The Most Popular Family Halloween Costumes of 2017

I think that this may very well be my favorite time of year. The weather is (usually) cooler and more bearable. The trees and other parts of nature change in such vibrant ways. We all seem to get a little boost of energy with the brisk Fall air around us.

But, my very favorite part would have to be HALLOWEEN!!!

I love seeing all the decorations and the pumpkins carved into silly or scary faces, or even just painted with such artistic ability it is amazing.

The best part of Halloween, in my opinion, is all the cute costumes the kids choose every year. I just can’t get over how cute they are as little cows, pumpkins or princesses.

So, here are my choices for the most popular costumes of 2017, just in case you haven’t had a chance to get your child’s or even your own yet.

 

THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OF 2017

First on my list, is this incredibly cute little cowboy costume. I love the hat and the belt buckle!!

 

I really love Mickey and Minnie costumes, this one is especially cute 🙂

This is the cutest little Superman I have ever seen 🙂

Wonder Woman is all the rage right now so I know this is going to be a very popular costume for young ladies.

This dinosaur costume seems to be very popular. It is so funny especially when the wearer tries to run 🙂

I absolutely love this cute baby-sized Supergirl Costume! I really like the headband bow and the little booties.

Here is a tasteful choice for mom… 🙂

And a silly one for dad…

 

You can even get a costume for your dog 🙂

 

 

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Has your child already chosen their Halloween costume for this year?

Let me know what they are going to dress up as in the comments.

I love to hear about all the great costume ideas everyone has every year 🙂

Allie is going as Shimmer from Shimmer and Shine

Here she is trying on her costume…

Have a happy safe and fun Halloween!!!

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

5 Easter Dessert Recipes the kids will Love!

Easter may be my number one favorite holiday, second only to Thanksgiving. I love the pretty pastel colors and I absolutely love the candy! But, my most favorite part would have to be the Easter DESSERT Recipes!!

So many different things you can do with the bunny theme for desserts on Easter.

I have chosen five of my top favorite Easter dessert recipes to share.

Easter Dessert Recipes

This first dessert is very kid oriented. Getting them involved in making these cute little cupcakes is, even more, fun.

 

PEEPS Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 cup assorted mini candy-coated chocolate candies, jimmies or confetti candy sprinkles
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy frosting (any flavor)
Green food color
Green colored decorating sugar
24 yellow PEEPS brand marshmallow chicks

(they use the peeps chicks in this recipe, but if you like the bunnies better, you can change it up a bit to use those.)

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full). Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Fill each with 1 heaping teaspoonful candies.
  • Spoon frosting into medium bowl; stir in enough food color until desired green color. Frost cupcakes with frosting; sprinkle with colored sugar. Top with yellow PEEPS® chick. Store loosely covered.

Next up is this Rainbow Ring Easter Cake.

Rainbow Ring Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
Yellow, red, blue and green food color
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
2 cups shredded coconut
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors multicolored candy sprinkles

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites.
  • Divide batter among 3 small bowls. Add few drops yellow food color to 1 bowl; mix well. Add red food color to second bowl to make pink. Add red and blue food color to third bowl to make purple. Pour half of the yellow batter into cake pan. Carefully pour half of the pink batter over yellow batter. Carefully pour half of the purple batter over pink batter. Repeat layers (do not mix colors).
  • Bake as directed on box until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Place cake on serving plate.
  • Divide frosting among 3 small microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl on High about 5 to 10 seconds; add few drops yellow food color and stir until frosting is smooth enough to drizzle. With spoon, drizzle yellow frosting back and forth over cake in striping pattern until all frosting is used (allow some frosting to drip down onto plate in middle of cake, if desired). Microwave second bowl of frosting; add red and blue food color to make purple. Drizzle frosting over cake in same striping pattern. Repeat with last bowl, adding red food color to make pink frosting. Decorate cake with sprinkles.
  • Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag; add few drops green food color. Seal bag and toss until coconut is evenly tinted. Sprinkle coconut on serving plate around the cake and in the center for “Easter grass.”

Now, this is the cutest cake that I may have ever seen!

Bunny Butt Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow or white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red food color
1 large marshmallow, cut in half
3 cups shredded coconut
Green food color
2 strawberry or cherry stretchy and tangy taffy candies (from 6-oz bag)
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips
Construction paper

Easter dessert recipes

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl (8 inches across top) with shortening; coat with flour (do not use cooking spray). Lightly grease 3 muffin cups in regular-size muffin pan.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour cake batter into 3 muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into 1 1/2-quart bowl.
  • Bake cupcakes 17 to 21 minutes, bowl 47 to 53 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from muffin cups and bowl; place rounded sides up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. If necessary, cut off rounded tops of cakes.
  • Spoon frosting into large bowl. Add red food color to make desired pink color. Place bowl cake on tray cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over cake. Use frosting to adhere cupcakes to bowl cake for feet and bunny tail. Use toothpicks if necessary. Place marshmallow halves, cut sides down, on tops of 2 cupcakes to make heels of feet. Spread a thin layer of frosting over side and top of the cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 45 minutes to set frosting.
  • Spread remaining frosting over cake. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the coconut; press gently to adhere. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Use a rolling pin to press strawberry candies into 2 large rectangles. Cut 2 large ovals and 6 small circles out of candy. Press onto bottoms of bunny feet, using frosting if needed.
  • Roll up fruit snack to make carrot shapes. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; press into the large end of each carrot to make greens on carrot. Cut ears from construction paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into the cake with plastic food wrap. Insert into the cake. Remove ears, plastic wrap, and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix
Water, oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker green decorating cake icing
8 to 12 PEEPS marshmallow bunnies
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker orange decorating cake icing

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool in pan on cooling rack until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
  • Spread chocolate frosting on top of cake; sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs. Use green icing to make garden rows. Insert toothpick halfway into base of each PEEPS marshmallow bunny. Insert bunnies, toothpick side down, into cake.
  • Use orange and green icings to make carrots on cake. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows to serve.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
Green-colored sour candy separated into strips
Jelly beans or other desired candies

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Frost with frosting. Use candy strips for the handle on each. Decorate with candy as desired. Store loosely covered.

Those are my picks for my favorite Easter dessert recipes. I really hope you try out at least one of them.

If you do, please share this post with friends and family. And let me know how you liked the recipe in the comments.

I hope you and your family have a happy and wonderful Easter!

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Valentine’s Recap: A week in the Life

This is going to be a running diary… Valentine’s Recap of the past week.

Friday February 10 2017

This week has been pretty full. We did a lot of projects and had a lot of fun.

Allie and mommy did not make the crafts we planned to do because I did not have the supplies we needed. So we improvised and made some quick Valentine’s for the family.

Valentine’s Day Scrapbook page

 

 

 

 

Allie decided to take a break and have a snack.

 

Saturday February 11 2017

Allie’s daddy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Allie spent the night with her mom-mom and cousin Kaila.

We stayed the night at a Courtyard Marriot Suite. Which I will say now was really not worth the money we spent for one night. But, if you don’t mind spending a chunk of money to sleep and shower it was a pretty nice room.

Sunday February 12 2017

Went to my moms with breakfast for everyone. Sat around and talking and relaxing for a bit before going home.

Monday February 13 2017

Today, I woke up feeling like death warmed over. I got nothing done and pretty much just relaxed and drank lots of hot tea.

Tuesday February 14 2017

It isn’t even 8:30 on this Tuesday morning and I am at the bottom of my coffee cup contemplating another. Allie isn’t yet awake and I should still be in bed. But I am a masochist…. no, not really. I just wanted to get some things done before she woke up…

Breakfast is made and waiting for her. The pan I used to cook is clean. A load of laundry is started.

And the geese are celebrating Valentine’s Day. There are two, right now, out back in the field. They are honking like crazy just walking along next to each other. Honestly, if the sound wasn’t so annoying I’d say it was pretty romantic.

If Allie doesn’t wake up by 9:00 I am going to have to wake her up myself. I don’t like the idea of that, but if I don’t she will take a very late afternoon nap and then be up all night. The sacrifices we make as moms.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you celebrate yet or are you waiting for the weekend?

Are you planning a family celebration or are you having a romantic evening out?

Whatever you plan to do, I hope you have a wonderful, loving experience.

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

19 Thanksgiving Recipes for your family dinner

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24, 2016!!!

We all know that getting together with family over the holidays can be very stressful. Especially, if you happen to have a large family. In order to take some of the stress off of your back, I have compiled a list of recipes, decor tips, and tricks to wow every one of your guests this Thanksgiving.

I have found recipes for Hors D oeuvres, salads, and soups, side dishes and DESSERTS!!!

I will not be offering any recipes for the Turkey because I know everyone has at least one family recipe that they will not stray away from for anything.

All of the recipes in this post are in my “Thanks and Giving” Pinterest board.

Hors d’oeuvres

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Sage polenta and parmesan madeleines

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White Cheddar Toasted Almond and Crispy Sage Cheeseball

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Balsamic Caramelized Onion melted cheese Crostini

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Butternut Squash Pear and Ricotta Bruschetta

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Butternut Squash and Sage Wonton

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Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Salads/Soups

 

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Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

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Autumn Quinoa Salad w/ Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Carb Sides

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Pecan Cornbread Dressing

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Buttercup Yeast Bread

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Apricot Sweet Potato Bake

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Cheddar Parmesan Potatoes

Veggie Sides

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Company Corn

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Cranberry Broccoli Salad

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Baked Vegetable Medley

Desserts

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

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Peanut Butter Crumb Apple Pie

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Cranberry Raspberry Pie

In my opinion, the biggest thing about the holidays (Thanksgiving in particular) is being with family and friends.

I know that spending long periods of time with certain family members can be very stressful. At least, it is for me and my family.

Let us all try and make the best of our time together.

We only have one family. Even though we didn’t pick them we can’t help but confess we love those annoying people!

Have fun this Holiday week and give thanks for all the people in your life!

I am thankful for all of you!

I am also thankful for the chance to write this blog. Whether it becomes successful or not, I enjoy it very much.

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

Thank you 🙂

Allie’s Mommy

Kristen

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Ready to eat some potatoes and cabbage…

Considering that tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day and most of us have a nice Irish dinner, I want to devote this post to the top 7 most popular Irish dishes for Saint Patty’s Day.

I am starting with my favorite. Mostly because it is so very easy to make and yummy to eat 🙂

First-

Ham/Corned Beef and Cabbage:

This is an interesting read- Origin of ham/corned beef  RECIPE

Second-

Irish Blue Cheese Fondue:

Not much I could find about this dish, but it sounds pretty tasty RECIPE

Third-

Cheddar Topped Shepherd’s Pie:

Recommended Reading  RECIPE

Fourth-

Irish Beef Hand Pies:

A timeline of Irish foods  RECIPE

Fifth-

Irish Stew:

WIkipedia on Irish Stew  RECIPE

Sixth-

Corned beef and cabbage pizza:

Just thought this would be a nice add in for leftovers RECIPE

Seventh-

Roast Rack of Lamb:

Good Read  RECIPE

 

So that is my list. If you have anything different that your family does or some dessert ideas feel free to comment them.

I love all of these recipes. I am part Irish and I think it shows. I don’t drink much but when it comes to potatoes and bread dishes… sign me up. I love all of it.

Have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Thank you for reading, hopefully I didn’t bore you to much.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.