Friday, April 18, 2014

I don't know what I've been told...

 ...Ethan's turning 10 years old. Sound off: 1-2...
 We decided to do an army theme this year which turned out to be super fun for 10 year old boys.
 These treats were for the take home bags.  Most of these ideas we found online.
 Battle bites-sour worms, Rescue rope-pull apart licorice, Bombs-green M&M's and Sixlets.
 Bazookas-bazooka bubble gum (I found it at Dollar Tree), Gun Powder-Pixy sticks.
 We had fun decorating.  Ethan and Jared have gotten into paintball this year so we used a lot of their gear to decorate with.  We also borrowed some stuff from my friends husband whose in the Border Patrol.
 Ethan wanted a cookie cake this year.  It was easier than I thought to make. I used my normal recipe:
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 eggs
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour maybe less
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 ½ cups chocolate chips (I like ½ white and rest milk)
1. In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
2. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
***I separated the dough into 3 different bowls.  I added green food dye into one bowl and cocoa powder into another and mixed each one.  I then took small pieces and pressed it onto a 16" pan in a camo design. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool cookie in pan on a cooling rack. 
 We made cupcakes using the same technique.  I separated the batter into 3 bowls using green dye and cocoa powder.  I put the batters in ziplock baggies and piped it in the liners.
 For the frosting I used 3 colors and added them into one large piping bag trying not to mix them too much.
 We found these army men at Dollar Tree.
 Here's my silly boy who couldn't make a normal face in front of his friends.  They had a little too much fun with the neon worms that he has dangling from his mouth. =)
 We had a water balloon fight with these grenades.
 They played nerf wars at the park.  We also had some targets that Ethan made so they could practice.
They made their own tie-dye camo t-shirts.
 Happy Birthday Ethan! I love you my little comrade!

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