Well, the time has come… tomorrow is Rocco & Roman’s FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! In preparation for the big day, we have spent our the morning and afternoon getting our clothes and back-packs ready, we baked a brownie pencil cake and I have read ‘Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster’ to the boys a handful of times! You have got to get this book for your kids! The recommended age is 3-7 and I find that to be true even though Roman is just shy of 3. Let me tell you about this book:
Jonathan James’ Whatif Monster asks him all kinds of questions to stop him from trying new things. He asks, “What if it’s scary?” “What if they laugh?” “What if it’s hard?” and the “What if” questions go on and on for many different age appropriate scenarios! And THEN, Jonathan James asks the Whatif Monster,
“What if you’re wrong?”
This lesson in this book is just the best! I’m so happy to have it to read to my kids during the school year! Its brilliant and my boys love when I read it to them! I know it will be a book that I read to them all year round and in the years to come! Any time they question something/anything about school, friends, trying something new, going somewhere different, I will bring them right back to this book! Even my little Roman (who will be 3 in November) shouted, “YEAH!” when I read the question that Jonathan James asked the monster! He was so excited to show that monster that he can do anything if he just tried!
Want a copy? You can find this book here for only $6.99 and if your little ones want the stuffed ‘Whatif Monster’ like Rocco, get it for only $12.99! When you go to the site, search for: ‘Whatif’ (one word) and if you have any problems ordering, contact Judy Kinnee at [email protected]
Seriously – Get this book; you will be so thankful to have it throughout the year!!!
BACK TO SCHOOL BROWNIE PENCIL CAKE
Onto something sweet! This brownie cake is so adorable and of course, delicious. Even if your kids have gone back to school already, make this as a ‘Welcome Home from School / You’re Doing Great So Far!’ treat; it will definitely be a hit! I adapted this recipe from one I found in FamilyFun Magazine!
8-inch square pan of brownies, uncut
1 container white frosting
1 container chocolate frosting
Yellow and Red food coloring
(Everything can be homemade as well but let me tell you, there are some yummy pre-made icings out there!)
1. Bake brownies according to package direction & let cool.
2. Turn the cooled pan of brownies upside down and tap on the bottom to remove the brownie square. Cut it as shown:
3. Arrange the two largest pieces into a pencil shape & EAT the excess brownie pieces ; ) mmm… that’s what I did! (I shared)
4. Cover the pointed end with white frosting. Tint frosting yellow, then spread it over the middle of the cake.
5. Next, tint remaining frosting red (which will look pink) for the eraser. Pipe on a chocolate frosting zigzag by eraser and a chocolate pencil point using a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.
Happy Back to School!