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Table bubbles

This is a repost from last year.  One this rainy day this seemed like just that activity to try again.  This time it was much more fun for my now 5-year-old and 2-year-old.  What a simple activity on a rainy day.

Table Bubbles

We had so much fun making table bubbles.  Not only did my 4-year-old have a blast but my 17-year-old nephew and husband played for at least an hour.  My 18 old month son didn’t care for it so much, as it was hard to blow the bubbles.  But he was more than willing to pop them as you blew them.

Table Bubbles

All that you need is:Table Bubbles

  • 1 med. size bowl
  • 1 dish rag or wash cloth
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of water
  • some drinking straw
  • a table

I mixed the water and dish soap in a bowl with my dish rag.  You then wet the table with the dish rag, make sure you cover any area you are going to blow bubbles on with soapy water.  Next dip the end of the straw into the soapy bowl of water.  Using the soapy end of the straw place it on the wet table and blow away.

Table Bubbles

We were able to blow some huge bubbles.  Next thing you knew my daughter figured out that if you blew a bubble and dipped your straw again, you could go back inside the bubble without it popping.  Have fun and don’t put the wrong end of the straw in your mouth!

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Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

With all that Halloween candy to use up we came up with some fun surprise brownies.  The kids had a blast adding in the candy bars.  It was even more fun to see what kind of candy bar you ended up with in your piece of brownie.  Tasty treat with a scoop of ice cream.

Happy little helpers!

Happy little helpers!

Don’t forget how important it is to get kids interested and in the kitchen.  They learn how to cook and be independent.  It is a memory they will never forget.  Recipes and baking are a great way to learn fractions and math.  Foodies are born in the kitchen, I grew up always helping in the kitchen and so will my kids.

Surprise Brownies:

  • 1 box or recipe for 9×13″ pan brownie mix, prepared and ready to pour
  • multiple fun size candy bars or larger ones but into bite size pieces (the more variety the better)


Prepare a 9×13″ baking dish by lightly greasing.

Pour 2/3 of the batter into the baking dish.

Follow by pressing different candy bar pieces into the brownie mix.  The kids love this part so get some helpers.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Pour the remaining batter even over the candy bars being sure to at least cover each candy.  Spread with a spatula if needed to cover all bars.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Bake as directed on box or recipe.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

Cool completely and serve everyone their very own surprise brownie.  You can serve them warm with ice cream as well, but the candy is extra gooey.

Surprise Candy Bar Brownies

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Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

As a child I loved to make these funny face toasted cheese sandwiches. They are often forgotten in my house until the mood strikes me. My kids were so pleased to not only make their own dinner but to play with their food as well.

We arrived home late last night to no dinner plans.  I offered the idea of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  This led me to the idea of Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches.  We had everything and most people do.  Even not making a face this is a tasty sandwich.   I’m not sure if it is tasty because this is a comfort food or actually good.

The possibilities are endless with these sandwiches.  As a child it was always an onion smile, olive eyes, and thinly sliced dill pickle nose.  We worked with what we had and to each person’s taste.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches:

  • sandwich bread, square bread works best
  • ketchup
  • medium cheddar or Colby jack cheese, sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • olives, sliced
  • salami or pepperoni
  • bread and butter or dill pickles
  • Mrs.Dash or Italian seasoning, optional

Place a slice of bread on a baking sheet.  Spread about 1 Tbs of ketchup per piece of bread.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning or Mrs.Dash if desired.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Top with sliced cheese and decorate with vegetables.

Broil sandwiches until cheese is melted and hot.

Great served just as a sandwich or with tomato soup.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Car Pillow

When my daughter moved from a car seat to a booster seat she was happy but soon realized that it wasn’t cracked up to be all she thought.  She no longer takes naps and only will fall asleep in the car.  The side of her car seat was where she leaned her head to sleep.  After trying many different style neck pillows but nothing seemed to work, and she was one unhappy camper when she woke up with a sore neck.  This car pillow seems to work better than any I have bought.

I then came across Seat Belt Travel Pillow-Pineapple Mama, with instructions to sew my own car pillow.  I am not one to sew, and was lucky that it was on a basic level.  Personally I think my pillow turned out pretty good for my skill level.  I need to pass this link and idea on to anyone with a similar problem.  The pillow really worked for us and cost little to make.  Thank you Pineapple Mama.

Car Pillow

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Imagine a rainy day in Washington State, I know hard right!  Well to keep the kids entertained we cut up some egg cartons and painted them into caterpillars.  Add some pipe cleaner legs, antennas, and some googly eyes.  As you can we had a variety of ages and ideas working away.  Enjoy another rainy day activity to help keep the kids busy and you from going crazy!

Egg Carton Caterpillars

Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites

This is an easy summer treat.  Cool and at least a little better for you than ice cream.  Plus two little banana bites would fix a sweet tooth.  I know I like bananas but believe most people who don’t would like this treat.  My daughter had a blast topping the bananas as I dipped them, so get the kids in the kitchen and have some fun!

Frozen Banana Bites:Frozen Banana Bites

  • 3 large bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1-3 Tbs shortening
  • Crushed peanuts,coconut,crushed cookies, or any other topping you can think of

Prepare a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper, and clear a space in the freezer large enough to fit the sheet pan.

Slice bananas in thick slices.  Prepare toppings by crushing or chopping, and set aside in bowls.

Melt chocolate and 1 Tbs of shortening, using a double boiler method or method of melting choice.

Dip bananas in chocolate (I think laying banana slices on a fork worked the best), set on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with toppings.  If chocolate becomes to thick or starts to seize because of the moisture of bananas add a Tablespoon of shortening at a time stirring until smooth.  Continue until all bananas are covered and on the cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheet in freezer for about two hours.  Then transfer banana bites to freezer bags and store in freezer, until you have eaten them all.

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting

“Did you say we can play in pudding”, asks my five-year-old.  This activity is more geared for young toddlers who wouldn’t know any better than to get paint in their mouths.  Turns out my tidy toddler wanted nothing to do with this but the 3 and 5-year-old ended up covered head to toe.

I prepared as directed a few packages of instant pudding, and placed them in shallow pans.  Put out some spreading tools such as paint brushes, cotton swabs, and popsicle sticks.  In the end the girls were so covered they just finger painted.  The kids either got down to unders or had a swimsuit on, and let them play.  While it was warm outside than they were all ready dirty we had a water balloon fight after the pudding fun. I got a warm bucket of water and a wash cloth to get most of it off before coming inside for a bath.

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting:

  • A few packages of instant pudding (chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio works good)
  • Paint brushes, cotton swabs, popsicle sticks

Recovering A Card Table

Recovering a Card Table BEFORE

Who doesn’t need a project?  I love projects and I like to finish them quickly even better.  I found this well used miniature card table and chairs for the kids at a garage sale.  It was  perfect size for my oldest and could be used for so many things.  It was rather ugly though and the vinyl was sun bleached, but for $2 it was a bargain.

The spray paint I picked was not the cheapest but will last forever and it gave my table the look I was going for.  Plus the hammered paint look, hid any imperfections.  Marine vinyl is not cheap, it was about $18 a yard.  I found a coupon for a local craft store and got the vinyl half off.  All and all this table cost me about $16 dollars and a few hours of my time.Recovering a Table AFTER

I thought about covering the table in oil cloth which was cheaper but would not last as long.  I was going for durability and washable.  Plus if I would have to cover it again it wouldn’t be cheaper in the long run.

Recovering a Card Table:

  • I used a Rustoleum spray paint, in  a hammered gray metal (one can did this small table and chairs perfectly)
  • About on 1 yard of marine vinyl (I didn’t use all of this and the amount would depend on the size of table)
  • Staple gun and 1/4″ staples
  • Screw driver


Simply unscrewed all the screw that attached the vinyl covered pieces from the metal frame on both the table and chairs.

Chair beforeThe existing vinyl was dirty but otherwise in good condition.  I washed it all off and allowed it to dry before just covering over it.

Measure and cut vinyl to the size of table and chair pads plus with 2″ edge.

Next using 1/4″ staples in an electric staple gun, I stretched the vinyl tightly and stapled my heart out.  Be sure to keep screw holes uncovered or punch through them with a screw driver so you can reattach.

Spray paint all metal frames, I did two coats drying a day in between.  Then I allowed it to dry more than a day before attaching the pads and table top back on.

Simply attach the freshly covered pads and table top back to the frame.  Longer screws were required because of the added vinyl, but only in some places.Recovering a Card Table




Octodogs (octopus hotdogs)

We had gone out to eat at a new restaurant and the table next to us had seven young children.  This was interesting and a whole nother story.  I try to have our kids order things off the menu things they can not get at home or don’t eat that often.  Soon the table next to us got their orders.  Some of them had got these “Octodogs”, my kids were jealous.  I told them don’t worry I can make those at home next time we have hot dogs.

Mr.Picky stopped at the store for hot dogs on the way home, and the next night I created these.  It would work better with the thicker hot dog but I wasn’t going to a special store.  These are made with regular hot dogs.

I simmered the hot dogs in a little water until hot.  Then I pulled the hot dogs out of the water and used a sharp knife to make some cuts.  I sliced lengthwise about half way up the body to make legs, then slits for the eyes and a circle for the mouth.  Place the hot dog back in the hot water and allow to cook a minute more.  The legs will start to curl out on their own.

Serve standing up on a bun or by itself, man did the kids get a kick out of these.  I think they would be great for a sea themed birthday party.

Eggshell Plants

I came across a photo which used an eggshell as a plant container.  I though I could do that, and just in time for Easter.  How cute would these look inside your home for Spring, and then just plant them outside.  The shell will eventually disintegrate and is great for your soil.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all these eggs I made, close to two dozen.  And then I hosted this brunch, and sent them home as favors.  Of course, I kept a few for my kitchen window.

Eggshell Planters

All I did was save any egg shells that cracked good enough to save.  I rinsed the shells, and placed them in an empty egg carton in the cupboard until I had enough for my project.  I grabbed a bag of multipurpose potting soil, and filled them up.  I used Sedum plants, such as hens and chick.   That is what I already had growing in my yard and put them on top, and added a little water.  After a few days my sedums attached themselves to the egg and soil.  I think they are so cute, and took no time at all.  I am not a plant, grower and am really trying not to kill any more plants.  These were easy enough for me to do and are hard to kill so should work for all.

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