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Getting My Son To Read August 15, 2012

Filed under: Books,Kids — admin @ 4:04 pm
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I’m not one of those parents that bribes my kid to do things, so I came up with an incentive to get my 9 year old son to read. I made a reading chart.  Since he likes to read books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate which don’t have chapters, I came up with a star system. For every ten pages he reads he gets a star. For every trip to the library he gets three stars plus one star for every book he checks out and finishes reading.  It’s been working well.  He had made a chart to keep track of his progress, but it got a little confusing month to month so I made one so at the end of the month he gets a reward. I’m including the template which you can edit to fit your needs.

Download Book Chart

 

Orange Creamsicle Fudge August 14, 2012

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Orange Creamsicle Fudge

Serves 20
Prep time 12 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Website Group Recipes

Ingredients

  • 6oz (1.5 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Package (12 oz) white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow cream (or fluff)
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • orange (or a combination of red and yellow) food coloring

Directions

Step 1
Prepare a 13x9 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, and butter over medium heat.
Step 3
Continually stir the mixture until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
Step 4
Brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush.
Step 5
Bring the mixture to a boil, and once it starts boiling, stir continuously for four minutes.
Step 6
After four minutes of boiling, remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the marshmallow cream and white chocolate chips.
Step 7
Stir until the white chocolate has melted and the fudge is completely smooth.
Step 8
Working quickly, pour about a third of the white fudge into a bowl and set aside
Step 9
To the remaining fudge, add the orange extract and orange food coloring, stirring until it is a smooth, even color. It is important to perform these steps quickly, because the fudge will start to set if you take too long, and the end result will not be smooth
Step 10
Pour the orange fudge into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer.
Step 11
Drop the white fudge over the top by the spoonful, then drag a table knife or toothpick through the fudge to create orange-white swirls. You can spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and gently press them into the top to smooth out the swirls, if desired.
Step 12
Allow the fudge to set at room temperature for 2 hours, or in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Step 13
To cut, pull the fudge out of the pan using the foil as handles.
Step 14
Use a large sharp knife to cut the fudge into small 1-inch squares. Store Orange Creamsicle Fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and bring it to room temperature to serve.

 

Creamsicle Ice Cream Pie August 14, 2012

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Creamsicle Ice Cream Pie

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Website Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Package (3 Oz Package) Orange Gelatin Mix
  • 3 cups Orange Sherbet, Softened
  • 2 cups Whipped Topping, Divided
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Whole Nine Inch Graham Cracker Crust, Store Bought Or Your Favorite Recipe
  • 1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream, Softened

Directions

Step 1
Place water in a saucepan over high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin and stir 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Let it cool 10 to 20 minutes.
Step 2
With a handheld mixer, combine orange sherbet, 1 cup whipped topping, orange juice and orange gelatin mixture in a large bowl.
Step 3
Fill pie crust with a layer of the orange mixture, filling it about 1/3 of the way up the crust. Reserve the rest of the mixture for the top layer. Place pie in the freezer and reserved mixture in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
Step 4
Meanwhile mix vanilla ice cream and the remaining 1 cup of whipped topping with a handheld mixer.
Step 5
After the orange layer in the pie crust has had a chance to set up in the freezer, add the vanilla layer, going another third of the way up the crust. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Step 6
After the second layer has set, add the final layer of orange mixture, going the rest of the way up the crust. Place pie in the freezer to set, about an hour.

 

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes August 14, 2012

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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Meal type Dessert
Website Key Ingredient

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons citrus olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Zest orange
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

Marshmallow Cream Filling

  • 7oz marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

Orange Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Zest orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Step 1
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with paper liners. (This made 16 cupcakes for me.)
Step 2
Combine butter, olive oil and sugar and mix on medium high speed about three minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs and mix about one more minute until well incorporated. Stir in orange zest. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Separately combine heavy cream and orange juice. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 of the cream mixture and repeat, finishing with the flour. Mix until just incorporated after each addition.
Step 3
Scoop batter into prepared liners, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Bake about twenty minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans about five minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Step 4
Marshmallow Cream filling:
Cut butter into small pieces and add to fluff in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Cut a small cone shape into the top of each cupcake and spoon marshmallow cream into wells allowing the cream to puddle on top of the cupcake slightly. (Don’t add too much, when you add the buttercream, it will cause the cream to move out toward the edges of the cupcakes.)
Step 5
Orange Buttercream:
Beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add orange juice, zest, and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until incorporated to reach desired consistency. Whip on medium high speed about two minutes until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with desired tip and pipe onto cupcakes.

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