Playdough surprise eggs. Hobby Kids Tv. SaltBae. and now Butter Slime.
What do these things have in common? My son, and most kids his age are obsessed with them all! Every night he grabs my phone, goes on insta and watches "slime videos" (bizarre to say the least) before bed. I tried to figure out these obsessions way back when he would watch random people on YouTube opening toys. What's the allure???? I'll buy you your own toys, why are you watching GROWN ADULTS open them for you??!! Technology.....
But if it gave me a few moments of sanity, and a quiet house for an hour, who was I to judge his tastes, watch away......
I'm an indulgent parent, I take responsibility for the Mama's boy i'm creating. I wanted to surprise him with a jar of his favorite "slime Girl's" Slime.
Apparently there is a very high demand in the underground slime trade, every site was "sold out" of the illusive Butter Slime.
A quick google search gave us a basic recipe for Butter Slime. After 3 attempts, and a few alterations to the original, we got the perfect Buttery texture. A $20 trip to CVS & you can have all the slime your heart desires......
Saline Solution for Contacts
Elmers White Glue (no substitutions)
Barbasol Shaving Cream (any white non gel shaving cream is fine)
Model Magic Clay (preferably white)
Click below to get the recipe
I love Halloween, it's my number one holiday, followed by Christmas, then Valentines Day.
I've passed my love for all things Halloween-y to my son, and on his fourth birthday I made him a chilled monkey brain cake for our Indiana Jones themed dinner (which also included real dried crickets at his request!). I didn't think much of it until a friend of mine, with a shocked look on her face, said "wow, he's pretty advanced for his age"... I took notice of all the Paw Patrol-Mickey Mouse b-day cakes that the other 4 year olds had, and thought maybe i'll dial it back next year!
Or maybe not!
I love to cook, and you know what they say about good cooks..... they can't bake!
I like to throw a dash of this, an extra cup of that (mainly wine) into all my dishes, my brain does not compute exact measurements. Baking is not my forte, but I wanted to do something special for our yearly mommy & son v-day dinner date. And because my kid has half my genes, something special = something gory and/or disgusting.
What better than an anatomically correct heart cake?!
I called some local bakeries, thinking naturally I couldn't be the only one wanting such a thing for Valentines day....but I was.... straight to youtube I went and searched for bloody heart cake videos.
I found a great tutorial on HowToCakeIt.com, but me being me, I wasn't going to go out and buy all the extra tools and I certainly wasn't going to make homemade ganache for the filling. I'm not that ambitious, so this is my simplified version of the Anatomical Heart Cake. You can find the original in the link at the end of the post
I used a box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Red Velvet cake mix, with a 1/3 of a cup of Amaretto, because why the hell not, and filled each dome about one quarter of the way. Baked at 350, for aprox 22 minutes.
I let the domes chill in the fridge, while I prepped the fondant.
Once the cakes were cooled all the way through, I used Betty Crocker ButterCream frosting to sandwich them together, then started carving the heart. Sloppy AF but thats my way.
I crumb coated the heart before adding my veins.
You want to make the veins thick enough so they give texture to the heart after you place the next layer of fondant over them. My son did the red side..dunno if I should be proud or scared!
I mixed a small bit of red fondant into the white, to create a pink hue. Then smoothed it over the heart, pressing lightly around the veins. I used the extra fondant to roll tubes that would become the Aorta on top of the heart, and also added one or two more red veins to the outside for more texture.
In the original HowToCakeIt tutorial, she made congealed blood by using jelly and red food coloring. I used a mix of Bonne Maman cherry and blueberry preserves then added a few drops of food coloring to give it that super gross bloody membrane effect.
Et voila! How could anyone resist
We're so lucky to live in an area that's community focused. I say it all the time, Long Beach, Lido, & Point Lookout are one of a kind places on Long Island, and you won't "get it" if you don't live here. We came -just- for the summer a few years ago and never left!
I love that the whole Barrier Island feels like Cheers. I always need a full face of makeup, even if it's just to run a quick errand because everyone knows your name....everywhere!
One of the great things about this area is the vast amount of activities, and classes available for kids (&Adults).
Family run Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Point Lookout, is one of the best places for keeping kids active. The Fitzpatrick brothers are so great with kids of all ages, and they really care about the children enrolled in their classes. The Gracie Bully Proof class is essential in this day and age for kids to not only gain self esteem, but also learn how to defend themselves, using verbal negotiation before physical force.
I scoped out a handful of other places and programs before choosing Gracie Bully Proof, and after a few months of group and private classes, I know this was the right place for us!
They deserve a separate blog post, in the future, so for now i'll just say if you're on the fence about where to send your kids, locally, just do it!
The Polar Bear swim has become a popular tradition in many towns, in many states.
The Long Beach Polar Bear Swim is HUGE! People come from all over the island to partake. This year we came to support the Fitzpatrick brothers of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
My son was adamant, he wouldn't get in the water, but maybe next year we'll entice him with bagels and cream cheese.
After some pumping up, the kids ran into the water, under the watch of Ryan & Kyle of Gracie.
Everyone enjoyed themselves!
We love LB!
Since starting the Slow Carb Diet, I've become Cheat Day obsessed.
Even my 5 year old (unprompted), will tell random's "It's my moms cheat day, were eating like pigs" Thanks kid.....
My designated Cheat Day is Saturday, but we've been battling miscellaneous colds and virus's, so this is my first real cheat day in over a month! I had to make it count.
After hearing about Costa Nova Waffles in Mineola from friends who work in the area, I knew this was going to be one of our stops.
Costa Nova is a very small store front, close to the train station. We passed it twice before we saw it, then had to loop a few blocks to get a spot on a busy Saturday. With two hungry kids in tow we needed waffles, stat!
There's a public lot a block from Costa Nova, with plenty of free parking on the weekends. The shop itself is very cozy, and cleanly decorated. A few stools lined the wall, & two girls were behind the counter pumping out these fluffy, fully stuffed, pieces of cheat day heaven! We ordered two soft waffles, one plain, one with Nutella and strawberries, and a hard waffle with Nutella and bananas. The soft waffles come folded like burritos, and stay piping hot through the last bite. The hard waffles are large, folded twice, and reminiscent of Pizzelles.
It was a little busy, and the waffle irons were still heating up for the day, keeping a handful of hungry guests waiting.
WELL WORTH THE WAIT!
The kids loved each one they tried, and we finished off whatever they couldn't eat.
CNW is a family run operation, with a sweet and knowledgeable staff. They gave us a quick history of Costa Nova, and explained the waffles are beach side treats in the Portuguese city. She also mentioned their imported coffees, and we watched a few locals come in to order cappuccinos, every one left satisfied.
We can't wait to go back next weekend to try the Ovos Moles filling, an egg custard which is a specialty from the Aveiro region in Portugal. It looked amaze! Check them out on the link below!