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Kids Cooking

Lately my son has been really into cooking…hopefully this will last!  My husband is such an amazing cook, I think that is a lot of his inspiration.  The kids have been asking if they can make dinner, however due to other plans we decided on breakfast.  They made their own pancakes.  We mixed up the simple batter and then they added in special items like sour patch kids and sweet tarts (gag).  They were nasty, but the kids had fun making them.  They did make some that were delicious combos like peanut butter and banana, and strawberries with chocolate chips, YUM!  I love to encourage their creativity, and they mess never lasts too long.  Tonight is pizza night…maybe they’ll invent a new favorite!

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April Fools!

Now that my kids are older, I thought this year I try some April Fools pranks on them…looking forward to seeing how they respond.  Here are some ideas to make this day fun and exciting for them!

* While they are sleeping draw a mustache on them, make sure it is washable marker!!!  I might be chicken and do it on their feet or arm since we have church that morning… we’ll see.

* Rearrange their drawers.  Move them around and watch them be confused.

* Open a jar of canned fruit and put the fruit into another container and refrigerate.  Rinse the can and fill it up with candy.  Watch as your kids are delighted to open up the can filled with candy!!!! (BE CAREFUL of sharp edges on the cans.)

* I am not doing this one since sleep is far to important to me still but it would be fun to move the clocks ahead and have them awaken in the middle of the night…maybe when they are teenagers?

* I am trying to find a whoopee cushions to put on my sons chair..he would LOVE it!

* I will freeze pennies and right before church, slip them into their shoes!

* Another fun idea might be to turn the volume up really loud on your TV so they kids get surprised…not sure my son would enjoy that:)

* I was thinking for our family we might do a dinner that is a mystery.  I did this in youth group awhile back and it was loads of fun.  Decide the menu and separate each item you’d need for the dinner.  Spaghetti: Needed: sauce, cheese, noodles, fork, cup, milk, brownie, green beans, butter, bread, knife, etc.  Type each item up and make enough copies for each person.  Cut each item apart and have each person draw 3 items at a time.  After drawing the 3 items that is what you get for your first course.  Maybe we’ll get dessert first with an empty cup and a knife…who knows!

What fun ideas do you have planned for your family?

Family Fun Friday-Dr. Suess

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd so that is our theme for our Family Fun Friday!!  We are celebrating by having green eggs and ham for breakfast!  The kids are off of school as well so I have a few extra things we will do during the day.  Here are some ideas of how to celebrate.

* Make our own books.  I will set up a writing station for the kids with paper, pens, stapler, etc. to make their own books, be real authors like Dr. Seuss.

* We will read lots of his books

* We will use our recycling and craft supplies to make our own creature like are in so many of his books (egg cartons, googly eyes, feathers, etc.)

* We will play Horton Hears a Who game

* Freeze red and blue candy fish in blue jello for a fun snack!

* Like Fox in Socks: we will play a game to see who can put on the most pair of socks in 1 minute.

Snowflake Tortilla

This is a really fun snack idea I saw this idea on pinterest and thought we’d do it since it has been snowy and cold here lately.  You need: Tortillas, oven, butter, cinnamon and sugar, and scissors.  Simply give the kids a tortilla and scissors an have them cut it like a snowflake.  Brush it with butter and cinnamon and sugar and bake at 350 for 5 minutes or so!  Super yummy!

Family Fun Friday: Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day coming I thought chocolate would be a great theme…plus I am always up for sweets!  Here are some things we will be doing with chocolate.

* Hot chocolate bar: hot chocolate with add in’s like crushed peppermint, caramel, whipped cream, and lots of marshmallows!

* Chocolate taste test: Give them several different pieces of chocolate and have them determine their favorite

* Paint with chocolate pudding

* We will also play hide the Hershey’s Kiss, like hide and seek

* Break a Hershey bar into pieces and put it together like a puzzle

* Stack the thin mint cookies:  See who can build the tallest tower

* Fondue is on the list too, we will dip fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, chips, etc.

I have a feeling after this night we will need lots of healthy foods, and playtime in the yard!

Family Fun Friday- Popcorn

January 19th was national popcorn day, who knew?  I LOVE popcorn!  I am so thankful I have passed my love for this along to my kids.  Tonight we will be doing many activities involving this yummy snack!  Here is a look.

* We are going to make popcorn in a bag, saw it on pinterest and love the idea.  Here is the link http://www.squawkfox.com/2010/07/27/popcorn-recipe-gourmet-popcorn/.

I actually wouldn't do this again. About half the popcorn popped, some burned, and no oil so it was really dry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* We are going to use that popcorn to make a popcorn cake, another pinterest idea.  Here is the link http://cookiesandcups.com/popcorn-cake/

* We are going to sample popcorn with different toppings.  Carmel, butter, plain, salt, cheese, etc. (Shocker we prefer butter and salt!)

* We are going to be popcorn, think jumping and moving…getting lots of energy out!

* We will use a straw and race popcorn off the table by blowing them to the finish line.

This was really fun, both my kids loved getting to blow it across the table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* We will use it for art.  I am planning on letting them self direct this one.  I will put out string, paper, glue, glitter, etc, and let them make popcorn art.

We made a popcorn tree by drawing it and then colorig the popcorn like apple blossoms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* We will also make Kool Aid popcorn here is the link http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/kool-aid-popcorn/

* We will end with movie and popcorn!  Yum!

What do you like to do with your family on the weekends?

Family Fun Friday- Balloons

We did our family fun night on Sunday this week due to our schedule, but here is a look at our theme.

* Balancing them on a fly swatter.  See who can balance and bounce the longest.

* Volleyball with balloons!  We will move our furniture out of the way, put up a rope as a net and play some fun volleyball.

Tried to teach my son the rules for volleyball and that bikefired! He totally was the rule police after that:)

* Decorate them with permanent markers, make silly faces!  We might use stickers too.

* It is bath night so we might put balloons in the tub (first time for this).  My daughter loved this!  I did have to say no throwing water balloons at the ceiling as she was trying to use the ceiling to pop them!

* Tie a string around the balloon and use a thumb tack to hold it to the ceiling and let the kids battle the balloon.

* Put different items in the balloons and have the kids shake them and guess what they are.

I stumped my daughter when I put a crayon in it. She couldn't figure out the sound. I put rice and a bell in them too, those were the easier ones!

* Glow sticks in the balloons would be fun too.  Saw this on Pinterest and thought we’d give it a try!

* I will hide small treasures in the balloons for my kids to find when they pop them (like a piece of gum, a tattoo, a coupon for a no clean up pass, etc.)

My son sat and bounced on it over and over again! This was one of our favorite things!

* We will try to stomp each others balloons.  Tie a string (1 1/2 to 2 feet) around the balloon and then around the persons ankle.  One per person.  Then try to stomp and pop the other persons balloon.  This could get crazy!!!

* We will also play can’t touch the ground but put a small marble in the balloon.  I’ve heard it will make it move around..we’ll see!

* To finish things off we are going to use our balloons to make chocolate pudding cups.  I found this idea on pinterest as well.  Here is the link http://www.bakerella.com/pudding-cups/

Happy playing!

Family Fun Friday- Marshmallows

We have an abundance of these at our house so I decided to build some activities for our Friday around these yummy treats!  Here are some of our ideas.

* Paint them with food coloring and milk mixture.

* Make snowmen with them along with pretzel sticks and M&M’s.

* Write and draw on them with sharpies and put them in the microwave for 20 seconds…they grow!

We drew on them

We watched them grow! The kids were amazed:)

* Use marshmallows and toothpicks (or pretzels) for building

* Who can build the biggest tower using mini marshmallows?

* Use a spoon as a catapult to fling marshmallows into a large container.  Who can get the most in in one minute?

This was harder than it looks!

* Marshmallow milkshakes.  I saw this on pinterest and I am really excited to try it!

Have fun playing with your family!

Christmas Songs Countdown Day 23- Angels from the Relms of Glory

Here are the lyrics

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Today we will spend time worshiping Jesus.  We are going to make time when we wake up to start our day by praising Him, just like the song talks about.

Our family fun activity is decorating sugar cookies with our some good family friends of ours.  Yum!

Family Fun Friday- Snow

Here are some of our activities for our family fun Friday.  I thought snow was a good theme since we’ve been enjoying the snow lately!  Here are some of the things we will be up to.

Making snowflakes out of coffee filters.  Just fold in half and then again, don’t cut on the folds.  Open and enjoy!

Putting bowls of snow in our house and seeing which one melts first.  On the porch, on the kitchen table, and on the heating vent.

Make popcorn balls and decorate them like snowmen.

Go sledding, have a snowball fight, build a snowman, and make snow angels.

Read lots of snow books like, Snow Day by Betsy Maestro, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, The Jacket I Wear in the Snowby Shirley Neitzel, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Make a snowman out of white balloons inside if the temperatures are too cold.

Use white powdered doughnuts and candies to build our own snowman.

I love our Fridays!