- Gray-patterned (or desired) color paper – for hat
- Red (or desired color) paper – for strap across hat
- Stamp and ink of choice (I did ‘Merry Christmas’ in silver ink)
- Snowflake sticker, or other cute accent
- Clear baggie – I got mine at Walmart
- Cocoa – loose powder or a packet
- Mini Marshmallows
- Peppermints, Andies Candies, etc.
- Tape or glue
What’s your favorite Christmas Countdown?
Thanksgiving week – WOW!!! I know everyone says how the holidays creep up on them, but seriously, this is pretty ridiculous! Now, there’s probably many of you who already have a good idea what’s on your shopping list for gifts this year. I, on the other hand, am not sure what my kids really want. It’s definitely going to be a mellow year, that’s for sure – moving, buying a house and a puppy….nothing extravagant this year! I do want my kids to be able to ask for a few things on their mind, though, and figure having that done BEFORE the big sales this week would be wise. So here it is…a darling yet simple Christmas Wish List Printable, for your kids, friends, or even you!
You’ll want a turkey roasting bag and a flavor injector, as two not-everyday supplies. Make sure your turkey is thawed ahead of time!
Ingredients – Marinating
50 oz. Chicken Broth
1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper
1/4 cup Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Dried Onion
1 tbsp. Rosemary
1 tbsp. Thyme
1 tbsp. Parsley
Directions – Marinating
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, bringing just to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Find a baking pan that is VERY deep (at least 2 inches) and make a spot of it (placed on top of a baking sheet to catch splashes and keeping in mind the turkey will take up more height) in your fridge – this is easiest to get done now instead of moving stuff while handling the turkey. Not to mention more sanitary.
Remove the turkey from it’s package-wrap, and remove all the stuff inside the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey in cold water, then place in the baking pan. Pour the cooled marinade over the turkey, keeping it just a bit lower than the pan top. (this is why it’s on a baking sheet….it may splash a little).
Marinate for 12-24 hours, occasionally using a bulb baster to squeeze more of the marinade over the top of the turkey.
Ingredients – Ready to Roast
1/2 cup Butter, melted
2 tbsp. Sage
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
4 tsp. Garlic, minced
Directions – Ready to Roast
Preheat oven according to your turkey bag directions.
Remove the turkey from the baking pan. If this is the pan you’ll be using to cook the turkey in, wash it thoroughly and set aside.
Blend the above ingredients until smooth (may not be perfect, but try). Using a flavor injector, inject the Sage-Butter mixture all over the turkey. Rub any remaining mixture under the skin over the breasts, then all around the turkey so it’s well-saturated.
If desired: place produce such as apples, carrots, celery, onions and/or garlic cloves inside the turkey cavity.
Follow your turkey bag directions for placing your turkey in the bag (some have you insert flour first to coat the bag interior), and cut slits IF THE BAG DIRECTS YOU TO. Cook as directed, until turkey reaches at least 165 Degrees F in the center.
Remove from oven, cut away bag, and allow turkey to sit for 10-15 minutes to allow moisture, juices and flavor to even out. Enjoy your deliciously moist and flavorful turkey!!!
Note: If you’re using a roaster instead of an oven, double check that it can handle a turkey bag – I learned this the hard way and within seconds of putting the bag in, the plastic started melting to the sides. NOT FUN!
We did Sugar Rush Soda for the beverage. Simply buy a soda in bottles – such as IBC Rootbeer, or we did Crush Grape & Strawberry, since it matched our color scheme. Then we printed off simple labels with images or designs inspired by the movie, and tape them around the soda. I did two labels – One very simple, pink and blue, that say’s Sugar Rush’ then just has candy Canes and such. The other has Wreck it Ralph standing looking at the game Sugar Rush – remember after he crash lands? Ya, had to have an image of him SOMEWHERE!
Ok, I know this is one of the saddest looking cookie cakes ever – but we were trying to make it look like a kid-made, simple Hero Medal, like the one Vanellope made Ralph. So no fancy, professional decorating here -simple, yet cute.
Now, even though the cake wasn’t all that pretty – it tasted AMAZING! Like eating cookie dough, but being cooked. Love it! So I thought I should share the recipe for any other cookie-dough-lovers out there! Please note: This makes a BIG cookie! Like a large pizza kind of big!
16 tbsp. (2 sticks) Butter, melted
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Salt
2 Large Eggs
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 cups Chocolate Chips
Frosting for decorating – as desired
Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees F. If you have a pizza baking sheet, use that (circular works best, obviously), otherwise do your best with a normal baking sheet. Spray it or PREFERABLY – line with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients (except frosting) together until VERY WELL COMBINED. Using a mixer helps save the arm muscles, but it does work out fine.
Pour the batter onto your baking sheet and shape into a large circle, about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and edges are slightly browned.
Allow to cool completely. Decorate as desired – have fun!
First, we did this Sweet Bingo game, covered with lots of yummy goodies pictures. Of course, we used M&Ms as the playing pieces 😀
Remember in the movie when Vanellope made a medal for Ralph? Well, of course we had to have the girls make medals themselves! I just bought some cheap foam pieces – already in a heart shape – from Walmart. Saved me the hassle of cutting – woohoo! Punch two holes for some ribbon to make it wearable. Then just use markers or foam-paint, plus some ‘sweet’ sticker pieces so they can make it their own. Wonder Woman HAD to put Stink Brain on hers, of course, just like in the movie!
There was no way we could do a Sugar Rush party without making our own race cars – out of sweet treats, of course! We had a variety of goodies for them to use: Cookies, Smarties, Gummie Bears, Candy Dots, and Peppermints. Of course, make sure there’s LOTS of frosting (like Vanellope says: “A butt load of frosting”)!
Also, make sure you have a frosting writing tube, because “A work of art like this must be signed” – Vanellope
Okay, so I must say that we also did Diet Cola Mountain with ‘falling Mentos’ – but of course, it was so quick that I didn’t get any photos! A tip for when you do it, though – have a tube or something so that you can VERY QUICKLY pour ALL of the Mentos in. The second the first one hits, you’ll want to move, so if you can instantly get the whole tube in, the better it’ll be. The girls were laughing like CRAZY when we did this – I definitely recommend it!
My kids love Wreck it Ralph. My boys will run around with their toy hammer saying ‘Fix it, Felix’ then taking turns being Ralph ‘wrecking’ things. It’s actually really cute! Wonder Woman decided that instead of a ‘boy party like Wreck it Ralph’ (her words, not mine), she wanted a Sugar Rush party. Fun, right?! This was a blast to put together, and the ideas are limitless…it was hard to choose!
Today I’m sharing the decorations from the party – how we ‘set the mood’, you could say.
How cute is this ‘lollipop’ walkway? All the girls thought it was just fabulous when they arrived, and it really got them excited (aka Hyper)! It was SOOO easy, too! All I did was use some Candy Cane stick decorations I had (they’re like $1 each at Walmart), since Candy Cane also fit in our theme, then wrapped cellophane around a balloon and tied it to the stick. Poke it in the ground lining the path to the party – Woohoo! They’ll feel like they’re in Sugar Rush, or Candy Land, or whatever ‘sweet’ thing.
My mom is the genius behind this cute little display. She set out the party bags (again, cheap at Walmart – and even have ‘sweets’ on them already), hung streamers, and decorated with some of our crafts, food and random candies. It was darling, and also helped give it the Sugar Rush feel.
This was a bit more challenging, I admit. We bought a bunch of the cheap, colorful tablecloths at Walmart, and used duck tape (Flat paint doesn’t let it stick well, just FYI) to hang them in one center area. Then, gently drape it to a side wall/ceiling to create a canopy look. You could go in a full circle, but the half circle worked best for us. We added some cute balloons at the center to help cover the duck tape, then used streamers to hang some down as a ‘floating centerpiece’. Sugar Rush is colorful, so this fit right in!
Okay, I have to admit that I haven’t fully come to terms with the fact that Halloween is this week. I mean, SERIOUSLY! Where the heck did October go?!?! It seems like every year, once October hits time just FLIES until January. Agh!!! Anywho – here’s a fun, simple little Halloween craft that’s great for party favors, neighbor gifts, or even for trick-or-treaters (if you spend more time than I do – I just go straight from the bag, not even putting treats in the bowl). You’ll love this darling Witch Brooms, plus a treat is never bad, right?
Black stamp pad, or marker (or Brown, up to you)
Ribbon or thread
Embellishments, tag, etc. to decorate
Use the black stamp pad or marker to color the sucker sticks black. Or brown, if you so desire.
Take about 4-6 square pieces of tissue paper, fanning them out, then poke the sucker stick through the middle. Fold the tissue paper down and around the sucker part, to be the broom piece.
Use ribbon to tie the base of the stick, above the tissue paper, and along the bottom of the sucker. This really helps hold it in place, and give it the ‘broom’ look.
Then just primp it up with a cute card, tag, or embellishments like witch shoes or maybe a black cat. Use a fun saying like ‘We ‘Witch’ You a Happy Halloween’ or ‘Have a Be-Witching good Halloween’. Have fun with it!