Working Mom to Homemaker

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Ultimate Bill Organizer

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Since this has become a pretty popular post, I decided to move it to¬†my actual website. Click the photo to take you to the full instructions page! ūüôā

January 24, 2013 Posted by | ORGANIZING | 3 Comments

Cheeseburger Cake

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Jared’s Birthday is on the 4th of July, but I never wanted to do the typical, Red, White and Blue with fireworks theme. For his 2nd Birthday I had a hard time thinking of a theme, and then one day at work, it hit me. A Cookout theme! We would be cooking burgers, hot dogs and brats on our grill for food at his party, so why not make it a whole theme?

I had the idea to make a cheeseburger cake. Pinterest wasn’t around then and if it was, it was way too new and I had no idea what it was. I¬†Google¬†Image searched all kinds of cheeseburger cakes until I was able to piece together ideas for exactly what I was looking for. I enlisted my mom’s help, and even though we aren’t¬†professionals¬†and it was our first go at it, I’m still happy with the results to this day.

First, we bought a box of vanilla cake mix and a box of brownie mix.

Then we used 3 round cake pans. 2 of them were for the cake batter and 1 one was for the brownie batter.

Once everything was baked according to the box directions, we leveled off one of the vanilla cakes and used it as the bottom bun. The brownie didn’t make that dome shape that cakes make, so we didn’t have to do anything but place it on top of the bottom bun. The 2nd cake we left the dome and used it as the top bun.

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Next up was the icing. We used a mix of chocolate and vanilla icing to make the bun color. Then we used food coloring and made green icing for the lettuce, yellow for cheese and mustard, red for ketchup and a little bit of white for the seeds on top of the bun.

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Ta-Da! It’s no¬†professional¬†cake, and I’m sure if we were experts and knew anything about fondant, this could look truly¬†amazing, but for the average everyday person with minimal skills, this was fairly easy and turned out great!

January 24, 2013 Posted by | Desserts & Treats | Leave a comment

CrockPot Bacon Wrapped Cornish Game Hens

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My 18th Birthday fell on Thanksgiving day and I don’t like cake. I had the idea to have my mom make my own mini turkey and I’d put candles in it. (Yeah, I was a weird one) Anyway, my mom told me about Cornish Hens and that’s what she would make me for my 18th Birthday. ūüôā Just this past Thanksgiving, my mom was talking about how she felt bad for not being able to do much for my birthday. Since my mind revolves around food 80% of the time, I told her she could make me another one of those Hens for my birthday. She bought two of the Cornish Hens, but we both forgot all about them and they remained in her freezer until a few days ago.

I decided I’d get on the trusty Pinterest to see how to cook these mini bad boys, since it would be a first for me. Perfectly enough, I found a¬†crock-pot¬†recipe that needed some¬†ingredients¬†I already owned. The original recipe talks about using a specific kind of bacon and scraping off fat from the hens. I just used our regular old bacon and didn’t do anything as far as scraping fat. So here is my review of this recipe:

VERY DELICIOUS! It cooked all day and smelled amazing. When it was time to serve it up, I could barely get them out of the crock-pot without the meat falling off the bone. I will definitely make these again and I highly recommend it!

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The Ingredients:

–2¬†cornish¬†game hens, thawed
–6 slices of bacon¬†*¬†(if you are gluten-free, always check labels thrice, and do your own research.)
–1 tsp kosher salt
–1 tsp thyme
–1 tsp rosemary

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart crock pot; the little birds nestled in nicely.

I did skin the birds; there was no where near as much fat and skin as is on a regular chicken, but I took off as much as I could with poultry shears.

In a small bowl, mix your dry spices. Rub the spice mixture all over the birds, inside and out. Lower the birds into the crock pot. I thought I had put them both breast-side down, but I think only one actually was. Take your strips of bacon, and wrap two one way and one the other on each bird. See if you can tuck an end inside of the cavity.

Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. I cooked ours on low for 4 hours, and then switched it to high for the last hour.

Discard the bacon before serving.

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January 15, 2013 Posted by | Main Dishes | 4 Comments

Portable Homework Station

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I know Jared is too young for homework just yet, and he doesn’t start pre-school until the fall, but I wanted to get him used to doing pre-school type activities with real books and paper instead of always using ABCMOUSE on the computer. I needed something that could block out distractions for him and keep him focused and motivated. I also wanted something that can grow with him and he gets older. So here is the portable homework station or work station.

I have a large file folder that has all the activity books, extra print outs and other paperwork. I just take pieces from that file folder and fill up the folders on my station. I don’t want to put too much up there at once. The tickets are his reward, just like in ABCMOUSE. If he completes a task, he gets tickets. When he gets so many tickets, he can get something special. There is also a pencil-case that I can keep a few pencils and markers for him to use.

I have only used this once since I recently made this, but it passed the Jared test so far!

January 15, 2013 Posted by | ALL THINGS KIDS | Leave a comment

Restaraunt Book

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Naturally, I got this idea from Pinterest, but I tweaked it a bit. I had one of those zip up organizers laying in my supply cabinet in our basement. It wasn’t getting any use until I discovered this idea. So instead of using a wallet, I used the organizer. I will probably add to it later or change things up after trial and error. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m really hoping that it works to keep my crazy toddler occupied the next time we go out to eat.

 

I included a couple of dry erase Sesame Street books that we had, blank paper that was already in the organizer, a small blank notebook, some self-made alphabet cards, and a pen and a couple dry erase markers.

January 15, 2013 Posted by | ALL THINGS KIDS | Leave a comment

   

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