ cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cupcake batter according to directions on the box. Take ½ of the regular oreos and crumble them into your cake batter. Fill cupcake liners in cupcake pan with the batter and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. For the frosting: Mix the butter and cream cheese together. Add vanilla and slowly stir in powdered sugar. Crumble the rest of the oreos and mix them in. I used a blender for this. Use your favorite cupcake icing tip to frost cupcakes once they have cooled and decorate them with the mini oreos.

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Oatmeal Cream Pies – Homemade

I grew up with Little Debbie cakes and pies. My mom would let me get one box per week for my lunch box. Most of the time I chose oatmeal cream pies (nutty buddy’s and swiss cake rolls are pretty dang good too!). I recently came across this recipe on Pinterest, so I thought I would try them and I loved them. The icing, especially, was amazing.

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I also added a little orange sprinkles for our Halloween dessert!

All you need for the cookie part is:

  • 1 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. flour (I was advised to use closer to 2 cups, so I did)
  • 3 c. oats
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

For the cookies:

Cream butter and sugars in mixer. Meanwhile mix dry ingredients together. Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture. Cream. Add dry mixture to butter mixture. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Let cool on pan before removing (so they don’t crack).

For the icing, you need:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. heavy cream (I didn’t have cream so I used milk)
  • 4-5 Tbsp. shortening** (This wasn’t part of the original recipe but it needed something to taste lighter and fluffier. This was the perfect trick. Made it taste more like cream filling and less like a buttercream frosting.)  Thanks for the advice, Shan-made!
  • I also added 1 tsp. of vanilla

For the icing:

Cream all ingredients together until frosting is a light and whipped consistency.

 

Frost insides of cookies once completely cool!

Yummmmmmy!

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This was a great ending to our perfect Halloween night!

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Pumpkin Carving – Halloween Is This Week!

Every holiday comes too fast for me.  I feel like I never get to do all that I want with the girls before it is over.  This year I wanted to let them choose what they wanted on their pumpkins.

I picked up some pretty good pumpkins at our grocery store (Harris Teeter).  They were pretty big and they were 2/$10.00 – I didn’t have to pay by the pound.

We let the girls pick what they wanted on their pumpkin.  My five month old obviously couldn’t pick, so husband just drew and carved (see middle pumpkin).  My four year old wanted Hello Kitty and my two year old wanted Dora.  I’d say they turned out pretty good.

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In case you’re wondering, we did the obvious (obvious that we never thought to do before) and googled “Dora pumpkin stencil”.  It took my husband to the Nick Jr. site that has a TON of characters.  He also just googled “Hello Kitty pumpkin stencil” and Ella chose the one she liked best.

Here’s Ella with her stencil:

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What you need for the stencil is:

  • pumpkin
  • pumpkin carver, my neighbor let us borrow her electric one.
  • Big spoon for all the guts
  • stencil of your choice
  • lots of tape
  • candle (I used votive ones)

After we carved them, we noticed a lot of light wasn’t shining through, so I had to go back and kind of thin out the inside lining of the pumpkin and make the lines a little wider.  I’m not sure if all pumpkins are really thick, but ours seemed to be.

I will say that it was pretty tedious, but I was really happy with how cute they turned out.  In the end, husband and I did all the work, while these two ran around and looked cute.

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This was a no brainer pic.

Here’s a close-up!

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Happy Halloween!

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

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I love making wreaths.  Every since my first wreath two Christmas’s ago, I just can’t stop!  They are so easy and inexpensive.  I give them as teacher gifts for the holidays as well.

This fall wreath cost me about $5 to make.  The wreath part itself was on sale for $2.99 at Michaels.  Then you just pick out whatever accessories you want from the sale holiday isle.  They are usually range from 50 cents to $2 depending on how extravagant you get them.

I didn’t use any Halloween stuff this time, although there were plenty of Halloween items for those interested.  I wanted to be able to use the wreath through November as well so I kept it simple.

I just use hot glue and put it together how I want.  Looks great every time!

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Here are a few we have made in the past:

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