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Cook for Mom

9 May

You may take mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day, but she probably doesn’t want to cook dinner on her special day either. Here’s a very simple and yummy recipe dad and the kids can make together. Add a baked potato and a salad (you can make one at the grocery store salad bar) and your set. Click on the picture for the directions.

Pamper Mom

8 May
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This is a simple activity for dads and kids to make together for mom. Dads, you can use any shape bottle and can usually get them at the dollar store or craft store for a very reasonable price. We’ve added where you can pick up the other items to make shopping easier. This also makes a great gift for grandmas and is easy to make in the classroom.
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Materials
– mixing bowl and spoon (kitchen)
– bottle or jar (dollar store or craft store)
– 1 cup white sugar (kitchen or grocery store)
– 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons good quality oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any nice, non-smelly oil) (kitchen, grocery store or drug store)
– 3-4 drops of yummy-scented essential oil per jar (I went with mandarin, peppermint, and lavender) (craft or health food store)
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place the scrub into the jar. You may need to use a funnel to get it into the jar depending upon how wide the mouth of the jar is.

Easy, Peasy Homemade Baby Food

25 Apr

 

Rubbery Eggs

3 Apr

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Our Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

27 Jan

This is a simple recipe that your kids can help you make.

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

1 chocolate fudge cake mix

3 oz package of instant chocolate fudge pudding mix

12 oz package chocolate chips

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup oil

4 eggs

powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar and peat with an electric mixer for four minutes. put in a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Cool one hour before inverting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*This recipe came from the Volunteer League of San Fernando Valley.

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.

Junior Scientist

18 Oct

When I was a little girl, my mom taught us to be curious about everything, especially things that had to do with science. But, back then, it was mostly a look and see approach even at museums.

When I became a teacher, hands-on science in schools became a major change in the elementary curriculum. It was heaven on earth for a curious grown up who was never able to explore as a child!

This is one of my favorite experiments, it’s super simple, and you have all the supplies right in your kitchen!

Materials

  • Clear glass
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • Popcorn Kernels or Raisins
  1. Place the cup on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Put the baking soda in the cup and slowly pour in the vinegar.
  3. When the bubbles have subsided, put the popcorn or raisins into the cup.
  4. Watch the popcorn or raisins rise up and down in the cup.

Your junior scientist just learned about liquids, solids, and gases through a simple chemistry experiment.

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