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The Weeping Angel Halloween Decoration

24 Oct

WeepingAngel1Who has the scariest door in the entire town?   We do and it only cost $1 to make.

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  • 1 Black Foam Sign ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Silver SharpieWeepingAngel3
  1. Write the words “Don’t Blink!” on the back of your Foam Sign with the Silver Sharpie.  Write the letters in a scary looking font.
  2. You can download and save this one or you can do a Google search for Weeping Angel Face.WeepingAngelMask
  3. Select your the scariest.  Print out either mine or the one you selected.
  4. Color the eyes in with the Silver Sharpie for a creepier effect.  Cut out your Weeping Angel Face.
  5. Hang both on your door to scare the neighbors.

Bonus:  You can also print mine or the one you selected out.  Glue it to cardboard.  Cut the shape and the eyes out.  Now you have a Weeping Angel Mask.  Eek!

“Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.”
-The 10th Doctor, Blink(3:10)

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Related Weeping Angel scariness:
1. Weeping Angel Cookies (Discovered at:  Topless Robot)
2.  Weeping Angel Mask (Discovered at:  The Mary Sue via Fasionably Geek)
3.  Weeping Angel Family Car Stickers
4. Don’t Blink Flip Up Tradtional T-Shirt or Don’t Blink Flip UpWomen’s Tee

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My ADHD Plate

22 Oct

IMG_4075Note:  I know it has been a while.  I have a slew of blogs to finish and catch up on but we have been moving and life has been busy.

Over the summer I participated in ADDitude magazine’s contest called My ADHD Plate.   Many of the recipes I shared came from these great recipes blogs and sites that are written  for those looking for healthier, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, paleo, or allergy-free recipes:

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom GF

Affairs of Living GF

All Day I Dream About Food

All Gluten Free Desserts All The Time GF

Allergy Free Alaska GF AF

Allergy Free Vintage Cookery AF

Book of Yum GF

Cassidy’s Craveable Creations GF DF

Conscious Eatery AF

Cook It Allergy Free AF

Cybele Pascal – The Allergy Friendly Cook AF

Dairy Free Betty DF

Deliciously Ella

Deliciously Organic

Die, Food Dye!

Eagle Loft Kitchen DF EF OF SoF WF

Elana’s Pantry GF

Feed Our Families

Food and Yoga for Life

Girl Meets Nourishment AF

Gluten Free Cat GF

Gluten Free Diva GF

Gluten Free Easily GF

Gluten Free Goddess GF

Green Lite Bites

Homemade Mommy

Jenn Cuisine GF

Lexie’s Kitchen DF EF GF

Livin’ The Crunchy Life

Living Without

Nom Nom Paleo P

PaleOMG P

Part Time Health Nut

Real Food Allergy Free AF

Real Sustenance GF

Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes AF

She Let Them Eat Cake GF

Silvana’s Kitchen

Simply Gluten Free GF

Simply Sugar & Gluten Free GF SuF

Slava’s Recipes

Super Healthy Kids

Taste of Home

Tessa the Domestic Diva AF

The Allergy Menu AF

The Gluten Free Homemaker GF

The Healthy Foodie

The Mommy Bowl GF DF

The Paleo Mom P

The Spunky Coconut GF P

The WHOLE Gang GF

The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen GF

Well Cooked

AF = Allergy Free
DF = Dairy Free
EF = Egg Free
GF = Gluten Free
P = Paleo
SoF = Soy Free
SuF= Sugar Free
WF = Wheat Free

Chicken Soup With Rice & & Vegetables

10 Aug

Chicken Soup with Rice & VegetablesNote:  My motherboard died so I was without a computer for the last month.  I will slowly be catching up on the posts.

This soup recipe takes all day to make so be sure to start early.   This is a definite plan-ahead meal.

Chicken Soup With Rice &  Vegetables
Gluten Free/Dairy Free

Chicken Broth Ingredients:

  • 2-4 carcasses from Chicken (We save these in the freezer until soup day)     Or     2 Roasted Chickens (Roasted chicken gives the broth better flavor)
  • 2-3 Carrots cut to around 4-5 inch pieces
  • 4 Celery stalks cut to around 4-5 inch pieces
  • 3 Onions
  • 1-3 Leek
  • 2 Bay LeavesIMG_0593
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Thyme to taste
  • OLD BAY Seasoning to taste(Super secret ingredient but don’t use too much)

Directions:

  1. Fill a large stock pot with water.
  2. Add chicken, carrots, celery, onions, leek and bay leaves to the water.
  3. Bring to boil and then set to simmer.IMG_0592
  4. At this time add salt, pepper, thyme, and OLD BAY Seasoning.
  5. Simmer until the liquid is half of what you started with. If you used less chicken than simmer until you have a third of what you started with.
  6. Skim the fat off the top of the broth as it floats to the top to save time at the end.
  7. When your broth is nicely reduced, remove from heat and skim the remaining fat off the top.
  8. Remove the carrots, celery, onions, leek, and bay leaves and discard.
  9. Remove the chicken and when it is cool enough to touch, pull chicken meat from the bones to save for the soups. When you have all the meat, then discard the carcasses.
  10. If you are making soup the same day or the next, then store the broth covered with a lid in the pot.  If you are not, you can put the broth into separate containers to freeze.

Chicken Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Rice(We used a brown rice/wild rice mix)IMG_0596
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 2 Celery stalks diced
  • 2 Parsnips diced
  • 1 small Turnip diced
  • 2 medium sized Sweet Potatoes diced
  • 2 Leeks diced (This time be sure to remove the green when dicing.  This will not make our soup taste good.)

Chicken Soup Instructions:

  1. Prepare the rice in a separate pot according to the instructions.  This should make about 4 cups of cooked rice.
  2. Using the large stock pot, bring your broth to a boil and then set to a medium flame.
  3. Add the diced carrots, celery, Parsnips, Tunip, Sweet Potatoes, and Leek to the broth.
  4. Cook until your vegetables are tender.
  5. Add in the rice.  (You do not have to use all the rice if you feel it is too much.  We serve the extra rice with the soup for those that wish to have more.)
  6. Bring soup back to the boil and then serve.

Wedding Gift Wreath – Kitchen Utensils.

28 Jun

Wedding Wreath of Kitchen Utensils

My co-worker got married this past Saturday so we had a mini wedding party for her at work.  I knew that the others were buying her new pots and pans so I decided to make her a special wedding wreath with kitchen utensils.  All the items used to make the wreath were purchased at the Dollar Tree.  It came out a lot better than I anticipated.   My co-worker told me I made it too nice because her new hubby did not want to take the untensils off and ruin it.

You will need:

  • 1 Pool Noodle
  • 1 Roll of White Masking Tape
  • 3 Rolls of White Tulle
  • 2 Bunches of White Fake Flowers
  • An assortment of Kitchen Utensils (I used:  spatula, set of silicon spatulas, slotted spoon, regular spoon, potato masher, ladle, strainer ladle, wooden spoon set, measuring cups w spoon set, spoon rest, cheese grater, vegetable peeler, small mesh colander set.)
  1. As seen in the Tornado Costume tutorial, roll a cardboard tube into a thin roll so that they can fit inside the hole of the pool noodle. Place one inside the pool noodle and connect both ends to the cardboard roll to create a ring. Secure the joined with masking tape.
  2. So the color of the pool noodle does not take away from the beauty of the wreath, wrap the entire pool noodle wreath with masking tape.
  3. Take one of the rolls of tulle and wrap it around the noodle. You will need to tie it off at both the beginning and the end.
  4. Cut the other 2 rolls of tulle into 8-10 inch strips.  They do not have to be exact.  I eyeballed it.
  5. Using the tulle strips, begin tying the kitchen utensils in a creative pattern so that the utensil sits inside the wreath.
  6. Once all the utensils are tied to the wreath, tie the utensils to each other with tulle strips so that when you pick the wreath up, the utensils stay in place.  (I would tie 3 together at different angles.)
  7. Separate the flowers so that they each have their own stem.  Slide the stem through the tulle ties on the wreath to arrange the flowers on the wreath.
  8. Using the tulle strips to tie the flowers in place on the wreath.
  9. Use the remaining tulle strips to decorate the noodle part of the wreath and give it more thickness.

Gift For Theatre Directors

24 May

IMG_0380Skyler was recently in a Mini-Musical at school.   For the last day, I wanted to give the Theatre Director a gift that was more meaningful than flowers.  I came up with a special kit we called “The Theatre Director’s Emergency Kit”.

Items Needed:

  • 1 Plastic Shoebox
  • 1 Package of Throat Soothers
  • 1 Package of Hair Ties
  • 1 Package of Safety Pins
  • 1 Bottle of Cornstarch Baby Powder
  • 1 Tub of Petroleum Jelly
  • 1 Package of Makeup Brushes
  • 1 Sleeve of Bobby Pins
  • 1 Travel-Size Package of Baby Wipes
  • 1 Package of Coffee Toffees
  • 1 Package of Gold Tissue Paper
  • 1 Small Engraved Plate – Mine was 3×4.  You may be able to get a local trophy store or you can come up with another signage alternative.

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Tea Bag Wreath – Mother’s Day

17 May

TeaWrathonTableMy mother is an avid tea drinker.   She drinks at least 3 cups of tea a day so for Mother’s Day I made her a Tea Bag Wreath.

You will need:

  • A large cardboard box.
  • Flowered Paper – tissue, scrapbook, crafting, etc.
  • 1 large glue stick
  • A package of hinged, wooden clothespins
  • 4 boxes of tea that come in packets (Packet Tea Brands include:  Celestial Seasonings, Bigelow, Twinings, Stash, Taz, Traditional Medicinals, etc)
  • Optional:  Picture of children, stickers.

1.  Using a large pot, trace two circles onto the cardboard box.  Using a bowl, trace a circle in the middle of one of the circles you just traced.

2.  Using a box cutter or exacto knife, cut out the smaller circle first followed by the two larger circles.   This will give you one wreath, a large circle and a small circle.

3.  Cover all the large circle and the wreath with flowered paper using the glue stick.  The wreath can be tricky so you need to glue it down, cut strips on the middle and outside, then glue to the back of the wreath.

4.  If you are adding pictures, you will need the small circle.  If you are not, skip this step.  Using the small circle as a guide, cut out a picture of children or a piece of colored paper the size of the small circle.  Decorate with stickers or write a message on the circle.   Using the wreath as a guide, glue the paper to the middle of the large circle it will show through when the wreath is in place.

5.  Place the wreath over the large circle until you find the alignment you like.

6.  Trace the clothespin onto the back of flowered paper repeatedly until you have traced enough for each clothespin.  (I used different paper from the wreath.)  Cut out the small strips of flowered paper and then glue them to one side of the clothespins.  I used a full package of clothes pins but the number will depend on the size of your wreath, the size of the clothespins, and how many tea bags you wish to hold in place.

6.  Organize your teabags into the pattern you want around the wreath.   Using the clothespins, carefully clip your teabags to the wreath.  Put clothespins on both the outer and inner parts of the wreath.

7.  To hang your wreath, take a strip of ribbon and slide it through the top of the wreath between the large circle and wreath layer.  Tie off the ribbon as a loop.   With the clothespins in place, the wreath can hang without the ribbon being glued down.

8.  Hang in place.  (I hung my mother’s from the wreath hanger she still had on her door from Christmas.)

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Dalek Cake Topper

22 Apr

My son’s 10th birthday is tomorrow and last night he springs on me that he wants a Dalek birthday cake.  So I do a search all over the internet for different types of Dalek cakes, cupcakes, etc to see what I like and nothing really looked the way I wanted.  I had already gotten him his triple chocolate cake mix with the triple chocolate frosting so I came up with the idea to make an edible cake topper instead.  For his class, we ordered a cookie cake so I made sure to have an extra Dalek to put on top of that as well.  This is the first time I have ever tried using fondant so I don’t think I did too badly for a first try.

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Dalek Cake Topper

Ingredients:

  • 6 flat bottomed ice-cream cones
  • 1 Wilton White Rolled Fondant 1.5lb
  • 1 Black Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Brown Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Golden Yellow Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Black Pearlized Sugar Pearl Sprinkles 5oz
  • 10 pieces of black taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 4 pieces of white taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 pieces of blue taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 small package of thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 small package of powdered sugar (This is used to keep the fondant from sticking to table, rolling pin and pretty much anything.)

Directions:

It is a good idea to wear gloves on your hands for steps 2 – 9 to prevent turning your hands blackish brown.

  1. Stack 2 flat bottomed ice-cream cones into each other and turn upside down on a plate.
  2. Separate the fondant into 1 lb and 1/2 lb balls.
  3. Add black icing color to 1/2 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired grey color.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  4. Add brown icing color and just a touch of golden yellow icing color to the 1 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired golden color.    (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  5. Make 3 balls of golden fondant the diameter of a quarter and place to the side.
  6. Separate golden fondant into 3 even balls and then roll out the golden fondant with a rolling pin.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  7. Place the golden fondant ball in top of the bottom of each ice cream cone and then carefully cover the whole thing with the golden fondant.  you can tuck extra fondant under and into the cone to secure it.  (Note:  Have a small cup of water handy to use to seal the ends by rubbing it with water.)
  8. Roll out the grey fondant ball with a rolling pin.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  9. Cut 3 – 1/2 inch strips of grey fondant.  Wet the golden fondant on fattest part of the cone and wrap the grey fondant strip around it to form the Dalek base.
  10. Pour the black pearl sprinkles into a bowl.  (Good time to remove gloves.)
  11. Do these next steps one cone at a time:  Using your fingers, moisten the bottom of your Dalek just above the grey base to the dent where the cone tapers in.
  12. Carefully place the pearls onto the cone in 4 rows creating columns of “Dalek bumps” on your Dalek.
  13. Unwrap 2 pieces of white taffy and knead them until they are soft.
  14. Roll the taffy and cut into 6 pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball and then form the lights on the top of the Dalek’s head.  Moisten the area you wish to place the lights and the bottom of the lights.  Press into place.
  15. Do the stripes one at a time.  For each, unwrap 2 piece of black taffy and knead until soft.
  16. Roll the taffy into a thin string and cut it into 3rds.  Wrap each piece around the base of your Dalek’s head.
  17. Unwrap a black piece and a white piece of taffy.  You will need to pull them together over and over to create a grey piece of taffy.
  18. Break 3 pretzel sticks in half.  Wrap one end of each with the grey taffy and shape into a eggbeater.  Stick the other end, downward into the left side of the Dalek above the “Dalek bumps”.  (The Dalek’s left but your right.)
  19. Unwrap the remaining black taffy and knead until soft.  Mold the taffy to make 6 suction cups, 3 slight larger than the other 3.
  20. Stick a pretzel stick into the back of each suction cup and mold the taffy onto the pretzel.
  21. The larger suction cups are inserted on the opposite side from the grey beater shaped pretzels.  These make up the Dalek arms.
  22. Unwrap and knead the blue piece of taffy.  Form 3 small balls and place them instead the 3 remaining suction cups to be lights.
  23. Unwrap the knead the last piece of white taffy.  Roll very thin, almost string like, and wrap around the middle of each suction cup pretzel remaining.
  24. Insert the last suction cup pretzels into the Dalek’s head, dead center.

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ANZAC Biscuits (Cookies)

18 Apr

IMG_4075For the multicultural event that I mentioned in earlier posts like Homemade Girl’s Kapa Haka, I made ANZAC Biscuits as my food sample for New Zealand because ANZAC Day is next week on April 25th. I did research online to modify the recipe to American standards. I was lucky to find golden syrup at our local supermarket because we have a large Irish presence in our town but for most Americans you will have to use the substitution. I baked 266 cookies but somehow only 240 made it to the event. My family wouldn’t stop eating them.

ANZAC Biscuits (Cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 TBSP golden syrup (You can substitute 1 TBSP light corn syrup & 1 TBSP molasses)
  • ½ TSP baking soda
  • 1 TBSP water

Directions:

  1. Sift flour into bowl.  Add the sugar, oatmeal, and coconut.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan and then add the golden syrup and water.
  3. Stir baking soda into the liquid mixture.
  4. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mixture thoroughly.
  5. Place walnut-sized balls of mixture onto a greased cookie pan.
  6. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Biscuits will harden when cool.

Yields:  10 – 15 3-inch cookies or 20 – 30 1 ½-inch cookies

(Note:  I used a mini ice-cream scoop to help keep my cookies the same size.)

Homemade Girl’s Kapa Haka

18 Apr

I have completed all the pieces for my my daughter’s a Kapa Haka costume for the multicultural event.  You can find the tutorials at the lines below:

Under the skirt she wore a pair of black leggings that we cut into shorts.  Our event was tonight and she had a blast in her costume.

Full Kapa Haka Costume

Full Kapa Haka Costume

Here are some other pictures from the event, including one of her and her friend from the Mexico table.

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Homemade Girl’s Tipare Headband

17 Apr

Part w of my Kapa Haka costume is the Pari Bodice.  This goes with Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt and Homemade Girl’s Pari Bodice.

You will need:

  1. Cut a 11.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle from the sleeve fabric.
  2. Plan out the geometric pattern you plan to have on your headband and cut out pieces of the felt accordingly.
  3. Using the hot glue gun, glue your pattern to the front of your black rectangle.
  4. Glue the piece of ribbon to the back of the headband.

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