well pezza finally got to experience the childhood glory that is chuck e cheese. frankly i have been putting it off as long as possible. having already raised 2 kids i have spent more than my fair share of time in the torment & insanity that is CEC. in fact one of the things i told kevin when we decided to have pezza was that HE would be handling ALL CEC parties. yea guess who had to work last night....to be fair the party was early, 4-6. so off we went to have some fun. and i have to say it was a remarkebly good experience - the FIRST in CEC. for one thing it seemed much bigger and less crowded than the ones we visited in the past. in addition it was nearly empty - that is the true blessing! so pezza got to try out some fun games and stuff and everything was only 1 token. i remember in the arcades when the boys were younger games were costing 2-3 even 4 quarters each. she even played skee ball - pezza flingin hard balls willy nilly - saw my life flash before my eyes several times. the one big disappointment was how many of the games were broken - especially the ones with no sign on them so you didn't find out until after it took your token - really annoying. overall a fun time though. we brought one of her friends home with us and listening to the conversation in the back seat was hysterical. he is obssessed with dinosaurs and was talking about a show called kung fu dino posse. really???? every time he said the name in his very serious little 5 year old voice i was cracking up!
what other fun thing did i do yesterday - dipped marshmellows. for those who missed it on facebook:
- when melting the candy melts add crisco - add and stir it in until the coating is pretty thin and runny - not water but just so you can dip and get a nice smooth even thin coating.
- melt them in a container deep enough so you can just dip them straight in and cover them completely - i used a one cup measuring cup and melted about 3/4 cups of candy melts.
- set it aside to cool a tiny bit whie you get your candy canes, marshmallows and sprinkles ready - i only did 9 of each so it worked out well. don't set it aside for so long it hardens :)
- set the marshmallows on a plate, dip the tip of your candy cane in the melted chocolate and then push it straight into the marshmallow WHILE it is sitting on the plate. - that is the only way i could be sure mine would be straight and stand up. let that set up a bit.
- dipe the marshmallow into the chocolate, take it out, tap gently on the side of the container to get the excess off then roll in sprinkle that are in a small bowl.
- set on parchment paper.