Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Favorites Valentine's Day Party Round UP



With Valentine's Day just around then corner it is time to plan all those class room Valentines Parties.  To make things easier I have put together some of my favorite ideas.  

1. Easy and cute class party all planed out.  Easy as 1-2-3..

I love these cute parfaits.


2. I love the idea of having kids decorate straws, it is a lot like decortaing the  cups, but the more they can do the better.  

Great instructions at Paper Source Blog.


3. Awesome and fun party games at Cul-de-sac Cool.

These sound so fun I am looking forward to using them at my next party.


4. My kids LOVE Yahtzee and how cute is this Valentine's Day Yahtzee at The Idea Room.  

Great for smaller parties or Valentines family game night.


5. Matching games are great.  Educational, but kids don't realize it.  

You could make one like this one from Make and Takes.  Or make it for older kids with math facts, (2x3) and (6).


6. Makoodle has this very cute Valentines Bingo boards.  

Bingo is always a hit.


7.  Free printable party pack at Amanda's Parties To Go.

Tic-tac-toe boards make a fun take home. 


8. Decorate sugar cookies. There is a great recipe at Landeelu.

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles, a few plastic butter knifes and you are good to go.



If you are doing groups, make sure to make a set for each group.  


10. Fun minute to win it games at Sassy Sites.

Several fun looking games here.





Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Best Oreo Cupcakes


I am pleased to introduce you to the very best Oreo cupcakes.


Oh, they are SO good.  What makes them extra good is the "frosting."  It is less like frosting and more like a fluffy cheesecake.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes
1 box of triple chocolate cake mix
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 larger size box of unprepared chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup of water
About a cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
about 6 very chopped Oreos

For the frosting
1 package of cream cheese, 8oz. at room temp.
4 cups powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 container of Cool Whip, 8oz. thawed

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together the cake mix, oil, unprepared pudding, sour cream, eggs, and water.  Then add in chocolate chips and finely chopped Oreos. 
3. Bake in cupcake liners for about 18 mins.
4. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting.
5. Beat the cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy.  Slowly add in the sugar while continuing to mix the cream cheese mixture.
6. On a low speed, add in the cool whip.
7. You may need to allow the frosting to set up in the refrigerator while the cupcakes continue to cool.  Make sure the cupcake are all the way cool before adding frosting.
8. Put your frosting in a pastry bag.
9. Stick the point of the pastry bag into the cupcake and squeeze a little frosting into the center.  You will see the cupcake puff up.
10. Then frost the cupcakes like normal and sprinkle with crushed Oreo.
11. If you'd like, stick a piece of leftover Oreo in the frosting, for a little flair and extra cookie goodness.





Do you want a few extra tips on how to make pretty cupcakes and my favorite butter cream frosting, perfect for those up coming Valentine's Day parties?



Plus my favorite Chocolate Fudge Frosting.  So good you will be tempted to eat it with a spoon.


Mmm now I want cake....





Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun with Felt Balls


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Practical Guide to Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf, Jingle Van Happy Pants, will arrive on Monday.  He always shows up on December first.

When it comes to the elf, sometimes he gets a few haters who think it is just one more time consuming thing to fit into the Christmas craziness and that he is teaching kids the wrong thing.

Well, I love our elf, but I also take a very low key approach to the elf.

There are a couple of rules I live by when it comes to having an elf visiting for the holidays.  First, our elf does NOT do bad things. He NEVER makes big messes, he NEVER camps out all day somewhere inconvenience (like taking up one of the seats on the sofa in the Family room, at the bottom of the stairs, or on the toilet... seriously! the toilet people.  I don't know about you, but decommissioning a toilet all day because an elf is pooping skittles does not seem like a good idea.... and what if he fell in?? Gross.)

So here is what our elf does do.

Every December 1st our elf arrives in our fireplace.  It just seems like a good place for someone from the North Pole to show up and he brings the kid's advent calendars.  The first time I turned off the pilot light, but it was a pain getting it back on so now we just risk it.



 Throughout the month our elf does bring a few presents, but they aren't anything that I wouldn't have given the kids anyway.  He will usually bring them new Christmas jammies the first Friday and Christmas coloring books the first day of Christmas break.

Most days our elf keeps it really simple.