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Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Time to Dare to Share

Hi friends!  I have missed you all so much this past week.  I didn't realize how much my sanity and creativity depend upon this blog outlet for me.  Without it this past week, I've been a sick, grumpy mommy with way too many ideas in her head and not enough energy to do any of it.
I am finally on the mend again, and will be back up and crafting next week.  In the meantime, I can't wait to surf around your projects.  You always spark my creativity and crafting excitement.
Did you check out all Pam's Party and Practical Tips this week while I was away? I was inspired by Kyle's homemade pizza post.  I used to make homemade pizza for my kids all the time, but it's been a while since we did this.  I've added it to my Dinner menu next week.  The kids will be so excited.
I was also super excited to check out all the great resources in The Ultimate Blog Resource Library  by He Calls Me Grace.  Have you looked at the great resource it is for bloggers?  I've only made it through a few pages, so am going to spend a little time this weekend looking through a few more.
What have you been up to this week?  I can't wait to see.

Fun Family Tradition with Cookie Friday

I know I've been MIA this week.  I hadn't planned on it, but I've had so many health problems I feel like I should donate my body to science and just get it over with.  I can't say it's been fun.

Especially since this was the first "week" back to school.  The kids actually only had a half day yesterday and today was the first full day of school before heading off to the weekend.  I admit, I have no idea why they do that.  I don't know if it's a tease to us parents, or if it's to ease the kids (or teachers?) back into school slowly.

Whatever the reason, I've been trying to get school supplies shopped for, clothes washed, schedules realigned, and kids excited all while being sick and not able to walk.  It's made it a little challenging to reinstate our family school traditions this week.

"Somtimes me thinks 'what is a friend' and then me say, 'friend is someone to share the last cookie with' Cookie monster Quote
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One of my favorite family traditions is Cookie Friday.

We like to celebrate the end of the week and start of the weekend by making a big batch of cookies as the kids get home from school on Friday.  This gives us time to spend together relaxing and enjoying too much cookie dough.  I love the time alone with each of the kids since they all get off the bus at different times and they talk non stop about their day at school.

It's one of my favorite times of the whole week.


We usually make our family's version of Chocolate chip cookies, but occasionally we throw in some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, some No bake cookies (when I'm willing to share), or even some of my Chocolate Covered Oreos to spice things up and treat the kids.

Follow Kandy Kreations's board Cookie Recipes on Pinterest.

This year, I'm going to start trying some of the cookies from my Pinterest Cookie Recipe board.  I have so many recipes there that I would probably have to make a different cookie recipe every week until Mini Me gets out of school in eight years, and I still might not get to try them all.

Since Dardevil is still dreaming of his Brownie Store, I thought I would suprise him today by trying Urban Bake's brownie and chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Urban Bake's Brookie's Recipe

These are the ingredients needed:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed LIGHT brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Check out my Instagram or Twitter feeds to find out how the recipe tastes and works for us.  I'm super excited to give it a go.  Go check out these "Brookie Cookies" to make some yourself.

Do you have any school time family traditions you do? I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Moves Pretty Fast so Stop and Dare to Share

It's another week and time to party again!   

I feel like I say this every week, but can you believe how fast time is going?

We have had so much rain and so many storms this week that I've loved looking at your projects this week. They have given me so many great ideas and fun stories to enjoy while we've been cooped up inside.   I especially loved all the back to school and first day projects, advice, and printables.  My kids start this week, so I'll definitely be using some of those great hints.

I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week.


Now it's time to PARTY!  So Dare to Share your favorite links!

Young Women Weekly Activity Idea: End of Summer Pool Party

If you haven't heard by now, I've been put in charge of the youngest of the girls in my church group.  We have a small group of girls that have a wide range of interests and personalities.  So coming up with fun ideas that they will want to come to weeknight church is really my goal and struggle.

Since school is about to start next week, we decided to close summer with a splash and go swimming for our activity this week.

End-of-summer-Pool-Party-Invitation-by Kandy Kreations

I've been trying to keep the girls updated and excited with what we are doing each week, so I've started sending out "invites" with all the information they will need for each week's activity.

This week, I made some summer beach ball invites. 

I used a bowl to cut out circles in white, red, green, and blue.  Then, I cut the colored card stock into "pizza slices."  I glued the slices onto the white card stock and then used a 3/4 inch hole punch to hide where the slices all met in the middle.


My girls are very much like my kids at home, and are always concerned about food.  So I decided to try a new cookie recipe from my Pinterest Cookie recipe board.  I went with the Root Beer Float cookies from Chocolate Chocolate and More.

They were really easy to make, but I ended up having to increase the baking time from eight to twelve minutes so they weren't a complete dough ball inside.  I'm not sure if that's because of the altitude where I live or something else.  So just be aware if you make them too.

I do suggest doubling the frosting recipe too.  I barely had enough to frost the cookies that turned out okay.  If I had not under cooked the first batch and burned the last batch, I wouldn't have had enough.  And that was with barely putting any filling in the cookies, and I like a lot of filling.

The cookies themselves were pretty good.  The girls loved them.  I felt like I needed a tall glass of anything to drink them down with.  They made me very thirsty.  I don't think these will make it in to my permanent cookie rotation, but they were fun for the end of school summer celebration.

I felt like I should make at least a "token" try and making our activity something more than just partying and fun.  So I found this exercise handout from Little Miss Suzy Q.  It was nice that they were already designed and ready to print and add to the dollar store jump ropes I found.  (Unfortunatly, I did forget these at home, so I didn't end up giving them to the girls.  Sigh.)

The girls ended up having a ball.  They all spent a lot of time playing together, which was something I was thrilled with since they all have such different personalities and don't mix all the time.  It ended up being a great night and a great way to say goodbye to the end of summer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back To School Notebook Covers

With the kids going back to school next week, we've been spending a lot of time thinking about notebooks, pens, pencils, and budgets lately.

We are having a bit of a hard time going back and forth between the "cool" notebooks with all the characters and designs, and the cost of such simple, but expensive, additions to the supplies.  Why does adding a spiral or saying to a notebook cause it to almost double in price?  I don't get it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mission Bound Shop

This blog is interrupted today to share with you the most amazing store of work and faith.

I recently read about Austyn, a young man who was baptised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  You can read about his story here.    He's so excited to share his new found faith that he is anxious to go on a two year mission to share the gospel with others who are looking for the hope, love, and answers that he has found.

Monday, August 11, 2014

How to make a Galilee Bible School Photo Booth

This weekend the youth in our church had a Youth Conference with all the kids in the surrounding area.  The theme of the conference was Return to Galilee

The conference was designed to take the youth to a "wedding feast" in Galilee at about the time of Christ's death.  We set up a series of shops for the kids to enjoy the town square before the feast.