Thursday, October 29, 2015
A few years ago I made these cute and simple gumdrop pumpkins with my boys. Since Halloween is just a few days away, I thought I would revive this fun little activity on the blog.
They are so simple to make - - just take two orange wedge candies, trim down the crescent shaped side so that it is straight and all the sugar is trimmed off, then place those sticky sides together. Cut a small green gumdrop into fourths to be used as the stem, and press it into the middle of the pumpkin.
These are so simple and hardly any mess, plus the kids will love this activity.
I didn't want my boys eating too many of these cute gumdrop pumpkins, so we dropped off a few to some of our favorite people to say Happy Halloween!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Surprise! I am actually making a visit to my lonely little blog, to share a quick tip on organizing homework supplies.
We are still in our little rental property while our house is being built. With school starting this week, I needed to come up with something that would house our homework supplies without taking up much space. As I was walking through Ikea, I happened upon this great little box. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a great place to keep all our school supplies organized and easy to grab when it is time for homework, and easy to put away when homework is done. I picked it up, took it home and filled it with the school supplies I had just purchased. It easily houses tons of sharpened pencils, scissors (with room for more), pencil sharpeners and erasers, glue sticks and two boxes of crayons. I also love that is has a lid on a hinge that can be easily opened when needed and then snapped shut when done, and it is attached, so it won't get separated from the box - which believe me was bound to happen sooner or later in this house.
When I was filling the box, my son that is going into second grade came out and saw the box full of fresh, new school supplies. I explained that it is our new box to pull out for homework time and he said to me. "Wow mom, I am actually looking forward to homework now." I wish I could say I was looking forward to helping with all that homework, but I do love all these new school supplies gathered together in a simple, organized way.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The other day, my sister mentioned that it had been a long time since I had posted anything on this blog. I told her it is because I have not had time or space to do anything domestic in recent months. I miss it terribly. We are still living in our small rental property and after months of looking for the right house and neighborhood and being unsuccessful, we finally decided we would have to build. It is a long process to start building, so we have been wrapped up in finding a lot and home design we liked, getting bids from contractors, and financing yuckiness. Finally, things are underway!! We are building on the lot pictured above and the picture below shows recent progress.
I know if doesn't look like much, but this is a beautiful sight to me. There is finally a teeny tiny light at the end of this very long tunnel. I will try to be a little better about blogging now that the house is finally under construction. At the very least, I will be able to share progress on the build. I miss this blog of mine. It will be nice to give it some attention again.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
My husband needed a few little holiday gifts for some of his staff. He gives his teachers something a little nicer than this, but since he pays for all of these gifts out of his own pocket, we couldn't afford something that nice for everyone that helps at the school. We didn't want anyone to feel left out or unappreciated though, so we made up some of these little hand sanitizers with a cute little holiday tag.
These were so easy, just print out the tags, punch them out with a one-inch circle punch and tie the tab onto the little gift with some cute twine.
If you would like to print off some little holiday tags like these you can download them for free here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
This year, I needed to keep it really simple, so we made these easy, low-mess, angel ornaments. I am sure that they are not new to any of you, this has been a really popular pin on Pinterest for years, but I wanted to share our experience with them and how they went over with the boys.
We used this tutorial - which is perfect. The only thing I did differently was I threaded both ends of the ribbon through a darner needle before threading it through the bead. It made it a million times easier for me. I also made sure the ribbon was threaded through the beads before I started the craft with my boys. That way they didn't have to wait for me to thread them and they could just get started on tying them together.
I was a little worried that my boys would think these angels were a little too girly, but they seemed to like them just fine. The little ones obviously needed more help than the big boys, but the ornaments came together quickly and with minimal frustration for the boys (and therefore for me).
When my husband got home and my boys showed him their work, he was genuinely impressed. It was a winner all around. If you are looking for a simple ornament project, this one is for you.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Last night the boys and I put together the gifts they are giving their teachers for Christmas. I want to start by saying that my husband is a school principal and former teacher and teacher gifts are never expected, but they are always appreciated no matter what they are, but he did find that the consumable gifts were probably the ones he liked the most. So, I always try to give something that can be used up and will be useful to almost anyone.
I ran onto this cute idea on Pinterest and immediately pinned it because it fit perfectly into my consumable and useful criteria. (Plus, I really love Burt's Bees lip balm). Her printable is sooo much cuter than mine and super inexpensive, I checked to see if her shop had a holiday version, because I wanted something Christmas-y, but to no avail, so I quickly made up my own simple holiday version based on her idea.
We packaged them up in a little cellophane bag with a cute bow, to make them look a little more festive, but they could also be presented just as a card with the lip balm attached.
Please check out her cute all-occasion printable, it would be perfect to give at Christmas; during Teacher Appreciation Week; or any other time that a teacher gift is warranted.
If you would like to use my Christmas version, you can download it for free here.
Simple, Useful, Consumable, and Cute. The perfect teacher gift!!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I know I have been posting heavily on the food end of things lately. Even though I don't get to do many creative things while we are living in our small place temporarily, I still have to feed my family. So, I am making an effort to post a few of our favorite recipes when I make them.
This recipe is a keeper for sure. Everyone that I have made it for has demanded the recipe. It is easy to make and the meatballs freeze beautifully, which allows for a quick evening meal for the family, or even a simple lunch for me and the little kids during the day. They can easily be reheated in the microwave, stovetop, or the slow cooker. When I freeze them I don't freeze them in the sauce, but if I am reheating them in the slow cooker or on the stove top, I make up the sauce and then reheat them slowly, simmering in the sauce. If I am reheating them in the microwave, them they reheat well without the sauce.
We usually eat these with the sauce in the recipe, but we have tried them in other sauces as well, and even used them as meatballs with our spaghetti, and they are always delicious. They are extremely versatile.
One last tip - - make sure that you don't overmix the meatballs one the meat is added, or your meat will bind up and your meatballs will be tough.
If you are looking for a go-to meatball recipe, give this a try. It is a winner.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe.
1 ½ lbs. ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup rolled oats
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. garlic salt
¼ tsp. pepper
pinch sage leaves
2 T. milk
½ cup onions, finely chopped
Combine all ingredients except the beef in a large bowl. Add the beef and mix together with hands until just evenly incorporated. Shape into 1” – 1 ½” balls. Place on a sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
2 cans (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 T. vinegar
3 T. brown sugar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients in a large skillet, add cooked meatballs and simmer together until hot. Serve over rice.
* We also like to serve these meatballs with a sauce made up of 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and an equal part sweet baby rays bbq sauce.
** These meatballs freeze really well. When I make them, I usually double the recipe, bake them up and then put half of them in the freezer for a quick meal later on.