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Linden Turns 4

10 Nov


Two weeks ago, my sweet baby boy turned 4. He basically planned his party months before and TOLD me that he wanted a Toy Story party and instead of a cake he wanted a GIANT COOKIE! Awesome, less planning for me!

We slacked on the pictures this year and missed out on some of the details that I wanted to share, like the food!

I will just tell you what we served, instead:

Buzz Lightyear’s gluten free rice crispy Rocket treats

Zurg’s Intergalactic Rocket Crackers (aka Trader Joes Rocket crackers)

Ken and Barbie’s fruit and fruit dip

The Round Up Gang’s veggies and dairy free ranch dip

Pizza Planet Pizza


and  for dessert:

Army Men allergy friendly cupcakes and a humongous M&M and chocolate chip cookie.

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There were 17 kids and 2 babies at the party this year, so our activities were a bit chaotic at times.

We had a felt Mr. Potato Head where the kids were blindfolded and got to put the body parts on him.

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Steven borrowed a cowboy boot from his lovely boss and the kids tossed little rubber snakes into the boot. It was a play on one of Woody’s catch phrases, “There’s a snake in my boot!”


A few years ago Linden received a riding horse for a gift from his Gam & Pa and it was the perfect time to have it out for the kids to ‘Take A Ride On Bullseye’


There was a jar of army men for everyone to take guesses on how many were inside.


I also made a claw game filled with treats and toys for the kids to add to their favor bags. We had a little snafu with those bags and the claw game, however, and they somehow got ransacked a bit early, oops! There were candy, favors, and toys EVERYWHERE! At least they had fun!

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Because Linden’s birthday is October 29th, we like to have costume parties. We choose not to celebrate halloween, so for us it is a special time to celebrate Linden and use that as our day to be in costume and have treats. This year we didn’t require costumes from our guests but did encourage it. The Colo clan is another story! We all dressed up like a character from Toy Story.

I dressed like one of the aliens from the claw game


Steven dressed as Sarge the army man


Lilah was Barbie (she had a pink belt on but kept taking it off)


and Linden was Buzz Lightyear (of course)


No party is complete without an Etch A Sketch photo booth

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We had a great time this year. I love having big celebrations and letting everyone run around like crazy. It makes the perfectionist in me have to let go and surrender to the anarchy.

**In case you were curious, we found most of the costume items at value village/Goodwill. I made my alien hat from a $0.50 beanie, styrofoam balls and a hot glue gun. I did order my tights and Lilah’s leg warmers on Amazon though. I was fortunate to receive the banner and huge toy story poster for free from my local Buy Nothing group. With the help of the dollar tree and Michaels the rest of the projects were quick to put together.


Peanut butter DOG cookies

14 Feb


*Brought over from the old blog


When we first brought Edgar home we spoiled him with very expensive organic dog treats. He loves them. His favorite are these freeze dried chicken chunks that we like to call puppy crack because when he gets a whiff of that bag opening he runs from the other side of the house and practically jumps into your arms. I knew that those treats were not affordable for long term.

One day we went garage sale hunting and I came across a tiny dog bone cookie cutter and I suddenly realized I could make dog treats! That began my search for an easy healthy treat recipe. A lot of the recipes I found required me to cook with meat because obviously dogs love meat! I wanted something easy though and not requiring me to puree and strain meat chunks.

My search found a basic peanut butter recipe that I altered to be a little bit healthier.



2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder (Rumford brand because it is aluminum free)

1 cup organic natural peanut butter (because of the no sugar aspect)

1 cup organic milk



In a bowl mix all dry ingredients together then add the wet. You will need to use your hands to work with the peanut butter. It makes a really easy dough when finally combined. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out dog treat shapes!



Bake on a cookie sheet in a preheated oven at 375′. You need to watch them closely because they can burn easily.


I usually bake for 5-8 minutes on one side then flip the cookies to other side and cook another 5-8 minutes. Depending on your oven they could go for a total of 20 minutes. Just watch them! Allow them to cool before giving to your puppy.


Store in airtight container.

You can get creative and add pumpkin puree, sweet potato etc. We are cautious about over indulging him with these since they are made with wheat.


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