Sunday, August 26, 2018

DIY light box for school

I made a light box for my kindergarten classroom! I am so excited! I got all of the instructions from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. I took pictures along the way to help anyone else looking to do the same!

This is the end of the power cord that needed to have a hole drilled to fit it inside the box.

 I used these lights: flexible changing lights on a strip.

before spray painting

after a few coats, but I added more!

I needed a frosted paint to cover the clear middle strip of the lid, but...

this paint was not meant for plastic and flaked off!

this metallic paint was great for the inside of the box

this paint did the trick for the lid

Monday, August 6, 2018

Turning trash into treasure

I've wanted to try growing plants from food in the house for a long time... Here goes. Hasn't everyone tried the toothpicks in the avocado pits? I did. I could never get it to work.

July 10, 2018

I was eating lunch with my husband near his job in Bethesda and ordered water with lemon. I read that you have to peel of the waxy coating of the seeds. I peeled them and brought them home. I put them in a paper towel, dampened it, sealed it in a zip-close bag and left it for a few weeks in the pantry (not near light.) I was happily surprised to see the seeds germinate after about a month! Now I've planted them, and I will update the pictures as they grow. I also tried cherry seeds after I figured out how to get them out of the pit, but those have not germinated yet. After a little more research, I did find out that sweet cherry seeds are more difficult to germinate... I'm going to keep them going in the baggy in case they decide to surprise me.

Today I decided to try more lemon seeds, but without peeling them first. I read that the peeling step might not be necessary. I also had an orange on hand and decided to try to germinate those seeds.

8/2/18 peeled lemon seeds after germinating in a wet paper towel, sealed in a zip bag

8/6/2018 lemon trees - the taller one is ~ 2"

7/15/2018 sweet cherry seeds

8/6/2018 lemon seeds (not peeled)
8/6/2018 orange seeds (not peeled)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nutella Mug Cake

D3 ingredients. 
2 Tablespoons of each. 
1 minute in the microwave. 

In a microwaveable mug, mix together:
2 Tablespoons of Bisquick mix 
2 Tablespoons of Nutella
2 Tablespoons of milk (I used skim)

Microwave on high for one minute. 



Version 2: for the peanut butter chocolate lover!!!

2 Tablespoons of Bisquick mix
2 Tablestoons of peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of Ovaltine
2 Tablespoons of milk. 

OMG! So good!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Caramel Apple Crock-Pot Cake

So, yum. Although maybe a tad too sweet!!!
I can't believe I said that. 

1. Dump the apple pie filling in the slow cooker. 
2. Throw in some caramels (or the whol bag, in my case).
3. Spread the cake mix on top. 
4. Slice up the butter into chunks and spread on top. 
5. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. 
6. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Easy Taquito Casserole

This was so fast and easy to make for the family! It was yummy too! I put some olive oil in the bottom of a 9x13 baker. I put one single layer of frozen ready-to-heat-and-serve taquitos in the baker. I peeled apart 5 cheese sticks and layered those mostly in between the taquitos. I covered that with 3 slices of cheddar cheese. Put one more layer of taquitos, peeled cheese sticks, and cheddar cheese on top. Pour a can of enchilada sauce over the whole thing. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Cut and serve!
~24 frozen taquitos 
8-10 cheese sticks 
6 slices of cheddar cheese (or maybe something spicier!)
1 can of enchilada sauce

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bar Mitzvah party prep

This party is giving me a great excuse to try some crafts on my list, and some crafting fixes. Chalkboard paint was easy to use, and now I just have to be patient enough to see how it turns out. I have some fabric covered vases from my daughter's Bat Mitzvah reception four years ago. I removed the fabric and exposed the sticky adhesive residue. I really don't have the time to try to experiment with removing the adhesive, so I tried spray painting right over the adhesive with a hammered finish spray paint. Here's to progress!

Here are the paints I used:

I found glass milk jugs in the dollar aisle at Target:

I found 4x6 inch wooden picture frames in a dollar store. I used chalkboard paint on the glass, and purple paint on the frames:

Here is a before and after of the fabric covered vases that I painted:


Seat assignments: Bubble gum, aka paint ball ammo

clothespins were used to hold up sports ball labels for table labels

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pinterest Microwave Cleaning Win!

This one really worked! I splashed some lemon juice into a small bowl of tap water and microwaved it on high for 8 minutes, until it was really boiling. Then I took the bowl out and the crud in the microwave wiped off easily with a damp paper towel - no chemicals necessary!