Curly Crafty Mom: March 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our 7 Year Anniversary Celebration! :o)-

Last night, my parents were kind enough to watch the kids at our house while Jeremi and I got to go out on our actual anniversary night. Where did we go? Do you need to ask? The Melting Pot! We love this place, its romantic, cozy and great food!



Here is a picture that the waiter took of us at our table



Jeremi with a glass of wine (Piesporter-- I had a glass later on, too!)



My martini



Here is a closeup of my drink, I got the yin yang martini- it was SO good, very icecreamy like and it went down really good! Ha!!

We are SO full after the Melting Pot, so we went and saw Bounty Hunter, which was quite humorous! What a great anniversary!! I cannot believe it has been 7 years already, and we have known each other for a decade! :o)- I am so blessed to have such a wonderful hubby! :o)- Our next date night won't be until MAY! We are going to go to the City Museum at night and explore it with flash lights! Should be a hoot!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter party at the Teacher's Lounge

There is a store near our house called the Teacher's Lounge... I heart this store, and I take Nathan there for their story time every chance I get. Today we lucked out because they were having an Easter party during their story time!


First the kids got to color and look at how much Nathan colored on his sheet. He has really gotten into crayons lately, which is great, because he used to hate to color!



Then they started on their craft which was a bunny sack that they used for the egg hunt in the store. Nathan wanted a 'boy' bunny so he colored the bow blue.



Nathan putting the ears and face on his bunny sack





Nathan with his cute bunny sack... they always do the CUTEST crafts at this place!

Then the teacher read the kids a few Easter stories.




Nathan during the egg hunt. The teacher told the kids that they had to find 3 eggs in 3 different colors. Nathan found an orange, pink and green egg.



Nathan opened his eggs and got playdough, a plastic horse, a sheet of Easter stickers and a bag of M&M's. He was so excited!

What a fun time! And, tonight Jeremi and I get a DATE NIGHT for our 7 year anniversary! We are going to the Melting Pot and to a movie! Yayyyyyyyy!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Crabby Patties

I am starting to plan Nathan's 4th birthday party, and the theme is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. I have been researching food options, and since Spongebob makes crabby patties (hamburgers) at his work, I thought burgers would be a great option! I found this really neat recipe on Allrecipes.com and basically they are mini burgers that you bake in your oven. Even though the recipe already has 5 stars, I wanted to try it out ahead of time before the party to test it out. Well, today I made them for lunch and they were DELICIOUS!!! So, I am hoping to make them on the party day!



The ingredients (sans hamburger meat)



First you cook the hamburger meat with a packet of onion soup mix



Then you mix half a cup of mayo and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese into the hamburger mixture.



Spread hamburger mixture on the bottom of each dollar roll


Bake for 30 minutes



And, yum! They were really good! I wish this picture showed the hamburgers better, but these were very tasty!

Here is the recipe:

Slider-Style Mini Burgers


2 pounds ground chuck
1 (1.25 ounce) envelope onion soup mix... See More
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
24 dinner rolls, split


1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

2.Mix together the ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until browned. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and Cheddar cheese into the ground beef mixture.

3.Lay the bottoms of the dinner rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.

4.Bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes.

2010 Dyed Eggs


Today was a rainy day so I decided this would be a perfect day to dye eggs with the kids. Nathan was so excited to dye eggs with Spongebob and Autumn was just excited to be messy!



Here is Nathan ready to color his eggs!



We let Autumn take an egg, but she wanted the entire container!



Autumn had so much fun putting her egg in the dye and taking it out.



But, at some point she spilled her dye and it got ALL over the chair and floor. Ohhh, what a mess! But, look at her little pink stained hands! Aww!! (They are still pink, I couldn't get the dye off!)



Nathan had fun dying eggs, too! And, he did not spill a drop of dye! (Mr. Clean!)



Spongebob Squarepants!!!!



Autumn had fun balancing her egg on top of her cup



What a happy girl!



Autumn had a little bit of a problem with one of her eggs though... it lost its yolk.



After a little bit of work...



she got her egg back together again. Then proceeded to take it apart, put it together, take it apart, etc., etc. over and over again...



Daddy even had fun dying eggs!



Nathan was so independent, he did a great job!





Stickers!



Nathan can't wait for his eggs to dry, so he can put them in their Spongebob cardboard holders.



Nathan enjoying his egg.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Purina Farms, Washington, MO and Taxes!

We decided to go to Purina Farms today instead of on Sunday, because the forecast said Saturday would be 65 and Sunny and Sunday would be all day rain. Well, I guess the weather can change because it was COLD!! But, we still had fun on our day at Purina Farms. I haven't been to Purina Farms since I was really little, and all I remembered about it was the cat mansion! Well, we saw the cat mansion and much, much more... it was a great day!



There was a lot to do in Purina Farms... first we walked through the building and Nathan had fun turning this wheel to mix the ingredients for the food.



Next we headed to the barn... They have several tables set up with corn and trucks, a boys paradise!



Surprisingly enough, Autumn did not try to eat the corn.



Me and my baby girl!



This picture cracks me up, and, I have no idea why we brought the stroller, because once I took Autumn out of it, there was NO way she would go back in!



Nathan in the hay






We went over to the petting area, and OH MY GOSH the baby pigs were sooo adorable. These two were sleeping and their little mouths were so cute making little piggy sleeping noises... oh, maybe Jeremi will let me get a little pig... ;o)-






Nathan and Autumn looking for the kitty cat



Autumn just loved the baby ducks






Nathan got to pet a baby chicklet. My coworker from work warned me about the 'scary old lady bunny costumes' that she saw at Purina when she went... ummm, yeah, they were a tad odd. You can see part of the bunny ears they have on in this picture- I did hide a little bit of a laugh when I saw the workers in these outfits!



They had a white bunny running back and forth on a row of hay. So cute!



They also let the kids milk the cows, we passed on that one, because... Nathan doesn't like to get messy, and... well, I just thought I'd save him from the experience. ha :) Maybe next time.






It was hard to get it all in one shot, but here are a couple of photos of the kitty cat mansion









Next we went to the outdoor dog show, and let me tell ya, it was cold!! They had the dogs jumping into a pool to catch a Frisbee, and all I can say is BRRRR!!! They told us that the pool was heated, but still, it'd be freezing to get out of there!



Since it was SO cold, we passed on the hay ride and ventured back to the car to search for a place to eat. Since Washington, MO was only one exit down from Gray Summit, MO (where Purina Farms is located), we decided to eat lunch in Washington.



I used to work in Washington, MO, which is about 50 minutes outside of St. Louis... It was quite the experience to work there because it is a small German town, a town where most of the woman enjoyed hunting and it is also home of... DAIRY DELIGHT! I must say, if you are EVER in Washington, MO, check out Dairy Delight! Yum, yum, yum! Jeremi was teasing me telling me it was just another Dairy Queen, but it isn't... Dairy Delight is so, so much more... of course, Jeremi is now a Dairy Delight fan, too! Ha! Because its so good!



So, what I learned on our trip to Washington, MO? When you get off of the Washington exit, you turn right onto Highway 100, which is Manchester, and you drive 10 miles on 100 to hit Washington. Well, I was so excited to see that they are EXPANDING Highway 100 so that it is more then 2 lanes! When I used to work out in Washington, MO, I hated the drive on 100, so its excites me to see that they are finally expanding it. I must also add that I killed my first and ever animal on this road, a poor raccoon! So, yes, this road makes me nervous, especially at night and thank goodness they are expanding it and hopefully they will add a middle barrier wall to prevent head on collisions.

I also noticed that Wal-Mart moved across the street and is now a Super Center! At first I thought I was going crazy, because it has been 7 years since I've been to Washington for a visit, but, surely I knew what side of the road Wal-Mart was on... well, thankfully, I wasn't going crazy and they had just built a new Super Center on the other side of the road.



On our way back to Highway 44, I just had to take a picture of where Manchester DEAD ENDS going West. Yep, there it is, the end of Manchester... Exciting stuff, isn't it?


On our way home, both kids fell asleep in the car, so Jeremi took me to ToysRUs, and he stayed in the parking lot with the kids while they snoozed, and I went into the store to look for a gift that my Mom wanted to get Nathan. Well, I found it and I am SO excited. It is a Hot Wheels machanic shop... basically it comes with half of a car, and Nathan will be able to take both the tires off, the nuts, etc. and can also work on the engine with tools. It has a steering wheel and digital screen. Nathan loves to play mechanic so he will LOVE this car! It was $70, can you believe that? Ouch!! But it is pretty big so I think he will really enjoy it. Thank you Grandma. Of course, it isn't his birthday yet!



Then, once we got home, Uncle Jeff came over to do our taxes!! Thank you Jeff! And, how come the kids cooperate and look at the camera when I take a picture of them with Jeff, but they never cooperate when I take a picture of them with me or Jeremi? Hmmm. Little rascals.
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