Friday, December 30, 2011

Fun Finds Friday!

We found some really cute things this week to share on our Fun Finds Friday! We hope that all of you have a fantastic New Year!

Check out these awesome New Year's Eve Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen...

We found this wonderful idea on Party Wagon's facebook page. I can't find who made them. If anyone knows please let us know so we can give them credit. Perfect for a New Year's party!

Love this idea from Fiskars for Valentine's Day...

Another cute one from The Fry Family Blog...

These are really cute Countdown Bags from Hosier Homemade...

Love these New Year's Cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle!

Doesn't this Peppermint Ice Cream Cake look amazing! From Hostess and spotted on Cute Food For Kids. A Great way to use left over candy canes..

Love these Cookie Sheet Cookies from Munchkin creative!

This Rainbow Jello Cake is pretty cool from Catholic Icing...

These Football Woopie Pies are fun to serve up on game day! From Make Merry Events...

These Ball Drop Cupcake Toppers are fun from One Charming Party!

New Year's Midnight Oreo Pops!

We thought it would fun to make little midnight clocks out of oreo's for New years! Ours are a little sloppy from the kids running around and being a bit wild while making these so most of you could do a lot better.

We used oreo cookies, white candy coating, chocolate candy coating (or chocolate chips), lollipop sticks, and chocolate sprinkles.

Open the oreos and cut out just a slice of the cream to put in the stick. We secured with cookie frosting.

We melted just a couple of bars of the chocolate first in the microwave (or a cup of chocolate chips). Put the melted chocolate in a baggie and snip off the corner. Pipe 2012 onto wax paper like this...

Let that dry. Melt the white chocolate coating in the microwave and dip the oreos in it. Place onto wax paper. Use chocolate sprinkles to make the clock before it dries. Place the 2012 numbers on the top while the chocolate is still soft. Let it dry and that is it!

These are so easy to make and the boys loved them!

Here is my youngest with his. He only got to eat the number 2, but he was happy with that!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Years Dinner for Kids!

We made this fun Midnight Clock Quesadilla for New Years and the kids thought it turned out so cool! We used 2 tortillas, shredded cheese, black beans, sour cream, and a small piece of a yellow pepper.

Sprinkle cheese in between the tortillas and heat it up in a pan or microwave. Heat up a small bowl of black beans and decorate the clock with them. Put a small amount of sour cream in a baggie and snip off just a tad on the corner to pipe on the words. We had a small star cookie cutter and cut out the stars with that from the yellow pepper. There are so many ways to decorate this. You could use different colored peppers and tomatoes to make fire works,etc...

Let the kids make their own...they might surprise you with how creative they can be!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Star Wars Gingerbread Men

We hope that all of you had a wonder Christmas! My little boys wanted to make cookies on Christmas Eve for Santa and came up with these Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies. They created them all by themselves! I just love the Jawa's they made!ha They will turn anything into Star Wars...anything! I love their idea and thought some of you might enjoy them as well. They did have other characters from the movie, but I picked out the best ones. Santa loved all of them! Great job boys!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fun Finds Friday!

It's time for our Fun Finds Friday! You might get a couple of last minute Christmas ideas out of these wonderful finds or at least pin them for next year! I can't believe we are only a couple of days away until Christmas. It is so warm here in different from last year. I am headed out today to finish some last minute shopping! Here are a few of our favorite finds this week...

Love this beautiful cake made by Bakingdom!

Here is another fabulous creation by Munchin Munchies....

Love this 5 Min. Fudge Wreath from Tidy Mom...

Cute tree pancakes from Midstate Mills...

This is a really cute Buddy the Elf Party from Pizzazzerie...

Cute Gingerbread Tags from Crafts by Amanda...

What a pretty Christmas House made with sugar cubes from Martha Stewart!

My boys made these Star Wars Snowflakes last week and loved them! Get the templates here at Dude Craft...

Check out this pretty Peppermint Swirl Frosting spotted on Be Different Act Normal...

This is a neat Book Page Tree from Free Stylin...

Cute Christmas Pizza's from Delia Creates...

We hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Dinner Ideas for Toddlers & Kids!

We made a couple of fun Christmas Dinners and wanted to share them with you!

The first one is this Reindeer, Snowman, and Christmas Tree dinner. It's so easy! The reindeer is a burger with large pretzels for the antlers, tomato for the nose, and edible eyes. The tree is string green beans, tomato for the garland, and a yellow pepper for the star (you could use pineapple). The snowman is mashed potatoes, a carrot for the nose, and raisins for the mouth and eyes. My boys loved this and it's so simple to make!

This is our Christmas Tree Quesadilla! We just used 2 spinach tortillas, cheese, and peppers for the ornaments and star. We cut the tortillas with kitchen scissors to make the tree. Sprinkle with cheese and fry it up or melt in the microwave. The trunk is black beans. You could use fruit to decorate as well!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

North Pole Cupcakes & Peppermint Popcorn

We spotted these North Pole cupcakes and just loved them! I made them for my 5 year olds kindergarten class party. They are so easy to make and just look so cute! This is not our idea and I am not sure who originally came up with this, but I did first see them on One Charming Party.

We used white cupcake liners, strawberry cupcakes, white frosting, white decorating sugar for the top, candy canes (with the tops broken off), and red candies. Make your own North Pole sign or go to the One Charming Party link to get their free printable.

This Peppermint Popcorn is something else that we made that I could sit around and eat all day long! We spotted this one of Skip To My Lou. It's so easy. Just a cup of crushed peppermint mixed with 16 oz of white chocolate (or bark). Mix 1/2 a cup of crushed peppermints with 2 regular popped bags of pop corn (or 4 qts). Sprinkle with the rest of the crushed peppermint. It's SO good and great to give away for last minute Christmas goodies!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

O Honeydew O Honeydew, Thy Fruit I am Arranging!

My 8 year old is having his Christmas class party tomorrow and it is first thing in the morning. It will be a breakfast type of thing and we were assigned to bring fruit. Green grapes were already snatched up by someone else so we were a bit limited on how creative we could be and make it simple. We ended up with this Honeydew Christmas Tree and we are so pleased with how cute it turned out. I just can never be ok with dropping off a bag of fruit, but that's just me!

We used 1 honeydew melon, maraschino cherries, 1 pineapple slice from a can, and just a few dark grapes. We were just going to use a 9x13 tray and cut up strawberries for the background around the tree. However, we found these tree trays at Kroger on clearance and it worked out perfect!

We cut our honeydew into squares and just layered them on the tree tray. We cut 1 pineapple slice to look like a star on top. We cut the cherries in half and lined them up to look like garland. We put a few dark grapes at the bottom for the tree trunk.

How easy is that! Green grapes would look pretty on this as well!

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Away in a Manger Breakfast!

My boys really wanted to make something with baby Jesus so we decided to make this manger scene breakfast. We used pancakes, 1 egg, a couple of chocolate Puffins cereal (you could use bacon), chex cereal (or you could use shredded wheat).

We just shaped our pancakes in the shape of a barn in the pan. Cut off the edges to clean it up with kitchen scissors. Cut out the opening in the middle. We beat 1 egg and poured it in our pan. Make it like a omelette. We used a star cookie cutter to make the shining star. We used the scraps to make a blanket for baby Jesus. We used 2 square Puffins cereal for the manger (or bacon) and broke up some Chex cereal for the hay.

Use what you have and it's super easy to make! A fun breakfast to make with the kids and a great way to talk with them about the true meaning of Christmas!

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