Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

I spent a large portion of this afternoon trying to win Mother of the year! Ethan has his musical program for preschool tomorrow night and I volunteered to bring 2 dozen treats for the refreshments following the program. I could have opted for brownies, but I made the mistake of looking online for a few ideas and decided I would make cake pops. I asked Ethan to help me decide which kind of cake pops he wanted (which I really shouldn't do because I usually already have an idea in my head of what I want to do!). After looking at several versions of monster cupcakes I tried to convince him that we should do something music related because that would go along with the theme of the evening. He didn't like that idea, so we came to an agreement on ice cream cone cake pops.
Like most things, they were trial and error and the last batch came out much better than the first, but I think they all turned out pretty cute!

The only problem with these, is that I made 2 dozen of them (as I was assigned) and there are definitely more than 2 dozen kids singing in the program tomorrow night. I just hope there are no tears shed because someone gets a chocolate chip cookie instead of a cake pop!

p.s. If you're interested in making these, let me just share a few tips to spare you the learning curve!
#1 The balls need to be a little big, to resemble a scoop of ice cream, so this uses more batter than normal. I used 1 1/2 batches of cake to make 28 balls.
#2 One package of the candy melts covered not quite 12 balls, so make sure you have plenty of candy melts!
#3 You'll need to cute a section off the bottom and the top of the cone (I just used a sharp knife and it sawed through the cone pretty quickly). You want the hole at the bottom just wide enough to stick your stick through.
#4 Dip the ball in chocolate and let some drip off, then slide the cone onto the stick and push up against the ball so that they stick firmly to each other. You might need to hold them together for a few seconds until the chocolate hardens enough to hold the cone up.
#5 Drizzle the chocolate sauce after the first layer has hardened, then immediately add sprinkles and put the "cherry" on top. (I used sour cherry balls, but I've also seen red peanut m&m's used)
#6 You'll need your cardboard box already poked with holes BEFORE you start this process so they'll have somewhere to dry without the tops getting smashed (I bought mine on sale at Michael's, they're just photo storage boxes)

There you have it! Now you can also be Mom of the year ;)

Snowed In

We finally got the snow last week that we kept hearing about this fall. The boys were pretty excited to get outside and join the big kids in the neighborhood who were sledding in the street right in front of our house.
Here's a little recap, in pictures, of their first run of the day:

Ethan is more than willing to do the dirty work...

Jack is happy to just be along for the ride.
Jack didn't know to hang on over the first bump and took a fall, but he thought it was pretty funny :)

Dad helped Jack get his gloves back on.

Ethan wised up and Dad was employed to pull them up the hill!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Scrapbooking my way

I decided this was the year I was going to tackle the (fun) job of getting caught up on my boys' scrapbooks. I went to a scrap booking retreat 2 years ago and not only had a blast visitng with all the girls, but I actually got caught up on all my pictures!
I didn't go to the retreat last year and I haven't really touched my scrapbooks since I caught them up 2 years ago :(
So I've realized scrap booking with paper and lots of embellishments is fun, but it's also time consuming, pricey, and messy (I feel like I have to haul out everything I own just to put a few pages together!).
So several of my friends are starting to try Project Life, and my interest was piqued. I had almost decided to give it a try, when I discovered that Shutterfly is offering Project Life layouts, in the DIGITAL format.
The best of both worlds!!!
I've decided to do an album a year for each of the boys, and have a 2 page spread for each month. I've been working on Jack's for about an hour a day, for the past 3 days and I'm already into May of last year! I haven't had to haul out a single craft item, and when nap time is over I just turn off the computer and come back to it the next day. They have so many fun options for embellishments, layouts, background paper, etc. it gives me all the satisfaction of scrap booking with none of the hassle.
Anyway, I always love when someone shares a great idea with me, so I thought I'd pass it on to the rest of you who may find yourselves in the same boat :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

All I wanted was a doughnut!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who could totally picture myself doing this!

I read this story on the pioneer woman's blog and laughed so hard I had tears coming!
All I wanted was a doughnut...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

25 Rules for raising sons

My heart melted when I read this list, and I resolved to be a better mom because of it. I'll be honest, not a day goes by I don't think about how fun it would be to have a little ruffled bum running around the house with a tutu around her waist and a purse slung over her arm. But there is something about boys, my boys, that makes my heart melt and reminds me to thank Heavenly Father for giving me what He knew I needed most :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pinterest Interest

I've been browsing through pinterest for some fun Valentine's ideas (it's never too early to start!) and I saw this great idea. What I loved about it, is that you can actually do it any time of year...birthday, anniversary, or just because. If you haven't looked at the dating divas website you should check it out, they have some pretty cute ideas for keeping the spark alive in your marriage :)


While it appears that I've been slacking in my online posting lately, it's just because I've been having fun posting on Google+ lately. If you're also on Google+ you can add me to your circles :)

Onto Christmas...

We spent Christmas with the Davises this year and had so much fun. They have a tradition of eating won tons on Christmas Eve, and this year we added sushi.

The boys each got a new movie and some fun treats in their stockings. I think they would've been content to stop with that!

Armor and swords from Grandpa & Grandma Jack.

Mary and Joseph... :)

Ethan really loved having "big kids" to play with...they played WII dance and mario kart, pretty much whatever they were doing Ethan was content to tag along and his Uncles were really nice to play with him so much!