Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #22: Some thrifty thoughts on garage sales...

*Check craiglists or advertisements for garage sales and map out a systematic plan of attack.  Gas is not cheap, and using up a tank to drive back and forth all over town defeats the purpose of finding great deals at garage sales.

*Just because it's a good deal doesn't mean I need to take it home.  Wise stewardship...practice it!

*Along the same lines, know what you need, and stick to it.  I have a good friend who knows exact sizes and seasons of clothing that she needs for her children.  She's focused!

*A more serious note...don't be a jerk to get a bargain!  I'm sure we've all seen "that lady" who grabs across the table and snatches the very thing we were picking up just to march it over and ask the host to take a lower price.  God has really placed it on my heart that even a garage sale can be a place to act like Jesus Christ--loving others, putting others before ourselves, acting kind, being grateful...think about it!  Is a good deal worth ruining a testimony of a loving Savior? 

So there you have a few of my garage sale tips! 

The word is out that this is a BIG weekend for neighborhood garage sales...thrifty thinking right there!

Have fun and let me know what good deals you find!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Healthy Dare!



 Chelsea and Ben come over every Tuesday for Bible Study.
I *love* these sweet kids!

One week, Ben dryly asked if I only ever made healthy food.  
He seemed to always be finding out there was cauliflower in his cupcake or zucchini in his cake.  

I don't always make healthy snacks for the college kids, but this just sort of hit me as a dare!
A dare a couldn't resist!

So here's last week's treat:  Strawberry Shortcake...healthified!

Granted, it's still a desert, so there is some sugar and fat involved.
  
This shortcake recipe does seem much healthier though than the 'ole standby of boxed biscuit mix.  

Try it!  
I dare you!  
You'll love this spring treat!


Strawberry Shortcake

1 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dehydrated cane juice (can use plain sugar)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

2 quarts strawberries, hulled and sliced
Agave nectar
Vanilla Bean ice cream or whipped cream (or both!)


Preheat oven to 450°F.

Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda together in a separate bowl. Add yogurt, oil and vanilla and mix with a fork until just combined. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto lightly oiled baking sheets to form 12 shortcakes, sprinkle tops with raw sugar and bake until light golden brown and cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes.




In a large bowl, toss strawberries with agave nectar. Halve warm shortcakes and arrange on plates. Spoon on a generous serving of strawberries, arrange shortcake tops, add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and serve.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

How to have a birthday luau...

1.  Put a sign out in the front yard so all your friends will know where the party is.
2.  Curl your hair and put on a pretty new party dress.
3.  Make a beachy themed cake with your favorite Polly Pocket and delicious butter cream frosting!
4.  Put up some festive decorations from the lovely Dollar Store.
5.  Invite all your special friends and family.  Give them fun sticker scenes to create when they arrive.
6.  Compliantly dress up however your mommy wants...smile for the picture and then take it off.
7.  Play some fun Hawaiian games like the limbo!  Go Haddie!
8.  Carefully blow out the candles in a zillion little breaths as not to blow wax or spit on the cake...that's my germ conscious girl!
9.  Thoroughly enjoy opening amazing gifts--especially creative gifts with dollar bills hidden in the pages of a new coloring book! 
10.  Pose with all your friends for captured memories!
11.  Decide to head out for the pinata just as it starts raining...hit it quickly!
12.  Pose with the funny hula lady!
13.  Grin from ear to ear and enjoy the day 'cause it's your birthday!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Birthday Girl!

Happy 7th Birthday Sweet Cloe Girl!
We love you!

Psalm 127:3 
Children are a gift from the Lord;
 they are a reward from him.

We had no idea what this verse really meant until Cloe was born!

She is our sweet spirited little girl so full of joy,
so gracious and kind (especially to her rascally twin brothers),
so willing to care for others,
so fun to tease and laugh with,
so loving and compassionate.

I love being called Cloe's mom.



Friday, April 23, 2010

Funnies for your Friday

HEY MOM!!!!

Familiar phrase?
It certainly is around our house.
  Lately, it's happened to have some particularly hilarious conversation surrounding it.

It all started at bedtime.

The boys still wear diapers to bed because they're not 100% comfortable without one.  Most of the time they are dry and wearing a diaper also helps them sleep in later...always a plus! (Guess that's my disclaimer so you won't judge me for still putting my four-year olds in diapers?)
  
Baths were taken, teeth were brushed, pajamas were almost on and then it happened:  we found only *1* diaper left.

Not wanting to go to the store...you know, 8:30 seems sooo late and the two mile drive seems sooo far away...we had the boys call dibs on the diaper.  McClain shot his hand up and won!  Carson was slightly distraught.  "Ah, man.  I think I might need a diaper. I don't know, but I just think.  Ah, man."

So, being the kind, caring, compassionate, and resourceful mom that I am, I grabbed a pair of spidey undies and disappeared.  I came back with a magical fix for the night...

I started to put the special underwear on Carson.  He looked down and skeptically said, "Mom, is that one of your things?"

"No, it's not tonight, honey.  It's a special potty protector tonight!"

Carson believed me enough to just willingly put the underwear on and go to bed.

The next morning, Carson came running excitedly into our room.  He whipped down his pants, pulled out the "potty protector" and yelled, "HEY MOM, YOU WANT  YOUR PAD BACK?"

Words I hope to never hear from my little boy a.g.a.i.n.

Not to leave Cloe and McClain out...here are two more HEY MOM moments.

McClain was dressing himself and so enjoying his new summer clothes.  He was talking about the colors and how they matched.  Then he looked at me and said, "HEY MOM, DO WE HAVE SHOES TO MATCH THIS OUTFIT?"  And that's when I knew I'd taken them to the mall one too many times this winter!

Cloe loves to watch Super Why on PBS Kids.  She was rambling on about her hair problems and she needed someone to come and solve them.  Then she gave me a grin and said, "HEY MOM, you can be SUPER WIDE and solve the problem!"  Wow.  Nothing boosts the self-image like a little Super Wide in the morning!

What are your best HEY MOM moments of the week?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #22:  Be the customer they are trying to appreciate!

I'll have a number two...easy on the mayo!
TODAY from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, enjoy a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich for only $1!
Yum!!!



Celebrate 25 years of frozen treats with a special buy 1 blizzard get one for 25 cents deal at Dairy Queen! 
Now through Sunday!
Which blizzard will you enjoy?
It's Hawaiian all the way for me!


Don't these sound like perfect spring treats?

Monday, April 19, 2010

I wanted to write a follow-up to my last post...

It truly was a crazy week.  One that I'm sure you could echo with your own list, which might even be longer and crazier!  It was the week where all the different hats I wear as a toddler mom, PTO mom, pastor's wife, and daughter all collided with events, appointments and just things.  Most of the things did not come as a surprise...a few did! 
Several years ago, I read Elizabeth Elliott's book Loving God With All Your Heart.  She has a chapter where she talks about committing our schedules to God, praying over the things we have in our plans, praying that we would get exactly accomplished what God would want and know that the events that did happen were exactly in His plan for our day.  I'm not always the best at remembering to commit my day to God and His plan, but going into this week, I was especially mindful that very thing.
You see as humans, created by God, we desire order.  Even I, the girl who struggles with clutter and organization, desire to have order in my life.  It's a reflection of our Creator: the Master and Sustainer of orderliness.  Because of sin, our connection to True Order is broken.  We can try as hard as we want to organize our lives, balance our schedules, complete our lists, but we will come up short, empty, longing for more.  God knew we would be like that...He made us!
So God sent Jesus Christ to be our Mediator, to provide a way to fellowship with God.  Jesus Christ took the penalty for my sins, your sins, ALL sins; He became sin, and died on the cross.  But it didn't end there!  Christ defeated sin and death and rose again to be our victorious Savior.  Have you claimed Him as your Savior?  Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ--the One who is our Advocate before a perfect, holy and orderly God?  It's a gift...not earned or deserved...just a gift, for those who believe!
You see, it's only then, that I can be ok with a busy schedule, a crazy day, a list of tasks and appointments.  My God is able to direct and orchestrate my day...when I commit it to Him...whatever He wants me to accomplish...whatever will bring Him the most glory.
I have a feeling that I'm not going to be getting rid of any of the hats that I wear for quite awhile.  I'm okay with that!  Crazy days will come...my Savior will never leave me.  I know I can trust Him to provide me with the strength and organization to get things accomplished.  Calm days will come...I will rest and thank Him!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My mind is in a zillion places this week:

Soccer practice.
PTO Party Planning Meeting.
Book Study at church.
Classroom helper at Cloe's school.
Ladies Conference this weekend.
Pediatrician Appointments.
Schedule Homeschool Checks.
Stranger Study with a new couple.
Bag Party.
College Bible Study.
Speech Evaluation appointment.
Sort clothes for garage sale.
Plan a birthday party.
Homework every night.
Treats for MOPS.
Checking on my grandma.
Watching the news...volcano...parent's canceled flight...
laundry.garden.cook.clean.
emails.emails.more emails.
eat.sleep.exercise.

I feel like a cuh-ray-zee lady!

Thanks to a wonderfully encouraging friend who has been praying so diligently for me this week...
...and a very special "personalized" verse from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep her in perfect peace whose mind in stayed on You"...

I'm experiencing God's peace.
I trust that God is in control.

Nothing has spiraled out of His control.
No mental breakdown has hit me.
I have peace!
What needs to be accomplished is getting finished!

God is fully supplying everything I need to conquer this week...for HIS glory!
(by everything, I mean everything from changed schedules to selfless volunteers...God's people are amazing!)

Tonight, when soccer practice was canceled due to the rain, I immediately started pulling together a special supper for Cody that would include his favorite:  Graziano Brother's Italian Sausage!
Everything was going so well...but where was he?
He normally heads home from work between 5:30 and 6:00...
It was 6:14.
A new spicy dish was ready to go...but no Cody.
I called his phone and it went to voicemail.
Hmmm...
I called it again...yeah, I'm that wife.
He answered in a hushed voice,
"I'm in a meeting.  Did you forget?"
"Ah. Yep.  Love you. Bye."

Fail.
Almost.
The kids enjoyed this special meal so much, I totally had to capture it.

Hilarious.
We really do have table manners...they just fly out the window with spaghetti.

Silly Spaghetti Sauce lips.


Hot-n-Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
(This makes a huge batch.  Perfect for the freezer!)

1 1/2 pounds Graziano Brother's Italian Sausage (made in Des Moines!)
1 medium red bell pepper
1 medium yellow bell pepper
1 large batch Fire Roasted Tomatoes or 2 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 palm-full dried oregano  (fresh would be even better!)
1 palm-full dried basil  (fresh is best!)
Salt and pepper to taste

Whole wheat spaghetti

Brown sausage and drain fat.  In another pot, heat tomatoes.  (At this point, I used a handheld blender to puree the tomatoes.)  Add peppers, tomato paste, and garlic.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add seasonings and meat.
Serve over whole wheat spaghetti, and top with a little parmesan cheese.

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #21:  Plant a garden and reap the benefits of fresh, homegrown produce! 

Having a garden is not difficult!  You can use a garden plot, a raised garden box, or even large planters to grow all sorts of wonderful fruits and vegetables! 

(Here's how it all started for less than $100...four pieces of wood and a ton of dirt...carried in on our backs.)
Growing your own vegetables also ensures that they are truly organic--no chemicals are needed to get great results! 
(This is our garden late last July.  We'd already harvested radishes, green beans, potatoes, onions, and peas.  Then we let the big things take over the garden for the rest of the summer.)

What will your garden grow?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Easy On-the-Go Supper!

Most of the time, I think of using my crock pot during the winter.  It's super handy for soups and makes the house seem all warm and homey with the fragrances of comfort food cooking all day.

However, I find that I appreciate my crock pot more during the busy-ness of springtime.

My sister-in-law Katie is the inspiration for this chicken dish.  She fixed it for us once, and we all loved it!  It's so easy, tastes delicious, and you can personalize the dish to your family's liking.

Chicken Tostadas

Two large chicken breasts (four halves or more for a crowd)
1 jar salsa (this is the perfect time to use up the salsa that wasn't your favorite!)

Corn
Black Beans
Cumin or Taco Seasoning
Corn Tortillas or Taco Shells
Lettuce
Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

Combine chicken and salsa in crock pot.  Cook on high 4-6 hours or on low for 8 hours.  Shred chicken and beans and corn, if desired.  Season to taste. I added a little cumin.  Taco seasoning could also be added.
If using fresh corn tortillas, crisp up in oven.  Top with chicken mixture, lettuce, and a little Greek yogurt.
Yum!

What meal does your family enjoy during the busy-ness of spring?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Would you like them here
or there?

Would you?
Could you?
Eat them!   Eat them!
Here they are.
Would you?
Could you?

I would not
could not
eat them!

Could you?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Fabulous Friday!

Today, Cody and I spent the day at Cloe's elementary school participating in  
Brookview Art Town.  

"Art Town is an annual day of fine art activities.  Each student experiences one music, one dance, one drama/literature and three visual art sessions.  Our goal for students is to enjoy new experiences in the arts, that they may not have the opportunity to in any other way.  We hope to spark new art related interests in our students, so that they may continue to pursue this new passion for the rest of their lives."

Along with thirty other "artists" varying from professionals to parent volunteers, Cody and I led six sessions of kindergarten, first, and second grade students in music related activities.
Ooo...we're famous!  (Never mind the spelling error...it drove me nuts all day!  I did not write that!)  Each student got a booklet with a listing of all artists and a description of their session.  We felt a little awkward walking in with the other musicians who were carting in steel drums and 17 zillion homemade instruments... 
Here's Cody showing the kids the parts of a guitar.  
We also sang some silly songs and created a rainstorm using just the instruments of our hands and feet!  
Each grade's storm was recorded so that they could share it with their parents.
Brookview Art Town is hands down Cloe's favorite day of the entire school year!  
She just eats up all the creative art projects!

After school, we headed to the mall for a little while and stumbled upon Senator Chuck Grassley!  He's such a kind man.  His assistant took our family picture.  Not sure if we made him nervous or if he just needed some protein, but the picture is a little shaky!

So, there you have it: Our Fabulous Friday!
Hope yours was fabulous too!

Friday, April 9, 2010

We have a winner!

All comments and followers were logged into a database and a number was generated courtesy of random.org.
...just so you know...

And the winner is...
#18

When this number generated, I immediately cracked up.  This girl happens to be one hilariously competitive girl. (I mean that sincerely and sweetly!)

Congratulations, Katie!  Since I have access to your address, I'll just have it sent to your home!

Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway!  It's exciting to me to see so many people interested in teaching their children God's Word!  Investing in a good Bible and spending the time teaching it to your children will have eternal value! 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #20:  Is enjoying the beautiful spring weather with your children starting to interfere with your dinner preparations?  
Never fear! Check out these websites for details on where kids eat free in your area!






Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Book Review...and giveaway!

Every night, we spend time as a family reading from a children's story Bible.  Not just any flaky children's Bible will do, though.  We want to read to our children stories that are truths from the Bible and portray God for who He is and God's Son, Jesus Christ for what He did on the cross.  We have found a few good Bibles to use, but the most recent find is hands down THE BEST!

Thanks to a recommendation from our new friend, Esther, we now are really enjoying The Jesus Storybook Bible

This book is packed full of great Bible stories that are easy to read and easy to understand. The thing that makes this book so special is that it is more than just a book of random stories from the Bible. The stories are written to help us see how they all fit together. It's amazing to see how even the Old Testament stories help us to understand why Jesus is at the center of God's redemption story and our story, too. The beautifully written narrative also makes you feel like you are right there with the people in the Bible story!  It's hard to stop after one chapter!

Here's an excerpt from our story tonight:

The Good Shepherd
(a paraphrase of Psalm 23)

God is my Shepherd
And I am his little lamb.

He feeds me
He guides me
He looks after me.
I have everything I need.

Inside, my heart is very quiet.
As quiet as lying still in soft green grass
In a meadow
By a little stream.

Even when I walk through 
the dark, scary, lonely places
I won't be afraid
Because my Shepherd knows where I am.

He is here with me
He keeps me safe
He rescues me

He makes me strong 
And brave.

He is getting wonderful things ready for me
Especially for me
Everything I ever dreamed of!

He fills my heart so full of happiness
I can't hold it all inside.

Wherever I go I know
God's Never Stopping
Never Giving Up
Unbreaking
Always and Forever
Love
Will go, too!

God gave David that song to sing to his people, so they could know that he loved them and would always look after them -- like a shepherd loves his sheep.
And one day, God was going to do something that would inspire thousands upon thousands of new songs.  God was going to show his people once and for all just how much he loved them.
Another Shepherd was coming -- a greater Shepherd.  He would be called the Good Shepherd.  And this Shepherd was going to lead all of God's lambs back to the place where they had always belonged -- close to God's heart.

Don't you wish you could keep reading?

Well, one of you will be able to!  
We're going to have a little Sneaky Mommy Giveaway!  
You could win your very own copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible!
How can you win?

(1)  Leave a comment and share your favorite...ice cream flavor!  (Cody's idea!)

(2) Click on "Follow" so I'll see your pretty little face in the line-up!  
If you already follow this blog, you've got one entry in bag!

(3)  Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know!

The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, April 9!
Thanks for entering!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter!

This week, I sort of fell into a rut...
AN EASTER SUGAR COOKIE RUT!

 
Cookies for MOPS... 







Cookies for a Final Four Party...
(We were assigned to represent the Tennessee Volunteers...I thought it was a joke and that we were the clean-up crew or something.  Obviously, I should just stay in the kitchen!)




 
Cookies for our Easter lunch...

Cookies for the kids...







Cookies for our pediatrician...
(I know that's a little overboard.  We just really like him, and his wife likes my cookies...I guess I'm a little bit of a kiss-up!)






It got a little cookie crazy!
So why am I showing you all these cookies?
It's not like I'm actually sharing them for you to eat and it's not like I'm a professional cookie maker who you'll want to copy.
It's because baking and frosting these cookies gave me lots of time to spend in thought, reflecting on the meaning of  Easter to me as a follower of Christ.  I want to share some of these thoughts with you!

Leading up to Easter, we have been studying C J Mahaney's book Christ Our Mediator: Finding Passion at the Cross with out college students.

Here are a couple excerpts from a chapter that really stuck with me:

(speaking of Jesus Christ dying on the cross)
There in the Father's sight is the monstrous, unbounded totality of human sin resting upon one Man.

(speaking of the miracle of the cross)
The personal desolation Christ is experiencing on the cross is what you and I should be experiencing--but instead, Jesus is bearing it, and bearing it all alone.  Why alone?  He's alone so that we might never be alone.  He cries out to God, "Why have you forsaken Me?" so that you and I will never have to make a similar cry.  He was cut off from His Father so that we can boldly say, "Nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."  
He's forsaken so that we might be forgiven.  
 Please don't ever grow over familiar with forgiveness.  What a miracle it is!  What a gift from God!  Our forgiveness is a fact that not only was accomplished through Christ's rejection and abandonment on the cross, but was confirmed in the most incredibly glorious way possible: "Christ has indeed been raised from the dead," Paul proclaims, and it's the most thrilling and affirming part of the good news; for "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins."

As if this amazing book hasn't provided enough to fill my mind with good things to process, Practical Theology for Women whipped out an amazing blog on the resurrection.  Here's an excerpt:

The resurrection is the fuel of our faith.  It is the thing that allows us to believe in the hope that will not disappoint. 
Romans 10:11 (NASB)  For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
For every loved one who struggles with cancer, family member sinned against by their spouse, friend betrayed by another, job lost, miscarriage endured, engagement broken -- for every disappointment we face, for every circumstance that does not reflect God's good instructions for His children or His glory on earth, the resurrection is the assurance that EVERYTHING is under His feet, and we who believe in Him will NOT be disappointed when we sit with Him face to face.  He has done exactly what He said He would do.  Praise God, dear sister, for the resurrection does indeed change everything. 
 
These two pieces of excellent reading and studying material really helped focus my mind and prepare my heart for what would happen in real life over the Easter weekend:

Good Friday started out with a wonderful morning at MOPS.  This sweet girl came and spoke on finding our identity in the Resurrection.  Whew...as a girl, a wife, a mom, I'm always seemingly trying to find my identity in some skill, ability, checklist, accomplishment...  However, those things always come up short, empty, discouraging, and always imperfect.  By finding my identity in Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead, I am given a changed perspective, a changed goal, a changed heart...  Because of God's Son sacrifice on the cross, everything I do will be directed for His glory and will pale in comparison to what He did for me!  It was excellent, Liz!
Our Good Friday service was dark, candlelit and sorrowfully beautiful.  Another talented girl from Willow Creek wrote an amazing reader's theater with Biblical characters reflecting on their interactions with Jesus Christ.  We sang one of my favorite songs on the death of Christ...
How deep the Father’s love for us,
how vast beyond all measure
that He should give His only Son
to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss.
The Father turns His face away
as wounds which mar the Chosen One
bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon the cross,
my sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life.
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything:
no gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ:
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.


Saturday was a family day of fun times with our church family!
We all had a great time at the Easter Eggstravaganza!

A great story from a beautiful Mary Magdeline, Easter eggs, bounce houses, carnival games, and lots and lots and lots and lots of friends!







Later on, we had some more great fun with more awesome church friends at a Final Four Party.  Everyone got so creative dressing for their teams.  Of course, I forgot to capture the fun with my camera!

Sunday morning came bright and early and brought so much excitement!  We were all dressed in new matchy matchy clothes and headed out the door by 7 am!
(Please disregard that I obviously needed to do a few more sit-ups!)

I loved every minute of our Celebration Service!  The Resurrection of our Savior became so real and special as we sang together in worship and thanksgiving, watched four of my new favorite people share their testimonies of accepting Christ as their Savior and get baptized, and see faces of people who don't know Christ hear about our Savior and His Gift of salvation for them!  One of my very favorite older ladies came up to me after church and in the midst of a great big hug, broke into tears saying, "I've never experienced such joy about the resurrection of my Savior!  It's just incredible that He loved me and chose me to be His child!"  It pays to hug old ladies--they always grab your heart!
We packed up these three sweeties and headed home for a fun family Easter lunch and a relaxing afternoon...well, relaxing until the neighbor kids started pelting our kids with their Easter eggs...but that's another story!
And that, my friends, is my enormously long and wordy recap of our Easter celebration!

How did you celebrate your Savior's Resurrection?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Little April Fool's Day Fun!

Having kids brings a whole new meaning to April Fool's Day!

Mom, I'm bleeding!
April Fools!
Mom, Dad's on the phone!
April Fools!
Mom, I wet my pants! (yeah, that's not hilarious!)
April Fools!
Mom, the ball went over the fence!
April Fools!
On and on and on and on it went...
All.day.loooooooong...
Perhaps letting the beloved older sister teach her four year old brothers about this prank-filled day wasn't the best idea!

We did have some fun with an after school treat that we shared with all our neighbor kids!
Vegetable Pot Pies...mmmmm!

First, we cut sugar cookie dough, brushed it with an egg wash, and baked it to make the "top crust" for our pot pies.

Then we cut up some Starbursts and sorted out green jelly beans and bunnies for our carrots, corn, peas, and green beans!
Next we whisked up some vanilla pudding (Thanks for cleaning out your cupboard, Jessica! I knew we'd use it!).  We filled the bottoms of our pie tins and sprinkled the top with our vegetables.
Then, very carefully, we put the lids on our pot pies.  Voila!
Surprise, surprise Big Sister!

What pranks do you pull today?  
Did you get anybody really good?