Happy Halloween!

Edible Eyeballs anyone?

I was searching online for a healthy snack my preschooler could bring to school today to share with her classmates. I couldn’t be happier with this snack and it was super easy!

All you need are carrots, cream cheese and black olives! I cut up the carrots last night and put them in some Tupperware with cold water and also cut the olives in half and put those back in their brine. This morning all I had to do was “paste” the cream cheese on the carrots and plop the olives on top – my three year old helped me with that step.

Happy Trick ‘O Tricking!


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It’s A……

Recently, we received two very fun and unique announcements from friends sharing that they’re expecting and if it’s a baby boy or girl. And they’re just too cute not to share with you! Bonus? These expecting moms found a fun way to make their announcements fun for family and friends both near and far!

One really unique way of revealing the exciting news? (It’s delicious, too, if you live nearby!) A friend posted this on Facebook:

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And a few hours later…

 

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Love this idea? We thought you might! See below for instructions on how to make your very own “Baby Cakes”

Baby Cakes

1) Prepare a batch of your favorite cupcakes (24 count). Let cool completely.
2) Mix up the filling while cupcakes are cooling:

2 tsp. hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
1 jar marshmallow cream (7oz)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring (Red or Blue)

3). Dissolve salt in hot water and set aside to cool.
4). Whip marshmallow cream, shortening, sugar, and vanilla until it’s fluffy.
5). Add in cooled salt water and whip well until completely combined.
6). Add drops of food coloring to filling and whip until you have your desired color.
7). Fill your cakes:

Place filling in a pastry icing bag with a #22 star tip.
Insert tip into top of cupcake and gently squeeze until a small amount of filling is in the cupcake. You can also cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spoon filling in if you prefer.

8). Frost your cakes with your favorite icing to cover up the colored dot on the top of the cupcakes.
9) Serve to family and friends to share the wonderful news!

 

Another friend made the announcement by combining her love of photography, design and shoes!

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Did you do anything fun or different to let your loved ones know the good news? Let us know!

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What’s for dinner Wednesday: Chicken Salad(s)

I recently made two super easy and yummy chicken salads for lunch/dinner and wanted to share with you all! Sorry – I didn’t take any pictures but if you make any of these please share your pictures with us on our Facebook page and let me know how it turned out!

Chicken Curry Salad (make the night before for best taste)
serves two

Shopping list
1 Can Chicken
Mayo (or the equivalent)
Curry Powder
Pita Bread
Tomatoes
Sweet Potato or Veggie Chips (found in the chip aisle)

To Prepare 

In a bowl – add chicken, as much mayo as you want (I always go light because I don’t really like it but haven’t been able to find anything else that works with this) and shake as much curry as your tastes prefer.

Store overnight.

To Enjoy

Cut pita bread in half – in first and second half, scoop generous amount of chicken curry and place tomatoes on inside top.

Serve with sweet potato/veggie chips.

Chicken salad
serves four
Shopping List

1 pound chicken thighs
Grapes (purple or green)
Candied Pecans
Apples (any, I had Pink Ladies on hand)
Mayo (or the equivalent)
Pita Bread
Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Kit (or you can make your own)

To Prepare
Add chicken to casserole dish, cover with tin foil and cook at 375 for 30 minutes or until there is no pink. While chicken is cooking, cut/chop – grapes, apples and pecans to bite size pieces, prepare pasta salad – follow directions on box and slice pita bread.

Remove chicken from oven and let cool. Once cool, chop/shred. Add chicken, grapes, apples and sorry yes, a bit more mayo… just for consistency.  Refrigerate one hour before serving. Before you put the chicken bowl on the table add chopped pecans and stir.

To Enjoy:
I served this family style and had everyone prepare their own sandwich. Just grab a pita and add in the chicken. Scoop up the TJ’s pasta salad to serve on the side. They are great together!

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Mama Monday: Sleeping with an almost 11 month old and three year old!

I don’t think I have had a decent night’s sleep in close to four years. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but probably not. My girls are only two and half years apart. I had about six months in-between pregnancy/breastfeeding and getting pregnant again. We planned this so I knew it was happening but the funny thing about kids is that even when you plan you have no idea what you are getting yourself into!

Here is my current situation and I happily solicit any and all recommendations. The baby is still nursing throughout the night! Ok, before you judge, let me give you some background: My girls share a room and it is a lot easier to have one baby up in the middle of the night than two. So we have not tested the “cry it out” method as we did with my first daughter because of the baby possibly waking up the three year old. However, mama has just about reached her limit and if I don’t get some sleep I don’t know how I am going to continue to function. This is how a typical night goes….

Dinner/bath/bed – sounding pretty familiar I am sure.  My husband (when he is not traveling for work) usually takes the three year old for teeth/hair brushing, story and bed. Most nights she goes to sleep but sometimes I will have to lay down with her for “one minute” after I get the baby down. As my husband gets the three year old down, the baby and I lay on my bed and I nurse her to sleep. Wondering where the problem is? It starts anywhere from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. The baby wakes up and starts crying. I drag myself down to their bedroom and retrieve her so she won’t wake her sister. I have tried to nurse her quickly and lay her back down but she always wakes up and starts crying as soon as I put her down. So now I just bring her back to bed with me…. Yes, I can hear the tongues clicking at this. I nurse her back to sleep in our bed and she falls asleep….For like, 15 minutes and then it starts again. And again. And again… This continues until the alarm goes off or our three year old comes in to wake us up.

Obviously, my quick fix solution isn’t working for anyone. I am not sleeping, the baby is not sleeping and my husband may be pretending to sleep but probably isn’t. How do I get this baby to sleep in her crib through the night?

Proof that she does sleep….

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