Wednesday, June 27, 2012

iPhone Protector for the beach or pool


When ever we go to the pool or beach, I worry about sand and water droplets getting on/in my phone.  So I place it in a snack size ziplock baggie.  I can still use my phone through the plastic with my wet sandy hands. I can't submerge my phone, but it keeps it a lot cleaner.

 










Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Melted Bead Sun Catchers - stars and hearts



This week, Lillie and I made these stars and hearts sun catchers. The star is perfect for the 4th of July, and the heart will be great for Valentines Day. 

This was my pinspiration:
I saw this melted bead sun catcher on Pinterest.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=185741.0  I decided to give it a try, but make different shapes for holidays.  This crafter used metal pie pans and ceramic plates, but I thought that I could use cookie cutters wrapped in foil.  


I used metal cookie cutters and these aluminum cookie tins.
Lillie arranged the plastic beads in the bottom of the aluminum shape.
I needed to build a form for the heart cookie cutter, so I placed the heart on a piece of aluminum foil and wrapped the foil up around the top of the cookie cutter.

Lillie placed the beads in the bottom of the heart shape.  Make sure that there are enough beads in the bottom of the shape, so that when they melt, there will not be holes.
I placed the shapes on an old cookie sheet and placed it in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. (longer or shorter based on oven.)  When you melt the beads, be sure to open the windows and make sure that the house it well ventilated.


After, the beads melted, I let the creations cool while we went outside to play.




After they cooled, I popped them out of the forms.  I drilled a small hole in the sun catchers and used fishing line to hang them up.



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 - 
I heart nap time Tutus and Tea Parties Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Navy Wifey Peters The Foley Family Adventures in Mommydom No time for flash cards

Monday -
I Gotta Try this diy home sweet home creating really awesome free things Sumo's Sweet Stuff All Things Fee Sew Chatty Colours Dekor Make it Pretty Monday Ninth Street Notions An Original Belle  Mad in Crafts The Gunny Sack   

Tuesday -
Inside BruCrew Life Home Stories A to Z Hope Studios Coastal Charm Ladybug blessings Sugar Bee Crafts My uncommon slice of suburbia  Me and my boys Romance on a dime The Winthrop Chronicles

Wednesday-
Free Pretty Things JAQS Studio
My Girlish Whims Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Ginger Snap Crafts Seven Thirty Three Southern Lovely Trendy Treehouse Rae Gun Ramblings DIY by Design Lil' Luna Crystal and Co.

Thursday-
 Beyond the Picket Fence Momnivore's Dilemma House of Hepworth  Yesterday on Tuesday Think Tank Thursdays  The Artsy Girl Connection Made in a Day Fireflies and jellybeans Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom  Rhinestone Beagle  The Crafty Blog Stalker Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts Homa style

Friday-
 My Romantic Home Miss Information One Artsy Mama It's a Hodgepodge life 504 Main Craft Junkie Too Simply Designing  Simply Sweet Home Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons Sun Scholars Delicate construction  Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Living Life Intentionally The Grant Life Diana Rambles JDaniels4's Mom Home school creations

Saturday-
Cheerios and Lattes Tater Tots and Jello Crafty Mom Share A Vision to Remember Serenity You Sugar Aunts


Monday, June 18, 2012

Strawberry Bread


I think that I found my new favorite recipe.  I like this strawberry bread even more than banana bread.
Ingredients:
3 Cups of flour
2 Cups of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of oil
2 -10 oz packages of sweetened frozen strawberries, thawed (or 2 cups of fresh strawberries sugared and mashed with a potato masher)

Mix dry ingredients and set aside.  Beat eggs well and add oil and strawberries.  Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. 

Bake in 3 greased loaf pans, at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. (Or use 6 small loaf pans at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.)
And enjoy!
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 - 
I heart nap time The Foley Family Tutus and Tea Parties Nifty Thrifty Things Delicate Construction The Sasse Life Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Monday -
diy home sweet home I Gotta Try this creating really awesome free things Sumo's Sweet Stuff Its so very Cheri  Signing Three Little Birds All Things Fee Sew Happy Geek Sew Chatty Colours Dekor Polly Want a Crafter Be Colorful You're talking too much Ninth Street Notions An Original Belle Making the World Cuter Mad in Crafts Skip to my Lou The Gunny Sack  Mrs. Happy Homemaker Flour me with love

Tuesday -
Home Stories A to Z Hope Studios Coastal Charm House of Grace Tempt my Tummy Tuesday  - Blessed with Grace Ladybug blessings Tip Junkie Sugar Bee Crafts My uncommon slice of suburbia At home with K A bowl full of lemons Me and my boys Romance on a dime Elizabeth and Co.
Not just a housewife Vintage Wanna B Hope Studios Mandy's Recipe Box Crazy for Crust Inside BruCrew Life Chef in training 33 shades of green The Winthrop Chronicles Claim Our Space - Tout it Tuesday

Wednesday-
My Girlish Whims Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Domestically Speaking Ginger Snap Crafts Free Pretty Things Seven Thirty Three Southern Lovely Trendy Treehouse Primp Rae Gun Ramblings DIY by Design
Lil' Luna Lady Behind the Curtain JAQS Studio

Thursday
A Creative Princess Beyond the Picket Fence The Artsy Girl Connection Made in a Day Thirsty Thursdays - Obviously Marvelous Momnivore's Dilemma Christinas Adventures Fireflies and jellybeans Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom Somewhat Simple House of Hepworth Yesterday on Tuesday Rhinestone Beagle Thrifty Decorating The Crafty Blog Stalker Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts Something Swanky: desserts A Little Nosh
The Frugal Girls

Friday-
One Artsy Mama My Romantic Home It's a Hodgepodge life Whipperberry The World as I see it Chubby Cheeks Thinks The Prudent Pantry Turely Lovely Stuff and Nonsense 504 Main Craft Junkie Too Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Living Life Intentionally Alli n Sons - desserts Simply Designing Blissful Bucket list Simply Sweet Home Thirty Hand Made Days Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons

Saturday-
Natasha in Oz Funky Junk Interiors Tater Tots and Jello A Vision to Remember Serenity You 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Zucchini Bread



Do you have too many zucchinis growing in your garden?  Make bread out of them.  You can also prepare and freeze the zucchini to use later.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup of oil
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 cups of grated zucchini (or puree in blender)
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoons of Cinnamon
Optional: 1 cup of chopped nuts

Beat eggs until fluffy.  Mix flour and dry ingredients in a separate bowl, except nuts.  Mix all moist ingredients together and add dry ingredients.  Add nuts and mix well.  Pour batter into two greased and floured 5x9 loaf pans or four small pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour for two large pans or 30 minutes for 4 small pans.  Make sure the bread is done by testing it with toothpick, until it comes out clean.



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.


Wednesday-
Free Pretty Things JAQS Studio
My Girlish Whims Sew Much Ado Someday Crafts Domestically Speaking Ginger Snap Crafts  Seven Thirty Three Southern Lovely Trendy Treehouse Primp Rae Gun Ramblings DIY by Design
Lil' Luna Lady Behind the Curtain

Thursday
A Creative Princess Beyond the Picket Fence The Artsy Girl Connection Made in a Day Thirsty Thursdays - Obviously Marvelous Momnivore's Dilemma Christinas Adventures Fireflies and jellybeans Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom Somewhat Simple House of Hepworth Yesterday on Tuesday Rhinestone Beagle  The Crafty Blog Stalker Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts Something Swanky: desserts A Little Nosh

Friday-
Truly Lovely My Romantic Home
One Artsy Mama  It's a Hodgepodge life Whipperberry The World as I see it Chubby Cheeks Thinks The Prudent Pantry  Stuff and Nonsense 504 Main Craft Junkie Too Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Living Life Intentionally Alli n Sons - desserts Simply Designing Blissful Bucket list Simply Sweet Home Thirty Hand Made Days Kitchen Fun with my 3 sons The Grant Life Delicate Construction Simple Living with Diane Blach

Saturday-
Natasha in Oz Funky Junk Interiors
Tater Tots and Jello A Vision to Remember Serenity You Cheerios and Lattes

Pan Roasted Vegetables on the Grill


We love to cook summer vegetables on the grill during the summer.   You can line a grill pan with foil or you can make a pocket out of foil for the vegetables. 
Ingredients:
1/2 sliced onion
4-5 chopped potatoes (I used red)
1-2 peeled and sliced zucchini or yellow squash
1/2 bag of carrots
4-5 Tablespoons of butter
Mrs. Dash
Non Stick Spray

First, Spray foil with non-stick spray.  Prepare vegetables and place on foil.  Top with slices of butter and use Mrs. Dash to season.  Enclose foil pouch and place on grill.
Cook on grill, approximately 1/2 hour, until vegetables are tender.
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Fizzy Exploding Bags - Science Experiment



I found this science experiment on pinterest a few months ago.  http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/bagbomb.php  It is super easy to do and we tried it last night.
What you need:
One small (sandwich size) zip-lock bag - freezer bags work best.
Baking soda
Warm water
Vinegar
A tissue

Place 1/4 cup of warm water and 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bag.
Put 3 teaspoons of baking soda into the middle of the tissue.

Wrap the the baking soda up in the tissue by folding the tissue around it.

You will have to work fast now - partially zip the bag closed but leave enough space to add the baking soda packet. Put the tissue with the baking soda into the bag and quickly zip the bag completely closed.

Put the bag on the ground and step back. The bag will start to expand, and expand, and if all goes well, it will pop.  The first one we tried was slow, so I gave the second one a quick shake and then tossed into the street.  It worked a lot faster and it was more exciting than the first one.           

This is what Science Bob said is happening inside the bag:
"What happens inside the bag is actually pretty interesting - the baking soda and the vinegar eventually mix (the tissue buys you some time to zip the bag shut) When they do mix, you create an ACID-BASE reaction and the two chemicals work together to create a gas, (carbon dioxide - the stuff we breathe out) well it turns out gasses need a lot of room and the carbon dioxide starts to fill the bag, and keeps filling the bag until the bag can no longer hold it any more and, POP! Be sure to clean up the mess."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Bouncing Egg Experiment - Preschool Science


I saw this experiment (eggsperiment) on Mom to Posh Lil Divas and I thought that Lillie would enjoy it. 
What you will need:
2 brown eggs
2 white eggs
Vinegar
Water
4 clear glasses to watch the reaction happen.

Gently place 1 egg in each glass.  Add vinegar to 1 white egg glass and to 1 brown egg glass.  Add water to 1 white egg glass and 1 brown egg glass.  I put in enough water or vinegar to cover the egg.  Then we watched.  Within minutes we saw bubble forming and coming off the eggs that were placed in the vinegar.  (see the little lines in the vinegar above the egg?)
 Then the eggs (in vinegar) started to bob to the top of the vinegar.  First, the white egg.
 Then the brown egg.
 I was curious as to why the egg floated and I found on the internet that: "An egg floats due to the release of bubbles of Carbon Dioxide gas from the reaction of the vinegar with the Calcium Carbonate of the eggshell. The bubbles cling to the shell giving it lift."
By the end of the day, we saw the layers of the egg coming off of the egg.
We also saw lots of bubbles and egg layers at the top of the vinegar.  No change occurred to the eggs in water.
The next day, we saw more bubbles and more soft eggshell layers at the top of the vinegar.  At this point, I should have dumped out the vinegar and rinsed the vinegar eggs in water.  After rinsing them, place them back into glasses of vinegar.  This speeds up the process of the vinegar dissolving the shell.  Later in the experiment, I read this instruction on another website.
On Day 3, we compared the eggs in water and vinegar and noticed that the size of the bubbles were bigger and more of the eggshell layers were coming off.  We also noticed that the eggs in vinegar seemed bigger than the ones in water.

There was basically no change to the eggs between day 3 and 9.
 Finally, by day 9 the final layers were starting to disappear.

After a week, I was surprised that all of the shell wasn't gone, like I had seen in the Mom to Posh lil divas post. So, I looked up other egg experiments on the Internet.  I found that on day 2, I was suppose to dumped out the vinegar and rinsed the vinegar eggs in water. After rinsing them, place them back into glasses of vinegar. This speeds up the process of the vinegar dissolving the shell.
So, I rinsed them on day 11 to remove the final shell.
After rinsing the eggs, we laid them out on a paper towel to compare them.  The eggs that were in vinegar were larger than the ones that were in water.
 The eggs that were in water still had hard shells, but
 the eggs that were in vinegar were squishy.
 Now for the bouncing.  Lillie bounced the egg several times at a lower height. 
 When we tried a height approximately 12" from the counter, it broke.
 The yoke was squishy, but firm.
 Then we had fun with the other egg, until...
 Sophie wanted to bounce it.  On her first try, it bounced off the counter and onto the floor.
It was a great experiment and I can't wait to try it again.
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