Monthly Archives: January 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Just a quick post and run today. I recently pinned this yummy looking smoothie to try for a protein boost after working out.

THE RESULTS

I’ve had them twice now. First, I tried it with a non-frozen banana, and then when I decided I liked it, I popped the last two bananas into the freezer so I could try it the way it frozen.

WHAT I LEARNED

*Frozen banana or not doesn’t really make much difference at all.

*It’s just the right amount for a single smoothie (I tend to make them too big, but then my kids always want some anyway, so they never go to waste). As a disclaimer, though, I don’t really measure when I make smoothies, so everything was just approximately as much as the recipe says.

*Frozen bananas are hard to peel.

THE VERDICT

Love. It.

Our Christmas Eve Tradition

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Since I’ve posted about Christmas Eve and all, I figured I’d share one of our family traditions as well. Now, you may be surprised to find out, but I occasionally have an idea or two of my own. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. Several years ago, my husband and I noticed that Christmas Eve was dragging on sooooooooooooo slowly and we got to talking about how it often felt that way as children too. Then I had a brilliant idea. (Actually, at this point, I can’t remember if it was mine or his, but I’m just going to go ahead and take credit for it.) You know how on Christmas Eve, lots of people get to open a present of new PJs to wear to bed? Well we do that too. (No, that is not the brilliant idea of which I speak.) But now, every year on Christmas Eve morning, our children get to open one present which contains a new pair of PJs to wear all day AND a new book to read. That’s right, Christmas Eve is officially pajama day at our house. We hoped, as the kids got older, that this would help to make the anticipation of Christmas morning weigh a little less heavily on their minds since they would be engrossed in their new book instead. And this year, for the first time, we had a child old enough for that to actually work. This Christmas Eve, the Princess started and finished her new book (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) on Christmas Eve. It’s a fun tradition that we love and if you want to adopt and love it too, be my guest!

Glue Catchers

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A while back I discovered the amazing Play At Home Mom blog. They have fantastic ideas and are much nicer to their children than I am to mine. One of the projects that they posted was these Glue Catchers. I decided it was just the kind of thing my kids would love to do, so on Christmas Eve, we broke out the cookie cutters and glitter and got to work.

THE RESULTS

All Set Up

I got it all ready and then invited the older two to come and have some fun. They enjoyed it and we ended up adding about 4 or 5 more cookie cutters to the tray before we were done.

The Princess Squeezing the Glue
“Batman” Adding His Glue (Geeze, this takes forever!)
“Superman” Up From His Nap and Doin’ the Glue Thing

Squeezing was a bit hard at first – even for me – but I snipped off just a little bit of the inside tip and things went better after that.

GLITTER!!!
More GLITTER!!!

Like there can ever be too much glitter.

In the end, it took about 3 days or so for them to dry and I never did get pictures of the finished product.

WHAT I LEARNED

*It is not all that easy to mix food coloring into a glue bottle. The glue tends to be…sticky (imagine that) and doesn’t want to mingle so much with the coloring, especially when you’re just using a skinny little skewer. I think it would have been easier had I dumped the glue out of the bottles to mix it. But then I would have had to pour it back in…so…not happening.

*I was surprised at just how much they shrunk in thickness as they dried. They ended up pretty thin, but I certainly didn’t measure so I couldn’t say how thin.

*Everything’s better with glitter.

THE VERDICT

It was fun! The kids really enjoyed making them and we could do these for just about any occasion. Even just a rainy day.

Chicken Cream Cheese Taquitos

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Hello again! Long time no see. I got super busy in December with a Christmas project I was working on (soon to come if I ever get around to taking pictures) and then…well…life just happened. All of the sudden I realized it was the middle of January! Today I want to share my take on these Chicken Cream Cheese Taquitos and their yummy dipping sauce. Anything with avocado in it is sure to get my attention, so when I saw the pin, I just had to try it.

THE RESULTS

Now, I’m not into making more work for myself, so there was no cutting of the tortillas into 3 mini tortillas and making mini taquitos. We just enjoyed them full-sized.

WHAT I LEARNED

*I either need to take notes when I’m trying new pins or blog right away because, honestly, we had these so long ago that I don’t remember many details.

*That was a good lesson to learn.

THE VERDICT

If I remember right, we liked ’em. I was especially fond of the avocado dipping sauce – it was kind of ranch-ish, but not quite and quite yummy atop those taquitos. I’m pretty sure even my kids liked them. But without the sauce, of course, because they couldn’t possible put something green in their mouths.