Today's fun kids snack is easy to prepare. How easy? Prep time is 15 minutes and then cooling time is another 15 minutes. The best part about this Muddy Buddy recipe is that kids can help with many of the steps. So get those kids in the kitchen and lets make some Muddy Buddies!
Last week I was at Toys R Us and noticed they sold dry erase crayons. I didn't even know they made such a thing. I have wanted to do dry erase activities with my kids, but most markers I have found had a strong odor. The best part was there was a sale and they were buy 1 get 2 free which is perfect when you have three kids. The cashier said they have sales like every year before school starts so you might want to check you local Toys R Us to see if the sale is still going on. It was good for all kinds of crayons, markers and other Crayola items.
When I was at the Dollar Store the other day I discovered that they sold dry erase boards. They come with a marker that you can just remove. For $3 I now have dry erase boards for all the kids. How did we use our new items? Read on to find out...
It's back to school time, perhaps the most exciting time of the year for parents. Kids are excited too as they get ready to meet new teachers and friends. But along with excitement, back to school time comes with lots of preparation. By now you've probably been shopping for school supplies. I have always loved the new supplies associated with the start of a school year. Empty notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and unused crayons all full of possibilities for the year ahead. If you're sending your kid back to school with new clothes and supplies, don't send them back with the same old lunches. Here are some healthy school lunch ideas that will start the year off right.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/25/2012 04:00:00 AM
We just got back from a road trip to San Diego where my kids were flower girls in their uncle's wedding. San Diego is about an 8 1/2 hour drive (without traffic) from where we live. We would have flown, but airfare for the 5 of us was too pricey. So we decided to drive. This was not an easy choice for us. Our kids do not do well on long car trips. If you have ever been passed by a minivan with three screaming kids (and possibly parents) then that was probably us.
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I attached streamers of various colors to some packing tape and hung it up using thumbtacks.
These were super easy to make and a big favorite with the kids. Get some lollipop sticks and place a marshmallow on top. Dip the top part of the marshmallow in water and roll in sprinkles. Display in some stryofoam. That's it, you're done!
Rainbow Swirl Lollipops:
I got these at Oriental Trading and tried to dress them up by placing them in styrofoam and covering the stryrofoam with some rainbow party streamers.
For the inside I ordered some rainbow Twizzlers online and got some rainbow pads and crayons from Oriental Trading.
I hope this helps you in your rainbow party planning! Let me know if you use any of these ideas. I am sure your party will turn out great.
Linking up to some of these great parties.
- White cake mix (2 boxes)or your favorite recipe for white cake
- 8 or 9 inch cake pan
- Food coloring
- Vanilla frosting
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Cake stand
I made my rainbow cake seven colors. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. If you are using a box mix then each box will make four thin cakes. I made eight cakes and used seven for the rainbow cake. We got the eat the extra one ourselves!
Divide the batter from one cake mix into four bowls and make each bowl a different color using food coloring. I used gel food coloring since a little goes a long way. Grease your cake pan and pour the colored batter from one of your four bowls into the pan.
I had two pans so I was able to bake two cakes at a time. I recommend getting more than one cake pan for baking. Borrow from friends or just buy an extra. This will make the whole process go much quicker.
These cakes cook pretty quickly because they are thin. Using the temperature suggested on the box, I baked each cake 8-10 minutes. Take them out of the oven and when they are cool, wrap them in saran wrap and pop them in the freezer. I left mine in the freezer overnight so they would be easier to work with and frost. This did not affect the taste at all.
My daughter approves of how the cake is shaping up.
When you are ready to frost the cake, take your layers out of the freezer to thaw for a little bit. Place your bottom layer on the cake stand and spread enough frosting to cover it. Then add your next layer and repeat the process until you have all your cakes stacked up. Please remember to start with the color you want on the bottom. My husband kept teasing me while I was making the cake that I got the colors in the wrong order.
When you have all your layers on the cake, you will do a crumb coat which is basically a thin layer of frosting all around the cake that will keep the crumbs in place so they don't show up in the final layer of frosting. The top of my cake had a dome shape to it. If you don't like this or want a flat cake then slice a sliver off the top layer of the cake to make it more even.
If you are covering the top with sprinkles like I did, then you don't need to worry about having a neat final layer of frosting. If you just want the cake to be white on the outside, there are lots of great tutorials online on frosting a cake. If you will be covering the cake in sprinkles then this is good enough.
Now comes the hardest part of the cake - the sprinkles. I bought these large rainbow sprinkle balls and thought I would just shake them on and they would stick to the frosting. Boy was I wrong. When I did that, the balls all slid off the cake and went rolling everywhere. It was quite comical actually. The only thing that worked was to pour some sprinkles in my hand and literally slap my hand against the frosted cake. This was time consuming but I really like the colorful effect.
So here is where I went into full mom mode and broke out of blogger mode. I was so into the moment when we sang to my kids and cut the cake that I did not get that one spectacular photo I was hoping for. Everything just moved too fast. But here are some photos I got of the inside of the cake.
Pretty impressive, right? The party guests were really blown away by the cake and the kids loved seeing the surprise rainbow inside.
"A" could not decide between rainbow cake and a rainbow cupcake, so she had both. Hey, you only turn four once!
I was so happy that the cake tasted as good as it looked. I love frosting, and this cake had plenty of it. If you are looking to wow a crowd but are not an expert baker, try this easy rainbow cake. You will be surprised how easy this rainbow cake recipe is to make.
I was inspired by the following amazing bakers:
There are some wonderful lessons in The Penniless Princess, as Sara learns that her worth is not dependent on circumstances. She is worthy because she is God's princess and that doesn't change like her social status. I like how the DVD managed to teach about the story of Joseph as our kids were recently learning about his life at church.
In addition to the engaging story, The Penniless Princess is packed with extras such as Singalong Songs, a tour of London and a discussion guide. There is also a new Silly Song, Best Friends Forever which you will be singing along to in no time.
Even my two year old who is too young to get most of the messages, still enjoys watching and hearing the fun songs.
Thanks to our friends at VeggieTales, you can win your very own copy of The Penniless Princess to share with your little ones. Rules and entry are below. Good luck! Open only to US residents.
Disclosure: I was sent this product for review. All opinions expressed are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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