Firecracker Suckers

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Who doesn’t love the 4th of July? Fireworks, barbeques, parades the list goes on. If you’re looking for a festive treat to share with friends and family look no further. These suckers will give your 4th of July party a little extra POP!

Ingredients:

  • Blue/red jolly ranchers
  • Blue/Red poprock candy
  • Sucker sticks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place jolly ranchers (one red one blue) side by side on baking sheet leaving enough room to insert the stick later. Place in oven for 5-10 min or until candy is softened. Take the bottom side of a glass cup and press down on candies until flattened. Insert sucker stick immediately and let cool until hardened. Once cool, remove suckers from the parchment. Fill a bowl with water and dip a sucker into it and then into the poprock candy. Place back on parchment paper until dry.

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Taco Tuesday and The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie came out today so you know what that means…MOVIE NIGHT! And what better dinner to go with our movie than Taco Tuesday (this is a movie reference for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. I’m not that random)! I used the crock pot because, well…for so many reasons, and it turned out great! So here’s what we had…

Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Tacos
Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 jar (24 oz) salsa (I used black bean and corn salsa)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
lettuce
cheddar cheese, shredded
sour cream
tortillas

Directions:

Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. Place chicken in crock pot. Pour salsa over chicken. Cover and cook on high 4-6 hrs, or until chicken is done. Take chicken out, shred it and return to crock pot so it can absorb the salsa.

We used the fixings I listed, but you could also add corn, avocado, and tomatoes….do your own thing, they’re tacos!!

P.S. I loved the movie! My kids wanted to watch it again as soon as it ended. I highly recommend it!

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Traditions: Movie Night!

My husband grew up in a movie-loving family. They’ve seen them all, they can quote them on demand, they just love them. And I think it’s genetic; my kids know every movie under the sun. I like to play to my family’s interests, so whenever a new movie is released we have a MOVIE NIGHT! (You have to say it in an exciting, fabulous way)

Now, just watching a movie isn’t really a tradition, at least not one worth writing about. I try to make it just little bit more special with food (food improves everything, right?). I’m not fancy in any way, and my themed party-throwing abilities are seriously lacking. That’s really Allie’s department. But I am mildly creative so we usually do some kind of treat or dinner to go along with the movie. For example, when watching Frozen, we would have ice cream for dessert. When we watched The Lego Movie, we did Taco Tuesday for dinner (you can read more about that here). The Sandlot…hot dogs. You get the point. Nothing over-the-top, just easy stuff that makes it more than just a movie.

We don our pajamas and round up every blanket in the house. We snuggle on the couch and enjoy the feature presentation. My kids look forward to our movie nights like they’re a holiday, and it makes for some pretty good family time!

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Advice for New Parents: Avoid Resentment

It’s been a week since coming home from the hospital with your new baby. The numbers on the clock are glowing a blurry 3:45 am. You’re feeding your hungry little bundle for the 5th time in one night. You sit in the dim light, your eyes bloodshot, your nipples cracked and practically falling off from trying to get the latch right. You’ve been awake now for 64 consecutive hours. Everything is quiet except for one thing: your baby daddy. He’s over on his side of the bed sawing logs, sleeping so peacefully. You don’t even remember what sleep feels like. Jealousy comes creeping in and you’re tempted to smother him with your pillow. He has no clue that you’ve already changed 3 wet diapers and 2 poopy ones and made note of it on your chart to report to your pediatrician. Instead of acting on your homicidal thoughts, you settle for a really hard kick to his thigh to get him to be quiet. It doesn’t work. In the morning, he’ll ask you how it went last night and you’ll have to resist the urge to punch him in the throat.

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Toffee Fudge Brownies

Fudge Toffee Brownies-Three Little Mommies

My cousin invited us over for dinner one Sunday and made us these yummy brownies for dessert.  So good!!  These taste even better after they have been sitting for a few hours, so they are perfect if you are having a party or guests coming over and don’t want to worry about making dessert and dirtying your kitchen.  Make them the night before!  They will be a huge hit!

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