Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer Two Ways

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was everything I hoped it would be. From the Castle to Ollivander's it is like stepping into the magical world. My absolute favorite part was eating lunch at the Three Broomsticks. The food was amazing and of course there was Butterbeer. The Frozen Butterbeer was my favorite thing in the entire park and I couldn't get it enough of it. I wanted to stop every time we passed a cart. When I got home, I got to work trying to replicate the recipe, I came up with a lot of different versions and finally got one I felt was close. 

I have including two recipes below, the one that is more complicated is more authentic but it does take some baby sitting. If you want taste in less time, try the easy recipe! 

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer (More Complicated Version)

  • 1 liter bottle of cream soda
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C butterscotch topping 

Refrigerate the soda overnight. Pour the entire bottle of cream soda into a 9x13 baking dish and place it in the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes, pull the dish out and break up the ice and then freeze again. Repeat the process for two hours until you have the perfect slushy soda. Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks start to form. Add 1/2 C of Butterscotch topping and blend until smooth. Combine the slushy soda and cream in layers in the glass for the perfect butterscotch perfection.

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer (Easy Version)

  • 1 liter bottle of cream soda
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C butterscotch topping 

Freeze 2/3 of the soda in ice cube trays. Add ice cubes, the last third of the soda to a blender and blend until slushy. Whip the heavy cream with the butterscotch topping until soft peaks form. Add the slushy to a cup and top with the butterscotch whipped cream.

Have you ever been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Which kind of Butterbeer is you favorite?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Gluten Free Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

I am not normally a huge fan of fish. It is just too.... well fishy. My husband absolutely loves fish of all kinds and has spent years trying to win me over with fish recipes. This is one of the first recipes I have gone back for seconds on. It is light, crispy with the perfect touch of mango.

Fish Tacos: 

  • 4 tilapia fish fillets 
  • gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • eggs, slightly beaten
  • coconut flour or other gluten free flour
  • shredded Monterrey cheese
  • green cabbage
  • corn tortillas
  • limes

Chipotle Sauce:

  • ranch dressing
  • chipotle sauce

Mango Salsa

  • 1 1/2 c. chopped, peeled mangos.
  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, seeded and finely chopped;
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions;
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil;
  • 1/2 tsp finely shredded lime peel;
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice;
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar;
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper. 

For the fish: Coat the tilapia in coconut flour and then place it in an egg wash. Coat the tilapia in gluten free bread crumbs and let the fish sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to help set the crumps.  Place in an oiled pan with a small amount of lime juice. Rotate the fish every few minutes until it is golden brown.

For the salsa: Combine the olive oil, lime peel, lime juice, vinegar and seasonings in a bowl. Toss the mangoes, green onions and peppers into the dressing and coat thoroughly.

For the sauce: Make sauce by combining equal amounts ranch dressing and chipotle sauce.

Assembly: Place a small amount of fish in a corn tortilla. Top it with finely chopped cabbage, shredded cheese, the chipotle saucce and mango salsa. Finish the taco out with a light spray of fresh lime juice.

Who would you make this for?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Christ Centered Easter Craft Devotional

One of the biggest surprises of my blogging life was when the Christ Centered Christmas Advent, created by my best friend Lorene, went absolutely crazy. I often forget there are people looking for ways to help their children understand the meaning behind the holidays as much as I am.

Every year, during the week leading up to Easter (Holy Week), my husband and I do a small devotional each night reading to our children what happened each of the days leading up to the resurrection. It is a beautiful experience and after the positive reaction I received to the Christmas version, I wanted to share this Easter version.

This Holy Week Craft Advent is a perfect way to get your children involved in the story of Easter, every day from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. My kids have loved it. If you are looking for more Christ Centered Easter ideas, you can find Resurrection Eggs here.

Each day includes: 
  • a short scripture selection
  • pictures and/or videos 
  • a very simple craft that uses common craft supplies and requires very little time to create

Palm Sunday – The Triumphal Entry

ReadMatthew 21:1-11
PictureGospel Art Book #50
Activity: Palm Leaves
  • Green construction paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors 
  • Tape

Draw a long leaf on an entire piece of green construction paper. Cut the leaf out. Draw a line down the center of the leaf and let the children cut fringe into the leaf, telling them to not cross the line. Add a pipe cleaner to the back of the leaf to give it some stability so the children can wave it.

Monday – Cleansing the Temple

Read: Matthew 21:12-13
Picture: Gospel Art Book  #5152
Activity: Animal Cages
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Animal stickers 

Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw a large square on the front of one of the halves and then cut out that rectangle. Tape pipe cleaner halves to the inside of the square and then add animal stickers on the paper behind the pipe cleaners.

Tuesday – Widow's Mite, 10 Virgins

ReadMark 12:41-44 , Matthew 25: 1-12
Picture: Got Oil?
Activity: Clay Oil :amps
Model Magic or Salt Dough

Shape the dough into a vessel that resembles an oil lamp. Allow it to air dry over night.

Wednesday – Judas Betrayal

Officially, nothing is recorded of the events of the fourth day, but the third day has a lot happening so we split the third day into two parts. The Judas betrayal isn't completed until later in the week, but this is when Judas covenants with the Jewish leaders to betray Jesus.

Read: Matthew 26:4-75
Picture: online
Activity: Coin Purse with 30 pieces of Silver
  • Felt in your desired color
  • Yarn 
  • Yarn needle
  • 3 dimes for each purse

Cut a sheet of felt in half. Fold the half sheet into almost half and use yarn to whip stitch up the sides. I used an awl to pierce holes in the felt so it was more like a lacing craft, but you can leave out that step if you want.

Thursday – Last Supper and Washing of Apostles' Feet

Read: Luke 22:14-20John 13:4-15
Picture: Gospel Art Book #5455online
Activity: Foot Prints
  • Cardstock
  • Brown paint
  • Blue paint
  • Foam brush

Use the foam brush to brush the brown paint onto your child's foot. Have your child stand on the paper. Repeat with the other foot. Draw a basin around the feet with paint and add blue paint to resemble water. 

Good Friday – Crucifixion 

Read: Luke 23:33-46, 50-56
Picture: Gospel Art Book #5758
Activity: Painted Cross
  • Heavy watercolor paper
  • Paints
  • Masking tape

Use the masking tape to make a cross on the paper. Let your child finger paint all over the paper, specifically around the edges of the tape cross. When the paper is completely dry, peel off the tape.

Saturday – Christ in the Tomb

Read: Luke 22:14-20John 13:4-15
Picture: Tomb Images
Activity: Tomb
  • Construction paper in brown, black, blue and green
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick 

Create a sky and grass background by cutting a piece of blue paper in half and gluing one half to the top of a green paper. Cut a tomb out of brown paper and the large stone out of black paper. Glue both to the background.

Easter Sunday – Resurrection

Read: Matthew 28: 1-7
Picture: Christ at the Tomb
Activity: He is Risen Sunshine

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Yellow Washi Tape

Draw a large yellow semi circle on a piece of paper. Let the children pick different types of yellow washi tape to put the rays on the sun. Write "He is Risen" in the middle of the semi circle.

These simple devotionals have helped our children take their focus off Easter Eggs and move it towards the savior and his sacrifice for us. I am so grateful for these amazing resources and videos!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIY Sonic Screwdriver Pens

For years I have been turning everything I can get my hands on into Sonic Screwdriver or Harry Potter wands, chopsticks, crochet hooks, brushes. You name it, it has gotten the geek treatment. These Sonic Screwdriver Pens are one of my favorites. They are easy to make and the last forever. I have one I have been writing with for at least four years now. I have gifted them to Whovian friends and convinced my daughter to finish her practice spelling test because she could write with a sonic. See? Major awesome all around. 

You will need: 
  • pens 
  • baking clay - I used blue, white, grey and red
  • marbles or glass beads
  • a oven (I use a dedicated toaster oven) 

I used a bunch of hotel pens I had laying around my house. I looked for pens that the ink comes through the writing end of the pen. This makes it so you can add marbles and beads to the other end of the Sonic. 

Roll the clay for the body of the Sonic into a long snake. When I want mixed colors on the body I roll out two long snakes, one of each color. Wrap the two colors around each other and then roll them into a snake again. Roll the snake as thin as you can or you will have excess clay around the pen. Wrap the snake around the pen, smoothing the edges as you go. if you want a smooth surface, or wrap the snake tight, pinching them together if you want a coiled Sonic. 

Add a solid color to the top or the bottom or bottom of the screwdriver in the same way, coiling the clay and then flattening it as you wrap it around the pen. At the top of the pen, keeping coiling passed the top of the pen. Smooth the coil out and and put your marble or glass bead in the top. You can add small rolls of clay over the top of the bead or leave it uncovered.  Make sure to use glass marbles and beads to prevent melting in the oven. 

If you want the sonic to function as a pen, make sure to leave an opening where you can slide the ink back it. If you want it to just be a sonic, you don't have to worry about that part. 

Finish the sonic with small pieces of clay for the buttons and small coils of clay for texture. 

Bake the pens in the oven at 275 for 15 minutes for each 1/4 each thick, or follow the instructions on the packaging of your specific clay. Slide the ink back into the pen and you have an awesome and fun new way to write! 

Who would you make these for? 

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Candy Jars

Are you looking for a fun and fast gift to give this Easter Sunday? These little jars are so cute and the perfect hostess gift or for any loved one. Who wouldn't love getting a jar full of candy?

You will need:

  • canning jars
  • small figures or Easter eggs
  • hot glue
  • spray paint in fun Easter colors 
  • amazing Easter candy, my personal favorite here

Easter eggs are the easiest jar toppers to get your hands on but I love the look of the little bunnies. These were found in the Easter section of my local dollar store. They were originally packaged with a paint brush and small amount of paints. Just make sure whatever you choose to top the jars can fit through the canning ring.

Using a small amount of hot glue, hot glue the bunny, egg or whatever else you found to the lid of the jar. Spray paint the entire lid as well as the canning ring. All them to dry completely.

Fill the jar with pastel candy and add the lid! Spring M&Ms or Cadbury Mini Eggs are perfect for these jars! You could also fill it with Peeps or Peanut Butter Eggs.

Who do you know who would love on of these in their Easter basket?
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Copycat Mickey Mouse Beignets

If you love Disney as much as we do, then you have probably had a Mickey Mouse Beignet. These delicious treats from New Orleans Square in Disneyland are a family favorite and one that we have made at home for years. Here is our fun and easy recipe that will take you back to the Happiest Place on Earth! 

You will need:

  • 1.5 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 envelop yeast
  • 2 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1/4 C. Shortening
  • Pan with oil for frying
  • 2- 3 C. Powdered Sugar
  • Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter 
Mix the sugar, water and yeast into a bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes. In a different bowl, mix evaporated milk, eggs and salt together. After the 10 minutes mix the egg mixture into the yeast mixture. Add 3 cups of the flour and stir until mixed well. Add the shortening, stirring constantly while you add the rest of the flour. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Let your dough rise for at least 2 hours.

Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and then cut into Mickey Mouse shapes with a cookie cutter. Fry in oil heated to about 350 degrees until golden brown. Flip the beignets often to make sure the color is even. Drain the beignets for a few moments.  Add your powdered sugar to a brown lunch sack. Then add the hot beignets to the sack, close and shake until beignets are covered in sugar.

Serve piping hot!

If you love Disneyland food then you are going to love the rest of these copycat recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Check them all out below.

Now that you've seen how I make my favorite Disneyland treat at home check out how a few of my blog buddies make their favorites too!
18 Copy Cat Disney Recipes AND Southern California Vacation Giveaway
Hand Dipped Corndogs from Dessert Now, Dinner Later
Clam Chowder Bread Bowl from Kleinworth & Co.
Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Treats from Tastefully Frugal
Monte Cristo Sandwich from See Lindsay
Churro Funnel Cake from Artsy Fartsy Mama
Pumpkin Mickey Mouse Beignets from Clarks Condensed
BLT Waffle Fries from Old House To New Home
Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Love To Be In The Kitchen
Carrot Cake Cookies from Cupcake Diaries
Caramel S'mores from My Latina Table
Mickey Marshmallow Wand from Liz On Call
Dole Whip Popsicles from Bite Of Delight
Dole Whips from Girl Loves Glam
Mint Julep Slush from As The Bunny Hops
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas from Pretty Providence
Mickey Mouse Cake Pops from Play Party Plan
Mac'n'Cheese Pizza from Over The Big Moon
Mickey Mouse Beignets from Housewife Eclectic

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chillin' With My Peeps Shirt and how to use Cricut Design Space

My kids love holiday themed shirts. Each year they beg me to make them a fun shirt for each upcoming holiday. With Easter just around the corner, we made these cute and glittery Peeps shirts. I absolutely love how they turned out and they are so easy to make. I pulled both shirts together in less than 20 minutes. How's that for fast? 

Are you new to Cricut Design Space? No worries! I walked you through making these shirts step by step with lots of screen shots. This is the perfect shirt for a beginner because it has simple shapes. 

For these shirts you will need: 

First hit the Upload Images button on the left hand menu in Cricut Design Space.

Hit the  blue Upload Image button on the left.

 After you hit upload image, the browse screen will come up.

Hit browse and find the image you want on your computer. This will let you upload any (.jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .svg or .dxf) When you find the image you want, select it and hit open.

 After you select the image on your computer, you will be asked to select the image type. There are three different kinds of image types.

Simple Image- a image with high contrast colors with a monotone background.
Moderately Complex Image- a image with simple detail and colors with good contrast between subject and background
Complex Image- images with fine detail, blended colors or low contrast

The peep is a simple image because it has clean lines and a black shape on a white background.

After you select your image type, it is time to clean up the image. There are a few different tools to help you get the image you want.

Crop- This tool will let you crop out any unwanted portions.
Select & Erase- This took is like a little magic wand that will select entire sections.
Erase- This is like the erasing tool in paint or other programs where you will physically need to draw over every part you want gone.

In most images, you want to erase the background and make it transparent so the Cricut knows what lines to cut.

Next name you image and select what kind of image you want Design Space to save it as. We want to be able to cut it all out, so we select Save as a Cut Image. This is also a good place to make sure you image looks the way you want it to cut. The Cricut is going to cut everywhere is there is white, so double check in this stage to make sure you have white lines or boxes every where there should be one.

 After you save your image, Design Space will take you back to the first Insert Image screen, but this time the image you uploaded will be in the library ready for you to insert it. Insert it into your project and now you can move it, resize it and add any text that you may want for your project.

Copy and paste the peep onto the screen two more times. Add a text box by hitting the text icon on the left hand side and typing your text into the box. You will want two different text boxes. Ones that says Chillin' With and one that says My Peeps.

When you have the Peeps and the words looking like you want them, make them each a different color. This will let the machine know that you are going to cut them out of two different colors of heat transfer. You can do this by clicking on the small image of each peep in the layers pallet. When you click on it the color boxes will pop up and you can select another color for each peep and the words. 

Hit the big green GO button at the top of the screen. Make sure to hit Mirror Image on all of the mats that appear on the left of your screen. This is because you lay heat transfer shiny side down, so you need to mirror the letters when they are cut so they will face the right way when they are ironed on.  Hit mirror image for each of the different colors before you hit cut then hit go.  Set the dial on your machine to iron on or iron on plus if you are cutting glitter iron on, load your Cricut mat and hit the flashing go button. If you

Once you are finished cutting out the peeps and the words, weed off the excess heat transfer by pulling a corner of the heat transfer. Take special care around the dots of I's and other small items.

Once your heat transfer is weeded, place it down on the shirt like you want it.  Set your iron to the cotton setting on your iron or heat press. Using medium pressure, iron the entire image for about 30 seconds, directly onto the carrier sheet, without any steam. After you finish, I like to flip my  shirt inside out and iron for another 10 seconds from the back. Peel the carrier sheet off. If any parts of the image pull up when removing the carrier sheet, stop peeling and iron for a few more seconds in that spot.

After the shirts are ironed they are ready to wear! When you wash them, flip them inside out to help protect the heat transfer and they will last!

Do your kids love to wear something for each holiday? 
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