Friday, December 2, 2016

Fisher Price Friday - Decking the Little People Tree

Ah Christmas, my favorite time of the year!  The girls and I set up our Christmas trees last week including our favorite Fisher Price Ornament tree.  The kids enjoy looking at every ornament as we unwrap them and carefully place them on the tree.  So far we haven't broken any although I can't say the same for the regular family tree, we're down 2 ornaments already. 

Since some of these FP ornaments are worth quite a bit of money (specific Hallmark ones), we are SO very careful with them.  Yet I want the kids to enjoy them too, it's a sticky-wicket. :)  

My youngest is loving the View Master ornament the best, she loves that she can operate the slides herself. 

The Dept 56 ornaments are so heavy (made of resin) that my little tree can't hold most of them.  Fortunately they look pretty cute under the tree.  

For past Fisher Price Christmas decorations check out:

2015 Decking the Halls 
2015 Merry Little People Christmas
2014 A Frame Holiday Lights
2013 Merry Christmas Play Family House
2012 Merry Christmas Play Family Rooms

To see more Fisher Price themed ornaments check out these prior posts:

For Hallmark Fisher Price Ornaments: 

2007 - See 'N Say 
2008 - Play Family Farm 
2008 - View-Master 
2009 - School Bus 
2009 - Chatter Telephone 
2010 - Play Family Fun Jet 
2010 - Zookeeper Says 
2010 - Play Family School 
2011 - Music Box Teaching Clock 
2011 - Play Family House 
2011 - Little People Lil' Movers Fire Truck (not a vintage toy) 
2011 - Snoop 'N Sniff - Limited quantity 
2012 - Corn Popper 
2012 - Two Tune TV

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Italian Meatball Tortellini Soup Recipe

The weather outside is cold and perfect for some nice warm soup!  This particular recipe had a little something for everyone in my family, even the picky youngest appreciated the tortellini.

It didn't take too much effort to prepare either and this recipe makes a-lot of soup!  I had to share some with my BFF and a neighbor because there was so much.  So perhaps if you have a smaller family go ahead and 1/2 the recipe.

Italian Meatball Tortellini Soup
12 oz Chicken Meatballs (mine were from Target)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 med onion, diced
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 bay leaf
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth (I did 1 box of chicken and 1 vege box)
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
3 cups fresh spinach
10oz cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. In a skillet, brown the chicken meatballs according to the directions. Set aside.
2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the red peppers and bay leaf. Cook until peppers are soft, about 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the broth and tomatoes. Add the cheese tortellini and cook until tortellini is tender, 7-8 minutes. Stir in the spinach, fresh basil and chicken meatballs and heat until warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

Makes enough for 6-8 servings 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Finally Feeling Chilly aka Keeping Target in Business

I am very happy that there is finally a sustained chill in the air.  I'm talking highs in the 50's lows in the 40's...almost 30's.  Woot woot.  

Cold temperatures take forever to arrive here in Phoenix and only stay for a little while so we enjoy them while we can.  Today my girls wore coats to school for the first time this season.  They also added hats and scarves, which may have been overkill but hey, we're thin blooded!

My youngest was sporting her new Cat & Jack super soft bear zip sweatshirt, favorite polka dot dress and new silver zip booties.  She LOVES her new Dollar Spot scarf with built in hand warmers.  So so cute!  Basically she's head-to-toe Target today.  What can I say, it's my favorite place to buy her clothes right now. :)

By the way, the sweatshirt is only $14.99 and Target has FREE shipping and an extra 15% off right now.  Target for the win!

Now not to leave out my big girl, she's got some Target on there too.  She's wearing her new Cat & Jack dark wash jeggings, also only $14.99 and 15% off!  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from my little family to yours.  I hope your turkey is delicious, the deserts plentiful and the conversations peaceful. :)

We're celebrating with extended family this year so the table is full!

For more Turkey-day fun check out:
Thanksgiving 2015
Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving 2012

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fisher Price Friday - Movie Viewer

Lets go to the movies this week on Fisher Price Friday.  A very old-school and low technology movie but a movie all the same!  It's the Movie Viewer and cartridges #460 made between 1973-1985.  I bought this viewer and a dozen cartridges from a fellow Fisher Price collector last Christmas as a gift for my youngest.  

This simple player requires no batteries or electricity, just a child's own powered hand crank.  The player and the cartridges are made of plastic and it is light and hand held.

The player is one piece with a colorful crank on one side and a label on the other.  It also includes an adjustable focus wheel.  There are white players and later variations that are yellow.  The lithographs on the side have differences as well, the original (mine) having a black background and later editions having a light grey.  

There is even a Winnie the Pooh version that has a picture of Pooh Bear on the hand crank lithograph.

The cartridges slipped into the player and the images move forward when the wheels are caught/spun by the hand crank.  Simple technology but very effective!  The plastic cartridges are either yellow or white and have different lithograph for each edition.  For example, the Lonesome Ghosts cartridge has at least 3 different lithograph variations during the 6 years that it was made.

When you find these cartridges now the lithographs are often missing and there are eBay stores that sell replacement stickers.

By my count there were at least 46 different movie cartridges released with many of them having multiple editions.  The cartridges include characters from Disney, Sesame Street, Marvel Comics, Charlie Brown, Warner Brothers and even The Pink Panther.
These same cartridges can also be used with the larger Movie Viewer Theater #463 which shows the same videos on a small screen or projects them onto a wall (and requires power).

The original movie viewer was sold with one cartridge, the Disney movie "Lonesome Ghosts" #475.  Other cartridges were available for purchase separately and in groups.  Later versions of the movie viewer came with different single cartridges.

It wasn't easy to make a video but here is Mickey's Trailer #491 looking through our viewer.  This cartridge was made between 1974-1979.

We love our player, and it's an easy low tech (and quiet) way to watch "movies".  

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