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This past weekend Wayne was gone camping with a friend, so it was just the kids and I. We had a bunch of fun and went to the movies, traveled to soccer games, and went shopping for a special project that I had never done before.
1. Cut out this “We’ve been BOO’d” sign
2. Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together
I bought little specialty themed A&W and 7UP® cans along with some of our personal favorite Mars® Chocolates to fill our BOO kit. I also decided to bake a special treat to add to our treat-filled kit. I settled on making some Halloween themed brownies, and have dubbed them “BOO’tiful Stuffed Brownies”….rich chocolate brownies stuffed with mini chocolates so there are no tricks, only treats! I topped them with a white chocolate icing too, and think they will do the trick ;).
I used a Halloween bucket and filled it with the card and our goodies – creating treat bags and little extra spooky touches.
- Your favorite brand of dark chocolate brownie mix
- 9 Mini Chocolate Snickers® bars
- 8 ounces of white chocolate morsels
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- Optional: food coloring and / or sprinkles
4. While the brownies are cooling, place white chocolate into a mixing bowl and set aside. Pour the heavy cream into a pan over medium heat and slowly bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour into the bowl with the white chocolate and mix until combined. Mix coloring in if desired. Slice the brownies into 9 squares and dip each brownie into the white chocolate icing. Top with your favorite sprinkles and enjoy!
You can find everything you need for your brownies and kits at Walmart, and here’s a coupon you can print to save $2.00 on on ONE (1) 6pk 8oz Cans or TWO (2) 2L and 2 bags of Mars® Candy! Are you going to #BOOItForward this year? Have you ever participated in this fun activity before?
Hello my friends! I’m finally beginning to get used to having a few hours every day to actually get things done, and I really like it. The evenings though, well they’ve been pretty hectic. Yesterday Emma had her first horse riding lesson right after school, then Noah had his soccer practice after that. We still got home at a reasonable time (6:15) but there was no way I had the energy to bust out a meal…luckily I had already prepared it though. 🙂 We had homemade chicken noodle soup, and a dessert that literally took thirty seconds for me to make – and it was SO delicious!
You guys – we’ve been so busy this past week that I’ve not gotten back out to pick blueberries with the kids yet! I promised to make some more jam with them though, so this morning we drove over to our local fruit stand to buy a flat of blueberries…bad idea on a weekend! They were nearly out of fruit for the day, and only had a couple pints of blueberries.
Instead I ended up grabbing a half flat of blackberries and the last half flat of raspberries that they had to create a different kind of jam (and to freeze some too!)
As you can imagine – making jam can be, well – downright messy. I always keep cleansing wipes on hand for easy clean up – like Wet Nap® Cleansing Wipes. We always seem to get jam on our hands when I’m pouring the jam into the jars, and it is inevitable that the kids will dip their fingers into jam and sneak berries whenever possible!
I decided to do something a little different with this batch of jam and added a tablespoon of orange emulsion to give it a little bit of a unique twist with the berries, and I think it turned out pretty darn delicious.
Want to make some jam? Grab some sugar, berries, a Wet Nap Cleansing Wipes and get ready to create something tasty! 😉
Blackberry Raspberry Jam with a Hint of Orange Flavor
What you need:
4 cups raspberries
4 cups blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange emulsion
8 8 ounce canning jars; sterilized
- Wash the berries thoroughly and add them to a large cooking pot. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and orange emulsion; stir.
- Using a potato masher, gently smash some of the berries. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
- Place the berries over medium heat and slowly bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook until the berries reach the jellying point – which is about 220-221 degrees F on a thermometer.
- Using a ladle, skim off any foam on top and discard.
- Then, spoon mixture into jam jars, leaving ¼ inch space from the top of the jar. Add lids with rings and then process them for 15 minutes in boiling water.
Wet Nap Cleansing Wipes can be found at Walmart and just make cleaning up super easy –whether it is jam off of sticky hands, or dirt from the county fair (I’ll share photos from that soon!) They are just great to have on hand.
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We spent the next hour and a half snacking on Avengers Cheez-its and cookies while we decorated them. I even decided to do something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a while to see if it worked: making whipped cream in a mason jar.
Noah thought it was awesome and it really was just as easy as I had heard! All you do is pour in some whipping cream into a mason jar (I used half a pint) then add a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. You screw the lid on and shake for less than a minute and voila! Homemade whipped cream! It’s way easier than getting out the mixer!
We placed our fun creations in the refrigerator and had two VERY happy girls when they discovered what we had made them – and my little Captain America was so proud of what he accomplished.
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”… Sometimes I find myself humming the classic tune on warm sunny days and yesterday was definitely one of those days! Here in Oregon the month of April can be a hit or a miss on the weather – meaning we could pretty much have a little of everything. Luckily yesterday and today are simply gorgeous with temperatures around 75 degrees, which means everyone starts thinking about barbecues and ice cream!
I like to get creative and make my own ice cream from time to time. We have a traditional ice cream machine as well as a small one that is in in the shape of a ball that you literally roll back and forth and shake to create ice cream. It works well if you are camping, but it’s definitely a workout! So yesterday Anika and I made ice cream in my traditional ice cream maker, but we made the ice cream with a slightly non-traditional ingredient that I had personally never thought of using before – Kool-Aid Easy Mix.
We were at Walmart last week and from time to time they have in-store demos, and they happened to be demoing their new Kool-Aid Easy Mix, which is really convenient to make because you add water and make the desired amount that you’d like. Well, I got to thinking that not only would the Kool-Aid Easy Mix be good for making beverages, but just might be an easy way to make some fun ice cream flavors – and I was right. The Kool-Aid Easy Mix comes in cherry, grape, and tropical punch, so I bought one of each and put our ice cream making skills to work. The results were very satisfying!
Here’s what I did:
Kool-Aid Easy Mix Grape Ice Cream
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- ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 ½ cups of half and half
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1/3 cup of your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid Easy Mix
- Waffle cones and sprinkles (optional)
- Ice and rock salt (per your ice cream makers’ instructions).
Pour the cream; half and half, milk and Kool-Aid Easy Mixinto a mixing bowl. Whisk together until combined. Pour into ice cream machine and follow the machines instructions. When the ice cream is finished, scoop into a waffle cone and top with your favorite color of sprinkles.
This could also be a fun way to let kids participate in making a cool treat during play dates or even birthday parties! Do you ever make your own ice cream?
M&M’s, and JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows (optional)
Do you have any simple treats you make for yourself after the kids are in bed?
In the mean time I also melted some white baker’s chocolate in the microwave and added some orange food coloring gel to it as well, and then poured the melted chocolate into a bag and piped circles on to a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
I’m back! How has your week been going? Mine has been a little on the hectic side, and I keep telling myself to just take one day at a time! I’ve been trying my hardest to make little choices every day that will be better for me and help keep me going – like eating salads, going to the gym twice a week, things that I can do that will help keep my body going – besides the instant gratification of coffee that is!
Of course I still need some delicious things to eat as well, and I found these DOVE® Fruit chocolates at Walmart and bought some – they are made with dark chocolate and real fruit – there are some with whole cranberries, blueberries, and cherries! Depending on what store you are in, they can be found either in the candy aisle, a display pallet, or I even saw some smaller sized bags while in the checkout.