Cooking

Salt dough is one of the basic crafting supplies we always have on hand. It is easy to make, no cooking, is inexpensive, and when dry, is quite hard and durable. We have some salt dough pumpkins in our gnome home that are 10 years old! Also, if stored inRead More →

There are many art projects that call for colored rice. It may be as simple as placing confetti rice in a sand and water table to have children experience the delightful sensation of allowing the grains to slide through their fingers to creating beautiful rangoli on sidewalks.  So let’s getRead More →

Even if you don’t have a white thumb… the baking counterpart to a gardener’s green thumb… you can still make something delicious to bring with you to this year’s Easter celebration! Easter Bunny Bark is a fun variation of a basic chocolate bark candy. Have I ever mentioned my favorite foodRead More →

So we finally did it. This year we made our own natural Easter egg dyes using a variety of food items. The results were fine if I were doing the eggs myself, but my kids eventually requested the old tablets to get some of the deeper colors. They also likeRead More →

  I love pumpkins. I love everything about them. I love how their creeping vines seem to grow miles over night. I love watching a pumpkin grow from flower to full grown fruit. I love the looks of a field of pumpkins… it virtually screams autumn. I love the color.Read More →

If you are following along with our Puddles and Ponds home school unit, or just want to enjoy some classic summer time fun, whip up your own batch of homemade bubbles.   Homemade bubble materials: 2/3 cup Dish Soap 1/3 cup Light Corn Syrup 2 cups Water   Directions forRead More →

  One of my family’s favorite treats at Christmas is Peppermint Bark. It is very easy to make, festive looking, and happily for Fairy-girl… gluten free. It also makes a nice gift to share with teachers and friends. Although I love the peppermint, chocolate combination, I also love the chocolate,Read More →

In Michelle’s home, Friday is baking day and it is incorporated into their school day. This Friday, Pixie wanted to make Blueberry Crisp. Blueberries are Pixie’s all-time favorite… well, maybe strawberries… actually, it’s probably a tie! Anyway, Friday was baking day, and Pixie wanted to come to Gammy’s house toRead More →

I like to make natural crafting materials for the wee ones. I’ve made paints and crayons, play dough and paste. I like the cost savings, and I especially like being in control of the ingredients, BUT I’ve learned something over the years… If the process is too messy, no matterRead More →

In our family we have at least 15 or so traditional family Christmas cookies. We talk about cutting back every year but in order to make sure everyone has their favorites… well we end up making almost all of them every time. This year, amidst the holiday prep, Gammy leftRead More →

You’ve just been invited to a last minute soiree and don’t want to go empty handed. What to do, what to do? Here’s a quick little hostess gift you can whip up in minutes and, chances are, you’ve got all the ingredients on hand. Not only that, it is seriouslyRead More →

  I will be hard-pressed to convince Tim, who doesn’t particularly like (hmmm, maybe he really dislikes???) cabbage soup, that I really was craving some and that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Tin Can Lanterns I shared this morning …that required vegetable cans! Seriously … I boughtRead More →

This past weekend our 25 year old “baby” made a bowl of a heavenly Avocado Salsa that was awesome. I said, “See, this is the benefit of allowing the children in the kitchen… they grow up to be great cooks!” This reminded me of a post first published on myRead More →

First off… must say… NOT my grandma’s recipe… but evidently SOMEBODY’s grandma’s recipe 🙂 Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has long been a family favorite. For decades I’ve made it using a standard pie crust. Last week on some internet expedition, I came across this recipe from Food Network…     GRANDMA’S STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB PIERead More →

To see the entire Out of the Block | Ice Cream Cone Cookie Cutter series, including pattern for felt applique block and how to make your own cookie cutters click HERE.  I've tasted a lot of sugar cookies in my days, and I have to say, this is by far my very favorite. What makes it so special… a splash of lemon! And I'm a sucker for lemon. WhenRead More →

In our family, rolled cookies mean something special. Because they require more work than drop cookies, we tend to make them at holidays and other days of celebration. Over the years we have acquired many different cookie cutters, but a few years ago we discovered the joy of making our own cookie cutters, and we’ve never lookedRead More →

EDIT: Oops… I forgot to add flour to the ingredients' list. A lovely reader caught my mistake, and the recipe my includes 2 cups of flour. Thank you, Laura 🙂 I have a confession to make. Actually, not really a confession because that would imply that I am apologizing, and I'm not 🙂 I guess this is more of an admission. Sometimes,Read More →

We are trying something new this year… and I must admit I’m a little bit nervous. As a family, we decided that we wanted to simplify Christmas and focus on the joy of being together. So, for the first time ever, the adults are not exchanging gifts. Gulp and Yikes! I amRead More →