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Fishy Treats August 29, 2011

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Here is another fun idea I found on Pintrest.  This was actually a back to school treat, but we made them for back to daycare treats.  It was a lot of fun because Will could help me put them together.  I started out by making the white circles on the computer in Word and printing them out with colored ink.  The saying is “You’re O-fish-ally the best”.  For back to school the example said, “You’re O-fish-ally in 2nd Grade”.  Next, for the purple circle I cut out 2 inch circles on my Cricut machine.  I bought the treat sacks at the Dollar Store and had orange raffia leftover from a Halloween project from last year.

The Assembly Process (with the help of a 3-year-old):

Will glued the white circle to the purple circle with a glue stick.  Then I punched a hole in the top of each piece.

 

 

For every 1/2 cup Will filled into a treat sack, he needed a sizable sample for himself!  It was humorous!

 

Caramel Apple Dip August 26, 2011

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I came across this recipe on Pintrest connecting me to the recipe on The Faithful Foodie.  Let me tell you it is a fabulous little treat!  It is so easy.  The hardest part is cutting up the apples.  It was a great dish to bring to a potluck.  I made it for our Circle’s potluck a couple of weeks ago.  A word of advice –  if you are transporting this make sure it is sitting on a level surface.  When I got to church the pie plate had slid and I had ooey, gooey caramel on the backseat of my car.  ICK!

Caramel Apple Dip

1 8 oz package of cream cheese

1 jar of Mrs. Richardson’s Caramel (or other caramel dip)

1 bag Heath bar toffee pieces

Sliced Apples

Gingersnaps

 Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of a pie plate or dish.  I used the whipped cream cheese which was so easy to spread in the bottom of the plate.

Pour the jar of caramel over the cream cheese layer.

Sprinkle the Heath pieces over the caramel layer.

 

Serve with sliced apples or gingersnaps for dipping! 

YUM!!!!

 

stART~ I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More August 25, 2011

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We found a gem of a book at the library!  It became a favorite at our house the last few weeks.  If you haven’t read “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont you must check it out!  It is a charming story about a little boy who gets into a lot of mischief with his paint brush and paints.  His mama puts them up in the closet, but he needs to paint some more.  The best line in the book is the mama saying, “Ya ain’t’ a-gonna paint NO more!”  I just love it!  The book is written like a song (maybe it is originally a song, I don’t know).  It goes through the boy painting his whole body part by part.  The author uses rhyming words to tell the story.  CAUTION:  Your daycare provider may ask you why your child is suddenly saying, “Oh heck” all the time.  When we asked Will who he heard say that he promptly responded that it was from that paintin’ book.  Oh yes….oh heck I’m gonna paint my neck. 

Of course for our project we had to do some painting!  All summer I’ve been wanting to try liquid sidewalk chalk.  I had seen the recipe for it by Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots.  Tonight we gave it a whirl.  Will LOVED it (and his mommy had a fun time as well).  I think this will be a repeat activity at our house.  Give it a try if you get a chance. 

 

Liquid Sidewalk Chalk

1 cup corn starch

1 cup water

food coloring

Mix the corn starch and water.  Divide it evenly into a muffin tin or small cups.  Add food coloring.

 

 

We used foam brushes to paint the driveway.  I was impressed at how vividly the colors dried. 

 

Ruffled Curtain August 21, 2011

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My inspiration for this project came from Pintrest.  If you haven’t discovered Pintrest yet, it is a MUST for great ideas about anything you can imagine.  I loved the idea of the ruffled curtain as shown in the play kitchen above.  Also, I recently inherited a sewing machine from my mother-in-law when she got a new one, so I’ve been itching to give it a spin. 

Here are the instructions for this curtain that we used and tweaked.  I needed a little more detail on making ruffles, so I went here for a ruffle making tutorial.   The other bit of information I should share with you is I don’t think I’ve done a major sewing project since my pink and grey duffel bag I made in Home Ec.  So you know how long ago that was from the the popular color combination of pink and grey and that it was actually called Home Ec rather than FACS.  

At work when we converted on empty cubicle to a staff lounge area, I knew I just had to make the ruffled curtain to cover up our storage area.  It would be the perfect spot!  I enlisted the help of my mom to get me started.  We sure had a fun time together trying to figure out the gather and ruffling process.

Here are the fabrics I found — not too girly, yet not too masculine.  The theme I chose was cherries with the color scheme of black and red.  I got the fabric at Mills End Textiles.  It is a great place to shop for remnants.  All of these fabrics were remnants with the exception of the small cherry patterned fabric. 

First, we made each of the three ruffles.  We started by pressing the folds on three of the four sides and sewing the seam.    We kept the top of each ruffle as a raw edge since it wouldn’t show.  Next we were on to the gathering stitch.  We set the stitch length to the longest stitch and increased the tension on the sewing machine.  It took us a few trials, but we figured out that we had to start the gathering stitch about a 1/2 inch from the end (be sure to keep long tails with your threads).  Stop stitching a 1/2 inch from the opposite end (do not back stitch at either end).  Sew another gathering stitch 1/4 inch from the first in the same manner.  Pull the ends of the thread and your fabric should ruffle!  Tie the ends when you have the correct length and amount of gather. 

The top of the curtain is not ruffled, but loops over the rod to hold up the curtain.  I sewed all the ends of this piece of fabric. 

All the pieces are then sewn to a solid curtain.  I cut the solid piece to fit the space for the curtain.  The space I was

covering was 30 inches wide by 27 inches long.  Last, the non-ruffled piece was sewn to the top and folded over to

create a space to slip the rod through to hang the curtain.

                                      

Here is the finished curtain and its new home at work!

If you want to try this project, I would suggest reading the two blogs I linked above with more detailed instructions.  I am quite the novice seamstress.

 

On the Shelf ~ The Midwife’s Confession August 15, 2011

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Another one of my loves is reading!  I just had to share my latest read with you all!  This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time.  Our Book Club is reading “The Midwife’s Confession” by Diane Chamberlain.  One of our members, who is to remain nameless, rarely finishes our book each month.  She came to us with a recommendation to read this book because she just loved it and finished it in no time.  She was right!  It is a great book!

This book is about the relationship between 3 women who have been friends since college.  When a tragedy happens these friends find out they may not know each other as well as they thought.  The author spins twists and turns into this book all the way through.  Just after you are in disbelief after finding out a secret another one appears in the next chapter.  For me, it was like this all the way until the last few pages of the book.  I LOVED IT!!!!  To read another overview of this book click on the picture of the book above. 

If you’re searching for a new book, I highly suggest “The Midwife’s Confession” by Diane Chamberlain.  I’m excited to hear what everyone in my Book Club thought of it when we get together next week. 

Here’s a picture of me and my Book Club girls from last summer ~ We celebrated 7 years together in July. 

 

stART ~ A House for Hermit Crab August 14, 2011

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Will is really interested in Eric Carle books lately.  This week our stART book was “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle.  We didn’t focus on the months of the year, which is one of the lessons in the book.  We focused on how the crab made his shell pretty and made friend along the way.  It also had an element of sharing when the hermit crab grew too big for his special shell and ended up giving his home and friends to another hermit crab looking for a bigger shell.

For the project we used the idea from “A Mommy’s Adventure” and decorated Will’s own shell.  Go here to get the templates for the crab and shell.  I also made a background sheet using scrapbook paper (water and sand) to glue the finished product on.  First, Will colored the crab and shell with crayons (you can see he wasn’t too into coloring this time).  Next, I gathered different items he could glue on the shell such as pom poms, foam stickers, googly eyes and feathers.  Will really loved using a glue bottle.  Like all kids, he does need some more practice using a glue bottle! 

 

Banana Bread August 13, 2011

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Time to use the rest of the “dead” bananas for some banana bread.  The recipe I love to use is from the classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (the red and white checkerboard covered one).  The best part of this recipe is the streusel topping.

Banana Bread

2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

2 beaten eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (5 medium)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cooking oil or melted butter

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)

 

1.  Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two small loaf pans; set aside.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and  salt.  Make a well in center of the flour mixture and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas (I only had 3 instead of 5, but it turned out fine), sugar and oil.  Add egg mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).  Fold in nuts (I didn’t have any nuts at home so left those out).  Put batter into the prepared pan.  Add the Streusel-Nut Topping.

Streusel-Nut Topping

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

2 Tbsp. butter (chilled)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Combine the brown sugar and flour in a small bowl.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter.  The batter will be coarse crumbs.  Stir in the walnuts

 

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes for one large pan or 40 to 45 minutes for two small pans.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove it from the pan.  Cool and then enjoy!

 

 

 
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