Sunday, April 20, 2014

Learning Letters with Beans




I have done this activity with both of my little learners. It helps them to identify the letter, develop their fine motor skills and prewriting skills.
Materials needed:
paper
liquid glue
dry beans

First, with a large marker write the letter on a piece of paper. I used the other side of a recycled piece of paper.
 Next, make a line of glue on the letter.
 My little learner then placed the dried beans on the line of glue.




 Until she was all done. After the glue was dry, I had my little learner trace the letter with her finger.




Coconut Cake



We just had this cake for Easter dessert and it was delicious. The frosting is made with cool whip which gave it a lighter taste. I saw this recipe in a Jello ad in an All Recipes magazine.  www.jello.com/recipe/classic-angel-flake-coconut-cake

Shopping list:
1 yellow cake mix (2 layer size)
1 7oz package of Angel coconut
1 1/4 cups of milk
1 3.4oz package of coconut flavored instant pudding
1 3.4oz package of vanilla flavored instant pudding
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 8oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Cake ingredients and instructions:
1 yellow cake mix (2 layer size)
ingredients on cake mix box to make cake
2/3 cup of coconut
1/4 cup of milk
1 3.4oz package of coconut flavored instant pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Prepare cake according to directions on the box for 2-9" round layers. Before pouring the batter into the greased pans, stir in 2/3 cup of coconut, 1/4 cup of milk and the dry coconut pudding mix.
Bake according to directions on cake mix package and test doneness with a toothpick to check.
 Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, before placing them on wire racks to cool completely.

Icing ingredients and instructions:
1 3.4oz package of vanilla flavored instant pudding
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 8oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed

Beat dry vanilla pudding mix, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of milk in a large bowl with a wire whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Place 1 cake layer on plate and place approximately 1 cup of icing on bottom layer. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of coconut on bottom layer.
Place top cake layer on bottom iced layer and frost top and sides with remaining icing. Sprinkle remaining coconut on top and press into sides of cake.
 Refrigerate for 1 hour and Enjoy!

Note: The icing looks white in the photos, but it will have a yellow tint from the vanilla pudding mix.

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Sunday -   The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things  Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty

Monday - creating really awesome free things Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art A pinch of Joy Flour me with love Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice Mad in Crafts All Things Fee

Tuesday -Inside BruCrew Life Coastal Charm  Mandy's Recipe Box Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home
Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206 Memories by the Mile Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts  Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe Tip Junkie My uncommon slice of suburbia

Wednesday-
 Romance on a dime  Twinkling Trees Vintage zest Preserving Life's Moments Chef in training JAQS Studio My Girlish Whims Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain Life with the crusts cut off Someday Crafts Ivy and Elephants
Seven Thirty Three

Thursday
Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute
Lamberts Lately Rhinestone Beagle Live Laugh Linky  A glimpse Inside Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Through the dutch door Krafty Cards Craftionary

Friday-
Truly Lovely My Romantic Home Home Maid Simple 504 Main Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Diana Rambles What-about.co The best blog recipes  Finding Fabulous The Stitchin' Mommy my turn for us Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode nancherrow I heart nap time Make it Pretty Monday

Saturday-
Mandatory Mooch Funky Junk Interiors Serenity You Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes  A Sorta Fairytale

Sunday -  Momnivore's Dilemma Navy Wifey Peters

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz of cream cheese
1 diced jalapeno
1/2 lb of bacon
 In a bowl mix shredded cheese, cream cheese and diced jalapeno.

Spread cheesy jalapeno mixture on each chicken breast. Fold up edges and hold with toothpicks.
Wrap bacon around chicken and over toothpicks. Poke the toothpicks through the bacon.
 Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and is 165 degrees.
 Remove toothpicks and Enjoy!





Sunday, March 9, 2014

Colgate Optic White Vox Box from Influenster.com

Look at what I got in the mail from influenster.com. 
 I opened the box to find...
 a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush, toothpaste and $3 off coupons to share with my friends.
 Before on Day 1.
 I brushed my teeth with Optic White toothbrush and tooth paste. Here are some pictures of the toothbrush.



I followed the instructions and turned the whitening pen 2 clicks. I brushed it on my top teeth and repeated the process.

 I have used the whitening pen twice a day for the past 10 days and You can tell by the window in the pen, I have a lot more that I can use.

After 10 days, my teeth did look brighter.
If you are interested in an invite to influenster.com. please leave a comment with your e-mail and I will send you an invite to join.
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spring Cleaning Checklist and Tips




The snow isn't melted yet, but I know that once it starts to warm up I will be ready to start cleaning. Here is my list of spring cleaning tasks.

Dust -
  • all baseboards
  • top of door frames
  • panels on doors
  • ceiling fans
  • all furniture and tv's
  • all lamp shades
  • all blinds
  • wall hangings and wall artwork
  • Bathrooms - this seems to be one of the dustiest places in my house. It must be from all of the steam and laundry that is in this room.
    • ledge above shower and all other ledges (like above the mirror.)
    • shower curtain rod
    • shower head
    • all towel and toilet paper holders
    • lights/light fixtures 
Mop - hand mop all floors. Refer to post on natural grout cleaner to clean grout.

Vacuum - all rooms and along all baseboards with vacuum edge tools. Vacuum under furniture.
Vacuum all furniture
Shampoo carpet, if needed. I just bought carpet and they recommended professional cleaning every 18 months, in the rooms that are frequently used.

Deep clean oven - I recommend cleaning the oven without toxic fumes with this blog post.

Windows - clean inside and outsides of windows. I use this solution of vinegar to clean my windows. Cloudy days tend to work best, so that the sun doesn't dry the windows too fast, causing streaks.

Wash -
  • All bedding
Wipe down -
  • the fronts of cabinets (I have my girls do this as a monthly chore, but I like to do it quarterly.)
  • tops of cabinets. After cleaning the tops of the cabinets, put wax paper down. It will make the job go quicker next time.
Clean out and organize the refrigerator and freezer
  • I use a baking soda solution to wipe down the refrigerator and freezer
  • check all of the expiration dates and toss anything that you don't use.
  • organize fridge according to what you use
  • pull the refrigerator out from the wall and vacuum behind it. Vacuum the front vent too.
  • clean microwave by microwaving 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Wipe down.
Clean and organize pantry. Toss expired items.
Clean out and organize bathroom cabinets.
Organize closet. Donate clothes that you do not wear or do not fit.  
Wash outside furniture down with a soapy water solution and hose off.
Turn or flip mattresses.
Air out pillows and rugs.


Make dried out markers new again.





This is something every mom needs to know. A Crayola Factory Experience employee told us this tip when we visited the Crayola Factory store in Easton, Pennsylvania. You don't need to throw out crayola markers that have dried out. Fill the marker lid with water and place the lid back on the marker. Let the marker set overnight and it should work like new in the morning. See the before and after picture above.

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Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to. Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.
Sunday - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Nifty Thrifty Things Navy Wifey Peters The Foley Family No time for flash cards  Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty
Monday - Flour me with love creating really awesome free things Sweet Anne Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art  A pinch of Joy
Make it Pretty Monday Skip to my Lou Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice
Tuesday - Inside BruCrew Life Home Stories A to Z Coastal Charm My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Hope Studios Ladybug blessings Sugar Bee Crafts Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife  The Winthrop Chronicles Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home Funky Polkadot Giraffe Cupcakes and Crinoline VMG206 Memories by the Mile Twinkling Trees Crafty Blog Stalker Vintage Vest
Wednesday- JAQS Studio Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain Ivy and Elephants  Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Seven Thirty Three
Thursday - Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Through the dutch door Rhinestone Beagle Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Krafty Cards
Friday- Sun Scholars 504 Main The Grant Life my turn for us craftdictator nancherrow Home school creations Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons Truly Lovely Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Diana Rambles What-about.co The Stitchin' Mommy Peek-a-boo pattern shop whipperberry justusfourblog I heart nap time
Saturday- Crafty Mom Share I can teach my child Sugar Aunts
Mandatory Mooch  Serenity You Pierced Pastimes A Sorta Fairytale



   

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quick and Easy Pasta Dish




I have not made Hamburger Helper in over 5 years. I stopped, because the sodium content was so high. I have learned to make pasta dishes that take about the same amount of time and are so much healthier.

Ingredients:
1 Jar of pasta sauce (I like to use the natural or organic store brand.)
1/2 to 1# of hamburger (I like to use the 90% lean)
1/2 package of pasta (I have used egg noodles, bow tie or penne pasta)

Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Cook hamburger in a skillet and drain any grease. If I use 90% or more lean hamburger, I usually don't need to drain the grease.  You can also use ground turkey. I typically use a 1/2 pound of hamburger, but you can use more, if you like your pasta dish to be meatier. After I cook and drain the hamburger, I add a jar of pasta sauce to the skillet and let is warm up.  Once the pasta noodles are cooked, I drain them and add them to the skillet with the sauce and hamburger.  I stir and let it all come up to temperature.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

5 Ingredients or Less Recipes






Cooking should not be intimidating or complicated. You don't need to eat hamburger helper, spaghetti or tacos every night. I assembled a list of my easy to make recipes with 5 ingredients or less. I will continue to add more, so be sure to check back.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Cheese Dip
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Cheesy Wild Rice Soup
Chicken Broccoli Ring
Chicken, Gravy and Potatoes
Chili Cheese dip
Crab Dip
Doughnuts
Easy French Dip Sandwiches
Easy Fruit Dip
Famous Fudge
Guacamole
Hamburger Mac and Cheese
Homemade Ice Cream in a ziplock baggie
Little Smokies in a Blanket
Mac and Cheese, Tuna Casserole
Oreo Fluff
Pasta Dish - Quick and Easy
Pigs in a Blanket
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
Rosemary Skewer Kabobs
Salmon on the Grill, with Brown Sugar Rub
Sausage and Peppers in the crock pot
Snow Cream - Ice Cream
Spicy Chicken Roll Ups
Stuffed Mushrooms
Swedish Meatballs
Turkey Stuffing Rolls

Updated March 29, 2014

Here is a list of the Linky parties that I link up to.  Thank you to all of the hosts for letting me post my favorite recipes, crafts, money saving ideas and activities for children.

Monday - Flour me with love creating really awesome free things Lines Across  Sweet Anne Creating my way to success Craft-o-matic Clairejustine Sew Can Do Scattered thoughts Kitchen Table Art  A pinch of Joy Make it Pretty Monday   All Things Fee  Mad in Crafts Skip to my Lou Cherished Handmade Treasures Serendipity and Spice

Tuesday - Someday I'll Learn Inside BruCrew Life  Coastal Charm My uncommon slice of suburbia Mandy's Recipe Box Ladybug blessings Kathe with an E Our Delightful Home Cupcakes and Crinoline  Crafty Blog Stalker Home Stories A to Z Chef in training Hope Studios Sugar Bee Crafts Romance on a dime Elizabeth and Co. Not just a housewife The Winthrop Chronicles  Funky Polkadot Giraffe VMG206 Memories by the Mile Vintage Vest Preserving Life's Moments

Wednesday- JAQS Studio My Girlish Whims Ginger Snap Crafts DIY by Design Lady Behind the Curtain
Free Pretty Things Life with the crusts cut off Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Ivy and Elephants
Seven Thirty Three

Thursday -Think Tank Thursdays A creative Princess Marigold's Loft All things with purpose  Sweet Haute Lamberts Lately Live Laugh Linky  A glimpse Inside Glued to my Crafts Aftsy Fartsy Mama 5 little Chefs Living well, spending less Krafty Cards Rhinestone Beagle

Friday-Home Maid Simple Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life The best blog recipes  Finding Fabulous The Stitchin' Mommy my turn for us craftdictator nancherrow I heart nap time Truly Lovely My Romantic Home  504 Main Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Simply Sweet Home What-about.co  Freaky Keen Peek-a-boo pattern shop craftdictator whipperberry justusfourblog crafts a la mode Diana Rambles

Saturday-Mandatory Mooch Serenity You Cheerios and Lattes  Pierced Pastimes Life on Lakeshore Drive

Sunday - The Foley Family  Nifty Thrifty Things Momnivore's Dilemma TitiCrafty


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