Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Family Favorite

Cooking is a "project", right? I think so. 
This is a family favorite. My kids LOVE Omelet night.
I got this tip from my sister Katie in an email a long time ago. I have NO idea who she got it from and who that person got it from and so I do not know who to give credit to. But the idea? Brilliant.

I will just copy the photos I got in the email. And thank the nameless hands in the photo.

These are AWESOME when you are camping. And the clean up, whether in the Kitchen or the campground is easy-peasy.

Enjoy!

ZIPLOC OMELET

Start a big pot of water boiling.

You will need FREEZER Ziploc bags. The Freezer part is muy importante because of the double zipper. You will want these or the omelet will get wet. Ew.

Crack 2 eggs into the ziploc bag. Right into it. Then Squish the eggs so they mix up. 

Add your Junk. 
Here are some ideas:
Cheese, Cooked Bacon or Sausage (or both!), hash browns (cook them first), onions, tomatoes, ham, salsa, Ryan and I like zucchini in ours, whatever you want.

Add in the junk and then squish it up to mix it together. 

Put it in the Water.

Boil them for 13 MINUTES

Take it out and eat it. 

We like to do "Omelet Parties". Just use a magic marker to write each persons' name on the bag, so everyone can personalize their omelet and not get them mixed-up. You can cook about 6-8 (there are 7 in our family and it works great with all of them at once) in a large pot. 





 Ryan and I LOVE Veggie omelets. Cheese, zucchini, onions, tomatoes topped with fresh homemade salsa. 

So Good. You can thank me later. Or now.



Monday, September 22, 2008

Magnets

These are really easy. I like cute magnets. Who doesn't like cute magnets? 


What you need:
Flat Glass Marbles (you can usually find them at any craft store, sometimes by floral stuff)
scrapbook paper
magnets
E6000 glue

Trace the flat glass marble onto the scrapbook paper. Use a dab of glue on the glass to stick the paper. Then a dab of glass onto the back for the magnet. Let them dry!

I use glass flat thingy's that are big, about the size of a silver dollar. If you can find the smaller ones, the perfectly round ones that are the size of normal marbles, you can by a circle punch (like for scrapbooking) that is about the right size and faster than cutting. If ya wanna...

You can use scrapbook paper, photos, stickers on scrapbook paper. There are lots of ways to do it. You can use scrapbook paper and put vinyls letters of initials. Be Creative!

Another idea is Drawer Pulls. You can buy wood round pulls at Home Depot or Lowe's. Paint them, sand them, stain them and glue a magnet to them!!!



Soon, I will show you what I made to stick the magnets on!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kid-made Stuffed Friends

Ever wonder where you could get a Pokemon like this:


Or a friend to cuddle like her?

This is a fun, easy project your kids will love. At my home, these projects have been named and are now my kids favorite friends.

Supplies:

Fabric Markers, Muslin, Stuffing (cost under $10)

Begin by taping the fabric to the table and let your kids go to work.


Then, cut out the shapes leaving at least 1/4 inch for seam allowance. Like this:

Then, lay the art work face down on another piece of Muslin and cut another piece of fabric the same size. (My kids worried about this when they saw their artwork upside down- they thought I was doing it wrong). Sew the pieces together leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

Stuff and hand-stitch closed.

And the end result... happy kids, fun toys.



Tutu Tutorial

I have mentioned on my other blog that my daughter Sunny likes to dress fancy. Fancy always includes a Tutu. We make them often so we have plenty around when she has girlfriends over to play dress-up.  She has enough laying around that she can even send them home with her girlfriends. I think she sends them home with friends so that she has an excuse to make a new one. They are easy, but a little more time consuming.


Cost: $10 at the most
Time: About 90 minutes

The cost totally depends on where you buy your tulle, how many colors you want and if you have a coupon. JoAnn's usually has tulle for $1.99 a yard. So $10 might be high. You will need about 2-3 yards total, depending on how full you want it. I usually buy 2 yards of each color because then I can cut all at once and then I save the leftover strips for the next Tutu.

What you'll Need:

 
Tulle (it looks best with 2-3 colors),  Little girls stretchy headbands, Optional: ribbon and Buttons

Fold the tulle as evenly as you can lengthwise and cut into strips. When you buy the tulle, it is folded, for Sunny's shorty body I cut that in half (does that make any sense?) the fold it over and over and cut about 1.5-2 inch strips. You might have some uneven, but it won't be noticed, especially by your grateful 5 year old.

I put each color in a grocery sack. Especially because I like to cut lots of extra strips, keeps the mess down. When I am done, I can just store the sacks someplace.

Next, get comfy, it takes a little time to tie them on. You might also want a soda. 

Next, now this one is really important. You want a good chick flick. This is a requirement on most projects. This one was P.S. I Love You. Since Sunny was helping me we ended up changing the movie quickly to Never Been Kissed. She is so my daughter.

Get a chair and put the headband around the chair back. The cute little girl should be included. This is best done in two's. (Or more if your family was lucky enough to be graced by several little women)

Next, and these instructions are very technical, you want to fold the strip in half and do that thing where you loop it around the headband and loop the ends through the folded side of the strip. Ha! I know that made no sense, look up at that picture. Does that help? You can also just tie knots but I find that to make them EXTRA-out-of-control poofy.

I do about 3 of each color and make a pattern of whichever colors you want. Since the chair back is probably bigger than your daughter's waist (unless, are you making this for yourself? if you are, that's okay, I won't judge you. I have one that is perfect for when I wash windows and wipe bums.) I suggest spacing them a little. If you push them too close together then it doesn't "unstretch" and the waist will be big. 

While your tying them on, your 6 year old son may want to help, or just play. He will want a few strips. Go ahead and give them to him. It will keep him busy for a very long time

Look how busy (and creative!) he stayed. 

Now this step is totally optional.  We like to tie ribbon throughout the tutu. Makes it "fancier". I usually use 1 inch ribbon but this was on sale for 19 cents! Woot! Skinny ribbon it is.  Also if you bought some cute flower buttons, you can tie them on the bottom of the ribbon. Just adds to the fancy. We didn't do it. You can also tie little knots in the bottom of each piece of tulle for a more pixie looking tutu... think tinkerbell.

This next step is also totally optional. I wrap ribbon around the waistband because it makes it a little less itchy around the waist. Use 1 or 1.5 inch ribbon and wrap it around the waist. Tie a knot to start and wrap around the knot. Leave a tail when you begin and at the end. If you run out of ribbon, tie a knot and start a new ribbon to cover the knot. 
 
Tie a bow when you are done. I like my bow a little longer but I ran out of ribbon.

This one turned out SUPER POOFY. Sunny thinks poofy makes it fancier. If you don't want it so poofy, just tie less on.

Ugh, why won't this photo stay turned the right direction?? Oh well, sigh.

Voila! Get Fancy!

OTHER IDEAS:
Make a black and yellow one to dress up an extra cute bee costume for halloween! Or black and orange for a very cute witch. These are great for Halloween costumes or birthday gifts!!!

Edited to Add: Another way you could do them is to fold a piece of Tulle in half and sew a casing and slide ribbon or elastic through, but before you sew the casing, put flower pedals in the bottom. Thanks for the tip, Katie!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Decoupaged Canvases

I posted a picture of these this week over on my Family Blog and had lots of  people ask me how to make them.


I am almost embarrassed to tell you since it is so easy.  I bought my Canvas at Michael's, it was on sale this week for $1.99 for a 8 x 10. I prefer an even square, but that wasn't on sale. You can find them online for pretty inexpensive (and they have square ones) if you need a lot of them.

Cost: $3-$5 per canvas
Time Required: 10 Minutes (it is that easy) per canvas

What you'll need:


Canvas, scrapbook paper (of your choice), Mod Podge, Paint (color that coordinates with your paper) and a Foam Brush.
First, Paint your Canvas. The edge and about 1/2 inch (or more if you let your sweet daughter help) on the top.

Next, I use the (dry) canvas as a pattern. I trace the canvas. When I cut the paper, I cut just inside of the line. If you want your paper to wraparound the edge a little, then leave it, I don't.

Next, Apply Mod Podge (with the foam brush) to the canvas. I apply pretty liberally to the canvas. Then apply a THIN coat to the back of the paper. Using a light touch, just smooth out the paper on the canvas. Be sure to smooth the edges well. 

LET IT DRY about 15 min. I made 6 at a time. So by the time I applied the paper to each canvas they were dry enough to apply the next coat of Mod Podge. Apply another coat of Mod Podge across the top of the paper and canvas. 

And your done! Voila! 

HELPFUL HINTS:
Before you apply the Final Mod Podge coat, make sure the first is pretty dry or you can get bubbles. 
If you get bubbles, I read somewhere (?) that you can use a blow dryer AFTER IT IS COMPLETELY DRY and i will help the bubbles go down. But if you are patient and smooth the paper on well and let it dry, you should be fine.

OTHER IDEAS:
You don't have to use Scrapbook Paper. You can use photos or fabric too!!! I LOVE the scrapbook paper that is heavily textured it looks really cool.

My finished project:


Have Fun! Let me know how it goes or if you have questions! 

My friend Lee made some canvases with photos. They turned out awesome!!! 



Next Up: A Tutu-Tutorial

Ghetto Fabulous Crayons

So some of you asked about the crayons....Thanks for asking!

If you are anything like me, and hopefully you are not TOO much like me because if you are... sorry. But, we have a million broken crayons. VERY few whole crayons. Most of them are missing the paper wrapper. Some are not. Either way our crayon collection is pretty ghetto. And not in the fabulous way.

So we make them new fabulous crayons. I keep saying the word fabulous because Sunny actually calls them fabulous. Every time the color changes she says "Oh my goodness this is fabulous". Thank you Miss Fancy Nancy for making my daughters vocabulary so extensive. (Side note: Today she learned that Plume is a fancy word for feathers. How stinking cute is that???) If you have a daughter, you really need some Fancy new books. Anyway, where was I? Oh, right... crayons.

So every once and awhile we collect all of our broken down crayons in a bowl, along with a box or two of new crayons. We sit and talk about stuff (sometimes we talk about The Bachelorette, to each their own...) while we unwrap the crayons. Sunny loves this part. She loves when she finally gets the whole wrapper off. She does one while I do the other 29. Cutie. Then we break them all, she also thinks this is fun. My boys especially love this part. Not only are they allowed to break stuff, but I am asking them to. Break each crayon (if it is whole) into maybe 3 or 4 pieces. Watch Finn though, he eats those little bite size Crayola pieces.

Next I usually do this part really carefully. This batch though I let Sunny have free reign, which honestly I ought to let her do more often, they aren't my crayons after all. Anyway, when I do it I like to mix the oranges, yellows and reds in one crayon. The blues, greens and yellows in another. You get the idea. But Sunny likes to put a little of this and a little of that and a little Pink in every.single.one. Just for good measure. Actually it was probably to make sure the boys wouldn't WANT this batch. Sneaky girl... So we used mini muffin tins this time. Somewhere in a cupboard I have some cute tins I have collected at various stores, mostly Hobby Lobby and Michael's, that are airplanes and hearts and Easter eggs and junk like that.

Pile the broken crayons in the tins, you can pile them in good, a little taller than the tin if you want because they shrink. Mix them however you want. I put them in the oven at 350 or 400 depending on how late it is. It only takes about 5 minutes so keep a close eye. They will melt until they are totally liquid. Then you take them out of the oven and set them on the stove top or somewhere away from where little hands can reach and let them cool. For awhile, I usually make them and night and the are hardened by morning. Pop them out, it's easy since they are wax. Be sure to have some coloring books on hand and some good shows on DVR because once they start coloring my kids will color for a very long time!

And there you have Ghetto Fabulous Crayons!!

So, out of curiosity, how do you pronounce Crayon? I know the proper way (at least it is MY proper way) but be honest, do you say it fancy like Cray-yawn or do you say it a little more ghetto like Cren. Bet you can't guess how I say it.... Here is a clue... My English stinks, just ask my Father-in-law. I can't get no wronger.