What Exactly Does A Dapper Snapper Do?

Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

That’s a good question…What exactly does a Dapper Snapper do? Or should we say, what does it do, that other belts don’t do?

We all know what a belt does, but a Dapper Snapper isn’t your average, old school belt. It’s a belt (half belt) specifically designed for babies and traveling toddlers. The Dapper Snapper fits on the back of your toddlers pants, shorts, swimsuits or skirts, even if they don’t have belt-loops, and it keeps their pants up, so you don’t have to chase after them and keep adjusting, pulling them back up, practically lifting their little feet off the ground. :) (Admit it, you’ve done this, we’ve all done this).

Take a look:

Here’s an “ADORABLE” little boy who could really use a Dapper Snapper…

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He’s just doing his job, being cute…totally oblivious to the fact that he could be walking around in a stylish Dapper Snapper with his pants in check.

Here’s another picture of the same adorable boy, he’s about to be walking around in his skivvies…

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He’s too cute to lose his drawers. Now let’s take a look at what it looks like when a Dapper Snapper is worn…

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Join with us and chant “No More Droopy Drawers”! Unless you’re after the extra calories burned from chasing after the little ones, just to catch them to pull their britches up endlessly. :) I love calorie burning, but seriously, Let them play, let them be free, well….as free as they can be with our eyes on them. Join the Dapper Snapper revolution and say “No More Droopy Drawers”! #NoMoreDroopyDrawers

If you’re joining us and you have yet to get your Dapper Snappers…you can grab one, or ten… ;)  Click here!

*The top two adorable images are courtesy of the talented “Hannah Sons Photography”! You can check out her Facebook page here: facebook.com/HannahSonsPhotography

Thanks for reading and have a Dapper Day!

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Pecan-Crusted Pork with Pumpkin Butter

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

This recipe has a ton of great reviews on AllRecipes.com not to mention that mouth-watering photo!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree 3/4 cup apple juicepork-a
  • Mott’s Apple Juice 100%, Original
  • 3/4 cup sugar 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 (1/2 inch thick) boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying

Prep - 15 min.     Cook - 15 min.     Ready In - 30 min.

Directions:

  1. Whisk together pumpkin puree, apple juice, sugar, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon in a saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the mixture has reached the consistency of applesauce. About 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pulse pecans and bread crumbs in a food processor until the pecans are finely chopped. Pour into a shallow dish, and press pork chops into the mixture to coat.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add breaded pork chops and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve the pork chops with a dollop of pumpkin butter.

Enjoy!

Image and recipe courtesy of the always awesome AllRecipes.com!

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Perfect Pumpkin Seeds (step by step)

Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

Obviously having a pumpkin on your doorstep this time of year is a Fall staple, but don’t throw out those seeds, if you do you’ll be seriously missing out on a delicious and healthy treat!

Directions:

#1. Clean your pumpkin seeds well: You really want to wash them well and discard of any and all pumpkin fibers. Over the years, I’ve had a time or two when I didn’t clean the seeds well enough and they really don’t turn out as well. So, grab your colander (I like the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander) and clean them…and then clean them again.

#2. Keep a watch on them when they are baking: You might want to set a timer for 10 minutes. This way, it will alert you when to move the pumpkin seeds around on the baking sheet. Repeat this every 10 minutes until they are done. If you’re not adamant about the timer, they can easily burn.

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If you are new to roasting pumpkin seeds, you might be wondering just how to eat them. If they are nicely roasted, I like to eat them whole, as does most people. If you wish, you can also eat them how you would eat a sunflower seed, by cracking the shell open slightly with your teeth, eating the seed, and discarding the shell.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Seeds from 2 large pumpkins
  • ½ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Scrape out and remove seeds from your two pumpkins. Wash and clean your seeds from your pumpkin, making sure you remove any unwanted pumpkin rinds or deformed seeds. Wash in a colander and once again remove any unwanted items.
  3. Soak the clean seeds in a bowl full of water for ½ hour on kitchen counter or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the seeds, discarding the water.
  4. Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt (enough water so that it will cover the seeds). Bring the water to a boil. Place seeds into the boiling water and boil gently for about 10 minutes. This helps cook the insides of your pumpkin seeds so when you go to roast them you will get perfect pumpkins seeds crunch insuring the insides are cooked.
  5. Turn off the heat and drain the seeds and place back into your empty bowl. Toss seeds with olive oil. Lay out seeds in thin layer onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Place in oven and move and turn the seeds over about every 10 minutes, making sure they are not burning. Seeds are done after about 40 minutes or when they become firmer and are no longer soft. You do not want dark spots on your seeds, you want them to be a darker yellow. Season with additional salt if desired. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Place into a clean mason jar.

Enjoy!

 

This recipe, instructions and images are courtesy of homecookingmemories.com

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Fall Crafts For Kids – “Tree Art”

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

This is a great craft for kids of all ages…just keep an eye on the smaller ones who may be tempted to put the buttons in their mouth.

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What you will need: 

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Begin by painting a bare tree on your canvas.
  2. Collect your buttons and put them into a large pile. This step can also serve as a fantastic lesson about sorting by shape, size and color for younger children.
  3. Use a small amount of Tacky Glue to attach the buttons to the canvas. button-art-tree-canvas
  4. Continue adding buttons until you are satisfied with the way it looks. You can even choose to layer buttons upon buttons for extra dimension! Allow glue to dry thoroughly before hanging.

 

Have fun with this, spend quality time with your kids, and when you’re finished, you’ll have an excellent piece of art to add to your Fall decor!

This craft, images and information are all courtesy of simplydesigning.porch.com

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagna (This screams Fall)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

I don’t know about you…but this is something that needs to be in my life. Now.

Ingredients:

  • 10 graham crackers, crushedsquare-1468861307-delish-pin-pumpkincheesecakelasagna
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. + 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 c. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 c. milk
  • 3 small packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 c. jarred caramel sauce
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar together and press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 11 glass baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add in 2 cups heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. In another medium bowl, beat milk, pudding mix, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice until well-mixed and thick. (Start with 1 1/2 cups milk and beat until it’s the consistency of a pudding—if it’s too thick, continue to add the rest of the milk.)
  4. Finally, in small mixing bowl, beat remaining heavy cream with powdered sugar until it forms soft peaks.
  5. Layer lasagna: Pour 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture over the graham crust, then top with 1/3 of the pumpkin mixture. Drizzle 2 tbsps. caramel sauce on the pumpkin. Repeat two more times. Before the final drizzle of caramel, top the last pumpkin layer with whipped cream, then finish with a final drizzle of caramel. Allow lasagna to chill in refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

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Geesh, my mouth is watering… enjoy this one responsibly!

This mind-boggling, Lip-drooling recipe is courtesy of www.delish.com (images too)

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Everyday Chores for Toddlers & Kids

Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

If your children aren’t pitching in, they should be! Not only does it help lighten your load, but it gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Here’s a list of chores for kids, by age.

Everyday Chores for Toddlers and Preschoolers:  

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  • Help make the bed, until they are able to do it and then make it on their own.
  • Pick up their room, keeping it tidy.
  • Take laundry to the hamper or laundry room.
  • Help feed pets.
  • Dusting their space and helping with dusting other spaces.

Everyday chores for children ages 5 to 10 years-old:

  • All of the above
  • Clear and set the table.
  • Help out in cooking and preparing food.
  • Helping with shopping and putting away groceries.
  • Gather dirty towels in bathrooms.
  • Dust living room.
  • Dust family room.
  • Dust dining room.
  • Dust bedrooms.
  • Dust family room.

Everyday Chores for Preteens Ages 10 to 12:

  • All of the above.
  • Vacuum living room.
  • Vacuum hallway.
  • Vacuum bedrooms.
  • Vacuum stairs.  cleaning-268126_640
  • Vacuum family room.
  • Vacuum dining room.
  • Put away misplaced items in the family room.
  • Wipe baseboards in the living room (all common rooms).
  • Feed the pet.
  • Walk the pet or clean litter.
  • Clean out the pet cage.
  • Wash the pet or pet’s things.
  • Fold and put away laundry.
  • Load dishwasher.
  • Empty the dishwasher and put away the dishes.
  • Straighten closets.
  • Straighten shoe racks.
  • Help washing the car, inside and out.

For more chore lists including “everyday Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+” – click here

The list and information are courtesy of  successful-parenting.com

Images are courtesy of Pixabay.com (top image – Myriams-Fotos), (Bottom image – jarmoluk)

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Spicy Creamed Corn – Fall Recipe!

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 01:09 PM
posted by mrscaz

This is a perfect Fall recipe to add to your collection…Spicy Creamed Corn. The kids will love this…

Ingredients: corn

  • 1 16 ounce bag frozen corn
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roast corn in pan, stirring, 25 minutes.
  3. Cook jalapeño and shallot in butter over medium heat, 3 minutes.
  4. Add cream and corn; cook, 3 minutes. Season.

 

Serves 4 – Enjoy.

Recipe and image courtesy of www.rachaelraymag.com

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Fall Crafts For Mom (or Dad)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

Fall garland

Drape this garland indoors or out. Twist eye hooks into the tops of corn cobs, then string the corn along a piece of sturdy twine, alternating cobs with husks looped over the twine and glued together.

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Nature’s artistry wreath

Embellish a square store-bought magnolia wreath with color-coordinated real and faux materials, including twigs, seedpods, nuts, berries, wheat and leaves.

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Two shades of gold

A wheat wreath reflects your Midwest heritage. Insert dried sheaves into a foam wreath form, then dress up your wreath by slipping the stems of golden maple leaves into the spaces between wheat heads. Use leaves sparingly for the best effect.

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How to Make Easy Pumpkin Torcheres

With a handful of garden stakes and some simple hardware, you can transform palm-size pumpkins into a bouquet of magical torches in minutes!

Click here!

Images, video and content courtesy of www.midwestliving.com
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Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats

Monday, September 5, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

Chocolate-dipped candy corn rice crispy treats are a great crafty treat that you can make with your kids and also create some memories at the same time! Let them get their hands dirty and help out with this yummy treat! candy-corn-treats-2

Ingredients:

  • 6 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 6 cup mini marshmallows
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • orange gel coloring
  • dark chocolate candy coating
  • white chocolate candy coating

 

Servings: 4

 

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the mini marshmallows and stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted. Stir in a few drops of orange coloring and remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Mix in the cereal, being sure to stir until well coated. Press the treats into a buttered 11×13″ baking dish to set.
  4. Once the treats have set, cut them into triangles and use your hand to gently round the corners for a more realistic look.
  5. Melt the candy coating according to the package instructions. Set out a silicone baking mat or wax paper.
  6. Dip the base of your treat triangle into the dark chocolate, shaking off the excess, then dip the top into the white candy coating. Place the treat on your mat to set.
  7. Once the chocolate has set, store the treats at room temperature in an airtight container up to three days.

Recipe, image and video are all courtesy of pintsizedtreasures.com

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A Fun Fall Craft For Kids!

Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s almost that time! Why not be ahead of the game?! Here’s a Fun Fall Craft that you can do with the kiddies!

Mason Jar Fall Luminaries Craft

Materials:

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      • Mason Jars (ours are from the Dollar store)
      • Mod Podge
      • Fall colored Tissue Paper ripped into pieces
      • Brown Construction paper
      • Paint Brush
      • Candle

Instructions:

        1. Paint one area at a time with Mod Podge.
        2.  Add the tissue paper before the Mod Podge dries.
        3. Use brown construction paper for the trees.
        4. The final step was to go over all the loose ends of tissue paper that were sticking up and put a top coat of Mod Podge over it all.
        5. Once it has completely dried you can place a battery operated candle or tea-light in the jar and sit back and enjoy the beautiful Fall glow!

Craft, information and image courtesy of whereimaginationgrows.com

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