Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Cereal Box Snowman

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Perfect little craft for kids age 5 and above!

Empty cereal box

Zipper sandwich bag

Rice, dry beans, pebbles, pennies, etc (for weight)

Tape

Acrylic gesso (recommended: Liquitex Basics Gesso)

White, black & yellow acrylic paint

2 foam cups (coffee size)

Construction paper: yellow, orange, light blue

Pink crayon or colored pencil

Black marker

Glue stick

White craft glue

Scissors

How to make it:

Fill sandwich bag with rice, pennies, dry beans, or anything else you like that will give your box some weight. Seal the baggie and place it inside the box. Tape the top of the box closed.

Paint the entire box with gesso and let dry. Paint entire box with white paint and let dry.

While box is drying, cut slits in the side of each of the foam cups. Cut the slits to about an inch and a half from the bottom of the cup. Bend each flap to snap off the sides of the cup. Use scissors to trim the rest of the cup evenly.

Paint the bottom and sides of the cups (ear muffs) with yellow paint and let dry.

Cut a one inch wide strip of construction paper, the full length of the sheet (about 11″). Center the strip across the top of the cereal box and glue in place. There should be a couple of inches that hang over each side. Glue those down on the sides of the box. This will be your ear muff headband.

Cut a triangle from orange construction paper for the “carrot nose.” Glue the nose to the front of the box.

Cut three 1-inch wide strips of light blue construction paper. Glue all three together, end to end.

You should now have one long strip. Use scissors to fringe both ends, this will be your scarf. Glue the scarf around the bottom of the cereal box so that both ends are to the right.

Dip your finger in black paint and dot on an eye. Move your finger in a circular motion to make the black circle larger. Repeat for other eye and the dotted mouth.

Use a black marker to add eyebrows and a pink crayon to add cheeks.

Use white craft glue to attach the yellow cups to the sides of the cereal box, lining up with the ends of the yellow construction paper strip.

Foodie Friday ~ Fabulous Greek Salad

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1 cup olive oil (can reduce to 3/4 cup)

1 extra large lemon, juice of (can use 2 lemons ( make certain that the lemon is at room temperature before squeezing)

2 -4 teaspoons dried oregano (start with 2 teaspoons)

3 teaspoons fresh minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)

SALAD INGREDIENTS

1 large romaine lettuce, chopped (or use 2 small)

2 -3 plum tomatoes, cut in wedges (use Roma tomatoes)

1 English cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped)

1 red onion, cut in slices

1 green bell pepper (seeded and cut into rings or sliced) (optional)

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled (or to taste)

1 cup kalamata olive

Directions:

For the dressing; in a processor or use a wire whisk process/whisk the olive oil with lemon juice, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, garlic, dried, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and sugar until smooth (add in more oregano and lemon juice if needed).

Season with black pepper.

Chill in fridge for a couple of hours before using to blend flavors.

Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Pour dressing over; toss to combine.

If desired allow the salad to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving, or you can refrigerate for 1 hour (tossing a few time during sitting time).

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Homemade Chalk

Chalks on the street during Chalk Art Festival in Denver, Colorado.

With moms help, for ages 4 or up. 🙂

Aluminum foil if you are using a toilet paper tube (or petroleum jelly if you’re using an ice cube tray)

Disposable plastic container

Plaster of Paris

Toilet tissue tube (or an ice cube tray to create smaller chunks for younger hands)

Duct tape

Liquid tempera paint

Water

Spoon

How to make it:

Cover one end of the toilet paper tube with duct tape. Loosely roll an 8- by-41/2-inch piece of aluminum foil and slip it into the tube so that it lines the inside, fitting snugly. (Or coat the inside of the ice cube tray with petroleum jelly.)

Set tube upright (duct tape side down) on protected surface.

In a disposable plastic container, help your child mix 1 cup plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup water. Stir slowly and thoroughly until plaster is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Immediately add 2 tablespoons paint (or more for brighter chalk color, but be careful it can stain). Mix thoroughly.

Spoon into the tube (or ice cube tray). Tap gently so mixture settles to the bottom.

Let dry overnight before using.

Monday Moments ~ She Looks Just Like You!

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Everyone says it to someone at least once.

“He/She looks JUST like you!”

All three of my children hold distinct pieces of my husband and I both. My oldest has my face, my middle child has my dark hair, and my youngest has my smile.

Isn’t it amazing how incredible your children are? Think about it. They are a part of you. Your creation. Your masterpiece.

So before you tell someone, “He/She looks JUST like you!”, consider saying, “She’s got your beautiful eyes.” Point it out. Not only make a mother’s day, but commend her beauty, not just her child’s.

Foodie Friday ~ Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

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3 lbs chicken pieces

1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix

4 tablespoons melted butter (divided)

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions:

Place chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pan and saute onion and garlic. Add Cream of Chicken Soup, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Stir until smooth.

Add this mixture to crock pot and cook on low for an additional hour. Enjoy!