(picture created using Irish Eyes Mini kit by Ellie Lash in PSE)
It is March and time for another family tradition I LOVE. Our Blessings door! Each day from now until St. Patrick’s Day each family member gets to write or draw one blessing in their life. We are hoping not to repeat any but we will see how that goes! :) So far here is a small sample:
My favorite – Tummy (how else could would eat all that yummy food right!)
We even have a few extra shamrocks for any guests who stop by and want to add to our list. I am excited to see how lucky we are because we are so blessed!
Hopefully this activity can help us with our grateful hearts
“A grateful heart . . . comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives”
Yesterday was Dr. Seuss day! Originally I had decided to let this one slide this year. We had a big family event on Sunday and this week and the next are a bit busy and I am still struggling to keep up with everything.
That being said I quickly realized this week that it was important to the munchkins. All week I kept hearing them talk about Dr. Seuss day and what we may or may not do this year.
It was a toned back affair but we still celebrated and kept the tradition alive. The menu this year featured Star Bellied Sneech biscuits, JELL-O jiggler cat in the hat parfait, and green eggs and ham (the easy style simply scrambled). It was a great evening with everyone in the kitchen helping cook.
We ended the evening as we always do reading a few Dr. Seuss books before bed.
Today I also happened upon a devotional given by Elder L. Tom Perry that drove the point home for me that some of these “silly” things I have started with my kids are important. Here is a quote from that talk.
“Be certain you are creating a rich environment in which your family
can look forward to special times of the year when traditions hold you together as a great eternal family unit.”
Just a little reminder to me that traditions don’t have to be big or drawn out or expensive but a celebration of time spent together.
If you want to read more about this talk you can find it HERE or HERE is another one by Elder Ballard.
As I was going through my archive of projects to blog I discovered I never posted our Opening Ceremony treat for the Olympics! (Somehow it got lost in Valentines Day , Groundhogs day and life)
These were easy peasy and a HUGE hit with the munchkins. I loved how they could each put their own twist on the flames to make them unique.
To make we simply made up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats adding a few drops of red and yellow to the marshmallow mixture. Allow to cool slightly and then stuff into an ice cream cone and shape as desired.
We left over lemons a few weeks ago so we decided to try a new recipe. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod. These were yummy but we warned they taste best in the first day or 2.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cups Gold Medal all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yougurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 TBSP poppy seeds
For the icing
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2-3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place12 paper muffin cups into a regular sized muffin pan.
2. Melt your butter and set aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips.
4. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. In a small bowl whisk the sour cream or Greek yogurt, eggs vanilla , lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended.
6. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend. Don’t over-mix!
7. Stir in the poppy seeds.
8. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into he center of the muffin comes out clean.
10. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin
11. Cool muffins completely before icing them.
To Make the Icing:
Put the confectioners sugar in a small bowl and add 1 1/2 TBSP of lemon juice. Stir with a spoon until sugar is mixed. Add enough additional lemon juice a dribble at a time until the icing is thin enough to drizzle from the tip of a spoon.
I hope each of you is off to a great Valentines Day. I know I love each and everyone of my readers who takes the time to stop in and say hello!
Today I have a picture of Purplicous’ Valentine shirt. It has been quite the project! (a fun one to do together though!) First we used freezer paper to pain the words in silver glitter paint. Once that was dried we used the Silhouette Cameo Rhinestone kit to create the sparkly hearts.
She loves it so we will count that as a WIN!
I hope you each have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!
Have you started planning a fun menu for Valentines Day? I am excited that it falls on a Friday this year! Rather than my husband and I going out we try to have a fun/nice meal with the munchkins and spend some quality family time.
Today I thought I would share a fairly easy dessert idea.
Chocolate Ganache cake!
A few years ago I was given this darling cake pan! I knew just what to do with it!
First I baked some fun little chocolate cakes. Next let them cool completely and finally drizzle chocolate ganache over the top! Added bonus -once the ganache has set add a royal icing decorations, sprinkles or pipe a fun saying in frosting.
recipe from: Hungry Happenings
- 6 ounces very finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 TBSP corn syrup
- Place finely chopped chocolate in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds on medium power just to warm the chocolate
- In a pan bring the heavy cream and corn syrup to just barely a boil
- Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate and let sit about 2 minutes
- With a rubber spatula begin to stir the chocolate carefully in small circles starting from the center and working toward the outside.
- If you still have chocolate chunks you can microwave on defrost for 5 second at a time (Don’t over heat!)
- Once chocolate is melted and smooth wait about 5 minutes for it to start to thicken then pour over cakes and allow to drizzle down the edges. *depending on your added sparkle you may want to add it before the ganache sets rather than after.
- Let sit until completely cooled and thickened.