Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valentine's Gifts for some of our favorite people.....

For Valentine's Day we decided to make some special treats for the kid's teachers.
We started out by mixing up the cake..... we used strawberry so the cake would be pink for Valentines. Can you see the "hidden" word in the cake mix?
When the cake was finish baking and cooled the kids crumbled it into small pieces. Then the kids hand mixed in the cream cheese frosting
Next we rolled them into lots of little balls and put them in the freezer for an hour or so
When the balls were frozen it was time to melt the cholcolate. Of course I used Candiquick..... my seriously favorite melting chocolate. It is soooo easy to use!Then we started dippin the cake balls. This time I used these Wilton Treat Sticks to put the balls on while dipping. I would highly recommend using them but be sure to buy 2 sets so you can do more than 6 cake balls at a time. Also you need something to balance the Treat Stick on or in. I used the empty sprinkle containers and a baby bottle to balance them in while drying.
Ainsley LOVED dipping the cake balls Luke was excited to help tooAddisyn dipping for her teacher
You have to add the sprinkles fast before the chocolate drys
When the chocolate was almost gone I decided to add some red food coloring.... it turned it this pink color
We dipped some on sucker sticks so we can fill a Mason Jar with them
I decided to give chocolate a try to
Chocolate, strawberry cake ballsReady for some special teachersI had some leftover chocolate candiquik so I poured some of it into heart cookie cutters and put them in the fridge for a while and this is how they turned out.
Here are Luke & Karsten's all ready for their teachers Addisyn's and Ainsley'd teachers got a box full of cake balls
Happy Valentines Day! Love, the Stein's

Sunday, February 20, 2011

consider giving....

Today I got to chat with my friend Jennifer. She is in Africa digging ditches, teaching women, and spreading God's love. She seemed to be doing really well! As a family we got to sponsor a little village for $12 a month to supply water to them. Pretty soon she will be posting another opportunity for more people to give $12 a month to help supply water to a 2nd village. In the scheme of things $12 a month is nothing! We all together will be giving people the source of life daily. Please consider sponsoring the village. You can read more and follow her journey on her blog. Please also be praying for her safety while she is there for a few more days.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I LOVE Candiquik

After I did this blog post I was contacted by the makers of Candiquik. They just sent me an email thanking me for mentioning them in my post. A couple weeks later I got another email asking for my address so they could send me an "appreciation" gift. I was excited to see what I was going to get! When I got home from work on Thursday this was waiting for me.
A cute pink mailbox filled with pink, red, and white candiquik personalized m& m's, a baggie full of dipped goodies, large recipe cards, small recipes cards, 2 packages of dipping chocolate, and 4 kid's Candiquik shirts.

I can't wait to put the kids in their shirts and get dipping again!

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentine is......

My Valentine is.....
1. Compassionate
2. Loving
3. Gentle
4. Hard Worker
5. Awesome Daddy
6. Thoughtful
7. Funny
8. Good Listener
9. Patient
10. Smart
11. Strong
12. HOT!!!

...... as so many more wonderful things!
Happy Valentine's Day to the LOVE of my life. I'm beyond blessed to have such a wonderful husband! You are everything I could have ever hoped for! I love you!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011