Most Anticipated Post All Year! My Elf On The Shelf Adventures of 2012!

So for you folks who do not know about Elf On The Shelf, well bless your heart! Look it up…try Google (amazing little thing Google is, huh?!) Anywho, for those who are very familiar with the little red elf, whether it be that he resides at your home each year or you’re enduring all your friends post photo after photo on Facebook (yes I’m one of those folks!), I’m going to share our adventures this year. 

This is our second year of the little red guy visiting us each night and I have to admit, the creative juices are starting to run out. I made myself a promise to not cheat and look online for ideas this year. I’m not saying it’s wrong to search Pinterest for hours or copy off other people’s Facebook pics so that’s why I’m sharing with everyone this post. Maybe you’ll find some fresh ideas to get you through the next few days until it’s time for your little elf to head back home. I’m sure some of our elf’s little antics have been done before (maybe they discuss strategy when they head back to the North Pole every night to check in with ole Saint Nick) but I can honestly say, I’ve done my best to be “original”. 

Let me start by saying, I usually have NO CLUE what our elf might come up with until long after my 4 year old has gone to bed. Oh! Let me throw in this disclaimer before I go any further: If you’re one of those who has an elf that just sits there and maybe every other day or so moves from one end table to the next…I ain’t hatin’ ya…your kid might, but who am I to judge! Back to my point of gathering ideas, the elf genius comes from standing in my kid’s playroom thinking “What in the H_ _ _ am I going to come up with next?!”

It’s really been a challenge this year because we’ve spent part of our time in our RV…Holy Limited Space And Props Batman!  I hope you enjoy our elf, his name is Jingles by the way…left that out earlier. Here’s to another year of crazy elf-ness!

Jingles making his presence known on the first day of Elf season

My child is a Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong freak. He thought it was cool that his elf wanted to play with him.
“Elf SMASH!” (Guess you’d have to have the Hulk toy to get this one.)
Way to repurpose that left over pumpkin from Halloween!
Ahhhh yes! Spa day! Complete with marshmallow bubble bath and a gauze towel.
I’m not big on paying a ton for props so a .99 bag of bows fit right in my budget.
That’s just funny stuff right there. Even changing the wording on the frame.
Tree climbing elf!
Nothing like waking up to streamer everywhere.
Taken hostage by ninjas…those ninjas are pretty sneaky!
Note to self: Never put your husband in charge of toothpaste decor! That stuff dries up quicker than a pond in Texas during the heat of summer.
We’re headed back home. No elf left behind!
So the elf got put in the front seat with me as to help my child not fall into the temptation of touching it (check out elf rule #1). I thought it only appropriate that he help navigate.
ok, what’s funny about this pic is the fact that Rex is playing Whack A Mole…seriously, with those arms?!
Red Solo Cup Elf! One of my faves!
This was the original plan on the night of Red Solo Cup Elf. My husband said it wasn’t very G rated. I still find it funny!
All of the bad guys joined forces (haters!) to tie up the elf. I guess they figured he was getting too much attention.
On the day that all the bad guys tied up the elf, my son says “It would be funny if Jingles tied them up.” Why yes son! It WOULD be funny…thank you for helping me plan ahead that day and knowing what would be next on the antics list.
Again, I don’t like to spend a lot on props and it seems like these that are the most simple are the ones my son enjoys the most.
We finally got our holiday plans figured out and low and behold, the elf decided that we needed our tree put up! Yay!!!! So glad I didn’t have to fool with it!
Let’s play ball! I still think it would be funny if someone had one of those 3D stickers that looks like a baseball has been thrown through the window. Talk about an elf needing some money for an insurance deductible!
Getting chocolate wasted!
Oh my!!! This one earned a bent over belly laugh by a 4 year old!!!
Just hanging around.
p.s. for those of you who didn’t know, it is safe to cut the little string off the elf’s hands. Bread ties work GREAT for tricks like this one when you need their hands back together.
Another one of those nights of standing around waiting for inspiration to jump out at me! Thanks to a little bit of flour, a long toothpick, and 3 marshmallows…a snowman was born!
At dinner my son had practiced using chopsticks. My husband brought them home and taa daa…instant idea! Yay!
Oh Cricut how I love thee! Apparently Jingles loves it too!
I had made mention that if the elf can put up the tree then he should start wrapping presents too. Glad somebody listens to me in this house! Ha!
You can always count on a dry erase crayon to get you through tough times! And it cleans off things much easier than lipstick!

And to add a little extra to this post, here’s a trip down memory lane at the fun we had our first year with the little red guy!

Who knew elves knew how to drive tractors!
Just doing a little cooking.
Jingles arrived on a snowflake parachute!
Yeee haww partner!
Another one of the times that this wasn’t my original plan…the original plan was for the elf to be eaten by a shark but that was frowned upon by management.
Yup…Jingles can spell!
Just chillin’ on the beach.
Hanging out in the tree. Clearly not one of my most creative/original ideas.
Gotta hate it when that happens. Now he knows how some cats feel!
This was probably my favorite last year. My husband came walking in with this big rock and we just kind of went from there. I made the hook, attached the goldfish and of course my husband added the “tree” for extra appeal.
Glad he learned pretty quick to stay out of my coffee!
Cookie dunking! It took 2.9 seconds for my child to eat the cookies on the counter!
“There’s an elf in my boot!” Get it? From Toy Story?
My son was OBSESSED with cheese balls. This did not go over well.
Jingles reading his autobiography.
Best part about this day? New coloring books!
GASP! Someone touched Jingles!! He was sick all day!
Slam Dunk Jingles!
Ah yes! No practical joke is complete without a little TP’ing!
Another one I loved! Roasting marshmallows over a tootsie roll fire.

Another one I loved! Roasting marshmallows over a tootsie roll fire.

It's E.T. (Elf Terrestrial)

It’s E.T. (Elf Terrestrial)

Let's go racing boys!

Let’s go racing boys!

Candy case rope climbing

Candy cane rope climbing

Did you know elf milk is green?!

Did you know elf milk is green?!

Our elf does laundry! He's definitely welcomed back every year.

Our elf does laundry! He’s definitely welcomed back every year.

We made it our vacation spot in Florida.

We made it our vacation spot in Florida.

Jingles enjoying some Florida sun!

Jingles enjoying some Florida sun!

We were sad to see him go.

We were sad to see him go.

I hope everyone that has an Elf On The Shelf enjoys it as much as we do. This is the best time of the year for us and we have so much fun with it! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


Pecan Crusted Salmon

A couple of years ago I helped publish a cookbook for my daughter’s cheerleading team, for which many nights were spent either inputting recipes, editing, re-editing, and re-editing some more. This project turned into our baby for myself and  3 board members. Almost 4 months later we were very pleased with the results as well as the profits from this huge fundraiser. I submitted several of my own recipes but this one is by far one of my favorites!

Pecan Crusted Salmon

Pecan Crusted Salmon

2 salmon filets

2 T mayo

1/2 c finely chopped pecans

1/3 c Italian bread crumbs

2 T grated Parmesan cheese

1 T minced parsley

1 T butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°. Place salmon skin side down in a greased 11×7 baking dish. Spread 1 tablespoon mayo over each filet. In a small bowl, combine pecans, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and butter; spoon over salmon. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.