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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rainbow Swirl Pancakes

My girls have been begging me to make pancakes so I thought fun rainbow ones would be fitting :)
I was lazy so I used a box mix. I followed the directions to make 6 to 8 pancakes. For the coloring I used McCormick Neon liquid food coloring. I found that two drops of each color was the perfect amount. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the colors until it looks like the above picture. Now the batter is ready to use!
I love how vibrant the colors turned out. Both girls were very excited to eat these and I ended up wishing that I had made a double batch. They ended up eating most of mine!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Lunches

Here are two easy to make St. Paddy day lunches for the kiddos :)
These super fast and easy shamrock pizzas are a lot of fun for the kiddos to help make. Use an english muffin sliced in half for the pizza base. You can let the kids spread on the jarred pizza sauce and sprinkle on the shredded cheese. Top them with a slice of green bell pepper and put them in the toaster oven (or oven) on 350 for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
I came across an adorable leprechaun sandwich on Snacks and Stories blog and just had to make a similar one. I would have liked the carrots used for the hair and beard cut finer but didn't feel like digging out my grater. The hat is made from the bottom bump of a green bell pepper. The nose is a tip of a strawberry and the eyes and hat buckle are raisins.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shamrock Lunch

I used a heart cutter to make the shamrock leaves. To decorate them I used Wilton's Sparkle Gel in Light Green. The stem is a piece of green pepper and the grass is lima beans.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Fun Food

Grilled cheese with heart strawberries. I just sliced the strawberry in half and cut a v in the top. If your OCD like me then you could also round the tops of the strawberries with a knife.
I found cute little heart picks at the Dollar Tree and thought they looked kinda like arrows. If you want a tutorial on how to make the grape tomato hearts then head over to The Pin Junkie.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Erupting Valentine Volcano

Today I came across fizzy hearts over at B-Inspired Mama and thought it would be a good way to occupy a cranky preschooler. We love playing with baking soda and vinegar so I knew it would be a hit. It only took a few minutes to set up and the mess wasn't too bad.
Of course we eventually had to add the vinegar to the baking dish and turn it into sensory fun. We both have pink hands! For a half hour I got smiles and giggles. She wants to do it again tomorrow.

Homemade Kids Valentines

Remember those heart crayons we made the other day? Well here are the finished Valentines. I found free printable Valentines that your kids can color over at Everyday Grace. I used my photo editing software to take off the to and from since we were putting them in bags along with a crayon for Charlotte's classmates to color. I forgot to change my settings from draft to best quality...oh well! I think they still look cute ;)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Berrylicious Snack

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Marbled Heart Crayons

I had a massive bag of broken Crayola washable crayons that I've been saving to make shaped crayons with. I wasn't sure how they would melt but in the end they turned out fine. I thought it would be fun to make heart shaped crayons with Charlotte. She wants to give them to her classmates for Valentine's day :)
I used a silicone ice cube tray that is oven safe up to 350 degrees. I got lucky and we actually had gotten them in at work for Valentine's day. I bought one right away! I ended up not chopping up the black and brown crayons. Charlotte and I thought the hearts would look better without them.
At this point we preheated the toaster oven to 325 degrees. I have read online where others did theirs at 250 but my preschooler and myself wanted faster results...lol. We stuffed each heart with as many crayon pieces as we could fit and then popped it into the oven.
Once the crayons have just melted all the way then immediately pull them out of the oven. It took about 5 to 7 minutes for ours. Let them cool all the way undisturbed (this part was hard for Charlotte). Once they have hardened pop them out of their mold. If you want you could rub down the sharp edges on a piece of paper.
Time to color!!!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

lazy, lazy, oh so lazy

The holidays have left me exhausted, unmotivated, lazy, and with a trashed house. Excuse the lack of posts while I try to get myself and house back in working order.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Starbucks Gift Card Holder

For Charlotte's teachers we got them Starbucks gift cards. I asked my Barista for latte cups to put the gift cards inside. She was so sweet and even gave me some tissue paper to put inside.

For the tags, I stamped "merry latte" and signed it for Charlotte. I used my brush markers to ink my letter stamps. This project was super fast and at most took me 10 minutes.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Lunch

I used Jelly Belly candy for the buttons on the gingerbread man sandwich. I used Wilton Sparkle Gel for the red and black.
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Snow Sensory Bin

I got a recipe for Erupting Snow from Growing a Jeweled Rose. It was so easy to make and so much fun! You use baking soda and shaving cream to make it. When your done playing with the snow you can make it fizz up with vinegar!

I dusted the top of the snow with fine silver and white glitter (it's not really showing up in the picture but sparkled in the sun). I also added some iridescent sequin and snowflake sequin.
We poured some vinegar over fake snowballs and watched them fizz! The girls were loving it!
Bubbles :)
We ended up with watery slime! It was a very fun and messy day :)

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Monday, December 9, 2013

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas Lunch

Today I read How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas to the girls. It was a funny and cute book. We ended up reading it three times! The girls were gasping and saying "bad dinosaurs" when they did naughty things...lol.

I made them a lunch to go along with the book. I used Tyson dinosaur chicken nuggets and gave the T-Rex a santa hat. To make the hat I sliced a strawberry in half and wrapped a piece of white string cheese around for the trim. The sandwich is our usual sunbutter and jelly. Charlotte asks for one everyday! I had Evelyn cut the tree out using a cookie cutter (she wanted to help). The star is made from a slice of cheese and I used Wilton Sparkle Gel to make the red bulbs.

I found a free printable maze and coloring page to go along with the book from the Scholastic website. I printed them for the girls to do while I make dinner.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Snowman Sandwich

Normally I only post the fun lunches that I make my kids once a month, but with it about to be officially winter I figured I'd post this one early.

Charlotte wanted Kraft mac and cheese for lunch. I really don't like feeding it to the kids that often but she begged me. I used a snowman cookie cutter to cut out a sunbutter and jelly sandwich. I was able to cut two out of one sandwich. I used Wilton Sparkle Gel to decorate it. I love that stuff!

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