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Posted By: Allie
Feb 24th, 2010
I can't wait for Kairi's hair to get longer. I did my first attempt at pig tails this morning and she is adorable! I think it makes her look a little more grown up.

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myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
how cute! They have so many cute bows and headbands these days!
Oreo Truffles

Posted By: Allie
Feb 22nd, 2010

I've had a couple requests for this recipe so here it is.

1 (16oz) pkg Oreo cookies, divided
1 (8oz) pkg Cream Cheese, softened
2 (8oz) pkgs Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.

Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

* It helped to refrigerate the mixture for an hour before rolling into balls.

If you want to know how to make them look like cupcakes as I did you can view Bakerella's tutorial
HERE. I loved the idea of cupcake bites, but I'm not a big fan of mashed up cake mixed with frosting so I tried to find an alternative and I think these truffles worked.

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myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
These were much better than cake bites
Cupcake Birthday Party

Posted By: Allie
Feb 22nd, 2010
We had Kairi's birthday party yesterday, I chose to do a cupcake theme and had a couple different treats and made cupcakes of course. The kids played bingo and everyone got to win a prize. When we gave Kairi her cupcake she examined it for a while and tasted the frosting but decided she didn't much care for it.

Mashmallow Pops and Cupcake Oreo Truffles

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heather Wrote: Mar 13th, 2010
that party was so cute! YOu are so creative and have he cutest ideas! i wish we lived closer...Kairi is getting so big
Jamie Wrote: Mar 9th, 2010
My kids loved the cookies that you gave them. Everything was so cute. Good job, you are a cute mom.
myndi Wrote: Mar 3rd, 2010
Everything was so cute, you did such a great job. I love how creative you are. We had a great time. Thanks for inviting us!
My Little Girl Is 1 Today

Posted By: Allie
Feb 17th, 2010
Baby Kairi is one today, it feels like it came two months too early. I don't think I'm ready to leave all things baby behind, Jared and I planned on only having 2 children and I don't think I could handle the stress of another one anyway, but I wish I could hold onto the first year just a little bit longer. There are so many things I'm going to miss. . . and not miss.

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Jamie Wrote: Feb 17th, 2010
I know that is how I feel as every month goes by getting me further away from the baby stage and closer to my children growing and being gone. :( It goes by way to fast.
5 Petal Crocheted Flower

Posted By: Allie
Feb 15th, 2010
One of my newest hobbies is crochet, not so much recently, but it does get addicting. There are so many free patterns you can find online and a lot of them are really simple, you just need to know the basic crochet stitches (you-tube helps a lot with video tutorials). This is a pattern for the flower that got me started with the hobby. I thought it would make a cute hair clip for Kairi so I looked up how to do the basic stitches and with a little practice it became very easy. This is a card I made using the flower as an embelishment.

These are the basic stitches in the pattern and their abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet

5 Petal Flower Pattern

Any size hook (depending on what size flower you want, I generally use a size G hook)
Any weight yarn

Rnd 1: Ch 5, join into a ring w/sl st in first ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9dc into ring, join to top of ch w/sl st. (10 sts total)
Rnd 3: **Ch 2, work 3dc in next st, ch 2 sl st in next st** five times. Fasten off.

For a different color center, try changing yarn colors after round 2. Experiment with different weight yarns and hook sizes. To layer a slightly smaller flower on top, go down one hook size from larger flower.

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Silly Faces

Posted By: Allie
Feb 12th, 2010

I put some flavored chapstick on Kairi and she wouldn't stop licking her lips.

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myndi Wrote: Feb 12th, 2010
Thats cute. that was so funny when Kaden was playing with your chapstick
Peanut Butter & Jam Bars

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
These are yummy, I think they are a bit like putting a layer of jam between two peanut butter cookies. Just a side note: The glaze made a lot, but dont put all of it onto the bars like I did, just drizzle it on top and toss the rest.

½ C sugar
½ C brown sugar
½ C shortening
½ C creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp  vanilla
1 1/4 C flour
3/4 t baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
3/4 C strawberry or raspberry jam

1/4 C real butter, melted
2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 T hot water

Cream shortening and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Add remaining dry ingredients.  Mix well. Reserve one cup of the dough for later use.  Take the remaining dough and press it into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan.  Spread jam evenly over the dough. Take the reserved 1 C of dough and use it to cover the jam layer.  Take small pieces and press them with your fingers to create flat little piece of dough to lay on top or you can also crumble it.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  The top should be set and just barely golden brown. Place on rack and cool completely.  Mix all glaze ingredients together and whisk until smooth.  Spread over cooled bars.  Let glaze set a bit to harden and then slice bars into squares or triangles.

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Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
AKA Chocolate Scotcheroos. This is a recipe we got from Jared's sister Jamie and they are soo chewy and yummy, I just want to eat the whole pan when I make them. Next time I'd like to try making them with cocoa rice crispies.

1  C Light Corn Syrup
1  C sugar
1  C creamy peanut butter
6  C crispy rice cereal
1  C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1  C butterscotch chips

Place corn syrup and sugar into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and comes to light boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into bars when cool.

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Jared Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
This is one of my favorite treats!
myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
these look sooooo good!
Sound Sleeper

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010

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Allie Wrote: Feb 12th, 2010
Ya, she didn't look comfortable so I took the pics and then moved her. I don't think she would have slept long if I left her that way.
myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
I remember the picture when kaden got stuck. how sad, but she's still sleeping so must be that uncomfortable.
Heart Happy

Posted By: Allie
Feb 5th, 2010
I know how Jared feels about spending money to buy decorations, so I usually try to be as thrifty as I can, especially with holiday decorations since they are only out for a few weeks. I decided to get creative and see what I could do for Valentines Day. I'm pretty happy with what I came up with, condsidering I only spent $2 for fabric and everything else I already had.

This first one was made from some scrap wood from finishing our basement which I spray painted pink. Using my cricut I cut out 'Valentine' in red vinyl and applied it to the wood. I then drilled some holes in the top and stuck in some wooden skewers. And I sewed some hearts with the fabric to put on top of the skewers.

This next one I just cut out the heart and wings with fabric and sewed them in place and put it in this cute frame.

I had another one in mind but have not yet finished it. We'll see if I get around to it.

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myndi Wrote: Feb 6th, 2010
wow, you are crafty! I love what you did. and for so cheap? thats awesome
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