Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paper Plate Watermelons

Chiquita has watermelon on the mind!  Who can blame her?  With summer on the way out we've got to get it while we can. 

Besides a tasty treat it made a fun and easy craft!

- two paper plates
- red and green paint
- black paper
- hole punch

We painted one plate green and one plate red.  I cut out the middle of the red plate and glued it on the green.  Then Chiquita punched out some holes from the black paper.  I put dots of glue all over and Chiquita added the seeds.  Easy-peasy. 

It was great the way it was but it would also be easy to cut it in fourths for perfect slices!  This would be a fun end of summer party craft and/
or decoration.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rope Em' Cowgirl!

Chiquita has long been a cowgirl.  From riding horses at Thanksgiving Point Farm Country to watching Sheriff Callie she's loved the "wild west".

So one morning she asked me if we could make a lasso.  I love making her random requests reality!  I grabbed some rope from the garage and googled "How to make a lasso."  Instructables had a great, simple tutorial.

Chiquita was thrilled.  She lassoed Baby Chato, Daddy and some furniture.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bubble Party

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Chiquita got a Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Mollie Bubble Bucket from our Huggies rewards, so of course that meant we needed to have a bubble party!

I kept it simple:
  • Little bubble favors for everyone (an after Christmas special, 12 bottles for a dollar)
  • Sprinklers 
  • Trampoline
  • *Pop*corn (get it?)
There were lots of great ideas around the net for more bubble activties, treats and decor if you wanted to make it a bigger deal.  Check out my pinterest Bubbles board!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just "Bee"cause

Chiquita loves giving things to her friends so we often take treats to neighbors.  I have seen dozens of posts using cardboard tubes as containers - with a million ideas on ways to decorate them.  I had the pun-tastic idea of making bees and adding a note "Just BEEcause".

  • cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in thirds)
  • yellow paint
  • black construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • black chenille stems
  • marker
  • tissue paper
First paint your tubes yellow.  Chiquita was having fun "mixing" the paint on her tray so we alternated between painting on the tube and just rolling the tube in the paint.  Both ways worked great.

I cut a bunch of little strips of black construction paper.  Chiquita added them while the paint was still wet so that we didn't need glue.  Then we had to let them dry.  I put them out in the hot summer sun to speed that up.

While they were drying I cut out wings from tissue paper.  Then Chiquita glued on the google eyes and wings.  I drew on the mouths (sometimes Chiquita gets carried away with markers and I wanted them to look like bees!

I folded the top and added a half of a chenille stem for antenna.  We put in a few candies and folded the bottom sideways (so the points are in the front and back, does that make sense).  I think this makes the bottom look like the stingers.

Now their ready for us to give to anyone we want - doorbell ditching anyone?


Monday, August 4, 2014

Read Around the World: El Secreto de La LLama

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 Part of Chiquita's cultural heritage comes from Peru, so I was excited to find this traditional legend at our local library!  We checked out the Spanish version, but it's also available in English.  It is the Andean flood legend and in this version the llama is the one who leads the man and all the animals to safety on the top of a high peak when Mamacocha (the ocean) floods the earth.  

It was fairly heavy text, so I would recommend this more for pre-schoolers and older, though if you're a good storyteller you can paraphrase the story for toddlers and enjoy the beautiful pictures.  There's also lines that repeat that are great to have kids repeat with you as you tell the story.  I've found that it's a great way to keep kids involved in the book and improve their language skills.  It was fun to see all the Andean animals." target="_blank">

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Minnie Mouse Chicken Nuggets

Chiquita didn't want Mickey Mouse nuggets.  She wanted chicken stars.  We had just got home and I wasn't going to drive anywhere, even I don't spoil my child that much.  I get so tired of making her food she won't eat, most of the time when hubby isn't home, it's just her and I eating so I don't have that feeling of making her eat what everyone else is eating.  We needed to come to a compromise!  Finally Chiquita decided she would eat Minnie Mouse nuggets, but she didn't think I had any of those. 


We'd just picked tons of juicy cherries and I was sure I could make some yummy red bows to turn those Mickeys into Minnies!  I just sliced the cherry in half and removed the pit.  Then I took one half and made two diagonal cuts in one side, like a triangle that doesn't quite meet up, and did the same on the opposite side.  The two little horizontal cuts made it into a cute bow!  She was hesitant at first, "Mom, cherries don't go on chicken nuggets!", but in the end she ate all six of them with gusto! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Pineapple Carrot Cake Meal Bars

In my never ending quest for protein and recent quest for weight loss I've been experimenting with meal replacement bars.  I really wanted something made with real food that included all the food groups.  This recipe is inspired by a lentil cookie recipe from and it is Chiquita and Mommy approved!

2/3 cups lentils
2 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks (or 2 tsp ground cinnamon)

2 large carrots
6 oz pineapple juice
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats.

1 cup dried fruit (craisins, raisins, or any other dried fruit in small chunks)

Let the first three ingredients cook either in a pan on low heat or in a crock pot until the lentils are nice and soft.  Remove the cinnamon sticks and let cool.

Throw the lentils and the next 7 ingredients into a food processor and blend very well.  Add flour and oats and blend just until well mixed.  Stir in the dried fruit.

Pour the mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan (nonstick spray works fine) and bake on 375 for about 30 minutes.  After cooled cut into 16 bars (a pizza cutter works great!).  They will go bad so I recommend refrigerating them unless they'll be eaten in a few days.  With Chiquita I actually call them cranberry cookies because she loves the cranberries so much.