The Anything Bag

It’s FINALLY time for a sewing post!

This blog is titled SEW You Think You Can Cook after all.

My latest Thursday Thoughts post was about carving out some “me time” after the kids go to bed. One of the hobbies I wanted to get back to was sewing.

So how many times have I pulled out my sewing machine since September?

2. 2 times.

Sure, I’ve got excuses: husband’s travel, too many dishes, toys to be fixed, online shopping, birthdays and holidays, etc.

But! Bedtime (KNOCK ON ALL THE WOOD) has been going really well this month so it’s all good. In fact, my husband asked me if we could “cancel Christmas” to not mess with the magic that’s been happening.

With the holiday season right around the corner I knew I couldn’t procrastinate sharing this sewing tutorial any longer. You can give your gift in one of these bags and it’s a two-for-one!

The Anything Bag (1) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

This “anything bag” was given to Firecracker on his 2nd birthday from a friend who does manage to break out her sewing machine. The bag has been filled with wooden toy trains for the past year and a half.

As the Hotwheels car collection grew and grew I knew I needed more of these bags. My friend gave me the tutorial, I bought some fabric (actually, another friend found some Cars scrap fabric for me), and it sat there. For months.

I’d finally admitted confusion and defeat and sent the supplies to my mother-in-law. She returned the supplies in the format of a cars bag the following week! She assured me, as did my friend, that the bag is quite easy and quick to sew together – once you figure out how.

With the promise of teaching me in person on her next visit, we went to “the mother ship” as she calls it (Joann’s) to gather more fabric for some more bags. I now needed a large one for PAW Patrol toys (truth be told, I need a second large bag for PAW Patrol toys after Treat’s second birthday!).

The Anything Bag (2) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

I took step by step notes to develop a tutorial in my own words. We didn’t take pictures, though. We established, that for the purpose of a blog post, we needed to work with something smaller. Photos of large pieces of fabric simply don’t help the reader visualize each step. Additionally, I used two different fabric colors for the casing to make the steps easier to see. Using two different fabrics is not necessary as one side will not be visible in the completed bag.

My mother-in-law left. But only one or two weeks went by before I got my sewing machine back out and made the bag you’ll see here! It took just under an hour, but I’d uncovered some verbiage that confused me and I learned how better to describe this tutorial. The following week I made a second smaller bag (I do have two children after all!) and it only took me 30 minutes!

The Anything Bag (3) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Here’s how to make The Anything Bag

Before you get started, you need to decide how big of a bag you want to make. You can do any size you want! The only things you need to do to ensure it’ll all work out are:

  • both bag fabrics are the same size
  • the casing is cut to a minimum 3″ width and a maximum length 1″ shorter than the width of your bag fabric
  • the drawstring is longer than the circumference of the bag

Examples:

  • The trains bag
    • bag fabric 22.5″ x 13″ (2)
    • casing 21.5″ x 4″ (2)
    • drawstring 45″ x 3″ (1-pieced)
  • The PAW Patrol bag
    • bag fabric 33″ x 13″ (2)
    • casing 32″ x 4″ (2)
    • drawstring 65″ x 3″ (1-pieced) *I actually find this drawstring to be way too long
  • The tutorial bag *I’m guestimating here as I used scrap fabric to piece everything together
    • bag fabric 9.5″ x 9.5″ (2)
    • casing 8.5″ x 3.5″ (2)
    • drawstring 18″ x 3″ (1-pieced)

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

Sew your two casing pieces together, right sides together, on the short end.

Casing step 1

Fold, right sides in, and sew the second short end. You now have a ring. Iron the seams and then flip it right side out.

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Fold the casing hotdog style and iron it flat.

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Lay out one piece of your bag fabric, right side up on the table. Place your folded casing, opening up, at the top of the bag fabric in the center, ensuring that there is a 1/2″ from each end. Place the second piece of bag fabric, right side down, on top, making a sandwich.

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Pin, and sew along that top edge. Iron.

Open up the bag, and fold hotdog style, right sides in. The casing will be in the center of the bag.

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Sew along the 3 open edges, leaving a 3″ gap on one side to pull the bag right side out. Option to trim the corners of excess seam fabric; doing so will reduce the bulk in the corners of the bag. Pull the bag right side out through your 3″ gap.

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Fold the opening edges of that 3″ gap in, iron, and top stitch closed. Press one side of the bag into the bag to create the reversible bag.

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Now, make the drawstring. (Option – to use a piece of nice ribbon, rope, or shoelace instead!)

Fold the ends 1/4″ in. Iron. Fold the entire fabric hotdog style. Iron. Tuck the length in on itself again. Iron.

Starting with the short ends first, top stitch with an 1/8″ seam allowance around the edges.

Thread the drawstring through the casing. Center it. Option to sew a straight line through the casing, holding the drawstring in place. Tie the ends for a finished look.

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Mummy Paper Plate Craft

I wanted to include a craft during Halloween week here on Sew You Think You Can Cook. 

I couldn’t find any sewing mummy crafts that weren’t a pillowcase and since I did one during Candy Corn week I continued my search. 

Next thought was to make a wreath. Unfortunately I didn’t make one before heading to Alabama a couple of weeks ago so that idea had to be scrapped. 

Firecracker loves making crafts, it’s probably his favorite thing about homeschooling. 

I found a cute and simple mummy paper plate craft on handy dandy Pinterest and knew I could manage that with everything we already had on hand. Mission accomplished last minute!

I made one the night before to have an example for the boys. 

Mummy Paper Plate Kids Craft | Sew You Think You Can Cook
This craft is great for fine motor skill development and if strong enough, they can use the hole punch to punch a ring of holes around the plate.

Mummy Paper Plate Craft (toddler)

Firecracker just liked gluing eyes onto his mummy face and threaded the string over the face just twice. 

Mummy Paper Plate Craft (baby)

I was surprised at how much more Treat did than his older brother! He did a great job inserting the string into holes and loved pulling the string all the way through. 

Here’s what you need to make your own mummy paper plate:

  • White paper plate
  • Hole punch 
  • Eyes (googly eyes, buttons, or a marker)
  • Glue, if needed
  • White yarn, string, or thin ribbon 
  • Tape, if needed

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Punch holes around the edge of the plate. 
  2. Glue or draw on the eyes. Let dry. 
  3. String the yarn through the holes, going across the face in a haphazard manner. Tie ends of the string behind the plate and tape down if desired. 

Mummy Paper Plate Craft (3) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

#AppleWeek: Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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It’s the second day of #AppleWeek and time for my first recipe! I will be sharing three recipes throughout the week and decided to break them into a breakfast dish, a savory dish, and a dessert.

I’ve already done a German apple pancake this year, so naturally the next logical step is cinnamon rolls.

We love cinnamon rolls and when I make them from scratch the weekend just seems that much better. Instead of going with my typical Christmas morning cinnamon roll dough, I opted for a more busy morning friendly recipe – one hour cinnamon rolls.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients for Rolls:

  • 1 C warm milk (105-110 deg F)
  • 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast (I used Red Star Platinum)
  • 1/2 C sugar, divided use (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 4-4 1/2 C flour
  • 1/3 C butter, at room temperature
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely diced

Ingredients for Icing:

  • 1/4 C butter, at room temperature
  • 2 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 C powdered sugar

Steps:

  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 tbsp sugar into the warm milk. Let proof 5 – 10 minutes.
  2. Place 4 C flour, remaining sugar, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the yeast mixture and stir on low. Add the egg and oil. Once the dough starts to come together switch the paddle attachment for the dough hook and knead 5 minutes. Add flour 2 tbsp at a time, as needed. Let rest 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  4. Roll dough out on a floured surface into an 18″ x 24″ rectangle. Spread the dough with the softened butter. Distribute the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly, pressing lightly. Add the diced apple.
  5. Roll the dough lengthwise and gently pinch the seam closed. Cut into 1 1/2″ cinnamon rolls. Place cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until lightly golden.
  6. Make the frosting: In a medium bowl, whip together the butter and cream cheese using a hand mixer. Add in the corn syrup, vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix until incorporated. Add in the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  7. Allow cinnamon rolls to cool slightly before frosting.

*This recipe is adapted from Lauren at https://www.laurenslatest.com/1-hour-cinnabon-cinnamon-rolls-best/*

Apple Cinnamon Rolls for #AppleWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Dreamfarm provided #AppleWeek bloggers with a set of their Levups and a set of Levoons and my kids instantly became obsessed with them (see!). Firecracker can’t wait to help with baking even more than usual when I pull out these helpful gadgets.

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When it comes to baking, precision in measurements is key to achieving that perfect cake or bread. These products help make that possible. They have a leveling scraper that you can pinch across the top of your measuring cup/spoon. It’s pretty fun. (Check out my Instagram video of the Levups in action here!)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your own set of Levups and set of Levoons, and check out some great apple recipes:
Apple Almond Butter Manchego Grilled Cheese from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Apple Almond Chicken Salad from Books n’ Cooks
Apple Bacon Jam from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Apple Fritter Pie from Dad What’s 4 Dinner
Apple Nachos from Simple and Savory
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad from The Chef Next Door
Apple Turnovers from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Applesauce Cake with Soft Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting from Cooking With Carlee
Autumn Apple Sipper from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Bavarian Apple Oatmeal Streusel Cheesecake from All That’s Jas
Caramel Apple Cupcakes from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Grilled Apple Tossed Salad from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Mini Apple Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel Topping from Family Around the Table
Nutmeg Apple Conserve from Feeding Big
Red Cabbage with Apple from Palatable Pastime
Roasted Apple and White Cheddar Soup from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Sauerkraut & Sausage with Apples from House of Nash Eats

Disclaimer: Thank you to #AppleWeek Sponsors: Rodelle, Dreamfarm, Casabella, Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, Pryex, Chicago Cutlery, Rainier Fruit, and Veggie Wash for providing prizes for #AppleWeek free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #AppleWeek. All opinions are my own.

#AppleWeek: The Giveaway 2017

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

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From September 25th through September 30th, over two dozen bloggers are celebrating the beginning of Fall with well over 80 recipes celebrating the glorious apple. #AppleWeek is hosted by Carlee of Cooking with Carlee. While I’m not sharing a recipe with you today, (I do have 3 for this event, though!) a lot of the #AppleWeek bloggers are kicking off giveaway Monday with a great dish; be sure to check them out at the end of this blog post!

In addition to delicious recipes spanning the spectrum of sweet and savory, there are incredible prize packages available from the wonderful sponsors of #AppleWeek. Check them out here and then follow the link for the giveaway below.

Prize Pack #1 from Rodelle:

A baker’s dream come true! This delicious prize pack includes premium vanilla products, gourmet dutch-processed cocoa and specialty extracts.

Items include:

Pure Vanilla Extract, Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa, Gourmet Vanilla Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Chocolate Extract, Almond Extract, Vanilla Paste, and some fun baking supplies to whip up your next batch of goodies with!

Prize Pack #2 from Dreamfarm and Casabella:

Items include:a 2 ‘n 1 veggie brush
a clip n strip shears
a set up levups
a set of levoons

Prize Pack #3 from Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal:

Prize Pack #4 from Pyrex and Chicago Cutlery:

Prize Pack #5 from Rainier Fruit:

A prize pack from Rainier Fruit including a box of freshly harvested Rainier Fruit apples, a stainless steel apple slicer, apple corer, “Baked with Love” ceramic pie pan, copper apple loaf pan and a $25 Williams Sonoma gift card!

Prize Pack #6 from Veggie Wash:

A prize pack from Veggie Wash
The Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now for the delicious apple recipes:

Apple Bacon Turkey Burgers from Jonesin’ for Taste
Apple Brickle Mini Tarts with Oatmeal Crust from The Freshman Cook
Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Cobbler French Toast Casserole from Tip Garden
Apple Fritter Yeast Bread from House of Nash Eats
Apple Oatmeal Coffee Mug Cake from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Oatmeal Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal from Cooking With Carlee
Caramel Apple Nut Bars from Family Around the Table
Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria from The Redhead Baker
Creamy Maple Gouda Apple Soup with Pecan-Oat Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Healthy Apple Muffins from Caroline’s Cooking
Mulled Apple Cider from Books n’ Cooks
Oatmeal Crusted Apple Stuffed French Toast from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Salted Caramel Apple Cake from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Savory Apple Sausage Tart from The Crumby Kitchen
Vanilla Brined Pork Chops with Applesauce  from Bear & Bug Eats
Swedish Apple Oatmeal Pie with Vanilla Sauce from All That’s Jas
Torta di Mele Sicilian Apple Cake from Girl Abroad

 

 Disclaimer: Thank you to #AppleWeek Sponsors: Rodelle, Dreamfarm, Casabella, Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal, Pryex, Chicago Cutlery, Rainier Fruit, and Veggie Wash for providing prizes for #AppleWeek free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #AppleWeek. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday Tattles #23

Tuesday Tattles

I’ve been waiting for College Football season to kick back up so I could share with you all of the fabulous Auburn children’s books we have in our collection.

And then football season went ahead and started before I was ready. Funny how September manages to sneak up on you!

If you have an Auburn fan in your life, you need to add a little War Eagle to their library.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

If you’re not an Auburn fan, maybe you should re-evaluate all of your life decisions. Just kidding. I would imagine a lot of these books have been created for multiple schools. To get you started, here’s a non-affiliate link to Mascot Books for an expansive collection of collegiate literature.

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Aubie Teaches the Alphabet by Sherri Graves Smith

My mother-in-law got this book for Firecracker when he was just a baby and we would read it every Saturday during football season! W shares a page with V and I’ll never forget the moment he was able to point to the W with recognition (his first name starts with the letter).

Other versions of this book include: UGA, LSU, Alabama, and Kennesaw State.

Go Auburn Go by Brian R. Jones 

Go Auburn Go children's bookThis interactive book is a favorite of Firecracker’s. My little Auburn Tiger loves flipping the flaps, pulling the tabs, and touching Aubie’s soft white fur. Thanks to this book, he also has the first half of our fight song, War Eagle, down pat!

Other versions of this book include: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Alabama, and Appalachian State.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner  by Erin Lough and Mave Lough Duke

304041_2085581097368_6319600_nHonestly, this book is more for me.

The trees were poisoned the football season after I’d graduated. We were living in the Florida panhandle at the time and able to make it back to Auburn for the final rolling before they removed the unsaveable trees from Toomer’s Corner. It was an incredible experience being with thousands of other Auburn fans giving our beloved oaks a warm send off.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner is the story of those trees, of what the trees meant to the Auburn family. I honestly can’t read this book without crying. My children don’t understand, but I hope one day they, too, will be proud students of Auburn University and know the joy of rolling Toomer’s Corners trees.

There is also a sequel to the book, The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner 2: The Rebirth.

The War Eagle Story by Francesca Alder-Baeder and Patrick Baeder

This book is a long poem depicting the story of why Auburn Tiger fans declare “War Eagle.” I learned the story my first day of Orientation 11 years ago, but my children will not be ignorant about Auburn traditions when they attend 20 and 22 years from now. 😉

I get chills every time I read the part in the story where the little girl cries, “Waaaaaaaaaaar Eagle….Hey!!!!”

Thursday Thoughts #23

Thursday Thoughts

 

After a fantastic summer visiting family and then having family come stay with us, I knew I was going to need to find a way to keep some sense of my self and my sanity with the school year approaching.

In case you missed my last Thursday Thoughts, let me catch you up. We’ve decided to homeschool Firecracker (and by proxy, Treat, too). There you are, you’re caught up!

I knew I needed a way to not let my new “job” of teacher take over my entire post-bedtime life.

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So, I’ve been doing a little bit of “soul searching,” and I’d like to share my results with you.

My hope is that it inspires other busy moms (and dads) to find time to schedule in your hobbies. Even if you only get 1-2 hours each night, it’s important to not get yourself lost in parenthood. It’s true, you do change once you’re caring for miniature versions of yourself, but you don’t need to disappear. Find something you enjoy, something that has nothing to do with the little ones, and be you. Don’t be surprised if you end up being a better mom (or dad) because of it. Schedule in time to reconnect with your significant other, too.

 

Scheduling "me time" | Sew You Think You Can Cook | http://sewyouthinkyoucancook.com Enter my ISTJ personality profile. I made a schedule. Yep, I’ve scheduled out my “free time.” And I’m doing my best to not let the natural deviations that will (okay, already have) occur from frustrating me.

Honestly, giving myself a guideline has put me at ease. It’s also given me the illusion that I can have time to “do it all!”

I spend Sunday evening gathering everything I’ll need for Preschool for the entire week. It goes into our school corner and I don’t have to be scrambling around each night getting ready for tomorrow. All I need to do is take a quick glance at my planner each morning to know which book to read and which project to do.

Mondays I break out the sewing machine! Getting to sew again was the main motivation behind creating this “schedule.” When my mother-in-law was visiting last month, we got to working on a couple of projects and it felt so good to get back to thread and fabric. I knew I couldn’t let it be another year and a half between projects.

Tuesday and Wednesday tend to flip-flop, depending on if I’ve checked the mail or not. One night I’ll do the menu planning and grocery list making, taking inspiration from the circulars (hence the mailbox status). The other, I’ll sit at my computer and do what I’m doing right now – blogging! If I don’t have a post to write, I’ll update my Recipe Index and then address some Social Media sharing. But, blogging only once (or twice) a week really has helped me stay stress-free with this hobby of mine!

Update: Ack! Looks like I need to add updating my Fantasy Football line-up to Wednesday’s agenda, too!

IMG_8389Thursdays tend to get a little haywire around here. It’s those “it’s almost Friday” jitters. I’ve reserved Thursdays for some real stress relieving activities. Either coloring or cross stitching. I haven’t done the latter in quite some time.

Come Friday, my husband and I are ready to reconnect and I set aside my hobbies to have an at-home date-night. It’s time to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie; maybe make popcorn. Or in our current situation, watch Game of Thrones. There are zero spoilers coming from us, we’ve just completed Episode 9 of Season 1. Honestly, I haven’t decided if I like the show yet. But I want to keep watching it! So I guess I like it? I only like maybe 2 characters, which is probably a good thing based on all of the memes about endless fatalities.

Saturday is my “round-up” day. The “free-for-all” to catch up on anything that needs attention. A blog post needing a final image, emails that need replies, or an extra episode of GoT that just must be watched.

There you have it! A little behind the scenes in the life of Lauren.

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Tuesday Tattles: 3rd Birthday

It’s time for another Tuesday Tattles.

A very long overdue Tuesday Tattles, at that!

Over a month ago, my Firecracker had his golden birthday and is now a three year old!

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It has been an absolute joy becoming a mother with my Firecracker. His turning 3 has been the most emotional, yet! 1 felt like a milestone and an accomplishment, but he was still a baby. 2 was a quiet birthday with a party a couple of weeks late. But 3! At 3 my little man has such a personality, with strong opinions, a sassy attitude, and a smart vocabulary, it’s hard to remember he’s still just a little kid. (<- Yes, I just plagiarized that from my personal Facebook status. You’re not experiencing dejavu, Mom.)

Because 3 was his golden birthday, I really wanted to throw a Quidditch party with emphasis on the Golden Stitch. And while he says he likes Harry Potter, he really doesn’t know much about it. I let go of my obsession and gave him the option between Harry Potter and Space. He chose space.

Okay, time to “vent.” WHY AREN’T THERE SPACE PARTY DECORATIONS?! Once again, I found myself creating my own birthday party.

To make his birthday banner, I went the easy route this year. I found large black letter stickers at Michael’s. I made sure they fit inside the star shape, which I then traced onto gold cardstock. Cut out the stars, stuck on the stickers, and taped the string to the back. Easy as pie!

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The most important decoration was the golden 3 balloon, and I got the last one from the party store! Phew! 3 gold stars were also on my decorating wish list; another mission accomplished. But even using blacks and yellows for the tablescape, the space theme only came to life with my food.

Space Themed Birthday Party (food) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Planet Pizzas and Solar System Salad were delivered by a local, Chicago-style thin crust pizza joint. The Suns were a giant bowl of clementines. Carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and yellow tomatoes were arranged to look like Rocket Veggies. Pineapple and green grapes were arranged to look like a Saturn Fruit Tray. We used a small star cookie cutter to cut cheese slices into stars which were served with round Ritz crackers for the Stars & Moons. We used my grandmother’s Christmas cut-out cookie recipe to make Golden Star Cookies. The trusty Walmart Bakery provided the chocolate cupcakes with yellow frosting, we added the star sprinkles to turn them into Cosmic Cupcakes.

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My husband had one request for the party. The no-bake cookies from his childhood. I had him make them with Firecracker for the day. This recipe comes from his high school best friend’s mom. I’ve renamed them Asteroids for the purpose of this space themed party.

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Asteroids

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 C quick oats

Steps:

  1. Bring butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk to a boil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the oats.
  3. Form into balls, or asteroids, and place on a sheet of wax paper to cool completely.

No-Bake Cookies: renamed asteroids, they're perfect for a Space Themed Birthday Party

If you’re really intuitive, you might recognize the background of these pictures. We flew to Wisconsin to celebrate his birthday. And again, I need to give a HUGE thank you to my parents for allowing us to have his party at their summer home.

Thankfully the rain clouds parted the hour before the party and our outdoor gathering was a wonderful reunion with my cousins. If there’s anything my Firecracker loves, it’s making friends, and boy were there plenty of new friends to be had – we had a total of 16 (including my 2) kids running around the yard, playing baseball, and throwing 200 water balloons in a matter of minutes.

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Those kids went home with goodie bags filled with star shaped sunglasses, bubbles, lollipops, and glow bracelets.