Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Candy Cane Reindeer: Christmas DIY Fun

Now that the kids are going to be done with school for the holidays you may be getting ready for holiday parties at school or with an extra-curricular your kids attend. This can mean you have to bring a goodie bag, a potluck dish, or a present. I always find it is best to go cute but simple. This year that is exactly what I am doing.

Candy Cane Reindeer

These are so simple, so cute. They can be eaten or played with, and kids think they are so much fun to help create. I have put my little elves to work and have them helping me create these beauties this year since it is their friends and classmates that will be receiving them. I found this fun tutorial from One Little Project. It has simple and straightforward pictures that make it easy for my kids to help me with the craft. I love when crafts are simple. After all, it is the thought that counts, and the effort that went into creating something, not how difficult it was to make it.

Candy cane reindeer

What are some of your favorite holiday items to gift to kids, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or teammates?

Frozen Hot Chocolate

I have always wanted to try this recipe. I see it online every year, but somehow I never seem to get my rear in gear and make it. But this year I am. Frozen hot chocolate. I remember seeing it in movies that take place in New York. The original recipe premiered at a restaurant called Serendipity.

This recipe is from A Spicy Perspective. It is simple to follow, and it tastes delicious. My kids were absolutely in love with it. We did have to change the recipe for us, we are allergic to dairy in our household (hence why I was always so slow in trying to recreate it.) But we discovered it could be easily replaced by cashew milk. We chose cashew milk because unlike almond milk and coconut milk it doesn’t have a heavy taste, and it is very thick and creamy more like traditional dairy milk.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

We loved how fun it was to add this to our holiday movie night. It was a great addition to the popcorn. There is just something about the sweet and salty mix. This year’s holiday movie was Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. My oldest has fallen in love with this movie this year. She is finally old enough to get the slapstick comedy. My youngest just loves the big toy store scenes.

I definitely suggest this sweet treat. It made the night even more special.

Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring a potluck appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead, I decided to branch out and try something fun.

Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit!

Thanksgiving potluck appetizer

Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot of pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?