Sunday, January 12, 2014

Turkey Cookies!

For the past couple of years we have been making Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving! It's a WONDERFUL thing to do with a preschooler (this year Kye is four and could do them pretty much all by himself) and they look cute to display on Thanksgiving! I could NOT find my recipe for these this year and thankfully Kye remembered all of the steps for me!!! 

Ingredients:
  • Whoppers (You only need one box, I bought two but didn't use one of them)
  • One package of Double Stuffed Oreos (MUST be double stuffed!)
  • Chocolate icing (I got the squeeze tube to make it easier)
  • One bag of mini Reese's peanut butter cups
  • One bag of candy corn
  • One package of writing icing (you only need the yellow but make sure NOT to get the kind that isn't dark enough to show up...it was tricky for me to find! You also may want to use another color for the eyes)
  • I have a container of blue small sprinkles I use for the eyes, but you could easily use something else or just use the writing icing

 Directions: (They sound WAY trickier than they are! Scrolling to the bottom of this post and seeing the finished cookies may make it easier to follow along with the instructions!)

1. Put a line of the chocolate icing along one edge of the cookie. Then place 5 candy corns into the icing. 

2. Put a dab of the chocolate icing (as you can tell the icing is your "glue" for this project!) on another cookie and place the candy corn one on top of the new one. This picture shows it well...see the ones on the left side? That's how yours should look at this point!
3. Open enough Reese's to have one per cookie (ours made 19 cookies which yours should too assuming you buy the brand name Oreos!). Cut a little sliver off one end of the Reese's cup. Of course, you totally have to eat the sliver as a taste test!
 
 Taste Test!
 4. Now turn the cookies so the candy corns are facing you (see the cookies on the right side of this picture!) Put a dab of the chocolate icing on the candy corn cookie, near the bottom where the two cookies connect. Next put the "top" side of the Reese's onto the icing (the cut side should be against the other cookie)! Have it so the "side" of the Reese's is facing you!
5. Keeping the cookie in the same position, put a dab of the chocolate icing on the candy corn cookie, directly above the Reese's and place a Whopper on the icing. This is the head of the turkey! 

6. Now turn the cookie where the candy corn is facing the ceiling. Cut the white portion of enough candy corns to have one per cookie and attach it to the front of the Whopper with a little of the icing (I used some yellow gel type icing I had bought on accident just to get it used and because it dried clear so it was less noticeable). Add some eyes with icing or sprinkles, whatever you chose to do!

7. Finally draw on some legs for the turkey using the yellow icing (since I couldn't find the correct yellow icing last year ours didn't have legs and were still cute!). 

 I let Kye do pretty much 100% of this project. I only did the cutting, the chocolate icing, and the legs! 
 Enjoy!!!
I was able to find the original recipe I used! I could NOT find it when we made them but I'm glad I can now b/c I like to give credit where it is due! Here is the original recipe (and of course hers turned out 10 times cuter haha) from Our Best Bites!

Friday, December 6, 2013

DIY Tinkerbelle Shoes

When we decided to have Britt be Tink for Halloween I wanted to spend as little money as possible. I got her costume using a merchandise credit I had saved from Disney Store but didn't want to spend the money on the Tinkerbelle shoes. I found TONS of examples on Pinterest of people who bought cheap shoes and made them Tinkish. So I went for it!

Supplies:

  • hot glue gun
  • shoes 
  • green sequence
  • green glitter
  • white poofs
  • mod podge
I found these shoes at Goodwill for $4


Instructions:

1) I first hot glued the sequence. I originally planned to put the sequence all over the entire shoe but when I realized how TIME CONSUMING it was I totally changed my plan of action. If you use Crocs type shoes it would totally look cute covered in it though! Instead I just glued it around the rubber part of the shoe.
2) Once that was done I covered the shoes in the Mod Podge then poured the loose glitter all over them. WAY quicker and easier than the sequence. However, I also had glitter EVVVVERYWHERE. 

3) I used hair spray and covered the shoes with it over and over and over again. Yes, they were sticky but it really helped the lose glitter to stay put! Her dress ended up causing more glitter than the shoes did which was good! Once I felt like they had enough layers of the hair spray I hot glued a pom-pom on each shoe and they were good to go!


I learned a valuable lesson when making these shoes. Sometimes, "doing it yourself' is NOT worth it. This was one of those times. It took me a LOT of time and energy to make the shoes and I don't even think I really saved much money. The Disney version of the real shoes were $10. Yes, I'd have to pay shipping but I spent close to $10 on the shoes I made and I would gladly pay the $5 shipping cost to NOT spend the hours I spent making them. Especially when THIS was how they looked by the end of Halloween:

Captain Hook No-Sew Vest

We liked to have themed family Halloween costumes but I don't like to break the bank to make it work. I hunted Pinterest for ideas for my husband to be Captain Hook (I was Wendy, Kye was Peter Pan and Britt was Tink!) and found this great tutorial! I put my own spin on it to make it work for an adult and I really love the finished product!

Supplies

  • hot glue gun
  • red t-shirt
  • black felt
  • gold ribbon
  • scissors

Instructions:

1. First I cut off the sleeves of the shirt and then cut the shirt down the middle of the front part. Making it a "vest" rather than a t-shirt!

2) Next I cut the felt into strips and made a larger portion of the felt for the bottoms. I hot glued them onto the shirt. The strips went along the opening of the vest and the larger parts went at the bottom.
 3) Finally I cut the ribbon into strips and hot glued it on where I wanted it!
 Finished Product!
We already had the hook and I bought the hat at Hobby Lobby for $3. I had Zach wear a white dress shirt under the vest and he paired it with gray jeans and Captain Hook was born! Simple, CHEAP costume that I really loved!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Beef Stroganoff

This is a great meal to prepare and freeze! All you have to do is unthaw and warm the mixture, heat up some noodles and you're good to go! I often will double this recipe...we eat what we want for dinner then freeze the rest :)

Ingredients:
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/2 bag of wide egg noodles (we use whole wheat)
  • 1 lb ground beef

Directions:
  1. Brown meat
  2. Let big pot of water come to a boil then add noodles
  3. Boil noodles for 7 minutes then strain
  4. Add soup and sour cream to meat, stir and allow to warm
  5. Once it's warm, serve meat mixture over noodles!


Chicken Pockets

One to please the kids for sure and quick enough to make on those nights where dinner time seems like a rush! 

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast halves (I often use less)
  • 1 can (8 oz) crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook chicken and cut into pieces
  3. Separate dough into four rectangles. Firmly press the perforations together to seal.
  4. Pat out each rectangle and put chicken in the center of each.
  5. Fill with cheese and fold dough over to close. Press edges firmly to seal completely.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown
I often double this recipe (use two cans of the crescent rolls) as my family enjoys it so much we all gobble it up!


Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken

A very yummy crock-pot meal...wonderful served with rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta!

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 6 oz jar of pesto
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth 


Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in crock pot and mix together
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours
Usually I won't even defrost the chicken and will let it cook ALL day (9-11 hours). It will be falling apart and I will shred it in the crock pot about an hour before we eat so it can all soak in the chicken! 


Chicken Devine

This is a recipe I got from my mother-in-law when my husband and I first started dating. Now he prefers my versions over his mamas! I call that a win! :)

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 chicken breast halves
  • 1 box ritz crackers
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz sour cream

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Boil chicken for 20 minutes
  3. Cool chicken in cold water with strainer
  4. Mix sour cream and soup in a bowl then season with salt and pepper
  5. Tear chicken into small pieces
  6. Layer chicken, half of soup mix then lots of crushed crackers in the glass dish
  7. Layer it all once more
  8. Bake for 24 min or until bubbly
It's also GREAT as leftovers!