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Dry Erase Weekly Calendar September 30, 2011

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My inspiration ~ from Pintrest, of course.

                                                                                                   ….created by Kristy at Next to Heaven


I fell in love with this project the minute I saw it and quickly bought all the supplies.  I made it to hang on the wall near my kitchen.  I thought I would need a larger writing space so I bought 5 x7 frames instead of the 4 x 6 frames shown.  I thought this would be the perfect way to help us (really my husband) keep track of weekly activities and our menu.


I purchased two of these collage frames at Wal-Mart ($12/each) that will hang right next to one another. 


I spent nearly an hour at the scrapbook store picking out “the perfect” coordinating papers.  I also found come cute paper flowers that had just come in that day.  I used a different paper design for each of the 8 frames.  I cut each piece to fit the 5 x 7 frames.  Next, I used my Cricut machine to cut out the days of the week and the “Our Week” title.  I used the Opposites Attract cartridge. 

I inserted the paper in each frame and glued the paper flowers on the outside glass with a strong glue.  Just use a dry erase marker to write on the glass of the frame and wipe it away with an eraser or paper towel.  My hubby just hung it up on the wall last night, so I’m excited to see how it works for our family.  If nothing else I think it is something pretty to look at each day!



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Fall Leaf Cookies {Recipe} September 29, 2011

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Every fall a group of my friends and their kids get together to celebrate fall with what we call the Fall Festival.  We all get together and trek out to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins.  After lunch we gather at my house to have the kids paint their pumpkins and enjoy cookies, apple cider and the popular candy corn/peanuts mix!  This is a favorite fall tradition.  This weekend is the annual Fall Festival, so I had to get busy making cookies.  I found this new cookie  idea on Pintrest, but there were no directions or recipe at the link.  I thought, “I can do this!”  

Sugar Cookie Recipe

by Real Simple Magazine

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl, set aside.


Combine the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream until smooth.  Slowly add the sugar, beating on medium.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.  Add the vanilla. 

With a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients in the creamed mixture 1 cup at a time. 

Divide the dough into four bowls and add food coloring / paste.  I used red, green, orange and yellow.

Next, I broke off small pieces of dough and stuck them side by side on a floured surface.

Roll the dough flat mixing the colors.  And use leaf cookie cutters to cut out the shapes.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Transfer to a cooling rack.

We shall see if these cookies can replace the maple frosted cut-out cookies I have made previous years.  These sure were a lot quicker to make. 


stART ~ Elmer’s Special Day September 24, 2011

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We recently discovered the Elmer books.  The stories are told about a patchwork elephant through great illustrations a message about being yourself.  This week we read “Elmer’s Special Day” by David McKee.  In this book the elephants and other animals are getting ready to celebrate Elmer’s Special Day.  They are busy decorating themselves in unique ways much like Elmer.  Wait until you see what Elmer does to himself to celebrate the day. 

For our project we recreated Elmer the Patchwork Elephant from paper.   

I found a printable of the elephant online.  My suggestion if you try this project with your little one, cut the construction paper squares bigger than we did so it doesn’t take as long to complete the project.  Will enjoyed helping to cut the squares with my paper trimmer; however, he lost interest after gluing a number of tiny pieces.  

For more stART ideas visit www.amommysadventure. com


Pic-bit September 16, 2011

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stART~Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery September 15, 2011

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This week we read the book, “Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery” by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  The weather has been significantly cooler here the last two days, so we are getting into the fall mood.  This story follows two mice detectives as they try to figure out how acorn seeds travel so far from the oak tree to grow into a new tree.  This was a great format for a preschooler to learn a quick science lesson. 



For our project we made acorn treats to take to daycare tomorrow.  These were a little messy to make, but turned out cute.  I found the idea on Pintrest (www.graciousrain.com).  I hope the kids enjoy the fall acorn treats!




glazed doughnut holes

chocolate frosting, Nutella or peanut butter

chocolate sprinkles

stick pretzels



1) Dip the top of the doughnut hole in the chocolate frosting.

2) Dip the frosting side in the chocolate sprinkles.

3) Break a pretzel in half and stick it in the top of the doughnut.

Viola! Acorn Doughnuts!




stART~Piggies September 11, 2011

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Here is another great book we just happened upon at the library.  “Piggies” by Audrey Wood is a delightful book whose story is told more so through the beautiful illustrations than the text.  The text is quite short (which is good at bedtime), but the pictures hold so many details that they can spark a lot of conversation between you and your little one.  I guess I’d always called toes piggies, but in this book fingers take this name.  At the end each finger “kisses” the other until your hands are folded and ready for bed.  Will was so excited to finally learn, from this book, how to fold his hands with interlocking fingers !

Will asked to have a friend over for stART this week.  We were delighted to have Rylee join us.  Both kids enjoyed the story as well as the project.  For the project each kiddo traced around their hand.  Using a flesh-colored crayon they colored in their hand.  Next, we used pink craft paint and the end of a marker to stamp a “piggie” on each finger.  They made two stamps on each finger (like a snowman).  After the paint dried the finishing touches were added to each pig.  Their papers were also titled, “My 5 Piggies”. 

This project idea came from http://iheartcraftythings.blogspot.com/

For more stART ideas visit www.amommysadventure.com


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