Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weenie Men - A Fun Dinner for Kids

I'm not even sure I can type this post.  I'm laughing too hard.  'Cause seriously... this meal cracked me up.  But even more hysterical than these totally adorable weenie men (that I found over on Casa de Luna) is the conversation that I had with my son.  Are you ready for this???

My son: "Don't forget today is Saturday so we get a fun dinner."
Me: "You're right.  What should we do tonight?  How about Weenie Men?"
My Son: "Oh yeah, or Super Weenie."
Me: "Um, what?"
My Son: "You know, Super Weenie."
Me: "What's a Super Weenie?"
My Son:  "Mom!  It's a crime fighting hot dog.  Duh."
Me:  "Of course.  Could you show me how to do that?"

Are you ready for this.....

I'd like to introduce you to Super Weenie - Crime Fighting Hot Dog!

Is that hysterical or what?!?!  I laughed so hard I cried.  He was so proud of his weenie creation.

Way better than my weenie men.

They were easy to make and my kids loved them.  Just cut a hot dog and then place in a pan with water in it.  Cook like you would a regular hot dog and voila!  Weenie men!

To make the hair on Super Weenie, my son added some uncooked spaghetti noodles.  Then we put them in a pan of boiling water and cooked these crime fighting bad boys until the pasta was cooked.

I love being a Mom always.  But there are days that make my heart burst and I thank the heavens that I was blessed with such amazing kids.  This was one of those days!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Christmas Printables and Gift Ideas

Keep Calm
I am so excited that Christmas is on it's way.  I just love Christmas.  I love everything about it!  It makes me happy... even when I'm not really that happy.  And I love printables.  Especially free ones that are out there in blog land just waiting for me to print off.

I've been collecting printables for awhile now on Pinterest.  If you don't yet know about Pinterest, you are truly missing out.  You must go check it out and see all of the amazing things there and start pinning all of your favorites! 

So I thought I'd share some of my favorite Christmas printables with you.  Just click on the link below the picture and it'll take you to the awesome blog/website that created it.

Believe in the Spirit

Deck the Halls
Christmas Subway Art
Subway Art
Live Simply
Jingle Bells
Jingle On
Luke 2
Subway Art
Meaning of Christmas
Gift Tags
Lots of Gift Tags
Christmas Tags
Lunch Box Notes
Elf Gift Tags
Gift Tags or Mini Candy Bar Wrappers
Holiday Penguin Labels
Holiday Tags
Gift Ideas

Holly JOLLY Christmas
Candy Cookie Mix
We Wisk You a Berry Kissmas
Snowman Soup
Christmas Blanket Poem
Grinch Pills
We hope you enjoy our collection!  If you have a great Christmas printable that you would like to share, please leave a comment with the link.  I'd love to see it!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Glow In The Dark Bath

When I saw this idea over on You'll Thank Me One Day I knew I was going to try this for my kids.  I mean seriously... how cool is this!

I went to the Dollar Store and spent $6 on 6 packages of glow sticks.  I went upstairs and filled the bath without telling my kids and cracked 3 packages of glow sticks in the bath.  Then I turned off the lights and told my daughter to come up stairs.  She walked into the bathroom and just stared at the tub.  After about 45 seconds (seriously!  It was so cute!) she dropped her jaw and saw "Oh my gosh!  The bath is glowing!"  Then she screamed at the top of her lungs "CODY, GET UP HERE NOW!"  I filled the other bath for my son.  

So for $6 my kids sat in their baths for almost an hour, giggling and hollering to each other "totally cool, right?!"  It was so worth it!


Some people think that you need money to make special memories.  Some people think it's the big things in life that we remember when we're old.  Some people think that expensive gifts show someone you care about them.  I disagree with those.  It's the small moments that make up our lives.  It's the simple things that we remember when we are old.  It is the small and simple things that we do for or with our children that shows them how special they are.

  You can live an ordinary life or you can live and extra-ordinary life.  I'm going for extra-ordinary!  

How will you make your day special? 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Homemade Butterfinger Candy Bars

We had to do it. We had to jump on the Butterfinger bandwagon. They looked so good. And the thought of making your own Butterfingers out of candy corn kind of intrigued me. I mean really... candy corn and peanut butter? Who knew?  And we just love candy corn.  It's just so pretty. 

Katrina from In Katrina's Kitchen knew. That's where I first found these bad boys. She has a fantastic blog that I just love!

Here's what you need:

Yep, only 3 ingredients: candy corn, peanut butter and milk chocolate.

Add 16 ounces of candy corn to a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat.

Add 16 ounces of peanut butter and stir until combined.

Turn into an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper.

Allow to cool completely.

Melt chocolate.

Cut candy corn mixture into squares (or small rectangles) and dip in melted chocolate.

Let cool on waxed paper.

So simple!  And they taste wonderful.  Totally like a Butterfinger candy bar.  The inside isn't crunchy like a Butterfinger but it's not creamy either.  It's hard to explain but they are delicious!!!


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Candy Bar Wrapper {Free Printable}

I fell in love with this printable when I saw it over on Pittypat Paperie. She got them from Laurie Furnell's site.  (Thanks, Laurie!!!)  It's a printable!!!  

I knew my kids and I had to make them for their teachers.  (I'm a big believer in appreciating my kids teachers!!!)  And who wouldn't fall in love with these very easy to make candy bar wrappers.  All the work is already done for us!

I just printed them off from here.  The directions are even printed on them.  How easy is that??!!  And how cute are these???

Print them out.  Cut them out.  Wrap a regular sized Hershey Bar and add a bow.  Easy as that!
The middle one is for my daughter's teacher.  She wanted it to have a pink bow.  =o)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

You've Been Elfed and Free Printables

You've Been Elfed
I just love the whole "You've been elfed (or jingled, or whatever) thing."  At Halloween time we do the "You've been booed" thing with our neighbors and then at work.  It's fun.  The kids love it.  And who am I kidding, I love it.  I love walking out on the front porch and seeing a treat for me and my kids.  It brings great joy to my life.

The other day it occurred to me that it's almost December.  Wait, perhaps I didn't have the correct amount of emotion in that statement...  IT'S ALMOST DECEMBER!!!!  I'm both scared and super excited by that.  So it's almost time to start elfing (or jingling or whatever you chose to call it.)   And I found some great printables on the internet.  I mean really, hasn't everyone heard the expression "why reinvent the wheel???"  So I'm going to share them with you.

Enjoy!  And get cracking!  It's almost December!!!

This site explains about being "jingled" and has some great printables.
We've Been Jingled
You've Been Elfed
You've Been Elfed
You've Been Elfed
You've Been Star'd
I found a great site that has 52 gift ideas that are simple and inexpensive.  52!!!  Head on over to Brassy Apple and see what they are up to.

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