The foursome then spent the morning and early afternoon running around here and playing together. I think it's a pretty safe bet to say everyone had fun. It makes me smile seeing them all together. We are so blessed to have such great friends living just three doors down.
Later in the afternoon my twosome got out their coloring pages and did their Nebraska maps. It was no surprise to me that kool-aid showed up on both of their pictures, but the rest of what they came up with might surprise you. (Noah has aims to become the next Warren Buffet he says. I'm not sure how I feel about that one...) Pictures of what they came up with are below, like usual.
I've been looking forward to making tonight's dinner since I came across the recipe. Apparently, in the 60's, there was a chain of restaurants called Kings Food Host (it no longer exists) and they made an incredible Nebraska treat known as the Nebraska Cheese Frenchee. (If you google it you will find endless amounts of people wistfully recalling fond memories of having this sandwich) And honestly, how can you go wrong with this? Gooey on the inside, deep fried and crunchy on the outside - artery clogging goodness, right? I knew my crew would (literally) eat these up. And thanks to my handy little deep fryer they were easy to whip up. Alright, easy may be a stretch as they are a bit of a mess, the batter itself was much thicker than I had expected. After a bit of research I ended up prepping them up ahead of time and made plenty extra which I plan on saving and using for lunches or whenever. I paired this with a recipe for Skillet Creamed Corn in honor of Nebraska's corn production and the fact that the recipe comes from Parkay, a ConAgra company.
Speaking of ConAgra, they also played a role in tonight's dessert. Containing Reddi-Wip, Crunch and Munch AND butterscotch pudding from a Hunt's Snack Pack (all from ConAgra) I made Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits. Another easy recipe to put together and the kids loved it.
My kids look forward to tomorrow all year long as 7/11 = Free Slurpees! (This is very possibly due to the fact that when I was pregnant with both of them I CRAVED slurpees. Grant even considered investing in 7/11 stock for awhile....) Seriously, I got an email reminder about it the other day and mentioned it to them and every morning when they have been announcing how many more days until Friday. They have been planning on what flavor they want and Noah has even suggested we could go to multiple 7/11's and have multiple free slurpees (the kid is always one step ahead...) perhaps. So consider this your own notice my dear blog readers - from 11am-7pm at participating 7/11's you can get a free 12oz slurpee tomorrow! If nothing else go have one and think of Noah and the Bean as your slurp.
Besides that, TV dinners are set to make an appearance around here tomorrow and another kool-aid inspired dessert as well. Get excited ;-) And until then...
Nebraska Fun Fact of the Day: In 1937, Nebraska became the only state in the Union to have a unicameral (one-house) legislature. Members are elected to it without party designation.
Getting ready to paint
They mixed up all our colors
And were off! (Please note that Mikayla is wearing a princess crown to paint....)
Hard at work
One of the Bean's creations
After it dried (this is the one we hung up in the kitchen to represent Nebraska)
Working on the cheese frenchees
Noah's Nebraska (the middle picture is him husking the corn and below it is an overhead view of a Cornhusker's football game)
He makes me smile
Kayla's Nebraska (She asked Noah for help and under the state that is her sitting in a chair getting her hair colored red with kool-aid - have I mentioned that I adore Noah? And the Bean too)
Skillet Creamed Corn
Yum! (Thanks for the watermelon, Tess - the kids gobbled it down)
Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits