Thursday, June 18, 2009
4 Cups Flour
1 cup Salt
1 1/2 Cups Water
Mix ingredients together and Knead for 5 minutes
You can divide it into portions and add a few drops of food coloring or use it like it is and paint the finished hardened product.
Store it in an airtight container or plastic sandwich bag for future use. To make a permanent piece like Christmas ornament. Bake on a cookie sheet for 1 hour at 350 until hard.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Small Soda or Water Bottle or other Small See Thru Container with lid.
Sand (assorted colors available at your local craft store)
Assorted Small Treasures. Fake jewels, Buttons, toy rings that no longer fit. (anything that won't be missed that fits through the neck of your container.
Pen and Paper
Yarn or string.
Put the sand in the container about 2/3 of the way. Do not fill it all they way or you wont be able to see anything.
Put small treasures into the container one at a time keeping a list of the items.
Glue the lid onto the container and let it dry overnight.
Attach the list to the container with yarn.
When kids need something to do hand out the bottles and let them find the treasures. Set a time and see how many they can find or who finds them all first.
Put different treasures into each bottle you make to help keep it interesting.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Ok now on to the fun stuff.
My Daughter loves drawing on the sidewalk. I think she likes having such a large canvas to draw upon.
Start by getting out all those Carboard TP tubes you've been saving. Come on you know you've been trying to find a use for them.
Cover one end with masking tape to prevent leaks then line with wax paper so the chalk will be easy to get out.
1 1/2 cup Plaster of paris
3/4 cups water
3 TBls Powdered tempera paint color
Several Disposable container ( such as old milk cartons) and paint stir stick
In disposable container slowly mix the plaster of paris with the water. Divide into 2 or 3 containers and add different colored paint powder to each. Stir slowly to distribute color.
Set molds upright on a flat surface and fill with chalk mix. Tap the side to help release air bubbles.
Let it dry for 3 days before removing mold. It should slide right out thanks to the wax paper.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thank you My Bargain Mom for giving me this award. You have a great site to get tips on
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Here are the RULES of this Award:
(1) Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
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1. The Art and Science of Parenting
2. My Kids Are My World
3. My Crazy Life With A Toddler
4. Gohn Crazy
5. Comedy Plus
6. Jinxy Knows Best
7. Boogers, Screams, Headaches, Dreams
Seven Facts about Me...
1. I'm Married with 2 wonderful children.
2. There are more pets then people in my home.
3. I'm One of the original Video Gamers. Pong to Pac Man I've played them all.
4. My Favorite Authors are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child When they write together. Something always seems missing when they write seperately.
5. I hate housework and it probably shows a little too much.
6. Some day I hope to own a small house on a large piece of property In the Mountains. I would rather have more room outside then inside.
7. Right now I'm Very Addicted to CafeMom's Latte Land. Cafe mom is a web site for moms to get together on and Latte Land is their new game where you run your own coffee stand :D
The Broccoli is doing well.
This is a salad mix I saw on sale when I was out. I though I would give it a try.
I'm not really sure what they all are so it should be interesting.
On the right is a tomato plant and on the left is a jalapeno plant. I'm going to try making my own salsa this year.
Let start of the fun with a tasty recipe. I love big soft Pretzels. They are rather expensive to get when you go out. So here is a recipe I found in a cook book I got from the Library In Tucson AZ. Unfortunately I wrote the recipe down for my collection but not the title of the book I got it from so I can't give them credit. I am not claiming credit for this recipe I'm just sharing it.
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Tbls butter melted
Coarse, Kosher or Sea Salt
In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast and warm water then stir to dissolve the yeast. Stir in the sugar and salt. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time to form a soft dough.
On a lightly floured surface, turn dough out and knead until the dough is soft and elastic (about 5 min) Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn once to coat. cover and let rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size. (about 1 hour)
Preheat the oven to 425F Punch down the dough and divide it into 6 equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll a portion into a 14 inch long rope and twist the rope into a pretzel shape. Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet. Do the same with the rest of the dough. Brush each pretzel with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake until golden brown 15 to 20 min. Transfer to wire rack and let cool.
Try some variations such as Cinnamon and Sugar, Garlic Parmesan, or Onion.
How does this keep the kids busy? Let them try make the dough into pretzels and pick their own flavor for it. It's a fun tasty way to spend an afternoon.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hope everyone has a great Monday.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Yes she did them all by hand and we learned that small farms that just have a few sheep still use those same hand sheers.
We also watch some them process the wool and do some weaving.
Well I've got my tomatoes planted in my Experimental planter. As you can see the Cherry Tomatoes on top are growing like crazy. I've snipped the top shoot to try and keep the plant more compact. There are a few flower buds so it shouldn't be long before I see some tomatoes. The tomato plant on the bottom is growing more slowly.
Something I didn't think about but found quite interesting is the upside down plant is trying to grow up. This makes sense of course since that is what plants do. But for some reason I just didn't think that it would do that. Of course once it starts getting tomatoes it will grow down. The weight of the tomatoes will make it which is of course the idea so we don't have to stake it in place.
Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of my container garden. I've gotten 4 of them planted and growing well. I've put them next to our fence so that I can use it to secure any plants that need support as they grow.