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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cool Signs - Kiddie Tips

Ever been to a potluck and want to know exactly what you're grubbin' on? Ask no more. Pick up one of these Make and Take Baking Dishes with a write and wash dish lid. Very cool. And if you happen to have a teen kiddie in the pad, scoop up a reusable magnetic Student Driver sign. Ummm...good luck with that one.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

like new

I could have bought a new one but I didn't. In my quest to consume less, I chose to contact paper the girls white table. The table was stained from two years of breakfasts, sticky snacks, messy arts and crafts projects, permanent markers, and water colors. The contact paper put a $7 whole in my wallet and the table looks fabulous. Just like new. Milk paint was an eco-friendly option, but I didn't want to fuss with sanding and, well, painting.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Corn Dog Muffins

She became hooked at the fair. So last night when I announced we were having chili dogs. Janae replied "Oh, we are having corn dogs?! Yes!!" Instead of saying "No", I put on my Iron Chef hat and accepted the challenge of creating a healthier alternative to the fried favorite: a baked corn dog. Here's how I retained my title as Iron Chef Mommy: I boiled an all beef Kosher Hebrew National hot dog, shoved a stick into it, and dipped it into a way to runny whole grain cornbread mixture (it needs to be really thick). Upon baking, it just ran all over the greased cookie sheet. But she loved it. I stepped up my Food Network skills and created a few corn dog muffins too. My second attempt to please the kid judges looked like this: I boiled another Kosher hot dog, cut it up a few times, added the remaining runny cornbread mix to lined muffin tins, placed the cut up hot dog into the muffin mixture, and baked for 15 minutes. More love from Janae and Belle. Here's a version where you can add cheese.

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