Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Fragments: Kids, Holidays, Parties and More

More from The Girl this week:

"Mamma, I don't want steak, I'm half-vegetarian, you know!"

"Mamma, do you think [insert cat's name]'s dad was short for a cat? I mean we know his mom was normal-sized... his real mom, not you, because you are much bigger-sized than a regular cat. Don't worry though, Mom, because I bet he doesn't even remember his real mom, he know you are his mom now!"


This has always been one of my favorite Christmas Carols. My sister remembers it from Home Alone, but I remember loving it when the choir sang it in church even before that.


I was out of the classroom yesterday for all day Math Training.  The workshop was fabulous, but then I got back to my classroom and the students had been awful.  It occurs to me that my job would be much easier if I taught somewhere else, but this is where The Boy's needs will be best met, so this is where we will stay.


My Annual No Boys Allowed Holiday Party is this weekend. Normally I go all crazy making stuff, including my own Pimento Cheese, but this year I will be serving this and this along with these and these.*  Oh, a wine...lots and lots of wine, because my neighbor's husband takes my kids overnight each year! *winks*

Oh, but I will be making Chocolate Peppermint Cake Balls.  They are my own invention:

Sorta Southern Chocolate Peppermint Cake Balls
1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 container Milk Chocolate Frosting
1 t Peppermint Extract
40 red mint candies, unwrapped, divided
1 bag Ghiardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Prepare cake mix according to package directions.  Spread into a jelly roll pan and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix peppermint extract into frosting.  Place 20 mint candies into a baggie and crush.  Mix into frosting as well.  Crumble cake into a large bowl.  Add frosting mixture and stir until completly combined.  Chill for at least two hours or overnight.  

Once chilled, form into 1-inch balls and place on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Freeze for at least two hours or overnight.  

Smash remaining candies in a plastic baggie. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler.  Coat each frozen cake ball with chocolate. Place back on parchment paper and sprinkle with additional candy.  Freeze until set.

In my humble opinion, if that was all I served, that would be enough...well, along with the wine!  Who needs to make anything else???

Mommy's Idea

*All product links where posted of my own accord, no one asked me too and as far as I know, the companies have no idea who I am, nor that I am a fan! *grins*


Diane said...

Too funny about the cat. Have fun at your party! Those cake balls sound yummy!

clearness said...

Oh Holy Night is my favorite song. Song in a good soprano or a good tenor. That song fills me with so much emotion I feel it down through every fiber of my being.

Martha in PA said...

Kids say the darndest things LOL! My 14 yr old has been a vegetarian for a month now... I thought she would cave, but she hasn't. Makes my life easier!

The cake balls sound yummy!

Stopping by from FF!

Mom on Caffeine

Kristin - The Goat said...

I'm half vegetarian now that you mention it -- that really was great!

qandlequeen said...

I agree with Clearness - O Holy Night is definitely my favorite carol, but Carol Of The Bells is up there.

teresadawn said...

I love Carol of the Bells, and the Girl's quotes are super funny. Might havve to try that recipe, sounds sooo good!

Rachael said...

Holy cow, those cake balls sound delicious!

Charlotte said...

That recipe looks amazing! And carol of the bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs, too. I used to go to mass each year and they had a bell choir to play it and I swear it gave me goosebumps every time.

Mrs4444 said...

I made some peppermint cake pops this year (though the peppermint part was just the decoration on top). I posted pics on Mrs.4444 cooks. They are ADORABLE, just so you know--check 'em out!

Hope you girls had fun :)