Wide soccer cleats for kids

Little Man is signed up to play soccer for the 2nd year in a row.  He loves the sport but we quickly learned last year that finding cleats for his extra wide feet would prove to be our biggest challenge.  We found some cleats locally that we thought would work but after a few practices, his feet and legs were aching.  They just weren’t going to cut it for the remainder of the season.  We searched everywhere we could locally and were continually unsuccessful at locating cleats wide enough for him.  After doing some searching online, we finally hit the jackpot.

Willits Striker Goal Soccer Shoe

Willits Striker Goal Soccer Shoe….  they come in medium, wide, and extra wide, a bonus for us since we were looking for extra wide cleats.  We just purchased Little Man’s 2nd pair of these cleats for soccer this year.  They were $36.95 with free shipping as well as being tax free.  That’s about average for what we were finding cleats for locally so we were pretty excited to find them priced comparably.  They held up great last season, with no problems at all.

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Paula Deen’s Eclair Cake

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Hubby isn’t a very big fan of sweet things but he absolutely loves when I make this eclair cake.  (In fact, he even requests that I make it sometimes!)

Eclair Cake

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Cake:
1 box graham crackers
2 boxes instant French vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Frosting:
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Butter the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.

For frosting, blend together sugar and cocoa. Add butter and milk, mixing well. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Cover cake with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours.

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Free Stuff

I don’t know about you guys, but I love to get things free.  You can always find a ton of offers online for something free but often times, I wonder just how worth my time is it to continue signing up for some of those freebies.  Today I found out that my time was well worth it.  A few weeks back, I signed up for a Zebra Pen Pal promotion where you were supposed to get some free pens, highlighters, notecards, and stamps.  I was pleasantly surprised when I checked my mail today to see that it was stuffed.  I figured when I signed up for this freebie that I might get 2 or 3 notecards and stamps, and a few pens.  To my surprise, however, I received much much MUCH more!

Zebra Pen Freebie

I am pretty sure that we are set on pens for a while!! Haha  Not all freebie offers that I sign up for do I successfully receive.  In fact, there are a lot of them that I sign up for that I never see anything out of.  But for all of the unsuccessful ones that I enter, the successful ones definitely make up for it!!!  What have you guys received free lately?  Do you spend time signing up online for freebies?

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French Onion Soup

What's CookinHubby and I love to go to Outback and get their French Onion Soup.  Lately, though, we have found that our local Outback rarely seems to make it anymore.  I decided to try and find a recipe that I could make at home but quickly realized that many of the recipes out there have ingredients I am unfamiliar with when cooking.  I finally hunted down a recipe that sounded simple enough to make and decided to give it a try.  Although it didn’t taste as heavenly as Outbacks, it will definitely be a regular recipe I make around here.

Crockpot French Onion Soup

3 onions, sliced
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
2 32 oz cartons of beef broth

French bread, sliced on the bias
swiss or gruyere cheese

With your crockpot on high, add the butter and let melt.  Once butter is melted, add in sliced onions and cover.  Cook onions on high for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until onions are carmelized.  Mix together flour, worcestershire sauce, sugar, and pepper in another bowl.  Slowly add flour mixture and broth to onion stirring well.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4.

To make the crusty bread, slice french bread on the bias and place slices of cheese on top.  Toast in oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.  Pour soup into bowls and top with cheese bread slices.

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Crock Pot Liner

I use my crock pot all of the time, especially in the summer when it is so hot outside and hard to keep the house cool.  I have never used any sort of liner for it but was curious if any of you guys have tried them.  In researching them, I noticed that there are several different brands.  Which brand(s) have you tried?  Do you recommend one over the other?  Do you find them to be affordable?  If you don’t use them, do you have any tips on cleaning a crockpot?  Let me know your thoughts!!

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Gak

I found a recipe online the other day for Gak… it sounded super easy and like something Little Man would enjoy so I thought we would try it.  I woke up in the middle of the night last night because our air conditioner had decided to quit working.  I figured since it would have us sitting still in front of our 4 fans staying semi cool, er, atleast as cool as you can when it’s over 100 degrees and your air conditioner isn’t working right, today would be a good day to try it out.

The recipe I originally found called for equal parts glue and liquid starch and a few drops of food coloring.  As we got into it though, we discovered that it took a lot more glue than starch for it to form right.  It is also VERY messy when being mixed (but not so much once it is formed into a ball).  Little Man lost interest while we were trying to figure out the right measurements but quickly became interested again when it was ready to be played with.  I found another recipe online this evening while trying to figure out why our gak wasn’t forming correctly that suggested adding the starch a little at a time.  I want to also warn you that if you decide to make it, make sure your kiddos are in old clothes and don’t let them put it in their hair as it is very difficult to get out.

Gak Ingredients

Gak

1 C. white Elmer’s glue
1 C. liquid starch
food color

Put glue and food coloring in a plastic container. Add starch a little at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture holds together like putty. Test with fingers, if too sticky add more starch in small amounts until mass is smooth and rubbery.

IngredientsEverything ready to be mixed.

Mixing it all together.

Gak Alien

(Please ignore the barking dog… she was concerned about all of the giggling Little Man was doing! Haha)

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Side Dishes

Today on Show us Your Life at Kelly’s Korner, she is doing Side Dishes.  I thought I would share a few of our favorite sides.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

2 cups dry macaroni
2 lb. box Velveeta Cheese
1 stick butter
2 cups milk

Cook macaroni until almost done.  In crock pot on high, mix butter and cheese cut into small pieces until melted.  Add macaroni, milk, and stir well.  Set crock pot on low until meal time, stirring occasionally.

Baked Beans

1 large can pork & beans
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup Coca Cola
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp. dark karo
3-4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tsp. mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into a 9×13 baking dish and cook for 1 hour.

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Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

YUCK!!!  It is so hot today, as it has been every day for the last several weeks.  Little Man doesn’t want to play outside in this heat (and honestly, who could blame him) so I’ve had to get creative on how to entertain him inside so he didn’t spend all day sitting in front of the computer or tv.  We have spent lots of time playing legos, practicing karate (Yay for Power Rangers! Ha!), making blue prints for projects he wants to build with his daddy and carefully planning trips to the store for what he needs.  We still have lots of things we want to do before the summer is over.  I figured that I’m not the only Momma who is trying to entertain her kiddo with this summer heat so I thought I would see what you guys like to do for fun in the summer. Do you have any games that are a definite go-to?  Are there any special arts and crafts that you like to pull out?  Share your thoughts below….

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Hawaiian Meatloaf

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I found this recipe on Women Living Well and knew I had to try it.  I made it for supper last night and it was absolutely delectable.  It will become a regular around here.

Hawaiian Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1/3 can of crushed pineapple (Drain and save the juice)
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
2 Tbsp. of pineapple juice
1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
1 tsp. of salt

Mix it all together.

Hawaiian Meatloaf

Bake it in the oven at 350 for 1 1/4 hours.

Hawaiian Meatloaf Sauce

1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup

Mix and warm on the stove-top.  Pour over the top of the meatloaf and enjoy!

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Bedtime Pass Update

It has been exactly one week ago that we started the new bedtime routine and wow…. what a huge difference it has made.  Seriously guys, if I had known that it would make this much of a difference, I would have implemented it forever ago.  Bedtime has been dramatically different in our household for the last week.  What a sweet relief.  Little Man struggled with it at first since he wasn’t used to having to have a pass to come out but most nights, he doesn’t even use a pass now.  (Mind you, he does not have to give us a pass if he comes out of his room at 2AM for a drink or to go to the bathroom or something.  They are used only when he’s going to bed to prevent the countless trips in and out of his room.)

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