Thursday, July 30, 2009
So I thought I would share my list of found resources for keeping little ones busy.
This first website has lots of craft ideas, activity pages and ideas on a wide range of topics. We have utilized the dinosaur activities so far.
*I love the blog Two Straight Lines, Courtney has some great kids crafts. Here is the link to her archive with of all of them. There are some great things to be gleaned from her that I will use for years to come.
The Children and Nature Network is working on getting kids outside into nature. There are some nice resources there and information about finding or forming a club to do just that.
This last website was suggested to me by the TV channel Noggin (our favorite choice for TV watching). There are some nice resources there as well.
*Books...you can never go wrong with books. Some of our favorites are:
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
Any books about fuzzy blue Grover
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
*A friend in my book club clued me in about our local park district. Hosted at a park each Wednesday the district provides a childrens show. It's only one hour in length, it's free, and it's different each week. This has been a fun activity for Elijah.
*The Library. We haven't gone yet this Summer, however, storytime happens each week and there are usually other activities as well.
So check these things out and check out your local park district and library.
Are there any other resources that you would like to share? Just leave a comment with a link.
Friday, July 24, 2009
When David's Family were here a few weeks ago, one of the meals that we made was make your own pizza. I have a quick pizza a dough recipe that I used. I whipped up a batch and then broke it into little balls that were then flattened for each person to top. What I love about this particular dough resipe is that you don't have to let it rise if you don't want to. It also freezes really well for future use.
3 cups flour (I like to substitute one of the cups for whole wheat flour)
1 pkg active dry yeast
2 tbls oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbls sugar
1 cup water
Combine flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a mixing bowl. Mix oil and warm water into the flour mixture until well combined and the dough is nice and elastic. (I love my Kitchen Aid mixture for this) Spread into pizza pan. Top as desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes
Note: I like to pre-bake the dough in the oven for about seven minutes before topping. This helps prevent an under cooked center. You will want to experiment with the time depending on your oven.
This next recipe is one that my Mom used when I was growing up. Honestly, she still uses it, it is not like she stopped when I became an adult. It is the best brownie recipe. They are chewy, yet fudgy and perfect for when I need a chocolate fix.
1 stick butter
2 tblp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Once the butter has melted turn off the stove. You will continue to add all of the ingredients to the sauce pan. Mix the sugar and vanilla into the butter mixture. Beat in the eggs one at a time until the batter is smooth and glossy. Add flour and nuts and mix until well incorporated. Grease a square baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Don't over bake, these are meant to be chewy and fudgy.
Note: I like to sprinkle the top with milk chocolate chips just after removing from the oven and letting them sit for about 5 minutes. Once they have fully melted, I spread them across the top of the brownies with a butter knife. This makes an already great brownie, even better!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I used a Simplicity pajama pants pattern. I just folded up the pant leg pieces to the length that I wanted and cut. Elastic waist, simple hem and done! I did have to rip out the hem of one leg on the Cars pair, it somehow ended up longer then the other leg (how I do these things, I measured, I swear!). Elijah wore the Firetruck pair on the Fourth of July. You can't get more America then that, red, white, blue, and firetrucks...throw in an apple pie and I'm not sure I could handle it! I hope you all had a nice holiday.
I wanted to say thank you to those that gave me ideas with regards to activities to do with my little boy. I have found a few other resources and ideas myself as well. I have hopes to compile a nice little list to share...we all need fresh ideas sometimes, yes? I also have a couple of recipes to share as well as pictures of all of the exciting things going on at our house, David has been painting and I have been decorating! More to come in the next few days...so swing back by.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It was blisteringly hot last week and now it is incredibly chilly...55 today? No wonder my tomatoes are refusing to grow. Who can deal with these ups and downs? I am in long sleeves and snugly socks today. I think I shall go bake something...