Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:

Recipes


And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:

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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle Oreo Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen

Belle Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  • 12 regular Oreo cookies
  • 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  • 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  • Wilton white icing gel
  • White sugar pearls

Instructions

  1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  13. ENJOY!
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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz

Enjoy!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

Race Track Cupcakes

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As you well know by now, Des is a car guy! Scarlet was a bit of a car girl, and I even remember being four-years-old and being THRILLED that my friend Jeremiah gave me a Dukes of Hazzards gift set. He was bashful, maybe because he was late to the party, or maybe because he gave me the gift from behind his back – amid a sea of dolls and pink toys from other kids – but I LOVED it. Really, I think my parents still have it in their basement. So I love to feed Des’ love. I don’t remember four well.


So it’s extra amazing to watch it unfold.

Cassidy helped build this garden racetrack at the end of last winter. It was a bright beacon after the New England cold. In fact, it has survived three seasons now and is still going strong. We worked tirelessly on it in one day and loved the results:

race track

Over the summer, I picked up some extra pool noodles from Walmart, and set up a little racetrack on our deck. The kids helped me make flags and signs and it’s something they still play with. They love to have races:

race track

I think you know by now that I love to indulge the kids’ dreams. Des’ birthday isn’t until June – which is great because I don’t even want to think about the big FIVE and starting kindergarten next year – but I wanted to do something special now. He’s been flourishing in preschool and he got such a bad cold last month, that he missed a lot of fun events. Not cool, fall!

So I got some supplies together to make this awesomeness:

Race Track Cupcakes:

I LOVE it! First, I baked my favorite white cupcakes recipe:

Then I mixed green food coloring with white frosting and used piping to get a “grassy” look:

Then I used chocolate bars and white icing to make road stripes:

The final touch is toy race cars that the kids get to keep after:

I got all of my supplies at Walmart earlier this week. That’s where I picked up cupcakes ingredients, the toy cars in the party supplies aisle, the frosting, and the chocolate. Then I made a pit stop at the Pharmacy for something crucial: Advil!

And seriously, what makes this all possible? It’s not just the getting inspired, but having the stamina to see the project through. For me, it’s fast acting Advil® Film Coated. I simply can’t imagine life without it. Not today!

Not tomorrow.

Aches and pains don’t slow me down – not on race day, and not on any day. As a parent, I’m glad I can rely on the new fast acting, rapid release formula so that I can comfortably play race cars with Des all day, AND make him awesome cupcakes too.

You can use the new fast acting Advil® Film-coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold. Nothing’s faster on tough pain.* The rapid release formula goes to work in minutes. AND, I have coupons!! Many awesome ones too. Just follow this link for BIG savings.

Looking forward to Race Day? Ty Dillon is driving the #95 car at the Ecoboost 400 in Miami on November 28th!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made for a birthday party? Does Advil power you through some days?

*Among OTC pain relievers.