Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Rice Crispy Treats

I've learned 2 things in the past 48 hours.

1.) Cinnamon Roll Rice Crispy Treats are absolutely amazing. My life has been changed. They are the bomb.com and so on.

2.) Sour Cream does NOT freeze well.

We shall start with the obviously amazing recipe of Cinnamon Roll Rice Crispy Treats. My hubby and I had a picnic double date (with kids in tow) planned for this past monday. Sadly it was so windy and chilly that it didn't work out. Curse the tri-cities for the horrible wind we always have. *shakes fist*

Instead we had our picnic inside at N's place with her BF and son V. It was actually very nice to spend some time with nice people that weren't trying to get us drunk with kids around. I appreciate that every now and then.

I took fried chicken and french fries made in my ever handy fryer. I'm not sure how much they really liked it though considering I hadn't changed my oil before hand so it made everything look like I'd over cooked it. Tad disappointing and embarrassing since I'd volunteered to bring food.

I decided to bring dessert since it's my favorite thing to fix. I chose to keep it to something that I would probably take on a picnic. Rice Crispy Treats popped into my head immediately but I didn't want to do plain old rice crispy treats. I then popped onto Pinterest (any excuse really) and searched for Rice Crispy Treats. I had first thought I would do peanut butter rice crispy treats until I saw this. My mind was blown and it took all I had to not yell at my printer for not printing the recipe fast enough.

All I can say is I was not let down. It was really good! Like addictive good. Perhaps my own personal happy treat. (one must always have a happy treat.. Use to be caramel ice cream until now) I will say one thing, this treat is just that. A treat, so be warned because it is sweet.

I have the recipe below that I pretty much copy and pasted from See Aimee Cook. I didn't change a thing so I thought I would keep it that way. Her original post can be found here.

Cinnamon Roll Rice Crispy Treats
For treats:
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
⅛ tsp salt
2 tsp molasses
2 tsp cinnamon
1 (10.5 oz) bag miniature marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 cups rice crispies cereal
 
For icing:
¼ cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar


Butter a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
 
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in salt, molasses, and cinnamon. Add marshmallows to melted butter mixture and stir constantly until marshmallows have melted.
 
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
 
Fold in rice crispy cereal, a cup at a time, and stir until evenly coated.
 
Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.Spread mixture evenly into pan with a buttered spatula or buttered hands.
 
Allow to cool several minutes, then cut while still slightly warm. Use your hands to round the edges of the cut squares (to try and resemble a cinnamon roll).
 
Allow to cool completely in a single layer to avoid sticking to one another.
 
While they cools, make the frosting by whipping together the butter and cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Stir in vanilla and then add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and mix until smooth and fluffy.
 
Pipe icing onto rounded and cooled rice crispy treats. 
 
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Now, About sour cream. It's TRUE! It doesn't freeze well! I bought a really big tub because we've been going through it like water. I blame my mexican husband. (Love you shorty) I took it out of the freezer a couple days ago and thawed it out in the fridge. I went to use it tonight for dinner and it was a lumpy, watery, milky mess. I was surprised to be honest. I was so sure it would work. So I threw away about $3 bucks tonight but it's a lesson learned. Maybe I saved you $3 in the future? 

Well hubby man is behind me in bed snoring very loudly. I guess I should go join him and get some shuteye! 

K.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monster Shirts

My son, Aidan will be 3 May 15th. His party is May 18th. It's a Lil' Monster theme.
(The invite above was done by DimplePrints. Super awesome! I've been using Carli for over a year and she never disappoints!)
I have a homemade pinata that I'm working on, pin the eye on the monster, monster bowling, Feed the monster (Monster toss), party favors and on top of that all the kids that are coming get Monster T-Shirts that I made.

These didn't take me long after doing some Google and Pinterest searches. I did 4 patterns that I found on pinterest. Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, and last but not least, Design 4.

I just simply looked at the picture and free handed my drawing the best I could. I wasn't going for perfection because they are monsters and once I got the image I liked I used a bowl, salt shaker and a lid for my circles. To have the matching horns I simply just drew one horn and reversed it when cutting out.

Also, a good hint if you're planning on doing this in the future. Draw and cut out your pattern on card stock or cardboard. Something stiff and hard or else it will be difficult to trace on your fabric. You may also want to use an actual fabric pen that washes out or fades away when dry. I used a normal pen because my fabric pen had dried out. Sad day.

The trick is to use double sided interfacing. This way you simply have to iron on your design and be done or if you're like me and plan on sewing it as well you don't have to worry about it slipping or using pins. If you're unsure what interfacing is doublesided ask for some help! The employees at craft stores should know what you're talking about. If they don't.. then I suggest a different store :P

I was impressed with my results. Very simple, fun and I got them all done in about 4 days time. Not bad for getting really sick in the middle of it all.






Friday, April 26, 2013

Oops!

So.. I did a "Mom Oops" last night.

Backstory:

I'm potty training my almost 3 year old. I know some mom's are like "He should've been PT by 2!" well.. Aidan has been a little more slow than most kids his age. I'm not saying my kid is stupid but his maturity level hasn't been as high as some of his other friends that are the same age. For example, most were talking by 2.. He didn't start until about the beginning of this year. I guess you could say his comprehension level wasn't quite there yet.
Anyway, Potty training. Not going so well in the poop department. I never really had to teach him how to pee in the pot. He just did it. No issues there. In fact, he refuses to sit on the potty making me clean my toilet about once a day. Poop? now that's a whole different story. He refuses to sit on the toilet. He won't tell me that's he's pooped until he's done it. I absolutely hate potty training for this reason. We don't use diapers or pull ups anymore either because he just takes them off asking for "undies". You can figure out that I have A LOT of dirty undies. Not all are perfect "turds". It's nasty.

Back to my "Oops".. I was doing laundry last night. Went to take out my dry clothes out of the dryer and the smell of heated poop hit me like a wall. Then I looked into my dryer. Oh my gad. I think I have been traumatized for life. There were smears all over inside my dryer. Did I mention the smell? it STUNK. Come to figure out.. It was one of his really bad undies that I accidentally picked up when putting the wet clothes in the dryer. I guess you can say it's one for the books.

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So on the lovely note of poop I don't think I will post a recipe this time. How about..

Homemade Hair Bow Organizer

Items needed:
Wood frame (whatever size strikes your fancy)
Ribbon
Hooks I believe I used 3/4" - Bought like 200 at Home Depot for $5
Glue
Staple Gun
Ruler/Marker
small drill bit
Embellishments - Optional
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I made this for my friend L. Her daughter A, turned 1 in February I whipped this little thing the day of her party. (Sometimes it's helpful when you're broke. You can use your imagination and everyone just thinks you're so crafty.)

Now if you have a daughter and like to play dress up I'm pretty sure you have at least one hair bow/flower headband. This means you could really use this!

Now I don't have any step by step picture instructions for this because I wasn't smart enough to take pictures as I was making it. I had a deadline! 4pm!

I found a really cool Pin on Pinterest that linked me to this post. If you're wanting some real step by step pics take a look at her post!

For me.. This little guy cost me nothing but about about $1 for the hooks. My frame came from my mother. It's probably older than me. (My mom can be called a packrat or hoarder but for a broke girl like me this works out perfectly. She never throws anything away so whenever I need anything I just have her bring it to me.) After you mark where you plan on putting the hooks I highly suggest on using a small drill bit. Its much faster and won't make your frame split like it can if you simply screw them in.
I spray painted the frame that morning.. Took about 3 coats for me because it was really windy that day.

The ribbon was from scrap ribbons. Hence the mismatched ribbons. You would never have known until I just told ya huh? I had to super glue the ribbons because my staple gun decided not to work that day and  I didn't have manly hands to help me out. I'm still not sure how the superglue worked but I haven't heard anything about it falling apart yet. I'll update if it does.

The embellishments were a piece of tulle wrapped around the left corner and knotted and then I used some silk flowers that I took apart. I always use Fabric Tac and not hot glue guns. This glue is expensive but it's amazing. It becomes washable in 24 hours and you only have to use a dot of it.

and TA DA! You have a very usable homemade hairbow organizer! The picture on the right is the finished product at L.'s house with all of A's bows on it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Apple Enchiladas

We eat alot of fajitas and tacos around here. One or both area always ending up on my weekly menu plans. Mostly because my hubby is mexican and that's what he grew up on. I'm totally ok with this so long as it's MY tacos and MY fajitas. I'm a bit picky in that department.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and kinda ran with it for dessert on one of our taco/fajita nights. I fixed it but my hubby wasn't a big fan because I used a tortilla. I'm not sure what part of "Apple Enchiladas" he didn't understand but apparently he expected me to make my own dough and use it like a tortilla. Nope! I used a tortilla because A) recipe called for that and B) It was loads easier and I'm all about trying something easier so I don't have to stay in the kitchen LONG after dinner is done and eaten.





 Apple Enchiladas

3-4 Med apples of your choice peeled, cored and diced into small chuncks
(Be sure to not use Granny Smith's. They are my favorite apple to eat raw but they come out super tart when baked)
1-2 T flour
2 T Cinnamon
1/2 C White Sugar
1 t lemon juice
1 1/2 C water
1/2 t apple pie spice

For the torillas
4 T Melted butter or margarine
1 C Cinnamon Sugar
 6-8 flour Tortillas 8 inch

Syrup
1/2 C butter
2/3 C white sugar
2/3 C brown sugar
1/2 C water
Directions
 
Take  everything and mix together in med sauce pan on med/low until apples are cooked through, stirring constantly. About 15 minutes. Take off heat and set aside. 

Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, take your melted butter and cinnamon sugar and place each on a large dinner plate of their own. Take each tortilla and dip them in butter then the cinnamon sugar. Place in 9x13 baking dish. Fill each tortilla with filling.. Probably about a 1/2 a cup each. Wrap up tortillas folding both ends of tortilla so that no filling can escape. Place seam side down on dish. Repeat until all tortillas are used up or filling is gone. 
Using the same sauce pan combine all ingredients for syrup. If you have some filling leftover, that is fine it will enhance the flavor! Cook on high until boiling stirring constantly. Once boiling let cook an additional 3 minutes. Immediately pour over enchiladas and cook in over for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is boiling and enchiladas have a golden look. 

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!



Saturday, April 20, 2013

I missed Y'all

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything. It's been a crazy 30 days.

I have 2 kids. Aidan who will be 3 in May and Annessa who is 6 months. I have always been a really laid back mom. Especially being a first time mom. My motto has been "What doesn't kill them will make them stronger". I know, some of you mothers out there are just gasping thinking about the possibility that an unwashed - new baby bottle has toxins, or all those germs on a shopping cart. How could I NOT wash that bottle (hey, the kid needed to eat!) and how could I expose my child to those germs? There ARE sanitizer wipes or the very least blankets. You know what? I survived those carts! I didn't die! I figured my kid was good.

Guess what? For the past 3 years we have been just dandy! No real sick days. A few runny noses, one allergic reaction to the DTAP vac (quick trip to the ER there) and a real high fever which we suspect was a bit of heat stroke. (4th of July at the Grand Coulee Dam) In fact, Aidan didn't see a doctor since he was 6 months till about 2 years. Mostly because Aidan was a picky eater (FROM THE START) and the doctors thought that I was new mom who wasn't taking care of her child.

So in the past month we have had 2, count them... ONE TWO ER visits. First for my son. He woke up crying with this horrible cough, drooling and couldn't catch his breath. Took him to the ER and found out he had Strep AND Croup. That was just the beginning. I think he caught a really bad cold. I took him into an ARNP because our DR. was out. She did nothing. Gave me the spiel on Viral Vs. Bacterial. He just needed to get better on his own and gave him a nebulizer. Whatever happened to the days that if you were sick for more that 8 days they gave you antibotics?!

He never really got better and then my daughter had congestion and a cough. I freaked. I've never had a sick baby and in my eyes it's scary for a baby to be sick. (I've read too many of those stupid horror stories about babies getting sick on FB) I tried to be calm. I took a picture of my two sickies. Still getting smiles!
I lasted 7 days until I ended up at the hospital for her because she just wasn't breathing well and something felt wrong. (Mommy instincts kicked in)

The hospital did nothing. They squeegeed out her snot and that was it. They didn't even check her ears! The next day she just wasn't Nessie. She'd been so happy through all her sickness but that day she just didn't do anything. Not a smile, no food no nothing. Just slept. It scared the bajeebus out of me. I called my doctor and made an appt for the next day. Turns out she had a really bad ear infection. My poor baby girl. I felt justified but not. It's not like I wanted her to be sick but I my mommy instincts told me something was wrong and I felt justified. Also happy to know that she was going to be getting some antibotics. 

Finally, on the 13th things really started looking up for both kids. Took the time to get crackin' on Aidan's Monster Pinata.(Don't worry, I will get you guys caught up on all my crafts!) Then this past Tuesday night I got sick. My ears, throat, head and chest hurt like a devil tap dancing on me.

Not-so-funny-but-ironic.. I'm the only person in our house that doesn't have insurance. It's a known thing with me that when I get sick, I GET SICK. It will start out as a cold that turns into bronchitis that turns into pneumonia. I know that I have to go the doctor and get antibotics when I get sick. There is no if ands or buts about it. I did got the doctor. I got super strong dose of Azithromycin. (I'm allergic to everything else) Also a refill on my inhaler to help out with my chronic asthema. For those two meds guess how much I paid without having insurance? $115.42. It's sickening. It's frustrating. It's just disgusting.

I will say though,, I'm already feeling almost 100 percent after 3 days it's just sad that I have to pay an arm and a leg for it.

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So the moral of this long ass post? My house has been home of sickies. I haven't had time to post. I didn't think anyone would notice. Maybe no one did but regardless, I have alot to get caught up on!

I have...
Apple Enchiladas
Monster T-Shirts
Blueberry-Lemon Birthday Cake
Kit-Kat - Funfetti Cake
Paula Deen's Pot Roast
Monster Party!
Homemade Apple Fritters
Hot Dog Bar
Homemade Hairbow Organizer
Beef Tips and Roasted Potatoes


PLUS MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next post.. Stay happy!

K.