Sunday, September 30, 2012

Air in a jar - science experiment


I really like this book that we checked out at the library on science experiments with gases.


The experiment is easy.  Stuff a paper towel into the end of a jar.

Fill a bowl with water and place jar upside down in the bowl.  The water line is above the line of the paper towel, but when you pull the jar out the paper towel is dry.


Lillie checked the inside of the jar to see that the paper towel was dry. We talked about the air being in the jar, pushing the water down.


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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chili Cheese Dip



I got this recipe from a friend as part of a wedding shower gift.  It is a great recipe for football parties.

1 can of Hormel Chili (I use the "with beans" version)
1 Package of cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat version)
2 cups of shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
Tortilla Chips

Spread cream cheese in bottom of 9X13 rectangular pyrex baking dish
Cover cream cheese with hormel chili
Cover chili with shredded cheese
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Allow to cool slightly and serve with chips for dipping.






Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dancing Raisins - Bubbles Science Experiment



I saw a friend's blog posting on dancing raisins and I wanted to do the experiment with Lillie and Sophie.  I found this website with more information http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/dancing-raisins-the-bubble-lifter  I think that this was one of my favorite experiments.
First, we read and discussed the following page..
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Then we conducted the experiments.
We filled 5 clear glasses about 3/4 of the way full with Sierra Mist.  But you can you can use your choice of clear carbonated beverage.
We selected 5 items to put in the glasses.  Uncooked macaroni, raisin, uncooked wild rice, uncooked lentils, and corn from a can.
In the first glass Lillie added the macaroni.  We used macaroni from the kraft mac and cheese box.  Some floated at the top and some sank to the bottom.  A few went up in down.  I think that this one would have been better, if we would have used regular elbow macaroni.
Next, Lillie dropped the raisins into the second glass.  They sank to the bottom, then slowly rose to the top.  When their bubbles popped, they sank back to the bottom of the glass.  Once the collected enough bubbles, they rose to the top again.  You can tell that this was more exciting, by the smile that I captured on Lillie's face as you look through the glass of raisins.
In the third glass, Lillie added wild rice.  It sank, then floated back up to the top.  It did not fall back down to the bottom of the glass. (I did not take a picture of it).  It did not dance.
In the forth glass, Lillie added the corn.  It slowly moved from the bottom of the glass, back to the top and then back to the bottom.
In the fifth glass, Lillie added the dry lentils.  They danced the most out of all of the items.
Then Lillie proposed that we add corn to the glasses with the rice, raisins and macaroni. Once she added the corn to the glass with rice, it disrupted it enough to cause both the rice and corn to dance from the bottom to the top and back down to the bottom.
The corn did not change the dance that the raisins or macaroni were doing.  They still slowly continued to dance from the bottom to the top and back down to the bottom.
The best part was drinking the unused Sierra Mist.  Those bubble rose to the top too...in the form of a burp.
In conclusion, the CO2 bubbles attached themselves to the solid objects, causing them to to rise to the top.  Once they made it to the top, some of the bubbles popped causing the solid object to fall back down to the bottom of the glass.  The process would repeat itself, until there were no more bubbles/CO2 or the objects became to saturated and heavy to have the CO2 lift them to the top.
After the experiment, we read this book to learn about bubble in nature.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Make Your Own Bubble Toy


Last month, we went to see the bubble man at a summer library event.  He made large bubbles, square bubbles and bubble foam. He told us how to make our own bubble toy to make bubble foam.  It is super easy and we had these items around our house.  If you have to buy the tulle material, it would cost you less than $1.
First, cut off the end of a plastic bottle.  We used a water bottle, but you can use about any clean plastic bottle.
Next cut 3-4 pieces of Tulle to fit over the larger end of the bottle.  The smaller the holes of the tulle, the better.  Layer the tulle over the larger end of the bottle and secure with strong tape.  
Fill a dish with bubble solution and dip bubble maker in solution.
Blow through top of bottle to make foamy bubbles.  Have Fun!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pinterest finds this week


I saw this on another site and I can't wait to try it for Lillie's first lunch at school.  This blogger also has other creative lunch ideas to make for your kids.  http://www.creativekidsnacks.com/2012/08/hello-kitty.html#.UCxe791mRcQ



This was an interesting article that I read about how gluten affected her child's behavior.  Her child was ADD and when they eliminated gluten and dairy, her behavior improved. http://www.tessadomesticdiva.com/2012/08/gluten-add-sharing-our-experience.html



This site has recipes to make cookies out of cake mixes.  http://goodenessgracious.com/2011/12/3-christmas-cookie-recipes-using-cake-mixes.html



This looks like a great idea to hang photos and decorate the blank walls in our home.  http://www.literallyinspired.com/2012/02/picture-perfect.html


Write secret messages to your children and have them use watercolors to reveal the message. http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/crafts/valentines-day-crafts-for-kids/#page=8
Secret Messages

I hope that I never have to try this, but it is good to know, just in case.  This mom, used toothpaste to get permanent marker off wood floors.
http://www.mylifeandkids.com/2011/10/tip-how-to-get-permanent-marker-off/?spref=fb


Sophie and Lillie love "I Spy" books.  We have checked out everyone of them from the library.  I think that we need to make our own.  Like this mom at I can teach my child.




Make your own card holder out of a Christmas sign and add ribbon to it.  Great idea from the anderson crew: http://andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-12-10T16%3A32%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=3


I am tired of buying something that I cam make at home for a lot less.  http://www.food.com/recipe/cheap-daily-shower-spray-cleaner-349641  I am going to make this daily shower cleaner as soon as I post this.
Cheap Daily Shower Spray Cleaner. Photo by Dreamer in Ontario
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Celebrating the 1st day of Kindergarten!


Kindergarten is an exciting and scary time for little ones, so I did a few things to help ease Lillie's nerves and celebrate the day.
First, I gave her this "Off to Kindergarten" book, by Tony Johnston and a poem with magic dust.
 
 I found this poem with "Magic Dust" idea from: http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-day-of-school-magic-dust.html .  I used glitter for magic dust.  She said that she only needed a small pinch, because she was only a little nervous.
We also got a "Congratulations Lillie" cookie and balloon to celebrate Lillie's first day of school.  She will be surprised when she gets home and I can't wait to hear about her first day.   I am off to the bus stop.  I hope that your little one had a great first day at school.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats


These Rice Krispie Treats are one of my favorite desserts.  My mom has been making these for as long as I can remember.  I made them for a Bar-B-Que last night and we brought home an empty pan.  (So, I was only able to take a picture of the treats before we left for the party.)   These are easy to make.  I think that they are easier to make than regular Rice Krispie treats, because they aren't as sticky to work with.



Spray non-stick cooking spray in bar pan
In a large pot/pan melt:
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of honey
3/4 cup of sugar
Keep stirring, so it doesn't scorch.  You will still be able to see a little bit of the sugar, but when it is really creamy remove the pan from the heat and add
6 cups of Rice Krispies
Spread in bar pan and allow to cool

Melt
1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
1 cup of Butterscotch chips in a sauce pan.
Once melted spread over Rice Krispies.

We keep these covered in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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