Archive for September, 2009
In case you have missed the pumpkins in the patches, costume catalogs clogging up your mail box and truckloads of candy, I am here to remind you that Halloween is in 31 delicious days.
This year, we went a little batty and decided to throw a spooktacular Boo! Party (on a budget) for some of our ghoulish friends.
Note to You: Check back for more fantastic Halloween party recipe and decoration ideas. Be sure to pick up your issue of Family Time magazine (Press Citizen) next week for my complete article and party photos.
Here was my favorite tricked out treat at the party: Eye See You! On a Stick.
Eye See You! On a Stick
2 Egg whites (at room temperature)
2/3 cup White sugar (superfine if you have it!)
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
Put the room temperature egg whites in a bowl and whip them until they are foamy. (I used an electric mixer.) Add the cream of tartar and vanilla and keep whipping until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time and whip for about 4 minutes, on high, or until the whites are very stiff and shiny. Patience is key.
If you are fancy and have a pastry bag, you know what to do next. If you are like me, grab a friend to hold open a gallon size plastic bag and carefully spoon in the meringue. Snip off the corner of the bag right before you use it, to dispense the meringue.
Hold the bag close to the pan and carefully squeeze 1- to 2-inch mounds of meringue on to the foil, making sure that they touch one another to form pairs of eyeballs. Place the eyeball pairs about 1 inch apart. Make circles and ovals, be creative! Gently press a brown or black M & M candy into the center, or off center, of each eye. The placement of the candy gives the eyes fun expressions.
Bake, in the preheated oven, on two racks for 10 minutes. Then turn the oven off but LEAVE THE PANS IN THE OVEN, with the door closed, for 40 minutes.
Remove pans from the oven and cool completely on the cookie sheets. Once they are cooled, gently pick up each pair of eyeballs and insert either the sharp end of a wooden skewer or a candy stick into it’s base. Candy sticks can be found in the baking section of most craft stores.
These are so good, it’s scary! They were a huge hit with our party guests and disappeared before you could say Boo!
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I have been known to spend $200 at the grocery store on healthy organic food, then realize it’s 5:45 pm and everyone in my family will begin to melt in t-minus 5 minutes if they don’t get immediate grubbage. So we go through McDonald’s drive-thru for Happy Meals and chocolate milk.
I avoid, at all costs, letting my kids play with the toys at the doctor’s office. In my mind, they are like little infected petri dishes. Instead I come prepared with an endless stream of illegal snacks, drinks and games of I Spy.
Sometimes I ignore my own children to look at photos of other people’s kids on Facebook.
People who get pregnant or engaged and suddenly want everyone else around them to be pregnant or engaged should be legally required to SHUT THE HELL UP.
I think moms parents need to give one another a big fat collective break. Seriously. Being a parent is difficult enough this day in age without feeling like you have to defend yourself to the nosy busy bodies of the world.
Three days a week, by 6 pm, I am convinced I am going back to work outside the home.
There was a day when we were brand loyal to everything from canned soup to under britches. Now it’s only a few products: Toilet paper, shampoo and kid’s shoes. After you have kids, you realize the importance of a nice 2-ply roll. No John Wayne toilet paper allowed in my house. (What is John Wayne toilet paper you ask? It’s rough and doesn’t take shit off of anyone.)
If you drop by my house unexpectedly, chances are I will throw my body in front of the door to avoid letting you see how messy my house is on a regular basis.
If you ask me any of the following questions, I shall flick you on the forehead:
What is your mortgage payment?
Can your 1 year old read yet? Oh mine can.
When are you due?
In honor of my recent post, A Hairy Issue, I am giving away a FREE Rub A Dub Shaving In The Tub Kit to one lucky reader!
Four ways to enter:
• Reply to this post AND tell me your favorite song to sing in the tub or shower.
• Tweet #MommyMishmash, @MommyMishmash or www.MommyMishmash.com on your Twitter account.
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Each entry will be assigned a number at random. Maximum of 4 entries per email address.
Contest begins 12:00 pm on Tuesday September 29, 2009 and ends at 12:00 pm on Friday October 2, 2009. One winner will be randomly selected from the entry pool, using Randomizer.org, after 12:00 pm on Friday October 2, 2009. The winner will be notified by email on this day. Product will ship via USPS at no cost to contest winner.
Grand Prize: Rub a Dub Shaving in the Tub Shaving Kit from Alex Toys Retail Price: $15.00. I have stories about this little shaving kit which all end with the same lesson: Time for Mommy to shower alone. Kit comes with Rub a Dub foaming body soap, shaver, lather brush, comb and mirror.
Note To You: The photo below is why my blog is for adults eyes only. Do not open in the presence of children. May not be suitable for viewing at work.
After a recent mishap, Maddy’s Disney Princess Barbies required a full garment washing. SuperHub stood in the kitchen with a hand full of dolls perplexed.
SH: “What am I supposed to do with these?”
Me: “Figure it out.”
So he disappeared to the basement where he apparently undressed them and put their dresses in the wash machine. Then he left them in a precarious predicament for me to find. Click here to see.
“Sometimes, I pick my nose and get a booger on my finger. Then I feed it to my baby brother.”
Anonymous, 5 year old guest in my backseat one day
Note to You: The only boogers one should ever eat (on purpose) are Jelly Belly Booger BeanBoozled beans. Other flavors include: Canned Dog Food, Skunk Spray, Rotten Egg, Centipede, Baby Wipes, Barf and Moldy Cheese. Really. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.
It is with a ridiculous amount of happiness and joy that I officially launch Mommy Mishmash version 4.0. My blog has had an interesting journey since it’s creation on October 1, 2005.
It has been an incredible 4 years. My loyal readers are the only reason that I have kept at it. Your comments, encouragement and willingness to open your own lives is the fuel that keeps this motorboat chugging along.
I thank you.
From now on, this is where you can find me. As with any new home, I am still working out the kinks and tweaking the design. Like us all, it is a work in progress.
I hope you come back often!
Peas & Carrots,
On a recent, I-Am-Going-To-Get-Rid-Of-Shit-We-Don’t-Need tirade, I came across some parenting magazines from October 2008.
No, I had never even turned a page. Three kids (and an internet addiction) will do that to a girl.
As I tossed the magazine into the recycle pile, it fell open to reveal a recipe for peanut butter cookies with three ingredients. Three.
Thanks to HyVee and their incredible Hot Deals, we happen to have a lot of peanut butter on hand. Ahem. It pains me to admit just how much I love Hot Deals. This particular day, I had 8 jars of Skippy Natural Smooth Peanut Butter in my pantry.
What you need:
1 Cup of Peanut Butter (chunky or smooth)
1 Cup of Sugar
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, grab a helper and set to it. I bribed my cute little side kick to keep me company. As long as she had a peach in her hand and I was singing a very loud and animated version of “Islands in the Stream”, she was happy.
First, combine the sugar and peanut butter in a bowl. I prefer Skippy Natural because it does not contain any trans fats. Then add the egg. Mix until well blended.
This takes a little elbow grease. It was my only workout this day. Unless, of course, you count carrying a twenty two pound 1 year old kiddo and a full basket of laundry up two flights of stairs to catch a phone call but I digress.
Once mixed, use a cookie scoop to form dough into balls. If you don’t have a scoop, any spoon works well.
Now it’s time to roll your balls in some sugar. (Well, hello there good looking.) Once your balls are covered in sugar, place 2 inches apart (at least) on cookie sheets.
Using a fork, press a crisscross design into the top of each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet after a minute or two and allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
Yum. YUM. These cookies are incredibly rich and almost savory. In hindsight, I would have made them smaller because they were so dense. They were crunchy around the edges and soft and chewy throughout the center.
All you need is some cold milk and you have a treat that will disappear as fast as you can count to 1, 2, 3…
Waking up is a little nicer when you have someone this cute snorting and smiling at you.
Now please Mom, put down the camera and get me some Oatee O’s.