Chocolate Pudding Recipe
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Instead of the due-date St. Patrick’s Day birth, the doctor is planning delivery for Monday, February 29th. Yes, that’s leap year. So if it actually happens, this little one will be a Leapling, just like Chloe who is celebrating her birthday on the actual date this year.
Making an Easter Peep Graham Cracker House
The graham crackers cut easily with a sharp knife. I glued three sides to a bottom and then the roof pieces. After the frosting hardened, additional frosting was used to attach the roof to the sides.
Meanwhile the littler ones tinted the coconut green to resemble grass.
I giggle seeing this photo showing how tickled they were to share their creation. Such a sense of accomplishment. 🙂
I love making memories with our grandkids and they love spending time with their cousins.
Having an adorable and decorative cake is pretty fun too!
Maybe there is a little one who would love to spend some time in the kitchen with you!
Here are the how-to’s.
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ carrot cake mix (or flavor of choice)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting
1 cup shredded coconut
Paper for ears
Jelly beans or small gumdrops, as desired for eyes and nose
1+ cup shredded coconut
Green food color
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans.
Reserve 1 layer for another use or to make a second bunny. Cut 1 layer in half as shown in diagram. Put halves together with frosting to make body. Place cake upright on cut edge on serving plate.
Cut out a notch about one-third of the way up one end of body to form head (small end) as shown in diagram. Attach half of cutout piece from tail with toothpicks. Frost with remaining frosting, rounding body on sides. Sprinkle with 1 cup coconut. Cut ears from paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into cake with plastic food wrap. Press into notch on top. Use jelly beans for eyes and nose.
Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Add additional jelly beans if desired. Remove ears, plastic wrap and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.
We baked a strawberry flavor cake in 8-inch pans and used both layers to made two bunny cakes. We used a container of frosting for each cake and about 4 cups of coconut all together.
What better than a delicious pancake breakfast with your favorite three year old during a late winter snowstorm!
Because I can’t resist moments like these…
Or when she snoozed with the pup.
And keeps me company as I drive to the dog groomer.
So when Chloe asked for pancakes, I whipped up my all-time favorite recipe.
To ready us for shoveling 8 more inches of this stuff.
I took my camera to their party but didn’t even remove it from its bag. I found a cozy spot with a view of the 18 children and 14 adults gathered in this small but welcoming little cape cod home. I had to ask Jamie to send me a few pics of these these sweethearts each surrounded by people that love and pray for them as they grow.
So here is how I went about making the basket of bean bags
While at the craft store, I considered using beads as filler, making the bags washable. Because I wanted more weight to the bags and because the cost of the beads was more than I want to spend on this project, I opted to use dried beans. It took a little more than one bag each of dried beans and dried peas to fill the ten bags. I like the weight and the feel of the beans.
After filling each bag, I stitched it closed using the sewing machine. With the left-over scraps of fabric, I fashioned a bow and tie and secured it to the basket handle.
tablespoons butter or margarine (I used shortening)
cup brown sugar
cups King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (I used regular all-purpose flour)
teaspoon baking soda
When we all moved into our new homes on our street, way back in the mid-1980’s, a neighbor was selling Discovery Toys. She gave out a wonderful recipe for making play dough at home.
Cambrie made a batch of both blue and green
Chloe made (dark) pink playdough.
CAUTION NOTE: Once on the stove and the pan begins getting hot, the dough comes together and thickens quickly requiring stronger stirring, far too dangerous for little helpers.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes doughy in consistency. Knead until cool. Model different colors of clay into any shape you can imagine. Keep sealed in containers or plastic bags when not playing.
Note: Not edible. Can be used over and over again. Keeps 3 months un-refrigerated