Saturday, December 17, 2011

Snickers Fudge!

So mine didn't turn out as beautifully as "Culinary in the Deserts", but they were still delicious! 

For the first layer

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup peanut butter

For the second layer

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped salted peanuts

For the third layer

14 ounce package caramel cubes
1/4 cup heavy cream

For the fourth layer

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

To prepare the first layer

In a small saucepan over low heat, add milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Stir often until completely melted and smooth. Pour mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13" baking pan lightly coated with nonstick spray. Using an off-set spatula, spread the mixture to an even layer and place in the refrigerator until set.

To prepare the second layer

In a medium heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Mix in sugar and evaporated milk. Once it comes to a boil, let cook 5 minutes while stirring. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in marshmallow creme, peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in peanuts. Pour over the set chocolate layer and use an off-set spatula to gently spread mixture in an even layer. Place in the refrigerator until set.

To prepare the third layer

Place the unwrapped caramel cubes and heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Place over low heat and stir until the mixture has completely melted and is smooth. Pour in the pan and quickly spread to an even layer with an off-set spatula. Place in the refrigerator until set.

To prepare the fourth layer

In a small saucepan over low heat, add milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Stir often until completely melted and smooth. Pour over the third layer and use an off-set spatula to spread to an even layer. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

Now I'm craving these and cannot wait to make them again!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

I need Play Dough for Tuesday. After talking to the school principal we learned we cannot put food coloring in homemade play dough, she's worried about the permanency of the the dye. Putting the food coloring in is the best part, but it's okay. We decided well pretend it's cookie dough and the kids can use cookie cutters to make "cookies." I found two recipes on Pintrest and decided to make them both.

1 Cup Flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 cup water
food coloring

Heat the oil in a pot. Remove from heat and add food coloring (if desired) and water. Stir in all other ingredients. Continue to cook over low heat until mixture is firm, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and set clay mixture on wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

This is the second recipe I found. Homemade Play Dough- makes 2.5 cups.
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cups of salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 TB vegetable oil
1/2 TB cream of tarter
food coloring (liquid kind)

Mix all the ingredients into a saucepan. Add the food coloring to your liking. - Children can help with this step.

Adults only-
Set your stove top to medium- low (about a 2.4 on a glass stove top). Stand by the pan and stir occasionally. When the batter look is gone and the ingredients start staying together when you stir (5-8 minutes), remove the pan from the heat. Lay out some wax paper and scoop play dough onto the wax paper. Once cooled, kneed the dough. Once the dough has been kneaded into a nice texture, place in an airtight container or zip lock.

Both of the recipes turned out about the same. The first one I notice is more grainy, but as far as softness I don't notice a difference. I am curious to see how they hold up after a few days!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Teacher's Survival Kit and Card

 I got this idea off Pintrest and after making it "my own" this is what I came up with! I thought my container was a bigger, I didn't intend on having to break up packages of things. Oh well, there's always next time. I am very pleased with how this turned out and I can't wait to give it to Ms. Christy!


I figured I should make a Christmas card as well and I've seen a lot of Christmas tree cards so I decided to try one too. It took me over an hour just to do the front, but it looks good! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's Been Awhile...

It's been awhile since I updated last. I've been busy...

I organized all my papers and filed them into appropriate binders. I just don't know where to put the binders...

Then with Thanksgiving I made a card for someone special in my life- This is paper combination I went with. 

These were the stickers I had to work with.

I decided on the brown paper to enhance the Turkey sticker. The leaf was used as an accent on the card.

Front of the card's all done! I used these stickies on the back of the Turkey and the leaf to make them "pop" off the page.
 Within these past two weeks I started two new jobs and quit the previous two I had. In my new Preschool class we sing a weather song on Tuesday mornings. The children have been using hand motions to interpret the different types of weather. We decided it would be fun to split the kids up by weather categories and when their category is mentioned in the song they can wave that weather "puppet" in the air. So this is what I have been working on this morning...

First I used Google to find images I liked. Some where black and white and I colored them with pencil. Then I glued them to card stock to make them more durable. Then I cut them out.
Once they were all cut out I used hot glue to glue them onto Popsicle sticks. I'm excited to introduce the song in a new way on Tuesday.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!