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Father’s Day Card Review

I had the opportunity to review this card and I have to say that I am impressed with it.  It comes made on nice high quality sturdy cardstock. My Dad passed away a couple of years ago so I got this for a friend of mine who has kids so they can give it to their dad.

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I found this card to be fitting…I mean really, who doesn’t love Dairy Queen?  All kids and most adult love a sweet treat from DQ.

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(Inside front cover)

I would recommend not only this card but all of the other cards that are sold by this seller for Father’s Day.

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This card also comes with a nice sturdy envelope that will hold up going thru the mail system if you have to send it thru the mail.

**I received this item at a discounted rate in exchange for my unbiased and honest opinion**

Living w/a 5 yr old

Living with a 5 yr old is rather challenging – especially when that 5 yr old is very opionionated and tends to have an “attitude” on a very regular basis.  She can go from being ok to screaming/crying to laughing all in the matter of a minute or two…it amazes me just how fast her moods can change.

And, this child doesn’t sleep…we start putting her to bed early and it can be midnight – 1:00 before she finally gives in and goes to sleep! We have tried all of the recommended things to try…quiet time before bed, routine, go to bed at the same time, lavender lotion, lavender essential oil and nothing helps this child go to sleep.

Lets not even talk about being a picky eater!  When my kids were little they were not picky eaters but my granddaughter is picky.  She only eats a bite here and a bite there…if she could have her way she would eat Lunchables every day…or mac-n-cheese and chicken nuggets.

Then there’s the problem with her bowels and still wearing pull-up type underwear. She has had problems since she was 6 months old with going to the bathroom. She’s had tests after tests and they just can’t figure out what’s wrong.  It just breaks my heart to see her have all of these problems and I can’t do anything about it.

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Tin Can Windsocks

These windsocks are a great rainy day project for the kiddo’s or could even be a project to do at a birthday party or other type of gathering. It gives the kids something to do and it also gives them a memento from the event they attended.

Materials:

paint
paintbrushes
tin cans (tip: line the inside rim of the cans with a layer or two of masking tape to avoid sharp edges)
assorted colorful ribbon and glue (not pictured)
Optional embellishments – glitter, stickers, gemstones, sequins, etc.
Instructions:

Remove bottom of can so that the can is open on both ends.

Paint can however you want it painted.

Glue a piece of ribbon to one side of the can & the other end to the other side of the can to hang the windsock from.

Cut strips of ribbon the & glue them to the inside of the bottom of the can so they hang down and dangle in the wind.

Decorate the can with glitter, stickers, gemstones, sequins, etc.

**This project was first seen on: http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2013/06/03/kids-craft-recycled-tin-can-windsocks/

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Rock Candy!!

Today’s recipe/craft is rock candy.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups  sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp flavoring extract or oil (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • glass jar
  • wooden skewer

Rock Candy

Directions:

 

  • Wet the wooden skewer & roll it in the sugar. This will be the base layer that will give the sugar crystals something to stick to when they start to form. Set the skewer aside to dry so you you can prepare the sugar syrup.
  • Put the water in a medium sized pan & bring it to a boil.  Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, stir after each addition – until the sugar has dissolved. After all sugar has all been added and is dissolved remove the pan from the heat.
  • If using colors or flavorings, add them now. If using an extract, add 1 tsp of extract, but if using flavoring oils, only add ½ tsp . Add 2-3 drops of food coloring & stir.
  • Let the sugar syrup cool for 10 minutes, then pour in your jar. Lower the sugared skewer until it hangs about 1 inch from the bottom.
  • Carefully put the jar in a cool place, away from lights, where it can sit undisturbed. Cover with saran wrap or paper towel.
  • You should see sugar crystals start to form within 2-4 hours. If you haven’t seen a change to the skewer after 24 hours,boil the sugar syrup again & dissolve another cup of sugar, then pour it back in the jar & insert the skewer again.
  • Let the rock candy to grow until it is the size you desire. Don’t let it grow too big,  it could start growing into the sides of your jar! After it has reached the size you desire, remove it & let it dry a few minutes.
  • Enjoy or wrap in plastic wrap and save for later.

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**Images were sent to me by a friend so I’m not sure where they came from.

Hand Print Heart Tree of Love

When you are finished with this tree of love you are going to have a beautiful heart tree.  I found this little beauty over at http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/ where you can find a ton of awesome craft projects for all ages and skill levels.

She started out by cutting strips of pink construction paper into thin strips but didn’t give any dimensions. She did say that she was able to get 19 out of 1 piece of construction paper.  With that being said, you want to cut it going down the short side of your paper where you will get the most strips and they should be 1/2 inch in diameter.  She states that she cuts 2 1/2 inches off of her strips so they are smaller and she connects the ends of the strips with a staple.  She then folded a crease to make a heart.

Cute Little Hearts

For the background you will need to take a blue piece of cardstock and then glue a green strip of paper on the paper to resemble grass.  Trace your child’s arms and hand onto a piece of brown cardstock and then glue it on the blue paper with the bottom of the arm being on the grass.

Pour some white glue into a paper plate.  Dip one heart at a time in the glue and then place it on the tree.  It will take a long time for the glue to dry so you need to put this up out of the way and let it dry someplace it won’t be disturbed.

**This craft was found at I Heart Crafty Things.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

With the weather being what it is across much of the nation I thought the appropriate drink to share with everyone is homemade hot chocolate. Nothing warms you up on a cold winter night better than a nice cup of good ol’ homemade hot chocolate.  These are my 2 favorite recipes…1 is from HERSHEY’S and the other is from Alton Brown from the Food Network.

HERSHEY’S Hot Chocolate

  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  3. Dash salt
  4. 1/3 cup hot water
  5. 4 cups (1 qt.) milk
  6. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.

MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.

CITRUS COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

SWISS MOCHA: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.

COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.

SLIM-TRIM COCOA: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.

CANADIAN COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.

MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon HERSHEY’S Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve.

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Alton Brown’s Hot Chocolate:

Ingredients

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Hot water** I usually use milk instead of water.

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl & incorporate evenly.

In a small pot, heat 4 – 6 cups water.

Fill mug 1/2 full with the mix & pour in hot water. Stir to combine.

Seal the rest in a airtight container, this keeps indefinitely in the pantry.

This also works great with warm milk.

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown