Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesdays Tip

Is your kitchen like mine? Full of gadgets or containers, most that only collect dust due to under-use? If so, then you'll agree that although sometimes a cake holder or plastic cupcake holder would be handy to have when transporting cake or cupcakes to another location. But is the space it takes up more valuable?

Or does your family eat as much cold cereal as mine? We go through 1-2 small boxes a week and I hate to throw them out.

Well, why not save some? I have a few purposes that I use them for and here is one. A cupcake holder with lid. A recycled transporter that can be dropped off and no need to be returned. I've volunteered to make cupcakes for families that have funerals at my Church lately. I don't want to drop them off on one of my plates or cookie sheets that'll just need to be returned so I put them in a cereal box and let them take care of the trash. No worries.

Remove the bag. Simply tape the end closed, where you normally open to pour the cereal. Then cut one of the sides on 3 sides, to create a flap. Fill with 24 mini-cupcakes or 12 regular. I usually frost them once they're in the box, just to make it easier and less messy getting them in. Then, if you need, just add a little piece of tap to close it and deliver!

What have you used to transport cupcakes in a less messy or inexpensive way? I've seen the use of a disposable clothing box from department stores. You can cut an "x" to create a little tight slot or hole on top of the box to place the cupcake in.  But it won't have a lid. The same concept can be used with a cereal box.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Smoot Poots

I love country style breakfast. Don't you? This is a recipe from the mid-western states, I believe, hence the unique name. It comes from my husbands side of the family who hail from Wisconsin and Indiana. I have grown to LOVE this recipe over the years. I have modified it to make a little healthier by substituting the sugar with honey and oil with applesauce, and you cannot tell the difference! These are easy, hearty and healthy and delicious!

Smoot Poots
Yield: 6 large pancakes

2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, slow cook kind
2 Tbsp honey
1/3 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder

In a large bowl combine oats and milk. Let soak for 5 minutes. Then add remaining ingredients and mix. Fry up on a griddle or frying pan. Top with applesauce and syrup. Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011


Earlier this summer when the kids and I hung out in Mt P we visited the Fairview Museum of History and Art. A few years back they discovered a wooly mammoth fossil in their little town. It's really the only reason worth going to this little museum, other than the really cheap gift shop. Sadly, this is not the original fossil. Payson stole it. So this is a replica but still really cool. When we took the kids a few years ago they were too scared to stand by it. haha. It is really huge. In addition to this guy there are a bunch of other artifacts, some art, a gift shop and some old and broken pioneer wagons and such.

My little brother with the kiddos in front of the wooly mammoth.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Snow Cones

Snow Cones at the Park

We were able to visit one of the many snow cone shacks/huts around town. This is one is right across the street from my alma mater and makes me smile every time I pass by this colorful little booth. I'm glad I was finally able to try it out.The kids loved my watermelon cone the best. My son did not like it when his rainbow cone melted and the colors were mixed together. Now we know not to try that mix again! Sadly by the time we got to the park it was over 90 degrees out and way too hot to be safely playing outside before becoming sunburnt and dehydrated so we went home early. Fun memories were created!


 Look, how sweet, they're sharing. They loved the special straws with spoons at the end :)

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Chalk Art

I've been sooo busy this last month. Want to hear my excuses? First, I was on a committee to plan a carnival themed party at my Church which kept me very busy. Then, the very next day my family reunion started, which I was also essentially responsible for. That took us to the 4th and then I took a little breather and took my children to visit their grandparents and my sister in Denver. Phew! So needless to say, this blog has been a bit neglected. But in the meantime, I did help my cousin in redesigning my blog a bit. I'm still working on it, but what do you think so far?

The kids and I have been busy with our Summer Fun list. 

This week one of our activities was:

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