31 July 2012

Menu Plan Monday


Don't you love watching the Olympics? We do. Especially the swimming. Our 8 and 5 year old are enjoying watching all kinds of new sports. Their favorites? My daughter likes women's soccer, "beach (volley)ball" and gymnastics. She just finished her first summer of swim team and loves to watch our "local" swimmer Missy Franklin. Our 13 year old son swam with a club team that competed with hers, so we can say we've been watching her swim since she was 13 or 14.  My 5 year old son likes the archery ("bows and arrows") and boxing ("bamming"). I can't believe my husband watched boxing with him...




I have so much basil in my garden right now, it's crazy.



Stuffed Shells (we didn't eat it last week)


Date night - takeout Chinese

 Leftovers or TBD


Tortellini and marinara

Also linking up to Menu Plan Monday!

28 July 2012

Etsy Finds

Happy Friday! 

Today is the last day of Craft Camp. It's been a great week.  I have a couple of fun tutorials to share, along with the last two days of Craft Camp, but I'm going to leave those for next week. Today is going to be wild. Craft Camp, then straight to my son's state swim meet.Then I am definitely going to need a nap.

Here are some great things I found on Etsy this week. What are some of your favorites?

















27 July 2012

Craft Camp - Day 3

Bird Seed Ornaments - recipe from saltwater-kids

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
nonstick spray
drinking straw
waxed paper

Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.Pour into a greased cookie sheet and let dry for about half an hour.
Spray cookie cutter with cooking spray, and cut out shapes. Carefully transfer shape to wax paper.
Poke a hole through top of each birdseed shape using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.
Allow them to dry in the sun for at least two to three hours, or overnight.
Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole. Hang it up!


All I have to say here is that I LOVE wood glue. Wood glue to the rescue. Wood glue saved the day.

Day 4 - Duct tape!

26 July 2012

Craft Camp: Day 2


Baking bread with a bunch of cute girls is lots of fun. They love to get their hands on the dough - at least - some of them do.

We decided that it would be pretty hard to mix, raise and bake a batch of dough in 2 hours, so we made a batch of dough earlier that they could form and put in the pans to rise. Then, we made another batch of dough with them. Oh my goodness, this is good bread!

Whole Wheat Bread

4 cups warm water
1 Tbsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
1 cup honey
1 1/2 Tbsp. dough enhancer
2 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 cup gluten flour
7 cups whole-wheat kernels, ground (10-14 cups flour)

In heavy duty electric mixing bowl with dough hook,  place water, salt, oil, honey, dough enhancer, yeast and gluten flour. Turn on mixer and slowly add flour 1 cup at a time just until dough begins to clean off the side of the bowl. If you use store bought wheat flour, it may only require 8 cups flour. Fresh ground usually requires 9-11 cups. Allow mixer to knead dough for 12 minutes.  Remove dough and divide into 4 even segments. Place in lightly greased bread pans and let rise until dough just peaks over the top of the pan (doubled). This will take 30-60 minutes, depending on room temperature. Bake at 325 degrees for 32-35 minutes. Remove bread from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.


How cute are these ticking dish towel aprons? They were so easy to make! We followed this tutorial over at dandee.

Tomorrow? Birdhouses and Bird Seed Ornaments.

25 July 2012

To-Do List Tuesday

I'll be sharing our fun from Craft Camp all week - just one day behind. I hope you enjoy! We're having a BLAST!


We are taking this:

and making it into this:

and then this!

It's super easy to do, and if you want to use the tutorial we used, check out The Long Thread. For the record, I didn't break any needles. :)

Wood Bead Necklaces
from Martha Stewart - eat your heart out fashion divas!

Wood and Lanyard Necklaces

Sometimes we got a little frustrated when our lacing wouldn't go through the bead holes easily, but in the end, it all worked out.

What's on your list? Link up below.  On our list for Day 2: whole wheat bread and aprons.

24 July 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Hold on to your hats everyone. Not only is it Craft Camp week, but it's clean out the freezer week. 
I just went through the freezer in my basement and it's time to rotate some stuff. I think we have enough Orowheat oatnut bread in there to feed an army. We go to the Orowheat outlet every couple of months, and for about $30 we can get enough bagels, English muffins and sandwich bread to fill our freezer right up. For some reason, my husband always buys about 8 loaves of the Oatnut bread. None of the kids like it and I don't eat much bread. I'm thinking Oatnut French Toast all week for breakfast...
Anyway, you're about to find out what's lurking in my freezer.


Italian Chicken on Pasta
Broccoli (fresh from Bountiful Baskets)


Pulled Pork Sandwiches
grapes (Bountiful Baskets)


Parsley Parmesan Chicken


Stuffed Shells
Marinara (using frozen tomatoes from last summer)
Peas (freezer - ooh yummy)


Fish Tacos ( half a Costco bag of fish sticks)


Leftovers? Out to Eat?


Quiche Lorraine

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday!

20 July 2012

Spinach and Basil Pasta Salad

We had this for dinner Tuesday night and it was FANTASTIC! 

Spinach Basil Pasta Salad
 from allrecipes.com

1 (16 ounce) box bow tie pasta
6 ounces spinach leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces prosciutto, diced 
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
Toss the spinach and basil together in a large bowl.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the garlic in the hot oil for 1 minute; stir in the prosciutto and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add to the bowl with the spinach and basil mixture; toss to combine. Pour in the drained pasta and retoss. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and pine nuts to serve.