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Straw Blown Heart Art

Straw Blown Heart Art

Straw Blown Heart Art is a not for the weak of heart. This preschool craft is magical for those who can blow into a straw! 
straw blown heart artMy daughter is now 4. She celebrated her birthday a week ago. She is growing up so much. She loves to play games and do crafts with me… like all the time. Good….  I think I love it too!

Today’s craft was a messy one!

Her words: This is the best craft ever!

straw blown heart art

Straw Blown Heart Art

Here is what you need:

  • paper
  • paint
  • water
  • hearts
  • straw
  • paper plates/ paper cups

Directions:

*** please protect your work area***

Roll out a large piece of craft paper. Cut out hearts and lay out all over paper.  Add paint to paper plate. Begin by adding water to the paint to water it down to the consistency that you prefer. Cut a small hole in the top of your straw.

Teach your child how to blow into a straw if not already aware of it.

Blow away!

Let dry!

*** I tried all different sizes of straws and it really didn’t make a difference. The only think I liked about the smaller straws was that you could kinda use it like a paintbrush and swirl around the paint.

*** Beware that you could have a child inhale or suck up the water based paint. ( I know this from experience. )  If you are extremely worried you could use food coloring as your base. I know they might the bright neon colored ones. straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

We had a fun time blowing away… but to be honest it was pretty hard for both of us. You almost want to treat it like a water-color  activity.

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

However… this was a really fun and messy craft!  We loved the valentines colors… pink, bright pink, red, purple, teal, and even a combination of them all!

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

I eventually just dipped a heart… and of course she had too as well!

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

I think I will let them dry and then string them up and hang them around the house. I love the look and the color of them!

straw blown heart art

Our Straw Blown Heart art at its finest!

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

I wanted to share this simple quote that I really like:

The object of art, after all, is not just aesthetic contemplation; the main object of art is an experience that entices us to better behavior, better doing. Art is there so that we may live better, not simply that we may look at it and have a private aesthetic and mystical experience.

– Arthur Henry King

straw blown heart art

I have loved this type of art for as long as I can remember. Picasso is one of my favorite artists. He was able to express his outlook into and onto his art… as does any artist.

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

I hope that your art is full of  HeART!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Got the Monday Blues?? My Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake will definitely cheer you up! 

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This past weekend was spent cleaning out my daughter’s room! Yes… my 13-year-old and 10-year-old daughters are hoarders, and its embarrassing. They seem to hold onto everything and do not clean or organize their rooms at all. They have so000 much trash and garbage everywhere. Therefore I decided that I needed to tackle their room and clean it for them. Yes… I am that kind of mom.

Friday and Saturday were spent deep cleaning, every drawer, nook, and cranny. Needless to say… it is now clean.  I am trying to teach them that everything in my home has a spot and a purpose. For example… pencils and glue sticks belong in the office. If they need one for homework, I have a homework station on the kitchen counter. They don’t need 5 glue sticks in their room. Not sure… why we hold onto things so much. chickenbake-misc-2

Over the weekend, we were able to get a lot of things done and organized. It really helped with starting off this week right!

MONDAY:

It was nice to meet you, but I am glad that you are over. No… it all reality it was a good day, but you know you have your day planned and little things just pop up out of nowhere that need getting done. Since the girls were inside all weekend (  I know they should have been outside) I needed to start my Monday off with vacuuming my two front rooms. As I began I smelled something… not good.

I love my Dyson vacuum. It still amazes me how much dirt it can get out of your carpets. I am one of those clean freaks… I vacuum my floors at least 3x a week.

Take into account 5 girls with long hair + 3x a week cleaning + months of vacuuming = hair that needs a cut!

I emptied the jar and spent the next 20-30  minutes cutting the hair off the bottom of the vacuum.

It was fun!

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hair

hair

Job well done! The vacuum doesn’t smell and it is hairless!

After thoroughly washing my hands… I went to juicing!

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My friends stopped by on Sunday… and you know friends are such a blessing. They bring such comfort and pure joy!

We had a nice visit and they brought me some oranges from their tree!

oranges

I sat on the counter with my little buddy Jayd and we squeezed the oranges. We cut them, put them on the machine, and let it do its job.  We like little pulp, so we ended up with about 1 quart. I simply added some stevia in the raw.. and bam just like that the best tasting orange juice!

oranges

oranges

We even cut some up and enjoyed them as were juicing! The perfect little bonding time. I even saved one so that I can do a quick preschool craft with Jayd later.

After juicing… I went to cleaning out my fridge and menu planning. In the DR we bought a lot of ground up chicken, because it that is the way they have their meat. I usually don’t buy ground up chicken meat, but this past week my husband did a little bit of grocery shopping and so I had some in the freezer. I pulled it out and knew what I wanted to make for dinner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake.

Fast Forward to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Time to prep dinner.

pasta bake

Pulled out the ground chicken, browned it up, and then I threw into a big bowl. I boiled some pasta and then I added it to the bowl with some ham, cheese, and some pasta sauce.

Since I started this lifestyle change… I don’t usually have milk. Most casserole recipes call for heaving whipping cream, or milk. I choose a sugar-free tomato pasta sauce that took its place. It will have not the same consistency but it still was great!

This meal was served with a salad. It has always been one of my favorites… Chicken Cordon Bleu.

pasta bake

pasta bake

Here is the recipe…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • cooked chopped ham
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • 1-2 cups spaghetti sauce ( sugar free)
  • 8 oz rotini- cooked and drained (gluten free)

Instructions

  1. Brown your chicken. Drain.
  2. Add it to a big bowl.
  3. Cook your pasta. Drain.
  4. Add it to the big bowl.
  5. Add the ham, parmesan cheese, and pasta sauce. Mix to combine.
  6. In a 9x9 dish, layer 1/ 2 the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Then layer 4 slices of the swiss cheese over the top.
  8. Then dump the rest of the pasta mixture on top of the cheese.
  9. Layer the last 4 slices of cheese on top.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/01/chicken-cordon-blue-pasta-bake/

pasta bake

Such cheesy goodness! I simply love swiss cheese!

pasta bake

This is a simple recipe… I am sure you can add more sauce to your bake if it is too dry.

My girls are always asking for pasta and this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake hit the spot!

My love for Chicken Cordon Bleu is such a true one!

pasta bake

pasta bake

Ohhh and this past weekend I hit up Ross Dress for Less. I love that store! After cleaning up the back patio… due to me being gone the previous week… the girls played a lot outside and made it a mess (sidewalk chalk everywhere) I decided I wanted a new rug… and I found the perfect one!

This was something that brought color to my back patio!

rugs

Ohhhh and of course them!

jane

jayd

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So yea… my weekend was literally cleaning and organizing. It felt so needed and good!

My Monday was a decent one despite the little interruptions and the Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake was a success!

I am not sure what the rest of the week will bring… but I am hoping for some good meals, sunshine, and my eyes behind the lens of my camera!

Happy Day!

Sweet and Salty Holiday Chex Mix

Sweet and Salty Holiday Chex Mix

Sweet and Salty Holiday Chex Mix 
sweet and salty chex mix

Hello Sweet Friends!

I know it has been a long time… I am sorry. No excuses… but I am excited to be back and share some holiday cheer with you today!

I am in charge of making a trail mix for our church sisters and this was the recipe that I found several months ago and have been saving it for the Christmas season. I spent yesterday buying all the ingredients and baking it in the kitchen. It smelled like Christmas. It tasted like heaven.

sweet and salty chex holiday mix

Today… I printed up the tags and bagged them up. This Sweet and Salty Chex Mix can be mixed up and you can add whatever else to it you prefer. I chose to leave out the raisins and or cranberries, but that would be good in it as well. Any dried fruit or chocolate would make it even better.
sweet and salty chex holiday mix

This is a good recipe for a salty treat.

Here is the recipe…

Sweet and Salty Holiday Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salted mixed nuts
  • 1 (12 ounce) box of Corn Chex
  • 1 ( 6 ½ ounce) box of Wheat Chex
  • 1 ( 6 ½ ounce) box of Chocolate Chex
  • 1 (10 ounce) box of Honey Nut Cheerios
  • ½ bag of stick pretzels
  • ½ bag of butter snap pretzels
  • In a large bowl, combine and set aside.
  • Sauce:
  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 2 TBSP. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TBSP. garlic salt
  • 1 TBSP. seasoning salt
  • ½ tsp. onion salt
  • ½ tsp. celery salt/ or seed
  • Combine all in saucepan, over low heat melt. Once melted, pour over chex mix.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Bake in oven at 225 degrees for 1 ½ hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • Once it is complete, let it dry out on pan.
  • Then package and add:
  • m&m's
  • dried fruit
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2015/12/sweet-and-salty-holiday-chex-mix/

***recipe adapted from Hollyhocks & Honeybees

sweet and salty holiday chex mix

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This recipe is a great salty one. Grab a handful and munch down. It really is good to balance out all those sweets. I only added sweet to the title… because of the addition of the chocolate to it! You don’t have to add the chocolate. You could just keep it like the original recipe…but we all need chocolate this time of year right?!!

sweet and salty holiday chex mix

My favorite part…. the butter snaps pretzels with the baked salty sauce over it! The combination of the chex mix and other ingredients make it scrumptious!

Like I mentioned… I packaged them up in some bags, tied a scripture found in book of  Matthew around it with jute twine and cute red and green string. I think they turned out great!

mix

I put about three cups of the mixture into the bag and added some regular m&m’s, peppermint m&m’s, and some mint m&m’s. I just mixed them up by shaking the bag. Tied them up and there you have it… a great Sweet and Salty Holiday Chex Mix… aka my trail mix.

You could totally make this gluten-free as well…. if need be. Just buy gluten-free pretzels and don’t add the Wheat Chex mix or Chocolate Chex Mix. Just use regular Rice Chex. Add dried fruit and or other items that you prefer. { I want to make it that soon. }

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Here is the scripture if you want to print it off. I just printed it off on some cute Christmas paper on the back side. scripture

 

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Holidays are not the same without some type of Chex Mix included!

Hope your holiday is sweet and salty!

Pumpkin Spread

Pumpkin Spread

This pumpkin spread is absolutely ahmazing! It is a simple 2 ingredient recipe that can be spread on any type of bread. It can be used as a dip. It a can be used in any pumpkin recipe. This recipe is my all time favorite pumpkin spread recipe. 
pumpkin spread

If you know me and have been following my weight loss journey you know that I am addicted to any product of Walden Farms. When I came across this marshmallow dip... I knew it had to be bought! I decided I wanted to make a spread for some bread…. yes… I have had some bread, not a whole lot… and not with every meal but I can say this was worth the calories in the bread!

That is how this recipe came about, I figured adding some pumpkin to it was the right thing to do.

The taste is purrrreee pumpkin with a zing of marshmallow sweetness.

pumpkin spread

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Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chip Muffins. These are great muffin that almost is biscuit like, but full of goodness and pumpkin sweetness! 


pumpkinchipmuffins

Happy Monday Evening!

I made these Pumpkin Chip Muffins for my family for breakfast this morning… and they were good! They can be gluten-free, but they don’t have to be for those that aren’t really gluten intolerant but choose to be for health reasons. Either way… pumpkin chip goodness!

They are my first recipe using the pumpkin spice chips!

I think they were heavenly! The chips add such a distinct pumpkin flavor! These muffins are like a biscuit, but have a moist center stuffed with pumpkin chips!

What have you made with pumpkin chips??

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