This week we wrap up the year 2018 and prepare to begin a brand new year, 2019. Every New Year’s Eve we traditionally look back on our year and think about the amazing things that have happened to us.
This time of year is so busy and let's be honest, we don't have a ton of time to do hours and hours of baking. This year, my mom and I did our annual baking and I thought I would try a new recipe that turned out AMAZING!
Here's what you need:
- 1 (6 ounce) package Skor English toffee bits
- 1 box of Ritz crackers
- 1 (14 fluid ounce) can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips or pecans (for topping)
This recipe calls for you to make it in a small 8 or 9" glass pan, but I decided to make it on a cookie sheet and spread it out and was I ever glad I did! They turned out so chewy and gooey good! Here's how to make them:
- Crush the Ritz into fine crumbs and put in mixing bowl.
- Add 3/4 of the Skor bits and the can of Eagle Bran milk.
- Mix well.
- Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Spread mixture onto the cookie sheet.
- Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (no more).
- Sprinkle the remaining Skor bits and whatever topping you choose (I used chocolate chips but not too many of them)
7. Make sure you cool off completely before cutting into squares or they will fall apart.
They are SO yummy! Do you have a favourite recipe? Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what it is.
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Every year Charlie comes to our house and does funny things to make the boys laugh. I have to say that I love being creative and coming up with the ideas of what Charlie is going to do!
This year, Charlie came on December 1 and just like every year, he brought out our Christmas books and new Christmas PJs for the boys as well as their advent calendars. Each year we have to have a special breakfast as he also brings out our Christmas plates and mugs. The boys remembered these little details from last year and since we moved they were very excited to see that this tradition was continued! :)
The thing I love about our Elf is that he reports back to Santa every night about how the boys have behaved. The boys remind each other to be kind to others and to listen to Mom and Dad as Charlie is watching. They also love telling their friends about what our Elf did and hearing what other's elves did. This year here's what Charlie was up to:
He wrote on our front hallway mirror (with a dry erase marker lol) "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" as we had decorated for Christmas the night before.
He brought out our waffle maker (which we hadn't used in a LONG time!) and brought a new box of waffle mix...but spilled some lol. He also brought fresh strawberries and whip cream and the boys loved having a special breakfast!
He had a good workout on our treadmill and the boys thought this was hilarious!
He put one of each pairs of socks all over the Christmas tree. The boys had to wear mis match socks to school and they LOVED having to tell their friends and class about why they had mismatch socks on!
He also had a balloon sword to protect our Christmas tree (at least that's what the boy's theory was!).
This week I am going to use these printables and have the boys go around the house and find them all. Love that there's jokes and interactive cards that I can use! I have created these into a downloadable file so just click on the photo below and download and print. Or right click on the photo and save it as an image.
Last year we made these adorable Christmas treats for my son's classroom! They were easy to make, the boys enjoyed helping and let's face it...they are simply adorable!
Here's what you will need:
- Square Pretzels
- Regular Pretzels
- Rolo Candys
- Red and Green Smarties (or M & M's)
- Candy Eyes
Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Lay out the square pretzels and place two roles on top of them.
Place them in the oven on broil and watch them as they get soft and melted just a LITTLE! Make sure you watch them and don't overcook them. Take them out of the oven.
Before they cool completely, place the normal pretzel on top of the rolos and push them down so as the chocolate hardens, it will hold the pretzel in place. Then push the Smartie down as well so it makes the reindeer's nose.
Next add the eyes but be sure not to push them down to hard or they will get covered in chocolate...speaking from experience on that one! ;)
These are perfect for a class party, a Christmas potluck, staff party's or the bus driver! Put them in a tin or a fun Christmas bag and they are super cute. I can't wait to share with you what we have up our sleeves this year!
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Another great way to incorporate the Elf on the Shelf is to make Elf Food! We made this last year and the boys loved it. We actually made it together and then watched our first Christmas movie!
- 1/2 c. popping corn
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 2.5 cups mini marshmallows
- Green Food colouring
- 1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
- M&M Candies – Red
- Cashews (if desired)
Pop the popcorn like normal. You can also use microwave popcorn. Sprinkle salt as desired.
Melt butter in a saucepan (always use the stove with an adult!). Add 2 1/2 c mini marshmallows and allow to melt stirring frequently. Sir until they are melted. Add food colouring the mix. Slowly pour the mix over the popcorn. Stirring frequently. As you add more, it will become stickier, so add more mix slowly. Pour your popcorn onto a lined cookie sheet.
Add marshmallows, m & m, cashews and any other desired snack food. Drizzle remaining mix over top (do not mix). Allow to dry and enjoy your elf food!!
Another fun activity is to have your child fill out an "Elf Application"!
Just right click on the photo and print it. Have them fill it out and either give it to Santa at the Mall or give it to the elf to take it back to the north pole....no promises but it does teach fun lessons about "applying" for things! ;)
It's that time of year again where that mischievous or friendly little elf comes back from the North Pole! I know some parents refuse to have one as they find it way too difficult to come up with ideas, think of hiding him or her every day and just the thought of an elf watching has even creeped a few people out. I get it...but...at our house, the elf is something that my husband and I love seeing our boys facing, hunting for him, thinking about him first thing when they wake up in the morning and just bringing more magic to Christmas!
This is our boys last year when Charlie arrived. At our house, Charlie brings the Christmas books back and brings a new one each year! He sets the table for our Christmas breakfast and we get to use our special cups and plates for a nice family breakfast. At our house, Charlie comes on the first weekend in December (the boys don't know that but it works out easiest for me to remember and for use to be able to enjoy our family breakfast!). Then each day we move Charlie around and the kids run around looking for him each morning. Our elf can be funny but also has sent little notes for our boys.
So I thought this year wouldn't be fun to have little notes that he can have with him to spread some fun?! I will also have these for you (in this blog below) as a free printable! So here are some ideas on what you can have you elf doing this year:
Our boys thought it was so funny when Charlie was hanging from a clothesline in our oldest son's underwear.
Then he was playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos.
One of our favourites is when Charlie barricades a room with tape. Then all day we have to crawl under the trap to get through. It's a fun one!
My husband loves hanging the boys toys from various spots in the house with fishing line so it kind of looks like it's actually flying!
Charlie has also used Daddy's shaving cream and had a shaving cream beard ;)
One of our other favourites is when Charlie takes a toilet paper roll and rolls down the stairs.
The next one was fun, but I made sure to do it on a day when we weren't home and the kids weren't needing a glass of water. Charlie was up in our water dispenser with a cup, ready to get a drink!
The last is when Charlie took ALL of the boys stuffed animals and lined them up on the couch.
One of the funniest that the boys loved last year was finding Charlie in the fridge and he had written a message on the eggs! It took them a while to find him though and we "accidentally" found him when we went to make breakfast!
Then Charlie was back to his mischievous self and we kept the toilet paper from the roll down the stairs and he trashed the stairway. The boys were in aw that he made such a mess and kept telling him he better clean that up!
Then Charlie wanted to help with laundry...
Then the last is a favourite. We all know in our house that Charlie LOVES hot cocoa but he always spills it!
So those are some ideas on what you can do for the Elf On the Shelf this year! Here is the free printable I was mentioning. The purpose is to print it, then cut the cards out and have him using them to communicate with your little ones. I love the joke and can't wait for our boys to see this one!
Just click on the photo and right click it and hit print! Happy Elf on The Shelf time!! :)