I got a bee in my bonnet and had another creative idea of things to do with the boys. This one involved melted chocolate and decorating with the icing a tube.
First, buy the chocolate that you melt and reshape. Of course, please use scissors to open the bag. I used my hands and, as is shown, it ripped right on down the seam of the bag and I had red candy all over the counter and the floor.
Melt the little chocolate pieces. Not too hard but you have to remember to use a pan full of water and place another pan (or bowl) on top. Don’t mix the chocolate with the water. This is bad. Right, Jen? Also, you can keep the heat on the water (keep it at just a rolling boil) to keep this stuff melted until you’ve used all of it or all that you’re going to use. Also, when done, scrape the leftovers until some wax or parchment paper and let them cool. These babies can be melted and reused several times over!
Fill the little shapes with the melted candy. Try not to touch the melted parts. It is extremely hot (or should be) and hurts bad enough to cause quite a few colorful words to come out of your mouth in the time it takes to get your finger from the hot to your mouth to suck on it like a petulant little child.
Not that I did that…. No. Not me. Never would I be so stupid …….
When they are cooled off (about 15-20 minutes in the refridgerator – don’t bother waiting for the ambient air in your home to cool them. it takes forever and you’ll die of old age first), pop them out and let the children eat them as is or give them the tools to decorate them. This actually means they will glob (yes, glob – Brendan learned that word yesterday and loves it now) the decorating icing all over it and then want to eat it. It was fun (despite owie finger) and I’m sure we’ll do it again. I’m thinking green or white.
The Nanny went to visit her mother last night and I let the boys have (*gasp*) soda for dinner (yes, I had some as well – I couldn’t resist) and we watched a movie while eating breakfast left overs. They had a great time but what they really wanted was to eat all of the pie I made.
Strawberry-Kool-Aid-Pie. I made it in honor of ex #1 heading back to work. He didn’t get a chance to taste it at Thanksgiving so I made it as a treat before he left for a month. He’s gone and won’t be back until the new year. The boys helped me work on finishing off the pie while watching the movie.
What movie? E.T, actually. Mark (ex #1) got the movie for the boys and we hadn’t found time to watch it while he was home. Now, I am really wishing we had. When it was all over, the boys were in tears, screaming and wailing at the top of their voices because E.T. left and they wanted him to come back.
I was beside myself. I couldn’t believe they had freaked out so terribly bad! Next time? Sappy movie when their daddy is home. Check!
Psst….. Fay? Remember that secret? Have you figured it out yet?
The Sewing/Family Room downstairs. It is where our one remaining television is at and it’s accumulated a bunch of stuff since I’ve been rearranging and getting rid of all the “extras” in my home. It also contains all of my sewing and quilting stuff. The goal is to get this cleaned up and rearranged so I can give Caiden his primary Christmas present. He has been asking (ever so nicely, of course) that he be allowed to set up his electric train set. I’ve not done it. If this room were put back together and all the remaining crap er… stuff were put away and/or given elsewhere, I could set it up for him down here.
The idea is to run yarn throughout the house on Christmas Eve (an idea I picked up from my parents long ago) and have it lead down here to his train set.
Jen and I started working on this today in between my sewing a bit and it’s looking good. Watch for the results. My goal is to finish it and have it ready for the train set by Monday. That’s the deadline. (Hint, Hint, Jen).
My fireplace room. I finally got the candle in the window – something I picked up from my mother years ago. We had to tape it in place since there’s no “ledge” to hold it on. I think it looks good.
I believe that’s it for now. Tonight, the boys have church so I’ll be able to get a lot more done while they are gone. For now, I’m outta here. I have my weekly 1 p.m. appointment to get ready for.
Have a great day!