Photo of the Week!

FB_IMG_1450997614597My favorite photo this week is this photo of my 3 kids on Christmas Eve. As a tradition, they open their Christmas pajamas after dinner christmas eve. This year I was able to get them matching PJs:) I rarely get a photo of the 3 of them together. Mainly because of their age differences, it’s hard to get them together.

This week has obviously been a little hectic for me. I had my mom here, and then my dad, step mom and little sisters, and then Christmas a couple of days after. So my blogging schedule has been out of whack. I have all 3 of my kiddos home with me for another week, but I plan to work on some things with them for my blog. Plus, big things in store for Mamarazzi Blog in 2016! Stay tuned:)

How to Make Santa’s Favorite Cookies!

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I heard once that Santa’s favorite cookies are M&M cookies! So we make them for him each and every year. I wanted to share with you all! Here’s how…

You’ll need:

22 1/4 cups all purpose flour

31 tsp salt

41 tsp baking soda

52 sticks (1 cup) butter

71/2 cup granulated sugar

61 cup firmly packed brown sugar

102 large eggs

111 tsp pure vanilla extract

123/4 cup chocolate chips & 3/4 cup M&Ms

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

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Sift together your dry ingredients and set aside.

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Cream together your butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs.

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18Slowly add in your sifted dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
25Add your chocolate chips and M&Ms.26After everything is combined, use a cookie scoop to put identical size scoops of dough 1 to 2 inches part on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a couple of christmas colored M&Ms on the top of cookie so they all look the same.
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30Bake cookies for approximately 9-10 minutes. Times will vary depending on your oven.31

32Cool on cooling rack and put out for Santa Claus!
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Merry Christmas!

DIY: Photo Craft for Christmas Gift!

Today’s DIY is an awesome homemade Christmas gift! It’s photo coasters, and it’s yet another one from What’s Up Mom’s. Here’s how…

  1. You’ll need ceramic coasters (or tiles…I used coasters I picked up at Walmart, but tiles are a cheaper way to go). You’ll also need photos, mod podge, a paint brush, some paper towels to protect your work surface, a pencil, and scissors.
  2. Measure out your photo so it will fit on your coaster.
  3. Using your pencil, make a mark where you’ll make your cut.
  4. Cut off the excess and discard.
  5. Using your brush, apply a thin layer of mod podge to your tile/coaster.
  6. Place your photo on and immediately apply another thin coat of mod podge, ensuring you don’t miss any places.
  7. Allow to dry.

 

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We had so much fun making these! They’re so easy, but they are an amazing gift! They’re useful, beautiful, and thoughtful!

***EDITED*** Make sure you use mod podge with a MATTE finish and not glossy. I used glossy and there is such a terrible glare on it that you can’t see the photo unless looking directly at it. I ranto walmart and got matte finish and put a thin coat on tip of the glossy and it worked just fine! Looks much better! Here’s a photo:

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DIY: Christmas Ornament Decorating

This week we decorated our salt dough Christmas ornaments! We used acrylic paint, glue, and glitter.

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Alana using crafting ribbon to hang the ornaments on the tree!
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So my final conclusion is that it was fun. I would gladly do it again. More than anything, this will be a memory that will last a lifetime. It was a great bonding experience with my kids for 2 weekends in a row:)

Photo of the Week

The photo of the week this week has to be this one of my oldest son Vincie today. He has been growing out his hair for weeks to get the top long enough for this rockabilly haircut! I absolutely love it on him, and it makes him look like a miniature little man! His perfectly coiffed hair makes him look like Clark Kent! Also, this little man of mine is turning SIX on Tuesday! He is growing up so fast!

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DIY: Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments

My kids and I wanted to make salt dough ornaments for their grandparents. It was really fun! I will share the final result after we decorate them, but here is how you make them…

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (you will need 1/2 to 1 cup more for kneading and rolling)
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Mix your ingredients in a bowl. If your mixture is too sticky (it likely will be), add more flour.
  2. Once it comes together to form a dough, turn it out onto a floured surface.
  3. Knead for a few minutes.
  4. Flour your surface and your rolling pin.
  5. Roll dough into a ball and then roll out with your rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Using either a knife to trace a circle or a bowl, cut out your circle in whichever size fits your little one(s) hand.
  7. Place cut-outs on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in fridge or freezer just to firm up slightly.
  8. Flour your child’s hand and press into your cut-out.
  9. Place your ornaments into an oven preheated to 265℉ for 30-40 minutes (possibly longer…just make sure it is no longer doughy).
  10. Let cool. Ornaments will harden as it cools.
  11. Once completely cool, decorate however you wish. You can paint the handprints, use glitter, etc.

Hope you enjoy! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!

Gingerbread Man Recipe

This week’s video is a recipe and demonstration for my gingerbread man cookies!

Here is the recipe:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (1.5 sticks)

Mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a standing mixer, beat your room temperature butter, add your brown sugar, molasses, and then your egg. Slowly add your dry ingredients and beat until incorporated. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and work until a ball. Flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour (or freezer for 20 minutes). Again on a floured surface, knead your dough and roll into a ball. Coat your rolling pin in flour because this dough is sticky. Roll put to 1/4 inch and then cut out your men with your cookie cutters. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees. Place on a rack to cool completely.

To make the royal icing:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Using your whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat your egg whites until frothy and begin to slowly incorporate your sugar. Whip for a few minutes until smooth and has a shiny appearance. Add food coloring if desired. Spoon icing into a piping bag and snip just a bit off the tip. Decorate cookies.

Bad Mommy Confessions!

  1. Sometimes I hide in the bathroom just for some alone time!
  2. I am 14 months post partum and I still wear maternity pants because I refuse to buy bigger jeans…and, er, I like to be comfy!
  3. I do everything with my phone in my hand…I even mop the floor sometimes with my phone in my hand…which is just sad!
  4. I open drinks, snacks, and even children’s Tylenol and use it before paying every time I go shopping. The children’s Tylenol thing has happened twice recently.
  5. I regularly take my 14 month old out wearing pajamas.
  6. I got all the way to Target before noticing my baby wasn’t buckled into his car seat! This is one I have a hard time admitting, but most of us have done it once in a lifetime and this kind of thing doesn’t happen twice! Scary!
  7. I’ve never taken my kids on a real vacation because that is a luxury for two income families.
  8. When I don’t have anywhere to go, I don’t even look in the mirror. My hair remains unbrushed, jammies stay on, and yesterday’s mascara more than likely is smeared under my eyes…but I don’t care, so I don’t look!
  9. I have no self control when it comes to ice cream so I can’t keep it in my house.
  10. We have one night a week that we call ‘fend for ourselves night’. On these nights we are, for the most part, on our own. The big kids can make a sandwich for themselves, or we eat leftovers, or…GASP…even a microwave dinner! However, the other six nights of the week I do cook well balanced meals!

Well there it is folks! I got it off my chest! Lol what are YOUR confessions?