I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old. The 5 year old ate her 5 bites and loved the rice. The 2 year old LOVED it and ate two more! The parents well we loved it. My friend has 4 boys and they all loved this for dinner.
Thanks to Annalisa(click for recipe) for this yummy treat I made it this weekend.
I made a few changes to the recipe
It calls for 2 cups Pumpkin I just put in 1 15oz can
I added Oatmeal to the topping
and to be honest drizzle more cream cheese frosting on the top!
The Ultimate Chocolate Layered Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Birthday Cake
1 box Pillsbury Devils Food Cake Mix
4 large eggs
1/2 Cup canola oil
1/2 Cup water
8 oz sour cream
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 bag mini or regular chocolate chips
4 8oz packages softened cream cheese
2 sticks softened butter
16 oz bag powdered sugar (most of it)
1 Cup melted creamy peanut butter
1 bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cup minis, halved (freeze bag for an hour before cutting, it’s much easier)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer add the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, sour cream, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Beat until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Will be thick. Pour evenly into 2 well greased 9 inch cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of cakes. Let cool completely.
2. To prepare cream cheese frosting place softened cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl, beat on med-high speed until creamy smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until a good spreading consistency forms. I used almost the entire bag of powdered sugar. Refrigerate for a good hour before frosting.
3. Turn cakes onto wax paper and with a large serrated knife cut each cake in half width wise to form 4 layers. Place one layer onto a cake stand and drizzle melted peanut butter over top. Next spread a generous amount of cream cheese frosting over that. Place another cake layer on top and repeat peanut butter and frosting until top layer is placed. Spread remaining frosting over entire cake then top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Minis. I froze the cake until ready for serving. It stays nice and cold which makes it MUCH easier to cut into slices.
A Witch comes to our house each year on the 30th of September to bring us Halloween Cheer, She swoops in a flash and leaves floating Hats that sparkle and shine, ITS HALLOWEEN TIME! This year she was feeling extra "witchy" and left us with some spooky brooms too.
Thanks to a good monsoon storm we had branches that broke off some trees in the neighborhood (pretty sure that landscaping crew thought I was crazy wanting the big branch) I used a small saw and cut "witch broom" size pieces and twigs. I let them bake in the AZ sun to dry out and to help the leaves fall off. Next take some wire and tie your twigs to your broom stick (it would be easier with some help but I managed) Next I bought the cheapest Black Spray Paint (I think it was primer) and paint them. I did a top coat of some black Glitter.
All I need is my "BROOM PARKING" sign!
The Hats are hung and the brooms taking flight its time to decorate for Halloween TONIGHT!
Start with tissue paper (we like Walmart brand) 10 sheets of tissue is the magic number for a perfectly puffy ball (we tried less not so poof)
for a smaller ball cut sheets in half start your fold on the "short side" so you get lots of folds
you will end up with a fan looking thing tie off the middle with a twist tie or pipe cleaner
CUT or round edges with a shape you like we did some round some pointy
One tissue sheet at a time pull your ball open, (be soft but if you get a tear you most likely wont be able to see it)
It has been busy at our house we have a new KINDERGARTNER this year I wanted her to have a special big girl room. My friend had given me her Dads old furniture from when he was younger and I have be waiting for the inspiration to do some thing with it, well my inspiration comes in the form of Ms Malissa Cordova and her Entourage. I started with getting the furniture ready. Cleaned it with TSP (a life saver) and sanding it down, primed it, sanded again, painted sand a bit more painted more and more. Then beat it up with sand paper and a dark brown glase.(you may need someone to hold your hand (MC) while you do this..its stressful to "ruin" or "antiquing" something you just slaved over making perfect!) Finished it with Polyurethane. It just lovely. The Room color is "Pineapple upside Down Cake" and The Poor Painting Crew had to paint 6 coats to cover the purple, with a tinted primer? Don't know why it took so long. It really was a group effort to surprise Gionni with her new room they did it in TWO days, (allot of the prep and shopping was done before) the kids helped paint the purple letters, find books for the room and Zee made the awesome tutu for the Guinea Pigs cage. Troy Boy added his touch in butterflies and nail guns. Pretty sure Kristy just got stuck with slave labor ;) and MC is the master designer (who is available for hire) Ms G was thrilled! "Its just what I dreamed of " she said when she saw it. I feel so loved for everyone that helped! It made for a special day for a special girl.
PS The budget was $100.00 (minus what is cost to redo the furniture)
I had the oppurtunity to makeover my friend's little boys bedroom! I was more than thrilled! She was going out of town for 1 week...Saturday to Saturday...I procrastinated a bit and started Wednesday! We barely made it! She had the bed and the bedding, and my budget was $100. $100 goes faster than one might think...a few accessories and paint and I was spent. But that's when you get to be creative and resourceful. We reused frames she already had and a we used a bookshelf, that I was getting ready to donate, as the dresser. I may have gone over budget...just slightly. But it turned out great and he was SuPeR excited. And thats all that matters!! He loves cars, firetrucks, construction and trains. So we threw a little of everything in there to make a transportation room!
So, I saw an idea from Jen's website and I thought it was a great idea! My phone and modem are right next to each other on the counter and it's just kinda ugly. So I bought an UgLy tray at Ross for like $2.99. Steal of a deal! It was ugly brown floral, for some reason I have lost my before picture. But in this pic, you can kinda see the pretty flowers that it had on it, and picture it a real nice poopy brown color.
I did a few quick coats with my favorite shade of blue!
It helped take my kinda boring mess in to something a bit more tamed and colorful.
And I think I love it!
Don't mind the unfinished countertops...one day this decade, they might get completed, and the ripped up wall next to the cabinets...let's just say, there is some moving of the cabinets happening around here!
Thanks to Ms Kristy we had a busy craft day, I gave all the girls the "Glitter Treatment" on their toes and the Girls Tied their cute flip flops.
How did they make them?
$1.00 Wal Mart Flip Flops
6 inch pieces of ribbon (no that is not an Elf joke its really is 6")
We found that if you don't double knot they come off and we should have put "fray glue" on the ends so they will not fray.
Don't you want your kids to have fun like this at day care?
PATTERN: I will be referring to these pieces as A, B, or C A
C- PLEASE NOT IT SHOULD BE CUT 4
1/2 Yard of material (I used some scraps that I had, preferably two colors)
1/4 Yard medium interface
1-Cut out all fabric according to pattern. Iron if needed.
2- Start with Pattern C. Hopefully you cut 4, separate into to piles. With Right sides together sew 3 edges together leaving the bottom open. Right side out and set aside.
3-Take section B, separate into two piles: 1 interface, 2 fabric/pile. Place fabric right sides together, then the interface, pin, sew 3 edges, leaving the bottom open, right side out and set aside.
4-Take 1 Piece of C and 1 Piece of B, center C on top of B. Sew 3 edges leaving top open, it is ok that the bottom is unfinished.
5-Take the second piece of C and sewing it on the same B piece as the other lining it up with the bottom. Leaving the top open and the raw edges sew together at the bottom.
6-Take Fabric from A, Place in the following order, fabric right side up, interface, fabric right side down to it is like a sandwich with the right side face out. Pin "B" to both sides of "A" as shown below. Sew the bottom and the edges together leaving the middle open. Right side out.
7-If for any reason the you have an unfinished seem in the middle of your wallet tuck your seem inward and make a small stitch.
Scrap material, in strips of 1" thick and 12" long, (I used black chiffon and gray satin)
2" X 2" cut squares, preferably the same color as other material
Necklace chains (I got mine from Michael's)
Hot glue gun
Thread that will match the color of chain and a small needle that will fit through the bead.
Beads (Also from Michael's)
Cut your strips, then iron them in half so they are now 1/2" wide.
Put a dot of hot glue in the center of the 2" X 2" square. Roll up your 1/2" strip about 3 times and place on hot glue with fold side showing up and raw edges on hot glue. Drawing a spiral with your hot glue, about an inch at a time, place your strip on top of it. Continue with the spiral until the strip is complete.
My completed flowers. Once they are all done, trip the 2" X 2" square tightly around flower.
To get my positioning correct lay out my chain and hot glue the flowers onto it. I then hand stitch the chain to the necklace to secure each flower.
If you want to add some beads to your chain thread your needle through the bead. Just before you pull your thread all the way through the bead, place a dot of hot glue on the bead to secure the thread.
I am using gray thread so you can see it on the necklace but make sure to match the thread to the color of your chain. Sew the bead to the chain on where you would like it.
Continue sewing beads until you have your desired look.
My dog Baloo was nice enough to model this necklace.