Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our Fathers Day

We had a very nice Fathers Day weekend. My husband had came home early on Friday, didn't work the whole weekend. We ate him up! Saturday we just hung around him and did whatever. Sunday however was the fun day. My husband decided to go do his own thing. As we had plans to meet with my parents for lunch and fun day at Cantigny. We ate at Wildfire resturant. Which was yum. Then headed over to Cantigny. ( They have beautiful gardens and lots of history. We toured the First Division Museum which we learned all about American history and all the ones who have fought for our freedom. 
I think the most favorite part of this park has to be the tanks you can climb on and have lots of pictures!

They had SO much fun climbing on the tanks...we continued thru the park, it was pretty hot outside and luckily they had a sprinkler/spray area. Lil man was in heaven!

Its was a beautiful day. All the flowers were gorgeous. Can't wait to go back when it's cooler outside. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Today I thought I would share with you the Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes I made for my daughters teachers for teacher appreciation week :)
I got the idea from here. Great website with awesome ideas and free printables, you should totally check it out!
I did't take alot of pictures for this process. Usually I do, but not sure why I didn't this time :(

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes!

What you need:
Your favorite box cake mix and ingredients
Frosting (see recipe)
Chocolate candy melts
Red gumballs for cherry
Small ice cream cups
Plastic or wooden spoons

Make up your cupcakes however you do them best! I found my ice cream cups at Michaels. Add one cupcake in each cup.
Make the frosting.

How to make the frosting:
2 sticks butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
a few drops of ivory gel food color

1. In a bowl of a mixer, mix butter, vanilla and milk until well blended and smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for a minute or two, until fully combined and fluffy.  Place frosting in fridge for about an hour. 
2.  Remove frosting from fridge and spoon it onto the cupcakes. It will actually scoop out like ice cream!
3. Melt the chocolate candy and dribble on top of frosting, add sprinkles and your gumball on top!


My daughters teachers loved them and thought they were adorable!! Great gift for them to appreciate what they do in the classroom.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer 'to do' list.

Summer officially starts tomorrow in this house at 2pm. 
 She will no longer be a 2nd grader :(
I figured with her and lil man its gonna be an eventful summer. 
So I better make a schedule, events and routine so it won't be stressful.
I know for sure we are going to be doing alot of learning in preparing for 3rd grade. 
As I have heard from some of her teachers 2nd-3rd grade is a big transition. So I want to make sure shes ready. I am currently making her a binder, which I will post about when complete. 
I following alot of blogs and majority of them have a listed their summer 'to do' list. 
So I figured why not us. We don't do alot in the summer and I figured we should start, make it memorable and take a bunch of pictures in process. 

I know for sure I want to visit the resale shop once a week and have the kids pick out books. I know we can do this at the library. But the books at the resale shop are cheap and I would love to have the kids have their own 'library' of their own. 
We also live close to the beach, so I know for certain we will be making a lot of trips there. 

*garage sale hopping
*have a lemonade stand
*have a camp-out in the living room
*go to the drive-in
*have a fire and roast marshmallows
*go fishing
*go hiking at a State Park
*go to a museum
*go camping
*walk to the park
*netflix movie mondays
*resale book shopping
*have a picnic

I will continue to add to this list. I need to figure out a fun way to display it also.  
Happy Summer