Monday, June 25, 2012

S'mores Cookie Bars

I came across a recipe for S'mores Cookie Bars at Betty Crocker last week.

Today, the summer fun activity chosen was to make s'mores so it was the perfect day to try out the new recipe. While mine didn't come out of the pan quite as picture perfect as I would have liked, they were absolutely delicious!




They were definitely oo-ey and goo-ey.

Ingredients:
1 pouch (1lb 1.5oz) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 cups milk chocolate chips
4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

1. Heat oven to 375F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and crumbs. Stir in melted butter until soft dough forms. Press into ungreased 13x9 inch pan.
2. Bake 18-20 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Let stand 3-5 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt. Spread chocolate evenly over crust.
3. Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over melted chocolate. Broil with top 5-6 inches from heat for 20-30 seconds or until marshmallows are toasted (Watch closely because the marshmallows will brown quickly.) Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm. Store any remaining bars covered tightly.

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Costume for Dress Up

As a mom of 4 little girls, it seems like someone is always dressed in some sort of costume. There have been many mornings that Sassy has come down for school time dressed as a cheerleader, princess, or even a Star Wars character. So when I got the opportunity to review a costume from Wholesale Halloween Costumes, I was super excited.
Wholesale Halloween Costumes has hundreds of popular costumes to choose from! Sassy chose the Aurora costume. She absolutely LOVED it! She definitely looked like a little princess when she put it on (aside from the fact that her bangs are at that awkward in-between stage and are always in her eyes).

 Here's what I loved:
  1. The costume is well made. This is important to me because I know that it will get a lot of use, and it's disappointing to me and my girls when their costumes fall apart after a few wears.
  2. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the costume.
  3. There are so many choices available. I know I said that earlier, but it really was surprising. There were literally hundreds of choices. With the variety of interests of my girls, there is truly something for everyone.
 I encourage you to check out Wholesale Halloween Costumes, whether it's to get something for dress-up for your little princess or you're looking ahead for a Halloween costume.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Bucket List

The other day, Robb asked me if I had a bucket list. I hadn't ever thought about making one before, so he told me I should make one.

Apparently, I don't have very high aspirations or many dreams or something because I could only think of a few things to put on my list. Maybe it's just that I'm pretty content with the way my life is right now and the experiences I've already had. That sounds good; I'll go with that.

Here's what I've come up with so far:

  • Write a book
  • Go to the Grand Canyon
  • Visit the concentration camps
  • Go to Niagara Falls
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Go hiking
  • See the fall leaves in Vermont
  • Go to Alaska
  • Run a 5K
  •  Run a half marathon
  •  Learn how to snow ski
  •  Learn sign language
  •  Sing a solo at church
  •  Swim with dolphins
  •  Go snorkeling
  •  Go scuba diving
  •  Go to Hawaii
  •  Go to Israel
  •  See a Broadway play
  •  Visit the Statue of Liberty
  •  Learn photography
  •  Sew a quilt
  •  Knit a scarf
  •  Be a NICU volunteer
  •  Go to the Uffizi Gallery in Italy
  •  Learn to cook a gourmet meal
  •  Go on a missions trip
Do you have a bucket list? What's on it? Any suggestions to add to mine?




Friday, June 8, 2012

Frisbee Fun

Our activity for Wednesday was to play Frisbee.








Throwing the Frisbee seemed to be no problem. Catching the Frisbee was a whole different story.


Little Red broke out into dancing, which was pretty entertaining.
A good time was had by almost everyone. Sassy Pants was having a grumpy kind of day, so most of her time was spent pouting.





The little dog who lives across the street seemed a little sad that he couldn't come join in the fun. You can see him peeking out the bottom window below.
We are certainly having a wonderful, fun-filled family summer. (Even if the temperature was only in the low 70's, which is very unusual for a June day in South Carolina.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How Does the Garden Grow?

It's almost harvest time for my garden. It's so exciting to look out into the backyard and see the lush green growth in the raised bed The Boy and Robb made for me. In just a couple of weeks, I should have cucumbers, beets, carrots, broccoli, collards, and watermelon.



For Mother's Day, The Boy gave me some large planters to go on the front porch. A couple of weekends ago, I got some flowers to put in them.
Around the mailbox, Little Red planted some wildflower seeds back in April. For the past few weeks, we've had some beautiful flowers blossoming there. (This isn't a very good picture - sorry!)
Here are some of the other gorgeous beauties around my house:




Monday, June 4, 2012

Jello Cake

Today's summertime activity pulled from the pot was to make a cake. We made a jello cake, which is perfect for summertime since it's so light and cool. And super easy to make! Each of the small people got to do a different step in the recipe.



Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs

1 box of Jello mix, 1 cup hot water, 1 cup cold water - We used strawberry flavor, but any flavor will be good.

1 container of Cool Whip


1. Make cake according to package directions. Bake and let cool.


2. Mix Jello according to package instructions, but leave it in liquid form. Do not chill to make it firm.

3. Poke holes in the cake. We used a thin craft stick.

4. Pour jello over cake. Put in refrigerator to cool and set.

5. Frost with Cool Whip.



Like I said, super easy and really yummy. It was absolutely wonderful to have for a piece for a snack on a humid afternoon.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ice Block Rescue

If you are a Star Wars fan, you're probably familiar with the scene where Han Solo is frozen in carbonite. We used this as the basis for our activity yesterday.

We took a couple of The Boy's Lego people and froze them in ice blocks.

To freeze toys in ice, fill a container about 1/3 full with water. (I filled these halfway, and the toy ended up being to close to the edge of the ice block rather than in the middle.) Put that in the freezer. When that layer is frozen, place the toy on top and put a thin layer of water. Freeze again. When that layer is frozen, fill remainder of container with water and freeze.

Once we had our Lego men completely frozen within the ice blocks, we took them outside to free them. Everyone got a squirt gun, and they took turns spraying the blocks of ice to free the captives.












Finally, after much squirting, our captive was free!
After freeing the captive, the small people turned the squirt guns on each other and had a great time getting wet.
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