Monday, February 27, 2012

Ribbon Flip Flops

(This is a project I did with the leftover ribbon from the jewelry organizer)

All you need for this project is:
- a pair of basic flip flops
- ribbon of your choice
- hot glue gun

I wrapped the ribbon around the flip flop strap gluing a little at a time along the way.
Then once the ribbon is wrapped around the straps I tied a separate bow and glued it on.
I'm not sure how long these shoes will last on a 5 year old girl who is always playing outside, but she loves them and they are cute for now! :)

Jewelry Organizer

I opened my jewelry box the other day and all my neclaces and earrings were all tangled up, so I decided I needed to do something about it!
All you need for this project is:
- 1 or 2 utensil organizers or drawer organizers
- picture hooks
- hot glue gun
- ribbon

I just took the picture hangers and hot glued them to the drawer organizer.
I hot glued ribbon to the back of the drawer organizer and hung it on the wall.
(it is helpful to anchor it to the wall so it is not wobbly)
 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Train Birthday

This post is in honor of my little nephew, Benjamin, who is a year old today!

Hudson likes trains A LOT!  I thought it would be fun to throw him a train birthday for his 3rd birthday.  He had a great time and I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I thought I would share some of those ideas in case there is anyone wanting ideas for a little boy's birthday.

CAKE:
This was a little involved, but it was fun to make. 

INGREDIENTS:
- 4 frozen pound cakes
- 4 jars of white frosting
- oreo cookies
- red licorice
- kit kat bars
- one ice cream cone
- one jumbo marshmallow
- gummy bears
- lolly pops
- chocolate mini marshmallows
- food coloring

*Start by placing the poud cakes in a row on a long platter (or a few individual ones taped together)
The pound cakes should be farely easy to shape and cut. 
*The first train I layered pieces of one of the cakes on top of the first cake
*The second and third are regular size pound cake
*The fourth is half of the first pound cake.
*Then I iced it all and decorated it as the picture shows.

This can be done in a much more basic way, but I just kept adding to it :)

GAME #1:
We played "throw the coal into the train"

Draw a basic picture of a train on a pice of posterboard.
Cut a hole in the poster board in the "coal cart"
Get 5 black socks and fill them with beans.
Put rubberbands around the sock to tie it shut, then fold over the sock until it is like a bean bag.
The kids try to throw the bean bags ("coal") into the hole in the poster board ("coal cart").

GAME #2:
Train relay race. 
One child puts on a train outfit (we used a Thomas the Train outfit, but you could dress up as a drain conductor or anything like that) then runs to the other side and takes off that outfit and the next child puts it on etc.  The kids thought it was fun to dress up and run!
Matt had fun with this, too...

And of course, you can't have a party without a pinata!
I didn't make the pinata for this party, but I just made one for another party.  I will share that process and final product later :)






Saturday, February 25, 2012

Granola...as a gift!

This past Christmas I was trying to figure out what I could give to people that would maybe be a little healthier than the traditional candy and cookies.  I decided to make this wonderful granola recipe that my sister in law, Kristin gave to me.  It turned out to be a great, easy, and and useful gift for people.

What you need:
mason jar(s)
fabric
string or ribbon
homemade granola recipe (see below)



Granola
8c rolled oats
1 1/2c wheat germ
1 1/2c oat bran
1c almonds
1c pecans
1c walnuts
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2c brown sugar
1/4c maple syrup
3/4c honey
1/2c veg. Oil
1/2c applesauce
1TB cinnamon
1TB vanilla
2c raisins or craisins or choc chips
( mix those in after baking)
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1. Preheat oven to 300. Line baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
2. Combine salt, brown sugar, syrup, honey, oil, applesauce, cinnamon,
& vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat.
3. In a LARGE bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. (except
raisins, or choc chips)
4. Pour liquid over dry mixture to coat. Spread the mixture evenly on
baking sheets.
5. Bake until crispy and toasted about 20 minutes. Stirring halfway
through. Cool, then stir in raisins, craisins or choc chips. Store in
airtight container.

Is It Really THAT Simple?! Peanut Butter...

Since being diagnosed with cancer many people have suggested that I try to eat more whole foods and try to cut out added sugars, preservatives etc.  I have been experimenting with this a little, but I welcome any and all advice or suggestions! 

One thing I have been doing is making my own peanut butter.  I had no idea it was so easy!

All you need is...

- a food processor
- peanuts

Just put the peanuts in the food processor for a few minutes until it becomes creamy then put in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 


My kids seem to like it even better than the store bought stuff!

Blueberry Yumminess!

I thought I would share a great recipe that I have used twice in the past two days.  No, it has not been all for me! ;)  The only name I could think to describe it is "blueberry yumminess"...

Ingredients:

(Serves 6-8)
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup
of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss
the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining
flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating
with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with
butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle
batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check
with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a
couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more
might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Fray Family Creations

I am a mother of three.  Lydia (4), Hudson (3) and Samuel (1). I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago.  Since I have been feeling better I have been doing a lot of crafting, cooking, and organizing. I have been inspired through Pinterest and I thought it would be nice to share some of my simple creations and organizational strategies as a stay at home, soon to be homeschooling, mother of 3!

This photo frame project is one that I did a few weeks ago. 
"Fray" is an easy name because there are only 4 letters.  If you have more letters you can do individual frames or get a custom made frame. 

For the first frame I took pictures that resembled certain letters from around my house and backyard. 



For the second frame I formed the kids to resemble each letter.  This was a little diffictult to make them sit still (especially Samuel), but it was well worth it!