Saturday, March 9, 2013

Baby Shower Candy Game

I threw a baby shower today for a friend of mine at church and there's a game I play at every shower I do: the Candy Game.  It gets rave reviews every time and it's a game where everyone can win something so it's better than games where only one person gets a prize.  It's also way easy to prepare, which gets two thumbs up from me.
By the way, another thing I do at every baby shower I throw is to put an insert into the invitations saying that any guest who brings a package of any size diapers for the mom-to-be will be entered into a raffle for a prize (today I gave out a $10 gift certificate for Target).  That way it helps the mommy to build up a little stock of diapers.
Anyway, back to the game thing:  Get 2 posterboards or foam-core boards and construction paper in 2 different colors.  The candy list that I have is really long so I just pick 20-25 candies from the list.  This is essentially like playing Memory.  One board has lift-up flaps with numbers and the other board has letters.  Each person gets to pick a letter and a number on her turn and see if the phrase underneath matches.  If so, the person wins a candy that corresponds to that phrase.  This game always gets lots of laughs and everyone has fun trying to guess what the candy will be to match the different phrases.

For example, Mary picks D & 18.  Lift up the flap for D and it says "Girl's Name", and 18 says "Girl's Name".  Yay, she got a match!  So Mary would win a Baby Ruth candy bar.  If she hadn't gotten a match, you would move on to the next person.  If a match is made, then remove those flaps from both boards, so that eventually they're all gone by the end of the game.  Please forgive me for explaining how to play Memory as if you're only 6, but I'm just trying to be thorough.

Here are my 2 foam-core boards.  Normally I just use posterboards if I know I'll have a wall to tack them on, but I knew that today I wouldn't have enough wall space at the venue for the shower, so I used foam-core so they'd sit up on their own without support.

So you can see I've cut up my construction paper into flaps that are taped at the top so I can lift them up.  Therefore, I wrote the phrases upside down so that when I lift the flap up, they will be right side up (get it?).

OK, now for the part you've all been waiting for:  the list of phrases and candies. Some have multiple phrases or candies that go with them so you have lots of choices depending on what you're able to find at the store.  I strongly recommend hitting the dollar store for as many as you can.  They usually have an uncanny selection and you can get the large theatre box sizes, which make your guests feel like they totally scored a major prize.

1.         Medical TeamThree Musketeers
2.         Girl’s name - Baby Ruth
3.         Boy’s name - Clark/ Jolly Joes/ Oh Henry!/ Heath
4.         Twins - Mike n’ Ike/ Twix/ Doublemint or Dubble Bubble gum
5.         Ultrasound picture - Whatchamacallit
6.         Umbilical cord - Red Rope/ Red Vines
7.         Condition you hope the baby is in - Mint (York peppermint pattie or choc-mint bar)
8.         Epidural - Lifesavers
9.         Your stomach between contractions - Jelly Belly jellybeans
            OR Your stomach after delivery            
10.       Newborn baby - SweeTarts
11.       Pregnant woman/ Mama - Hot Tamales
12        Mother 9 months after delivery - Slim Jim (beef jerky stick)
13.       What nursing helps a new mom do - SlimFast (protein bar)
14.       What a new mom has to learn to do - Balance (energy bar)

15.       Lactating breasts - Milky Way/ Gushers/  Mounds/ Whoppers
16.       Baby who can’t nurse - Milk Duds
17.       What Baby does inside Mommy - Tootsie Roll/ Kickerz/ Mamba/ Rolo
18.       A husband who wants another baby right away - Dum Dums (lollipops)/ nuts/ Goobers
19.       Hospital bill - $100,000 Grand
20.       Mom’s biggest helper - Grandma ("Grandma's" brand cookies)
21.       Babies of  diabetic mothers - Sugar Babies
22.       Labor pains - Whoppers/ Jawbreakers (Gobstoppers)/ Tearjerkers
23.       Bonding with Baby - Almond Joy/ Hershey’s Kisses or Hugs
24.       Baby’s first words - Abba Zaba/ Zagnut
25.       Side effect of pregnancy - Airheads
26.       Newborn baby’s misshapen head - Lemonheads
27.       Parents who pre-register at the hospital - Smarties
28.       Mommy cooing at Baby - Dove chocolates
29.       When a new mom needs a break - Take 5
30.       What you hope dr. doesn’t have - Butterfingers
31.       Baby’s first laugh - Snickers, Chuckles
32.      Preemies - Runts
33.      Son named after father - Junior Mints
34.      Sound a nursing baby makes - M&M’s
35.      Family adviceGood n’ Plenty
36.      Pregnant woman’s nerves - Brittle (peanut brittle)
37.      Location of hospital5th Avenue
38.      Nursing baby - A sucker/ Nips
39.       Morning sickness - Now & Later
40.       Some pregnancies/ 1st trimester - Rocky Road
41        2nd Trimester - Spree/ Carefree gum
42.       When your water breaks - Starburst/ Gushers/ Xploder/ Splashers gum
43.       Day you deliver - Payday
44.       What you give Baby lots of - (Hershey's) Kisses
45.       Sound of a baby to a mom’s ears - Symphony
46.       Multiples - Sixlets
47.       Baby fat - Chunky/ Rolo/ Big Hunk
48.       Fussy baby - Cry Babies
49.       Quiet baby sounds - Peeps (at Easter time)
50.       Baby’s eyes - Look!
51.       An only child - U-No
52.       Daddy - Mr. Goodbar, Big Hunk, Oh Henry!, Heath, Clark
53.       Baby’s cheek - Kissables (Hershey’s candy-coated kisses)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


At the church Christmas breakfast in December one of the gals had made some fabulous granola that I couldn't get enough of, and I begged her for the recipe.  A couple of the ingredients could use a healthy makeover, so I changed it up a bit, added a couple of extras and now it's just perfect.  Also, this recipe is HUGE, so I only make a half batch.  Half a batch is all you can fit onto one jelly roll pan, so you'd need two to make a whole batch.  The recipe below is the whole batch, so I cut it half to make mine.

9 cups old-fashioned oats
1 tsp salt
1/2-3/4 cup ground flax
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup honey
1 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.  In a VERY big bowl mix the oats, flour, salt, flax, and coconut.  In a microwaveable glass bowl, melt the butter in the microwave on high for 30 seconds or until almost melted.  Add the honey to the butter and cook for another 30 seconds until well heated (put a napkin on top to stop splatters).  Mix the butter and honey well and add vanilla.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to coat.  Turn onto an ungreased jelly roll pan, spread out evenly, and bake for 20 minutes take out and stir, then bake another 20 minutes.  Cool completely then store in an airtight container.
I get my shredded coconut from the health food store so it's natural and unsweetened, thus eliminating that sugar.  I only make half a batch of this because it's a huge amount and I don't have a container big enough to store it.  Also, you can only fit half a batch on a jelly roll pan, or you would have to use two pans and do two bakings.  That's okay if you have a double oven and can do it all at once, but I don't, so I only do half a batch.

I eat this like it's going out of style!  It's so good, I crave it all day.  I use it like cereal with coconut or almond milk.  I also eat lots of it with vanilla yogurt.  Last night I ate it with apples dipped in peanut butter then dipped in the granola.  That was a little bit awesome.  So try it out on lots of stuff and see what you think.

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Well, I've been at it again: making recipes from Pinterest.  This one caught my eye because it has no flour or sugar. I tried to find the original author's website, but it keeps sending me to nowhere land.  Sorry, I'd love to give the cook the credit if I could just find her.  At any rate, I've adapted the recipe so it's kind of mine now, or at least my version.

These were so awesome I could eat them all day long (and I did)!  They're totally healthy so I have no guilt.  The first time I made these the only adaptation I made was to add a dash of salt.  They were okay, but the flavor was so mild as to be bordering on bland (I still ate the whole batch myself).  So I thought of how I could improve it and still keep it healthy.  Here's what I've come up with:

3 mashed bananas (very ripe)
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)
2 eggs
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
2 pkts Truvia (stevia)
1 scant tsp salt
3 cups oats (I used quick oats)
1/2 cup ground flax
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup dried cranberries or blueberries or mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 and put cupcake liners into 2 muffin tins (this recipe makes 17-18).  In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas, then mix in the milk, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, honey, Truvia, and salt, stirring after each addition.  Add oats and mix thoroughly.  If you are using any of the optional ingredients, add them with the oats.  Fill the cupcake liners almost full (these don't expand very much - I used an ice cream scoop).  Bake for about 19 minutes or until done.  Let cool in pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out and let cool upright completely before storing in an airtight container.

 You can see from the picture that I've already eaten one.  By the time I wrote this post, I'd eaten a few more.  You will probably eat all of these in one day just like I did last time.

Now, obviously if you use the dried berries or chocolate chips, you're adding sugar into the recipe, so be aware that that will diminish the perfect healthiness of the muffins.  I don't care at all, I add cranberries anyway, because it's delicious.  If, however, you don't add dried berries or chocolate chips (or use sugar-free ones), this then will be the perfect snack (or feast, in my case) for anyone with diabetes or Celiac, since it will be sugar-free and gluten-free. That's great in my family since my dad has Celiac and my mom is diabetic. 2 for 2!  You can also add some brewers yeast and these will then be good lactation muffins for nursing mommies like myself.

So try these out and send me your thoughts and suggestions.  Perhaps you have a good idea about more optional ingredients.