Saturday, November 21, 2009

Help! We need a name for our game.

The kids made up this game that we've been playing for about a year now. We've tweaked it here and there and I think we have a winner. It's fun, it's simple, all it needs is paper and markers.....but it needs a name.

So here's the low down. We have two versions of this game.

Version 1:
Every player has a piece of paper and a marker or pen. It is preferable for each player to have a different color so everyone can admire each other's artistic style.
When the game begins, everyone starts drawing whatever they desire on their paper. After about 20 seconds, someone yells "GO!" and then each player passes their paper to the player on their left.
Everyone starts drawing again on their newly acquired picture, adding or enhancing to the last person's drawing.
You keep doing this for as many rounds as you want. By the end of it, you will have some very interesting drawings.

We had to come up with a few house rules after we played a few times.
Rule #1: No scribbling or crossing out pictures. This rule was created for Simon.
Rule#2: You can't just draw farting speech bubbles out of every creatures' behind drawn on the page. I bet you can guess for whom we made this rule.

Version #2: (pictured above)
In this version, you again start with a piece of paper and a drawing utensil for every player. This time you pick a "drawing comentator", aka DC, to facilitate the game. Using his/her imagination, the DC will begin to tell the other players what to draw, giving only one detail at a time. The DC will also draw so that a comparison can be made at the end of the round.
For instance, in this round, Roy told us all to first draw a barn. Then he told us to draw party lights on the barn. Then dancing goats, DJ chickens, a cow as a bouncer, and so on and so on. By the end, we all had very different drawings and they were hilarious!

So we've got the game but we need a name. Can you help us out? We're thinking of contacting GameWright and seeing if we can get this thing in production. Wishfull thinking, I know. This game may already exist on the market and we are again, a day late and a dollar short. But we're having fun.

Father Son Cake Bake or Son Cake Bake with as little help from Mom as possible.

Every year our Cub Scout pack holds a Father Son Cake Bake. The cakes get judged for creativity in several different categories; Scout spirit, patriotism, cartoon characters and sports. The idea is that the boys have to make a cake with their dads with no help from the moms! In some households that is a disadvantage. But in others......not so much. That would be the case in our house. Getting help from Mom does not guarantee a victory.

This year Dad was very busy "migrating" something or other so that WaMu customers can be bona fide Chase customers. Yada Yada Yada, Blah Blah Blah. I know it was all very important stuff but it was all very confusing. Long story short, Mom had to be the Dad this year. I really tried to do as little as I could and let the boys do the rest. The only help they really needed was with the stripes. It wasn't our best cake but it wasn't anything to be embarrassed of either.

Here's Liam icing the cake. Simon did all the baking.

Final result. Go Bengals!

Woof Woof! Holy Dog Treats Batman!

I figured out how to give the boys the baking time they desire while avoiding more cellulite on my hips. DOG TREATS! And I tell you what, these dog treats are fantastic! We did the Pepsi challenge with our Schnoodle to verify how incredibly edible these little biscuits happen to be. We placed one of our treats on the ground next to a store bought treat and Vader went straight for ours. Mmmmmm. And if you needed further proof of their goodness, the boys tried them out as well. They gave them a thumbs up!!

Here's Simon and Quinn making the dough. The recipes is:
2 TBL of Oil
1 cup of H2O
1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
Combine these ingredients then add the following, 1 cup at a time.
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

Roll out, cut to desired shape (we used lots of cookie cutters) and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Being the cheapo that I am, I bought the cheapest PB I could find. I love my Schnoodle but I'm not serving him my organic, all-natural peanut butter.

Aren't these the cutest little things you've ever seen?

This is a triple batch.

Vader LOVES our treats!!