Sunday, October 19, 2014

You're Eating Me Out of House and Home!


Come on.... every parent has said it, and every kid has heard it: 

"You're eating me out of house and home!"

Here's a clever lunch box creation that illustrates the famous phrase. Sandwiched inside of a long metal pencil box, is a row of healthy, home-shaped bites. And even some broccoli trees to tickle young tastebuds.

Experiment with your own simple ingredients to make an edible row of houses, or see how I put mine together in my tutorial for SheKnows.




Cupcakes for lunch? Yes, please.


What kid wouldn't love to have a lunchbox filled with cupcakes?

These mini cornbread cupcakes cover all basic food groups - protein, grain, vegetable, fruit and dairy. (Don't forget dessert!) They go from savory to sweet, and would be a real treat.

Hot dog & mashed potatoes
Broccoli & cheese
Blueberry & cream cheese
Chocolate chip & chocolate frosting

Pack them for a school lunch or surprise your family with cupcakes for dinner some night. They're guaranteed to make a mmm...memorable menu.

You can find my super-simple, step-by-step instructions at SheKnows.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Go Gus, Go!


Gus just finished his first season of cross country as a 7th grader at Stucky Middle School. He hasn't participated in any kind of sport before now, so this was new territory for all of us. And I have to say, we're quite proud of our little athlete. He never complained after any of his long, hot, exhausting practices. He never stopped running during any of his races. And he improved his time at every meet, finishing with a personal best of 7:30.

It just puts joy in my heart to see him cross the finish line each time. I hope he liked it enough to go out again next year. We'll see.

Here are some my favorite photos from the season. 
Completely exhausted after his first race in 98 degree heat.

A huge group of runners!

Trying to beat someone at the finish line.
Teammates and classmates
Our Stucky Storm on a field of blue sky.


Finding his position at the start of a race.

Finishing strong!

Like father, like son.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oven Lovin' Cookies


When I was growing up - and there wasn't any dessert in the house - my mom would put frosting between two graham crackers and call it a "cookie." She was typically just trying to use up leftover frosting in the fridge. But truthfully, we liked that delicious, make-do dessert.

For these kitschy little oven cookies, I combined my nostalgia for graham crackers and my love of 3-dimensional food crafts. After I assembled my first one, I realized that a mini cupcake would fit perfectly inside. Bonus! 

Wouldn't these be fun to make for a "bun-in-the-oven" gender reveal party with pink or blue cupcakes? 

You can find my step-by-step instructions and photos at She Knows.




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Eight is Great!


Bea turned eight (great) years old this week. For the last three years, she's celebrated her birthday making stuffed animals with friends at Build-a-Bear. But this time she wanted to get manis and pedis with her best pals, Peyton & Morgan. (Amazing how quickly they grow up, huh?) So that's what we did.



There was also lots of celebrating with cake, presents, laughter, a sleepover, and more cake.




For her birthday treats at school on Monday, Bea asked me to make calico cat cookies. Halfway through baking them, she expressed her disappointment that they were sugar cookies and not chocolate chip cookies. Apparently, I missed the memo instructing me to make them out of chocolate chip cookie dough. But she graciously agreed to take them to school anyway, and all the kids said they loved them. (Thank goodness. Sometimes, there's just too much pressure on this mom to get the birthday treats right. I guarantee my own mother never suffered this much angst over a cookie.)




The next Denneler birthday in this house is mine. I'll take one just like Bea's, please - manis, pedis & cake!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Flower Girl


A few weeks ago, Bea got to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding. Casey and Grace Denneler got married in Colby, and they had two flower girls and two ring bearers. It was just too, too cute.

Our little girl doesn't get dress up very often. And very rarely does she wear hair or jewelry accessories, so I took as many photos of her as I could to remember the moment. I'm pretty sure she felt like a princess-for-a-day.

The wedding was absolutely perfect. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, fantastic friends and family. And a reception that was so much fun. I don't think Bea stopped smiling until she fell asleep that night. What a special day to share with loved ones.











Monday, September 1, 2014

Dog Rocker vs Cat



For a cat family, we seem to make a lot of "dog"' themed projects.

Eric built another delightful dachshund rocker a few weeks ago for some first-time, soon-to-be grandparents in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Before shipping the pooch off to it's new home, I took it outside to get some photos in the yard, and our curious cat had to check things out.

I think Eric needs to make a cat rocker next time, don't you? 



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Look Twice, That's Not Rice.


A few years ago, I made some rice bowl "cakes" for my husband's birthday. (He loves, loves, loves steamed rice so I thought it would be funny.) I created the rice-like frosting texture with a potato ricer and it worked perfectly.

So this month, for one of my She Knows recipe tutorials, I recreated my rice bowl cakes - with bonus instructions on how to make "fried rice" too.

These would be fun to make for a Chinese-themed party, or maybe the Chinese New Year. Who knows, I'm sure there are other kitchen creatives out their goofy enough to try it. I did. Twice.

You can find my easy instructions here.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Snorkel Snacks


Summer officially ended at our house this week with the start of school on Tuesday. But there are some lucky folks out there who are still enjoying a few more weeks of summertime fun on the beach or in the water.  

Perhaps they would also enjoy these cute & crafty snorkeler cookies.

They're made with just a simple sugar cookie, a Nutter Butter wafer, some icing and a few candy accessories.

Go ahead, dive in to my easy step-by-step instructions at SheKnows.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cocktail Critters


Serve up some cocktail garnishes that are guaranteed to put the "happy" in your next happy hour.

Create a margarita octopus, a bloody mary crocodile, and a martini snake with just a few fruits and vegetables. 

My step-by-step (and sip-by-sip) instructions can be found on SheKnows.



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