Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

On Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) Tom and I found ourselves scrambling to put together a Thanksgiving dinner. Usually we will just mooch off of one of his five siblings who live in Utah, but all of them were either out of town or eating with in-laws.

Now let me stop you before you say "Oh, you should have come to my house for Thanksgiving, we would have loved to have you!"
Thank you, that is very sweet.  We did get some offers, but decided we liked the idea of an intimate Thanksgiving at home.
After a quick trip to Macey's, we had everything we needed.  

P.S.  This is a perfect great example of why Macey's is my favorite grocery store.

Here are some shortcuts I took to make my Thanksgiving for two even easier*.
(*Easy is relative.  I mean, we are talking Thanksgiving here.)

No turkeys here!  I still wanted to stuff something so I bought a couple cornish hens.  They're soooooo cute and small!  (And then I realized they're 5-week-old chickens and felt guilty for a few minutes, but I got over it.)
Buy bagged salad! Normally I'm too cheap to pay twice the price for half the amount of salad, but on Thanksgiving, it's totally worth it.
Store-bought pie! I used to fight for the right to bake my mom's famous pies.  But guess what, I was the only one who cared if they were homemade or not.  Plus, Tom wanted pecan pie and that's not in my repertoire.

The hens ready to get their tan on.

The final result!  This may be a Thanksgiving for two, but I still made way too much food.  But that's okay.  What's Thanksgiving without leftovers?

We finished our Thanksgiving Day with a two-player board game appropriately named "Gobblet"!  Tom and I are kinda obsessed with this game right now.  Alright, I'm the one obsessed with it because it's the only game I can BEAT Tom at!

It's kinda like tic tac toe, but with 4x4 squares instead on 3x3.  And you get to gobble each other's pieces.  You should try it.  It's super fun!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving "Corn" Marshmallow Treats

This past weekend the hubby and I had the great privilege of babysitting my niece and two nephews while their parents were out of town.

I was in charge of coming up with an amazing activity to keep them occupied, and since I work for Studio 5 now, that was pretty easy.

The idea for the "corn" marshmallow treats comes straight from a Studio 5 segment you can watch here.  This was just one of 10 ideas for edible Thanksgiving favors.

Here's what you need:
Kix Cereal
Corn Husks (found in the Mexican food aisle at the grocery store)
Popsicle Sticks (or another candy stick)
Twist Ties (or you can tear pieces of the corn husks and use those as ties)

Use your favorite Rice Krispie Treats recipe (I used the one on the Kellogg's website and doubled it) and replace the Rice Krispies with Kix. Above, my niece Gemma is helping me pour the cereal into my giant stainless steel bowl from IKEA.  The boys were too busy playing with G.I. Joes to help right away, but that didn't last long.

Sanitation was not the number one priority in this project.  Here's Gemma eating a few Kix right out of the bowl.  A theme you'll continue to see throughout this post.

While I was getting the rest of the supplies ready, Gemma got to work on probably the best part of the project.  Separating the M&M colors.  You only want to use orange, brown, red, and yellow M&Ms.  All the rest are up for eating.  That's when my nephew Sawyer decided he wanted to be part of out little activity too.

Sidenote: Yes, I put makeup on my niece.  It's the glitter eyeshadow from Eye Kandy, and it's AMAZING!  I'm currently obsessed.

Here's Gemma helping me melt the marshmallows and butter.  She ate the marshmallows, I stirred the mixture.  Again, not very sanitary.

One lesson I learned in all this: don't use big marshmallows for Rice Krispie Treats.  They take FOREVER to melt.

One thing I love about Gemma is how excited she gets about EVERYTHING!  For example, her reflection in my big pot.  We couldn't move forward with our treat until we made a million funny faces!

Then it was time to add the marshmallow to the Kix.  This was when Milo finally decided to join us.

I tried to wait a while before adding the M&Ms, but I probably didn't wait long enough.  They got a bit soft while we were molding the treats.

Speaking of which, molding the treats is the next step.

Make sure you have the popsicle sticks ready, plus you want to start soaking the cork husks.  They need to sit in water for a few minutes so you can mold them.

Then it's time to get messy!!

Mold the marshmallow treats into the shape of corn on the cob. Leave out at least an inch of the stick.
Place the finished treat on the corn husk and use the twist tie to secure it to the popsicle stick.
That's it!  You're done.  Pretty easy, eh?

We were all very proud of our work!

Milo shows off the chewy goodness.

Sawyer was so funny.  He was so proud of his corn, he held it like a new baby!

Here are the finished masterpieces!