This year I decided to tag along with Dan and Jake to Discovery Night. The teachers help their students come up with amazing creative ideas. Jake's class was in charge of everything and anything ROCKS. Jake loves rocks---come to think of it, so does his brother Aaron.
We were having a yard sale, Aaron was probably a few years older than Jake at the time. He grabbed a bag of rocks and decided he was going to sell these for 50 cents a rock. Keep in mind, these were just your average everyday rocks, that he just grabbed from the street. To this day, Dan will tease Aaron about this. Fifty Cents a Rock! Anytime the topic of money comes up.
You know---I'm pretty sure he made a few bucks that day. I guess the joke was on us :)
In other exciting news---Jake lost Tooth #5. Word has it a gal in the school office will help pull those ready to be out teeth. We didn't think much of it when Jake told us about her. Sure enough one day last week, she did just that. Jake came home with his tooth in a shiny plastic tooth capsule,with a necklace made of floss! I'm pretty sure you can tell by the photo that Jake knew he was going to come into some cash very soon.
Probably the most exciting thing of the week had to be the Lego Movie for Jake. Jake loves Legos, especially Star Wars Legos. He was glued to that screen---it was the cutest thing to watch. The movie was cute too.
I've been searching for a few crafty ideas for Jake's class party this Friday.
Somehow, I always volunteer for the crafty part of the party. Then I decide to freak out because I have no clue what we can make in each station in under 15 minutes. If I could bring in a homemade treat, that would have definitely been my first choice :)
I found the sparkly pencils and puffy hearts at Target, in the dollar section.
Super easy kid friendly project. Just grab some washi tape and add a few feathers and you have yourself a cute little Cupid's Arrow.
Hopefully I didn't go too girly for the boys. Well, it is Valentine's Day after all :) I'm pretty sure there will be red and white feathers to choose from as well.
We tried to explain to Jake what Valentine's Day was all about with Cupid and all. He wasn't in the least bit interested. I'm kinda glad for that!!
I've always watched the Olympics off and on---but we've never been Super into it. Even when it was here in Utah---we headed to Salt Lake City to shop and people watch. That was really amazing being in the middle of it all. I remember we wanted a USA Beret so badly---but the lines wrapped around a mile long.
For some reason this time around, I want to make FUN Olympic foods, crafts and teach Jake everything there is to know about the Olympics and other countries.
Seriously, I wish he was more interested----but he does like the cupcakes we made.
Nothing too fancy here----just a box mix, patriotic cupcake liners and mini candies to represent the Olympic rings. For the pizza-----just a red, yellow and green bell peppers cut in rings and olives to form a circle. I was thinking you could even add a purple onion to get away with the blue. Of course you could use a tomato for the red. I didn't want to put Dan into too much shock with those items. We just used what we had on hand. Still it's the thought that counts right?
So around here, you can guess we were pretty excited about Game Day. My husband has waited a long time for this. So glad his Seahawks pulled it off :) Pure happiness around this house.
For Super Bowl Sunday, we made Game Day Bracelets for everyone---Jake loves to make them---we bought the loom for him but we both know that I wanted it the most! ha :) Seattle colors all the way around---
I was hoping to post this a little sooner-----better late than never :)
So the brownies. I've posted many brownie recipes on this blog---but this one is IT. I love that it's a one bowl brownie recipe, so easy. Also, we have different views about brownies. I LOVE the cake brownies with lots of frosting. My husband LOVES the fudgy brownies. I think this is as close to compromise as we can get. Seriously---so good.
One side is sprinkled with milk chocolate mini candies and the other side with milk chocolate chips, and then frosted with delicious Milk Chocolate Frosting----a girls dream.
Of course you can just skip the frosting candy part---sprinkle the entire pan of brownies with chocolate chips or candies---bake and cut in squares. My sweet tooth gets the best of me----so I have to add frosting---and of course those Seattle sprinkles. It's only right.
Hope your week is Amazing! See you soon :)
One Bowl Brownies
2 cups sugar 1 3/4 cups flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1 tsp. salt 5 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup mini chocolate coated candies
In mixing bowl, beat the first seven ingredients. Pour in greased 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle one side with chocolate chips and the other side with candies. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Frost chocolate chip side, add sprinkles and cut in squares.
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
1 TB butter 1/8 cup baking cocoa 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 TB milk, add more if needed
Whip butter until smooth. Whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa. Gradually add to butter, alternating with milk. Add vanilla. Beat until fluffy.