Cut-out Cake Cookies

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We love love love making cookies at my house.  Mini Thor particularly loves the decorating, his granmomma says he “likes a little cookie with his icing.”  We made lots of cookies over the holiday season but cut-out cookies don’t have to be just for Christmas (although we use our Christmas cookie cutters year-round, Mini Thor likes to make snowmen).  I found this amazing cut-out cookie recipe at GOODEness Gracious that starts with a box of cake mix.  I love recipes that let you cheat like that!  We also gave Duncan Hines Frosting Creations a try, I normally avoid things with artificial colors but seriously how to you resist making cotton candy icing?!?!  Here’s the how-to for these easy, fun cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 100_7675Cake Mix (we used Funfetti)
  • Two Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Butter, Softened
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Icing & Sprinkles of your choice for decorating after your cookies cool (optional)

Mix all that goodness together until completely mixed.  Then, let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours (or so).  100_7701Roll out the dough on a flour coated surface.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Cut out those cookies!!!100_7704

Try to resist eating the cookie dough, tee hee, little man couldn’t! Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Cook on a wire rack and then DECORATE! 100_7715We used cotton candy icing as a base and then Mini Thor added blue sugar cookie icing. Sprinkles are optional, but totally add to the fun factor! 100_7718This cookie adventure was totally worth the mess!  After all, the bigger the mess the bigger the adventure right?!

 -Kate & Mini Thor

Sick Day Fun

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Firstly, let me say a big SORRY for my blog hiatus. The holidays added with Mini Thor being sick more times than I can count kept me crazy busy, but hey that’s just part of mommyhood.

Mini Thor is sick once again, which means no tot school for him and no class or work for me. So what do you do when your quarantined in the house all day with a toddler?

How about one of Mini Thor’s absolute favorite sick day activities…Glow Bath with “feel better bubbles” (in the words of little man)

What you need…

Firstly, let me say that that bubble bath is worth the $13 smackaroos, seriously it is amazing! The eucalyptus does wonders for stopped up congested little ones.

Here’s the how too..

  • Get a good foam of bubbles going
  • Activate the glow sticks (I usually use four)
  • Drop the glow sticks in the bath
  • Turn off the lights
  • Ta-Da you just became the coolest parent on the block!
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Glow Bath! It was hard to get a photo in the dark so I had to let some light in, this doesn’t show the full effect of the glow so you’ll just have to try it and see for yourself! 🙂

Mini Thor loves this and the glowing bath time fun keeps him in the tub long enough for the aromatherapy to do its work.

Here’s another one of our fav sick day activities…

Make something to play with out of stuff in the recycling bin!

We made a car garage/track..it was fun, easy, and we made it together. Can’t get much better than that.

diy car track from the recycling bin

What we used..

diy car track supplies

  • Toliet paper & paper towel rolls
  • Cereal Box
  • Empty popcorn box
  • Markers
  • Hot Glue
  • Imagination!

The How-to…

Let your muchkin decorate the parts

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Cut the paper towel roll in have to make a ramp

Use the toilet paper rolls to add a second level (I used hot glue to attach everything)

Add cars and play away!

See, sick days don’t have to mean doom-and-gloom, make them as fun as you can!

Wishing you a healthy new year and may your sick days be few and fun,

Kate & Mini Thor