Toddler Art Preservation

I typically like to purge things. Like everything. In fact I recently learned (20 minutes ago) that one of my purging binges cost me a tax bill. On a side note how about you email those suckers….

I am guilty of being that mother who saves all the art work that come home.

It makes me nervous that I will one day be my mother-in-law, and hand my child and her spouse a LARGE box of all school related items (book reports, report cards, etc). It happened, we were living in an apartment in Hoboken and had to store towels in the kitchen closet, that is how little space we had….so having a book report on the Great State of NJ from 4th grade made good sense.

Back to the here and now.

Since I can’t part with them ( my daughter’s works) just yet, and she is not even dating I came to terms with a new system, that makes me feel less like a crazy Irish biddy hoarder.

I save a “sample” of her work for the year. Basically I kept the seasonal items and things that strike me as cute. I use an inexpensive scrapbook from a craft store and I just slide the items in each page between the plastic cover.

I also included the class picture for the year, since I never know what one does with those.

So when all is said and done I will have 14 scrapbooks to pass along when she gets her first house !!!

Not so much. I will do a purge every few years and combine books. Plus I hope they are not crafting in high school Algebra.

My daughter loves looking at her “Art Book” and it has proven to be a great jump start to talk about the upcoming school year. She was totally beginning to think we were going to be sleeping late and playing all day as our new career.



Snack Mix: Yummy and Totally Not Healthy

Writing about the dessert that I made at the request of my nephew, got me thinking about the snack mix that I used to make for him before we would go on long car adventures.

So I decided to have a little post nap project with my little love and make some with her.

This is 100% kid friendly to make. I try and be as organic as possible when it comes to our snacks and meals…but I figured once you add M&M’s what is really the point?

The nice thing is there is no measuring. This is perfect for little hands as they just dump each box into a big bowl.

We used: Fruity Cheerios, Choc Chip Teddy Grams, Whole Grain Goldfish, Small Pretzels ( we used kid shaped), and M&M’s.

As I mentioned not healthy but yummy and totally fun to make with a little person.

We put it in ziplock bags for portion control serving. Perfect to bring to a play date or the local pool. Makes a ton so you can share.



Another Dessert….Another Pin

Mint Pie

My nephew, (who I adore) loves any desserts that are mint.   Now that he is a tween, I feel like this is one of the only ways I get to really spoil him, and do something special for him.   He has always been a fan of most desserts that I make, but I can tell that he really gets into being the one to pick what I make.   Thankfully he has an iPhone so I can text him before family gatherings and ask him what his requests are.

To me mint things scream Christmas and St.Patrick’s Day.   Not sure why (maybe the green?  So over the weekend when he request anything mint for our family BBQ,  I drew a blank.   I needed something that could handle the elements of a typical humid NJ summer day, and that was easy to serve and clean-up.  I always hate being the person who shows up at another person’s home (even family), and requires the use of their major appliances and advanced cutlery.

What Is A Girl To Do?

Hit up the over achieving woman’s paradise….PINTEREST.

Search: Easy No Bake Mint Dessert

Seems I start many searches with the term “Easy No Bake”, since once I hit the letter  “E” in the search button the phrase was there.  More on that later.

Many Many Many things popped up that looked so worth every single calorie.  However I went with this little number:


St. Patrick’s Chocolate Mint Pie

The only change that I made, was that I made the pie in “mini” form by putting it together in small plastic cups (the kind people use for wine at parties).    So each person got their own “Pie in a Cup” (secret portion control).   I also decided not to put the mint extract in the pudding mixture, since I think it ran the risk of being too minty.

It was a HUGE hit.  In fact I was told to add this to the rotation.

Special thanks to “Iowa Girl Eats” for giving this Jersey Girl a nice easy dessert to make…