Easter Meal Recipes and Easter Eggs

Good Morning! I am writing this in a dash as I have to run and pick up Thing 1 from testing. I wanted to get this out to you as I know many of you are planning to do Easter Eggs today or tomorrow and Easter Menu Planning is under way!

Let’s start with the menu!

Baked Brie for appetizer
(I am going to use a GF pie crust and wrap it around the brie!)

Crock Pot ham
I did this last year and it was awesome!

Asparagus Au Gratin
We love this!

Macaroni and Cheese

GF Ciabatta Bread

Apple Crisp for Dessert


The Eggs!



How we made them:

Bake eggs in muffin tin at 300 degrees for 30 minutes (thank you Pinterest!)

Take a wet paper towel and wrap around cooled hard boiled egg. Have your things drop food coloring over the egg wrapped in the paper towel. Let them squirt the egg in the paper towel once or twice with a water bottle. While holding the egg, give your egg and paper towel a slight squeeze to get rid of an excess water. Leave the egg in the paper towel to dry over night (I placed ours in the empty egg carton but be sure to place a plate underneath as it did bleed through our cardboard carton over night). In the morning, remove paper towel and marvel at the cool designs your Things made!

Aren’t these rad?! I can’t take credit for this awesome idea! I got it from Pinterest of course. What a different world we live in!

Have fun with your Things this week crafting!


Making Embellished Flip Flops: 3 Different Options

Hi there! I have been busy making some flip-flops for Thing 1. A week ago I realized she had outgrown her sandals again and went shopping for a new pair but we failed in our mission. Since everyone is getting their fall stuff out, the pickings were slim. I decided to make her some flip-flops that would get her through the summer. The first tutorial I am going to show you was super easy. It took 20 minutes.


I found the original tutorial here.

Supply list:

measuring tape
For this pair of 4th of July flip-flops I used 5/8″ ribbon (the red) and 7/8″ ribbon (the blue). It took exactly one spool of each color for both shoes, but how much ribbon you will need depends on how many ribbons you are using, the size of the ribbon as well as the size of your flip-flop.
1) Cut ribbon into 8″ strips. If you have a toddler size shoe, I would half that and try cutting one at 4″ and see how it looks.
2) Burn both ends of ribbon with your lighter to prevent fraying
3) Start at the thong part of the flip-flop and start double knotting your ribbon onto the strap
You can take the ribbon to the bottom of the strap if desired or stop short just a 1/4 of the way from the bottom.
I chose to stop about 1/4 of the way to the bottom. Once you have done one side of the strap, start on the other alternating color. Make sure your spacing is the same on both sides.
Try them on and trim the ribbon if needed. Viola! Easy cute pair of flip-flops that you would probably pay between $15-$20 at a boutique shop.
The next pair that I am going to show you how to make requires a different approach. For this pair you will either need to know how to make bows or buy a pair of bows with alligator clips on the back. These are the interchangeable bow flip-flops. Again, pretty easy to make.
 The original tutorial came from here.
Supplies list:
ribbon (I used 5/8″ for this one)
clothes pins
E6000 glue (Joanne’s and Hobby Lobby carry this)
bows or stuff to make your bows with
1) Start by cutting a small piece of ribbon
2) Burn both ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying
3) Place a small amount of glue under the strap of the thong
4) Place a small amount of glue on the end of one of your ribbons
5) Place the ribbon on the underneath of the thong where you glued and clip a clothes pin to it to prevent it from moving until it dries
6) Criss cross it over to the other side (to make an X) and glue to down following steps 3-5 again. Let it dry overnight.
When they are dry, you can interchange your bows as needed to match outfits.
This next pair  is a little more time-consuming, but turn out super cute.
The original tutorial came from here.
Supplies list:
clothes pins
E6000 glue (Joanne’s and Hobby Lobby carry this)
bows or stuff to make your bows with
1) Start by figuring out how much ribbon you will need to wrap all the way around the straps to the other side. I just guessed and cut a little long to be on the safe side. I used 7/8″ for this, but 5/8″ is recommended
2) Burn both ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying
3) At the very bottom of the strap, place a small amount of glue on the underneath side. Place a small amount of glue on the end of your ribbon
4) Place the ribbon on the underneath of the strap where you glued and clip a clothes pin to it to prevent it from moving until it dries
5) Start wrapping your ribbon around the strap. I overlapped by half. Make sure you keep it very tight as your wrap it.
6) When you get up to the thong part of your shoe, cross over keeping it tight as you work your way down
 7) When you get to the end add some glue to the underneath of the strap and repeat steps 3 and 4.
8) At this point you can permanently glue a bow to the top of the shoes or you can make the pair interchangeable by following the instructions for the interchangeable bow flip-flops. I made Thing 1’s interchangeable.
I whipped up a few sets of bows last night to match some church dresses. The possibilities for these are endless: dance, cheer, school colors, Halloween, fall outfits, Christmas, Easter, Disney.
The finished product. These would probably cost anywhere from $25- $30 in a boutique store.
Happy crafting!

Slime Time

We have all been a little stir crazy and we are starting to really get on each other’s nerves. It’s too hot to play outside and the kids are getting really bored inside. After dinner I realized we had three hours left until bedtime. Paul needed to get on the computer for a while and job hunt. I had just put Thing 3 down for a quick nap and decided it would be a good thing to get Thing 1 and Thing 2 out of the house. So I decided we would go and get the supplies we needed to make some slime.
I didn’t tell the kids what we were going to make, I just told them we needed to get some stuff for a craft. I was worried I wouldn’t find the liquid startch. Walmart had it! On the way home we stopped off to get our van washed and picked up a prescription… secretly I was wasting more time before bedtime. We got everything we needed. I already had the food coloring so the cost of this project was $6. As we were walking out of Walmart I told the kids what we were going to make. They got super excited.
We came home and we made our slime.

When you are pouring in the liquid starch you want to do a little bit at a time. You know you can stop when all of the stuff in the bowl blobbs together like this picture above. It will be very wet for a few minutes. At this point we used our hands to continue to mix it.

I knew for sure Thing 2 would love this project. I thought Thing 1 would like it but didn’t know how excited she would be about the goo. The best thing about this project is that they can play with it over and over. They loved it. Thing 2 had us ROLLING. He took a small piece of his green slime and said, “Watch this mom.” He moves his hands and it looked like a green booger coming from his nose. I was crying I was laughing so hard.

He loved holding it high in the air and watching it stretch.

Thing 1 wasn’t quiet as bold. She was making cookies with hers. That’s about as bold as she got with her slime. They had a great time tonight and for the first time in a few days it was pretty quiet before bedtime. No tantrums, no fighting, just good family fun.
Here is the recipe. This recipe is from Linda De La Garza. I copied it from the SA Living website because I couldn’t find it on her website.
Ooey Gooey Slime
Adapted from SA Living creator Linda De La Garza
Materials needed (equal parts of):
  • Water
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring of choice
In a large bowl mix glue and water together. Add your food coloring. Start adding the starch and stir with a spoon. It will thicken completely in about 2-3 minutes.
Store it in a zip lock bag. We store our in the fridge.

Chair backers and news!

I am so excited about this blog post. You will find out why in just a second. I was able to find time to complete our Valentine’s Day chair backers! I chose the no-sew option. Our kitchen chairs really weren’t conducive to the backpack option and I thought those mail envelopes were simply adorable.
After I completed my first one I was able to whip the other two up with no problem. This morning Thing 1 and Thing 2 came downstairs to eat breakfast and saw them for the first time. You would have thought Santa came to our house all over again. There was squealing and giggles. Thing 1 has thanked me several times for making hers pink and putting “sparklies” all over it. Thing 2 thinks his is cool and especially likes playing with the Velcro closure. I also made one more for the baby. We have decided on a name and I have monogrammed it on his Valentine’s Day chair backer to make it official. Take a look!
Here are the indivual photos of each one.
And the baby’s name will be… Caleb James Norman aka CJ!
We are so excited about baby Thing 3 and even more now that this precious boy has a name.
This brings me to the end of my post with one final thought. After making these for the kids I had a great idea. Since my kids are no longer in a MDO program and do not attend preschool they sort of miss out on the whole Valentine exchange. I decided I would reach out this way through my blog to other SAHM’s to see if anyone is interested in exchanging Valentines with us. Even if you aren’t local we will mail them! Our kids LOVE mail and how special would it be for them (and your children) if we could get their little pouches filled up with Valentines?! If you are interested, please let me know. If you aren’t local message me and we can exchange addresses!

Valentine’s Day Chair Backers

Valentine’s day is  right around the corner. If you are anything like me your mouth drools when the Valentine’s day edition of Pottery Barn Kids comes out. Every year I promise myself that I will buy their Valentine’s Day chair backers and every year I cannot stomach the cost or they run out.

These truly are the cutest things I have ever seen. I really am in love with them and have wanted them for so long for my kids. Well this year I really am going to get my kids some. Well, not get, I plan to make them for Thing 1 and Thing 2 and one more for baby Norman in the belly.
I found two tutorials created by mom’s like me who wanted these chair backers but didn’t want the cost associated with having them. I am going to provide links to them both. The first tutorial is for the mom who does not know how or have the time to sew. It is a quick no fuss guide to make the envelope chair backer. The second tutorial is for the mom who wants to create a chairbacker/backpack and has a sewing machine. Even if you are a beginner sewer, I believe these directions can guide you through it because she posts pictures every step of the process. I haven’t started mine yet but can’t wait to go and buy the materials to get started! I hope you enjoy!

Christmas Craft

Looking for an easy holiday craft to do with your kids? Try out these recipes for homemade Christmas ornaments. I used the Recipe #1 there are three on the website.

Recipe #1
Adapted from this website http://www.handmadecountry.com/ezine/cinnamon.html 

1/2- 1 cup cinnamon  (I used 1 cup)
1/2 – 1 cup applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery) ( I used 1 cup)
**Using one cup made about 7 ornaments both big and small. See my picture above. We also added glitter to our to make our ornaments sparkley.
Stir together ingredients until stiff and then roll into a ball with your hands.
Using waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers. Place your second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough being careful not to make the dough too thin. Use cookie cutters to make your ornaments. If the dough is too thin then you will not be able to get the dough off of the wax paper without breaking your shape.
Air dry for at least 24 hours until they are hard.
** I placed on a cookie cooling rack to ensure they dried evenly on both sides***

Happy crafting