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Oatmeal Isn’t Just for Eating

17 Jan

Oatmeal is a great way to get your day started, but there are so many other ways to use oatmeal.

Of course there’s morning oatmeal. Put out several bowls of different toppings and let your child mix it up for the day. (raisins, brown sugar, dried apples, butter, syrup, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts, berries, Nutella etc.)

Mix oatmeal and some whipping cream in a small bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Spread on your face and allow to dry. Rinse and you will have a softer, smoother complexion.

Oatmeal baths are soothing for some skin issues. If your doctor recommends an oatmeal bath, blend up some oats until they are very fine. Pour 1/3 of a cup of oats into a running bath and soak. Be careful, the oats make the bathtub really slippery.

Don’t forget oatmeal cookies!

Make some granola.

Put a bowl of dried oats in your refrigerator to absorb odors.

Make some clay for your kids.

Use as a substitute for breadcrumbs or a filler for meatballs, hamburgers and meatloaf.

If that’s not enough, don’t forget to use the empty oatmeal container for art projects and storage.

Gingerbread Man Treasure Hunt

15 Dec

Gingerbread is a holiday favorite and it’s decorating gingerbread men is a winner for kids. Make a fun holiday gingerbread hunt for kids after reading classic storybook, The Gingerbread Man.

Decorate some gingerbread men then hide them somewhere in the house. Write some clues leading your kids around the house that will lead them to the hidden gingerbread men. Tape the first clue to the back of the book.

Once you’ve hidden the clues, read the story, The Gingerbread Man to your children. Read the first clue to your children and begin the treasure hunt!

This is a fun activity for a holiday party. The adults at the party can hold the clues and the clues can lead them to another adult. The final adult can have a bag filled with gingerbread men to give to the children.

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I Scream, You Scream

14 Oct

Summer’s over, but I’m a firm believer in eating ice cream no matter the outside temperature. Since today’s is National Dessert Day, I’m going to find every reason to have some dessert that includes ice cream today.

My family loves dessert, too, especially these easy-to-make ice cream (of course) sandwiches. They’re so easy that you can get your kids involved in the fun with you.


  • 1 package chocolate chip cookies (we use Chips Ahoy)
  • Ice cream of your choice
  • Sprinkles or small chocolate chips
  1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften while you place the sprinkles and chocolate chips on plates.
  2. Stir the ice cream so it softens evenly.
  3. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of ice cream and put it on the flat side of one cookie.
  4. Put a second cookie on top of  the ice cream and gently squeeze.
  5. Roll the edges of the ice cream in the sprinkles or chocolate chips.
  6. Put the ice cream sandwich on a plate in the freezer.
  7. Set out a few minutes before serving.
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