Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bathtub paints for Kids

Shaving cream paints
Shaving cream paints

Bathtub paints for Kids (adults can use them, I won’t tell), so much fun to make and use.  This is a great project for the entire family to make right before bath time.

My daughter makes these bathtub paints in large muffin tins.   Put your child in the tub, hand them a paintbrush and watch the magic happen.  When they are all done painting rainbows, flowers, houses and stick families, just turn on the shower and rinse away.

All you need is shaving cream and food coloring.   Spray shaving cream into your container..  Add food coloring.  Stir to mix in the color.  Now let the fun begin.

You know this will turn into body painting as well.  Hand your kids a paintbrush or let them create with their little fingers.  It is all fun.  Enjoy!



Foodsaver.  Love this machine.
Foodsaver. Love this machine.

Here is my FoodSaver working hard to preserve food, which I have worked hard to make.  If you don’t have a FoodSaver, write it on your Christmas list.

We use ours to package meat, put up fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden.  Then I found these handy canisters that you can seal and reopen, seal and reopen ( you get the picture). In this picture, I am storing some freshly made soda crackers.

FoodSaver makes a jar sealer so you can use and reuse your jars to store food in..  I love to seal nuts, candies, chips, baking chips in jars.  They will stay as fresh as the day you purchased them.  This saves me time, money and I am not throwing out stale food.


Cookie Dough Cups


Cookie Dough Cups teamed with ice cream, chocolate and nuts sprinkled on top.  Place this treat in front of your family and friends and watch the smiles appear.  Make the cookie bowl from your favorite cookie recipe.  Add your all time favorite ice cream and toppings.  Each cookie bowl can different and unique to suit the person making it.

The cookie dough bowls can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Place them in freezer bags and pull out as many as needed.

These go with any occasion.  Birthday party, holidays, luncheon, baby or bridal showers.  Who wouldn’t enjoy a cookie dough cup filled just for them.


As you can see from the picture I used a large tin.  You can use the smaller muffins tins, keep in mind there won’t be much room to fill them up.  I find these large tins work perfect and have the right amount of space to hold ice cream and toppings.

Here is what you will need.  Large tin.  Make your favorite cookie dough recipe.  I made chocolate chip.  Spray your tins.  Place cookie dough in the bottom and spread out and up the sides.  You might have to piece some of the dough for the sides.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Check after 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges to help loosen. Return to oven to finish baking.

When cookie is done, take a large bottom glass ( I used the bottom of a pint jar) and press down in the middle.  You can see the indent from the picture.  Let your cookie dough bowl cool a little.  I used an off set spatula to remove the bowl from the tin.  Finish cooling.

Fill with your favorite ice cream and toppings. Enjoy!

Crockpot Candy Clusters


Looking for a new family tradition?  Fabulous Candy Clusters will become a go to favorite candy recipe.  Easy to make ( use crock pot), taste is perfect and this recipe makes a large quantity.

Perfect for holidays, candy and cookie exchanges, teacher gifts, last-minute gift, share with your neighbors, family and friends.

Crockpot Candy, what could be easier.
Crockpot Candy, what could be easier.

Everything is placed in your crock pot to cook.  No messy clean ups with a bunch of different pots and pans  I used peanuts, don’t over look pecans or almonds.  Personalize to suit your family taste.

Ingredients:  2 pounds white almond bark, 4 ounce German Chocolate Bar (in baking isle), 12 ounce bag chocolate chips ( dark, semi sweet your choice), 24 ounces dry roasted peanuts (pecans, almonds).

Layer all ingredients.  Make sure your nuts are the top layer.  I broke up the German Chocolate Bar and threw it in.

Cook one hour on medium.  Stir everything really well. Cook for another hour.  Stir every 15 minutes.  Drop by teaspoon full onto wax paper.  Let set up.

Tip:  Add half cup peanut butter for a different taste.





Play Dough Homemade

Play dough straight from your kitchen.
Play dough straight from your kitchen.

Cooler  weather is just around the corner.  Which means children will be starting to stay inside a wee bit more.  Play Dough is excellent choice for those rainy, cold or snowy days.

Get your kids involved in the process of making play dough.  Let them choose the different colors.

This is an inexpensive way to entertain your family.  Make some up to give as stocking stuffers, or make up a bunch of different play dough colors, add some tools.  Rolling pin, knife, cookie cutters etc.  Wrap everything up for a simple but awesome gift.

Here is what you will need:  medium pot, gloves if you don’t want your hands to become stained, large spoon, wax paper to knead the color into play dough, zip lock bags or containers to hold each color.

Food coloring
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons cream of Tarter
5 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix everything except food coloring in your pot.  Cook over low heat.  Keep mixing and cooking until the dough looks dry.  Keep stirring it will go from wet to dry quickly.  If the dough isn’t gooey it is ready.

Divide dough into as many balls of dough as you want to make colors.  Flatten each ball of dough.  Add food coloring and knead.

Store in cover container or zip lock bag.

Now go have some fun.  ENJOY!

Our Weekly Schedule

Hello,  My name is Clarissa over at mywifestyles.  I’m so excited to be talking to you guys about a homeschooling schedule that works best for my family.  Although we are fairly new to homeschooling, and our schedule tends to get off course some days.  I feel like my life is so much more organized with a routine and my kids actually listen to our day to day schedule which makes my life as a mother so much easier.

Now that we have been homeschooling for alittle over two years, it has become a lot easier on me.  I have found a new patience (that I never thought I would find), and I’m starting to second guess on putting my son in regular school ever again.  Here is my homeschooling schedule that works best for us.

Our Weekly Schedule


Ok, let me just say, my son is only in preschool.  I by all means DO NOT stick to this schedule regularly.  I am lenient when it comes to playtime and we do run errands every once in a while.  But I still feel good having this schedule to keep in the mix of getting my kids on a routine.

Lets get more in depth of what we do during the day.

5:00 a.m. – My alarm goes off, which gives me about 2 hours of alone time (to catch up on emails, drink coffee, etc).

6:30 a.m. – I get my husbands breakfast and lunch for his day at work.

7:30 a.m. – Is about when my littlest will come out of her room.  I’ll make a simple breakfast, cereal, waffles or toast, usually what they want for breakfast, (we aren’t big breakfast people).

7:45/8 a.m. – We start cleaning off our dining room table and I’ll change them for the day and brush their teeth.  (We some days don’t change until a little before lunchtime).

8/10:30 a.m. – After getting changed and cleaned up we get his school stuff out (packets, cards, crayons, puzzles, books, etc.) and we do different types of activities (I signed him up for ABCMOUSE.COM and that’s where I get my curriculum on what he needs to learn that week, etc.)

10:30/11 a.m. – We clean up all school supplies and get ready for lunch.

11/11:45 a.m. – We are making and eating lunch.

12:00 p.m. – I put my 2 year old daughter down for a nap, and while I put her to sleep, Ethan is on ABCMOUSE.COM (he knows how to do it all by himself!  I chime in time-to-time when he has questions)

12:45/3 p.m. – Is quiet time, my daughter normally falls asleep around 12:30 and doesn’t wake up until 2-3 p.m.  So I’ll put a movie on for Ethan ( he doesn’t nap anymore) and I will normally sit in the kitchen and work on the computer.

4/5:30 p.m. – Is playtime/TV time (My husband normally arrives home by 5:30 p.m.) so the kids keep themselves occupied while I finish making dinner and keep this house clean.

5:30/6 p.m. – Is dinner time ( We clean up toys and rooms after dinner before bath).

6:30/7 p.m. – We are in bed reading a handful of books (Dr. Seuss is their favorite).  There are also times where we get bored of the books and tell stories instead.

8:00 p.m. – lights are out and the kids fall asleep by themselves (normally) by 8:30 p.m. they are out).

9/10 p.m. – My husband and I get to relax (well I’ll clean the kitchen and pick up any last things that need to be done, and he will watch tv).

Then REPEAT…..

i definitely did my research on my homeschool schedule before actually writing it up, as I was clueless on how many hours kids really needed to “learn”.  I hope this helps you out on where to get started.

Until Next Time


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Thank you Clarissa for being a guest blogger on  Be sure to check out Clarissa blog.  ENJOY!






Irish Chicken and Herb Stew

IMG_0868After making some Irish Soda Bread, the logical thing to do was make a simple but hardy and delicious Irish Chicken and Herb Stew.  

Ingredients are as follows.  4 chicken thighs and drumsticks, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 pepper, 1/4 teaspoon paprika.

Combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a shallow dish.  Coat chicken with mixture.   Heat oil in frying pan, add your chicken and cook 10 minutes on each side.  Your chicken should be brown on both sides.  Transfer to a plate.

You will need the following:  new potatoes(I used what I had from our garden and added potatoes until I knew there were enough to feed my family)  I know not very accurate, it seems to work for me.

2 carrots peeled and cut up
1 green bell pepper cut into strips
1 medium onion dices
2 cloves garlic minced (optional)
4 cups chicken broth (use bouillon cubes if you don’t have chicken broth)


Place everything into your crock pot except the chicken.  Stir to mix.  Place chicken on top of everything.  Slow cook for rest of the day.

I love-making this and walking away until it is time to serve Irish Chicken and Herb Stew with some freshly made Irish Soda Bread.  ENJOY!

This is my favorite new crock pot.  I don’t usually endorse anything.  This is wonderful.  Great for casseroles and all kinds of good stuff.  Plus my favorite color is red, so it was a win, win for me.

Tip:  I add green beans to my stew.  Feel free to add something else your family would enjoy.

Please let me know how your Irish Chicken and Herb Stew turns out.





Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade Egg Rolls. These are to die for.
Delicious Homemade Egg Rolls. These are to die for.

If you have never made Egg Rolls from scratch, please give this a try.  Honestly they are easy to make.

There are so many options for making YOUR Egg Rolls.  Make them with pork, chicken or hamburger.  Hamburger is our go to because it is less expensive and goes a long way.  Leave out the meat and make a vegetarian egg roll.  Add bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms the sky is the limit in what you can add to your favorite egg roll.

Here is a basic egg roll recipe.  What you add or subtract to make your family happy depends on you.

1 package egg roll wrappers
1/2 pound hamburger (choice of meat)
Small head of cabbage (half a large head of cabbage)
Medium onion diced
bean sprouts (optional)
carrots (optional)
2 eggs scrambled (optional)
1 Teaspoon salt and pepper
1/4 cup or little less of soy sauce

In a large frying pan (I use my large cast iron pan)  brown hamburger meat and drain grease.  Add cut up cabbage, diced onion, bean sprouts, diced carrots, salt, pepper and soy sauce.  Cook until cabbage wilts and carrots are soft.  It will look like a big mess (a delicious big mess).  Add scrambled eggs at the end of cooking.

Let everything cool.  Lay out your egg rolls and place two tablespoons of your mixture on the egg roll.  Wrap.  Take a bowl and crack one egg into your bowl.  Using a brush paint the end of your egg roll so it will seal and stay shut.

Heat oil in a large skillet.  Fry your egg rolls on one side and turn to repeat the process on the other side.   Use your deep fryer if you have one.

Drain on paper towels and ENJOY!

Tip:  I always have extra of the egg roll mixture left over.  You can freeze the mixture and use for later.  I like to make some rice and mix everything together.  Makes a great side dish or a meal on its own.

Apple Butter 101

Apple Butter
Apple Butter

Apple season is here!  Yeah for apples.  There are so many things you can make with apples.  They make a wonderful food storage item.  So far we have made apple pie filling and apple juice.  We can’t leave out apple butter.

Mix and match your apples or use your favorite.  I water bath my apple butter, you can freeze this recipe if you don’t want to do any canning.

I usually make a lot of apple butter, for those of you who don’t need as much as I do, this recipe calls for 5 pounds of apples.  Increase everything if you want a larger batch.

5 pounds of apples
3 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 cups white sugar.  If your apples are really sweet please use less.
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice and cloves

Wash all your apples.  Peel and core apples. (keep the peels and cores of apples to make apple cider vinegar, you can find the instructions on the blog.)

Slice apples into quarters and place in a heavy pot.  Add water and bring to a boil.  Turn down heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until apples are soft.  Stir occasionally.

Remove apples with a slotted spoon and place in blender, food mill or what you are using to make the apples into pulp.  Return apple pulp to your pot.  Add sugar and stir to dissolve.  Add your spices.  Stir everything together.

Simmer until your mixture is nice and thick.  Stir to keep from scorching.

When your apple butter is at the thickness you want. Remove from heat.

Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  If freezing ladle into your containers.
Clean rim of jars and add your lids and rings.

Process 10 minutes in water bath.

See how easy this is.  Now go make some apple butter, your family will thank you.








We haven’t completed our apple season until Applesauce has been made.

Applesauce is quick and easy.  Make it thick or not, your choice.  We like ours thick.  I don’t add any cinnamon during cooking.  Sometimes we sprinkle some on top before serving.

Process in a water-bath canner or freeze your applesauce.

Remove this from your grocery list.  Fresh, homemade is best!  Time to make applesauce.

5 pounds apples
2 cups water

Wash your apples.  Peel, core and slice apples, placing them in a large pot.  Add water.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for around 30 minutes or until all your apples are soft.  Be sure to stir frequently.

Mash apples with a potato masher or use a food mill.  Using your blender also works.  You decide if you want a smooth consistency or with a few apple chunks left in.  As you can see I don’t add sugar or any spices.  This doesn’t mean you can’t add your favorite spice.  Nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar to sweeten and some people add a teaspoon of lemon.  I like my applesauce to be pure applesauce.

If using a water-bath canner process pint jars for 15 minutes.  Quarts jars 20 minutes.

Check out my apple pie filling if you need to know how to prepare your canning jars.