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Party Time

Yesterday, we celebrated Jaden’s 6th birthday with our family. (His actual birthday is Tuesday.)

I tried my hardest to make the Lego cake. They made it look so nice and easy online, but in reality, that cake took me hours and hours to make and came out looking like a five-year old made it.

It looked pretty bad in person. The cake itself tasted good, it was just a lot harder to frost than I thought it would be. I am not a baker.

Oh well, I did make M&M blondies that I thought came out pretty delicious!

I used this recipe (I doubled it) that I found via Pinterest.

And thank goodness Marlene made the cupcakes for Jaden’s party today. I’ll leave all the cake baking up to her from now on! She made Minecraft cupcakes (a computer game the kids love) and they turned out awesome.

Jaden was very excited and can’t wait for his friends to see them.

Jaden had a fun time at his party and thank you to my family for helping him celebrate! The babies loved my brother-in-law, Billy.

Danny and I:

The rest of the evening was spent playing fun party games. The kids played Twister…

…and the adults played Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

You’re never too old for party games.

This afternoon we’re off to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate Jaden’s birthday with his friends from school. Have a great Sunday!

  • What’s your favorite party game?
  • Have you ever had a cooking/baking failure?
  • Favorite kind of cake?

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Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats

Yesterday, Jacob and I made Hershey Kiss pretzel treats.

Jacob has five teachers at middle school, so it’s kind of hard to buy them all a gift for the holidays. But at the same time, I think it’s very important to let teachers know they’re appreciated. I think being a teacher is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, jobs there is.

So, we decided to make Hershey Kiss pretzel treats and cookies for Jacob’s teachers along with a nice card.

I have never made these before, but my stepmom has made them before, and they always come out so delicious. The saltiness of the pretzels with the sweetness of the chocolate is the perfect combination. We used red and green M&Ms for Christmas colors.

Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Hershey kisses
  • pretzels (I used Synder’s regular snap pretzels.)
  • M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Count how many Hershey kisses you have and lay that number of pretzels on a baking sheet lined with foil. (We had about 70 kisses and made them in two batches). Place a Hershey kiss in the middle of each pretzel.
  3. Cook about 3-5 minutes so that the chocolate is soft but doesn’t lose its shape. For us, it took about four and half minutes.
  4. As soon as you take the pretzels out of the oven, push an M&M into the middle of each Hershey Kiss. Put in the fridge until cool.
  5. Eat one to make sure they’re delicious.

Today we’re going to make cookies!

Back Strength

I brought my niece home with me from my brother’s house yesterday, and she spent the night with us so my brother and sister-in-law wouldn’t have to worry about picking her up. My sister-in-law went back to work today, and Paul can’t be alone with my niece because he pretty much can’t move. At all.

You gotta love baby morning hair:

Hopefully, he’ll get something figured out soon or at least his back will start to feel a little better, but it’s pretty bad.

Seeing him in so much pain really made me think about how important it is to strengthen your back. Doing back exercises is a great way to strengthen your back to help prevent injury. Of course, not all back pain is 100% preventable, but strengthening your back can help to prevent future injuries.

My Aunt Pam pointed out to my brother that yoga can really help with back pain. I agree that yoga is great and even did a post on some of the benefits of yoga.

Besides yoga, strengthening your core is also a great way to help protect your lower back.

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 5 minutes

Yes, that’s right, my workout was 5 minutes this morning. I brought my niece to the kid’s room at the gym and went to the fitness room across from the kid’s room so that I could hear her if she cried. Well, she wanted nothing to do with the kid’s room and cried and cried, so I just took her home.

Jaden used to do the same thing when I took him to the gym when he was a baby. It took him a while to get used to it, and then he loved going. And the girls in the kid’s room at my old gym were so sweet – they even threw Jaden a party on hs birthday.

We’re expecting a big snowstorm tonight, and I have a feeling that school might me canceled tomorrow. I hope not, because I have so many fun things for Jaden’s holiday party. I even found green and red tortillas chips that I thought the kids would love.

Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you baking this weekend? All ready for Christmas?
  • Are you expecting snow? Love it or hate it?
  • Do you do back and core exercises?

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