Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This past summer, my daughters and I have been packing our lunch and going to the library. The girls get the biggest kick out of it.
This week, Daddy Bryan met us there for lunch. The girls thought that was so much fun...a family lunch date. So we had a hodge-podge of a lunch but one of the items that I took was homemade hummus.
I received a recipe from a former co-worker of mine, who in my eyes has the best recipe for hummus. I have modified it to fit our taste buds but this one rocks!
4 cups chick peas (roughly 2 ½ cans drained)
½ cup tahini (sesame paste)
½ cup warm water
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemons
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Combine the chick peas, tahini, warm water, olive oil and juice of one lemon in food processor. Process until smooth, scrape down side of bowl when necessary. Add garlic, salt, cumin and pepper (to taste if you like) and process to blend. It will keep well in jar in the refrigerator and makes roughly one quart.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
1 bunch/head raw broccoli
1 bunch/head cauliflower flowerets
1 c. raw pumpkin seeds (you could use sunflower seeds)
1 lb. bacon, browned crisp
1/2 of an onion, cut very finely
1 c. grated Cheddar cheese
1 c. mayo
2 tbsp. white vinegar
Wash broccoli and cauliflower, trim off heavy stalks and use the tender flowerets for this salad. Cut onion into thin slices and then finely chop into small pieces. Add pumpkin/sunflower seeds. Toss together. Add grated cheese. Stir mayo and vinegar together until creamy; add to the vegetables. Stir well and top with bacon, then refrigerate.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
- pineapple chunks
- apple slices
- pear slices
Making a kebabs doesn't have to be just fruit, but it can be various cheeses cut into bite size pieces. And rotated with turkey/ham/chicken bites and bread. It is a sandwich on a stick.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Then again, this week, my older daughter asked me...so... can we do a craft again today? It is just so much fun to see how art/crafts has become a part of her life, and how she enjoys doing it as much as I do. So we will be restarting our art playdate ideas and will be posting soon. Until then!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- 1 coffee filter (will need to be split so that it lays flat)
- 2 wiggle eyes
- tongue depresser or popsicle stick
- fuzzy wire or straw
- paint brush
- water to dip your paintbrush in to remove the watercolor
First you will need to split/unseel the coffee filter so that it is laying flat on the table. Next let your child(ren) decorate the coffee filter with the watercolors. After the coffee filter dries, place glue on the tongue depresser/popsicle stick and place your butterfly wings on top and press gently. Make sure that you leave enough room at the top of the tongue depresser/popscicle stick to glue the eyes. Next you will glue the fuzzy wire on the back of the wooden stick. Allow time for the watercolor to dry, as well as the glue.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Making a paperplate fish is easy and quick fun to do at home. What you will need is the following:
- 1 paper plate
- Tissue paper, shiny paper or construction paper that is in 1-inch squares or 1-inch circles
- An eye (can be one that you get at a craft store, or one that you create on your own via drawing or cutting it out of construction paper)
- Hole punch
First you will need to cut out a triangle that is roughly the size of a piece of pie. Then on the opposite side of the paper plate, take that "pie" shaped piece, you will want the "point" side to go a little bit behind the paper plate, and then staple the piece so that both pieces join together.
Next you will select various pieces of tissue paper, shiny paper or construction paper and glue them onto the paper plate. You will want to glue it all around so that your fish is nice and brightly colored. Next you will glue on the eye and lastly punch a hole at the top of the plate and thread string through the hole, so that you can easily hang your fish.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- A sheet of contact paper (best size is 11X17 because it is large enough where you can place different objects on top). If you don't have contact paper, that is fine, you can glue the objects onto a sheet of construction paper. Contact paper just gives less of a mess.
- Different objects (squares of tissue paper, pom-poms balls, feathers, really anything that you can find or cut out of paper or fabric).
- First you will need to cut the contact paper to the desired size. Peel the backing of the contact paper and lay the sticky side up. Next gather different items that you would like to add to your collage. Place those items on the contact paper and the design begins.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
- 2 T of tempera paint or 15 drops of food coloring
- 1/2 cup of bubble solution
- Large piece of paper that you can attach to your fence, around trees, between two patio chairs, etc.
- Baggie ties or tape (to hold the paper)
Friday, March 6, 2009
I don't know if you would have this around your home, but if you go to a craft store/dollar store you will be able to find inexpensive artificial flowers. This is an easy craft this is a lot of fun because the kids can change the flower bouquet around and each bouquet will be different.
You will need the following supplies:
- Artificial flowers
- Flower foam (flower frogs) or you could use play dough if needed
- Tissue paper - any color that you would like
Have the kids stick the flowers into the flower foam/play dough. Place the colored tissue paper on the table, then place the flower bouquet on top of the tissue paper. Wrap the tissue paper around the base of the flowers so that if forms a layer around it like a vase. Then take the ribbon, and wrap it around the vase and tie it with a bow. You are done...and can place it on the table as a centerpiece
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The materials that you need include:
- 2 sticks about the same lenghth and similiar thickness (about 5 inches). Can also use craft sticks, etc.
- White glue
- 1 variegated yarn
Gather one end of the yarn you have selected and tie the loose end of the stick as close as possible to the place where the two sticks come together (the center). Leave around 7 inches of "tail"hanging from the knot. Hold the sticks (in the cross), in one hand and with the other hand bring the yarn under one stick, around, then over to the next one, under it, around it, and over to the next one, repeating the patern to the desired size you like.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of around 12 inches. Tie the two "tail’s" together and trim the ends.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
- Have your child squeeze out "blobs" of washable nontoxic paint onto a cookie sheet.
- Next, lay a large piece of paper on top of the paint that is on the cookie sheet.
- Have them rub their hands on top of the paint...kind of like you were smoothing out the paper or a piece of cloth so their were no wrinkles.
- Have them lift off the paper, and lay it flat to dry.
- Next, have your child make designs with their finger on the paint that is remaining, and then place another piece of paper on top of the newly formed paint design/cookie sheet.
- Press with their hands and then pull the sheet of paper off of the cookie sheet. Whola...you have another print, one that is totally different that before.
- Don't hesitate to add more paint or a variety of colors to get a different affect for their print making.
Friday, January 23, 2009
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the water, flour and salt. Divide the dough (onced mixed) into different bowls so that if you want more than one color, each bowl will be a different color. Drop a few drops of tempera paint into each bowl. Mix and then pour/spoon the mixture into the squeeze bottle.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
One of our favorite playdates is making edible play dough. It is great for families that have really young children who love to put everything in their mouth. Even my four year old had fun making it...because she loves to "cook". Enjoy...here is the recipe for edible play dough (all natural).
Edible Play Dough
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C honey
1 C powdered milk
Put all the ingredients together and mix it up with your hands (or use a mixer) until its fairly smooth. The oils from the peanut butter will keep it from sticking to the table and the kids' hands. To store the play dough you can place it in a plastic bag or a covered container.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- brown, yellow and orange construction paper
- brown/white or what you have available paper lunch bag
- wiggly eyes (you can draw eyes on another piece of paper if you do not have wiggle eyes
- Roughly 5" of yarn - use can use any color of yarn that you have around the house
If the children are old enough, have them cut the owls body using the brown construction paper buy cutting a rectangle first, and then curving the bottom two edges. At the top curve inward from the two top corners (see photograph).
Have the children cut out the owls feet and beak. The owls feet (yellow construction paper) can be a circle and then cut the toes at the top of the circle. The beak (orange construction paper) is a triangle. Glue the eyes onto the owls body along with the feet and beak.
Next have the kids glue the owls body to the front of the brown/white lunch bag.
Have the kids crumple several sheets of newspaper and put them into the brown/white lunch bag, and tie the bottom of the bag with the 5" piece of yarn.
Lastly, fan out the bottom of the bag (right underneath the yarn) so that the owl can stand straight up on the table.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I participated in an exchange with many moms across Indianapolis, where we each were given a project, created multiples of that project and then exchanged them one night at a Mom's Night Out. It was so wonderful, because now, we had a great deal of skill building projects that we could do with our children at home. I loved it...and my oldest daughter loved it at the same time, because she was learning something new.