Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mint Buttercream Play Dough

Don't you love it when you come across an awesome-looking idea in blogland and discover you have all the ingredients to attempt their greatness? Better yet, when after you attempt it, it really is as great as you thought it would be? That was just the case today!

I found this recipe for mint buttercream play dough on She Wears Flowers. (Natalie asked what that ingredient was, and I told her to smell it to find out... had to laugh when she sniffed too hard!)

You can get the incredible recipe here.

It really was simple, fun, and best of all YUMMY! I busted out a pack of mini Easter cookie cutters that were suppose to be a gift... guess it's time to go shopping, again!

Taste-testing; the best part!

Here Allison used the watering can cut-out to water her flowers. Endless play time!

I love Natalie's butterfly faces.

When we were done, I wrapped them all up and put them back in the fridge. It was suggested they should last about a week all wrapped-up and in the fridge. Can't wait to do them again! Thanks so much, She Wears Flowers!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Big Release

The weather turned into a sunny warm just in time for us to release our 4 Painted Lady butterflies.

They cooperated perfectly; two crawled onto Allison's finger before flying away, and two crawled onto Natalie's finger before flying away!

Take a last look...

Once released, the girls chased them down the street as far as they could, flapping their "wings!"

As always, we lingered outside for another hour, riding around...

I couldn't see Sierra's face, but she seemed like she was having fun. We rode around and around the cul-de-sac pretty fast. Looking at this picture, however, I'm not so sure she was as thrilled as I had thought!

Egg Carton Flower Wreaths

For some reason, I hadn't been on Crafty Crow for a while. Today I browsed around, and found a ton of inspiration for spring! I gave the girls a few options, and they went for this egg carton flower wreath. (We keep a ton of egg cartons on hand, so if you ever need any let me know!)

Warning... hands will get painted!

Here is Natalie's wreath; not quite finished...

And, here is Allison's! I was hoping to do one wreath with both their flowers, but Allison insisted they each did their own. This is definitely a project we'll do again when they're a little older.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Faux Cream Puffs

It was Friday night.... or, more specifically, Family Fun Friday Night. The girls were asking what we were going to do, and I told them to have a quick bath with Papa and get ready for bed while I made a special dessert to go with our games.

The bath bought me an extra 15 minutes. An idea popped into my head. We love to make popovers at our house, and they are very simple! We had a thing of Cool Whip in the freezer, and a box of pudding in the cupboard. That was it!

I once made some Pampered Chef dessert with Cool Whip and pudding. I just put 2 cups milk, the frozen Cool Whip, and the box of pudding in my Kitchen Aid and beat it for a few minutes, then stuck it in the fridge. For the popovers, I mixed 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Pour into a greased muffin tin and bake @350 for 25 minutes. Last, I squirted the pudding mixture in, and it was so simple, so easy... and SO yummy! A huge hit! Best of all, there was plenty of time for our games...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

An Original Idea!

This is the deli meat we buy for our family from Costco:

I think I have a stack of these containers to last me a lifetime. So, why am I sharing this with you? Because I just realized yet another use for them. Are you ready? I was quite proud of this:

The little signs on top are perfect little dry erase boards!! I am now thinking of ways to make them even cuter.. but I have too many other little to-do projects in my head. I think I will let this one go as a clever idea that I actually thought of and didn't steal borrow from another blog.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Marbleous Idea

Today's fun is brought to you by Everyday Art. I just came across this activity and thought it was simple and fun -- You mix whole milk with food coloring and oil, then dip a q-tip into clear soap and stick it in to watch the separation. The girls played for about 20 minutes, and then they were done. They were more into pretending the q-tips were people, than the atual color separation thing, but either way it was entertainment! :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Painted Lady Butterflies

Our butterflies are here! We've been watching them for about a week now. Unfortunately, the second one came out of the chrysalis with broken wings, and only lasted a few days. The remaining 4 are thriving. As soon as the weather warms up a bit, we'll be sending them off to enjoy the fresh spring air. Our girls can't wait for the big release!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bikes, Bubbles, Beach Baseball, Boxing, and... a Marble Run

We had a fun, fun day with our good friends. From 9:ooam until almost 4:00pm, the kids played without fighting. For that reason alone, it was a dream of a day! (More like a miracle!) Most of the day was spent outside running around. It began with bikes and snail hunts...

Poor Sierra was left behind in the dust. Fortunately, she didn't mind a bit. She had a blast running around and trying to follow along.

Instead of poor Sierra, I should say poor snails. We took the advice of Karen who commented on a previous post that I could paint the shells....

I don't think she meant to drown them in paint. Anyway, they were soon squashed as we played bubbles next.

Honestly, I was shocked at how long they could play bubbles. Perhaps it was because it's the first of the season. I almost suggested another activity after about 30 minutes, but then I thought... "Why interupt a good thing?"

Once again, Sierra was perfectly content to just play in the puddles. She was even more excited when she found this triangle stamp to use!

I couldn't take pictures of all our games of tag, because I was mostly "it." Who needs a gym membership with boys around?

Before going in for lunch, we played, "beach baseball." Basically, baseball with a beach ball and tennis racket. Hey, you gotta use what you have! Personally, I think it's a lot more fun. With the big ball, the kids get a hit 95% of the time!

The kids played a little Wii before lunch. I had to laugh at the next picture. Poor T was not happy about getting knocked out in boxing by a girl. I let him know she beats her daddy, too!

After lunch, it was time to build our marble run. (What else do you do when Grandma brings you a bag of tp rolls? -- love you, Mom! :) ) Actually, the inspiration for this project came from Frugal Family Fun. Allison was my tape girl. Of course, I don't actually have any marbles, so bouncy balls had to do.

I don't think the kids minded a bit!

The finished project turned out pretty cool. The kids played with it over, and over, and over, and... you get the idea!

Here Natalie and D are testing out one phase of it. Overall, it was an awesome day. But now -- I am exhausted!!

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