Monday, February 27, 2012

Snowman Party

Tonight for supper, we had a snowman party...more specifically, Snowman Party Stew.

When linking just now to the recipe at the Taste Of Home website, I see that I forgot to give the snowmen their ketchup scarves.  I had the ketchup bottle on the counter, ready to go...I just forgot.  ~Guess that's what happens sometimes when one gets lots of help while one is trying to prepare supper!  :P

I have to admit that the casserole tasted better than I thought it would.  However, after making it once, I know what I'd do differently next time!  :)

Still Winter

I have a number of ideas for wonderful winter meals floating around (like snowflakes) in my I thought I'd better make one of them into reality since spring seems to be just around the corner!  :)

This winter meal is:
  • snowflake-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • white cheddar cheese corn and rice puffs
  • vanilla yogurt with snowflake sprinkles
  • milk in a winter cup

Dessert is a snowman:
  • 2 powdered donuts
  • 1 powdered donut hole
  • sprinkles eyes and mouth
  • orange Tic Tac nose
  • Xtremes rainbow berry sour candy scarf
  • snowballs (miniature marshmallows)
  • a dusting of snow (powdered sugar)

I just realized that I forgot to give the snowman arms.  Oh well...not all snowmen have arms, right??!  :)

T liked his winter lunch.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Party

At co-op this week, the children had a Valentine's Day party.  Pizza, cookies, and juice were provided.

After lunch, everyone played Valentine Bingo...

and won a prize of their choosing.

And last but not least, the children exchanged Valentines with their classmates.

It was a bit crazy...but lots of fun!  :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Froggy Valentine

T's Grandma and Grandpa sent this cute stuffed frog to him for Valentine's Day.

I asked him to show his frog to me.  He did.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Pizza

For supper tonight, we ate Valentine pizza!

Before oven time

After oven time

(I'm glad I took a "before" photo.  It's difficult to see the pepperoni on the cooked pizza.)

~Cute idea, isn't it??  (~Not mine, however.)  I never thought to cut the pepperoni into heart shapes until I saw it recently on the One Charming Party blog.

My husband is on to me.  He knew we were having pizza for supper tonight.  Just before walking out the door for work this morning, he asked me, "You aren't going to make the pizza into a heart shape are you??"  I told him that I hadn't planned on it...and just smiled...knowingly!  ;o)

Then this evening as I was making the pizza, he looked over and asked, "What are you doing, cutting the pepperoni into hearts?  We could be eating by now!"  ~Sounds like a man, doesn't it??  LOL!  (He's always starving when he arrives home from work.  I think he doesn't eat enough lunch.)

Our Valentine pizza was Chef Boyardee with added Italian seasoning, shredded parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and turkey pepperoni.  It was quite yummy!  :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crocheted Heart Gift

T's Miss Bekah sent him this special handmade Valentine.

It was filled with packets of fruit roll-up and sheets of stickers!

T loved it!  :)  And oh, how he loves his Miss Bekah!!  She is so sweet...not only to think of him, but also to make something for him.

Thank you, Miss Bekah!

(In the two photos directly above, T is signing "Thank you.")

Breakfast Food Love

I love breakfast foods...just not for breakfast.  A morning person, I AM NOT!!  :P

So occasionally, we will have breakfast for we did tonight.  And...tonight it was a Valentine-themed supper breakfast supper.  (Three food fun meals in one day.  Now I know I'm on a roll!)

  • egg bullseye (Valentine-style!)
  • heart-shaped toast with red raspberry jam
  • Crispy Crowns potatoes
  • bacon
  • heart-shaped Canadian bacon
  • fried tortilla with cinnamon sugar

The tortilla with the heart cut out of the middle was left over from when I made T's Valentine pig sandwich the other day.

It was festive and fun...and fattening!  ;o)

Just Hearts

This was T's lunch today.  (I think I'm on a roll here!)  ~Nothing fancy...just hearts.
<3  <3  <3

  • milk in heart cup
  • heart-shaped cake
  • vanilla yogurt with micro heart sprinkles in pink silicone muffin liner
  • stick pretzels
  • heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • arrows made with stick pretzels, heart-shaped marshmallows for tips, and star-shaped marshmallows cut for tail feathers (whatever those things are called)

I just realized I got the arrows wrong.  I should have put on the heart-shaped marshmallow in the other direction so that the pointed bottom of the heart was the tip of the arrow.  Ooops!  Okay...let's just say that they're child-safe arrows.  Ha.

T's priorities:
Eat cake first...

Eat yogurt second....

Check out some other Valentine meals...

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and some muffin tin meals....

Valentine Lion

This was T's breakfast this morning.

  • lion face - pancakes
  • eyes - mini brown m&m's
  • nose - candy, flattened and cut with heart cutter
  • cheeks - candy, flattened and cut with circle cutter
  • mouth - chocolate icing, piped
  • whiskers - stick pretzels
  • ears - heart-shaped marshmallows
  • mane - jumbo heart-shaped marshmallows

~Looks to me like sugar overload!  However, he didn't want/eat any of the candy or marshmallows.  :P

Afterward, he made this Valentine lion.

(photo to be inserted later)

T will be doing lots of other Valentine things this week.  I will post about them at the end of the week.  :)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine Pig

Yesterday, T made this Valentine pig.

I'm not sure why he thought his pig needed four eyes!  :P

Then for lunch, he had this Valentine pig meal.

  • milk in pig cup
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • applesauce with heart sprinkles
  • tortilla chips with heart-shaped marshmallow in each

  • peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with heart-shaped (cut) flour tortillas face, bread snout (red raspberry jelly underneath), candy eyes, and jumbo heart-shaped marshmallow ears

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Snow Soup

Soup and winter...they go together like hand and glove.  The weather has been unseasonably mild this week, but no matter!  Potato soup is good anytime!  :)

Tonight for supper, we ate potato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Yum!

I thought I'd share the soup recipe.  It is easy to prepare and calls for ingredients usually on-hand.  (What could be better than that?!)

          Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder

          2 tbsp. butter
          2 tbsp. dried minced onion, reconstituted
          3 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
          1/2 tsp. dried sage leaves
          3 tbsp. flour
          1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth
          2 c. milk
          1 (9 oz.) package frozen corn
          2 tsp. dried parsley flakes

          Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add onion, potatoes, and
          sage; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

          Add flour; blend well.  Stir in chicken broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat;
          cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

          Add milk and corn.  Increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, for an
          additional 5 minutes.  Stir in parsley.

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