Polar Express Party

My boys LOVE the movie Polar Express! To them How the Grinch Stole Christmas is scary and they are still to young for Elf so this has become our go to Christmas movie.  So when I saw the idea of having a Polar Express party on Pinterest I just knew that was the perfect way to have some Holiday fun with the boys.

Mom's Busy Crafting: Polar Express Party

All Aboard the Polar Express

After searching for some ways to make the night even more fun I found this pin for making train tracks leading up to the front door.  I showed my hubby and he immediately volunteered to “lay some tracks” for the party.  A bit of black tape and voila!

Train tracks leading up to the door

Once on “board” the kiddos, all dressed in their jammies, patiently waited for the cookie decorating to begin (ok, honestly with 10 boys and 3 girls it was more like WWE and Risky Business while waiting- footie jammies and tile floors make for lots of fun).  Once all the guests had arrived the sugar fest began!  My husband made red velvet cupcakes complete with a peppermint stick for the “North Pole”.  They were supposed to look like this, but I ran out of time.  They were still VERY festive!

Sweets, Lots of Sweets

Both my kitchen table and dining room table were needed to decorate so I had 2 cupcake trays (another idea I saw on Pinterest somewhere) FULL of colorful sprinkles.  I for some reason have a HUGE sprinkle collection so don’t worry, I am still WELL stocked in the sprinkle department.

Sprinkles

 

Here are some pictures of my boys decorating their cookies (didn’t include other party guests as I didn’t want anyone upset that their child’s pictures are on a site).  Ethan was grumpy so I didn’t get a picture of him :(

 

Decorating cookies Icing! More frosting than cookie

Once my floors the cookies were covered in sprinkles, all the kiddos sat down with their blankets and pillows to watch the movie.  Their “tickets” were passed out (Thanks again to my wonderful hubby for making and printing them!) and the movie began.

At precisely the right moment, their hot chocolate was delivered by dancing waiters (ok, by me, but I was dancing a bit).  I found a SUPER SWEET recipe that could be made in the crockpot.  Boy was it SWEET!  After a taste test before the party started, I added in about 3 more cups of milk to make it a bit more drinkable.

Hot Chocolate

Last but not least, no movie would be complete without popcorn.  All too soon, the movie was over and the train was ready to deliver it’s passengers back to their homes.  Although I didn’t have the time to do EVERYTHING I had wanted to, we had a magical time and I definitely will be doing this again next year.
Popcorn and Hot Cocoa

Merry Christmas

and remember “The Bell Still Rings for All Who Truly Believe!”

{Celebrating Fun}: Mummy Dogs

We don’t put too much focus around here on Halloween.  The decorations in the stores scare the boys.  But I do like to do some of the more fun things that come along with this sugar filled holiday.  One of those things that has become a quick and easy tradition around here is mummy dogs (aka Pigs in a Blanket).  I “discovered” these a few years ago and I love how quick and easy they are for lunch or dinner (not to mention yummy!) but also I love that they are super simple so the boys can help me make them.

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs

Shopping List (not really much cooking going on here so I just couldn’t put ingredients, haha)

  • tube of crescent rolls
  • hot dogs of choice
  • dipping sauces (ketchup, mustard, etc)

Directions:

1. Open the crescent rolls and instead of pulling them apart into the triangles like usual you are going to roll out the rectangle like they come out of the tube and cut them into long strips about 1/2 inch wide.

2. Take a hot dog and begin wrapping it at the top (pinch the end so it stays together).  Don’t forget to leave a hole for the mummy’s eyes ;)

3. Keep wrapping until you reach the bottom, if you need to add another piece just pinch the ends together and keep wrapping.

4. Place all your mummies (crescent wrapped hot dogs) on a cookie sheet and bake to the directions on the crescent roll tube.

5. When they come out of the oven, use a couple dots of mustard or even diced olives for eyes and then let your little ones eat them up!

There you have it!  A quick and easy lunch or dinner during the month of October.  The boys LOVE making these since they are so simple.  We ALWAYS have them for dinner on Halloween before heading off to the church for Hallelujah Night.  Usually they make it on the menu plan a couple other times as well.

So go make some for your pumpkins and monsters and tell me how they turn out!

Tuesday Tutorial {recipe}: Pumpkin Spice Waffles!

So the other night I had a hankering (yep, I said it) for something fallish for dinner.  Since the cupboard was getting pretty bare, the  best option for dinner was breakfast.  Waffles were sounding yummy but first I wanted to make sure the hubby was OK with pumpkin waffles.

Here is how the conversation went:

Me: “If I said pumpkin spice waffles, what would your reaction be?”

Hubby: “With maple bacon?”

Me: “Maple sausage and regular bacon.”

Hubby: “Sounds good”

 

So off I went in search of a Pinterest recipe for Pumpkin Spice waffles.  I soon realized that I either didn’t have some necessary ingredients OR the recipes were just pumpkin with no spice :(  But instead of getting defeated, I just decided to take one that was the closest to the ingredients I had on hand and “tweak” it a bit.

Here is what I came up with!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles 

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 cups of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Mix the wet ingredients together.  In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  I put about 3/4 of a cup of the batter in my waffle iron for each waffle and total ended up with about 7 waffles.  My boys gobbled them up and my hubby said the spices were just right: not too strong but enough to taste.  I will definitely be making these a bunch more this fall!

More waffles please!