Halloween Party: Girl Scout Style

Being a Girl Scout Leader has challenged me in so many ways. Not really a bad thing. Actually a good thing. These girls keep me excited for Fridays, and on my toes.

This Friday was no different! For those who don’t know, Halloween is also Founder’s Day. Juilette Gordon Low was born on Halloween, so every year, depending on what level you are in Girl Scout, we celebrate her birthday in different ways. Since it fell on a Monday, we celebrated it on the Friday w had a meeting.

I have a multi age group (5-12) so this posed an interesting dilemma. It got my creative juices going on how do we celebrate both. Well oddly enough, the girls voted on “make up/special effects” for their ‘make your own badge’.

Now, you have to add on the diet restrictions in our troop too. I have two girls who are vegetarian, and four who are Jewish. Them having this party got you guys a blog!

 

We move to my zombie punch. Recreating my punch bowl from last year, I wanted to do have to same effect, but jazz up the punch. Problem: gummy worms are made from gelatin. Regular gelatin isn’t vegetarian or kosher. I racked my brain, and even posted on the facebook page about it. Then I see this at the store…..

Say Whaaaaa?????

A gelatin free dessert! I was having a “aaaaahhhhh” moment. You know the ones you see in cartoons with the light bulb. I never knew that was possible. I bought 4. 2 for the party, and 2 for my house!

The wheels were turning for sure. Of course I trolled the hell out of pinterest. I can’t take credit for everything! One idea that stuck with me was the snacks. Each snack I selected was made into monster body parts.

Jack o Lantern Quesadillas

These were easy to make. I called my coleader, and her friend over to help me prep. That hardest part was the cutting the shapes, which says a lot. Add cheese, broil for 8 minutes, and tada!

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Witches warts, Pumpkin Poo, Monster Scabs, and Spider Eggs

Peeps! This was the easiest part! Cups were filled with grapes(spider eggs), chocolate chips with cinnamon toast crunch(witch’s warts with monster scabs) and cheese puffs(pumpkin poo). 16 each, pre-made the night before.

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Zombie Punch

Now, we had a malfunction, because what party doesn’t? It was ok, we made it work. I made the hand out of the jello and froze it. The punch itself was green juice and lemon lime soda. I had another bowl house the dry ice. It give the spooky illusion of a witches brew. The girls loved it!

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Price is Right: Halloween Edition

We got this foam board to decorate. Cups were filled with candy, expect for four. Each one of those had $5 gc to jamba juice. If you remember the wall punch game from price as right, people won money from the wall after punching in the tissue paper. Same concept, but everyone won at least candy. Hot gluing the cups to the board, we filled the cups with candy and topped them with tissue paper. Once done, it formed a pumpkin. The girls loved the game!

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As we set up for the party, the most expensive things were the supplies for the make up craft. Now I know why the entertainment industry is rich! As for the food, you can get everything from the dollar store, walmart, and things around your home.

Another Halloween in the books! I apologize for this post being so late, I’ve been so busy, but things are winding down a bit, so enjoy the post coming in!

~CSM~

New News!

We are getting close to the livestream!

Saturday, we are making cocktails, and food for a halloween extravagaza! Now, we are also going to talk about some creative ways to get into the holiday spirit of things, and introduce some product links.

Today, I launched one early, and wanted to share that with you! Say wha?????

If you remember, I tried creating a store to sell things for us to unify as our movement. I didn’t like the prices though. I sat on the idea for a while, and tried to figure out what I wanted for you guys. I wanted it to be a reflection of us, and go along with other products I’m working on. I finally found a solution, and I have to say, I’m really happy with this one.

The launch of these t-shirts and hoodies are available on the facebook page. I used teespring, so it’s only for a limited amount of time, but the prices were awesome, and I chose a ton of colors!

Those are the links to the clothing we have so far. I’m working on other things as fast as I can, and as soon as I have them, I’ll pass them along to you!

With that said, remember, Saturday, 8:30 PST, October 17th. Be on you tube or periscope so you can chime in, ask questions, and see the awesome stuff that is the Common Sense Movement!

Tasty Tuesday pt 2: I needed a dessert!

Just as much as I love to experiment with cooking and bartending, I love to experiment with baking. I came up with this idea because honestly, I didn’t want to peel apples to make an apple pie.

It’s amazing how just watching tv and wondering if I combined different foods would turn out.

It started because of my sweet tooth, and my daughter loves cinnamon buns or honey buns. Buying them premade can get pricey with her and my sweet tooth. I then began to crave apple pie with ice cream, but again, I didn’t feel like peeling apples.

Why not combine the two? Say wha?

That’s what ya girl did!

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I made caramel apple cinnamon buns! The hell bout a damned diet! LOL. They came out awesome! Add some ice cream or whipped cream, and you officially have the itis you guys! Funny thing is it was so easy to do!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Buns

2 pillsbury dough sheets
1 jar of cinnamon applesauce
ground cinnamon
sugar
caramel sauce

1. Preheat oven @ 350 degrees.
2. Roll out cresent dough on counter. Try to stretch out dough without tearing.
3. Spread out applesauce on the dough.
4. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top of applesauce. If you have cinnamon sugar premixed, this can be used as well.
5. Roll up the dough. Slice dough, an place into a greased pan. One roll should get 4-5 buns.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Drizzle the caramel sauce after pulling buns out of oven. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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I shall now pass out from an awesome dinner and dessert. Enjoy!

~CSM~

Friday Family Lab Part 2: Gift bags, going home, and a simple dinner.

We are int he morning, and it’s still quiet. Now, when I say things didn’t go as planned, what I meant was I didn’t get the bags done in time, and out of 13 girls, 8 showed, but one stayed the night.

Again, she loved her party period, so I didn’t care, but now, I have to figure out a way to give out the gift bags I made. LOL. Shall be interesting.

Here’s the list I made for the gift bags.

Lip gloss
Rice krispie treat
pencil
temp tattoo
frozen play dough
Candy
How to build a snowman
Frozen pond candy

Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Really simple.

I started at party city, where I got the candy, tattoos, and pencils. From there my wheels got the turning and I figured out the rest.

Lip gloss is so easy to make. Get a microwavable container, and put vasoline into the container. Heat up for a minute or until it’s soft enough to stir. Add whatever shade of lip stick you choose, and mix. I bought mini horderve cups, and put the lip gloss in there. once it’s cool, put into a sandwich baggie, and tie it off with a ribbon.

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The treats were so much fun! I made the treats as directed, and added food coloring to make it different colors. Put those in baggies, and added a sticker.

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The play dough was interesting, because I never made homemade play dough, and loved how it came out. Just mix the recipe, cook on medium heat for a minute or two until it’s not gooey anymore. Remove and let cool. Bagged those, and added to the bag.

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2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp oil
4 tsp cream of tartar
food coloring or kool aid(better smell)
glitter
pot or pan
spatula

I doubled the recipe for the two colors.

The frozen pond candy was fun! Never made this either, but this may become a staple in this house on certain holidays. I highly suggest you invest in a candy thermometer. Definitely will help in this process.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a pot on low heat stirring often. Use the thermometer to get the candy up to 300 degrees or hard crack stage. Once to that temperature, remove from heat. Add food coloring and extract. Stir. I used a disposable pan sprayed with cooking spray. I let it cool in the refrigerator. Once cool, I used a hammer to break into pieces. That was fun! Bagged that up, and in the fun bag it went.

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Frozen Pond Candy

3 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup water
food coloring
flavored extract
candy thermomemter*

Lastly in the build a snowman kit. Real easy. in a sandwich bag put three large marshmellows, four preztel sticks, and three mini chocolate chips. They can build those at home, and eat them later!

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Decorate the outside of the bag, and you’re good to go!

Since I planned a big breakfast and no one stayed, I decided to make it for dinner! Strawberry french toast and omelets. I bought two loaves of texes toast, and have a ton of strawberries left over, and three cartons of eggs. More for us!

Hope you enjoyed the Friday Family Labs! Turned out to be two parts but hey who cares! Until next Friday!

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~CSM~

Friday Family Lab Part 1: Party time Frozen Style!

Now before I get into the party, I want to say everything didn’t go as planned, but Ms. Hyperdiva loved her party! When I laid down to go to sleep, I grinned, because that’s all that really mattered to me.

Going into this three weeks ago, I never watched frozen, because it never really interested me. I’m a 80s kids, so I grew up with Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and stuff like that. When Disney dominated the cartoon movie circuit.

Ms. Hyperdiva, she loved this movie, and I couldn’t refuse a Frozen themed slumber party. It was the last year of innocence(as least in our family’s gene pool), so why not go out with a bang!

As any parent knows, you plan the food, snacks, and gift bags. Pinterest became my BFF. I also enlisted the help of my good friend KJ to make her cake. I give that woman all kinds of credit. If you want her info, and your local in my area, let me know, she does some excellent work as you’ll see in a few.

I first figured out the food. I knew these were 10 year olds, and they weren’t trying to have a dinner party. They were trying to do finger foods, and easy stuff.

I heard them.

Common Sense Mommy to the rescue!

I came up with this menu:

Pizza Rolls
Olaf’s Nose and Melted Snow/Grass
Snowmen
Defrosted Hearts
Chips
Elsa’s Power Potion
Elsa cake
Melted Olaf

It came out awesome! I have gift bags to give out as well, but was mainly concerned with the food coming out ok. The recipes are really easy. The cake wasn’t my creation, because my skill in baking isn’t that awesome. Maybe one day, but one rule in being a common sense parent/guardian: know when to ask for help.

The pizza rolls were every simple. I used cresent rolls. Stretch them a little bit, and then build. I used spaghetti sauce for the sauce, cheese, and turkey pepperoni. Rolled them up, and baked them for 10-15 minutes at 375.

Olaf’s nose and melted snow/grass was baby carrots and dill dip. Served in a bowl. Boom done.

Snowmen was bananas cut in half, and pressed mini chocolate chips into the bananas, and covered lightly in caramel sauce.

Defrosted hearts were big strawberries drizzled in caramel sauce.

(Now the plan was to dip the strawberries and bananas in white chocolate, but my white chocolate copped an attitude, and didn’t work, so I improvized and made something different. Girls didn’t care, they loved it just the same.)

Elsa’s power potion was really, really, really easy! It’s mountain dew with ice, and 10-12 blue food coloring drops. Cool thing about this is mountain dew glows in the dark with a black light, so the girls got to see Elsa’s power potion glow in the dark! If you want to do this use mountain dew or tonic water, but I knew 10 year olds weren’t drinking tonic water.

Melted Olaf was easy. Cream of Coconut, apple orange pineapple juice, and ice. Blend in the blender and serve. Story was Olaf wanted to come to the party, but since Ms Hyperdiva was born in May, he melted on the way here. So we remembered him in the best way we can…….until next winter.

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The girls loved it, and the decor. They are still passed out downstairs because they did a last night movie/gossip night, and I’m letting them sleep. We have Ms. Hyperdiva’s bridging ceremony this afternoon, and then finally a break.

I wanted to share this with you because even though you see the creations on pinterest or social media, it’s not hard to create a birthday party theme. Just a little planning, help, and creativity, you can pull this off! Now off to clean up…….Enjoy the first part to the lab. Next will be the gift bags.

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~CSM~

Infused Liquor Recipes

As I promised today, here are the measurements of each infused liquor.

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7 flavored Pound Cake Vodka

1 pint mason jar
1 bottle vodka or pinnacle whipped vodka
1.5 or 2 slices 7 flavored pound cake

Triple Berry Threat Rum

1/3 cup strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
1 bottle rum

Honey Cinnamon Whiskey

1 cup honey
2-3 dashes of ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle whiskey

Note: if you use cinnamon sticks, just put it in with the whiskey instead of with the honey.

Like I said, you can use these or make up your own flavors. I want to try herbs next and see what happens! Let us know what you try! Take pictures and show us what you do in that lab of yours!

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Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner

Peeps!

Here’s the magic stuff! LOL

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Honey Lavender Shampoo

1/2 cup honey
1 part lavender liquid castile lavender soap
1 tbsp liquid aloe vera
5 drops french lavender oil
water

Honey Orange Almond Shampoo

1/2 honey
1 part almond liquid castile soap
1 tbsp liquid aloe vera
7 drops orange oil
water

Honey Orange Banana Conditioner

1/4 honey
1/4 plain yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp aloe vera
1 tbsp coconut oil
7 drops orange oil
1 banana
water

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Note: I used my bruised bananas for the recipe. You can use fresh ones as well, but at least this way, your bananas don’t go to waste. Also store the conditioner in the refrigerator or it will mold.

The castile bottles are huge, so you can get about five uses out of the recipes before you have to go to the store.

Cost for the project: 55.00. That’s 11.00/month for us. If you have more people, adjust as needed. Even if so, it worked beautifully on our hair, and since we have dry scalp issues, we haven’t had the issues of scatching of flaking either! I’m so excited! Try it out peeps! They have different liquid castile soaps to buy, and tons of oils to add to the mix.Let me know what you choose!

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