Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Fun Football Feast

This time of year many of us are celebrating because football season is almost over, while the fans are holding on to these last games wanting to stretch out the season. Whatever your reason for celebrating, a Football Feast is fun and easy. The game fans can watch football and eat, while non-fans can have fun with activities and games in another room. If you have two televisions and a DVD player you can have a movie marathon too. Think of it as setting up "stations" for your company to have fun while eating and visiting. Be creative and this may become a new tradition in your household!

Here are some yummy treats to serve at your football feast:

Game Day Football Sub

2 (16 oz. each) loaves frozen Italian bread
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish (optional)
8 oz. thinly sliced cheddar cheese
8 oz. thinly sliced Fontina cheese
8 oz. thinly sliced salami
8 oz. thinly sliced turkey
8 oz. thinly sliced ham
Leaf lettuce
Sliced onions
Sliced tomatoes
Thaw frozen bread in refrigerator overnight or at room temperature. On a lightly floured board, knead loaves together; form into ball with one smooth side. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
Spray Football Pan with vegetable pan spray. Place bread in pan, smooth side down; let raise1-1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled. Preheat oven to 350. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.
Split; spread with mayonnaise and mustard. Place cheese and meat in overlapping slices on bottom half of bread.
Add lettuce, tomatoes and onions and top half of bread; press lightly and wrap in plastic wrap or foil.
May be refrigerated up to 6 hours before serving.
To serve, slice in 1 to 1-1/2 in. slices.
Fast Football Franks
1 package Lil' Smokies
1 bottle bbq sauce
1 cup water
Put all ingredients into crockpot. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Serve warm with toothpicks.
Tacklin' Turkey Joes

1 pound lean ground turkey
1-1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
⅓ cup Heinz Sweet Relish ®
⅓ cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup ®
12 ounces Heinz Homestyle Zesty Onion Gravy ®
6 sandwich buns

In large skillet, brown turkey, drain fat. Stir in chili powder then add gravy, ketchup and relish. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve on buns. Makes 6 servings.

Audtions for High School Musical!!!!!!!!!

Date: January 12, 2008
Where: Fernley Intermediate School Gym
Time: 1:00 PM
Who: 4-18 years old

High School Musical is a story of two high school students: Troy
Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy
transfer student who excels in math and science. Together, they try out
for the lead parts in their high school musical. Despite other students'
attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella persist and inspire
others along the way.

Performance dates are April 25, 26
May 2,3
Director: Kelly Malloy
For more information (or if you are unable to make audition) call: (775) 575-1953

Please be prepared to sing a 1 minute song of your choice and to read from the script. All children who audition will be cast.

Dance Lessons

Enter the world of the Nutcracker and other beautiful tales through dance, right here in Fernley. Dance lessons (tap and ballet) are offered for ages 3 to 16. For more information call Kelly at 575-1953.
Students perform in 2 recitals per year!

Kids In The Kitchen - New Year's Treats

Kids In The Kitchen - New Year's Treats
New Year's Eve doesn't have to be just for grown ups! Children can make this fun and festive recipe to celebrate the coming of the new year.
Confetti Popcorn Balls
butter spray
4 cups popcorn, popped
1 cup M&Ms,
3 cups miniature marshmallows
3 tbsp margarine
Spray large bowl with butter spray. Combine popcorn, and M&Ms in bowl. Combine marshmallows and margarine in large saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, and candy, toss until coated. With buttered hands, shape popcorn mixture into 8 balls. Work quickly to shape balls before mixture cools and hardens. Allow to set until serving time.

Warm Coats For Winter - Fernley Coat Drive

The Fernley Interchurch Alliance will be holding a coat drive to provide needy citizens warmth for the upcoming winter months. Gently used children's coats are needed.
Where: Living FaithChristian Fellowship (115 W. Main Street)
When: Saturday January 5th 10:00 AM to 1:00PM.
For more information contact Janna Ruck at 575-4525.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Kids In The Kitchen

Russian Tea Cakes (The EASY way)
This article is part of How2Blogger’s Super Sexy Holiday ‘How To’ Contest which you can see at How2Blogger’s ‘How To’ site.
I love baking Christmas Cookies with my boys- Especially when I can find ways to make them easier and quicker. (Boys are not known for their patience - they want them and they want them NOW!)


1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® Create 'n Bake® refrigerated sugar cookies
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


1. Heat oven to 350ºF. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in flour, pecans and vanilla until well blended.
2.Shape dough into 54 (1-inch) balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool slightly on cooling rack.
4.Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on cooling rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Snowman Cupcakes

Last Friday's snow got me and the kids in the mood to see some snowmen! We didn't get enough snow to make a real snowman, but this is one Martha Stewart project that even I could do!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Santa Claus is Watching

It is one of the oldest parenting tricks in the book: using Santa as leverage for good behavior in December. Who hasn't bent down to a screaming child to say, in a low serious voice, "Honey, Santa is Watching." The child immediately stops with big wide eyes (wheels turning) looking around to see where Santa might be. Perhaps he's hiding behind the sofa, or maybe he's up in a tree peering into the house with a pair of binoculars.
We have gone as far as to send forged emails from the big guy himself detailing all the naughty or good things they have done each day. I am thinking of having them color this picture of Santa to post throughout the house. Hey, I have to use this scare tactic to my advantage - it only lasts so long!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Toy Drive

One of the best things about Christmas time is playing Santa!
Members of the American Legion Post #37 have set up barrels for donations of new toys at over 50 locations in the Fernley area.
This year, the City of Fernley Youth City Council has joined the American Legion with the Christmas for Kids Toy Drive.

What: Donations of gift for youths ages infants to 16-year old teenagers are needed. (Don't forget the older kids! Donations for ages 9 to 16 are often in short supply!)

When: Donations will be accepted until Dec. 18.

Where: Collection barrels have been placed at the following locations, All tune and Lube, Bank of America, City of Fernley, Coldwell Banker, Kat & Crows, Fernley Chamber of Commerce, Chukar's, Contour Express, Cottonwood Elementary School, Curves, CTX Mortgage, D & D Tires, East Valley Elementary School, Eternal Image, Flower Shop, Fernley Elementary School, Fernley Senior Center, Fernley Hay & Grain, Fernley Physical Therapy, Fernley Swimming Pool, Frontier Fun Center, Four Seasons Hair Salon, Jack In the Box, Kragen's Auto Parts, LL Realty, Meadows Sales Office, Mirage Garden and Gifts, Modern Nails, Moose's Bar, Nevada State Bank, North Lyon County Fire Protection District Main Street Station, Optometry Family Vision Care, Pilot Truck Stop, Pioneer Crossing, Pizza Factory, Pizza Shack, Realty Denn, Silverado, Silver Spur, SOAR Physical Therapy, Scolari's, State Farm, Sunset Video, Synergy Salon, Universal Tae Kwon-do, Totally Hair Cuts, Truck Inn, Wallace Hardware, Wig Wam, 7-11, The Office.

Need Help?

Families in need of assistance can call the Lyon County Human Services office at 575-1703 or the American Legion at 575-1114 or 575-7573.

Fernley Food Drive

Get into the holiday spirit by helping out some of Fernley's families this year. Donations of non-perishable foods are needed to provide for holiday baskets for approximately 250 to 300 Fernley families.
The food baskets will include a turkey along with all the trimmings, as well as food for other meals so that each family will be able to enjoy a holiday feast.
Where to Donate: The Lions Club will be collecting non-perishable food items in the Scolari's parking lot on Dec. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food collection barrels have also been placed throughout the community at various businesses and at Fernley Elementary School, Cottonwood Elementary School, Fernley Intermediate School, and Fernley High School.
If you would like to make a cash donation towards purchase of the turkeys and fresh vegetables for the baskets mail a check to:
Fernley/Wadsworth Lions Club
P.O. Box 515
Fernley, NV 89408.
Need Help? If you or a family you know needs a food basket, sign up at Brim's coffee (in the Scolari's shopping center) on Dec. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Individuals must bring a photo identification and the number of people in the household.

Families that cannot sign up at that date can call Eric Gothan at 575-1008 or Mildred Barcroft at 775-287-8061.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kids In the Kitchen

Rudolph the Red Nosed Ritz?
Celebrate everyone's favorite reindeer with this yummy snack idea!
What You Will Need:
RITZ Crackers
peanut butter
maraschino cherries
halved pretzel twists
What to Do:
SPREAD crackers with peanut butter for "reindeers' heads." Add raisins for "eyes," cherry halves for "noses" and pretzel twist pieces for "antlers."

Kids In the Kitchen

Snowman on a Stick
3 Large Marshmallows
1 lollipop stick (8 inch)
1 peanut butter cup
1 Chocolate Wafer
1/2 tsp. creamy peanut butter
2 pretzel sticks
1 chewy fruit snack roll
5 M&Ms


1. THREAD marshmallows on lollipop stick to resemble a snowman.
2. ATTACH peanut-butter cup to wafer with half of the peanut butter.
3. Place on top of snowman for the "hat," securing with remaining peanut butter.
4. Insert pretzel sticks into middle marshmallow for the "arms."
5. CUT fruit roll into desired length for the "scarf;" wrap around snowman.
6. Decorate with candies as desired.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

North Pole Website

Looking for something to keep the kiddos busy this holiday season? Want to send a letter to Santa? Head over to the Northpole for lots of fun Christmas activities. Send a letter to Santa, play some fun games, find some yummy recipes, see if you are on the naughty or nice list, keep track of Santa, and so much more!

Pedoodles Giveaway

Aren't these shoes the cutest things you have ever seen? They are called Pedoodles and you can win a pair for free by heading over to and leave some commenting love!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Go Elf Yourself!

I can now safely say Christmas is on the way... I have turned my children into elves!

Check out this fun site and get ready to have some fun! Just upload pics of family and friends and "Go Elf Yourself!"

If you would like to see ours we are here:

Older boys and baby nephew:

Youngest boys and newborn pic of baby nephew:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kids In The Kitchen - Handprint Pies

Handprint Pumpkin Pies

Need a way to keep the little ones from underfoot while you're slaving in the kitchen on Thanksgiving? Why not get them involved? Little ones can smash the potatoes, pour the ingredients, or even lend a hand with these fun pumpkin pies!


1 15-oz. pkg. refrigerated piecrust

1 16-oz. can packed pumpkin

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees, then begin making the turkey handprint for the pie. Trace your child's handprint on a piece of lightweight cardboard, then cut it out to create a stencil. Place the stencil over one of the circles of pie dough and cut around it, adding turkey feet to the bottom of the hand.

2. Place the cutout on a nonstick baking sheet. Brush with water and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.

3. Next, place the remaining circle of pie dough in a 9-inch glass pie pan. Press the crust firmly against the sides and bottom of the pan. Crimp the edges.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until smooth.

5. Pour the mixture into the piecrust and bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

6. Place the baked turkey cutout in the center of the pie and allow the pie to cool before serving.

Makes one 9-inch pie.

Dental Freebies

The tooth fairy has been a frequent visitor at our house these days as our 6 year old finally starts to lose his teeth! In honor of her visits I have scoured the web for some fun dental freebies for you!

Colgate Healthy Bedtime Habits - sign-up and keep an on-line log to earn a free character toothbrush for each child in your home. There are also fun games for the kiddos to play!
Reach Access Daily FlosserAquafresh
Arm & Hammer Toothpaste - skip the intro, choose "Oral Hygiene" from the "Roll over to Choose a Solution" menu, click on the giant toothbrush, click on "Free Sample"

Kizoodle -Go Shopping For Free!

I just joined a new site called Kizoodle. Using Kizoodle is almost like getting stuff for free because you never exchange money with anyone!

Here is a simple overview of how it works:
  • Kizoodle is an open swap forum where you post things to "sell" for credits, after you successfully "sell" an item then you can "buy" things with the credits in your account. The only cash you will ever spend is on shipping your items that "sell", but you request credits to cover the shipping costs.
  • What types of items are available to buy on Kizoodle? Everything for baby, kids, and moms!!!
  • How do YOU get started with 7 Kiz Credits in your account and start swapping in Kizoodle? Follow these simple instructions:
  1. Sign up for your account here:
  2. Sign-in to your account with your username and password
  3. Click on "My Kizoodle" in the menu on the left, then on "My Kiz Store" in the pop-up menu. Enter this promo code: GLNYDE and you will receive 7 Kiz Credits in your account!!!!

What's next? To use your credits to start "buying" items, you need to first list at least one item and successfully "sell" it:

1. From "My Kiz Store" click on "Post an Item"
2. Fill out the form with information about your item, you can also upload a photo of the item (I highly recommend taking the time to take a photo of your item, it will "sell" faster)
3. You have complete control of how many credits you request for the item and for shipping, but the general guideline is that one credit equals about one dollar.
4. Browse the store by clicking on "Go Shopping" to compare your item with other similar items posted (but don't get too excited about the things you want to "buy", you have to focus on "selling" something first!)

Guess what I'm doing today? Looking for stuff to list on Kizoodle so that I can start getting the stuff on my wish list! I hope that you are as excited about Kizoodle as I am and I look forward to reading your posts about your experiences using this new tool for the budget-conscious mom!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Aquadots Recall

Well, I can scratch another toy off of my son's Christmas list. This time they are recalling Aquadots, a popular craft kit with tiny beads that fuse together when sprayed with water. The very same chemical that causes the beads to stick together can also be toxic when swallowed. Children who have ingested the beads have become comatose. Other possible complications include slowed breathing and seizures.

Anybody else longing for the toys of old?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Word Smarts

Do you think you are pretty clever? Try out this site

For every word you get right, the United Nations World Food Program will donate 10 grains of rice.

There are 50 word levels, but most people don't get past 48 - I got stuck around 47 before I decided to give it a rest (hey -we can only waste so much time! LOL)

So test your smarts and help out a great cause! How high could you get?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Recall Alert

As if most of us are not besides ourselves with worries about what toys actually are safe enough to purchase this holiday season, we must now worry about how to soothe our little ones during cough and cold season.
Citing that the potential risks outweigh the benefits, several drug manufacturers, including: Johnson and Johnson, Wyeth, and Novartis have voluntarily recalled many of their infant cold and cough medicines.
The products have not been recalled because they are dngerous, but rather because of misuse by parents in treating their child including improper dosage.
The branded cough and cold medicines that are being voluntarily withdrawn are:

* Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops* Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops* Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough* Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula* PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)* PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)* PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)* PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough* PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine)* Robitussin® Infant Cough DM Drops* Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant* Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant Plus Cough* TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold* TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants’ Drops Plus Cold & Cough
Anyone have any natural remedies for the cough and cold?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pirate Island at Fernley Pool

Ahoy there me mateys!

Visit Pirate Island at the Fernley Pool!

Pirates ages 6-10 are invited to visit from 4 to 6 pm on Oct. 26th.

The night is reserved for the older mateys ages 12- 17 for a haunted beach party from 7 to 9 pm.

For more info: Call the Fernley Pool at 575-2121.

Home school Info

Home School Park Day
All Lyon County Home School Families are invited to gather at the Out Of Town Park in Fernley the first Friday of every month!
When: The First Friday of Every Month
Where: Out of Town Park in Fernley
Time: 3:00 PM
For More info: Call Missy Pique at (775) 575-6447.
More Home Schooling Resources:
Free Lesson Plans: K-3
Homeschooling in Nevada:
Homeschool World:

Hanly Haunted House

Ready For Some Spoooooky Fun?
Head over to the Hanly Haunted House This Halloween!
Each year this couple opens their homes to the people of Fernley for a frighteningly good time! For more details (and fun pics!) check out their website
According to their website "Frightmare Mansion is a fun, scary experience, NOT GORY. We will even tone it down for the younger kids. So everyone can come and enjoy our Haunted House."
Dates: Oct. 27 - Oct. 31
Place: 1477 GreyBluffs Dr. Fernley, NV
For more information contact Melanie and Jason Hanly at

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

2nd Annual Fernley Fall Fest

Fernley Fall Harvest Festival
Experience Autumn’s Bounty & Celebrate Fernley

When: October 27, 2007
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Central Park a.k.a Out of Town
Children’s Alley Featuring Scarecrow Factory

Children’s Games

Petting Zoo

Hay Rides

Arts & Crafts Booths

Wine & Brews

Food and Fun

For more info call:

No pets, please!

Proceeds benefit Fernley Elementary PTA, Youth City Council, and other local non-profits
benefiting children in our community.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Oompa Toy Giveaway

It has been hard to miss all of the toy recalls this year, and with Christmas coming up, I have been worried about what toys would actually be safe.

The people at are also worried about toy safety and they show it with an extensive list of where all of their toys are manufactured.

Even better than safe toys is Free safe toys, and you can be the lucky winner of one of these Maggy Cachatou Sorting Farm valued at $36.49. Just head over to Mom Views to enter!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Nutcracker

Presented By:
Kids Take The Stage
The Taj Dance Studio
December 8, 2007

1:00pm and 6:00pm

$5.00 (advance purchase)$7.00 (at the door)
(All Proceeds will benefit the Kids Take The Stage Spring Production of High School Musical)
The Nutcracker is a holiday fairy tale about a young girl, Clara, and her favorite Christmas.
Clara's Godfather, Drosselmeier, is a magical, mysterious character in her life. This Christmas he has given her a special gift, a beautiful Nutcracker doll.
Clara wants to stay awake with it all night, but her family sends her off to bed. After everyone is asleep, Clarasneaks downstairs to look at her Nutcracker doll.
She eventually falls asleep, and with a little help from Drosselmeier's magic, she begins to dream...
Mice awaken her. The Mouse King appears and tries to kidnap her and take her to his kingdom. Then, soldiers arrive and behind them is the life-sized Nutcracker. He has come to save her from the Mouse King.
After an exciting battle, the Nutcracker defeats theMouse King. Clara has found her prince. Appearing through the smoke, the Nutcracker Prince has come to take her away to his special land and to show her his magnificent
Their journey takes them through enchanted lands where they meet a wide variety of fantasy characters.
For More Information:
Call Kelly Malloy 575-1953

Kids In the Kitchen

Kids are more likely to try different foods if they help make them. These fun mini-pizzas are ready to eat in less than 15 minutes.
Great for playdates or rainy days when you want to keep the kiddos busy!
Pizza Bagels

1 package bagels
1 can pizza sauce
Shredded cheese
Toppings of your choice
1. Put sauce on the bagel.
2. Cover with toppings of your choice.
3. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
4. Broil in the oven until cheese is melted.

Got a recipe that will satisfy even the pickiest eater? Send your recipes to with Kids in the Kitchen in the subject line.

Halloween Happenings

October 27 11:00 AM
We had such a fun time at last year's Fall Fest and the City of Fernley is doing it again! For more info click here:

October 27 -31 Time TBA
Ready for one of the coolest Haunted Houses of all time? Check out the Hanly haunted house here:

October 31 10:30 AM
Looking for a "spooktacular" way to spend Halloween? Join Family to Family Connections on this fun field trip to Lattin Farms.
For more info click here:

"Halloween Happenings," is a list of holiday-related events in and around Fernley, NV and will be updated every Wednesday online through Oct. 31, Halloween. If you or your group are planning a Halloween event and want it publicized, please send us the information, including date, time and location as well as a brief description of the event. Include a daytime phone number, the name of a contact, and send it to: with Halloween Happenings in the subject.