Monday, September 28, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

So today it all started for me...once you crack your first can of pumpkin it is like you just can't stop!!   My whole family loves all things pumpkin and now that I am packing lunches we have lots of muffins and squares to make for him to take in his lunch and for us to enjoy here.  Today's treat turned out a little more "fancy" than what I was going for.    My original plan was to make these pumpkin pie cupcakes but since I was planning on taking them to my friend, who just had the cutest little baby ever (I know I say that about all babies....but really she is sweet!),  I really needed to cook these in muffin liners.   Even though the recipe states "paper liners make it difficult to remove the cupcakes" I didn't listen and used them anyways.  The recipe was right it was very hard to get the liner off and the cupcakes didn't look as pretty as I was hoping, so I put my brain to good use and decided I would stuff the cupcake into a little mason jars and top with whip cream.   And because the cupcakes are so little I did two layers.

The family enjoyed this special treat.  They tasted a lot like a crustless pumpkin pie and some of them might have been a little too gooey for my liking.  So if I was to do this again I would bake maybe a little longer.  I did get 18 cupcakes out of the this recipe and the batch that I did make with my silicon liners came out prefect, so no more paper liners for this recipe...unless you want to look super fancy ;)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Bag Solution

I love looking at pictures on blogs or pinterest for ideas on how to  store kids book bags.  This year with our oldest going to school, another one in piano and 2 still needing a diaper bag, I really wanted a place to hang up book bags.  We don't have too much space but we were able to use this vertical space in the hall way next to the kitchen to hang 3 book bags.   

I love when we use our space to its fullest potential.  How do you keep book bags organized? 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Getting Organized

Today I am moving out of the kitchen to show all you wonderful readers a way to organize your little girl's headbands.  We only have 1 little girl in the house and she LOVES wearing headbands.  They were everywhere so we decided to get them all together in one spot.  I had looked on pinterest and found the cutest ideas for making wonderful and decorative headband holders but due to space in our home and that the kids share rooms we decided something in their bathroom would work the best.  So off I went to Walmart to find a toilet paper or hand towel holder.  I found this one in the hardware section and knew it would be prefect for both types of headbands that Lady J has.   Now all the headbands are in one place and she can easy get them and put them back at the end of the day when she is finished. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Peach Pie

We LOVE peach season around here.  I mean all 6 of us love eating delicious Ontario Peaches.  But what we love even more is making this decadent peach pie with them.    

We first had this pie about 2 years ago when my amazing chef friend made one for us and now it is our pie of choice during peach season.  The recipe is so easy that the kids make it themselves. 

Peach Pie

Crust:  I cheat and buy tender flake deep dish pie crust!!  
Line an unbaked pie crust with sliced peaches. Usually 4 small ones or 3 large ones.
In a bowl mix together 
1 cup of whipping cream (not whipped)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
a pinch of salt
* due to the flour, the mixture sometimes looks like it has lumps in is ok it doesn't affect the pie.

Pour mixture over peaches.  Be careful not to let it spill over the edges of the pie.  You can sprinkle some cinnamon on the top before baking if you would like. 

I then have been making a little crust protector out of tin foil so that the edges don't get too browned during the cooking time.   

Bake pie at 400 for 45 minutes.  Then let the pie set in the refrigerator until ready to eat.  It is best eaten cold with a warm cup of tea. 

Enjoy your peach pie! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Settlers of Catan Birthday Party

We just celebrated our oldest boys 7 1/2 birthday.  Thats right a 1/2 birthday.  We do this cause his real birthday is Christmas day.  I don't think any of his friends would be able to join us on that day to celebrate his birthday and with so many activities happening in Dec it is just too hard to celebrate then.  So right from his first birthday we decided to always celebrate the 1/2 birthday where all his friends could come and it would be summer ;)   

Our family really loves the game Settlers of Catan. So I knew this would make a really great theme party.  

 I made the banner using my circut to cut out the shapes and letters.  The shapes should have been hexagons but all I had was octagon...close enough.  I chose the deep red and golden colors to match the color of the game box. 

For this part of his special day we went to a local church that has a gym party room filled with bouncy castles, basketballs, rock climbing wall and lots of other fun things.  So we just invited lots of his friends and family to come and play and then enjoy some delicious cup cakes. 

He loves chocolate cake so I made a couple of batches of our favorite Chocolate cake recipe.  Then I colored white frosting all the different colors that I needed to make the Catan playing board. 

Red- 3
Dark Green- 4
Light Green -4
Yellow- 4
Gray -3 
Blue- As many as you like.  I wish I would of had more blue ones 

For the number pieces I used little white circles that I had in my scrapbooking supplies.  I used the game pieces to help me make all mine look the same.  Then I put the cupcake board together. 

For the dark green cup cakes which represent the "trees" I did do a few piped trees so you could tell them apart from the sheep. 

 In the brown cupcake, which is the dessert and where the robber lives, I used the robber piece from the kids of catan game that we have.

We recently purchased this beautiful serving tray that an amazing friend of mine made.  So I lined it with parchment paper, set the cupcakes up in it and took it to the easy for transporting :) 

As a thanks for coming gift, which I usually never do,  a friend of mine who has been making these fun creations in a jar made me these sweet little jars filled with gum balls.  Each one had a chalk board label on it that we wrote thanks for coming and the tops where all painted like the game board pieces. 

 That evening we invited our family over to have a game of settlers.  So the snacks where all based on the board game.

Bricks: Nibs

 Rock:  The birthday cake which is frozen Oreo dessert

 Sheep:  Popcorn

 Tree:  Broccoli

Wheat: Bread with dip

Roads: Cup up Twizzlers 
Settlements: Candy Bars cut up in squares 

We agreed that when they built a settlement they could eat one :) 

I also made this cute printable that I put into an 8X10 frame to use as decoration for the party. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Super Hero Party

What a joy it was to celebrate this little boy yesterday on his 3rd birthday!!  He is full of life and energy so we knew his birthday would be so much fun.  

When the kids woke up yesterday we had the house all decorated with balloons, banners, super hero photos and...

a comic book bunting! My two older kids are so sweet and marched right into his room to sing happy birthday to him :)  When they finished he jumped out of bed and came to find us to sing happy birthday to himself!  What a card ;) 

Our little guy loves being a super hero and can usually be found wearing either a tiger costume or his batman cape.  So it wasn't a shock when we asked him what would you like for your birthday and he quickly replied a Super Hero Cake!   So the theme for this party was born.  It was a very fun theme to pull off.  

While shopping for supplies for the party at the local grocery store we found 2 boxes for these super hero cookies on clearance!!  Thats right I bought 2 boxes for the price of 1.  They were a great addition to the party food. 

I put out the left over frosting which was delicious to dip these cookies into! 

I love getting the kids involved when doing crafts so these super hero suckers were a lot of fun to make.  I bought sicker googley eyes that Lady J put on the suckers.  Eben, J and Abe painted this egg carton black (to look like a city) which would help the suckers stand up.  And together Jaelyn and I put the capes on all the suckers.  

This Captain America fruit shield was so easy to make!!  I started with a cake tray from the dollar store and put a star cookie cutter in the centre.  Fill the cookie cutter with mini marshmallows. Next I put the big marshmallows around.  There was a circle within this cake tray so it make it easy to just follow the circle :)  Then I filled in the centre strawberries by cutting some berries in half.  Then fill in the extra space with blueberries and finish the whole thing off with big strawberries around the outside.    This awesome table cloth came from the dollar store as was prefect for a super hero theme. 

Spiderman strawberries so easy to do.  Just a blob of white frosting outlined in black!  Good thing strawberries were on sale this week! 

An awesome friend made me some great super hero signs to use to decorate the food with. 

Now on to the cake!!!  I know it looks awesome but I can't take credit for the design as one of my best friends came over and did it for me.  It was so much fun watching her work while I learn some cake decorating tips myself. 

Now for the inside!  Thats right it was tie-dyed!  So simple to do and making the super hero party even more awesome!!! 

Now lets show you some awesome super heros that came to the party :)  Here is my gang ready to celebrate before any other guest arrived. 

A Nanny photobomb! 

Myself (as Robin) with the crew.

Mr M&M and Zorro's wife

Captain Vegetable and his hot wife.  If you don't know who captain vegetables is you might want to check him out! 

Batman and Robin

Captain America

Batman and Captain Vegetable

What kind of spiderman doesn't have a web??  Eben was excited to use silly string for this "webs"  But what fun would that be if everyone didn't get a can of silly string!   Silly string fight on the trampoline. 

 Don't get me...

 yup he got me! 

 Our Super Hero Family!!!  

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