Native Texan Livin': April 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Girls Love Avengers Too! {+ Avengers Themed Snacks}

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Having a house full of girls can be fun & crazy!  There are baby dolls, dress up clothes, princesses, hair bows, nail polish & make up.  But did you know........
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The Houston weather has been downright kooky lately with the sun shining one minute & then crazy thunder/lightning/rainstorms the next.  Taking advantage of the sunshine, we decided to head to Walmart, grab some essentials, rent a movie & hunker down for the weather we knew was coming.

Izzy & Maggie both got superhero capes at our school carnival recently, so they've been in superhero mode.  THAT, paired with the upcoming May 1st release of the new MARVEL's TheAvengers: Age of Ultron, we decided to surprise the girls by letting them each pick out an Avengers toy at Walmart.  Don’t you just love superheroes?  I love that they make my girls feel like they can conquer anything…that they can take out the bad guys…and the good guys get to win. J  

They took their time perusing the Avengers section, but finally settled on Captain America all the way!  With their toys in the buggy, we ventured off to find some snacks.
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When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but lots of Avenger snacks & now, where’s the beer?  HA, but seriously, where is it?  ;-)  
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We scooped those up & then got the needed ingredients for homemade pizzas!  Izzy had been begging me to make homemade pizzas using a silicon baking cup set we have.  Since the girls were going to be dressing up like Captain America, we decided on Captain America Shield Pizza Cups!  (recipe below)  How awesome was this movie party going to be?!?! 

Once we were home, we opened up our new toys.  Even daddy got into the fun!
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After playing a while, we made our Captain America Shield Pizza Cups, filled our snack bowls with a mix-up of Doritos, fruit snacks & Cheez-Its and started the matinee of The Avengers movie we had rented.  
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Maggie & Izzy made the house completely dark…movie theater style…closing all the shades & turning off the lights.  They were so enthralled in the movie & they LOVED when the superheroes finally made their appearance!  Izzy's favorite was Iron Man & Maggie was really into seeing The Hulk but really liked Captain America. J
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Midway through the movie, I surprised them with some Thor Hammers!  Pretzels & marshmallows...yeah, needless to say, they ate them in a matter of minutes!
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The girls are officially ready for the May 1st release of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age ofUltron.  Do your girls like Superheroes too?  What do you & your family do to get excited about the release of a movie sequel?

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Captain America Shield Pizza Cups
refrigerated pizza dough
shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced mozzarella cheese
pizza sauce
pepperoni slices

Roll out the pizza dough & use a circle cookie cutter to cut out a crust for each cup
Cut out small stars in the mozzarella slices with a small star cookie cutter
Place the dough in bottom of the silicon baking cup
Spoon sauce on top of dough
Add some shredded mozzarella cheese
Top with a pepperoni slice (Repeat process if you want a double decker pizza cup)
Top the pepperoni with a mozzarella star cut out

Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes +/-
Let the pizza cups cool for a few minutes to let cheese solidify a little & then remove from the baking cups.
Eat & enjoy!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Monthly Calendar for Kids

Maggie's going to be starting Kindergarten next year & I wanted to start working with her more on her number least for numbers 1-31. :-)  We decided a calendar would be the best daily activity for her to work with.

I gathered my supplies & got to work!

-- white foam board
-- #'s 1 - 31 printed using a font that wasn't too crazy (so she'd be able to recognize them)
-- Month names printed
-- Days of week printed
-- washi tape
-- 1.5" circle cutter
-- velcro or removable mounting squares
-- plastic hangers for wall

Washi tape's been popular for quite a while now & I kept seeing/reading about everyone's love for it, but I had never worked with it.  Gotta say...I'm a fan!  I found a set on clearance at Target a while back & decided to use it for this project.

I cut out the numbers w/ a 1.5" circle cutter.  I cut each row of numbers leaving a little space under each number so it would fit centered into the cutter.  Turn the circle cutter upside down, remove the "catch tray" & place the numbers in facing the bottom.  This way, you can see if the numbers are centered & then you can cut the number out.

I ended up using Removable Clear Mounting Squares to hold each number because I couldn't find my velcro.  In testing out the removability....removableness (are these words?) of the numbers, I found I'll probably have to replace these squares with velcro.  While they hold really well & peel off with minimal effort, the mounting square come off the calendar with the number, so it'll be hard to store the unused numbers once a new month starts.

Here's Maggie with her finished calendar.  She's so proud to count from the beginning of the calendar everyday until she gets to the number she needs to add for the new day.  She'll be ready for Kindergarten in no time flat! :-)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter 2015

I suppose if I'm going to post about Good Friday & Crawfish then I sould actually post about Easter!

Izzy & Maggie were so excited to wake up & see their baskets full of Shopkins!  Beyond that, it was a movie for each of them, candy & a couple dollars each.  After they emptied their baskets, we got ready for church.

After mass, we went to the Watson's for a yummy brunch & an Easter egg hunt.

Egg hunt time!!!

Ready for round 2!  We went to my mom's for lunch & another Easter egg hunt.  My aunt, uncle & Memaw came, so it was nice to visit (& eat again) while the kids played.

Poor Maggie!  She was so excited from finding all her eggs, she slipped on the wet tile as soon as she walked onto the patio.  :-(

We had an amazing day with our families & I'm pretty sure we were full for days on all the eggs benedict, ham, deviled eggs, fruit, green beans & macaroni we ate!  :-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crawfish Boil 2015

Friday we had our annual Good Friday crawfish boil.  Bo went to HEB at 8am to get the crawfish but was sadly disappointed when he was told they had sold out at 6am!  Really?  Someone bought ALL the crawfish when you opened the door or you just didn't order enough or get any?  He left & went to Rose's Seafood in Kemah & was able to get the 70lbs we needed!

The kids always have so much fun watching the crawfish swim backwards, pinching each other & filling/emptying/refilling the cooler so they clean themselves out.  It was also neat to see them fairly still until you waved your hand over the cooler & then they'd start going crazy.  Izzy was even a bit braver this year & would grab them on her own.

Time to start cooking!  Maggie--always the helper.  She got that water filled & Bo started the boil.  Potatoes first, then corn, mushrooms & crawfish!

Let them eat bugs!  A crawfish boil is the only time you should ever "slap ya mama!"  Bo sprinkled it onto the top of the crawfish as it came out & needless to say, there was some sweating & mouth watering going on!

The kids had fun swimming & swinging...until Maggie's swing broke & her poor little fingers got sliced from holding the chain while she fell down.  Blood, tears, loose pieces of skin now held on by bandaids, she finally passed out from exhaustion while I was rocking her outside.  She was in my bed by 6:30pm, out for the night.

Once again, I tried a Pinterest idea & I feel I was only semi-successful.  While I knew what these cookies were, some needed an explanation.  If you fall into the latter category, these are supposed to be crawfish, potatoes & corn on the cob.  I tend to get lazy when I make lots of cookies, so I didn't do the antennae on the crawfish or shape the corn cobs very well.  Whatevs...I still thought they were cute. :-)

At the end of the night, I got busy shelling the leftover tails to use the meat in a different recipe.  Can you believe this was the amount of meat that came out of these shells?!

Is after midnight an appropriate time for a Good Friday crawfish boil to end?  Good, 'cuz that's what we did!  :-)  We had an amazing night with family & friends and can't wait to do it all again next year!