Valentine Smiley Cookies Review

My family recently received a package of Valentine Smiley Cookies to review.  As you can imagine my kids were eager to "test" them.  The cookies came in a great smiley printed box (see below).  I am going to definitely reuse the box as it is super cute! My kids were in love with these cookies.  Who doesn't want to eat a cookie with a smiley face on it?  My eldest (featured below) kept asking for more as his treat of choice. If you need a gift for Valentine's Day these would make great cookie gifts.  Or if you need to bring treats to your child's school for … [Read more...]

Top Blog of the Week- Mommy Katie

This is another new feature for The Mama Report.  Once a week, on Thursday, I will feature a blog that I think is wonderful.  I want to feature Mommy Katie for my first edition.  Mommy Katie is a site dedicated to reviews and giveaways.   Mommy Katie has some wonderful giveaways and is always straight forward and positive with her reviews.  The main reason I want to feature Mommy Katie is because I think she is a great person!  Before I started my blog adventure I emailed several blogs hoping to get a little bit more information on how to start.  The ONLY person who responded to my emails was … [Read more...]

Mini Mushroom and Sausage Quiches- The Simple Art of Eating Well

Here are the results from the recipe I tried from The Simple Art of Eating Well. The Mini Mushroom and Sausage Quiches were easy to make and taste quite good.  After sampling one I wrapped the rest individually to use as a quick breakfast for the rest of the week. … [Read more...]

Aromatic Short Ribs with Roast Vegetables- Simply Ming One-Pot Meals

Here is the Aromatic Short Ribs with Roast Vegetables from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. Bare with me hear as I attempt to learn a thing or two about food photography.  The light in my kitchen at supper time is not the most conducive to close up food pics.  I'm afraid there is nothing I can do about the lack of light at 5:30p.m. in the winter in Minnesota, however I will work on my photo skills:) I found the recipe to be okay.  Again nothing fabulous.  I hope all my recipes this week don't turn out just okay! Better luck tomorrow I guess.   … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles- Quick, Quicker, Quickest (Better Homes & Gardens)

We had Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles for supper tonight. My husband thought it was great, but I would only say it was okay.  The recipe did not wow me.  I have another Thai dish that I like more- Nutty Pasta with Shrimp. I think perhaps I was always looking for the shrimp in this new dish.  However this recipe doesn't have shrimp, chicken or beef- just peanuts.  Therefore this would be a good alternative for vegetarians, but I prefer my shrimp recipe. I tried this recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens Quick, Quicker, Quickest cookbook.  Overall I am impressed with … [Read more...]

Money Saving Mom’s Glazed Cinnamon Scones

It was a blustery day outside today.  I was holed up inside with my 15 month old and 3 year old.  We were getting kind of bored when visions of Money Saving Mom's recipe for Glazed Cinnamon Scones took over my senses. My three year old "helped" make these.  I even pulled up a stool to the counter so he could see better.  He kept asking me if they were ready to eat yet.  Even though they were really only flour and baking powder originally.  I guess it all looks good when your that y0ung, or maybe that hungry.   After inspecting my progress he dips back into … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

Three little boys in one sled= HEAVY! … [Read more...]

The Dragon and the Turtle Review

We recently received a copy of the book The Dragon and the Turtle by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen.  My boys were immediately intrigued.  Why?  Dragons of course.  My boys love dragons and have received many dragon books from their Nana.  This was one book they had not yet seen and they were eager to listen. Here we are below all snuggled in for a good read.  Notice my wet head! I had just taken a shower! The Dragon and the Turtle tells the story of Padraig the dragon and how rather than fulfilling his own needs (his … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Here are my boys Christmas Eve.  I didn't notice until after I looked at the pictures that my middle child just couldn't drop the mini Star Wars lightsaber! And here he is below receiving one of his favorite presents Transformers Season One on DVD … [Read more...]

Easy Baking for the Holidays- Turtles Cookies

Turtles are super easy and fun. They would be wonderful to make along with your children. No oven- just a waffle maker! 1. melt 1/2 cup butter 2. add 6 TBSP cocoa powder 3. beat in 2 eggs 4. add 3/4 cup sugar 5. then add 1 cup flour 6. add 1 tsp vanilla 7. mix until blended 8. preheat waffle maker then drop by teaspoonfuls (cooking time varies depending upon type of waffle maker) (probably around 3-4 minutes) 9. when they are done they will be firm and easily lift out of the waffle maker with a fork 10. while the cookie is cooking prepare a bowl with around a … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Treats: Buckeye Balls

Here is one of my all time favorite treat recipes. This is a like a homemade version of Reese's Peanut Butter cups! Let's get started! Semi-melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter. I used this snazzy little measuring cup from The Pampered Chef that I purchased about a year ago. To the peanut butter/butter mixture add 1 tsp vanilla Then add 16oz of powdered sugar You can try to mix this with a spoon, but it really works best if you mix it with your hands. It is messy, but it just works best. Here it is partially mixed. Once the mixture is properly mixed form … [Read more...]

Edible Holiday Cornflake Wreath Treats

I managed to get in some more "baking" today. I didn't remember that so many of my holiday treats actually involved no baking. I should have called this series No Baking for the Holidays. Oh well, eventually I will turn on the oven. Today I made Corn Flake Holiday Wreaths. I just want to state that Kellogg's Corn Flakes doesn't know who I am.  They did not pay me for this.  I purchased my own box of corn flakes.  You get the idea. The recipe used to be printed on the back of the cornflake box.  I don't think they have done this recently. This recipe does use food … [Read more...]

Ruth’s Brownie Kitchen Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Sponsored by Tomoson.com Last week I received a pink box in the mail.  Here it is... I was super excited. Why? Because inside were brownies! Who doesn't like receiving bakes goods from your mailman? I received a 1/2 dozen of the Classic Cake Style Brownies from Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. They were exquisite! Moist and chocolaty, they were the perfect brownie! I don't know who Ruth is, but she knows brownies! Now you too can have brownie goodness! One lucky The Mama Report reader will receive a $25 gift certificate good for any wonderful sweet at Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. … [Read more...]

Juno Baby Review

I recently had the pleasure of viewing Juno Baby for the first time thanks to Heard it From A Mom.  Apparently Juno Baby has been around for quite some time.  I had never heard of it before.  And of course like most things once you become aware of it you start seeing it everywhere. I think of Juno Baby has an original musical version of Baby Einstein.  Baby Einstein used music from famous composers- Bach, Beethoven and such.  Juno Baby has classical music that has been composed specifically for the product.  Here is a little more information. All of our … [Read more...]

No Bake (Super Easy) Noodle Clusters

Will you join me for my Holiday baking? Oops. Except in this first recipe there is no baking. No bake holiday treat- Noodle Clusters I grew up with these yummy yummies. I love them. They are soooooo easy. Whip up a batch and send them off to someone you know.  They'll thank you. Here is how you do it. These are your ingredients- Three simple items! I love chocolate, but I love butterscotch even more with this recipe.  However, feel free to use chocolate chips if you prefer. Melt the package of butterscotch chips or chocolate chips in the microwave. It will probably … [Read more...]