Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Jealous Little Elf

Coozie the Elf wasn't hard to see,
he was trying to steal
the boys' Elf DVD

I guess Coozie didn't like the competition that Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) was giving him!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hangin' Onto the Holidays

Coozie the Elf is a STRONG 'lil man,
all night last night, he held onto the fan.

I love this second picture...I caught Connor picking his undie wedgie! HAHAHA

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Stray from Danger, Away in a Manger

Coozie surprised the boys by sitting on their potty yesterday! I was lucky enough to get to sleep in, so I didn't get a picture. I'm sure you can imagine a little stuffed Elf sitting on a baby potty.

Lately, Coozie has been getting into trouble, so he decided to mellow out a little. The boys' clue this morning was...

Lately, Coozie has been getting into too much danger, look for him today..."Away in a Manger."

The search for Coozie, subsequently beheaded a wiseman, but Daddy fixed it with a little super glue!

There's only a few days left of Coozie's time here in the Danko house. He'll be heading back to the North Pole with Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. We'll miss him, but I bet he'll show up throughout the year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Here in my car...

Coozie the Elf didn't go far,
but I heard him, last night, playing in a car!

The boys LOVE Coozie...and so does Rena!

Thursday, December 17, 2009



You're looking at recipe number 14 of this season's Super Bowl Snack Throw Down. We are given an ingredient each week and have to come up with a recipe worthy of a football gathering! Head on over to HIGHLOWAHA to cast your vote...click on the red oval to enter the blog and look for the voting polls on the right hand side of the screen. The voting starts on Friday Dec 18th and continues through Sunday Dec 20th at 8 CST.

Turkey was our ingredient this week! All I could think of were recipes I whip up with left over turkey from either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I immediately thought of one of the Pampered Chef "rings." These rings are very simple to create. All you need is 2 packages of crescent rolls and a filling. Some of the filling flavors include Reuben, Beef Taco, Spinach Artichoke, Chicken Club, Chicken Broccoli, Garden Vegetable Omlet, and finally Turkey & Cranberry.


  • Two 8 oz pkg crescent rolls
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp honey dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten


  • Unroll 2 pkgs of crescent rolls and separate into 16 triangles.
  • Arrange those triangles, slighly overlapping, in a circle around the stoneware (or pizza pan) with the wide end 4 inches from the edge of the stone. The points will be hanging off the edge.
  • Roll the edges into the center to create a 5 inch opening. I decided to scan the picture of how to make the ring from the cookbook. It's a little hard to visualize through words only, but a picture brings it all together.


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine turkey, 1 cup of the cheese, celery, cranberries, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard and black pepper; mix well.
  • Scoop the filling on the crescent roll ring. Take the pointed end of each crescent roll and pull it up and over the filling. Tuck the end under the center of the ring. Some of the filling will show!!!!
  • Brush with egg white.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese
  • Bake 25 -30 minutes or until golden brown

I made the basic ring, but there's a wreath and a braid! The fillings are all very delicious and can be found in the Pampered Chef All The Best Cookbook. If you ever go to a Pampered Chef party, and aren't sure which recipe book to buy...get that one!

Coozie Got Thirsty

Coozie got thirsty last night! Brandon found him before I could give them their clue...

Coozie is in the kitchen, but not in the sink. I think he got thirsty and needed a drink!

Brandon looks kinda mad in this picture, but he's saying
"Coozie is thirsty" in a very serious voice!
At least he didn't get into trouble this morning...naughty little Elf

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ceremonial GOOD BYE

Today was a HUGE day in the Danko household...we said good bye to diapers! They are dry 100% of the time...including through the night. I told the boys to put them in a baby shower bag to give to another baby, but I really I put them up in their closet....just in case! The changing pad is under their bed, and their changing table is a basic dresser!!! This was the best Christmas present ever!

Coozie's Wednesday Antics

Coozie was a naughty little elf again last night. The boys thought he was hilarious again today...they were jumping up and down laughing at him. This was their clue

One day Coozie the Elf was in our tree, but today he in the room where we brush our teeth.

I had a hard time coming up with a cute clue...without using the word "pee" HAHAHAHA

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coozie the Elf

I recently learned about the whole "Elf on the Shelf" concept from a friend. This little elf sits on your shelf, or anywhere in your house, and reports back to Santa as to who is naughty and who is nice. The boys named their Elf COOZIE!!!! Coozie moves around every night, and normally he's a good boy, but last night he got in some trouble!!! I give the boys clues each morning to help them find him.

Saturday morning was....

Little Elf is watching you...look up by your Choo Choo.

Sunday morning...

Little Elf just sneezed...he needs to wipe his nose with one of these. (On the tissue box)

Monday morning...

Coozie the Elf, oh where can he be...why don't you look on top of the tree?

Finally, Tuesday morning...

Last night, Coozie the Elf was out and about...I think he's in the kitchen...go check it out!


After the boys put him in time out, they ate the evidence!

One of the rules of the Elf on the Shelf is that you can't touch him or he will lose his magical powers. The boys can't resist touching him, so I told them that they can touch him each morning and he'll get his powers back when he leaves with Santa on Christmas Eve night. Stay tuned for more antics that Coozie the Elf gets into.

Friday, December 11, 2009


(Two Ways)

Shot glass version for a bite sized dessert, and wine glass version for a more sophisticated look.

I knew I wanted to do another dessert when pineapple was chosen as our ingredient. Once again, I went to the cabinet for inspiration. A box of chocolate cake mix made me think of a brownie, a box of cheesecake pudding sounded like a good topping, and a can of crushed pineapple mixed into the pudding made me lick my lips! All I needed to get were some fresh strawberries for some color and a slice of banana for good measure. These ended up tasting a lot like a banana split, but the pineapple flavor was definitely stronger than the banana. After being taste-tested by my husband, neighbor, and good friend they were referred to as a "party in the mouth!"

Once I figured out WHAT I wanted to make, I needed to decide HOW to make it. Then I remembered seeing some desserts in shot glasses at a restaurant recently. I think that restaurant was Applebees...if my memory serves me correctly. Thus, the UPSHOT BROWNIES came to life.

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  1. 1 envelope brownie mix, prepared according to directions
  2. 1 box sugar free fat free Cheesecake Pudding
  3. 1 small can of crush pineapple, lightly drained
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 16 oz container of Cool Whip, separated
  6. 1 cup of sliced strawberries (TIP Use your egg slicer to slice perfect strawberries!!)
  7. 1 banana sliced in 1/4 inch thick pieces
  8. mint leaves for garnish
  1. After the brownies have been baked, set them aside to cool
  2. Take the dry pudding mix and whisk in 1 cup milk. Let it set up for a few minutes and fold in 1 cup of the cool whip and lightly drained pineapple.
  3. Turn your shot glass or wine glass upside down and press down into the brownie while turning at the same time. You need 1 brownie cut out per shot glass and two cut outs per wine glass.
  4. Now it's time to layer your cups. For the shot glasses I layered one banana slice, a few slices of strawberry, a spoonful of the pineapple cheesecake pudding, cap off the shot glass with one of the cut outs, top with a dollop of cool whip and finally garnish with the mint leaf.
  5. For the wine glasses I layered a large spoonful of the pineapple cheesecake pudding, one brownie cutout, 6 slices of banana, 6 slices of strawberries, another spoonful of pudding, a second brownie cutout, and top with cool whip and mint leaf.
  6. Put in the freezer to set for 10 minutes or just place in the refrigerator. If you freeze it, be sure to pull it out about 15 minutes before serving it.
This is a cute way to give your guests a party gift. Eat the dessert and keep the glass! You can change this recipe up very easily too. You could use cake instead of brownie, a different flavor pudding and fruits. I enjoyed creating this dessert, hope you enjoyed reading about it, and hope you didn't lick your computer screen too much!

I would like to say THANK YOU to my friend Edie for allowing me to come to her house to take these pictures. I have ZERO natural light in my house, and she has a lot in her beautiful new home. I think it was worth the trip!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Playin' in the Rain

The boys wanted to run in the rain after we got home from running errands. I figured...why not?

Friday, December 4, 2009



This week is the 12th week of the Super Bowl Snack Throw Down. Visit HIGHLOWAHA to read all about this weekly competition. Click the red oval to enter the blog and look for the voting polls on the right hand side of the screen. Voting starts every Friday morning and continues through Sunday at 8 CST.

Onion as an ingredient...wow...where to start? I had this same dilemma with cheese. I had family and friends email me recipes, I had a few family ones I was thinking about, but decided on this KICKIN' BUFFALO CHICKEN PIZZA. I watched Sandra Lee make this on an episode of Semi-Homemade and decided to try it. The hubby and I both loved it. I wrapped some up, took it to my neighbor's house, rang the doorbell and RAN! Her husband came home today from Iraq for a 2 week R & R. I didn't want to bother them, but everyone needs to eat!

  • Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 pkgs of Tyson pre-cooked grilled chicken strips
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce of your choice (I used Texas Pete)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing or bleu cheese dressing (I used Ranch)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery, about 2 stalks
  • 1/4 red onion sliced into really thin rings and then cut in half
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Roll out pizza dough on greased baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes
  • While that's cooking, mix the chicken with the buffalo sauce and heat in the microwave for 1 minute
  • After the dough cooks for 5 minutes, spread ranch/bleu cheese dressing on the dough
  • Next, sprinkle on the mozzarella
  • Top with the celery, onions, and chicken
  • Put it back in the oven for about 10 more minutes or longer depending on how crispy you like the crust
Here are all of the ingredients. I had to make Ranch dressing from sour cream due to food allergies...that's not plain sour cream!
Here's what it looks like before I put it back in the oven.

Look at that cheesy, chickeny, spicy, kickin' pizza!!!