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Elfwardo and Randall

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Here is a peek at our adventure with Elf on the shelf…

first off… I need to explain our reindeer.

my two older girls are really too old for the whole elf on a shelf thing but we like some quirky fun at our house… but I really didn’t want to spend the $30 adoption fee to have an elf join us… so my oldest and I set out on a mission to find a cheap knock off version…

enter, Randall… for the low price of $5.99 we were SOLD

the story of Randall is similar to the elf, Santa lost the naughty and nice list and Randall is on a mission to rewrite it.  His story book name is just Randall… but we like to call him Randall on the Mantel (our knock off Elf on a shelf).

now lucky for my kids their Grammy loves them enough to adopt a $30 Elf… so we have both 🙂

next I would add that the key to the creative Randall/ Elf adventures is all in the planning.  I looked all over the internet and Pinterest to find my inspiration.   we started December 1st so I have a list of 25 different ideas, each night a quick look at the list and I have their nightly activity.

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12 Olympic meals – France

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For our France meal I considered serving the meal that the mom served to the foreign exchange student in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead

“Two dollars, I want my two dollars”

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“In honor of our special guest, I’ve created dinner mon dieu — including Frahnch fries … Frahnch dressing … and Frahnch bread.”

but instead we had: Quiche and French Baguette

Quiche is really easy to make.  It is one of those meals that I can actually make without looking at a recipe.

Quiche

  • refrigerated or frozen pie crust (deep dish)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or even milk)
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 cup frozen spinach

follow the instructions on the pie crust that you are using.  for frozen you may need to poke the crust all around with a fork and bake for 10-12 minutes empty.

cook the bacon, drain and break into pieces.  also cook the spinach and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.  place the bacon, spinach and Swiss cheese in layers in the pie crust.  while the bacon and spinach cool.  whisk together the 6 eggs and heavy cream.  pour the egg mix over the top of the bacon, cheese and spinach.  place the pie on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or when the eggs have set all the way through the pie.

my girls love Quiche and with the basic beginning of pie crust, eggs and heavy cream (or even milk) you can add in other combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies

 

 

An Olympic party

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We had a big night planned for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

We planned to watch the ceremonies while eating Fish & Chips (a popular meal in London) and holding our paper Olympic torches.

but then… a big storm blew through our town

The storm knocked down this tree and knocked out our power 😦

so our Olympic party started the day after the opening ceremonies 🙂

we ate Fish & Chips

There really couldn’t be and easier meal.

I used frozen Beer Batter Fish and Frozen Steak Fries.  I baked both.

We made our paper torches

These were so easy to make.

we used:

  • construction paper; black, orange & red
  • tape
  • scissors

you just rolled the black paper into a cone, and taped it shut and cut out the flames with the orange and red paper and use tape again to put the flames into the cone.

so even though we got off to a rough start we are still planning on have tons of fun watching the Olympics.

next up, we are planning 12 different menus each one representing a different country.

we chose 12 because it is 2012 😉

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Mexico
  4. Spain
  5. Greece
  6. Poland
  7. Thailand
  8. Denmark
  9. Germany
  10. Samoa
  11. Italy
  12. USA

of course all of these dishes will be simple, budget friendly and in no way “authentic”… they are just meant to be a fun and creative way to celebrate the Olympics.