Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kid’s Chore Chart

This is a great idea for a child’s chore list, esp. if they have the same chores each week! Anything to help make a game out of doing chores is a plus. Hopefully this idea provides a way for you and your child to keep track of his/her chores together! The great thing is that you only have to make this once, ulike other weekly or monthly chore charts. If you add chores, just add clothes pins. Making the chart with your child can also be a fun craft project. All you need are some clothes pins and a wooden door knob sign (can be bought at wal-mart or any craft store).

 – Paint the hanging door sign. Be creative with colors, add a theme, etc. Whatever will help personalize the chart for your child.

-Label the sign with your childs name so that they feel proud that it is something that is all their own. Also label one side “To-Do”, “Needs To Do”, etc. and label the other side “Done”, “Finished”, etc.

– Add embellishments, stickers or anything else your child might like.

– Two ways to do this part…Paint the clothes pins and label each one with one of the child’s chores. Write the chore on both sides of the pin so that when it is moved to the other side the chore is still listed and visable. Or…write the chore on only one side of the clothes pin and then make seperate “check mark” clothes pins. You can write check marks, place stickers or embellishments, etc. on the end of the pins (see below photo).

– Start all of the clothes pins on one side and as they do their chores, let your child move them to the other side. Or if you choose to do the check mark clothes pins, place one of those next to each finished chore.

-You can keep the chart on the pantry door for everyone to see his/her progress or on your child’s bedroom door as a constant chore reminder.

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DIY Mustache Pacifier

I am a sucker for any cute DIY project, so this was right up my alley! Super simple… I just googled “printable mustache template” and picked one I liked. After I printed it out, I traced it onto craft foam (1.27 @ Hobby Lobby) & then cut it out. I used a couple dabs of hot glue to afix the mustache to the pacifier. I did have to cut the top of the mustache down a couple times bc it wouldnt fit under baby’s nose. After tweaking it, it turned out soooo cute!

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Pepperoni String Cheese Roll Ups- great for kids!

What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesnt like pizza?! These pizza roll up are quick, easy and sure to be a hit! We have used ham and american cheese in this recipe too, minus the garlic, and they were pretty tasty too…

Source: adapted from http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 cheese sticks, halved
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
optional – marinara or ranch sauce for dipping

Garlic Butter Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take each triangle of crencent roll dough and place about 6 pepperoni on the bottom of the triangle. Place half of a cheese stick on top and roll up. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.

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While rolls are cooking, combine the melted butter, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

When rolls are done remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter glaze. Serve with marinara or ranch for dipping.

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Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

I like to cook, dont get me wrong. But so many recipes out there have SO MUCH prep time! This recipe is one of my favorites because its easy, fairly quick and delicious!! Perfect for the mama who is limited on time…isn’t that all of us??!;)

 

TWO TIMIN’ PASTA BAKE

1 box penne pasta

1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce

1 (24oz.) jar Marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (I subbed this with Italian blend)

 

Cook pasta according to directions and drain.  Mix the sauces together in a large bowl.

Add the mozzarella and stir to combine.  Then toss in the penne and toss to coat.

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Pour pasta into 9×13 baking dish and cook on 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese and bake for another 5 minutes. 

 

**I added chicken to the recipe- just threw it in when I added the penne- and it turned out great!! This dish has great flavor and is so much different, not to mention tastier, than the traditional “Monday night spaghetti”. Add some crispy french bread or garlic toast and you’re set! Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do!:)

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The Perfect Gift for Grandma!

I have to admit, I was so excited to do my first “mom project”! I wanted to give something to my mom for Mother’s Day that focused on her first Mother’s Day as Mamaw T. 5 month old lil rotten boys;) cant really do a lot to help with many projects, but one thing they can do is pose for pictures… or at least lay there for pictures! So, Kason and I did our first crafty project together and I must say, it turned out super cute!

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I bought some small wooden letters at Hobby Lobby for .99 each. I painted them blue bc I knew I wanted him to wear blue in the pictures. I used acrylic paint that was 1.27 at Hobby Lobby. Because “mamaw” has 5 letters I needed a collage that had 5 openings and finally found the perfect one at, where else but, Wal-Mart. They sell them online is sets of two for $29.97. I actually planned on making two of these gifts… one for my mom and one for my mother in-law, so they worked out perfect! We had a 2hour photo session, in which Baby K actually coroporated, with 5 outfit changes, whew! I had to take about 10 different pics with each letter and ended up with about 2 good ones, per letter, to choose from. I decided to use vertical photos, but you can do horizontal too. All you have to do is flip the frame horizontal and the letters will still look great up and down vs. side by side. Printing the pics was about $3.50, using the one hour photo lab. Obviously the hardest part is the photo session, so after that you’re home free… 5 minutes to put together. Total cost…just over $20 and any grandma will LOVE it!! Ours def. did!!:)

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