Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

P's First Day of 2nd Grade

Today I put my little man on the bus for his first day of 2nd grade!  Hard to believe he's a 'big kid' already!  Two  years ago, when he was in Kindergarten I got to walk him to the bus stop, and he was so little then! Last year I had to work on his first day of school, so I felt horrible! This morning, he was all business!  He was so excited to go to school! I hope his enthusiasm for school continues, but I'm sure it will wear off at some point [like when he's 16].
 Last night was Back to School Night & Open  House. He was so excited for school after he put his things away and met his teacher! I fell in love with her room! TONS of wonderful books! So excited for him!

 My little man...
-Mama Shona :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Grandma's Apple Butter

There is no butter in apple butter.  The name come from the smooth, buttery texture. Apple butter is wonderful on buttered toast. Mmmm!  My grandma used to make it all the time, then she quit.  A couple years ago I decided it was time to learn.  As much work that goes into it, it is relatively easy to make!

You will need:
8-10 Medium Apples [I use Granny Smith]

Cinnamon to taste

Preheat Oven to 225.

Boil apples until soft.
Extract pulp.  Mix 1 cup apple pulp to 2 cups sugar.
Cinnamon to taste.
Put mixture in a flat pan and bake for 1 hour. [I use two pyrex pans, and put a cookie sheet underneath incase it boils over.]
Mixture will thicken and turn brown.
Spoon mixture into 1/2 pint jars.  
I use the waterbath method of securing the seals.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

4H Project -- Crayon Canvas Art!

This is a very easy 4H project. My seven year old did most of the work himself, with only 'minor' help from Mom.

What you need:

Glue Gun & Sticks

Blower Dryer

Sort the crayons out by color. Then line the crayons up in desired order and position them on the canvas.  Parker and I chose to line them up along the top of the canvas because it was the easiest thing to do.

 Now that the crayons are all placed on the canvas, take it outside with your blow dryer and a cardboard box.

 When the crayons start too get a glossy, shiny look to them the wax will start dripping!
 This was my view as the canvas holder.
 He had a lot of fun doing this!

As you can see it was hot out, and the longest part of the process is melting the wax...poor kid started sweating!

 But the finished product is so cool!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Frozen Watermelon Pops!

So easy, so good!
I found this idea in the thirty-one summer 2012 catalog...

Cut your watermelon into triangles, insert craft sticks and freeze! DELICIOUS!
A healthy treat the kids will love! (Mom, Dad, and the grown ups will love this too!)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cute, quick, easy AND cheap thank you gift!

I am finishing up my 80 hour Supervised Participation, and wanted to make a cute yet useful thank you gift for my cooperating teacher.  Some of my friends have made these, and they were too cute not to do!  I found the flag on Pinterest and then went with it...

I found these super cute insulated cups at Dollar General for $2.50,

Crystal Light packets for $3.13 at the grocery store, and I had the lemonade and raspberry ice packets at home already.  

 Add packets to the cup, with this super cute flag, and there you have it! So for a little over $5, I have an adorable thank you gift to give to my cooperating teacher!