Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Buddy the Elf. What's Your Favorite Color?

So, as I prepare for Buddy to return, I figured I'd post pictures of all his little escapades from the past 2 years that have only appeared on my Pinterest or Instagram page to help all the other families with some great (and probably sometimes a bit inappropriate) ideas for their Elf on a Shelf.


 Stocking Stuffer Elf
 Hiding on the top bunk...whatever did he do?
 Ahhh, gave Connor a kitty cat face.
 Hairdresser elf
 Sack races
 Buddy felt left out, so put himself into the family photos

 Teaching barbie how to play putt putt golf
 Got to get into shape
 A little light bathroom reading
Someone needs to stop making Buddy angry!
 Buddy has been frozen...
Han Solo style!

Fishing for goldfish
Riding with the big dogs
Taken captive
Time to grow some magical candy canes
Uh oh, someone didn't behave, so the magic didn't work
much better!
Day at the beach

a little climbing
band practice
bubble bath time with barbie
Alligator wrangling
toasting some marshmallows
1st night of Chanukah, so Buddy had to get into the spirit of things
fire rescue
pool shark Buddy
he found the candy bowl
story time
positive encouragement
protecting the house while we were gone

dreaming of a visit to the happiest place on earth
stealing the baby's swing
shooting some hoops with Larry Bird
Connor's note to Buddy
Snow Angels
Cars sleigh
He found his true love
a little artistic photoshopping
partied too hard with Mrs. Buttersworth on his last night

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Got a little present for you

I sure hope my son can make it to the bathroom on time tomorrow morning!

Moist Chocolate Molten Cake in a Mug

There are so many times I have craved chocolate cake (especially the molten kind that fudge or caramel drips decadently out the middle). Unfortunately my husband hates chocolate, so unless I have company coming, chocolate cake is never in my house.  So when I saw recipes popping up on Pinterest with 5 minute microwave in a mug single serving cakes, I about lost it.  So I got to trying every recipe I found, and unfortunately each one came out dry or tasteless.  Yet, I knew this concept had to work, so I started working on my own recipe, and my friends, I figured out the holy grail of microwave molten cakes.  Now if course it can never compete with a cake mixed with love and care and baked in an oven, but for those late night cravings, this is outstanding.  So have at it, but don't come complaining to me when your pants no longer fit!

In to a large coffee mug put:
5 tbs all-purpose flour
2 rounded tbs ovaltine
2 rounded tbs sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
mix these ingredients together and add
3 tbs milk
1 tbs oil
1/4 tsp vanilla
mix it all up and here’s the great part… lick the spoon or have your kid lick the spoon… no eggs, no worries
You can add some chocolate chips, chopped up candy bar, caramel or nuts now if you want… adding a small handful of chocolate chips and pushing them down into the middle of the batter makes a great molten chocolate cake. (Push 2 chocolate reisen candies side by side in the center...soooo good)

Put it in the microwave for 1 minute, maybe 1 and a half minutes.  Check it at 1 minute though… it cooks really fast and you don’t want to over cook it or it goes dry… if the top is bouncy and a fork stuck in the top comes out clean, its ready.
It’s also really good with a scoop of ice cream dumped right into the mug or some whipped cream.