Cream sugar and butter together; add eggs and bananas, mixing well. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda; blend. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x5 loaf pan; bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool in a pan for 15 minutes; remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Cream sugars, peanut butter, butter, egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients with the cream mixture until well blended. Refrigerate at least one hour. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and place a kiss in the center of each cookie. Cool on a wire rack until the kiss has set.
Everyone October 1st we have a HALLOWEEN BREAKFAST to kick off my favorite month and holiday. It's nothing fancy, but we use all our Halloween tableware and have a Halloween dance afterwards. Yes, this usually occurs on a school day, but we get up early and no one complains!
I always have a little gift waiting by each child's plate and a spooky treat to take to school that day. Scarlet usually ends up with some spooky jammies too!
While at Michael's last night, I stumbled upon these and KNEW the kids would love them for their little gift. I know they'll be anxious to get their homework done that day just to work on them!
Okay, I have to admit I was SO embarrassed to buy these roses. I know... I'm lame, but I was. I kept saying to Scarlet out loud so everyone in line could hear, "It's going to be fun to spray these black for Halloween, huh?" In hind sight, people probably thought I was more of a weirdo for spraying flowers black than buying cheesy pink silk roses!
Pull the flowers off the stems and hot glue them to the wreath backing.
Fill the whole wreath in except for a small space on top to add the ribbon.
Add ribbon to hang the wreath and then glue or sew a big bow to the hanging ribbon.
I LOVE how it turned out!
Am I annoying you with all my Halloween stuff? If I don't do it now, it won't get done in October.
Mix garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper in a bowl; rub chicken with mix.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; brown chicken on all sides.
Combine chicken, sauce mix, Italian seasoning and broth in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high setting for 3-4 hours. Add zucchini during last hour of cooking and cook on low setting. Serve over hot spaghetti.
I tamed the shoes! It's SO nice to be able to reach into her shoes and grab any pair and they fit. I know this seems obvious to most, but I can't tell you how many times I've put a pair on and they're too tight and then I'm in such a hurry I throw them back in and the cycle continues! I'm lame.
I'm a little behind. Dan left for Scout Camp with Patrick, so I am running everything on my own.
But I've done a few things...
Scarlet's First Day of School Outfit
Minus the shoes and add 2 very big red bows! :) I LOVE it. It SO looks like a first day of school outfit to me. I want one! It's more subdued than normal, but I don't want to scare the kids and the teacher on the first day! lol
I had (and always do have) them printed at Ritz Camera. I love the quality there and I love that I can send them my images and they are printed and ready to pick up within an hour. LOVE that. Because I am doing a mini book (or 2) I had them printed in a 4x6 size and then wallet size. Can't wait to see them!
So, I've never had a great place to show off the kids' work and art and it has always bugged me. The side of the fridge just wasn't cutting it and with Scarlet going to Kindergarten this year, I knew things had to change. So, I took window box and a quilt off of the tiny wall leading from my familyroom into my kitchen and made that the official GREDING ART CENTER.
Okay, so it's a fancy bulletin board, but I LOVE it! I then went to Michael's and bought the cheap paper mache letters and painted them black and it cost me $6, but added the touch I wanted to make it look more sophisticated. WAY cheaper than Pottery Barn letters and they look exactly the same!
I just can't wait to see this board covered with seasonal art and papers and projects! SO fun!
Plus, my kids never see my scrapbook pages, so I thought I would put a new page up everytime I complete one. Or else throw a seasonal one up like school ones in September or Christmas ones in December. A fun trip down memory lane!
How cute is my new Halloween album? I love it! This is pre-decorating it... I have to add a few things here and there and then I'm ready to begin my pages. I'll start with Halloween 1994- Patrick was about 7 months old and he was Lucky- the Diet Coke construction worker guy. Do you remember him. If you don't, he was the hottest guy on TV that year. :) Just like baby Patrick!
I made and delivered this DELICIOUS Marshmallow ice cream topping along with Rocky Road ice cream to a friend
Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. corn syrup
1/4 C. milk
2 1/2 T. butter
8 oz. marshmallows
2 T. water
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
Add first 4 ingredients to a large, heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring often. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Melt marshmallows and water in a double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and hot sugar mixture; mix well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until use. Reheat and serve warm.