Sunday, April 26, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-04-27

Are you ready for another week of menu planning?



I don't know about you, but this weekend was a little crazy. We went garage sale shopping in the rain Saturday morning, sure that my oldest child's soccer game would be cancelled. We found a lot of fun, cool stuff (not the tables I wanted, but still cool stuff). But when it came time to go to soccer, the game still wasn't cancelled...so away we went. She got to experience playing soccer in the rain...hooray, right? But then Saturday night, as we were finishing up dinner, we noticed that water was coming through the light fixture in the kitchen. We've had this happen before and it was the supply line to the toilet--but everything was dry in the upstairs bathrooms. We thought it might be the rain--no leaks in the attic. My husband went to take the 2x4 fluorescent light fixture down to investigate further and one of the fluorescent bulbs came crashing to the ground. So after lots of cleanup and an exploratory hole in the ceiling, it appears that the drain in the tub in the guest bath needs to be replaced

All that to say I don't have an overhead light in my kitchen right now, and I'm not sure when we'll get one, so I'm cooking by under cabinet lights right now--that should be interesting. This fact has impacted my cooking plan--I'm trying to keep recipes that I have to watch to a minimum. Thank goodness for Daylight Savings, right?

So here's the plan for the week:

Monday: Pizza, Swiss Zucchini Bites, Strawberries


Tuesday: Waffles, Strawberries, Sausage
Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas, Salad
Thursday: Crockpot Beef Stew, Bread


Friday: Picnic on the soccer field
Saturday: Hamburgers, Salad
Sunday: Italian Chicken Rollups, Salad


What are you eating this week?

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Glass Etching Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone! What are your plans for the weekend? I'm hoping to get some major crafting done! It's been a while since I've been able to do some time by myself in my home office, and I'm really looking forward to making something beautiful.

Recently, I've been working on gifts for folks in my life. After all, teacher's appreciation, Mother's Day, and Father's Day just around the corner, and a wedding to attend, I can't start too early! This year, I'm thinking of giving my daughter's teacher an etched glass gift—they are really elegant and impressive and yet pretty easy. I love how you can personalize anything glass (even a dollar store glass or vase) and make something really classy. As I've been searching for etched glass inspiration on the internet, I've found a bunch of project ideas on Hometalk (which is a site that gathers all things design, decor, and home into one inspiring space). I've gathered those inspirations into a clipboard--all about etched glass!



I think you'll find a bunch of inspiration at Hometalk--not just about etched glass, but about gifts, and inspiration for your home. And I don't know about you...it's alway good to have another source of inspiration. Hometalk is great because it is less overwhelming than pinterest--it's only DIY and craft type projects (no nail art or fashion here!), so your inspiration is a little more...focused. Check it out!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

20+ Easiest & Best Fruit Popsicles

I love popsicles. Popsicles make me think of summer and picnics in the backyard. They are easy to make at home (although it does take some planning if you don't have a fancy popsicle maker), and my kiddos love them! And the best part is that fruit based popsicles means that my kids are eating dessert...and yet they are getting important vitamins at the same time. And even bigger bonus is when "dessert" includes no added sweeteners!


All of these great popsicle recipes have a fruit base, so you can feel good about dessert this summer

Homemade Watermelon Popsicles



Mojito Popsicles from Practically Functional (omit optional rum for the kiddos)


Double Cherry Tea Popsicles


Melon Berry Popsicles


Creamy Lime Popsicles


Grapefruit Popsicles from Lemon Peony


Yogurt & Berry Popsicles


Red, White, and Blue Creamsicle (Dairy and Dye Free) by Kayla Aimee





Cherry & Maple Paleo Pops


Minty Pineapple Fruit Pops


Strawberry & Cocoa Popsicles

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Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles



Mango Banana Popsicles


Almond Coconut Rasperry Popsicles


Fruity Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops














Grilled Plum and Herbal Tea Pops



What's your favorite frozen fruit popsicle?


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Washi Tape Water Bottle Maracas - An Earth Day Upcycle

For my eldest daughter's Earth Day project, we came up with a fun way to upcycle water bottles into maracas - with washi tape (and a little decorative duct tape, too!).


My first grader was super excited to come up with a project that uses recycleables. Her teacher invited the parents to help with the project, but I wanted the inspiration to come from her. She really wanted to use empty water bottles.


After brainstorming, we came up with a plan.

Here's what you need for this project:
2 water bottles (empty and dry) with caps
decorative tape
scissors
rice
funnel
cereal box
hot glue and hot glue gun

First, we needed something to decorate our maracas. Washi tape is easy to use--even for little hands.


If you are confident in your child's dexterity in using scissors, then they can do this part by themselves!

My first grader selected the tape and the pattern and made stripes with very little help from mom!


Once we covered the water bottles completely, we used a funnel to pour about a half cup of dry rice into each water bottle and then capped the bottle.


Using hot glue, a grownup should seal the top. Cut 2 one inch by six strips out of the cereal box.


Fold in half and wrap the two ends around the bottle cap and hot glue them onto the bottle cap, making a handle. Wrap the cardboard with more decorative tape and get ready to shake things up!!


We had a lot of fun crafting this together! I was really proud of how hard my little girl worked on her project. She did everything except hot gluing the handle (because I didn't want her to burn herself). Even better, my younger two were jealous that my first grader had to take those maracas to school! I see these maracas being in a lot of demand once they come back home from school!



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