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Scarecrow Cookie How To Video with WKBT News 8 This Morning

Here is the video of my TV segment with Jennifer and Bill of WKBT News 8 This Morning showing them how to make scarecrow cookies.  These two crack me up!!!

 

Scarecrow Cookies and Some Lame Excuses…

 

First up – lame excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging as much as I normally did before summer started.  Here they go in no particular order –

  • Summer started.
  • First summer with our boat and we enjoyed it tremendously.
  • Baseball.
  • Softball.
  • Salsa making and lots of it.
  • Volleyball.
  • Football.  Although the season for us is cut short since my son broke his finger, had surgery and is recovering.
  • Summer ended and school started.
  • 3 kids.
  • 1 husband.
  • Dirty dishes.
  • Laundry.
  • Started a job that I love with Coulee Parenting Connection in July.

So yes – these are lame excuses but I know I can’t do it all.  My new job wasn’t in my plans for the summer but I am so glad it’s in my life right now.  I love what I do and this blog and my Sugar Buzz Pantry business helped me prepare for it.  But now, my family and work come before my blog.  I do miss it though.

Kid Friendly Trail Mix

My kids started school on Tuesday. 

Again this year we have one in elementary, middle and high school so the reactions to events are so interesting to me.  I’m getting to see the different stages of growing up all at once. 

Here are my after school conversations with all three kids.

After school conversation with our 3rd grade daughter –

MeHow was your day?

3rd grade daughterAwesome!  I’ve never had an assignment notebook before and I had PE and recess!

The joys of having an enthusiastic 3rd grader where she GETS to have an assignment notebook, snack and recess.

 

After school conversation with our 8th grade son –

MeHow was your day?

8th grade sonAlright.  Mumble, mumble.  Math was easy.  Mumble, mumble. Only 40 questions and I got it done in class.  Mumble, mumble.

Why do boys mumble?  I just don’t get it!  I was told by a friend who has a son that it can last another 7 years.  The joys of having an 8th grade son.  Mumble, mumble.

 

After school conversation with our 11th grade daughter –

MeHow was your day?

11th grade daughterUGH, sigh, UGH, sigh! This semester is going to be so hard.  UGH, sigh.

I will say that I would not want to trade places with her.  She has Pre-Calc 1, AP English and Spanish 2 plus 2 other classes this semester. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to help her with her classes. The joys of having a high schooler.  UGH, sigh.

Just where does the time go?

I remember my eldest’s first day of school and how scared she looked and how scared I was for her. 

I remember my son’s first year of pre-K.  I only let him go 2 days a week because I didn’t think he was ready yet.

And I remember my youngest watching out the window as the other two got on the bus and she just couldn’t wait to join them.

Someone please tell me where that time goes.  Someday soon I’m going to miss that mumble, mumble, UGH, sigh.

 

Kid Friendly Trail Mix

Add whatever your kids will eat to this trail mix.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

• 5 cups pretzels
• 3 cups peanuts
• 2 cups raisins
• 1 cup M&Ms

Directions:

1. Pour all ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Gently mix everything together.
3. Put into individual snacks bags or store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Wordless Wednesday – September 5, 2012

Yummy School Bus How To

 

Can you believe its back to school time?  Yup – me too!  I would have been ready for them to start this week but I’ll wait one more before I have to pry my teenagers out of bed about 3 hours earlier than they normally get up now.  Ah, the life of a teenager with no morning responsibilities.  It’s been a good summer but I’m ready for a “normal” routine again.

To celebrate the kiddos getting on the bus next week I found this super duper cute idea over at Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons.  Really – you need to check out her site.  Jill has the COOLEST ideas.  She makes dogs out of bread dough.  She makes Curious George cake pops.  And pancakes in any shape you can imagine.  Just cool stuff.

So when I saw these Twinkie School Busses I knew I had to try them.  Jill said they were easy and they are.  All you need is

  • Hostess Twinkies
  • Frosting – I used Betty Crocker white and tinted some brown but you can use chocolate as well
  • Brown M&Ms or whatever color your kids want to use
  • Red and White sequin sprinkles if you have them.
  1. Start by cutting out the windshield.  Make about a ¾” cut down the front from both sides. 
  2. Cut that extra piece in half and use some white frosting to attach the “hood”.
  3. Then use the white frosting to make the windows on the sides and the windshield on the front of the bus.
  4. Use the brown frosting to make a line going around the side of the bus.  Once this is done, attach the M&M wheels with the brown frosting.
  5. Use the white frosting to attach white sequins sprinkle for the head lights or just use your white frosting to make the headlights and a red sequin for the stop sign.  I didn’t have red sequins but I did have a white daisy so I colored it in with my red food marker.

 

   

Use what you have on hand and let your kids decorate their own bus!    

Here’s the bus garage!

 

It really is that simple!  Thanks Jill for such a great, fun and simple idea to send the kids off to school with!

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Twinkie School Bus

Ingredients:

• Hostess Twinkies
• Frosting – I used Betty Crocker white and tinted some brown but you can use chocolate as well
• Brown M&Ms or whatever color your kids want to use
• Red and White sequin sprinkles if you have them.

Directions:

1. Start by cutting out the windshield. Make about a ¾” cut down the front from both sides.
2. Cut that extra piece in half and use some white frosting to attach the “hood”.
3. Then use the white frosting to make the windows on the sides and the windshield on the front of the bus.
4. Use the brown frosting to make a line going around the side of the bus. Once this is done, attach the M&M wheels with the brown frosting.
5. Use the white frosting to attach white sequins sprinkle for the head lights or just use your white frosting to make the headlights and a red sequin for the stop sign. I didn’t have red sequins but I did have a white daisy so I colored it in with my red food marker.

Use what you have on hand and let your kids decorate their own bus!

Jill at Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons