Foodie Friday ~ Delectable Oreo Cupcakes

 

SOOOO delish! A perfect little treat to savor on crisp autumn day. Remember to wash it down with a cold glass of milk.

 

1 package Oreo Cookies, regular size

1 package Mini Oreo Cookies, for decoration (optional)

1 package chocolate cake mix (mix according to directions on box)

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix packaged cake mix according to directions (do not bake). Line cupcake tins with liner, place a regular size Oreo cookie in the bottom of each liner. Take 1/2 of remaining cookies and chop coarsely and add to cake mix. Fill the cupcake tins. Bake for 15 minutes (or according to box directions). While cupcakes are baking make the frosting.

Frosting:

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, then add powdered sugar slowly until blended well. Chop remaining regular-sized Oreos very fine (I put the cookies in the food processor instead of trying to chop them up super fine and it worked out really well). Add to frosting. After cupcakes have cooled frost and decorate with Mini Oreos.

Monday Motherhood Moments ~ A Giggle For Our Mommies

 

How many children do you have, Mom? Or perhaps the better question is, how many little ones would you like to have?

After having my twins, prematurely at that, my husband and I immediately said that we were done. My body was exhausted, so were my emotions, not to mention the piles of laundry, the bags under my eyes and the countless days of going without a refreshing shower.

But about three years later, the “baby” talk started. With little reluctance, we both agreed that we missed those baby days…A LOT. And so motherhood washed over me again, and oh how blessed we were!

Motherhood shapes us in the most amazing way. Despite the sleepless nights, potty training nightmares, and terrible twos, I wouldn’t trade a moment of it. I can officially say we are done having children, but the memories of my children as young little ones, will forever hold my heart.

Relish the little moments, Mom. However many children drift into your waiting arms…just savor the sweetness of it.

Written by:

Valerie King

Social Media Director, IntelliGender

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Plate Pumpkins

Such a cute little jack o’ lantern that your children will adore making! Not only is it easy, it’s the perfect little project for an afternoon at home. Hang it on a door or in a window.

Perfect for ages 4 and above (with mom’s help!).

What you’ll need:

Mini paper plate

Orange acrylic craft paint

Yellow craft foam

Green craft foam

Brown craft foam

Scissors

Glue

Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange. Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.

Cut out facial shapes (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate.

Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.

Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.

Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.

Monday Moments ~ Love At First Sight

 

Isn’t this picture stunning?!

Just moments after giving birth, this loving new mom cradles her new little life.

I remember my special moment of becoming mom like it was yesterday. For me, the birth of my twins was a scary moment. An utterly, overwhelming, and heart stopping moment of fear. Why? My boys were born 10 weeks early. With the uncertainty of their prematurity, I wasn’t really able to enjoy the first moments of their life. But I will say…the love of motherhood was instantaneous for me.

Love at first sight is real. Especially when your eyes meet the eyes of your child for the very first time.

When my third son was born four years later, my experience was much different. I was able to hold him right after birth, caress his plump pink cheek right away, and nurse him just minutes after he was laid in my arms for the very first time.

But as I relish those first moments with my children, I can say without a doubt…

Love at first sight is real. No matter how early, how late, how easy your birth is, or how hard it was…when your eyes meet the eyes of your child for the very first time the feeling is the same. Amazing and unexplainable…in the most magical way.

~ Valerie King

IntelliGender

Social Media Director

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Faux Stained Glass Fall Pumpkin Window Art

 

Perfect for ages 5 and up

  • Yellow and orange tissue paper
  • 1 sheet heavy weight clear self-stick laminating film (recommended: Con-Tact paper)
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 12″ length of yarn
  • Suction cup window hanger
  • Glue stick
  • Pattern (on Kaboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. Tear tissue paper into strips, then cut or tear into squares.
  2. Peel back half of the backing from the laminating film, leaving the other half still protected. Fold over the backing to keep out of the way.
  3. Place tissue paper squares onto sticky side of laminating film, making about an 8-inch circle. Be sure to alternate colors and keep them close together, overlapping is fine too.
  4. Carefully peel the backing off the other side of the laminating film, then fold that film over onto the exposed tissue paper pieces, sandwiching them between the films. Press out any air bubbles. Trim any overlapping film off.
  5. Fold construction paper in half cut out pumpkin shape. This should yield two identical pumpkins because the construction paper was folded.
  6. Place the construction paper pumpkin onto the tissue paper-decorated film. Trace around the pumpkin with a pen and cut out shape with scissors, trimming the film about ¼” smaller than your tracing.
  7. Fold the yarn in half creating a loop. Use a glue stick to attach the open ends of that yarn onto one of the black paper pumpkin stems. Cover the rest of the pumpkin shape with glue stick.
  8. Place the tissue papered film onto the pumpkin, pressing down to secure, then run a glue stick around the second pumpkin shape and press down on top.
  9. Hang in a sunny window.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Toddlers, Tantrums and Timeouts

 

Temper tantrums…honestly, my children rarely ever suffered from these often cry-inducing (for mom!) fits on the floor.

I remember my mother in law telling me about my dear, sweet husband when he was young, and the tantrum he decided to throw at her one afternoon. He decided he wanted a delicious chocolate chip cookie an hour before dinnertime when he was around four years old. When he initially asked, he was of course, told no. Not being satisfied with that answered he proceeded to stamp his foot and demand, “I WANT a cookie, now!”

My mother in law turned around and told him he better shape up, or there would be no cookie after his dinner was eaten. He took it one step further, falling to the floor, kicking and screaming for that cookie as he wailed at the top of his lungs.

Instead of yelling, my mother and law gently laid down on the floor next to her then, flailing four year old son and kicked and screamed along with him. To his surprise he stopped his ranting, eyeing his mom cautiously. Why was she throwing a fit? She didn’t want a cookie, he did! After a moment or two, she rolled over and glared at him. You know that deep mommy stare…I know you do!

Her words were honest and raw, “See how annoying that is? You don’t like me kicking and screaming and I don’t like you kicking and screaming. Don’t do it again, ya hear? No cookie for you after dinner either.”

She got to her feet and went back to cooking dinner. My husband apparently laid on the floor for another half an hour in complete wonder of what his mother had done. And you know what? He never threw another temper tantrum ever again. True story!

Temper tantrums…do you deal with them or have you? If so, what’s your remedy to dry the tears of the little one who desperately wants his or her way? Share with us!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Halloween Paper Plate Ghosts

 

This is SO super cute, and easy to make! Recommended for ages 4 and above.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 9″ paper plate
  • Black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Black and pink markers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • White crepe paper streamers
  • 12″ piece of white yarn
  • Tape
  • Pattern (from Caboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. From, cut two large ovals from black paper and two small ovals from white paper.
  2. Use glue stick to attach the white ovals to the black ovals. Use a black marker to add pupils to the white ovals.
  3. Using cut two arms from white paper and the mouth from black paper.
  4. Glue the facial features to the front of the paper plate. Glue the arms to the back of the paper plate.
  5. Cut crepe paper into five strips, 24 inches long each. Glue crepe paper to the back of the paper plate so that they hang down from the bottom.
  6. Add cheeks with pink marker and eyebrows with the black marker.
  7. Fold yarn in half and tape the open ends to the back of the plate for the hanger.