Archive | January, 2012

Weekend, What Weekend?

29 Jan

So, I am not sure where the heck the last two days went, but the weekend is over and I am off to DC tomorrow morning for the next few days.

This weekend was such a struggle to get our Pinterest Parties in…and today was pretty much a wash.

I have planned a few activities and recipes for Jerry to attempt while I am gone, so the next few days should be interesting! ūüôā¬†

An update on the Pinterest activities for the last two days…

Yesterday, I made two recipes for a school fundraiser, an easy appetizer and a heavenly dessert!

Pizza Muffins (adapted from www.plainchicken.com

Ingredients:

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup) 
4 oz mini turkey pepperoni, (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper

1/2 cup pizza sauce

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 375¬į. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella,¬†peppers and¬†pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

These are so delish and I completely forgot to take a pic of the finished product, but here is what the batter looked like…not such an appetizing shot, but I am sure we will make them again soon and I will post a pic.

Kennedy actually tried one before I left for the fundraiser, but the “green things” freaked her out!¬† I, however, sampled quite a few and they go mighty fine with a nice cold beer!

Butterfinger Blondies (from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/08/butterfinger-blondies.html)

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2 cups coarsely chopped Butterfinger Bars (approx 16 ‚ÄúFun Size‚ÄĚ bars)

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350¬į
Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl.
Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated.
On low add your dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking soda) until just combined.
Stir in your chopped Butterfinger.
Spread in a 9√ó13 baking dish and bake for 25 minutes until center is JUST set.
Remove from oven and cool completely.

Butterfinger Buttercream:

Ingredients

1/2 cup room temp butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 1/2 ‚Äď 3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped Butterfinger Bars (approx 4 ‚ÄúFun Size‚ÄĚ bars)

Instructions

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth.
Add in you powdered sugar on low speed.  Turn speed up to medium and mix until smooth
Stir in your chopped Butterfinger. (I sprinkled mine on top and stirred them in!)
Spread on your cooled blondies.

 

(Note:¬† I put the butterfinger bars in a gallon plastic bag and beat them with an ice cream scoop, yes ice cream scoop, to crumble them.¬† I have in the past used a meat tenderizer, but, ummmmm, that created holes in the bad and didn’t work so well.¬† I have experimented with other kitchen utensils and found that the ice cream scoop works the best!)

         

These little treats are pure happiness!  And, if you are anything like me and a sucker for tasting (okay flat out eating) the batter, you will not be disappointed here!  The batter is soooooooo yummy!

 

Today, due to some unforeseen circumstances, it became a very lazy day around here.¬† We did not cook, nor did we craft.¬† However, I did use my Pinterest boards for dinner.¬† I found some greasy fries and Culvers pins, and thought we could test those out.¬† Test, yes that’s it, because we have never, ever had Culvers before ūüėČ

Hopefully, Jer and the kids will have some good quality time together eating and crafting the next few days.  I am 105% positive that he will not blog about it, sooooo I will update everyone on Wednesday!

Off to sleep, my 6 am flight is going to be here way too soon.

I hope that none of you have a case of the Mondays tomorrow!

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NO Leftovers!!

27 Jan

Last night was a blast….right up until the time that I tried to blog about it and wordpress would not let me add the pics.¬† Sooo, here I am doing it tonight.

Work has been so crazy this week, that I have been completely unprepared for dinners and crafts and have been totally winging it as dinner time approached.  So, last night I went through my pins to find something simple and that I new I had all of the ingredients for in my cabinets.  The choice was simple:

Surprise Pancakes from 2makeendsmeet.blogspot.com

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450*
Put 2 tbsp. butter (or margarine, I guess) in an 8″ square pan.
Place the pan in oven, until butter is melted.  (I just microwaved for 40 seconds or so, until melted.)

Mix:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
Pour mixture into the pan.  Sprinkle with cinnamon (or nutmeg).  I used cinnamon.
Bake for 15 minutes at 450*.  Remove from oven and make sure your kids see how fun it looks right away!

(I actually doubled the recipe and used a 9X13 in pan)

         

These smelled yummy!  They quickly deflated and ended up being very thin, but immediately out of the oven, the dish was bubbly and looked pretty cool.  The kids giggled and ooohed and ahhhhhed as I removed it from the oven.  We added powdered sugar and syrup.  Both kids, okay all three kids had seconds and the entire dish was finished within minutes.  A huge success! 

 

Immediately following dinner, we started our project for the evening – ABC Picture Books.

I gave each of the kids a piece of paper with the alphabet on it.  They had to go through the house and take a picture of something that started with each letter of the alphabet.  When they found an item, they would come and tell me, write it on the paper and then they would proceed with another letter.  Soooo fun!  They enjoyed this as much as the scavenger hunt.  This weekend I am going to print the pics and we will assemble the books one night for an activity.  

       

I love nights like this one, happy, quality time together with NO TEARS!  Yes, no tears during dinner or during project time.  It was heaven, if only we could do this a bit more often.

 

Tonight was kind of a shamble.¬† Koley had a party with his teachers for three hours.¬† Kennedy grabbed some¬†food at grandma and grandpa’s when we went over there to chat.¬†¬†She did continually ask about her craft, so we started making a book.¬† She didn’t¬†quite get it finished.¬† It is illustrated,¬†now we are just in the process of adding her text.¬† It is called PacMan Party.¬†¬†Nooooo, my kids do not play too many video games.¬†¬†This title and subject of her book exemplifies the reason we need to take time out each night for a family craft, project or experiment to get away from the video games and the tv.¬† I have some pics of her drawing, but the camera is in the other¬†room and,¬†frankly, I am too tired to go and¬†get it.¬† I was so enthralled with¬†“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” that I stayed up until 2 am reading last night.¬† So now, sleepy time, and pics will be posted tomorrow!

Happy Friday!

Tears, Tears and More Tears

25 Jan

Major Migraine from hell, so here are the cliff notes…

Dinner consisted of an Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole from eatathomecooks.com.

  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley ( I omitted)
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 2 cans (15 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2-1 tsp. oregano ( I omitted)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. basil ( I omitted)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • black pepper to taste ( I used garlic salt)

Put the chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.  Sprinkle the rice, red pepper and parsley over the top.  Spread the cheese evenly over the top.

In a small bowl, combine the broth, chicken soup,, oregano, basil, garlic and pepper.¬† Pour evenly over the top of the other ingredients.¬† Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour ‚Äď 1 hour and 15 minutes.¬† Let it stand for a few minutes before serving.

         

Kole ate about half of his.¬† Kennedy cried and cried because she didn’t want to eat the peppers.¬† She eventually tried¬†a bite to earn her point.¬† Kennedy now has reached her goal of 50 and will get a playdate or toy.¬† Yay, Ken!¬† Kinlee ate hers all up – surprise, surprise.¬† Again, she cried when¬†hers was all gone. ¬†Jerry loves this kind of dish – he has a version that substitutes hamburger and cream of mushroom and calls it “slop”.¬† Yuck.

Craft time was super fun.  We created a little explosion.

I found these fizzy, explosion bags at http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-fun-43-fizzy-explosion-bags.html.

Directions from the site:

Tear a paper towel into a square that measures about 5 inches by 5 inches. Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda in the center of the square, then fold the sides of the¬†square¬†in toward the middle, and then the opposite sides in toward the middle,¬†with the baking soda inside.¬† This is your “time-release packet.”

Pour into your plastic bag, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of warm water.
Now here’s the tricky part. You need to drop the time-release packet into the vinegar and zip the bag closed before the fizzing gets out of control. You can zip the bag halfway closed, then stuff the packet in and zip the bag closed the rest of the way in a hurry, or you can put the time-release packet into the mouth of the bag and hold it up out of the vinegar by pinching the sides of the bag. Zip the bag closed and then let the packet drop into the vinegar. One way or another, get the packet in the vinegar and zip the bag closed.
Shake the bag a little, put it in the sink or on the ground, and stand back! The bag will puff up dramatically and then give a satisfying pop sound.
 
I had asked the kids what they thought would happen when we mix the ingredients, neither of them predicted an explosion and they were very pleasantly surprised at the response.
           
 
Kole’s fizzed, but there was a tiny portion of the bag that was not sealed, so the air escaped and did not “pop” the bag.¬†¬† Kennedy’s worked perfectly.¬† Kole wanted to give it one more try.¬† His bag slowly expanded as the kids eagerly watched.¬† The reaction took a few minutes, so neither one was prepared when the bag exploded.¬† This, of course, scared Kennedy and she started crying.
 
Lots of tears tonight.  Food was okay, kids loved the experiment and I am sure they will be asking to do this one over and over.
 
Head is pounding, so I am signing off!

Ooey, Gooey and Messy!

24 Jan

Finally, after a week long hiatus, we plunged back into our Pinterest Parties with a wonderfully, easy new dish I found at http://realmomkitchen.com/9947/italian-crescent-casserole/.

I made an Italian Crescent Casserole, which I called Spaghetti Pie.  I figured that the kids LOVED the braided spaghetti bread, so if I named this something similar, maybe, just maybe, they would give it a shot.  As usual, I altered the recipe to cater to my little picksters!

Ingredients:

1lb cooked ground beef

1 cup spaghetti sauce (the original recipe called for white sauce)

1 package crescent rolls

1 package shredded cheese ( I used a four cheese blend)

Directions:

  1. In skillet, mix cooked beef and red sauce. Heat over medium heat until warm. ( I seasoned with a few dashes of chili powder)
  2. Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles. Place dough in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate in spoke pattern, with narrow tips overlapping rim of plate about 3 inches.
  3. Press dough in side and bottom of pan to form crust and cover the pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese over dough in the pan.
  4. Spoon meat mixture evenly over cheese.
  5. Bring tips of dough over filling to meet in center; do not overlap.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the dish. Bake at 375¬įF 15 to 20 minutes. (original recipe calls for basil on top as well)

           

This recipe was quick, easy and delicious.¬† It would be perfect for a night when you don’t have a lot of time.¬† Kole dug in right away.¬† First, he said, “it’s not that good, but it’s okay.”

 

Then he started eating, and eating and asked for seconds.¬† He also started making fun of Kennedy, who was crying because she “doesn’t like hamburger”.

As she cried, Kole said he was going to tell all his friends that Kennedy cried over a little hamburger.¬† He begged us to get out the video camera cheering, “Come on, this will get at least a million hits, maybe two!”¬† Even after a gentle reminder of how he lost his mind over a green bean, he still continued to taunt her.

Then, she tried it.¬† Apparently, it wasn’t so bad because she kept eating.¬† After she finished about half of her portion, she asked to be finished.¬† We gave her permission, and told her she earned one point for trying her dinner.¬† This brought on more tears.¬† “I want to get my five points!¬† wahhhhhhhh!!!”¬† With tears running down her face, she continued to eat.¬† Several times, I told her that she could stop, but she refused to leave the table. ¬†She¬† really wants that play date, so she sat crying and eating until she had cleaned her plate.¬† Magically, the tears stopped and just like that, she was ready for craft time.¬†

Kinlee thoroughly enjoyed the Spaghetti Pie.  She ate and ate and ate.

And then….

Not because she didn’t like the food, but because we wouldn’t give her ANYMORE food.

One crying because she has to eat it for points, the other because we refuse to give her more…I am hoping one day soon to find a perfect balance of happy, well-fed, sweet, compliant¬†children.¬† It’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

(By the way, Jerry and I both really thought it was delish!)

Craft time!

Since my little second grader is studying matter Рsolids, liquids and gases,  I found an experiment at http://blog.austinkids.org/2011/04/09/from-a-liquid-to-a-solid/ which changes liquid to a solid.  This flopped BIG TIME.  I was beginning to think that Pinterest had changed me into some super woman who can make magic happen with her kids every night (or at least that I can follow directions and give the kids the illusion that I am this alternate being), then this stupid experiment knocked me back into reality and reminded me that I can not follow directions, nor am I Bill Nye the Science Guy.  I am going to give you the directions, and maybe you can make it work, but I can not get milk to curdle over heat.  If you make it happen, please tell me how the h you did it!

All you will need is:

  • 4 ounces of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • a small pan
  • a small, clean jar

First, you will put the milk in a pan and heat it on the stove until it curdles. This happens when the milk begins to form lumps. Next, you will slowly pour off the runny liquid. Then, put your lumps in the jar and add vinegar. Let it stand for about an hour.

After an hour, you will notice the milk has turned into rubber! Finally, you can shape the lump into a ball or some other simple shape. Be sure to pour out any excess liquid before playing with the rubber. After doing this, let it sit on a paper towel for a few more hours. Once it is completely dry, you will now notice the milk has finally turned into plastic!

Okay, here are our pics…notice Kole’s face.¬† He is like what in the world is this crap?!? (By the way, I asked each of the kids whether they thought that the mixture would a) stay a liquid, b) become a solid or c) become a gas.¬† They each said a solid, until they found out we were boiling the milk and changed their guess to a gas.¬† So they were a bit surprised about the semi-weird solid state that it became.)

We are going to leave it out overnight and see if by some miracle the plastic forms.

     

Good Luck, maybe you can follow directions, unlike my uncrafty self!!

We’re Baaaaaack

24 Jan

After a much needed and awesome vacation, we are finally back in the real world.¬† Jerry kicked it off with a bang by having an 8:00am meeting and I walked back into a hornets’ nest of a contract that is losing ass.¬† However, we did get to see our kids, who whined very little and genuinely seemed happy to see us.

Since I basically need a vacation to recoup from vacation, I had planned absolutely nothing for today.  This is partly due to the face that I left my ipad at home during our holiday and spent zero time on Pinterest (I did mention at least once in Mexico that I was having some Pinterest withdrawals, which is nice to know my obsession with Facebook has lessened in favor of a site that actually inspires me to actually DO something.  It has gotten me to cook on a daily basis, which Jerry has been trying and failing to do for about 10 years.)

Anyway, with no groceries or crafty supplies (or time to prepare), we decided to just order dinner, but make a Pinterest dessert.¬†¬† And tonight, Jerry made the dessert.¬† The kids were a little cranky about not having a project tonight, so Jerry asked, “Do you guys want to help me make dessert?”¬† They both said yes.¬†

“How about¬† making that your craft tonight?”¬† Jerry asked.

Kole snickered and said, “That’s pretty weak.”¬†¬† Ahhhhh, how I have missed my Koley.

Anyway, Jerry whipped up some Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars, and they were spectacular!  (http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2009/03/peanut-butter-chocolate-bars.html)

Ingredients:

  • 1¬†(18.25) package¬†plain yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter,¬†melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet¬†chocolate chips
    1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    2 Tablespoons butter
    2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon. Press this into a 9X13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup of the mixture to crumble on top.

3) In a small pot, melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and coconut.
4) Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1 1/2 cups of reserved cake mixture on top evenly.
5) Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
 
 
Jer said they were extremely easy and they were fan-freaking-tastic!  I think these will become a new staple or go-to dessert in this house!  (We even took some over to my dad to bribe him to take a girl scout cookie sheet to work and SELL, SELL, SELL for Kennedy.)
 
Here are some pics….and tomorrow night, we start with dinner and projects again.¬† I am pretty sure we are going to make elephant toothpaste, so stay tuned!¬† ¬†Whooooo-hooooo!
           

The Favorite Food Groups

16 Jan

Okay, so tonight will be short and sweet, as I have to get up at 3:30 am to catch a plane to Mexico!  Whoo-hoo!

First, I just wanted to mention that my little blog was blogged about today!  A local author and friend, Jennifer Anderson, mentioned my picky fam in her blog today.  You can check her out at www.musingsfromthepeanutgallery.blogspot.com.  You can also read a short story by Jen in the anthology Men in Uniform (available on Amazon)!

Anyway, since we knew we were going to be super crazy tonight, I picked something that I knew the kids would absolutely LOVE and that would be suuuuper easy.¬† Ready for it, don’t judge me….Peanut butter and bacon¬†(PBB) sandwiches!

Kole and Kennedy both LOVE peanut butter and bacon.¬† They both ask for spoonfuls of peanut butter as snacks and could each eat a pound of bacon at any given time, if I would let them.¬† So, I knew, without a doubt, that this would be a hit.¬† Exactly what I needed on a night when there would be no time to fight.¬† ( I also stuck a slice of tomato on their plates for them to try, which both did with no pushback, although neither “liked” it.)

Ingredients:

Peanut butter

bacon, cooked to your liking and ripped to bite size pieces

bread

Make two pieces of toast

Spread peanut butter on one slice

Add bacon pieces on top of peanut butter ( I used two and a half strips of bacon-y goodness for each sandwich)

Spread peanut butter on remaining piece of toast and place pb side down onto the bacon.

Holy Yummy!  While this reminds me of some sort of pregnancy craving food, it perfectly suited my picky pack and our need for a quick dinner fix from Pinterest.  I also gave them cheetos <gasp> with the sandwich and tomato slice!  They ate it all up and earned all of their points.  I did, however deny requests for seconds.  I thought one PBB sandwich was plenty!  I loved their pb faces after dinner!

 

Since Sweet Kinlee can’t yet eat pb, she happily munched on a grilled cheese.

LAVA LAMPS!

Tonight, we made lave lamps (found at http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Mad%20Science%20Theme).  I was going to skip craft time today and omigod, the whining that came with that announcement was like nails on a chalkboard.  Sooooo, plan B, I quickly found the ingredients for lava lamps.  (It is nice to know how much they truely look forward to this part of the day together, even if they express that in a whiney fashion!  It has been less than two weeks since we started, but they actually look forward to this everyday, which makes me smile knowing we have actually instituted a positive change!  Yay, Pinterest, keep these family activity ideas coming!!)

When I told Kennedy that we were making lava lamps, she said, ” Please tell me that we are NOT using gummy bears!”¬† If your kids watch a lot of¬† iCarly (and you along with them), you will understand!¬† She is too funny!

Ingredients:
clear bottle(s)
water
oil
food color
alka seltzer
(or silimar effervescent tablet)
funnel

Directions:

1. Pour oil into your bottle
filling it about 2/3 of the way
 
2. Pour water into your bottle
a little less than 1/3 to leave some room at the top
 
3. Add food color of choice ( we used 7-10 drops)
 
4. Observe what happened to the food color (if you don’t see anything, give it a little swish)
 
5. Cut 1 Alka Seltzer (or similar) tablet into 8 pieces
(you can use a larger piece if you have a big bottle) – I cut them into 6 pieces
 
6. Add 1 piece of the tablet at a time & observe the reaction. ( We added the first two one at a time and then we put the last four in at the same time, which made it wayyyyy cooler!)
 
 
The kids were laughing the whole time!¬† They loved seeing what would happen when more and more tablets were added!¬† They just kept wanting to add more and play!¬† Kole thought the green (which was Ken’s lamp) turned out better and more “awesome” than the blue.¬† And while I didn’t tell him this, I agreed!¬† We have set the lamps aside to see if they still work when we get back from Mexico!¬† Below are some pics of the process and the outcome!¬† This is a fun one!¬†
              
 
So, since we will be in Mexico, I am signing off for a week.¬† The kids are disappointed that they can’t earn points while we are gone.¬†¬† They are really liking the chance to earn points for their playdates!¬† Ken is only 6 points away!¬† She has 44 and Kole has 38!¬† Yay kids!
See you next Monday!

Trifecta!

15 Jan

Today was busy, busy, busy!¬† We started with an 8:15am¬†soccer game.¬† BTW…the sausage balls from last night made an excellent breakfast on the go for the kids this morning.¬† I popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds, put a few for each of the big kids in a plastic cup, and VIOLA…breakfast to go!

But anyway, in the midst of all of the craziness of getting ready to leave for our trip, finishing the de-Christmasing of the house, Pine Wood Derby car construction, and playoff football games, we found time for three Pinterest recipes today!

Kennedy and I started making dessert this afternoon.  I have been dying to make these since the second that I pinned it (although I should have waited until after we got back from Mexico so I could try one too!).

We made the delectable Cake Batter Truffles!  (found at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)

Ingredients:

1 ¬Ĺ cups flour
1 cup yellow cake mix
¬Ĺ cup unsalted butter, softened
¬Ĺ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3-4 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons sprinkles
Truffle Coating:
16 ounces (8 squares) almond bark (or white candy melts)  РI used red and white Wilton candy melts.
4 Tablespoons yellow cake mix
sprinkles
 
Directions:
Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
 Add 3 Tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. ( I used four)
 Mix in sprinkles by hand.
 
 Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet.
 Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
While dough balls are chilling, melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals. Once melted, quickly stir in cake mix until incorporated completely. Using a fork, dip truffles into almond bark and shake of excess chocolate by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. Place truffle back on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls until finished.
 
Chill cake batter truffles in the refrigerator until serving.
 
 
While the sugarlicious treats were chilling in the fridge, I made dinner (okay, I took a little break after treat making and took a 2 hour nap with my tired baby.  I highly recommend the nap as part of Pinterest time!)
 
For dinner – Braided Spaghetti Bread (http://rhodesbread.com/blog/blog/braided-spaghetti-bread)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 Loaf Rhodes Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
  • 6 oz spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 cup thick spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 ‚Äďinch cubes
  • 1 egg white
  • Parmesan cheese ( I omitted)
  • Parsley flakes (I omitted)

Directions:

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray, or use parchment paper.  ( Irecommend if you are a novice, liek myself at rolling out dough, not to use the parchment paper.  I had a tough time keeping the parchment paper still, I was a disaster!  So I just took ended up using the counter top!)
Roll loaf or combined dinner rolls into a 12×16-inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
 
Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and let cool slightly.
Remove wrap from dough. Place spaghetti lengthwise in a 4-inch strip down the center of dough. Top with sauce and cheese. (I mixed my spaghetti and sauce together)
 
Make cuts 1 ¬Ĺ-inches apart on long sides of dough to within ¬Ĺ-inch of filling.
Begin braid by folding top and bottom strips toward filling. Then braid strips left over right, right over left. Finish by pulling last strip over and tucking under braid.
Lift braid with both hands and place on large sprayed baking sheet. (or transfer parchment paper to baking sheet). Brush with egg white and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley (I omitted the parmesan and parsley and added garlic salt.  I baked for 15 minutes and then added shredded mozzerella to the top and baked for another 10)
 
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and slice to serve.
 
 
This dish was the THE BIGGEST HIT of anything that I have ever made.¬† Kole, Kennedy, Kinlee and Jerry all loved it.¬† Kole said at least 10 times, “Mom, this is uh-mazing!”¬† If this kid liked it, everyone would like it!¬†
 
Mikey likes it, he likes it!
 
Each of the kids had 3 helpings.  They thought that Grandpa would really like it since he likes spaghetti so much, so Kole wants to make it for him when we get back from Mexico as a thank you for helping watch the kids while we are gone.
You can’t go wrong, with the garlic bread baked around the cheesy spaghetti….smelled awesome!¬† And when it cooled off a bit (and the kids were on their second and third helpings) you could actually eat it with your hands like a sandwich!
    
Kole wanted me to make sure to tell everyone that this is the best food that he has EVER had.¬† Tell ’em mom!¬† Tell ’em!
 
Dessert turned out great too!¬† Jerry said they were awesome and I can’t wait to try them!
   
 
Craft time was only okay.  We decided to make puffy paint and then have a contest for best picture.  Each of the kids painted two pics in 25 minutes and submitted their favorite to be judged by Jerry!
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • a few little drops of food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a bowl.  ( I doubled the ingredients for each color, so the kids could share.)

Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste.

We used cotton balls and q-tips to paint the pics.

 

When they finish painting, stick the pics in the microwave for 30 seconds to get the “puffy” effect and to dry them.

 

The paint was not quite as puffy as I had hoped, but it was okay.¬† the kids enjoyed the transformation from the microwave.¬† And, of course, Jerry picked MY picture as the best one, so the kids were both LOSERS ūüôā¬† Neither of them took that very well, but all that matters is that I am a winner!¬†¬† (Just kidding, I think!¬† We didn’t want to make either of them feel bad, so I won by default.)

I want to give a shout out to the hubby!  He has been doing this Sacred Heart diet and lost around 12 lbs in the last 7 days and 16 in the past two weeks.  He is doing awesome!  I will post the details of this diet that he found on Pinterest, when we get back from Mexico.