Tuesday Thoughts ~ Homemade Crayons

homemade-crayons

Supplies:

Used, broken crayons no one likes to use anymore!

Metal muffin pan, or silicone muffin pan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Fill muffin tin with chunks of peeled broken crayons (For our rainbow theme we mixed lots of colors together, but you can do one color per spot if you choose. They were really fun to draw with)

Put muffin pan in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until crayons are melted.

Once crayons are cooled, pop them out of your muffin pan for some fun rainbow coloring! Super easy and the kids love them.

Monday Myths ~ Wake A Sleeping Baby?

sleeping-baby

Never wake a sleeping baby. I was so confused as to what to do when I brought my children home for the very first time. As a breastfeeding mom, going to long between feedings at night left me miserable and super uncomfortable. I decided to talk to my pediatrician directly about waking my little one up, even when he was snoozing soundly.

During the first few weeks, your pediatrician may recommend that you feed your baby every two to four hours—day and night—to ensure that he or she gains weight properly. Once your pediatrician feels that your newborn has gained enough, he or she will say it’s OK to wait until your baby wakes up for feedings. Again, check with your healthcare provider. Each and every baby is different, thus their needs are different. It’s best to consult with a doctor always.

Foodie Friday ~ Lemon Garlic Caprese Pasta Salad

pasta with asparagus

1 pound mezze (short) penne pasta

1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons lemon juice, or more to taste

1/2 large shallot, minced

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 large grilled chicken breast, sliced thinly and halved (optional)

1 roma (plum) tomato, diced

8 leaves fresh basil, torn

Directions

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

Place asparagus into a saucepan, add a little water, and place over medium heat; cover pan and let asparagus steam until bright green and tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.

Heat olive oil with butter and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter melts; cook and stir shallot in hot oil and butter mixture until it just begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir garlic into shallot mixture and cook until shallot and garlic are opaque, 3 more minutes. Stir asparagus and chicken into mixture; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Toss pasta with chicken and vegetables to combine; mix tomato and basil into salad and serve warm.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Cardboard Tube Telescope

telescope

Perfect for ages 5 and up with mom’s help.

What you’ll need:

1 cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll)

Tape

1 sheet brown construction paper

½ sheet black construction paper

2 plastic rings from milk or juice jugs

White craft glue

Scissors

Pen

Twine or yarn

How to make it:

Cut 2″ off the end of the cardboard tube, set aside.

Cut the longer remaining piece of the cardboard tube open lengthwise.

Use tape to close the tube back up, overlapping the edges just enough so that its circumference is about ¼” or so smaller than it was originally. It should now be slightly smaller than the width of the plastic ring.

Cover the long roll with brown construction paper, securing with tape.

Cover the 2″ roll with black paper and secure with tape.

Insert the long, brown tube inside the small black tube. Push the black tube to the center of the brown tube.

Pipe white glue around one end of the brown tube. Slide a plastic ring onto the end of the tube, securing it with the glue.

At the other end of the tube, use a pen to poke a hole, about an inch from the end. Thread twine or yarn through the hole.

Pipe glue around that end of the tube and slide the second plastic ring onto the glue.

Tie the ends of the yarn into a knot.

Hang the telescope around your child’s neck. The black tube at the end can be turned to “focus” the pretend telescope.

Foodie Friday ~ Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Directions

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Beat egg into milk in a separate bowl until thoroughly combined. Pour melted butter into flour mixture; whisk in milk mixture to make a smooth batter. Fold chocolate chips into batter.

Heat a small nonstick skillet over low heat; pour about 1/3 cup of batter into hot skillet and cover with a lid. Cook pancake until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes; flip pancake and cook covered until other side is browned. Repeat with remaining batter.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Sticks and Stones Mobile

sticksandstonesmobile

What you’ll need:

3 sturdy twigs

String (recommended: natural fiber string such as hemp or twine)

8 rocks (1″-2″ in diameter)

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White craft glue

How to make it:

Cut 3 pieces of string, 18″ long. Cut 1 piece that is 12″ long. Lay the twigs on the work surface, lining them up next to each other. Tie the 12″ piece of string to the center of whichever twig you want to be at the top of your mobile. This string will be your hanger. Next, tie one of the 18″ pieces to the same twig in the same place you tied the first string. The first string (your hanger) will go in one direction (up) and the other string will go in the other direction (down).

Connect the second twig to the first twig by tying the end of the second string on twig #1 to the center of twig #2. Tie another piece of string to the twig to connect twig #2 to twig #3.

Add some white craft glue to all of the knots and hang somewhere to dry. When dry, trim the tied ends.

While glue is drying on the twigs, heat up the hot glue gun. Cut more string to hang your rocks from. Cut them into varying lengths, some long some short, all should be 12″ or less. Tie a loop into the end of a string and slip a rock inside. Tighten the knot and use hot glue to secure the rock and string together. Tie into a tight knot and glue again. Repeat this for all of the rocks.

Tie each of the rocks onto the twigs, 2 on the top twig (one at each end), 2 on the middle twig, and 4 on the bottom twig. Add some glue to each of the knots and let dry.