Tags: corn husk doll, inexpensive, mayflower, pilgrim hat, thanksgiving, thanksgiving craft
This is a craft I designed for the annual Thanksgiving celebration I participate in with our local homeschool group. 2 years ago our theme was explorers, and I thought the foam boats would be a fun craft and activity to float in gutters once they were made. I was searching for something really easy to put together, and inexpensive. Since I couldn’t find anything like that I designed my own, and was pleased with how well the boats floated due to the lightweight foam. For that activity I prepared kits in bags containing all the pieces each child would need since we had ~100 participants, but for an individual child or small group of kids you don’t really need to do that.
I used a cut up foam pool float for the inside thick foam to attach the sail to – a pool noodle from the dollar store would work equally well – you just need something to stab the mast (a bamboo skewer) into that is lightweight and can be taped into the bottom of the boat – any kind of styrofoam would work. The float I found was pink, so I spray painted it brown to match the foam I used, but you could cover it with matching foam if you would like to. Since I was making 100 kits I decided spray paint would be much easier, and faster.
You can download the free .pdf pattern to make your own here: mayflower craft
From previous years I also have a tutorial to make your own cornhusk doll:
And directions to make a paper pilgrim’s hat:
Tags: bleach resist, DIY clothes, doctor who, tardis shirt, tardis stencil
This is a repost from 2011, that I am revisiting to make myself a tardis shirt…
I am constantly amazed at how quickly my son goes through clothes, between growing and staining them. So when I saw Michael’s had plain t-shirts on sale for $2 each, I picked up a bunch, thinking he could just wear them as is. He would have been fine with that, but I, on the other hand, just couldn’t leave them alone. And since one of the shirts was black, I decided to try out bleach resist, with a tardis stencil of course. You could also do planets, a space ship, or the death star. Or really anything on any other color shirt. Continue Reading Tardis T-shirt (bleach resist)…
Recently I found myself with 36 egg yolks. My husband has been following a low calorie diet, and has been eating a lot of egg whites. Since the equivalent of 7 egg whites is the same price as 18 whole eggs, I figured I would just separate the yolks out myself, and use them for “something” else.
The most yolk-heavy recipe I found used a measly 6 yolks, and yielded 50-60 cookies. I wouldn’t want 20 cookies in my house, let alone the 350+ I would make to use up all my yolks.
So, this is my new yolk-heavy recipe. In case anyone else has three dozen egg yolks hanging out in their fridge, just waiting to be cooked. 36 egg yolks is right around 2 cups. If you only have a dozen or two egg yolks you can easily add whole eggs to make up the difference, a large egg is around 1/4 cup.
- 2 cups egg yolks
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 lb cheese, shredded (I used a white Monterey Jack, a mozzarella would make it less fattening)
- 1 lb ground pork, or breakfast sausage
- 1 large onion
- 1 bell pepper (or several of the smaller multicolored peppers)
- (garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, caraway, and charnushka to taste, if using pork)
- Cook the sausage or ground pork. I can’t eat MSG so I make my own sausage scramble by cooking 1 lb of ground pork and adding in sausage spices to taste – super easy. I use around 1 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp parsley, and 1 tsp each caraway seeds and charnushka.
- While the pork is cooking, slice the onion and peppers. Grease a 13″x9″ baking pan.
- Spread the cooked sausage in the bottom of the pan.
- Cook the onion and pepper until just done (the onion will be slightly translucent.)
- Sprinkle veggies over the meat, followed by the cheese. Pour the egg yolks (only) evenly over the mixture.
- Lightly beat the 4 eggs, and pour them over the top of the mixture. I put the eggs separately on top so it will look more normal, with the white and yellow mixed. (That is also why I chose a white cheese.)
- Bake at 350* F for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden and bubbly.
Not the healthiest dish, but a quick way to use up 3 dozen egg yolks :)
Tags: CSA, Farm to Table, Luckett Farms
This is a bit random, but I wanted to post a review of Luckett Farms, the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that we joined this summer. Several of my friends participate, and had posted on Facebook how much they enjoy the produce so I decided to give it a try. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t find any reviews or photos before I bought a share though, so took some photos and weighed the produce to satisfy my curiosity, and am posting it because I can’t be the only person who wants to know this information. :) The photos aren’t the greatest, since I snapped them with my cell phone as I was processing the veggies, but bad photos are better than no photos :) I have the first three boxes photographed, weighed, and price compared below, and will update it to add the remaining 5 boxes as the summer progresses. Week 1: My first box contained: Continue Reading Luckett Farms CSA in Baton Rouge, LA…
I love to try new things, which sometimes leads to random ingredient purchases that I am not quite sure what to do with. Last year I bought 1/2 cup of amaranth from the bulk bins at the grocery store, and I loved it. So I ordered the five pound bag online, and now find myself with a surplus of amaranth sitting in the pantry. Continue Reading Ancient Grain Pilaf…
Refreshing treat during the 10 hot summer months we experience each year here in the south :-) Its quick and easy to toss together. You will need an ice shaver. I like it really tart, you can make it milder by adjusting the amounts of sugar and lime juice.
- 6 -8 ice cubes
- 3 teaspoons sugar (or splenda)
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice or 3 teaspoons lime juice
- Shave the ice in an ice shaver, into a cup.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top of the ice.
- Pour the lime juice on top of the sugar.
- Using a spoon, incorporate the gooey lime-sugar mixture into the ice. Enjoy!
A rich tomato bisque – which makes a nice change from salsa and pasta sauce with an overabundant tomato garden. A bisque is thickened with cream, which results in a rich, smooth texture and makes for a satiating meal. The original recipe (from Fine Cooking) recommended mint as a garnish, but I thought basil might be a more appropriate herb. This recipe could really work with any color ripe tomato – but the yellow/orange tomatoes make a stunning soup. I used 2 cups of stock because I like thicker soups – use 3 if you prefer it thinner. Continue Reading Grilled Yellow Tomato Bisque…
Tags: corn husk craft, corn husk doll, history, printable directions, thanksgiving craft
I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun. Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable. It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided. Continue Reading Corn Husk Dolls…
Tags: articulated puppet, banana leaf puppet, indian craft, kids craft India
This week we are learning about India in the home school co-op that I participate in. Since I am teaching that class, I went to postcrossing.com and wrote to someone in each country we will be “visiting” to see if we could exchange postcards. As postcrossing is a postcard exchange site almost everyone I contacted was happy to exchange cards, and the member in India exchanged souvenirs as well as postcards. One of the souvenirs was a set of banana leaf puppets. I looked for information about banana leaf puppets online (I even used google translate to search in Hindi and Urdu) and was absolutely amazed that I couldn’t find anything.
Read the rest (and get the free printable) at randomcreativity.net – sorry for the inconvenience, but I have moved to my own domain :)
Tags: redo 70's kitchen, wallpaper over soffit in kitchen
is was my kitchen. Wasn’t it lovely? I suppose the dark stained cabinets and wallpaper might have looked ok when they were first done, but by the time we bought the house last year it was pretty bad. I was absolutely thrilled last month when I found a great deal on 3 gallons of paint in almost the exact color I wanted, and after I painted the rest of the living areas there was almost a gallon leftover, more than enough to do the kitchen. Continue Reading A fresh coat of paint and a little bit of caulk…