Sunday, January 29, 2012

Homemade Strawberry "Sauce"

(This was Hannah's breakfast. Strawberry Sauce, French Toast, and sliced Cheddar Cheese.)

15 Strawberries
1/4 cup of Applesauce
1 tbsp Honey

Put in the blender and wa la!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Blooming Potatoes

These were inspired by the blog, Savoring Time in the Kitchen. They are sort of like a french fry and a baked potato.

First, cut the potato long ways being careful not to go down to the bottom so the potato stays together. Then cut short ways forming a "French Fry" look. I brushed some olive oil on it and then sprinkled it with salt and spices.

Wrap them with tin foil and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. After the 30 minutes open up the foil and you can add cheese to it and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes depending on your oven's temperature.

They should pull apart sort of like a Blooming Onion.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Counting By Fives

This activity helped so much in teaching how to count by 5's. We only printed 16 hands (counting up to 60) because I wanted to teach her how to tell time by counting to 60 for 60 minutes. Additionally, print out numbers in 5's so that they can match it up with the hands in order..

Paper (large enough for 16-20 hand prints)
Finger Paints (We used Crayola Washables)

Friday, January 13, 2012


Hannah and I made Gak the other day and it turned out pretty well. I am wondering if I used real Elmer's Glue, would it have been better. I'm sure we'll do it again soon. This is where I got the directions from: Our Best Bites.

1 teaspoon borax powder
1 1/2 C water, divided
4 oz (1/2 C) Elmer’s glue, clear or white
food coloring

Add borax powder to 1 cup of water and stir to dissolve. Set aside. Pour glue into a medium mixing bowl and add 1/2 C water. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is reached and then stir to mix glue solution until smooth. Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture and watch the solids start to form. Stir for a few moments and then use your hands to gather the mass. The mixture will be very soft and wet. Keep kneading until it firms up and feels dry. Discard excess liquid in bowl. The more you knead and play with the slime the firmer it will become. Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container and the slime will keep indefinitely.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dyed Rice

Oh goodness! Does time fly or what? It's been 3 months since I have posted! I am finally to the point of actually taking pictures and posting of the things that we have been doing. I started homeschooling Hannah in September, the same time that I had Gianna, crazzzzyyyy!! But now that Gianna is 4 months old, I am at a point where things are easier most days! Hence posting a creative activity post!

So, what spurred on the dying of rice? My husband's phone took a wash in the washing machine and he tried drying it out by putting it in a bowl of rice. It helped a little bit but he needs to buy a phone. He can receive calls but can't make any and cannot see what is on the screen of his phone. So, what do you do with rice that can't be used besides throwing it out?? Dyed Rice!!

- white rice
- rubbing alcohol
- food coloring
-mason jars with lids (I used two because that is all I had)
-a net or strainer (I used an fish net from our fish that passed on)
-paper towels (LOTS)

I used for each jar:
4 tbsp of rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup of rice for each color
4 drops of food coloring
(I used some gel coloring and just let Hannah squirt it until it was the color that she wanted)

Stir coloring until dissolved. Add rice. Shake and let it sit until after you make the next color.

While you are around like we did!

This was my favorite color! It sort of looked Turquoise.

This was Hannah's favorite color! Pink!

Spread two sheets of paper towels on a cookie sheet and dump the rice then spread it out to dry.

When it is all dry, either combine the colors, or keep them separate. We liked doing a rainbow of colors.
But you can also do colors depending on the holiday.
Valentines Day: Pink & Red
St. Patrick's Day - Green and Yellow
4th of July - Blue & Red and then don't dye some for "White"
Christmas - Red and Green.

I hope you enjoyed!!


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