Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
My munchkins turn their noses up at Jello Cakes.
They also don't understand that a huge bowl of pudding is really the same pudding they are eating out of those individual containers.
Hence the wracking of my mommy brain trying to find a reason to buy a package of Jello.
But when I saw the Cookies 'n Creme flavor I just couldn't resist. I had to splurge on something I didn't need.
I placed the Jello on my stove. I left it out where I leave all "to bake" items. And after walking by it a few times I had a flash of brilliance.
I would make a cake. And it would be fabulous.
And that is the story behind how my Cookies 'n Creme cake was born. Mix a Jello obsession with a fierce determination to utilize something I completely had no reason to purchase and you get cake.
Let me rephrase. You get AWESOME cake.
1 box white cake mix, prepared
1 box cookies n' creme Jello
1/3 cup milk
1 container vanilla or chocolate frosting
1 package Oreos
Line 9x13 dish with non-stick foil. Grease and flour.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Add jello and 1/3 cup milk. Stir until well combined.
Pour into baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Check center with toothpick. When toothpick comes out clean remove cake and cool completely.
Once cake is cooled, turn upside down and remove from pan. Carefully peel away foil.
Frost with preferred icing.
Carefully slice 12-14 Oreos into halves. Set aside.
Place another 10-15 Oreos in Ziplock bag (depending on how much "Cookie Crunch" you desire) and smash with preferred kitchen utensil.
I always turn to my favorite utensil, the good 'ole ice cream scoop.
Sprinkle cookie crumbs over top of cake.
Use halved Oreos to line edges of cake.
Enjoy, and Happy Memorial Day!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It makes everything money can buy less enticing, which is good because I can't afford much of it anyway!
Monday, May 19, 2014
What kind of gifts do you give for Father's Day? Share with me, I always love ideas for those hard to buy for men!
Friday, May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This past month, along with start of Little League season, we had our "Opening Day" ceremonies. Opening Day started at 10am and the ceremony continued through lunch. From there the teams headed out to their games. The day wasn't finished until the last team played their last out, which took a very long time.
We had two games, one for each of our players and we spent any free time we had watching friends play. We spent a total of nine hours on ball fields. The girls played on the playground and with other tiny spectators. We enjoyed seeing all the families we know and watching the boys play. We traveled from field to field and made many trips to the bathrooms and the snack bars.
It's important to me that my girls join us when we have events such as Opening Day, because it becomes a family affair. We encourage our kids to support each other, and that means sometimes giving up play dates and sleepovers. We gave the kids money for raffle tickets and we packed snacks and drinks. I walked them over to the playground and we enjoyed time together. We knew going into Opening Day we'd be gone for many hours, and hand wipes and patience are a necessity.
After a long day of eating snack bar food the LAST thing we felt like eating for dinner was fast food. Trouble was, the last thing I felt like doing was going to the store and preparing a big meal. We all returned home hungry and tired, MOM included. This year, I was blessed to have a family sized Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat and Sauce in the freezer and we continued our family time with a delicious dinner at home. We walked in the door exhausted and in just over an hour we enjoyed a meal with no preservatives and real mozzarella cheese that tasted homemade.
This time of year we are constantly in and out, headed to practices and games. While frozen meals may not work for everyone, on busy days they work for us. Stouffer's has many dinner options, and I feel better feeding my kids their meals than heading for the drive-thru. The food tastes fresh and I know it's made with quality ingredients. On days like Opening Day, or days we have to finish homework and get in the car for baseball or gymnastics, I'm glad I have Stouffer's in the freezer.
If you're out and about like we are, try Stouffer's for dinner. There is also the Stouffer’s Meat Lovers Lasagna for that meaty craving. I'm including some great moneysaving coupons below. Wishing you an abundance of time with your families this spring and summer!
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Monday, May 5, 2014
I highly recommend wearing clothes that won't weigh you down, because the mud most definitely will. Also, even with spandex, WEAR UNDIES! I mean granny panties. These are going to protect your privates and go directly in the trash.
I recommend bringing.... a garbage bag, an extra set of clothes/shoes, two towels (one to set your clean clothes and shoes on and one to stay warm/clean off), and PLENTY of baby wipes. I even had a large bottle of water that I used to dump all over my hands before I touched anything in my bag.
Friday, May 2, 2014
With all that said, here are all the deets on the Free Dining...