Foodie Friday ~ Cheesy Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls

1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

5 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 10×15-inch baking pan.

Unroll crescent roll dough and press into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle hash browns and mozzarella cheese over the crescent roll dough.

Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; pour over potato-cheese layer. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are set in the middle and cheeses are melted, about 30 minutes.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ New Year Crown

Crown

Yellow and white craft foam

White craft glue

Scissors

Seed beads

Sequins

Small colorful beads

Pieces of self adhesive hook-and-loop fasteners

Pattern

 

How to make it:

Use a cookie sheet with sides to work on so that the beads do not fall all over the floor.

Cut a crown out of yellow craft foam using the pattern. Cut two 12- by 1-inch strips of white craft foam. Glue the white strips to the bottom edge of the yellow crown. Let dry.

Lift crown and place on child’s head to get a measurement for the headband. Trim where needed then attach a piece or two of hook-and-loop fastener that will hold headband in place.

Lay the crown face up and write “Happy New Year” with the white craft glue.

Cover the glue words with seed beads. Cover all the glue completely and very gently press down. Wait a few minutes before lifting the crown and letting the excess beads fall off.

Decorate the rest of the crown and the headband using sequins and small colorful beads. Let dry completely, this could take several hours.

Foodie Friday ~ German Christmas Gingerbread

German Gingerbread

This is OH SO good!

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

2/3 cup honey

1/4 cup orange liqueur

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup orange juice

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup raisins

1 cup blanched slivered almonds

 

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and spices.

In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the honey, orange liqueur, sour cream, and orange juice. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, and then stir in the raisins and almonds. Turn batter into a greased and floured tube pan.

Bake cake at 350 degrees for 80 minutes, or until it tests done with toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Handprint Rudolph

handprint-rudolph-craft

This is perfect for kids ages 4 and up!

1 sheet green construction paper

Acrylic paint: brown, red, and white

2 large wiggle eyes

½ glitter red chenille stem

1 glitter gold pom-pom

3″ silver ribbon

Black marker

Paintbrush

White craft glue

How to make it:

Have your child write his/her name and the date on the back of the green construction paper.

Turn construction paper right side up.

Generously paint your child’s entire palm with brown paint.

Press your child’s hand and fingers onto the green paper, then lift straight up to avoid smearing.

Touch up any holes or gaps with a paintbrush and brown paint without destroying the handprint.

Use paintbrush to paint a “neck” below the handprint.

Glue wiggle eyes onto the handprint.

Roll the chenille into a tight, flat circle. Glue to the bottom of the palm print (see image).

Glue the ribbon onto the neck as a necklace.

Glue the gold pom-pom to the “necklace”.

Have child dip their finger into white paint and dot onto the border of the paper. Skip a space, leaving enough room to fit another fingerprint, then make another white dot. Continue around the border until done. Repeat this process with red paint in between the white dots.

Use black marker to draw a smile.

Monday Moments ~ The Holiday Season Through The Eyes of a Child

christmas tree

The holidays are a glorious time of year. But, they are even more amazing when viewed from a child’s perspective. The lights seem so much brighter, the tinsel so much prettier, the joy so much fuller…

Decorating the Christmas tree with my children is and always has been, my favorite part of the season. It’s amazing to watch the happiness in their eyes as they attach each ornament on every branch.

I always try and take a step back to revel in the goodness of family this time of year. It’s traditions like these that leave me feeling utterly blessed.

Happy Holidays Everyone!