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I am giving you this brownie recipe by popular demand! I developed it out of necessity and it has become my go to recipe for brownies, which is amazing because I have a recipe that I have used for years that I thought was the best of all. Let me explain!
In my church, I lead the children up to age 11 years old in music. Each year we are responsible for a program that teaches about all of the things the children have learned in their Sunday classes throughout the year. Music is a large part of this program and we work on about 9 (or so) songs throughout the year until the fall program. In order to motivate my kids to sing their very best, I have used a "Brownie Points" system for a couple of years. As the children improve as they learn each song, I award them brownie points. Then, at the end of the program, when they have sung their very best, I bring them brownies. (They always sing their very best.)
Here is a copy and paste printable of the brownie point stickers I have made to add interest to this process. I tell them in advance that we have a goal of 9 to 10 stickers per song in order to earn the brownies. I make a poster listing all of the songs and award stickers across as the year goes by.
At the end of Primary, after the program, I hand out the brownies. There are a few children who need to eat gluten free, so the first year I did this, I made both regular and gluten free brownies. The gluten free brownies were so popular and delicious, I only made those this year.
We do a lot of mustache themed activities in our singing time. It is just a gimmick to add a little fun to singing time. So, this year I cut the brownies into mustaches with a cookie cutter. The kids loved them. My husband loved eating all of the scraps!
I recently took a batch of these over to some friends, who incidentally must eat gluten free, here is what they told me about these brownies:
Now, fast forward to Christmas Treat Plates! This are going to be a hit on those I believe!
So, the moral of the story is, don't let the words "gluten free" scare you! These are some of the best brownies you will ever eat!
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I don't even remember where I learned the silly game, "Don't Eat Pete", but I have played it as a down time game with kids when I taught school and they always loved it. About 4 years ago, I taught it to my grandchildren. We all played it as a family and had so much fun laughing and especially watching the little ones get a big kick out of it. Here is how you play:
With that in mind, you will now understand why when I was in the store looking at the Easter Candy and I saw Peeps, that this variation of the game came to my mind. Why not an Easter version of Don't Eat Pete? And thus, Don't Eat Peep was born!
I made this 9 square board. When I printed mine, I discovered that I was running out of colored ink, so yours will have yellow on it and look even cuter. I numbered the bunnies from 1 to 9 so that when you play, you just pick the number that you want to be Pete. Then, look! I found these bunny shaped marshmallows at Walmart!
I can hardly wait for my grandkids to get here so that we can play together! Click on the button so that you can get your own game board. I copied mine on card stock, but plain white paper works just fine.
Singing Time Version
I have written posts before about things I do with the young children at church as I teach them singing. We do a lot of activities to make it fun. "Don't Eat Pete" is a game that I have converted to use with my kids for Singing Time.
If you have extra kids or grandkids coming for Easter, "Don't Eat Peep" is great for any size crowd. If you want to play "Don't Eat Pete", at other times of the year, for birthdays or other parties for kids, I found these game boards available on Etsy! The site is called Paper Tagged. Just click the link or picture to order! In this game, everyone gets to eat treats and you could keep track of who got to eat the most and the least to give out ultimate prizes if you would like.
And that's how it works! I hope you can use these ideas and enjoy the free printable board for some Easter fun!
This is lemon season, so of course there must be lemon desserts! I have already shown you Blackberry Lemon Bars, but today I wanted a stand alone lemon dessert. I was feeding 9 people for dinner today, but some people don't like lemon, so I made one chocolate pie for those guys. For the main dish, I served Chicken Enchilada Casserole, which I have shared the recipe with you before. That was a crock pot version, but because I needed more than my crock pot would serve, I made it in the oven today. Everyone loved it, but the lemon dessert was the stand out, hands down most delicious and simple thing to make success! I found the recipe on Taste and Tell, and as I made it, I realized that it is the same as a recipe my son brought home from Brazil called Pavé. The main difference is that he made his in a 9 x 13 pan and this one is a pretty round pie. Whatever the shape, you should try it, it is so good. The main ingredients are sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and lemon. You will love it.
Of course, I needed some whipped cream to decorate the pie. Madalynn went to Sprouts to buy me the cream because she likes to buy organic. Oh my goodness you guys! Do you see this cute bottle that Straus' cream comes in? My mind is racing with ideas about what to do with these little pint sized bottles! We may be eating a lot of whipped cream for a little while so that I can collect more of them.
Madalynn says that they also have bottles like these for chocolate milk and other products. So, we are going to have to try a few of those products now that I know that they exist. The quality of this cream is superb. I haven't tasted cream this fresh and good for years. This is not an affiliate post, I just really liked this cream, as well as the container. I am going to write them and tell them.
Finally, you may remember that my job at church is to teach music to the Primary children ages 18 months to 11 years of age. (Not all at the same time!) During the month of February, I have been teaching them our family's favorite hymn, "Choose the Right". We are working on the last verse tomorrow. The beginning line goes:
"Choose the right, there is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right, there's safety for the soul..." (LDS Hymns, pg 239)
, That first line is a big part of my faith and testimony. I know that our Heavenly Father has given us commandments to help us to be happy or even better, to have joy! When we keep those commandments and try to live the way we should, we will experience happiness and joy in our lives. We will avoid the things that will bring us into bondage and we can rise above our problems through faith in him. I have put this to the test and I know it is true. So, because I feel so strongly about this, as I explain to the children what those words in the hymn mean, I want them to feel my testimony and to develop their own. So, I made them these dove handouts to take home and hang somewhere as a reminder of the blessings that can come when we choose the right. I know from otherchorister ideas that I have posted, that there are other Primary Choristers out there looking for ideas as well. I hope this handout is helpful to you. Click the button to print it.
That was my Saturday! Good dinner, awesome product discovery, an inspired idea, Oh and did I mention a power outage? Overall, a great day! How was yours? Talk to you next week.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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