tow-head messes
 
I made these the other night and they were really good.  I might have gotten a little carried away with the honey mustard, as in I drenched them, because some of them were not as crispy on the bottom as I like.  That's the only complaint though - kids liked them, Andy liked them, and they were still excellent the next day as leftovers.  
 
 
I've been busy over the past couple of weeks.  
  1. We're done with our Christmas shopping - Thanks Amazon. 
  2. We're done shopping for Birthday gifts - Happy Birthday Ollie, Dallas, Hadley, Mom, and Jewels! 
  3. Teacher Gifts - check!
  4. Classmate gifts - done and cute as a button
  5. Holiday Baking for the neighbors - mission complete


I found an idea on Pinterest for Hudson's teacher gifts.  I know Mrs. T loves fun school supplies, so I think this is the perfect gift.  I think it turned out wonderfully.



Next I took on the classmate gifts.  Again, saw the idea on Pinterest and had to do it.  Hudson and Hadley love them too.  I made enough for Hadley to take to Library day on Wednesday because it's December Birthday celebration and she can pass them out to her little friends.  For the eight "regular" reindeers we used Mighty Maltballs from CVS. They are larger than Whoppers and closer in size to the red 1" gumballs I bought on Amazon.com.  My friend Molly from Netsy&Co created the adorable labels.  So cute!
Today we baked some goodies.  I made four different recipes; overall I had a successful day.  I didn't burn anything, break anything, or kill anyone!  Tis the Season.  I will say that I'm a little disappointed in two of the recipes. I had plenty of recipes to choose from, and I narrowed it down to the following: 
  • Holiday Pretzel Treats  (5 out of 5 stars) - EASY EASY EASY!  These little salty sweet treats are so easy and yummy.  If you're looking for something the kids can help with - this is it.
  • Reindeer Feed  (4 out of 5 stars) - Another easy one.  I overheated the white chocolate so I had to thin it out with crisco.  I hate doing that, but it worked and these are easy and good (if you like peppermint).  Andy is not a fan of these, but he doesn't care for peppermint either.
  • Caramel Thumbprints (1 out of 5 stars) - I'm not a big fan of these.  These cookies are too dry and not quite sweet enough.  I thought the Rolos would off set the bitterness of the cocoa, but they're not quite enough.
  • Mexican Wedding Cookies (2 out of 5 stars) - Again, a little too dry.  As in when I was rolling a couple of them in powder sugar they crumbled.  Good flavor, but get a glass of milk.  

I have provided the recipes for all of them except for the Caramel Thumbprints. 

 
 
I bought Andy Insanity workout program for his birthday in September.  We started it this past Monday.  We're on day 3 and it is I-N-S-A-N-E!  The warm-up is even intense. In my mind I'm competing with Andy; therefore, every day that Andy does it I'm doing it too.  

I'm going to attempt to get up in the morning and do the program at 6:00 am.  As difficult as it is, I'm not giving up.  We have been eating better too.  As a matter of fact I want to share a recipe.  
 
 
Last week my sister, Julie, sent me two pictures of what she made for dinner.  They both looked so delicious that I thought I should share.  Both of the recipes listed below are from my favorite recipe site - kraftfoods.com  and can be found unde r the 
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Southwestern Cobb Salad
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Weeknight Taco Salad
 
 
I realize nearly a month has gone by since the first day of school, but I want to share with you our celebratory "back to school" meals that I made for Hudson on the Sunday before his first day of Kindergarten.  I'm not going to lie, I tooted my own horn about what I did...I was getting my baby pumped about school.  

I got the idea from my friend Molly, we saw it as an April Fool's Day joke, but I thought the kids would enjoy it and why not?

I bought a Sarah Lee Pound Cake and some white frosting.  I cut the cake into 3/4" thick slices and I colored the frosting an orangey-yellow color.  I then heated a skillet on medium heat, threw the cakes in there for a few seconds just to toast them, spread on the frosting, and boo-yah tricky grilled cheese.  

I delivered the kids their meals on a plate with a side of grapes and Pringles.  Hudson had to throw a fit because I didn't cut the crust off, while Hadley dove in.  As I argued with Hudson about the crust, I watched Hadley's reaction and it was hilarious.  She took a nibble, stared at the sandwich, took another nibble, looked at me.  Finally, sick of hearing Hudson throw a fit, she turned to Hudson and said, "Huddy twy it, it good!"  He finally gave in, tried it, and was pleasantly surprised.  I know, I'm cool!
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Notice Hudson in the background throwing a fit about the crust
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I tried a new recipe last night and we really liked it.  It was easy to make and clean up - one dish, the way I like it. 

I'm going to be honest, my finished dish did not look like the picture, but here's why.  I cooked the turkey bacon first, then threw in the chicken, and then started adding the other ingredients.  I didn't have half and half so I used milk and added a little cornstarch to thicken up the sauce.  Oh, I also snuck in chopped zucchini - heheehee

Regardless of my substitutions, dinner was delicious so I thought I would share the recipe.  Click on the image for the recipe.
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