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 well...it 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!!!  







Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chinese Dumplins





These are one of my favorite foods and it seems like I crave them a lot especially when I am pregnant.  I always like to have a bag of homemade frozen ones in the freezer for quick lunches for me.  Lots of readers commented yesterday wanting a recipe so I am going to tell you what I do and if you want a specific recipe you can google recipes and you will find lots of different ones. 



I always start with a pack of ground pork.  Then add in some chopped green onions, soya sauce, sesame oil, ginger (grated or powder), garlic, and the secret ingredient brown sugar.   Mushrooms and Nappa are also very tasty in the dumplings. 

Once the mixture is put together if you want to let it sit in the bowl in the fridge for a little while so the flavours get good and mixed up you can or if you can't wait to chow down on these yummy treats you can assemble them right away. 




To assemble the dumplings I use wonton wrappers,  these can be purchased at your local grocery store and are usually found in the produce section.  Only use a small scoop of the meat mixture because you want the dumplings to close up tight so I would say about 1 tsp.  Place the meat mixture in the centre of your wrapper.  Now dip your finger tip in a little bowl of water and wet two opposite sides of the wrapper.  Now fold up like a triangle and pinch the sides up.  Make sure the dumpling is closed tightly. 

Now you can throw them in the freezer until ready to use :)  I cooked ours two ways last night.  I boiled most and did a few batches of fried ones.  For the fried ones I got a pan nice and hot over medium heat, add sesame oil and then lay 5-7 dumplings in the pan and cover for about 5 minutes.  Flip and do the same to the other side.   

To boil, which is my favorite way to enjoy them,  bring a pot of water to a rapid boil.  Add 5-7 dumplings in your pot and cook for 5 minutes or until the dumplings float to the top.  Remove from pot and put in a bowl. I like to cook my broth separately and pour the hot broth over the dumplings when we are ready to eat.  For this broth I used homemade chicken stock, green onions, ginger, and finely chopped celery. 




The kids all had to enjoy 1 boiled dumpling with a little broth before they were allowed to get a fried dumpling!  


They did a wonderful job using chop sticks which I think made eating dumplings more appealing to them :) 




Friday, April 10, 2015

Mini Egg Cookies



Now that Easter is over and we all have WAY to many mini eggs laying around the house I have found the prefect way to use up these bad boys!   What better way to enjoy one of our favorite seasonal treats then in a delicious cookie.  

We have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that we always use so why not replace the 2 cups of chocolate chips with two cups of whole mini egg goodness. 


The recipe made about 2 dozen delicious cookies that where gobbled up in less than two days.   And of course what goes great with these cookies...a big glass of milk :)




What are you waiting for??  Get to the kitchen and make some of these trust me you won't be disappointed. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Easter Prints


Happy happy March!!!  I am so excited that March is here.  Even though we still have WAY too much snow on the ground March is bringing hope that we have survived another Maritime winter.    


This was taken at the beginning of February and we have received even more snow since this picture, the play place is now almost all covered with snow.  

Now that it is March I have taken down all winter decor and started putting up spring decorations!  I even made a few new Easter prints using some of my favourite verses from the Easter story. 










If you would like to use these to decorate your house all you have to do is save them to your computer and then get them printed!!  I like to send them in online to Costco.ca  They have great prices for their prints and they print in a great photo quality which makes them super easy to store and save for years to come.  They will print best as 8X10.  Once printed I put them into frames around the house.  I love filling our house with God's Word. 






Saturday, February 21, 2015

Family Restaurant






Our family restaurant theme this year for LOVE day was a bot cafe...going on a robot theme after picking up some great robot decorations at Target. 

Before we sit down for a nice meal I always like to try to get some pictures of the kids!  I think I am done thinking I can get all of them to look at me and smile :)  




 This was Lady J valentines day and then in her pretty dress for our nice supper!!!  We love fun valentines glasses :)






The best one I got of them all looking and smiling.



Eben loves taking photos with mamas camera!  I think he is doing a great job learning how to take great pictures. 


Daddy came home from work and we will all dressed and ready for our special family supper.  He is so good to us he bought Lady J and I each a beautiful rose and a funny cards. 


The table was set with our love boxes


And a special valentines surprise from mama. 





This year we were smart and took our family self photo before we dug in to our meal!!!  That way everyone looked clean and fancy.  




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