Sunday, January 24, 2016

River's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

     This Sunday, since the kids and The cHubbs were napping and i had nothing to do, i decided to bake cookies. That and the fact that my chocolate chips are going to expire next month so i really have to use them.

     Anyway, this recipe is River's favorite. It's actually the one found at the back of a bag of Hershey's chocolate chips but I tweaked it a bit.

     Here are the ingredients.

ignore the baking powder. haha

     Heat oven to 360 degrees.

     Combine 2 sticks of butter with 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Cream together.

playing with Hunter while baking :)

     Add two eggs and mix.

     Slowly add in 2 1/4 cup flour, half a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

     Add in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Mix.

     Place in ref while you clean up.

     For the big cookies, use an ice cream scoop and bake for 10 minutes. Jim and I prefer them halfbaked. :) You can bake up to 15 minutes if you want them crispy.

     For the smaller cookies, i used a tablespoon and rolled with my hands. Bake for 8 minutes. These are for River and fully cooked but still chewy.

     Cool completely.

     Serve to your little cookie monster. :)


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Science Experiment: Fun with Goo :)

     This year, we decided to start introducing River to the fun world of Science by doing experiments with her. Last week we did "Cosmic Rocket" using a kit from a toy store with Vinegar and Baking Soda. We will be redoing that next week and i promise to post about it. 

     Anyway, for this week's experiment we made Goo. (or Oobleck from the Dr Seuss book). It's very easy. You just need CORNSTARCH, WATER, FOOD COLOR (totally optional), A BOWL and A TRAY.


     1. Pour the cornstarch in a big bowl. I didn't add water first. I made River touch and feel the cornstarch. This is because unlike flour, cornstarch has a different finer texture.

     2.Add the water slowly. By the way, if you're using coloring you should add it to the water. I'm really unsure of the exact ratio but i think i used a cup of water to two cups cornstarch.

"Mom do i really need to touch it?"

     3. Dig in and get mixing. River was very hesitant at first because she didn't want to get her hands dirty but with a little help from Jim, she did it.

     4. Have Fun!! Roll it in your hands. Watch it melt. Punch it. Let your hands sink in. 

we moved some of the goo to a tray and River tried punching it.  

she placed her hand on top and it slowly went in the goo.

formed it into balls and let it "melt" in our hands

     About an hour in and she's still playing with it.

     After your toddler decides that she's done playing, it's time for cleanup. If you're like us, goo will  be everywhere. haha  The dried up goo on clothes can easily be brushed out. The goo splatters on the table and on the floor can be cleaned up with a wet rag. We just washed our hands to remove the goo. IMPORTANT: According to the articles about this experiment, Don't dump the goo down the drain because it can get caught up in the pipes and it will be extremely hard to remove. Just put it in the trash. Or save it for your next experiment! :)

      For more info and explanation on this experiment, you can check Steve Spangler Science or Exploratorium :)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Disney On Ice 2015

      I have to admit that we were not really planning on going to Disney on Ice this year. But then i saw my friend's post about her children having tons of fun so we decided to give it a shot too. 

     But first, tickets. Since we were late in getting tickets, most of the good seats were already taken. We were able to still get a good view but for a higher price. Note to self: next year book tickets ahead of time.

      Show starts at 5:30 pm. We came 15 minutes before so we can look around and get souvenirs/merchandise. Unfortunately, River didn't like anything.

Daddy and daughter

Checking out the stuff on sale

       Show is about to start...

     Opening Act featured Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy..

Jim is having the time of his life.hahahahahha

     Then it was the cast of  The Little Mermaid :)

Flounder. with legs. :)

Didnt know mermaids can do this! 

     Afterwards was Tangled. This was what i liked most because River and I just loved the lanterns. ""I see the light" is also one of River's favorite songs.

     Then came a break. At this point, Miss River removed her jacket and refreshed her lip balm. 

     Next was Beauty and The Beast. 

       Finally, FROZEN!!!! Kids were screaming. :)

     The show ended with the appearance and performance of all the cast. :)

Love that the cast went to the kids and took photos with them.

     We went to Gateway mall after and she saw these standees so she asked me to take her photo with them.

Trying to imitate Mickey's pose.

     Even the banners outside. hahaha

     Overall, i have to say that i enjoyed it more than i thought i would. We will most likely be going again next year.