Friday, February 28, 2014

Bracelets




This was two of the bracelets I made for myself. All you have to do is go to the craft store, I went to Craft 2000, buy the bracelet and the beads. Go home and add what ever color beads you like to the bracelet. Very easy and a lot cheaper than buying one of them name brand bracelets.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Letter Recognition with Sand


I put green sand in a container to practice our letters, shapes and numbers. The children can use their fingers or a pencil so they don’t get the sand on their fingers. Leave a comment about something you have done to help your child learn.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kid’s table and chairs with chalk board paint


Here is my children’s little table that’s about 7 years old, it needs the screws tightened up on it and really could use a new paint job. So I have an idea to make this fresh and cool. 

                                                                           

This is now the kid’s new table and chairs after tightening the screws and a fresh paint job. I used chalk board paint from the hardware store. All you need to do is get chalk board paint, a paint tray to hold the paint, a roller to roll it on and one sponge paint brush for all the hard to reach areas. Go ahead and paint, don’t forget to read the instructions on the back of the paint can. The table and chairs look so neat now and it will be good for another 7 years or until the kids stop using it. I also used the chalk board paint on our end tables that was already black and was in need of a new paint job. So we just put black chalk board paint on them and the kids are having fun writing on all the tables in the house. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

End of the Year Gift for the Teacher


This is the Kindergarten class room table, before picture. There is 8 of these that I brought home to do a neat little surprise for the teacher and the kids.


This is what I did for the teacher and her little ones for the end of a year gift. I toke all 8 tables home and cleaned them, then I went and bought some chalk board paint, paint roller and a paint tray from the hardware store. Paint one coat of chalk board paint on them and let dry for 1 day, then paint a second coat on them and let that coat dry for one more day. After three days you can go ahead and write on them. All you need to clean them off with after you write on them is a rag and water. Make sure you read the chalk board paint can for instructions. The tables turned out awesome and the kids are enjoying them!

Pumpkin Jail


I love Halloween! Here is a pumpkin I made for my sister that is a Police Officer. Just carve out the pumpkin in whatever shape you want, then add your decorations inside of it. I added skeleton’s, an empty candle container to put the LED Tealight in, black construction paper around the candle (to make it look like a burning barrel) and painted the chop sticks black. The most expensive part of making this was the pumpkin, I bought everything from the dollar store. I love this pumpkin and so did everyone else!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Name Recognition Ice Skates


I made these Ice Skates to go with my winter theme and to help the children learn recognition of their names. This helped the children learn letters and how to spell their names. I added some different color hearts so we could work on colors, patterns and then matching the color patterns with the right Ice Skate. This also was a lesson on Ice Skates, which not too many children knew what they were. Please share some fun winter theme things you have done!

Easter Carrot Croissants


This is what I made for a snack on Easter. Carrot shaped croissants, filled with tuna salad, egg salad or chicken salad and add parsley for the top. This was the first time I did this so it was not the greatest but I think they turned out ok. You can use biscuits or croissant rolls, take the dough and wrap it around a turkey butter baster to help make the shape of a carrot. Make sure to add a little oil to the butter baster so the dough does not stick to it. Then gently pull the dough off the butter baster while trying to keep the shape of the carrot. Then cook for the time the instructions say on the package, pull out of oven and let them cool off. Fill with whatever salad you like the best, I used a small spoon to add the salad inside the carrot shaped dough and topped with parsley. If you have a better way of doing this, please feel free to make a comment.

Pumpkin Eating a Baseball


My son said he wanted his pumpkin to be eating a baseball, so this is what we did. This is so cute, good job my baby! Hope you like it and please share some fun things you have done.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Penguin Feet Craft


My children and I made these as a craft for part of my CDA project and we had a lot of fun doing it, plus I have a nice picture of their feet. All you need is color paint, sponge, small paint brush, paper and some wiggle eyes if you have them, if not use your paint brush to paint eyes on. Paint the bottom of the foot with the sponge and black paint, have your child stand on the piece of paper, push on their foot and toes just a little and pull it up nice and easy. Color the middle part of the belly white and add some arms, scarf, hat, nose, eyes and whatever you think your penguin would look cute with. I made one too but no pictures of my funny penguin are going up, lol. Hope you like it and have fun making feet penguins.

Chicken Recipe

Chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese, covered in french’s fried onions. Yummy! Take a meat tenderizer and pound the chicken until it’s flat. Crunch up french’s fried onions in a throw away bag or a ziploc bag and add the chicken in it and mix it all up. Make sure to cover all the chicken in the french’s fried onions. Pull chicken out of the bag and put it on a greased baking pan/cookie sheet, lying flat then add fresh cut broccoli pieces and mild cheddar or colby shredded cheese. Fold the chicken in half and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until chicken is done. This was so easy and very yummy, hope you like it.

Vicks, Socks and Honey

Use Vicks VapoRub and Socks. Even the worst cough can be stopped within five to ten minutes, and last all night. Just apply the Vicks VapoRub generously to the bottom of your child’s feet, and cover with socks. Works 100% of the time, and has been proven to work better than prescription drugs. This really works; I have done this for the last two weeks. You can also give one tsp. of  Honey as needed, recommended by our Pediatrician. Please always check with your Pediatrician/Doctor before you use anyone’s home remedies, for your children or your self!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Movie Night

This was movie night for my children and some friends to watch the Lorax. They all got tickets to buy what they wanted before the movie started. They all went home with Dr. Seuss word puzzles and a picture of the fun night we had. Please share some of your movie night fun that you have had.

Green Hair from the Pool

                                                                    
This is what I do for my daughter’s hair after it turns green from swimming in the pool. Wash hair as you would normally do and squeeze out excess water, poor white vinegar all over the hair and rub it in really good. Please DON’T get it into their eyes because I am sure it will burn, cover their face with a clean, dry rag. Let the vinegar sit on the hair for about five minutes then rinse out. Wash your child’s body while you wait because the vinegar makes the body itch, well it made my daughter itch and it turned her neck a little red too. This took all the green out of her hair, hope this works for you too. If not you can use a lemon, cut the lemon in half and squeeze it all over the hair, don’t forget the clean, dry rag over the eyes.  Rub it in really good, let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse out, the green is all gone! Hope you like this helpful tip.

Halloween Pretzels






So these were the pretzels I did for Halloween. There are three different kinds because I have three children in different grades. This was very easy to do; buy the Candy Coating Chocolate from Kroger’s or the store of your choice. Follow the directions on the package to melt and then dip your pretzels in the chocolate to cover them. I used a rubber spatula to help cover the pretzels with the chocolate. I did about 5 to 7 at a time so I could add the sprinkles before the chocolate starts to harden. Put wax paper on a cookie sheet or a flat tray and put the chocolate covered sprinkled pretzels in the fridge for about 10 minutes; this will help the chocolate harden faster. The pretzels were a hit and the children loved them.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins

Here are some Rice Krispie Treat pumpkins I made for Halloween. Follow the directions for Rice Krispie Treats then shape them into circles while they are still warm, I made them a little smaller so I got 15 instead of 12. I put tootsie rolls in the top for the stem and colored it green with frosting, then add any kind of sprinkles you want to decorate them with. All done and the kids loved them! If you make these for Halloween or anything else you would love to share please leave a comment about what you made and how it went, thanks. Here is how to make Rice Krispie Treats from Kellogg’s.
  • Servings: 12
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Total time: 30 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margar   
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows     
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
DIRECTIONS
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.
Note
-For best results, use fresh marshmallows. -1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows. -Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended. -Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. -To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Carrot Treats

This is a treat I did for my children on Easter for their class. All you have to do is make your Rice Krispies treats from the directions on the cereal box or whatever recipe you have for them. Then when you go to cut them into squares just cut each piece a little bigger so you can cut that big one in half on an angle to make two pieces. By cutting them on an angle makes them in the shape of a triangle. Let them cool down and place them on a baking sheet so you have room to decorate them. I used green and orange Icing to decorate them to look like a carrot. If you don’t have time to make the Rice Krispies treats you can buy the ones that come pre-made in the packages and just cut in the middle of one on an angle so the shape is a triangle and decorate. You can buy the Icing in the tubes and just add a cake decorating tip tool to do the decorating or you can buy the cans of Icing and put the Icing into a Ziploc bag, cut one small hole in the corner of the bag and then decorate. Have fun doing this I know I did.

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

You can add Pillsbury Pizza Crust to make it a pizza. Put Pillsbury pizza crust on a cookie sheet and follow the direction for cooking the pizza crust, but only cook the crust half the time it says. Then you add all the ingredients to the half-cooked crust just before the last step, then finish the last step with the remaining ingredients (cheeses and green pepper). You don’t have to add the crust if you don’t want to, this is good without the crust also. This is a must try, thanks Taste Of Home for the recipe.
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
Directions
  • Place zucchini in strainer; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out moisture.
  • Combine zucchini with the eggs, Parmesan and half of the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add green pepper. Bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 cup) equals 311 calories, 20 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 132 mg cholesterol, 754 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cookie Fingers

                                                                  

Cookie Fingers! I made these out of sugar cookies. I added Mini Hershey Kisses as the warts, Licorice and Tootsie Rolls as the finger tips. Then just add some frosting for extra decoration and you have some really cute Halloween fingers. Adding the plastic spiders made these even cuter!

Chalk Picture with the Kids

Here is a picture of some chalk balloons I made on the driveway and had my girl’s lay down next to it and act like they were holding onto the balloon strings. They look like they are floating away into the sky holding onto the balloons. This was fun! The sun was so bright that day that they closed their eyes and then I got the fence in the picture too. Try not to get anything else in the picture. I still think the picture is priceless.
Try different kinds of things with the kids. Draw some pictures on the trampoline if you have one and just squirt it off with the hose when you’re done. Have fun using your imagination.

Baseball Cupcakes

Baseball Cupcakes! I did not make these but they are too cute not to share with everyone. Cupcakes turned into sports equipment. Kroger made these for me for my son’s birthday party. Follow the directions on the box to make the cupcakes and decorate them into a bat, mitt and baseball. Use colors that match your team colors. You could also do this for other sports as well. Have fun doing this and hope you liked it.

Karo light corn syrup

Here is a helpful tip for all moms, dads and grandparents. You know them grass stains every mom dreads to see on their child’s clothes, well I have a great tip for you. Use Karo Light Corn Syrup, put it on that grass stain, rub it in just a bit and throw it in the wash machine, done. Stain is all gone! Hope this will help you save some time fighting them nasty grass stains.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Video Message from Santa

If you have children this is such an amazing thing to do for them at Christmas time, send a video message from Santa! My son is 10 years old and is hearing things from his friends, so I was glad when a friend told me about this. It’s helping him to still believe for just a bit longer, spite what other children are saying. My younger children love it too. Check this website out, (PNP) Portable North Pole, portablenorthpole.com and it’s FREE. Do it for the love of your children and Christmas!