Saturday, April 6, 2013

12 Days of...Easter?

Did a bunch of Pinteresting research, and found a couple of ideas we could do with Ryan for Easter. One was these Resurrection Eggs, I called them 12 Days of Easter (then I can tie it with Advent this Christmas).

I found this list on Pinterest and followed it for this year, but I disliked it very much.
 I put each item in it's own egg, and nestled them in a box I had from Valentine's Day.

We started 12 days before Easter and opened one egg each night before bed. Ryan LOVED it and asked for it each night. The reason I didn't like this one, is that we tried to pair it with his toddler Bible and his Bible just didn't have pictures or tell all the stories that the eggs did. Some things were too hard for Ryan to the dice (again, no picture to go with it). 

12 Days of Easter was a great thing to do with Ryan but next year I will do my own things pertaining to Easter. I have some ideas now, but I don't know what level Ryan will be at next year. Perhaps these things will work for him next year. Either way, I am excited to make this part of our family's Easter tradition.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Water Play

I saw an idea for freezing colored ice cubes and putting them in the bathtub for even more bath fun.

I was supposed to let them freeze a little and add a toothpick in the middle to be the mast of a ship. However, I went to bed and completely forgot. So, today was just fun ice cubes.

Ryan was excited for them but with all the bubbles and the warm water...the cubes melted really fast. Next time, I am thinking to use a juice glass or some small bowls I have for bigger boats that will last longer. The water is a fun color though. :-)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Disaster's in the Air.

Disaster might be a stretch but certainly a huge mess. While I was juicing all this for Emma,

I didn't realize this was happening.

So, I tried to give him something entertaining and new to do. I microwaved a bar of Ivory soap for two minutes in the microwave.

Ryan wasn't sure what to do with it and really wasn't all impressed with my attempts to make seem really cool.

He settled for a banana. In the end I had lots of help cleaning up...

...well, some help.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Birthday Sneak Peek!

Emmie's 1st birthday is just around the corner! In preparation for her big party (naturally, the party is the day before Easter), I baked up a batch of Pink Blossom Cookies to store in the freezer. Hopefully, I can hide them from my guys!

I had lots and lots of help:

Pink Blossom Cookies

1/4 c. butter - soft
1 8oz cr cheese - soft


1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
8 drops red food coloring


1 box cherry chip cake mix
1/2 c coconut
1 small can pineapple - drained well (use 3/4 of regular can)

Drop on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375* for 10 minutes or until barely golden.

Enjoy with dairy fresh milk!! (and put the rest in the freezer.....)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Kids had swim lessons twice last week and twice this week - naturally, right around dinnertime. This week, I decided to make Bierocks and have them on hand for our ravenous appetites after swimming.

Bierocks - bake 350* for 10-15 minutes
4 1/2 t. yeast
1/2 c warm water - combine and let sit 5 minutes

1 c warm milk
1/4 c soft butter
1/4 c sugar - mix into yeast mixture and let stand 10 minutes

1 t. salt
4 c flour - mix in, cover & let rise 1 hour.


2lbs ground beef
(optional: I put in a number of different seasonings: Sage, oregano, steak seasoning...)
1/2 c onion - brown together

3 c fine chopped cabbage
salt & pepper to taste
dash of sugar - add to browned beef, cover and let simmer about 10-15 minutes until cabbage is soft but NOT slimy

1 c cheese

Pinch dough, the size of a large egg, roll flat, sprinkle with cheese.

Spoon on the beef mixture

Pinch four sides together and then soften the edges.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Snow Day Fun

We had so many snow days the past couple weeks and Ryan was getting a bad case of Cabin Fever. So, I whipped up a new batch of play dough!

Here is the recipe I used: It needs to be halved or something because it was almost too much work for me to mix, especially for a full 5 minutes.

5 cups of flour
3 cups of salt
4 cups of water
3 tablespoons of Cream of Tarter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
food coloring
Optional: few drops of essential oil or a teaspoon of vanilla extract

I did not add the food coloring or the optional oils because I wanted to have different colors.

Lovely isn't it?!

I didn't have any gloves of any sort so I used quart size bags to mix the food coloring in.

Ryan was so excited when I finished, he had to touch each one. You can see from the pictures how much this recipe makes with just one batch!

I added Vanilla Extract to the red and orange one and Lavender oil to the green and yellow one. Ryan noticed and smelled each one too!

Added a couple grill skewers, beads and some action figures for hours of fun!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twisted Jewelry

In our old house, I had a jewelry armoire similar to this one:
It worked well enough but it had to be placed a good distance from the wall in order to open the side doors. Making it wobbly and easy for the kids to pull it on top of themselves. Also, it didn't have as many hooks for necklaces and I was getting them tangled up or forgetting what I had.

The Castle (the new house) has a walk-in closet all for me! I wanted something that would be beautiful to look at, but completely functional. I pieced some ideas from Pinterest to create a Jewelry Wall.

I grabbed some wood at Home Depot (under $2 a piece), 1 sheet of radiator screen ($23), brackets, picture hooks, drawer nobs, mug hooks and coat hooks ($50). Grand total of about $75, a little more then I anticipated. I had some extra 2x4 pieces in the garage and painted all of them to match the trim around The Castle. I screwed the drawer nobs in first and then added the mug hooks on the bottom of the board to add even more hanging space.

I love it so much, I don't mind the cost. I have even found it helps me get ready more quickly in the mornings because I can see, earrings, necklaces, bracelets all at the same time and match them to my outfit. Emma loves it because she can now play with all my bracelets!