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Painting with salt

March 5, 2015

Max asked if we could do a project this afternoon. We looked over my Pinterest boards and found this quick and easy craft that doesn’t require anything special, just glue, salt, paper, and food coloring. It is a science, fine motor, art, and language lesson wrapped into one.  I’m going to keep this one in my back pocket for those evenings befoimagere dinner. I also loved that the mess was just salt and an errant drop of food coloring.

Crock pot Cream cheese chicken

February 24, 2015

This is one of my daughters favorite meals. Super easy and tasty.

Cook boneless skinless thighs or breasts on low in chicken broth /stock (2 cups?)  seasoned with Italian spices. Once chicken is cooked, remove, shred and return to crock with a block of cream cheese. Melt cream cheese in. I will often add uncooked rotini in the last 30 min. This helps absorb some of the broth. If it turns out thick, I will cook the noodles separately. Grate fresh Parmesan and 2 cups frozen peas at the end. image

Yum yum!

(Season to taste )

Homemade Slime!

February 24, 2015

imageHomemade Slime!

Feels like snot and my son LOVES IT! My daughter also likes to squish it between her fingers and make “webbed fingers.”


2 parts glue

1 part water

2 parts liquid starch (I often add more to make it more gelatinous.)  image

Food Coloring

DIY – Crayon Hearts

February 16, 2015

Since I was super sick the week prior to Valentine’s Day we lagged behind a little in our holiday crafts. Oh well, better late than never.
This is a great activity to use up those bits and pieces of crayons. We picked up the silicone mold at IKEA years ago with the intention of doing this and never getting around to it. We used a metal mini tart pan in the past. Just peel the crayons, break and create an individual color mix. We baked ours at 200 for about 20-25 min.

{this moment} sleepy baby

February 13, 2015

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Linked to SouleMama


Longest winter ever!

February 11, 2015

This winter has officially sucked! Not to be a Debbie Downer, but we have been rotating illness after illness since the beginning of November, with me getting the brunt of it. Which I guess is good since then Zoey is getting all those antibodies, but bad for me.

November until mid January-  strep, sinus infection, ear infection (me)

mid january – mastitis (me)

early feb all of us except for Guy got the stomach flu

which leads us to now where I have strep throat and Max has impetigo.

I have sanitize my home again and again, I make everyone wash their hands upon entering our home.

I am so over this! All this sickness and fevers is making my anxiety go haywire. (Nausea and a temp of 103 with chills and rigors will do that to a person.)

Sorry I needed to vent. Now I will cocoon myself under the covers and wait for the antibiotics to take effect while I watch my home devolve into squaller.

Quiche- bell pepper/ onion/ kale/ gruyere/ cheddar/ andouille

February 9, 2015

Make your favorite pie crust
Press into pie plate and chill in fridge.
Preheat oven to 400f
Sauté peppers, onions, kale , garlic, andouille sausage
Beat 5-6 eggs with 1/4-1/2 c cream /whole milk/ half&half
Add 3/4-1c grated gruyere/cheddar cheese
Mix it together
Season to taste
I like to add thyme, salt, and pepper.
Pour into chilled crust and bake for approx 1 hr or until not too jiggly in the center.
Yum yum!
Look at those flakey layers! Mmm… I make good crust.


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