Sunday, December 1, 2013

Scrumptious Sundays

Fun preschool snacks.  Gavin & Liam each took treat bags to their friends at school with a note telling them they were thankful for friends.  These were all so easy and so fun to make!
Chocolate Chips
Nutter Buter Bites
Hersey's Kisses

The bite size cookies and Hershey's kisses have almost the exact same quantity in each bag.  Maybe a few leftover kisses to munch on while you assemble.
  1. Melt 1/2 of the chocolate chips to use as your glue.  
  2. Dip the Hersey's kiss in the melted chocolate and stick to the Nutter Butter bite.  
  3. Let cool.  
  4. Add the chocolate chip to the top of the cookie; it helps if the melted chocolate has cooled a bit so it doesn't run off the side.

Reese's Mini Peanut Butter cups
Candy Corn
Double Stuff Oreo
White Frosting
(Black Frosting if you wan tot add the eyeballs)

  1. Open the Oreo, apply 6 candy corns to the stuffing.  Add white frosting to reapply the cookie.
  2. Put a liberal amount of frosting on the bottom of the feathered Oreo, apply to a flat Oreo for the base.  If it won't stay you need more frosting.
  3. Cut the Reese's so it will lie flat (this works best if they have been chilled in the fridge for a while)
  4. Use frosting to apply the Reese's and the Whopper for the head and body of the turkey
  5. Cut the remaining Candy Corns to make wings, a nose, and little turkey feet, apply with white frosting.
  6. Lastly you can use a combination of white and black frosting to create the eyes.  I used a toothpick but wasn't super happy with the crazy eyes.  I made another batch and left the eyes off, they were just as cute.  You can also purchase candy eyes at a store like Michaels (or maybe use mini chocolate chips)

 We put a Turkey and a few acorns in a clear cellophane bag and delivered to school just before Thanksgiving. Don't forget to make enough to share with the teachers and other staff!  Everyone LOVED them!!  

We already have our Christmas treats planned - reindeer pops coming soon!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scrumptious Sundays

Mushroom Pappardelle
(made this one up on my own)

Large container of mushrooms, washed & sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp crushed red chiles
salt & pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 lb pappardelle noodles
1/2 c. toasted hazelnuts, chopped
handful of shaved parmesan cheese
8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Cook pasta in salted boiling water.  While pasta is cooking heat olive oil in a large sauté pan.  Once pan and oil are hot add the mushrooms.  Fry fast, tossing once or twice, then add garlic and chiles.  Season with salt & pepper.  Continue to sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly.  Turn off heat and add lemon juice.  Toss  & season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Toast hazelnuts, roughly chop and set aside.  Chop parsley.  Combine pasta and mushrooms, toss until mixed well.  Sprinkle with parsley, hazelnuts, and parmesan cheese.  Toss gently to mix all ingredients. Garnish with parsley and parmesan.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

We barely pulled off another family themed Halloween.  (Barb was sewing up until 5:30 pm to get these done!)  However, we only have 2 family photos of the evening.  Jason was busy pulling the wagon and Barb had a Genie in a lamp to take care of so our hands were full and not thinking too much about the camera.

We had fun, and now we have too much candy in the house!  We've already starting thinking about next years costumes…and will definitely start them a lot earlier.

Gavin = Aladdin
Barb = Jasmine
Jason = Jafar
Liam = Abu (and sounded so cute when he said it)
Lola = Genie

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How she's measuring up

Miss Lola's 1 month birthday

She is growing like a weed!!  The boys adore her (all 3 of them).  Gavin and Liam want to hold her, touch her, cuddle her, kiss her, feed her, and anything else I'll let them do.  I've offered for them to help change diapers and they aren't willing to do that one.  Let's just hope this love continues into the teenage years.

Lola had her 1 month checkup last week and so far she's…well we like to think…perfect!

Weight 9 lbs 12 oz (62%)
Height 22.8"(96%)

Helping feed
Always wants to be near her
First baths for each of our babies

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Poop

Snacks for Liam's Preschool class.
So fun!  We love Halloween!!

Cheez-It cheese crackers (we chose the letter ones for the little ones)
Mini Marshmallows
Snack Ziplocs
Printable clip art courtesy of Organized Christmas 

Oh to be a kid again!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thanks Dr. Newby!

As always we are so grateful to the doctors that keep us healthy, strong, and growing during the pregnancy and birth.  Dr. Crystal Newby was new to the Hendricks family with this pregnancy.  We were very happy with her and all of the staff (especially the nurses!!!) at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Thanks for keeping mom and baby healthy and safe!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lola's first bath

She loved the warm water coming out of the faucet, didn't love being washed.  She just wanted to be warm and not mess with all the other stuff.  We've since also taken a shower and she loved that.  Good thing we have a big shower...mommy, 2 toddlers, and a newborn can be a little crowded in the shower.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ladies Man

This is what happens when Liam attends co-ed birthday parties...

"Hey there little miss, would you like to have this dance?"

 "Uh, mommy is it okay if I'm dancing with a girl?"

 "Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about, watch this move!"

And we all fall down (gets the ladies every time!)

We love our little dancer, he's a crack up!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Overland Park Arboretum

We recently visited the Overland Park Arboretum to check out some tree options for our house.  They had an awesome play area for kids and we ran ours ragged.

The same type of maple we have in our front yard, just a LOT larger :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The most handsome 4 year old

A few photos from Gavin's 4 year old shoot.  He's really getting big; we love watching him grow.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sizing her up

With each child we have chosen a stuffed animal to take a photo with them.  We take pictures at birth, 3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, 1 year, and then each year after that on their birthday.  Just to note how much they've grown over the years.  So the pink bear made the list for Miss Lola.  This will be her picture buddy for the next 18 years.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Black Hoof Park

We really love this park, and can never remember the name of it or how to get to it.  So this time we took photos and we're blogging about it so we won't forget.  The last time we went was in July, but it should be a great place to visit this fall as well.